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Olczyk Back In Booth Wednesday

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Good news.  Eddie Olczyk, battling colon cancer, returns to the NBCSN broadcast booth tomorrow to call the game between the Blues and his decidedly favorite Hawks. 

Olczyk said Aug. 8 that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He is six weeks into a 24-week chemotherapy regimen.
"Three treatments in. Nine to go," he told USA Today on Monday. "We are a quarter of the way into the race and we are grinding it out."
Olczyk said he also will be part of the WGN broadcast for the Blackhawks game against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHL.TV) and will work other games as his health allows.

More and nice to hear.  Not all of us may appreciate his approach, or his biases, but it's good to see him, or anyone, battling back against a wicked opponent. 

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Leafs: Playoff OT Losses Suck, But Better When You Learn From Them

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Terry Koshan spoke with the Leafs today, specifically about how disgusting it was to lose the way they did to the Caps in last year's playoffs.  Nazim Kadri lied to his face and said the Leafs have no sad feelings.

“I don’t know how there can be,” Kadri said Tuesday after the Leafs’ morning skate at the Capital One Center.


“When five games go to overtime, that’s just anybody’s game, doesn’t matter who you are. I don’t think we would have changed anything or done anything differently. There are some mistakes we made that maybe we would want to take back, but that just happens over the course of the game.

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TSN Insider Trading: Double A and Calgary Arena Update

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss what's next in the Flames' arena saga, whether Andreas Athanasiou is any closer to returning to Detroit, why the Kings could make Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez available, and the Capitals' interest in adding a defenceman.

Watch here...

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Wings prospect Chase Perry named ECAC Goaltender of the Week

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Rensselaer Athletics:

ECAC Hockey has announced its weekly men's hockey award winners and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's hockey student-athlete Chase Perry has been named Goaltender of the Week after helping the Engineers to a pair of ties over the weekend.

A junior from Andover, Minn., Perry recorded 83 saves in two 1-1 ties against Ohio State last week. He opened the season by turning away a career-high 56 shots, including 25 in the second period alone on Friday night, before saving 27 shots on Saturday. He stopped all 15 shots he faced in the third period of game two against the Buckeyes.

Through the two games, Perry has a 0.92 goals against average and a .976 save percentage, which are both the best in the nation. A former standout for the Wenatchee Wild, his 83 saves are second most in the country among goaltenders with two games played.

Last season, Perry went 6-20-1 with a 3.35 goals against average and a .906 save percentage in 28 games (27 starts). He posted one shutout – the first of his collegiate career and made 40 or more saves three times. His season was highlighted by stopping all 41 shots in RPI's 4-0 shutout of then-No. 2 Harvard on January 13, 2017.

In 45 career games, which includes one season at Colorado College, Perry is 7-28-4 with a 3.40 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.

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Afternoon news: On Larkin, Rasmussen and Cholowski, ‘business of hockey’ and Griffins news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill and Henrik Zetterberg about Dylan Larkin's maturation, addressing Larkin's up-tick in ice time and special teams play:

That workload reminds captain Henrik Zetterberg of how the Red Wings used him when he was a young player. Zetterberg is still a fixture on the power play but he no longer kills penalties. He thinks getting more responsibility will only help further Larkin's development.

"It is huge," said Zetterberg, 37. "To be honest, I kind of miss it. It's fun to play all situations. You get into the game. It doesn't really matter if it's a lot of penalties or not. It's good for him. He's a good PK'er. He's smart. He skates well. He's good at reading plays. It's really good that he plays in all situations. It will only help him.

"We saw it last year, the last 25 games. He took a step and he just continued this year. Obviously, he gets the opportunity to play a little more, too. He could probably play 34 minutes. He's in great shape. His stride is so simple and easy, he could be out there forever."

Khan continues...

2. In the prospect department, both Michael Rasmussen and Dennis Cholowski have been named to the WHL's CIBC Canada-Russia Series roster. The WHL-hosted Canada-Russia games will take place in Moose Jaw and Swift Current, Saskatchewan on November 5th and 6th;

3. In the multimedia department, the Red Wings posted Twitter videos of Blashill and Zetterberg's comments made prior to the Wings' departure for Toronto, where the team will play on Wednesday...

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HSJ: Danny DeKeyser out for another week

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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KK- Health Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I just wanted to pop in here to say I won't be doing any posting at least for today.

Some of you know I am a type 2 diabetic and deal with it on a daily basis.  For the last few months additional issues have come up but I have continued to do what I do at KK.

I will go into more detail once I feel a bit better but right now, I am seeking some additional advice on my next medical step and really not feeling well at all.

Thanks for your understanding and I will update as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, IwoCPO will do what he can here at KK.

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KK Note

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Morning everyone. Paul is currently under the weather. I'll try to get on here a bit later and very neutrally bring you a quarter of the material Paul typically would.  As some of you know, I'm very unbiased and not prone to hyperbole. My selections, if there are any, will reflect that.

If I have updates on Paul, I'll pass them along.

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Red Wings-Lightning quick take: funky fluky flub

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning faced off on Monday as the pair of 4-1-and-0 teams hoped to build upon their respective strong starts.

Regrettably, the Red Wings' losing streak against the Lightning continued, and it reached seven winless games because the Red Wings made too many self-inflicted mistakes en route to a 3-2 loss to a Lightning team that was at least beatable.

The Wings fumbled play on Tyler Johnson's shorthanded breakaway goal, blew coverage on Nikita Kucherov's first goal of the game, and Jonathan Ericsson, Trevor Daley and Frans Nielsen all touched the puck before Kucherov did on the 3-2 goal.

Detroit out-shot Tampa Bay, rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game 2-2, and the Wings had 18:13 to tie the game after Kucherov's early-3rd-period winner, but the Wings just couldn't or wouldn't simplify their game to the point that they could make Andrei Vasilevskiy's night hard, and that was all the difference for a mistake-prone Wings team whose goalie was other than superhuman and whose defense was predictably "meh" (especially Ericsson).

It was a frustrating return home after a fine West Coast swing, and now the Wings need to win at least one of their games in Toronto and against Washington to keep their record above .500.

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Live Blog Away

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Paul here after receiving a text from The Chief stating his ship has yet to dock.

So, here I am, head spinning and wondering what the Wings will bring tonight?

They haven't beat the Bolts in regular season since 2015.

With that, it is your live blog, have at it.

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