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Red Wings 3, Blues 0: Petr Mrazek gets second shutout, Justin Abdelkader scores twice | MLive.com
What a great way to end our regular season!

Red Wings’ prospects Petr Mrazek, Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet make strong impression in season finale (video) | MLive.com
Petr Mrazek is NHL ready at this point, there is no denying that. However, I do not want him to be playing full time with the Wings next season. Howard is still our #1 goaltender, and barring any major injuries would play 50-60 games, plus the playoffs. That would give Mrazek around 25 games of NHL experience next season. While I am sure that he could handle that amount with ease, I would rather see him spend one more season in Grand Rapids, play 60+ games, and garner more experience before making the full-time leap to the NHL.

Babcock, Red Wings overcome season of injuries to continue playoff streak – NHL.com – News
Lots of good stuff here. The current Wings did not want to be ones responsible for ending the streak.

Checkmate | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins beat the Charlotte Checkers yesterday.

NHL News

Your 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff first-round TV schedule | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports
Good/bad news for everyone: the Wings play on Easter Sunday at 3 PM.

NHL Expert Picks: 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs first-round selections – CBSSports.com
No one picked the Wings to beat the Bruins. That said, Brain Stubits picked the series to go to 7 games.

2014 Frozen Four: Union wins NCAA Championship with 7-4 win over Minnesota – SB Nation College Hockey
In their first ever Frozen Four, Union College has been able to go the distance and win the NCAA Championship.

Panthers D Jovanovski fined for elbow on Blue Jackets’ Tropp | TSN
Ed Jovanovski was fined $5,000.

Brodeur wins what might be final start for Devils | USA Today

I like Marty Brodeur. He is one of the greatest goaltenders of all time and has had a great career. But, sometimes you just have to call it quits. Brodeur has clearly regressed in his abilities, and I don’t envision any team taking him on to be their #1 netminder next season.

Has Stagnation in Nashville Cost Barry Trotz His Job? | The Hockey Writers

Change can be necessary at times. I respect Trotz as a head coach, and I think letting him go may be the best move for the Predators at this moment.

VIDEO: Ryan Smyth retires, greeted by Canucks in postgame ceremony – CBSSports.com
The Oilers let Smyth dawn the “C” one last time.

Stanley Cup playoff preview: Round 1 | Post-to-Post
The Hockey News previews the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Panic time for the St. Louis Blues? | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

Any team facing the Chicago Blackhawks should be concerned. I’d place my bets on the Blues not making it out of the first round.

Wild vs. Predators: Rich Clune scores when Ilya Bryzgalov trips and falls – SBNation.com
This is why we love Ilya Bryzgalov.

Video: Jaromir Jagr passes Gordie Howe for eighth all-time in assists | ProHockeyTalk
Jaromir Jagr now has 1,050 career assists.

Oilers remain adamant team is on right track – Sportsnet.ca

At this pace, the Oilers will contend for a playoff spot by 2020.

Lundqvist continues chase elusive championship | ProHockeyTalk
Lundqvist may not have won the Stanley Cup yet, but he does have an Olympic Gold medal. Heja Sverige!

Let’s Go Red Wings!

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