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The Wings Are Practicing In Philadelphia

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The only news via Dana Wakiji tweet,

RedWings goalies first on the ice before practice at Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia on the other hand has had a busy day.  They called up goaltender Carter Hart, placed goaltender Anthony Stolarz on IR, fired head coach Dave Haxstol and named Scott Gordon interim head coach.

Plus there is this and he is expected to start tomorrow night....


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Dave Hakstol No Longer The Head Coach In Philadelphia

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2018) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 16.

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Video- It’s A Slow Monday

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Just under 6 1/2 minutes of NHL action is slow motion from the last week.


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In A Classic Battle The Winnipeg Jets Defeated The Tampa Bay Lightning In OT

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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

This was one of those games people on the ice, on the benches, in the stands and watching on national TV will remember for a long, long time.

Sure, it was a mid-December game, with the playoffs still months away, but it had all the feel of a post-season matchup between two of the very best teams in the NHL.

It didn’t disappoint in any way.

After a back-and-forth wild ride for three periods, the Western Conference-leading Winnipeg Jets and league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning fittingly took their talents to extra time, where Jets centre Mark Scheifele continued his scorching hot streak with his third overtime goal of the month.

In the end, it was a 5-4 win for the Jets — their fifth straight and third straight in overtime — in a game that featured a combined 89 shots on goal and a combined 154 shots attempts (86-68 for the Lightning).


Game highlights below.

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Ken Hitchcock Not Happy With The Refs After A 4-2 Loss To The Vancouver Canucks

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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from Edmonton Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock, his brilliant rip on the referees after Edmonton’s 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks that saw the Canucks get five power plays, the Oilers just one, and Connor McDavid no end of hooks, holds and slashes.

In the media scrum, Postmedia’s Rob Tychkowski asked Hitchcock what the coach thought of the penalty calls: “I’m not going to comment on the penalties,” Hitchcock said, “but the stuff that really bothers me is what is happening to Connor, and that really bothers me because we’re a league that is supposed to showcase our top players, and you don’t want to give them all the freedom, but the tug of war on him was absolutely ridiculous today.

“And that’s a little bit discouraging to be honest with you. Because I can see the whackin’ and hackin’ going on when he’s got the puck but to me it’s all the stuff behind that doesn’t allow him to showcase his speed. And if that’s what we want, well, that’s fine. But I think it’s a real disservice to a player like him.

“He’s not allowed to play give-and-go. It’s give-and-hold. So we’re going to have to figure out a way to fight through it. We’ll just play toughness with him and figure it out from there.”


Below, watch Hitchcock in his post-game media scrum, the McDavid talk starts at the 1:00 mark.

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Video- Jack Eichel’s Four Points Helps The Buffalo Sabres Defeat The Boston Bruins

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from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres center scored twice and assisted on both Jeff Skinner goals, including the game-winner with 3:31 remaining in regulation, to beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2. The Sabres improved to 20-9-5 and moved into second place in the Atlantic Division with 45 points, one ahead of Toronto and seven more than the Bruins.

Buffalo's nine regulation losses are tied for the second-fewest in the NHL and it earned three of a possible four points during a two-game road trip. Eichel had help from Linus Ullmark, who made 35 saves, including 12 in the third period. Zemgus Girgensons blocked a shot to spring Eichel for the empty-net goal.

But it was the Sabres' 22-year-old captain who willed them to victory under difficult circumstances.

"For one, I think we’ve obviously been through a lot of adversity together, and I think we’re probably sick of it," said Eichel, who grew up a 40-minute drive from the Bruins' home ice and starred during his one season at Boston University. "The last few years it’s not been easy. With the way our season started this year, I think we have a lot of confidence in each other and belief. We think we can win every game we play."

read on

Below, watch Eichel collect his four points...

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Who’s Running The Wings Next Season?

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Ansar Khan of Mlive answers a few questions from the fans.

You can assume the question by Khan's answer...

The Yzerman-to-Detroit rumors and speculation heated up after he stepped down as Tampa Bay's GM before training camp, saying he wanted to spend more time with family, which has remained in Detroit. Yzerman has one year remaining on his Lightning contract, which he is fulfilling as a consultant.

Holland signed a two-year extension in April. I highly doubt he would step aside for another role in the organization. He wants to continue being a GM, whether here or elsewhere (he could become a candidate for Seattle).

I don't know what Red Wings ownership has in mind, but, technically, they're not allowed to speak with Yzerman since he's under contract with another organization.

My guess is Holland will continue as Red Wings GM in 2019-20. The club made a commitment to him and I think it will be honored.

It wouldn't surprise me if Yzerman returned to the Red Wings after this season in some sort of consultant capacity, with the understanding that he's Holland's heir apparent.

I think Jeff Blashill will get a contract extension if the team continues to be competitive, stay reasonably close to a playoff spot or at least .500, and more importantly, young players show progress.

If they opt to change, I believe assistant coach Dan Bylsma would be the leading candidate.

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps

Vegas 4, NY RANGERS 3 (OT)

CAROLINA 3, Arizona 0

Calgary 7, ST. LOUIS 2

Buffalo 4, BOSTON 2

San Jose 7, CHICAGO 3

WINNIPEG 5, Tampa Bay 4 (OT)

VANCOUVER 4, Edmonton 2

NHL Morning Skate

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