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Khan: Glendening out for remainder of season; AA questionable for Thursday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From MLive's Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening will miss the final six games of the season due to a fractured ankle/foot suffered in Monday's 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

General manager Ken Holland said it hasn't been determined if Glendening needs surgery.

Glendening appeared in 74 games, picking up three goals and 11 assists and posting a minus-10 rating.

Holland said Andreas Athanasiou is day-to-day, his status for Thursday's game at Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) uncertain. Athanasiou was injured when cross-checked in the back by Victor Rask while scoring in OT.

The Red Wings have 12 healthy forwards and six defensemen, so Holland said there are no plans to recall anyone from the Grand Rapids Griffins for Thursday's game.

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Injury Update On The Wings

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Video- Highlights From Last Night’s NHL Games

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Just short of three minutes long.

 

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The Playoff Race In The East

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Now What?

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

To regain a competitive advantage, general manager Ken Holland and his staff will have to explore trades and think hard about how much it is worth giving up to get what the Wings need most: a defenseman who can anchor the top pairing.

“They don’t need a complete retool,” (Scotty) Bowman said. “Detroit has some pieces, they just need to spruce up in some areas. Draft picks this year are good to have, but draft picks are not impactful for two to four years.

“It’s a work in progress. A lot will depend on the off-season. If they can pick up a defenseman, but it’s not easy to find a defenseman these days. So many teams are short on defense. But they have  enough young guys that can be better than average.”

There are good building blocks on the team in Dylan Larkin (he has had a tough second year but has the smarts to figure out how to become an impact player), Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou have provided a huge lift down the stretch, giving them confidence that should carry over into next season. They are exactly what the Wings need: young players lifting some of the weight off the veterans, as Datsyuk and Zetterberg did a decade ago. Likewise, Tatar and Nyquist have surged down the stretch, as has Mrazek. Young defensemen such as Nick Jensen and Robbie Russo have gained valuable experience.

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The IOC On The NHL Participating In The Olympics

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its deadline was the same. Overnight Tuesday, IOC spokesman Mark Adams replied by email:

“We know that the players definitely want to play and the fans want to watch the best players in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. These Games give the greatest worldwide exposure to the sport of ice hockey. The offer for the two Olympic Winter Games 2018 and 2022 remains on the table and we are still hopeful there will be an agreement in the interests of all.

“Because of the interest of the Olympic Movement to see the NHL players in the Olympic Games, the IIHF has ensured that the travel and insurance cost of the NHL players will be fully covered, as was the case in previous Olympic Games.

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Why The Streak Ended

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from ESPN,

Why did the Detroit Red Wings' playoff streak end?

Craig Custance: Time finally caught up to the Red Wings. This was an amazing streak, one that we may not fully appreciate until years down the road, when time gives it the proper perspective. But with those playoff appearances and championships came contracts that rewarded previous accomplishments instead of future ones. With those successes came draft picks that were closer to the bottom of each round than the top. With those successes came a loyalty to players who management would have been better served letting go. Add in injuries, sophomore struggles from Dylan Larkin and a defense that needs serious work and the Red Wings are outside looking in. Still, it was an incredible run.

Pierre LeBrun: I think the right question is, how did it last for an incredible 25 years? My goodness, we'll never see that again in the NHL, especially not in a salary-cap era. But to answer the question, the streak finally ended because after 25 years of being at or near the bottom of the draft, the Red Wings finally paid the price for never being able to select top-five talent. There's only so many times you can beat the odds and draft really good players with the lower picks. The other reason is that great superstars such as Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan and the irreplaceable Lidstrom left and were replaced by good players, but not great ones. It's hard to replace greatness with good. It has all caught up now to the Wings, who deserve the chance to rejig things -- and GM Ken Holland will do just that.

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The Edmonton Oilers Are In The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Four thousand and two days.

But who’s counting, eh?

Well, how about the entire city of Edmonton and surrounding areas since the last time fans could stand up and shout to the rooftops “Hey, the Oilers are in the playoffs. Next stop, the Stanley Cup.”

OK, maybe not the second part of that. A Canadian team hasn’t won a Cup since 1993.

But at least the city can exhale now. The Oilers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Fan Appreciation Night at Rogers Centre, where they gave away patio sets and spin cycles as prizes, but the biggest prize was a post-season berth.

“You saw the excitement in the building. This means a lot, the fans have gone through probably one of the worst stretches you could imagine,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who scored on a pass to Patrick Maroon that pin-balled off the skate of Derek Forbort and past L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick.

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Detroit’s Playoff Streak Ends In Carolina

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“We’ve been talking about this for the last few months, it’s a great streak,” said captain Henrik Zetterberg in a quiet Red Wings locker room. “Guys who’ve been part of it should be proud. Unfortunately it’s over. You just move on and look to the future.”

The Red Wings never gained any traction, never put together a long win streak, and it hurt them in the standings.

That’s probably the biggest reason,” said Zetterberg of the inconsistency. “We’ve been talking about it, when we’re playing well we’re a good team. Then the next game, it’s totally opposite.

“That’s something we have to improve on for next year.”

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Video- Post Or Else

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I better hurry up and post this or else...

I received this email after 11:00pm ET last night.

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Care to make a post for the worst offside call all season?  I know it doesn't affect the red wings but come on...you were very quick to put up tom Wilson high stick but aren't all over this?  Put it up or just call your website a red wings fan site.  League VERY lucky the caps pulled this off in OT.

Well we can't have that can we.  Watch below....

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