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Video- Highlights Of Detroit’s 3-2 Loss To Vancouver

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5 minutes to watch.

added 8:05pm, Below, watch Dennis Cholowski in Vanouver, his home town.

added 8:17pm, Jeff Blashill post-game is below.

added 8:51pm, below watch multiple players after the game.

 

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Quick Recap- Wings/Canucks

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Well the Wings played well enough to win but they didn't.

Detroit dominated the second period while scoring two goals and lead 2-1 going to the third.

The Wings knew Vancouver would come out strong in the final period and once again Detroit could not hold a lead.

Canucks scored two in the third to win 3-2.

Goals and stats are below.

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If You’ve Made It This Far

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

Welcome to all if you've made it this far. Die hard fans. All 19 of you. Hoping for 19 comments today......  A win would be nice too....

It's a Live Blog!

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Video- Jeff Blashill Before Today’s Game In Vancouver

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Just south of five minutes long.

 

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The Latest On Filip Zadina

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fromTed Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Life in the AHL isn’t always easy, and hasn’t been this season, as Zadina, just 19, is learning.

Zadina, the Red Wings’ first-round draft pick, No. 6 overall in 2018, didn’t register a point Saturday, the fourth consecutive game he’s gone pointless since scoring twice (and adding an assist) in Belleville Jan. 11.

In 33 games, Zadina has 10 goals and 10 assists (20 points) with a team-worst minus-15 rating.

“It’s pretty tough, so far, to play here,” said Zadina of his adjustment to pro hockey. “But it can make me a better player, so I have to learn down here.”

He has so many things to learn.

To use his linemates, and not try to do it all himself. To play within the system coach Ben Simon wants. To be accountable defensively. To be ready to play every game in a league where you can’t get away with stuff you were able to in junior hockey.

“He’s not ready for the NHL yet,” Simon said. “If he was ready, then he’d be going up. But right now, he’s not ready. He has things to work on in his game, and he’ll put in the time and commitment in it to get better.”

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Video- Bloopers Of The Week

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Sportsnet style.

 

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Video- The Talk From Vancouver

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Nyquist, Larkin and Blashill yesterday from Vancouver.

FYI, 4pm ET game in Vancouver today.

 

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The NHL Is Getting ‘Smaller’

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from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

Fourteen seasons ago, in 2003-04, the average weight in the NHL was 206.41 pounds. This season, it has dipped below 200, to 199.54. And though the average height has also dipped, from 6-foot-1.24 in 2003-04 to 6-1.05 this season, it's not enough to account for the weight loss.

In 2003-04, there were 117 players in the NHL weighing at least 225 pounds; 17 of them were at least 6-6. Five years later, there were about the same number, 113, weighing 225. But by 2013-14 the number had dropped to 81, and this season it stands at 41, with seven of those players at least 6-6.

"I do believe there's been a movement away from a boxier-type build in a player," Boston general manager Don Sweeney said. "The game is so fast. If you can't move, you get left behind."

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning said, "It's going to be harder and harder going forward with the speed of the League to find big-bodied guys that can keep up with the pace."

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Video- The MVP Debate And The Making Of A Trade

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via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke joins David Amber to discuss the race for the Hart Trophy, and provides some insight as to what goes on behind the scenes when a trade is about to go down in the NHL.

Burke says Johnny Gaudreau would get the MVP nod over Connor McDavid and the behind the scenes talk regarding a trade is good.

 

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The Edmonton Oilers Lose To The Calgary Flames In The Battle OF Alberta

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The predicted playoff atmosphere was in place with the first playoff-volume ‘Go Oilers, Go’ recorded in the second minute of play.

And for a while there, it was like the first Flames-Oilers game of the season here, when Mikko Koskinen served up a shutout and Connor McDavid scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.

Despite Koskinen stopping all 16 shots in the first period Saturday, and making one of the most incredible saves of the season with a behind-his-back glove-hand grab that was so close to being over the goal line behind him that it required a video review, it all came undone in the second period as the Flames scored the first three goals of the game.

That didn’t mean the Oilers or the atmosphere went away.

Edmonton scrambled back into the game to make it 3-2 when Koskinen made another five-bell save on a breakaway and Milan Lucic went down to the other end to score his fourth goal of the month, double his 2018 total and draw the Oilers close.

The crowd was with them to the end.

But a loss is a loss and for the first time since the Oilers moved into their new downtown hockey palace, the Flames were allowed to leave the place with a win.

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Game highlights of Edmonton's 5-2 loss to Calgary can be watched below.

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