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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LIGHTNING EDGE RED WINGS, MOVE AHEAD IN ATLANTIC
Ben Bishop made 24 saves to lead the Lightning to their ninth victory in their past 10 games overall as well as their seventh straight win at home.
 
* At 28-18-4 (60 points), the Lightning moved two points ahead of the Red Wings (25-17-8, 58 points) and idle Bruins (26-18-6-, 58 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division. They also climbed within five points of the idle Panthers (30-15-5, 65 points) for first place.
 
* The Lightning’s seven-game home winning streak is three shy of equaling the franchise record, set last season (Dec. 11, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015: 10-0-0). Tampa Bay boasts a 16-8-2 record at Amalie Arena in 2015-16; their 34 home points share seventh place in the NHL.
 
* Bishop reached the 20-win milestone for the third time in his career – and third consecutive season. He ranks second in the NHL with a 1.99 goals-against average and 10th with a .927 save percentage.
 
* Bishop also became the first goaltender in Lightning history to record 100 victories with the team (100-45-16, 2.24 GAA, .921 SV%, 12 SO). Nikolai Khabibulin ranks second with 83.

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Video- Carey Price Doesn’t Look Close To Returning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

The footage was shocking to see for the Hockey Central panel. Watching Carey Price skating around so gingerly has set off alarm bells for many and has some wondering if the Canadiens may end up having to shut him down for the season.

 

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Detroit’s Power Play Needs Fixing

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings went 0 for 2 on the power play in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. They have gone 5 for 34 in their past 13 games and are tied for 20th in the league at 17.4 percent, a significant drop from last season (23.5 percent).

"I don't think every year (goals) are going to go in at the rate to keep you at No. 2," Blashill said. "We got to get up as close to the top 10 as possible.

"Power plays are going to ebb and flow a little bit. I think you can have the exact same guys out there, the exact same plan, which is fairly close to what we have, and you might not stay at No. 2. We just got to get back inside that top 10, even if it's just for the rest of the year, not necessarily in the final (rankings)."

How do they do that? Shoot the puck.

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Losing Numbers For The Montreal Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

After a 4-2 home loss by the Habs to the Buffalo Sabres,

from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

Numbers don’t matter – unless you’re calculating how many of their remaining games the Canadiens have to lose in order to be eliminated from playoff contention.

Let’s look at it this way: Assuming 92 points punches a ticket to the postseason dance, the Canadiens need 40 points in their last 30 games.

That translates to 20 wins over the next two months – for a team that won three games in December and another three in January.

Oh, and they’re winless in February.

And this: The Canadiens were 19-4-3 in their first 26 games, tied for first in NHL. In their next 26: 5-20-1. Dead last.

More depressing numbers: The Canadiens haven’t won on home ice since edging mighty New Jersey 2-1 on Jan.  6. When they face Edmonton on Saturday afternoon, the Canadiens will have gone A FULL MONTH without winning a game on home ice.

It’s brutal.

Embarrassing.

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Below, watch Michel Therrrien and a few Montreal players post-game...

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Video- Only Three NHL Games Were Played Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just over 2 1/2 minutes of higlights from those games.

 

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Lightning wrap-up and Wings-Panthers set-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The 25-17-and-8 Detroit Red Wings came out of the All-Star Break with a very disappointing 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and as their status in the Atlantic Division remains murky, the Wings almost have to win their match-up with the 30-15-and-5 Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST start on FSD/Fox Sports Florida/97.1 FM) if they aren't to tumble from the Atlantic to a Wild Card spot by the time the teams meet again next Monday.

I don't know how they'll do it based upon Wednesday night's sloppy, somewhat sluggish and fast-paced but slow-moving game. Detroit looked downright tired at times coming out of the All-Star Break, and while the Lightning have been more dominant at home than the Panthers, Florida's record's nothing to sneeze at, having won 4 straight, including a 4-2 victory over the Capitals on Tuesday.

In Tampa Bay, the Red Wings' special teams doomed them: Tampa Bay went 2-for-3 on the power play, and Detroit went 0-for-2 on theirs, and both teams felt that said special teams determined what was a defense-first affair.

The Lightning concurred while speaking with the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson...

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Prospect news: Kadeikin nears 20 minutes of ice time; Saarijarvi and Hicketts shoot, score

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin won 52% of his faceoffs in 19:28 of ice time in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 OT loss to Avtomobilist;

In the Swedish J20 SuperElit league, Joren Van Pottelberghe served as the back-up in Linkopings HC's 4-1 win over AIK;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh didn't play in the Saint John Sea Dogs' 4-1 win over Moncton;

In the OHL, Vili Saarijarvi had an assist and took 5 shots in the Flint Firebirds' 4-3 win over Saginaw;

And in the WHL, Joe Hicketts had an assist and 5 shots in the Victoria Royals' 4-1 win over Calgary;

While Dominic Turgeon scored a goal in the Portland Winterhawks' 3-2 loss to Everett.

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Red Wings-Lightning quick take: flummoxed

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings kicked off their post-All-Star-Break schedule with a heavyweight match-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening.

Between tonight's game against Tampa Bay and tomorrow's game against the Panthers (7:30 PM on FSD), Detroit has/had the opportunity to climb over their Atlantic Division rivals, but they faced long odds in Tampa Bay where the Lightning had won 7 straight games at the Amalie Arena.

The Red Wings let Tampa Bay make it 8 straight via a 3-1 loss that made Detroit look as if they'd crawled out of the All-Star Break with the same lack of energy, intensity, effort and attention to detail that haunted the Wings' home games--except that this defensive error-defined and special-teams-defined game (when the opponent goes 2-for-3 on the power play, you're in trouble) took place on the road.

Wednesday's game was just a puzzler. You would think that Detroit and Tampa Bay had exited the break with exactly zero momentum, but Tampa's speed and lateral plays were almost impossible to contain, while the Red Wings' perimeter play and dreadful power play were predictable.

Now Detroit heads into Florida, where they never win, and they absolutely must defeat the Panthers to not find themselves at a serious disadvantage in the Atlantic Division standings.

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Back To Work

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

Watching some bits and pieces of the skills competition, and even the ASG, only because Dylan Larkin participated was entertaining. The John Scott "Cinderfella" angle was fun too as it ended well for him. Nice story.

Now it's time to get back to work. The Atlantic is as tight as ever, and, although the 19 have had a week or so to relax our collective butts, it's clenching time again. This is the long haul for the Wings, cause it only gets tougher from here on in.

More shoot. More goals. More points.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

It's a live blog. Bitches!

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Evening news: Game-day previews, Blashill on the Bolts; on Darren Helm and a ‘game pick’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

Here is the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:

The Lightning posted a game-day video as well, via Twitter:

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