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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The energy the Detroit Red Wings displayed their first three games was missing Thursday, and so was their offense as a result.

After averaging 4.33 goals per game while gaining five of a possible six points, the Red Wings took a step back in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames at Little Caesars Arena.

“The first three games were emotional, and we practiced hard (Wednesday), and we didn’t have our legs today,” Dylan Larkin said. “We didn’t have that emotion that we played with. You’re not going to have it every night in the National Hockey League. It’s 82 games. It’s hard. But when we don’t have our legs, our emotion, we got to find a way to simplify and play a better hockey game.”


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Call it desperation, as their captain did, or urgency, as the coach prefers: The Detroit Red Wings need to pack it when they go to Canada for the first time in nearly 20 months.

They face a winless team Saturday in the Canadiens, and travel to Montreal smarting after flunking their assignment against a winless team, lacking emotion and execution in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames.

“They hadn’t won yet,” Dylan Larkin said. “They were desperate. They were way more desperate than we were. Montreal is the same way. Chicago is the same way. We’ve got these two games this weekend coming up. We can’t look past Montreal, but we have to be ready to go.”

The Wings won’t have their top scorer because Tyler Bertuzzi, who refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine, cannot travel to Canada under current border regulations. The plan is for him to take a car service and join his team Sunday for the game against the Blackhawks.


Below watch Dylan Larkin, Jeff Blashill, Mickey Redmond post game and the game highlights.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Connor McDavid tallied twice to eclipse 200 career NHL goals and help the Oilers improve to 4-0-0 on the season. 
Sergei Bobrovsky also reached a noteworthy milestone Thursday as the Panthers pushed their season-opening winning streak to four games. 
* Friday’s four-game slate is highlighted by the Sabres looking to remain undefeated. 

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Quick Recap- Detroit Red Wings/Calgary Flames

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

One of those games you'd like to see the Wings win, but it didn't happen tonight.  Calgary wins 3-0.

Raymond and Seider continue to impress so that's something to be happy about.

Below two videos, a pre-game interview with Alex Nedeljkovic and the Smith/Lucic fight.  Team stats too.

Next game is Saturday night in Montreal.

I am making it an early night and will post the talk after the game either in the middle of the night or in the morning.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Reveal Their Ring

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tampa, FL October 21, 2021 – Jostens is the proud partner of repeat Stanley Cup Champions the Tampa Bay Lightning. In a private ceremony this evening, players, coaching staff and ownership received their 2021 Stanley Cup Championship Ring.

“It is truly incredible to witness a team win back-to-back Stanley Cups, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have solidified their place once again in NHL history,” said Chris Poitras VP & COO of Jostens Professional Sports Division. “The relentless dedication, hard work and persistence displayed by the Lightning is reflected in their 2021 Stanley Cup Championship Ring, and Jostens is proud to reveal it is the largest ring by carats in our 125 year history.”

Returning to the NHL Playoffs in 2021, the Tampa Bay Lightning once more displayed incredible dedication and physical prowess. The Stanley Cup Final proved to be no exception with the Lightning reigning triumphant over the Montreal Canadiens to be crowned back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions. This feat, achieved by fewer than 10 other franchises in the NHL, deserved to be celebrated in even more spectacular fashion. Crafted in 14-karat white gold with diamonds and genuine sapphires, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2021 Stanley Cup Championship Ring boldly commemorates their place in Stanley Cup history.

“Our previous partnership with Jostens resulted in a spectacular ring and an overall fantastic celebration,” said Lightning CEO Steve Griggs. “It is a uniquely special opportunity to be working with them again less than a year later to celebrate our second Stanley Cup in two seasons. This ring is the culmination of a year of determination and sacrifices and pays homage to the dedicated fans of Bolts Nation.”

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Excitement Is In The Air

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

Red Wings fans have been unexpectedly surprised at the huge differences between last season and this year's team. Tonight will be only four games in, but, I think it's safe to say excitement is in the air, along with some pretty decent hockey being played right now.
We all know there is still a long road ahead, but, this young Wings team is certainly fun to watch. I say, keep er' going boys!

The Flames are coming in cold, looking for their first win of the season, and, we all know they've burned us plenty in the past few seasons. Here's hoping the youngsters cans douse the Flames tonight.

It's a Live Blog!

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TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

How concerned are the Jets with the positive COVID-19 tests for Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele? Who are the six goalies on Canada's short list for the Olympics? Are the Sens shopping for more scoring? TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Chris Johnston discuss this and more.

Watch at TSN

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Lack Of Goal Scoring An Issue In Montreal

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from Travis Yost of TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens, as much as any team in the league, wanted a hot start to the regular season. How better to push aside concerns that last year’s momentum-fuelled playoff run was merely a combination of incredible puck luck and outstanding goaltending?

Their start has been anything but hot. The Canadiens – already undermanned with the losses of Shea Weber, Carey Price, and Paul Byron – have dropped the first four games of the year. Sometimes records in short windows don’t explain how well or how poorly a team is playing.

In this case, the four losses may be understating how poor Montreal has been. The team has been outscored 15-3 over those first four games, a wicked combination of converting on just 2.6 per cent shooting and 13 per cent shooting against. Unless Montreal can start outshooting teams on a 5:1 basis, it’s a gap that will guarantee a place in the draft lottery.


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Video- George Parros On The Recent Suspensions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

NHL Now has George Parros on the show to explain how the NHL Department of Player Safety suspends players


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The Morning Skate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul


Side note, first visit by Calgary in 606 days.

added 11:15am, I will add video of Jeff Blashill to this post, until then...



added 11:56am, Jeff Blashill after the skate is below.

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Jack Hughes Has A Dislocated Shoulder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the New Jersey Devils PR department,

On Tuesday night against Seattle, Jack Hughes suffered a dislocation of his left shoulder. A subsequent MRI revealed no further damage, and he does not require surgery at this time. He has begun physical therapy under the guidance of New Jersey's doctors and athlete care staff.

Jack will be re-evaluated next week in order to determine his further timeline.

He was placed on injured reserve today and updates will be provided when available.

added 10:29am, video of the injury is below...

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