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May 1, 1998

May 1, 1998

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

NHL TEAMS

Could injury bug take bite out of Wings plan to repeat as champs?

The old line is injuries are part of the game. But the final games? The Detroit Red Wings, who had only one man-game lost to injury during their four-round run to the Stanley Cup last season (Joe Kocur’s sore back), found themselves fretting over three worrisome groin injuries in the week before the start of the playoffs. The first was a lingering one to forward Brent Gilchrist, who hadn’t played since March 4 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. First he rested, then he attempted light workouts. At the end of March it was decided complete rest might be the answer. He began light workouts the second week in April and hoped to play in the final game of the regular season April 18 against the Colorado Avalanche. Even still, that would be…

NHL TEAMS

LaFayette makes return for playoff run

When Nathan LaFayette suffered a concussion March 5 and was forced to sit out 18 games because of post-concussion syndrome, the Los Angeles Kings missed him more than his paltry scoring totals of four goals and seven points would have suggested. He’s surprisingly strong, at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, his solid defensive skills make him an ideal checking center and he is adept at faceoffs. The Kings also missed his speed, a key ingredient they might have sacrificed in their efforts to build a big, brawny corps of forwards. But as much as the Kings missed him, LaFayette missed them more. “If you don’t feel that way when you’re watching, you shouldn’t be playing,” said LaFayette, who rejoined the Kings’ lineup April 13 and was reunited with linemates Sean McKenna and Russ Courtnall.…

NHL TEAMS

Player says Crawford losing it’ as team in turmoil forgets winning ways

Despite entering the playoffs with the gait not unlike that of a wino after last call, the Colorado Avalanche proclaimed it was not panicked. “We can’t wait for the playoffs, that’s all I can say,” said Avalanche captain Joe Sakic. Based on his team’s record down the stretch of the regular season, those would seem like strange words, indeed. Entering its final game of the season against the Detroit Red Wings, the Avs had a 1-6-1 record in its previous eight games-the lone victory a 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks that clinched the team’s third straight Pacific Division title. Publicly, the Avs spoke similar lines of bravado as Sakic did. But, privately, there were questions as to just how close the team was entering the playoffs. One player told the Denver Post…

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