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Griffins Face Must-Win Against Markstrom, Comets | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Utica Comets now have a 3-2 series lead over the Griffins in the Calder Cup Western Conference Final after beating them 3-2 yesterday. Dylan Larkin scored one of the Griffins' goals with Mark Zengerle netting the other.

Red Wings' Ken Holland to interview prospects, talk trade, look to sign own players during Scouting Combine | MLive.com
From Holland: "If there's a trade that makes us better we'll look at it."

NHL News

Stanley Cup Final 2015: Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday, June 3 - SBNation.com
We have a couple of days off before the Stanley Cup Final begins. If a Game 7 is needed it will take place on June 17th.

Blackhawks advance to Stanley Cup Final, Toews leads Game 7 win | Puck Daddy
I am not going to deny the fact that this year's Final includes not my ideal choice of teams. We should be there.

Report: Changes coming to compensation for executives | ProHockeyTalk
There have been quite a few questions raised over the exact nature of draft pick compensation for hired coaches and general managers. The NHL will try to clarify the rule so that only employees under contract (i.e. the Mike Babcock situation) can warrant compensation.

Blackhawks vs. Lightning: How much do you love this Stanley Cup Final matchup? | Puck Daddy
Competition: How many synonyms of "no/none/not at all" can you come up with?

NHL Expert Picks: 2015 Stanley Cup Final selections | CBSSports.com
Picking a favorite in this year's Final is, for me at least, impossible. Either we will end up with the Blackhawks winning another Cup and the term "dynasty" will be protruding through everyone's computer screens, or we could have the Lightning win, begging the eternal "what if" question. At the end of the day, it is a catch-22. After much pondering, I am beginning to consider the Lightning the lesser of two evils. And, if we win the Cup in the next few years, the weight of that "what if" question reduces considerably in magnitude. But, it still should have been us there in the Final.

30 Thoughts: No 'last stand' for Blackhawks | Sportsnet.ca
Friedman thinks that the Red Wings may have an interest in Zach Hyman, former teammate of Dylan Larkin, whose rights with the Panthers will expire this summer.

Report: Anders Nilsson could return to the NHL | ProHockeyTalk
The Blackhawks currently hold Nilsson's NHL rights.

Marian Hossa will play in his 5th Stanley Cup Final in 8 years - CBSSports.com
You have to admit, this is incredibly impressive.

Just how important are prospects in building a Stanley Cup winner? | The Hockey News
In building a long-term Cup contender, having a good prospect group is extremely important.

Overtime format highlights competition committee meeting agenda | ProHockeyTalk
There is a possibility that 3-on-3 overtime is tested during the upcoming preseason, but not implemented in the regular season.

Betting odds favour Blackhawks over Lightning | Sportsnet.ca
On paper, the Blackhawks should be favorites, and the bookies agree.

Don Cherry's suit looks like your grandma's curtains - SBNation.com
What does Cherry do with all of his suits once he has worn them? A lot of them are certainly curtain-convertible.

Let's Go Red Wings!