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Don’t Say Not A Shot For Jack Hughes Now

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Lose a shot at Jack Hughes? Not likely.

The Detroit Red Wings have engineered a nice little surge in the NHL standings after bottoming out at 31st three weeks into the season. On Oct. 27 they were 1-7-2, tied for a league-worst 40 goals allowed and tied for 30th with 21 goals scored.

Now they’ve won four straight games and seven of their last eight to reach 8-8-2, have scored 32 goals during those eight games while allowing 20. They’ve taken advantage of being at Little Caesars Arena, where they have won five of their last six games. ...

October’s schedule featured one top opponent after another in Columbus, Toronto, Boston, Montreal, Winnipeg and Dallas, while November has featured New Jersey, the Rangers, Carolina and Arizona — and now comes games at Ottawa and the Devils. These are, and have been, winnable games.

“The schedule has a way of evening out,” Blashill said. “Early on it was a tough schedule for a multitude of reasons. Now we’ve been on more of a home stand for a bit. Regardless of how we started, we felt we had to take advantage of this home schedule.

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added 5:35pm, Adding videos below as they become available, right now Mantha after today's practice.

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The Future Is On Display In Detroit

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The "Lose for Hughes" campaign was in full force when the Red Wings were 1-7-2 and looked destined to having the best draft lottery odds for generational talent Jack Hughes. It has lost some steam during a 7-1 run that has drawn them even at 8-8-2.

It's a long season that promises to deliver many ups and downs.

But those who favor winning at the expense of draft position and those committed to tanking can agree on this much: It's good for the future of the franchise that young players are stepping up and gaining confidence.

Nobody is hotter than Andreas Athanasiou, who has three two-point games since returning from an injury and is tied with Dylan Larkin for the team lead with seven goals.

Anthony Mantha has three goals in the past two games after an awful start. Michael Rasmussen is improving as a net-front presence and has three goals in seven games. Dennis Cholowski (three goals, nine points) is tied for fifth among rookies in points and tied for first among rookie defensemen.

"They are the future. They're the ones who are going to push this train forward," Niklas Kronwall said. 

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Wednesday Edition Of Hockey Thoughts

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Something to watch: Ice time for Colorado’s Nikita Zadorov (15:40 per game) is down almost four minutes from 2017–18. It is by far the lowest of his career. Zadorov came a long way last season after being a healthy scratch on opening night. He’ll be 24 in April, and is a restricted free agent. Have not heard his name in any trade rumours, and there aren’t too many like him. Let’s see where this goes.

- Quietly, teams are trying to find out if Joel Quenneville wants to coach this season, and what situation(s) he prefers.

- Two years ago, Bettman phoned everyone (or a representative for those who have passed) on the NHL’s list of the top 100 players. He was supposed to do it over 10 days, but finished in a couple. He said one player didn’t recognize the number and ignored his calls. But the commissioner kept trying and eventually connected.

“Will you stop calling me? Why are you calling me? I’m not buying what you’re selling,” was the answer.

(Bettman didn’t say who it was.)

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Injury List Grows For The Vegas Golden Knights

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from Justin Emerson of the Las Vegas Sun,

It appears the Golden Knights are preparing for the worst when it comes to the health of center Erik Haula.

Haula was placed on injured reserve Tuesday night, according to the team’s website, and coach Gerard Gallant confirmed today that Haula he will be out “month-to-month.”

Gallant also said center Paul Stastny, who played in three games this year before going on IR, is “not close” to returning.

“Injuries are part of the game. Every team goes through them, so we can’t use them as an excuse,” Gallant said. “If we’re going to win, everybody has to step up. That’s the way it is. When guys go down, people have to step up and take a bigger role.”

Gallant said he wasn’t sure if either player would require surgery.

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Sidney Crosby Being Evaluated For An Upper-Body Injury

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from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,

Sidney Crosby could be sidelined with an upper-body injury when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, ATTSN-PT, SUN, NHL.TV).

The 31-year-old center missed practice Wednesday when he was being evaluated for the injury, coach Mike Sullivan said. When asked if Crosby could miss the game against the Lightning, Sullivan repeated the Pittsburgh captain was being evaluated for an upper-body injury.

Sullivan did not disclose when Crosby sustained the injury. Crosby had two assists in 21:32 of ice time in a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

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Videos- Have A Day Filip Zadina

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The Grand Rapids Griffins are playing their annual School Day Game today.

They lead 2-1 at this point and Filip Zadina has both goals.

You can watch them below.

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Video- Top Goals Of The Week

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Just over 5 minutes to watch.

 

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LA Kings/Pittsburgh Penguins Trade- Tanner Pearson For Carl Hagelin

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Dylan Larkin On The CBA

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from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

"You see it in guys' contracts, everyone is preparing for a lockout with signing bonus money," Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin said.

Larkin gets a bit fiery when talking about the upcoming labor talks. "As players, I don't think we're really happy with the deal we got," he said. "I know the league is in great shape, but we want to continue to grow the game, and that's what it's about for us players: growing the game internationally and right here in smaller markets, getting on TV more, doing more for social media, and overall making the game bigger."

much more from a roundtable of NHL players on the CBA...

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A Three-Year Contract Extension For Jim Rutherford

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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins today signed general manager Jim Rutherford to a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season.

The deal extends Rutherford's existing contract, which was scheduled to run through the current season.

Rutherford, a 69-year-old native of Beeton, Ontario, is in his 25th year as an NHL general manager and his fifth season with the Penguins. He currently ranks eighth in NHL history among general managers in both career wins (850) and games managed (1,834) according to the NHL Stats team. 

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