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Practice Tweetapalooza: Franzen, Weiss skating with Wings, as is Ouellet

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings resumed practice after a necessary day off on Wednesday, and as the Wings hope to snap a 4-game winless streak during a 3-games-in-5-nights stretch (against the 21-win-possessing Islanders tomorrow, the Avs on Sunday and then Sabres on Tuesday), and there's good news of a sort at the Joe, per the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Amongst MLive's Ansar Khan's practice Tweets:

Franzen back on the ice at practice today. Weiss also skating.


Zetterberg was on the ice at the start of practice but has left early. Weiss took his place on that line with Nyquist and Abdelkader.

(Fear not, he returned)

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Your 2015 IIHF Hall Of Fame Class

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from IIHF.com,

The IIHF Hall of Fame Selection Committee has added seven new names to its pantheon of greats, and the newest members represent the pinnacle of the international game through a wide variety of contributions. In honour of the golden era of Czech hockey, goaltender Dominik Hasek and longtime captain Robert Reichel will be inducted. Joining them is Scott Niedermayer, the Triple Gold Club Canadian defenceman who has won at every level possible. 

To celebrate 25 years of women’s hockey come two inductees, Fran Rider, as a Builder, the woman most responsible for the very creation of women’s hockey at the international level, and Swede Maria Rooth, the catalyst to the “Mirakel” in Turin in 2006. 

Introducing a new trophy named after great Swiss star of the 1930s, Richard “Bibi” Torriani, the IIHF will honour Italian Lucio Topatigh, whose 20-year career with the Azzurri was exceptional in its own right. 

Joining these inductees into the Hall of Fame is Monique Scheier-Schneider of Luxembourg, who will be the 2015 recipient of the Paul Loicq Award. The new class will be honoured next May in Prague during the medal weekend of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. 

continued which includes a biography on each inductee...

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Goalie Analytics

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via the NHL YouTube channel,

NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley discusses how goalie analytics can provide different measures for shot-stopping success.


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

After surrendering the tying goal with 8:21 remaining in regulation, Loui Eriksson scored at 1:30 of overtime to help the Bruins snap a three-game skid and earn their second win in their past eight outings (2-4-2).
* With the victory, the Bruins (16-13-3, 35 points) leapfrogged the Panthers (13-8-8, 34 points) and Capitals (14-10-6, 34 points) for the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
* Eriksson recorded his seventh career overtime goal and first since joining the Bruins for the 2013-14 season. All seven of those goals have come since the start of the 2008-09 campaign; per Elias, only Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (10) and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos (8) have posted more overtime goals in that span.
* Erkisson has three goals in his past five outings (3-1—4), equaling his total from the first 27 contests of the season (3-10—13).

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KK- Power Issue Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Power outage for me this morning and phone battery low. Be back as soon as I can. 

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Early overnight report: On Gordie Howe, Wings prospect news, shootouts, faceoffs and Howard

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated quite substantially at 2:57 AM on Thursday morning: Amongst this evening's Red Wings-related news stories:

I think it wasn't exactly hard to read the report that Gordie Howe would be well enough to make a public appearance in Saskatoon this February was...premature.

As Paul noted, MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Mark Howe about Gordie's condition, and Khan received a more accurate forecast...

"He's back in the ballgame," son Mark told M-Live on Wednesday. "Where it will lead to we don't know, but he's miles ahead of where he was weeks ago. In the last week he's been getting stronger, better. We're pretty encouraged by it."

If the former Detroit Red Wings great continues to progress, there's a chance he might travel to his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Feb. 6 for the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner in his honor. Wayne Gretzky is scheduled as the keynote speaker.

"A week ago I would have said there's no way in the world (Gordie could be there)," Mark Howe said. "If he continues to improve, we'll have to wait and see."

