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The TSN Insiders Tonight

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With William Nylander still unsigned, contract talks are at a 'crucial juncture' as the two sides continue to negotiate both long-term and short-term options. The Leafs are optimistic a deal will get done and remain uninterested in trading their star winger. Jacob Trouba is also looking for a new big-money deal, could he potentially be dealt this year? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss this and much more in Insider Trading.

View the discussion at TSN.

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Afternoon Line- Nazem Kadri

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"Everyone comes ready to play and has a gameplan to execute against us. We've just got to give each other more support and help each other out by working harder to get in those areas where you're available and can be open."

"Everybody comes to Toronto ready. t's kind of under the microscope, the hockey Mecca.

"I'm sure they're sick of hearing everything about the Leafs."

-Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Joshua Clipperton of the CP has more on the Leafs.

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Practice Notes- Wings Need More Shots

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from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings knew what was coming.

After a dismal effort in Monday night's 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and no game on the schedule until Friday night, Wings coach Jeff Blashill put the team through a tough, battle-rich, hard skating practice.

"I knew it wasn't going to be a fun day of power play, that's for sure," forward Thomas Vanek said. "I think we have all played long enough where nobody's happy. Nobody is obviously pleased. What's going on here right now is not fun. It was to be expected."

Now 1-6-2, the Wings have too often passed up shots during games to look for an even better shot and are ranked 25th in the league at just 28 shots a game.

They experienced first-hand the way the Hurricanes do it, which is why they are first in the league at 41.8 shots a game.

"What I know for sure is that we have to shoot the puck 100 percent and we better buy into it," Blashill said. "We better buy into overshooting. We got a bunch of guys that want to make a play first and shoot second. We will continue to address that to make sure that we have an overshoot mentality.

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Video- After Detroit’s Practice Today

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I will add videos as they become available.

Right noiw we have Thomas Vanek below.

added 3:30pm, Cholowski added below.

added 3:38pm, Nine minutes of Blashill below.

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Filip Hronek Headed To Grand Rapids

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Wings Practicing At Their Training Center

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Top Players Under The Age Of 25

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from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

To qualify a player needs to have played at least 25 NHL games in one season, or 50 career games, and be under the age of 25 as of Sept. 15, 2018. So players like Rasmus Dahlin, Elias Pettersson and Dylan Strome will not be considered, but they were part of my ranking of the top 100 prospects entering this season.

Evaluations are based in part on my talent evaluations of a player, as I’ve scouted almost all the players over the years, as well as incorporating their statistical production, adjusted for age, position and context. I prefer forwards to defensemen, centers to wings, and I am very conservative in valuing goalies, particularly younger goalies.

22. Dylan Larkin, C, Detroit

Birthday: July 30, 1996 (22)
Previous rank: 30

I was expecting a breakout season for Larkin soon and he delivered. He became arguably the most important piece for the Wings and is their No. 1 center for the future. He doesn’t have the skill/playmaking style of Claude Giroux, but Larkin has good hands, is more creative offensively than I thought he’d be when he was younger, works very hard and has elite speed. A lot went wrong in Detroit the past few years, but Larkin isn’t one of those things.

61. Anthony Mantha, RW, Detroit

Birthday: Sept. 16, 1994 (24)
Previous rank: 47

Anthony Mantha’s development curve has a lot of peaks and valleys, from junior stardom to Jim Devellano calling him very disappointing in his rookie pro season to becoming a 20-goal winger this past season. His effort/consistency wavers, thus his game is prone to criticism, but he’s a highly skilled scorer with size. He could be a star but it’s hard to pin down where his future lies.

91. Andreas Athanasiou, C, Detroit

Birthday: Aug. 6, 1994 (24)
Previous rank: 71

Athanasiou has the potential to dazzle. His speed and skill are dynamic, and he can create a scoring chance out of nothing. Every now and then he pops and shows you the potential of a guy who can impact a shift. He’s inconsistent, though, and not a guy I’d describe as a primary playmaker. He’s produced at a quality level and seems to have settled into being a league average player.

97 more ($$$) players, Tyler Bertuzzi received and honorable mention.

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Slow Starts Hurting The Philadelphia Flyers

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from Sam Donnellon of Philly.com,

Stop me if you've heard this before. The Flyers are near the bottom in the NHL in penalty killing. They have a problem with slow starts to games. They have to "just clean up a few things'' to improve their ability to win those games.

On second thought, stop them. Someone. Stop them from living out the definition of insanity night after night, month after month, year after year, playing in the margins of mediocrity while claiming some sort of upward trek to the top.

"I'm not ducking it,'' Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said after a 4-1 loss Monday night to Colorado dropped his team to 4-5 this season. "We didn't have a great start there. We played a pretty good hockey game, when you look at the whole ball of wax here. But you have to get off to a better start to give yourself that opportunity. Especially to build that momentum in your own building. First thing we do is take a penalty and give up a [power-play] goal in our own building. … That puts you back on your heels.''

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The Colorado Avalanche Finish A Successful Road Trip

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from EJ Smith of the Denver Post,

Before heading to New York last week to play the Rangers, the Avalanche players’ message to one another was twofold.

They agreed they were a special team, and to prove it, they had to be better on the road.

After a 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Avalanche head home 3-0-1 on their first lengthy road trip this season and boast one of the NHL’s most dominant lines....

“It’s going to be important being better on the road,” Landeskog said. “You have to be a dominant home team, but you have to be at least .500 on the road. It was a big road trip, and we talked about it before this trip. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this team, and it’s an exciting time to go on the road to start the season.”...

Landeskog added to the line’s dominant numbers in the third period, scoring on a breakaway for his eighth goal of the season. Rantanen capped things off with an empty-netter near the end of the third period. He and his linemates combined for 23 points (13 goals) on the trip.

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The St. Louis Blues May Be Playing Not To Lose

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from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

After Saturday’s 4-1 victory in Toronto, the Blues talked about finding their game. Re-discovering the hard-working, strong-checking, focused style of play. Blues hockey, that’s what it was.

But what was found, is now lost. The Blues flew home late Monday only three points the richer from their six-day, three-city tour of Canada. A 5-4 defeat on Jacob Trouba’s goal 2 minutes, 54 seconds into overtime left their record at 2-3-3 with a seven-game homestand awaiting at Enterprise Center in St. Louis....

St. Louis came out strong, led 3-1 after two periods, and then after Winnipeg tied things at 3-3 early in the third, took a 4-3 lead on David Perron’s fifth goal of the season.

But it was not to be. For the fourth time this season, the Blues failed to hold a third period lead, and for the third time this season they lost in OT.

“I think we’re scared to lose games right now,” goalie Jake Allen said. “We’re behind in the standings. We know that. We know that each point’s crucial. We’re playing in the third period like we’re scared to lose the game.

“If you lose you lose, but we gotta go down swinging. I think we’re just giving teams opportunities. Teams as good as Winnipeg, if you give them chances they’re gonna bury them.”

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