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A History Lesson

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from Stan Fischler at The Hockey News,

James Norris was not fooling around that April morning in 1935.

The 56-year-old Montreal commerce czar had just bought Detroit’s NHL club – then called the Falcons – and phoned Jack ‘Jolly Jawn’ Adams, the coach-manager he had acquired in the franchise purchase. “I’ll give you a year on the job,” Norris warned him. “You’re now on probation.”

Those who knew Norris best translated the “probation” part to mean win a Stanley Cup, pronto, or else. If that wasn’t intimidating enough, there was the new owner’s physical presence: very scary. “I remember the afternoon we met,” said Adams during an interview in 1961 when he was 67. “Norris was bald and he had heavy black eyebrows and a round face. His nose was broad and flat, like somebody had hit it.”

While he was at it, the new boss laid a few other things on the line with his new employee. “We’ll call the team the Wings. In fact, we’ll call it Red Wings. Our emblem will be a winged wheel which ought to sit good with Henry Ford and the car people,” Adams recalled.

The habitually argumentative Adams instantly realized he should never quarrel with his new boss – just do what the millionaire said and quickly go about the business of making him happy. The results were amazing, to say the least. He gifted Norris with back-to-back championships, while earning a second nickname, ‘Trader Jack.’ 


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Red Wings Involved In Schedule Changes

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NEW YORK (Jan. 15, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced updates to the 2020-21 regular-season schedule. The Dallas Stars will now open their regular season on Friday, Jan. 22 at home against the Nashville Predators. All updates are listed below. The complete 2020-21 NHL regular-season schedule can be found at NHL.com/schedule.

 The following games have been re-scheduled:

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Watching The NHL

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from NHL.com,

The return of the NHL and the first games played in the Scotia North Division drew record TV ratings in the United States and Canada on Wednesday.

The opening game of the season, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, averaged 972,000 viewers on NBCSN in the United States, making it the network's most watched regular-season game ever.

NBCSN's opening night tripleheader, which included the Chicago Blackhawks against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues against the Colorado Avalanche, averaged 774,000 viewers, making it the network's most-watched multigame opening night on record.

The first two games between teams in the North Division, made up of the seven NHL teams based in Canada, drew record numbers on Sportsnet in Canada.


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Videos- After Practice Today

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Bobby Ryan first, Jeff Blashill below.


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A Noon Practice For The Wings

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via Ansar Khan tweet,

Bobby Ryan no longer in orange non-contact jersey, so might be ready to play tomorrow vs. Carolina.

added 12:21pm, Khan,

Working the power play:
1. Ryan (net front), Bertuzzi (bumper), Larkin-Mantha (flanks), DeKeyser (point).
2. Fabbri (net front), Gagner (bumper), Hronek-Zadina (flanks), Merrill (point).

added 12:44pm, Khan...

RedWings wrapped up practice with a breakaway competition. Spent most of it working the power play. No line rushes but looks like Ryan in for Nielsen tomorrow. Probably on line with Fabbri and Zadina.

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Morning Line- Jerry Bruckheimer

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My dad was a salesman and I grew up in Detroit. I’m a first-generation American. My parents both came from Germany right before the war. He would occasionally get tickets to sporting events by some of the people that he worked with. And my fondest memories are him taking me to Red Wings games when I was 7, 8 years old. And that was the glory years, some of the glory years for the Red Wings. When they had Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio. You know the list, I don’t have to tell you.

And some of the great contests when they were winning the Stanley Cup in those days in the Olympia arena. The Olympia was a great old arena. You were right over the ice. We were up in the rafters but my God you could smell the sweat of the players. So it was fabulous just to be part of it....

-Jerry Bruckheimer, movie/TV producer and part owner of the Seattle Kraken.  Scott Burnside of The Athletic has much more (paid) in a Q & A with Bruckheimer.

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Video- What A Way To Get Your First NHL Goal

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Kirill Kaprizov with the game winning goal in OT against the LA Kings.


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A Familiar Look

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from John Niyo of the Detroit News,

Look, this is still likely a bottom-five team in the NHL we're watching here in Detroit, though hopefully one with more lottery luck in the end.

But there’s plenty of room for improvement, which is really all general manager Steve Yzerman admits he can expect at this point in a rebuild. And more than enough opportunity to show it, playing a 56-game schedule over 115 days, starting with a rematch with Carolina in less than 48 hours.

And after no games for what felt like an eternity, that felt good — and different — Thursday night, even if the loss didn’t.


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Not The Start The New York Rangers Wanted

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This was a performance that wasn’t worth even a 24-hour wait, let alone the 313 days between appearances at the Garden by the Rangers.

But then, this wouldn’t even count as an appearance by the Blueshirts — who pulled a no-show in the season opener, losing 4-0 to an Islanders team that essentially had a 60-minute stroll through the park on Thursday.

If you’re looking for an excuse for this debacle — in which Igor Shesterkin allowed goals on the third, fifth and seventh shots he faced while his teammates lollygagged — don’t bother.

There are no excuses for the Rangers, spared the indignity of being booed out of the building only because customers are not permitted at the Garden. This was an amateurish performance by a team that was not prepared to compete against the conference finalists.


Watch the highlights below.

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NHL Short Notes

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* The opening night of the 2020-21 NHL season drew record-breaking viewership both stateside and north of the 49th parallel.

Connor McDavid scored the first hat trick of 2020-21 while reigning Art Ross Trophy winner Leon Draisaitl had four assists on another high-scoring night in the NHL.

Tim Stützle, who turns 19 today, is expected to make his NHL debut in this season’s first ‘Battle of Ontario’ game as Ottawa becomes the final Canadian team to hit the ice in 2020-21.

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