And Mark continued while speaking with Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji:

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Get ready for the Mike Babcock to Edmonton theory, which is patently nuts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Now I get the Toronto rumors, but given that, as the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa suggested, a certain Mike Babcock very plainly "wants to win"--which is what everyone who's got a damn oar planted in the Mike Babcock To Where? Rumor Mill River has suggested--I'm going to be rude and simply suggest that the esteemed and estimable Edmonton Sun's Terry Jones is, for once in a blue moon, off his rocker:

[If] there’s a way for owner Daryl Katz and new Oilers organization umbrella boss Bob Nicholson to win some public confidence and ensure that the Oilers don’t face the prospect of not being sold out for their first season in their new downtown arena, hiring Mike Babcock would go a long way.

Think about it. There’s the belief that the Detroit Red Wings coach, who former Hockey Canada head Nicholson gave the opportunity to become two-time Olympic gold medal winner, is going to go right through the season without agreeing to a new contract.

There’s the further belief that Babcock not only wants to find out what his true value is as his current contract expires, but that he might also want to be the flag carrier to raise NHL coaching salaries, which don’t compare well to those of the NFL, NBA or major league baseball.

Also Babcock has been in Detroit for 10 seasons, reportedly making $2 million a season. There’s an expiry date on head coaches, even the great ones.

And with the embarrassment of having had the worst team in the NHL throughout his seven years as Oilers owner, and paying people like Ralph Krueger and Dallas Eakins a combined 4½ seasons not to coach, you have to believe Daryl Katz would consider telling Babcock to fill in his own amount and term into the blank spaces on an Oilers coaching contract.

Jones continues, discussing Nicholson's long association with Babcock, Babcock's Canadian collegiate ties to Alberta, the Oilers possibly landing Connor McDavid, etc. etc., but as much as I feel for both the long-suffering fans of the Edmonton Oilers and their long-suffering, passionte media...This is just dumb.

Quoting Krupa, quoting Babcock:

"Listen, besides my family, the thing maybe I like most is winning. So, that's the process, here. That's what we're trying to do, here. And if you think I'm working harder, here, because I'm in my last year of my contract, it makes no difference. I grind. That's what I do. I'm a professional grinder. I love winning. So, you know, we'll see what happens — we've got a game, tomorrow."

The one thing the Oilers don't have is a history of any sort of organizational competency in terms of the front office actually positioning the team in line to win pee-wee games. They make Toronto's corporate conglomerate look warm and fuzzy by comparison, and Ken Holland look like Stephen Hawking.

"Real talk." No *#$%@& way.

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Evening Line- Gary Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"The fact of the matter is, over the last two decades, the league, the game, the presence and prominence from our clubs has grown on every measurable platform, whether or not it's TV viewing, attendance, social media or revenues. The game, our franchises have never been healthier, have never been stronger and have never been more widely followed." 

-Gary Bettman.  The commissioner joined Chicago radio today and Nina Falcone of CSNChicago has more.

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Video- Giveaways As Gifts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportnet YouTube channel,

The holidays bring out cheer, generosity and giving in people. The players in this video are a prime example, watch them give away pucks to bring cheer to an opposing team with an absolute gift of a goal.


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Ken Holland On Anthony Mantha And The Shootout Problems

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"Because of some of the numbers he put up in junior hockey (81 goals in 81 games last season), there were some unrealistic expectations," general manager Ken Holland said. "Then he got hurt and when he returned, guys were two months into the season. He's getting better all the time. You see flashes of all the things he can do.

"But it's a hard league. It's professional hockey. He's learning what it takes to be successful."...

Holland said the Red Wings' woes in the shootout this season could just be a normal cycle of things.

The Red Wings are 1-6 in shootouts and have lost three of them in the last week, the latest Tuesday's 1-0 setback to Columbus.

"Several years ago we were winning them more often than losing," Holland said. "It's about getting on a roll. You get on a roll, you don't think about it.

"You lose some of them, like we have, and suddenly people are talking about it, asking questions. We just have to work our way out of it, win some of them and get on a roll."


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