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TSN's Kerry Fraser is up in arms after Niklas Kronwall left his feet while hitting Radek Faksa during Monday's Wings-Stars game:
A player is in violation of Rule 42 (charging) if he skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner. Kronwall is clearly guilty of charging on this play as defined by the rule. The Detroit defenceman was not assessed a penalty for his elevated strike on Faksa.
On Friday I wrote about the need to change the current culture of dangerous hitting practices, particularly when an opponent is vulnerable, to ultimately force players to make better decisions. I think Kronwall has had a run of good luck when it comes to avoiding significant contact to his opponents’ heads on the elevated hits he employs on a regular basis.
It was reported that the Red Wings were “shocked” after Kronwall was suspended by the Department of Player Safety for Game 7 of the Wings - Lightning playoff series last season after launching into a hit on Tampa forward Nikita Kucherov in Game 6. I have to think the shock value came mostly from the fact that Niklas was allowed to make those kinds of dangerous hits throughout his career without suspension - or often without even incurring a penalty on the ice.
I find these types of hits, no matter who delivers them, to be needless and potentially dangerous. At the very least, it’s a charging violation that should be penalized. Let’s take a look at how this play developed and moved from an apparent legal bodycheck to a charging violation.
Updated 2x at 2:34 PM:
The Red Wings and Blackhawks were very busy preparing for tonight's game between the two teams (8 PM start on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), but they took some time out of the post-morning skate activities to discuss the respect the players and teams have for each other, as noted by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff. According to Duff, Dylan Larkin is an unabashed Patrick Kane fan...
“I was a big Patrick Kane fan actually,” said Larkin, who grew up a Wings fan in Southfield, Mich. “I liked how he came through the (Michigan-based USA Hockey) NTDP and he went to the OHL. He was a great player and obviously has been a great player for Chicago and Team USA as well. So I was a Patrick Kane fan and anytime Chicago was in the Stanley Cup I was pulling for them, but never against Detroit.”
Chicago forward Kane, the NHL scoring leader, smiled when informed of his status in Larkin’s eyes.
“I didn’t know about that,” Kane said. “It’s obviously pretty exciting to hear. I guess that means I’m getting a little bit older now.”
As a fellow American, Kane is excited about the number of talented young U.S. players that are rapidly evolving into NHL stars.
“I think it’s amazing the way these American players are coming up and what they’re bringing to the game,” Kane said. “You look at guys like (Buffalo’s Jack) Eichel and Larkin, it’s pretty special the way they can skate and how they’re having an impact on the game at such a young age. It’s pretty amazing, too. USA Hockey is in good hands.”
And Kane stated that he grew up watching Pavel Datsyuk work his magic on the ice:
“I had a lot of different players that I watched, but, I was a huge fan of Datsyuk growing up,” Kane said. “Just the way he could handle the puck, some of the things he did on the ice and some of the things he would even try on the ice, it was just like something that you’d never seen before. They call him the Magic Man for a reason and he’s still to this day one of my favorite players to watch.”
Update: And here's a bit about the teams meeting tonight, from DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:
From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Petr Mrazek regarding honor of being named to his team's roster:
Updated 10x at 2:41 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks this evening (8 PM EST on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and the teams' respective morning skates were relatively uneventful: Petr Mrazek will be starting for Detroit opposite Corey Crawford, and the Hawks won't have Dale Weise (immigration issues) or Marian Hossa (lower-body injury) in their lineup.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirms and lists the Red Wings' lineup for this evening:
From the Red Wings:
Paterson started his pro career with Toledo, playing in two games at the end of last season. He has appeared in 23 games this season and has found a groove recently. The 6-foot-1 and 183-pound goalie has won his last five starts. Paterson ranks 13th in the ECHL with a 2.29 goals-against average.
Paterson (12-8-2) has a .922 save percentage with one shutout. He was named runner up for ECHL goalie of the week on Tuesday after posting a 2-0-0 record, a 1.00 goals-against average, and a sparkling .956 save percentage.
“Right now, I'm feeling pretty confident,” Paterson said. “The last month or so has gone pretty well. The team has been on a roll.”
Toledo swept a three-game home weekend set to extend its franchise-record home winning streak to 12 games. The team has won six in a row overall.
The Walleye are in Florida, where they have three games in four days against the Everblades. Toledo (35-14-5) is tied for first in the Eastern Conference. Florida (35-17-2) is three points behind in second.
“It's going to be a good test for us,” Paterson said. “There's a lot on the line the next three games.”
From the NHL:
TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC NAMES 16 PLAYERS TO WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016 ROSTER
TORONTO (March 2, 2016) -- The Czech Ice Hockey Association announced today the first 16 players named to its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.
Named to Team Czech Republic are:
G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
G Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
G Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets
Updated 5x at 11:56 AM: The Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in an "NBCSN Rivalry Night" game (8 PM EST on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM). DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose posted intriguing notes ahead of the morning skate...
Tonight at @JoeLouisArena , marks the 730th all-time meeting between the #RedWings and #Blackhawks. Detroit owns a 366-266-84-13 record.
Tonight, captain Henrik Zetterberg becomes the 11th player in #RedWings history to reach the 900 games-played milestone.
Happy 32nd birthday, Jonathan Ericsson! The #RedWings D-man was born on this day in Karlskrona, Sweden, in 1984. Grattis på födelsedagen!
As did Ken Kal...
GoPro's YouTube channel posted a 3-minute clip of Tomas Tatar's appearance on "NHL After Dark," in which Tatar showcases his stickhandling skills:
Tonight's Red Wings-Blackhawks game is an "NBCSN Rivalry Night" game (8 PM EST start on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and as part of the lead-up to the game, NHL.com published two articles related to tonight's game.
First, Kevin Weekes issues "pluses and minuses" for both the Wings and Blackhawks, as well as 3 things to watch this evening...
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
1. How much ice time will Andrew Ladd and the new Blackhawks get? Ladd averaged 19:27 per game with the Jets this season, third among their forwards. With the Blackhawks' depth that number could go down.
2. Does Jimmy Howard play his third straight great game? Mrazek has a groin injury and is day-to-day.
3. The Bowman influence. Scotty Bowman was a huge part of the Red Wings' success and now is with the Blackhawks along with his son, Stan, the Blackhawks' general manager. In many ways the Blackhawks have become similar to the Red Wings in the way each has developed.
And NHL.com's John Kreiser listed players to watch tonight:
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