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Video- Mike Babcock Gives The Linesman An Earful

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Babcock did not like the puck drop leading directly to a Flyers goal.


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

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The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the likelihood of the Senators trading Erik Karlsson, Ottawa's need of recouping draft picks, the latest on Evander Kane potentially being moved, and injuries to a pair of Team Canada WJC returnees.

Watch at TSN.

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Evening Line- Pierre LeBrun

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No question the priority remains for the Sens to try and sign Karlsson to a long-term deal as soon as possible this July, a year before his contract expires.

One way or another, his situation has to be ironed out by then, you cannot in a Canadian market allow a player of Karlsson’s superstar level enter next season in a walk year and expect that the ensuing mayhem surrounding that uncertainty won’t sink your team’s season.

-Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. Read more (paid subscription) on Karlsson plus the Blues looking for help up front.

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The Problems With The Ottawa Senators And Edmonton Oilers

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Less than a year ago they were Canada’s darlings.

A 98-point team in Ottawa that would push the Pittsburgh Penguins to double-overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, and a 103-point Oilers team whose journey ended just a period away from the Western Final. They were this country’s top National Hockey League entries back then, and destined in 2017-18 to break the 24-year run of American Stanley Cup winners.

Today, if you were to combine their percentage chances of making the playoffs in 2018, that number equals 10.8 per cent (according to the Sports Club Stats web site). The Oilers are at 3.9 per cent, the Sens at 6.9 per cent — both just this side of irrelevant, well before the kids are off for Christmas break.

Ottawa is on pace for 73 points, Edmonton just 71. Off of last season’s standings, that would place Ottawa 15th in the East, and Edmonton 12th out West.

Injuries, under-performing leaders, bad goaltending, and as a result, heavy questioning of the front office have afflicted both organizations.


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Wallner: Evgeny Svechnikov struggles to overcome his self-criticism

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Evgeny Svechnikov has struggled to put his game together after recovering from a neck injury, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that Svechnikov, like Martin Frk before him, is finding that self-criticism an extreme impediment to success:

The Grand Rapids Griffins second-year pro has not scored since Nov. 8, a span of 12 games, and his five points (2-3-5) in 20 games is lowest among forwards. Not the way the team's top pick in 2015 was expected to start out. And, most disappointed by the numbers may be Svechnikov.

"I never struggled like this and it's a challenge for me this year," he said after Tuesday's practice. "I think it's more tough mentally because I used to score goals and now I'm not. But, I'm still good. I come into the rink every day with the same positive attitude. Honestly, I'm going to tell you I never expected it. But, I don't give up. I keep pushing forward. That's all I can do and forget about the past."

It is a hardship Svechnikov has taken upon himself before. He is aware of his place as the Red Wings' top pick in 2015 (No. 19 overall), said coach Todd Nelson, who thinks Svechnikov places undue pressure on himself.

"His problem is he's his own worst critic," Nelson said. "Sometimes, he puts a lot of pressure on himself and when that happens, things go in a bad way. I just have to read off him to see how he's feeling and give him confidence because, right now, nobody likes what we're going through," the coach said. "In his case, he squeezes his stick tighter every game he plays. Bottom line is go out and have fun, play the system well and work hard."

Wallner continues

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Articles from practice II: ‘The process’ isn’t going away any time soon.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article from the Red Wings' practice, and all I can say is this: if you were expecting the Red Wings to pitch a different company line after dropping 9 of 10 games, prepare to be disappointed.

With the Wings set to host a team that's won 8 out of their past 10 games, with Wing-killer Tuukka Rask in the net, Detroit isn't going to make any substantial changes to their lineup (save demoting Tyler Bertuzzi), nor their outlook:

“That’s one of the things we talked about this morning, when you are doing the right things and still losing, it’s easy to try to do something different,” veteran forward Frans Nielsen said Tuesday. “But we have to try and remember that we’ve been creating a lot of scoring chances and playing some good hockey lately. So try not to get frustrated.

“We have to keep believing in what we are doing. We are playing good enough to get a win, so we just have to keep digging in and playing the same way. We can’t get frustrated about it. We can’t start cheating or playing a different way.”

Coach Jeff Blashill echoed at practice what he’d said after Monday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Florida.

“One of the hardest things in life to do is to trust the process when you are not getting results,” he said. “In any facet of life. A mistake people make is they go away from the process. They panic too early and they don’t stay with it. You have to trust the process.

“We out-chanced them before the goal went in 19-6 last night. We’ve out-chanced our opponents 49-34 over the last three games, and the worst of that was the Winnipeg game. Being frustrated doesn’t help you. If we stay with it, I believe we will get the results over the long term.”

St. James continues at length, and she posted a video of comments made by Nielsen and Blashill:

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Articles from practice: Bertuzzi demoted; Wings-B’s previews; on goal-scorers, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' practice at Little Caesars Arena must have been uneventful, because a trio of Tweets constituted the entirety of reporting from the Wings' practice facility.

They consisted of "Bertuzzi sticking with the Wings," per the Free Press's Helene St. James, and "Howard in the starter's net" and "no line changes" Tweets from MLive's Ansar Khan.

Khan added one post-practice Tweet (and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan broached the same subject):

The "tomorrow morning" timeline changed when the Red Wings assigned Bertuzzi to Grand Rapids just after 2 PM,

The Red Wings (1-5-and-4 over their past 10 games) will be hosting a Boston Bruins team that's on an upward trajectory tomorrow--having won 8 of their past 10 games--as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner:

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Red Wings send Tyler Bertuzzi to Grand Rapids Griffins

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Afternoon Line- John Shannon

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Houston has become the perfect city and arena for Bettman to move his most troubled team — the oasis in the desert for a troubled NHL franchise that won’t ever be viable in its present market. Your guess is as good as mine as to who that will be, though. Is it a team that begins with an “A” or a “C” or an “F”? We won’t know until the commissioner wants us to know.

Because you see Bettman, who I worked almost five years for and someone who is revered by billionaires, has a plan.

-John Shannon of Sportsnet where you can read more on this plus Seattle, Carolina and Quebec City too.

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Tweets and articles from practice: Bertuzzi’s sticking around (for now); Rask vs. Howard on Wed

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just before noon on Tuesday, preparing for big match-ups against the Bruins (on Wednesday) and Maple Leafs (on Friday).

The Wings have won only 1 of their past 10 games (1-5-and-4), including last night's 2-1 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers, but the team insists that its "process" has been good for the past two games.

As the Wings hit the ice at their practice facility, the Free Press's Helene St. James Tweeted this about Tyler Bertuzzi...

The Griffins may need Bertuzzi more than the Wings do at this point. At 9-13-and-3, the Griffins sit next-to-last in the Central Division, some 18 points behind the division-leading Manitoba Moose.

This should also come as no surprise, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

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