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“A Noticeable Difference In The Red Wings This Season”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

In August, Larkin said a handful of players returned to Detroit for optional practices, and by September, there were even more. Then came free agency in October, and Yzerman signed five veteran players -- goalie Thomas Greiss, forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Bobby Ryan, defensemen Jon Merrill and Troy Stecher -- then traded for longtime New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal.

Larkin was on a text chain with his two linemates, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi. "It was just like, another great player, another great player," Larkin says. "And then Ty texted: Are the Red Wings a wagon now?"

Detroit is probably a bit away from wagon status, but there's a noticeable difference in the Red Wings this season. They split their first four games, but saw momentum halted with five players on the COVID-19 protocol list, and held out of action this weekend in Chicago (where they lost both games). Even still, there's a new swagger to the Red Wings. Detroit's goaltending is far improved (Jonathan Bernier and Greiss have combined for a .904 save percentage, a huge improvement on last season's .886 as a team) and there's more resolve (after being shut out in their opener, Detroit stormed back for a 4-2 win over a talented Hurricanes team in Game 2).

"The blue line -- those guys are always screaming for the puck, they want the puck," Larkin says. "They come to the bench, and they're letting me know, and they're letting guys know that we gotta talk. It makes everyone's life easier and I think that's something we were really missing last year. Those veteran guys who came from other teams have just been emphasizing talking and wanting the puck, and it's made a huge difference."


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sorry for the delay this morning, I slept in.


* Chicago’s Pius Suter scored a hat trick to equal a feat achieved by only one other player in franchise history (nearly 90 years ago), while fellow rookies Kirill Kaprizov (MIN) and Ty Smith (NJD) continued their hot starts.

Joe Pavelski (1-2—3), Anze Kopitar (1-2—3) and Connor McDavid (0-3—3) also were among a group of six players who had three points Sunday, while Marc-Andre Fleury climbed the all-time shutouts list as Vegas improved to 5-1-0.

* The Canucks and Senators clash tonight to open a busy week in the NHL, which is set to include three days with at least 12 games.

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Videos- Icing Or Not?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Vegas Golden Knights scored 42 seconds left in regulation to beat the Arizona Coyotes 1-0.

Coach Tocchet said it should have been icing.

You can check the video below.


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Videos- Post Game After A 6-2 Loss To The Chicago Blackhawks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

We have Larkin, Bertuzzi and Blashill in the first video, below find the game highlights.


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Quick Recap- Detroit/Chicago

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Pius Suter hat trick for the Blackhawks plus they added three more while Detroit's Tyler Bertuzzi had two goals.

Final- Chicago 6 Detroit 2.

Lack of talent was exposed today and if the Wings continue to play like this, mark it down as another long season.

The older veterans are not adding anything to the game, they just seem to be there.

Detroit goals are below.

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A Matinee Game

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

It's a matinee game, so, I'm guessing that means day drinking for the 19. Sit back, relax, and hopefully you will be entertained.

It's a Live Blog!

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Wings Recall Hirose And Smith From The Taxi Squad

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

The Wings have recalled Taro Hirose and Givani Smith from the taxi squad prior to today's game.

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George Armstrong Has Passed Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs mourn the passing today of George Armstrong at age 90. As one of the first players of Indigenous descent to play professional hockey, George first signed with the organization in 1946 and was a member of the Maple Leafs family for 75 years. He distinguished himself as a player, captain, coach, assistant general manager, scout, community ambassador and alumnus.

Skating his entire 21-year NHL career with the Maple Leafs - and 12 as their captain - George helped Toronto capture four Stanley Cups. He was named one of the One Hundred Greatest Maple Leafs of all-time, is an Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and has had his number retired by the club in addition to being a hallowed member of Legends Row.

"George is part of the very fabric of the Toronto Maple Leaf organization and will be deeply missed," said Toronto Maple Leafs President & Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan. "A proud yet humble man, he loved being a Maple Leaf but never sought the spotlight even though no player played more games for Toronto or captained the team longer. Always one to celebrate his teammates rather than himself, George couldn't even bring himself to deliver his speech the day he was immortalized on Legends Row."

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added 10:27am, Toronto did a Legends Row feature on Armstrong, watch it below...

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A “Prove It Year” For Bobby Ryan

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Sean Leahy of NBC Sports,

Bobby Ryan entered the 2020-21 NHL season with one goal in mind.

The 2005 No. 2 overall pick had an up-and-down final few years in Ottawa, culminating in last season where he took a leave of absence from the Senators to deal with an alcohol problem. He returned and recorded a hat trick in his first game back home. His comeback saw him be named the winner of the 2019-20 Bill Masterton Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

While the comeback was memorable, it also signaled the end of his time with the Senators. With the team transitioning towards youth, they bought out the final two years of his contract. In October, he signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings.

Ryan is long-past the early days of his NHL career where he was a four-time 30-goal scorer. But now healthy, in body and mind, he went to Detroit for the chance to turn things around.

“For me, this was a ‘prove it’ year,” he said, “an opportunity for me to take the step that I should have taken years ago but hadn’t been able to because of outside stuff.”


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Another Loss For The Vancouver Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Suddenly and unexpectedly back in the game Saturday and with a chance to save a series and restore some confidence, the Vancouver Canucks used all the hard lessons learned from a difficult start to the season and, naturally, applied none of them.

They made the same big mistakes – mistakes you can’t overcome -- to get another discouraging result, losing 5-2 to the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena to fall three games below .500 for the first time since March 26, 2019.

Seven games into the National Hockey League season, it’s hard to say if the Canucks are good enough to compete in the Canadian division because all they’ve done so far is beat themselves.

They are 2-5-0, allowed the Canadiens to light them up with 17 goals in three games, and continue to get net-negative play from some of their top skaters.


Game highlights are below.

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