Quick Hits: Game 7

Red Wings News

Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall suspended for Game 7 after hit on Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov | MLive.com
In all honesty, Kronwall hit Kucherov in the head, and in this case he was certainly not unworthy of a suspension. I agree with others this may have not been the correct punishment given some of the Department of Player Safety's recent cases (i.e. P.K. Subban), and I do wish to see more consistency from the department in the future. But, I really cannot complain against the suspension. If the DoPS wants to punish hits to the head, then Kronwall deserved his suspension.

Krupa: Right mindset is key for Wings in Game 7 | The Detroit News
I am feeling confident about tonight. The rest of the team will step up and fill Kronwall's vacancy and Mrazek will have yet another stellar performance. Red Wings in 7.

Red Wings would open second round of playoffs Friday in Montreal if they eliminate Tampa Bay | MLive.com
Assuming that everything goes well tonight for the Red Wings, Game 1 against the Canadiens is this Friday in Montreal.

NHL News

New York Rangers’ Twitter feed drops capitals for Capitals | Puck Daddy
What are they going to do when they play the Red Wings? Stop driving cars?

2015 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames | The Hockey News
Just as I wanted the Jets to beat the Ducks, I want the Flames to beat the Ducks. But, Anaheim has a very good team, and they should be the clear favorite to win this series.

Sens head into off-season confident | TSN
The Senators had an interesting year to say the least. After a mediocre start, they finished the season with a near unbeatable run to make the playoffs. Which of these two sides represents the actual Senators? That I do not know.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2014-15 St. Louis Blues | Puck Daddy
The Blues are the new Sharks. They have very good regular seasons and then they cannot do anything in the playoffs.

Report: KHL star Panarin close to signing with Chicago | ProHockeyTalk
Artem Panarin has 62 point in 54 games for St. Petersburg this season.

Top 15 NHL unrestricted free agents of 2015 - Sportsnet.ca
This upcoming free agent class boasts names such as Cody Franson, Matt Beleskey, and Devan Dubnyk. Outside of Mike Green, there is no player that I want the Wings to go after.

2015 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild | The Hockey News
This has the making of being a very good series. A good Blackhawks team facing off against one of the hottest teams in the league right now. This one is going seven games.

Poile: Preds hoped Franson trade ‘would work out better’ | ProHockeyTalk
The Predators' trade for Cody Franson was basically the Wings' trade for David Legwand but with different circumstances surrounding the deal. Both teams gave up a first-round draft pick and a prospect for a player who never made a real impact.

Well-rested Henrik Lundqvist ready to lead another Rangers run | USA Today
I legitimately think that the Capitals can beat the Rangers. If there is anyone that can beat Henrik Lundqvist, it is Alex Ovechkin. This will be an interesting series to watch.

Let's Go Red Wings!