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Jeff Blashill Wants To Make Sure Riley Sheahan Plays With Confidence

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jeff Blashill pulled Riley Sheahan aside and gave the Detroit Red Wings forward a message....

“The biggest thing I just wanted to make sure with him is that he keeps his confidence up,” Blashill said Thursday at Gila River Arena, where the Wings were scheduled to play an evening game against the Arizona Coyotes. “Riley is a 12-13 goal scorer in this league. He has proven that. That wasn’t by fluke. It wasn’t because he was playing with certain guys. It was because that is what he is.”

Sheahan has started the season on the fourth line, but “the biggest thing with him is, he’s a guy who without question can move up the lineup,” Blashill said. “He’s done it before. He’s just got to make sure his game is ready whenever the door of opportunity opens.

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added 5:31pm, from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

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Brendan Smith On Being A Healthy Scratch The Last Two Games

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from Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News,

There was only so much Brendan Smith was willing to say about being scratched the last two games. Smith, on the first year of a four-year, $17.4 million contract, admitted he was surprised and “frustrated” because every player would rather play than not. But then came the question of whether his removal from the lineup just three games into the season was warranted.

“Warranted? I don’t know how to answer that,” said Smith, who will return to the lineup Friday in Columbus after he played an awful opening period in Toronto last Saturday. “You know what I think? I think that I should’ve played better in the first period — should’ves a tough word. I could’ve played better, and I think the team would’ve liked to have played better because it would’ve put us in a better position. I think everything that you do, there’s pros and cons, there’s consequences to everything. A lot of times you can get knocked off the horse. You’ve just got to get back on.”


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Detroit’s Skate In Arizona

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Tonight's game is on FoxSports Detroit with puck drop just after 10:00pm ET.

Dana Wakiji tweets,

Witkowski wearing defenseman'a jersey for morning skate right now.

DeKeyser not skating so Daley is with Ericsson. Kronwall with Green.


added 2:47pm, Wakiji,

PP units:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist-Abdelkader (net front)-Kronwall;
Frk-Nielsen-Larkin-Mantha (net front)-Green

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Video- Will The Players Adjust To The Slashing Enforcement?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do you thinkg of this call on JVR?

Okay with it or is this one example of calling it too tight?


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Morning Line- Ryan Kennedy On Smaller Defensemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...the NHL world has definitely opened up over the years. Whether it’s Karlsson, Ellis or Jared Spurgeon, or the next wave of Mete, Girard and Butcher, it’s the skills and the skating that are getting noticed over the height and the weight on the blueline.

-Ryan Kennedy on the smaller defensemen making an impact.  Read more from Kennedy...

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A Sit Down With Ray Shero And Mike Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

On Wednesday morning, ahead of Shero’s Devils taking on Babcock’s Maple Leafs, the two caught up in the stands at the Air Canada Centre, and allowed me to hang out for it.

They began their conversation asking other about each other’s families before the conversation shifted to hockey, specifically what it’s like to break into the NHL as a rookie head coach when you’re not a former player:

SHERO: I talked to (Devils head coach) John Hynes about that. I said to him, you want to earn the veterans’ respect but you don’t want to overdo it. I had told him the story about Mike Babcock and his first year in Anaheim as a rookie coach in the NHL and how he handled some of the veterans.

BABCOCK (smiling): They were mad right away. But you know what, I say to coaches all the time, when you first arrive in the NHL, the No. 1 thing has to be confidence. When you walk in the room, they got to know. Now, if you’ve played in the NHL for 15 years, you’ve got a better resume than us guys. No matter how much winning, even if you’re a serial winner, you haven’t been in the league. They don’t care. If you didn’t play in the NHL, you didn’t play hockey.

SHERO: After we talked about Tony Granato that year, you also called me about John Hynes. I remember saying, ‘The guy in Wilkes-Barre?’ And you said, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, ‘How do you know him?’ And you said, ‘I don’t. But everyone I speak with tells me he’s a guy I should get to know.’ 

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Faceoffs An Issue For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Stars won faceoffs, got control of the puck, and forced the Red Wings to chase it most of the game.

Zetterberg was 15-of-34, Frans Nielsen 5-of-16, and Dylan Larkin 8-of-16 in the circle.

Basically, officials want to curb the cheating, specifically to players squaring up behind the L-shaped marks surrounding the dot.

But it’s that second guy coming in after his teammate gets thrown out that is making teams cautious....

We have to do a better job in the faceoff circle,” Blashill said. “The one thing I’d say about that is we’re very worried about taking that penalty. I guess I have to look through the league and see if they’ve called any yet. In the preseason they did, but I want to make sure that it’s being called the same way for that second guy going in.

“I certainly want to make sure our guys are not taking a penalty. But if they’re allowing more cheating on that second guy throughout the league, we have to make sure they’re looking at that.”

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Videos- Dangerous Hit By Adam McQuaid On Tyson Jost

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

“Scary moment in game. Probably one of scariest moments of my hockey career, just cause it was such a weird angle I went in,” Jost said. “Lucky it was nothing serious. I came back and was fine, and got that empty-netter. It’s all positive.”

McQuaid received two for cross-checking.

more on the Avs 6-3 win over the Bruins...



Later in the game, Nikita Zadorov wanted to deliver payback to McQuaid...

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Mike Babcock Not Happy With Team Effort By The Leafs

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Well, there goes the 82-0 season for the Maple Leafs — and with it just a little shine comes off this team of mammoth expectations.

It was one thing to lose to the New Jersey Devils, as the Leafs did Wednesday night. It was another thing, as coach Mike Babcock said, to cheat themselves on their way to their first kicking of this National Hockey League season.

“I don’t think we worked,” said Babcock, after the 6-3 loss to the shockingly speedy new Devils. “They skated us into the ground.

“I expected us to compete. That didn’t happen. When you cheat yourself, you look like that.

“I was disappointed. I can’t remember the last time we played with that kind of effort. We didn’t have any juice. We didn’t do our part.”


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
New Jersey 6, TORONTO 3
Pittsburgh 3, WASHINGTON 2
COLORADO 6, Boston 3
ANAHEIM 3, NY Islanders 2
Calgary 4, LOS ANGELES 3 (OT)

Cory Schneider
 matched a career high with 47 saves and the Devils scored six goals to improve to 3-0-0 for the first time since 2014-15. Elias notes that the Devils have combined for 16 goals through the first three games of the season (4-1 W vs. COL on Oct. 7, 6-2 W at BUF on Oct. 9), their second-highest such total in franchise history (17 in 1991-92).


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