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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Start on time. Puck possession. The right side of the puck.

We just got to get pucks in deep and get in on the forecheck and get pucks at the net.

We just need to get more shots and get traffic in front of the net.

We need to play a full 60 minutes.

We just got to take it one shift at a time.

We just got to give it 110% every shift.

I got to play my game and do everything within my control.

 I know I’m struggling, but I just got to keep working hard and hopefully things start going my way.

 We have to play our game and play to our strengths and we should be okay.

Upper/lower body injury.

We just didn’t get the bounces.

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Video- Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet style...

 

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Video- Game Day Preview With Ken Kal

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via the Wings' YouTube channel,

Featuring - Ken Kal, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, Stephen Weiss, Mike Babcock, and Justin Abdelkader with Pavel Datsyuk.

Nice jab from Datsyuk on Abdelkader too...

 

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The Pressure In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

The pressure is mounting in Edmonton, the pressure to do something. Anything. Now.

Which is, of course, absolutely the wrong idea. It’s the kind of thinking that has, for example, kept the Toronto Maple Leafs away from the winner’s circle for 47 years.

The idea, assuming this was all a plan, was to build a powerful hockey machine in Edmonton, something similar to the squad that ruled the sport in the 1980s. Even if that was impossible in a salary cap era, multiple high picks over multiple years was supposed to deliver a championship worthy outfit.

It hasn’t yet. But that doesn’t mean it won’t.

But it won’t if the plan gets changed now and decisions are made to make the short-term more palatable.

This was always going to be extremely painful. And one imagines it must be for Oiler loyalists.

continued plus numerous other hockey topics...

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Easy On Those Alfredsson Rumors

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg says everyone should tap the brakes over those unconfirmed reports.

“So far it’s just rumors,” he said. “I know he’s trying to get his back better, doing his rehab part, skating a little bit. I won’t say that its over until it’s over.”

Even though back pain limited him to 68 games last season – his only campaign in Detroit – Alfredsson led the team in scoring with 18 goals and 49 points.

Zetterberg remains in contact with Alfredsson, and believes the six-time All Star has something left in the tank.

“Absolutely, just the way he played last year, his presence here in the locker room and on the ice, on the power play,” Zetterberg said. “He’s one of the best players and one of the best leaders that we’ve had, and we all hope that he has one more run in him.”

read on for more including Mike Babcock on Pat Quinn and Pavel Datsyuk on Viktor Tikhonov...

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The USA Hockey Foundation May Purchase Compuware Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo./PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena have an agreement in place, that subject to due diligence, could result in the Foundation acquiring the Plymouth, Michigan, facility by the first half of 2015.

“Both parties felt it best to make public that there is intention to move forward with a sale, however, there are many steps in the process left to complete and nothing is final at this point,” said Mike Vellucci, representing Compuware Arena on behalf of owner Peter Karmanos. “It’s important to note that the Compuware youth program would remain at Compuware Arena and be supported by Mr. Karmanos. Further, Mr. Karmanos will continue to own the Plymouth Whalers. While there are likely to be questions, out of respect for the on-going process and confidentiality involved, we’ll have no further comment.”

“Our intention is to relocate the National Team Development Program to the facility and also use it to host and showcase other USA Hockey programs and international events,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of The USA Hockey Foundation and USA Hockey, Inc. “In addition, keeping the current users of the building is important to both us and Pete Karmanos. There are a number of issues we’re still working through, and while I know people will have questions, we’ll have nothing further to say until a final resolution is reached.”

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The Chicago Blackhawks Have Had Their Ups And Downs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,

Twenty-one games down, 61 games to go.

Yes, boys and girls, we’re just past the quarter mark of the 2014-15 season. The Blackhawks have been very good at times, mediocre at others. If the playoffs started today the Blackhawks would be seventh in the Western Conference.

But the playoffs don’t begin today, so let’s move on from the nonsensical “if.” This is about what the Blackhawks have done, or haven’t done, to be in seventh right now. So while the Blackhawks take Monday off, let’s look at what’s worked and what needs work.

What needs work

Individual games. Bryan Bickell is struggling again. Andrew Shaw was, too, before he was injured. Marian Hossa broke out of a scoring slump on Saturday but offensively he’s been quieter than usual. The Blackhawks are at their best when everyone’s doing a little something out there. They haven’t been getting enough contributions across the board yet.

more

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While In Motown, Bryan Murray And Daniel Alfredsson Go For A Spin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Bryan Murray went for a car ride with an old pal Monday in Detroit.

Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson invited Murray along for a little ride about town, allowing the two to catch up.

"I ran into him today and he asked me what I was doing and he said, 'Let’s go for a drive.' It was nice," the Senators GM told ESPN.com Monday ahead of his team’s game against the Red Wings.

Just goes to show that despite Alfredsson’s dramatic exit from Ottawa before signing with the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2013, time heals all wounds. 

continued

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Video- Monday Means Slow Motion Highlights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Another edition of NHL highlights from the past week, all in four minutes of slow motion.

 

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The Gretzky Collection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Hometown Hockey,

From the jersey Wayne Gretzky wore during 81-82 when he broke all those records (worth more than $300,000 today), to Wayne’s 1986 Mercedes convertible (license plate: WAS 99S), Shawn Chaulk, the Wayne Gretzky of Wayne Gretzky collectors, talks about how a Newfoundlander who came to Fort McMurray 30-odd years ago to raise a family and build a home fell in love with the Oilers and built the world’s largest collection of game-worn Gretzky memorabilia.

 

 

More at HometownHockey including a few pictures of some of the memorabilia.

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