NHL News and Notes April - 25

NHL News and Notes April - 25

NHL Today - April 25
Wed, Apr 25, 2007
By Associated Press

Vancouver at Anaheim (10 p.m. EDT). The Canucks advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2003 with a Game 7 win over Dallas on Monday night. Oddsmakers list the Ducks as -207 favorites with the total set at 4 1/2-goals.

SHARK BITES

San Jose won three of its four games against Detroit this season, scoring 13 power-play goals in the process. That includes a franchise-record six during a 9-4 win over the Red Wings on Jan. 4. The teams begin their Western Conference semifinal series on Thursday night in Detroit.

BYE, CAPTAIN

Atlanta captain Scott Mellanby retired Tuesday, less than a week after the Thrashers were swept in their first trip to the NHL playoffs. In 21 NHL seasons, Mellanby had 364 goals, 476 assists and 2,479 penalty minutes with five different clubs. He reached the Stanley Cup finals with Philadelphia in 1987 and Florida in 1996 but never won the ultimate prize.

SPEAKING

''This is as far as I want to see him get.'' - Anaheim general manager Brian Burke on Vancouver counterpart and former right-hand man Dave Nonis. Nonis succeeded Burke as Canucks' GM after he was let go following the 2003-2004 season and the lockout that wiped out the following season. The Ducks and Canucks open their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night in Anaheim.

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Connolly expected to play vs. Rangers
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sabres center Tim Connolly missed practice but will be ready to play Wednesday when Buffalo opens its Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Rangers.

Coach Lindy Ruff said Connolly was allowed to rest Tuesday a day after he left practice early with a sore hamstring.

Connolly, Buffalo's fourth-line center, had three assists in helping the Sabres eliminate the New York Islanders in five games of their first-round series. Connolly missed all but the final two games of the regular season because of postconcussion symptoms and a knee injury.

Sabres backup goalie Ty Conklin returned to practice Monday after missing the two days to attend the birth of his son.

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Eye injury sidelines Red Wings' Holmstrom
April 25, 2007

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DETROIT -- Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom has an eye injury that will sideline him Thursday night when Detroit opens its second-round series against San Jose.

"The doctors want no blood on his eye before he plays," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday. "It's a blow because he scored 30 goals this season, and he's one of our key players. But we expect to get him back at some point in the series, and that's good news for us and him."

Calgary's Craig Conroy hit Holmstrom with his stick at 6:44 of overtime Sunday night in Detroit's series-winning victory over the Flames. The 34-year-old left wing had 30 goals and 22 assists during the regular season.

Defenseman Brett Lebda is day to day with a sore ankle and concussion. He hasn't played since Saturday when he twisted awkwardly into the boards while checking Daymond Langkow.

Lebda was called for tripping, and Langkow punched him in the face while both were on the ground. He played in 74 games for Detroit during the season, adding five goals, 13 assists and solid defense.

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