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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

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“A lot of it, I’ve always believed, is self-preparation. I know we haven’t played a lot of games and all that stuff, but you can make excuses all day long. These guys are professionals, and they shouldn’t be doing that.

“It’s a mindset. We can’t be thinking scoring every time we’re out there. We have to think ‘defend,’ especially when you have a lead. It’s been addressed [Friday], it’s been addressed [Saturday] about leads in the third period. It’s been addressed every day this week. And they didn’t …’’

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Minnesota Wild on their slow start to the season.  Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune has more.

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Video- Malcolm Subban After His First NHL Win

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Malcolm Subban got his first NHL win, nearly a shutout, and spoke afterward about keeping his cool as the game progresses.


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The Buffalo Sabres Get In The Win Column

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The final seconds were ticking off the Honda Center clock Sunday night and Phil Housley was able to escape coach mode and allow himself a smile.

Housley reached out to shake the hand of associate coach Davis Payne, who made sure to wait for the final horn before giving Housley an enthusiastic shake back. Housley then turned to his left. First-year NHL assistant Chris Hajt gave him a big shake and an even bigger hug that had plenty of meaning behind it. Hajt has known Housley since he was a tot and his father, Sabres Hall of Famer Bill Hajt, was playing as one of Housley's first defense partners in the NHL.

Housley's first win as an NHL player came as an 18-year-old with the Sabres on Oct. 16, 1982, a 9-2 drubbing of the Washington Capitals. One day shy of the 35th anniversary of that game, the 53-year-old Housley's Buffalo career reached another milestone with his first win as the Sabres' head coach.

"It feels great but I have to tip my hat to the guys in that locker room," Housley said after the Sabres gave their rookie bench boss No. 1 in the NHL with a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. "The guys really gutted it out to get a win tonight."


Below, watch the game highlights...

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The Wings This Week

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have taken care of business five games into the season by beating a few teams they should have defeated on the way to a 4-1-0 start.

A bigger test comes this week, when the Red Wings face three of the tougher and more potent clubs in the Eastern Conference – Tampa Bay, Toronto and Washington.

Here are five things to watch this week:

How to solve Lightning?

The Red Wings have had more trouble with Tampa Bay than any other club the past few seasons, losing to the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 and having gone 0-6-1 in their past seven regular games against Steve Yzerman’s club. Tampa Bay visits Little Caesars Arena on Monday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

The Lightning are coming off a disappointing season, having missed the playoffs, but many expect them to compete for the Stanley Cup this season. They are off to a 4-1-0 start, ranking sixth in the league in goals per game (4.00) and the power play (28.6 percent). Nikita Kucherov leads the team with eight points (five goals, three assists), but goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy’s goals-against average (3.20) is suffering behind some shoddy defensive play.


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NHL Short Notes

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Making his first start of the season, Malcom Subban made 21 saves to earn his first career NHL win and help the Golden Knights become the first team in the expansion era – and third in NHL history – to win four of its first five games in its inaugural season.

* Elias notes that the Golden Knights joined the Canadiens (4-1-0 in 1917-18) and Rangers (4-1-0 in 1926-27) as the only franchises in NHL history to record four wins in the opening five games of their inaugural season.

* The Golden Knights, Canadiens, Rangers and 1967-68 Kings (3-0-2) are the only clubs to collect at least eight points through five games in their inaugural season.

* Subban, who fell 30 seconds shy of a shutout, was selected in the first round (24th overall) by the Bruins in 2012 and played two games with the club before being claimed on waivers by the Golden Knights on Oct. 3.

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Wings Aiming For Consistency

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Last season included many games in which an incomplete effort marred a match otherwise played well enough to wins. The Red Wings have talked about playing a more complete game. They still stymie their best intentions with uneven performance.

Their season may be a test of whether this lineup can accomplish the task, or the Wings and their fans remain patient for the development of a more talented roster, heralding easier, more frequent wins.

“I think a lot of it is mental, and there are little things in the game that decide whether the momentum comes right back to you or not,” Zetterberg said after practice Sunday.

“I don’t think there’s many perfect games out there. You’ve just got to shorten the bad moments, and try to find the ways to get the momentum on your side and play good.”


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Penalty Kill Has Been Good For The Wings

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from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

Defenseman Trevor Daley believes everyone on the team is making a contribution.

"I feel that we're finding different ways and different guys are contributing to winning," Daley said. "That's a recipe for a good team. With what you guys are talking about, the consistency, and get a little bit of run going here and a little confidence. A little swagger to our step is not a bad thing."

Captain Henrik Zetterberg knows how important special teams are and feels that the penalty kill has been a difference-maker in the early going.

"The penalty kill has been outstanding for us and really helped us win games," Zetterberg said. "sThe goaltending has been good. Petr (Mrazek) was fantastic in Vegas and (Jimmy) Howard's been good all his starts. Those two things but also I think we have a pretty even team. All four lines are doing well and all four lines can play in all situations. I think that's easy for the coach to put us out there."

Detroit is currently third in the league on the penalty kill at 91.3 percent.

Only the Ottawa Senators at 100 percent and the Los Angeles Kings at 94.4 percent are ahead of the Wings.

"That's going to be a huge part of it, with the way the penalties are being called," Daley said.

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Excerpt From Ken Daniel’s Book

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from Ken Daniels at the Detroit Free Press,

"To my beautiful son, Jamie: his life story never got to be written, but his 23 years could have filled 300 pages with joy, caring, laughter, and loyalty, as his years did for us."

If people didn’t get my name correct by calling me using the surnames of one of the other too-many Kens, I would also be known as “There’s that Red Wings guy. He’s the one who does the games on TV.”

Now it’s become, “There’s that guy whose son passed away.”

That’s how I feel I’ve become known. And you know something, I don’t mind that at all. If that’s what it takes to keep my son in people’s thoughts, then I will gladly be known as “Jamie’s dad.”

My son, Jamie, died suddenly in his sleep in December 2016, as I was working on this book. It was a shock, a personal tragedy that no parent should ever know, being left to bury a child.


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VGK Place Fleury And Marchessault On IR, Make Corresponding Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

VEGAS (October 15, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, October 15, the following roster transactions: The team has placed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and forward Jonathan Marchessault on the injured reserve list and the team has recalled goaltender Maxime Lagace and forward Alex Tuch from the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves.

Fleury (concussion) and Marchessualt (lower body injury) are expected to miss at least a week.

Lagace and Tuch both joined the Golden Knights on Sunday and are expected to be available for today's game against Boston at 4 p.m. PT

added 12:52pm, Below, watch how Fleury suffered the concussion.

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Not Much To Update On Detroit’s Practice Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Dana Wakiji tweet,

DeKeyser (lower body) still not practicing with team.

If there is any more news, I will update.

Otherwise, enjoy your Sunday.

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