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Red Wings to hold ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ night on Saturday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Detroit Red Wings:

Annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night
Fans encouraged to wear lavender on Saturday to support Cancer Awareness as Red Wings take on Boston Bruins at 7:00 p.m. at The Joe

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings have joined forces with the American Cancer Society to host the club's annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Saturday, Oct. 29, when the Red Wings square off against the Boston Bruins at 7:00 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket). Red Wings fans attending Saturday's game are encouraged to wear lavender to help support cancer awareness.

More than 60 cancer patients, survivors and caretakers from American Cancer Society will experience the game from the Rehmann Suite Level as guests of captain Henrik Zetterberg, defenseman Brendan Smith and the Red Wings. Additionally, all fans attending Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night at Joe Louis Arena will receive an official "I Fight For" rally towel, courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Praising the Wings’ resiliency

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeff Gordon praises the Red Wings' resiliency this morning:

Like the Chicago Cubs, the Maple Leafs went the tank-and-rebuild route to acquire young talent. That is totally within the rules, of course, but it far less noble than trying to contend every year -- as the Detroit Red Wings have done.

Against all odds, the Winged Wheeled has rolled into the playoffs 25 years in a row. Twenty-five!

And even with star center Pavel Datsyuk opting to finish his career in Russia and cornerstone defenseman Niklas Kronwall shelved with chronic knee problems, Detroit will be in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt again this season.

Blues fan will see that for themselves tonight at Scottrade Center.

How do the Red Wings do it? By finding jewels deeper in the NHL draft and landing undrafted free agents.

Gordon continues

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Morning Line- Claude Julien

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Sure you’re happy with the first half (of the game), but certainly not with the outcome. We’re here to win games, not pat ourselves on the back when we think we deserve it. I would have liked to see us play a whole game like that.

“We played well right from the get-go, I think the first half of the game was pretty good. But you can’t win hockey games with the number of penalties we were given. Warranted or not, you’re not going to win when you’re taking (six) in a row. I disagree with a lot of those calls, but anyway . . .

“It’s tough to win in this league. And if we’re going to be taking that many penalties, it’s going to be tough for us to win. We need every break we can get here with this hockey club. We had to stay out of the box to give ourselves a chance. We didn’t do that.”

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after the Bruins lost 5-2 to the Rangers.  Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald has more on the game.

Catch the game highlights below...

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Video- Here’s A Stick Kid

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Mathieu Schneider “Optimistic That It Will Work Out In The End” Regarding The 2018 Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Yoo Jee-ho and Park Young-seo of the Yonhap News Agency,

Schneider told reporters Thursday "the biggest obstacle" is who will shoulder the expenses, such as transportation, insurance and accommodations, for some 150 NHL players if they do decide to compete here....

"I understand from the IOC's perspective that they don't want to pay players to come, but at the same time, players don't necessarily want to pay to come to the Olympics as well," Schneider said. "It's certainly not something that can't be overcome. We're optimistic that it will all work out in the end. Players love playing in the Olympics. That's why we've participated in the last five Olympics."...

Lynn White, group vice president of international strategy for the NHL, said PyeongChang organizers appear to be "well ahead of schedule with respect to the preparations for the Olympic Games." Schneider compared PyeongChang favorably to Sochi, the Russian host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

"I think they're much further ahead at this point than Sochi, roughly a little over a year out (from the Olympics)," Schneider said. "I think we're very impressed with the progress and the facilities that we've seen. I think everyone is very dedicated to having a top-notch event. We'd expect nothing less coming here. I'd anticipate that early in the new year, we should have a decision." 


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Video- Ryan Johansen With A Two Minutes For Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penaly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Post-game stories had no mention of the incident, so we are left to guess.  Could have been some words were exchanged or a rules violation.


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The Edmonton Oilers are 6-1-0

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Here in cautious Northern Alberta -- where folks have been burned numerous times by buying into a rebuild that would show some promise, then quickly go up in smoke -- they’re not real sure about how much credit they should give their Oilers right now.

“We’re seven games in,” cautioned the NHL’s leading scorer Connor McDavid, after another two-point night. “We’re 6-1 and that’s a good start, but that’s all it is.”

Really? Is that really all it is?

Down the hall in a Washington dressing room where the Capitals suffered their second straight regulation defeat — something that did not happen in the entire 2015-16 season — they saw a little more than that from Edmonton.

“Their structure is what’s really noticeable,” said Caps defenceman Karl Alzner. “They’re playing more aggressive. They’re playing rushes earlier and smarter. They’re battling really, really hard.

“The new building and everything, the team’s feeling good. You can see that with the urgency in their game.”

Goalie Cam Talbot, whose save percentage jumps to .927,  made 34 saves and was beaten only by Ovechkin on a rebound. He’s giving Edmonton lights-out goaltending, the caliber of which this team has not received in a decade.


The game highlight package is not available at this point, but you can watch post-game interviews below after the 4-1 win by the Oilers over the Capitals.

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Video- David Pastrnak Hit On Dan Girardi

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via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

Girardi was the recipient of a monster hit from Boston forward David Pastrnak at 10:55 of the second period, when the Blueshirts were in the middle of their torrid comeback. As Girardi reached up to play the puck with his hand at the center line, Pastrnak’s shoulder drove right into his chin.

There was a minor penalty assessed for an illegal check to the head, and after going through concussion protocol in the locker room, Girardi returned with no ill effects.

“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something. As soon as I got up, I was fine.”

Josh Jooris suffered a separated shoulder in the game too, a 5-2 win over the Bruins.


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
Montreal 3, NY ISLANDERS 2
NY RANGERS 5, Boston 2
EDMONTON 4, Washington 1
ANAHEIM 6, Nashville 1
Shea Weber (1-1—2) scored the go-ahead goal with less than three minutes left in the third period to lift the Canadiens to their fifth straight victory and to a 6-0-1 mark this season. Montreal remains the only team without a regulation loss in 2016-17.

* Elias notes that the Canadiens, who set a franchise record by starting 9-0-0 in 2015-16, are the fifth team in NHL history to have back-to-back seasons in which they recorded at least one point in each of their first seven games. The other four: the Oilers (1983-84 & 1984-85), Lightning (2002-03 & 2003-04), Wild (2007-08 & 2008-09) and Sharks (2012-13 & 2013-14).

* Weber has recorded at least one point in six of seven games with Montreal and leads the club with 3-6—9 this season. All three of Weber’s goals have come on the power play, with two counting as game-winners. 

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Prospect news: Vahatalo’s ‘on loan’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the Finnish Liiga, DRW Prospects found where Julius Vahatalo is playing:

I can't even find where TUTO, TPS Turku's farm team, plays without Google, but Tuto defeated KeuPa HT 4-0;

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Mattias Elfstrom took a penalty in IK Pantern's 3-1 win over Sodertalje SK;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh's Val-d'Or Foreurs lost 3-2 to Victoriaville in OT;

In the OHL, Givani Smith took 8 shots but finished at -2 in the Guelph Storm's 5-2 loss to Owen Sound.

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