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Articles from practice: On Helm, the Lightning and the Wings’ ‘young defensemen’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 2:20 PM: Of practice-related note:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill regarding Darren Helm's status after today's practice at the Joe...

"Make the decision tomorrow," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Possible. No contract really, today, so it'll still be a decision tomorrow."

Helm has missed two games with a leg injury. He seemed to be skating well Thursday, but he was filling in on a line for Gustav Nyquist, who took a maintenance day. Blashill said Nyquist is expected to play Friday.

And Khan spoke with Blashill regarding tomorrow's match-up with Tampa Bay, which has playoff implications for the Lightning:

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Video- Roman Polak Suspended Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For boarding, here is the explanation from the NHL.


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Robbie Russo’s Twitterview

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings defenseman Robbie Russo held a "Twitterview," and here are his comments:

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20 years after the ‘Brawl in Hockeytown,’ McCarty and Lemieux get along well

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As a follow-up to Bill Dow's articles about the Brawl in Hockeytown, 20 years on, Dow discussed Claude Lemieux and Darren McCarty's present relationship:

Just 10 minutes before a 1 p.m. autograph show March 11, Claude Lemieux walked into the Gibraltar Trade Center office in Mt. Clemens, having just arrived on a red-eye flight from his home in Huntington Beach, Calif.

With a huge grin, 44-year-old Florida resident and former Detroit Red Wings fan favorite Darren McCarty walked up to the man he famously manhandled during a game against the Colorado Avalanche 20 years ago at Joe Louis Arena.

“Hey, brother,” McCarty said as the two shook hands and gave each other a man hug.

The autograph show’s promoter, Joe Morgan, a Troy police officer, previously had the two sign together in 2011 and 2012. They hadn't met off the ice until 2010, when they taped an interview in Toronto.

“Darren was looking forward to seeing Claude again,” Morgan said. “In 2011, they were a little standoffish, but they get along great.”

McCarty said: “I hated Claude as a hockey player, but the player and the man are not the same. He’s a really good guy.”

Dow continues, and USA Today's For the Win blog's Michelle R. Martinelli recalled the Brawl in Hockeytown as well.

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It’s Pronounced ath-ah-nah-SEE-yew

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

His name is pronounced the way it looks -- ath-ah-nah-SEE-yew -- but people still want to add an extra N after the first A. And by "people," I mean me.

Athanasiou said that's the thing that puzzles him most -- folks who want to add letters that don't exist.

"My whole life, it's been butchered so many times," Athanasiou said. "It's just second nature now."

Many people resort to calling him nicknames.

"A-A, Double-A, anything Double," he said. "Anything but my name."

When he first played in NHL preseason games, Athanasiou noticed that broadcasters wouldn't say his name. Instead, they would just wait for him to pass the puck.

"And then [they'd] say, 'A pass to (whoever it was)," he said.

more on other young players and their names...

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The Playoff Battle In The Eastern Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Vollman at NHL.com,

There's a fierce battle for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Boston Bruins hold the second wild card with 82 points, followed by the New York Islanders, who have 80 points and a game in hand. Each team trails the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are third in the Atlantic Division with 83 points with 10 games remaining.

If the standings remain this way, Toronto will make the playoffs for the second time since 2003-04, Boston will end a two-season absence, and New York will miss the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

The Bruins and Maple Leafs have an edge in the standings and in most statistical categories, but neither team is out of the woods yet. The Islanders have been one of the NHL's best offensive teams since Doug Weight replaced Jack Capuano as coach Jan. 17, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are five behind the Bruins with 77 points, are one of several teams within striking distance if some should fade down the stretch.

Let's break down the numbers behind each team's key advantage.


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NCAA Hockey Championship Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bovada,

Odds to win 2017 Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Championship

Denver                                      4/1
Minnesota-Duluth                      7/1
Harvard                                     15/2
UMass-Lowell                            9/1
North Dakota                            10/1
Western Michigan                      10/1
Boston University                      11/1
Minnesota U                              11/1
Penn State                                11/1
Air Force                                   12/1
Union College                           12/1
Cornell                                      14/1
Notre Dame                              14/1
Providence                               15/1
Ohio State Buckeyes                 18/1
Michigan Tech Huskies              40/1

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Detroit’s Practice At The Joe Louis Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

RedWings on ice for practice. Mrazek in starter's net. Helm skating. Nyquist not skating.

RedWings lines in practice:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Helm (for Nyquist)

RedWings defense pairs:

added 12:02pm, Khan tweet,

Mrazek starting tomorrow


Blashill said maintenance day for Nyquist. He'll play tomorrow. Helm possible but unlikely. #RedWings


Blashill said maintenance day for Nyquist. He'll play tomorrow. Helm possible but unlikely. #RedWings

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Video- Highlights From The NHL Games Played On Wednesday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

2:12 minutes in length.


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Howard ‘on the rebound’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Brendan Savage penned an article about Jimmy Howard's resurgent play:

After missing almost three months with a knee injury, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard might be playing the best hockey of his career.

Take it from somebody who knows Howard's game perhaps as well as anyone on the Red Wings' roster.

"Howie looks every bit as good as maybe he's ever been," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who has been Howard's teammate since the veteran netminder broke into the NHL in 2005-06. "I think he's looked real solid all these games he's played and he's playing just as good as he was before he went down with the injury. It feels very comforting to have him back there."

Howard has been outstanding in three of four games since returning from a sprained MCL March 10. The latest was Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win in Montreal, where he stopped 35 of 36 shots against one of the NHL's top 10 teams.

He kept the Canadiens off the board until Artturi Lehtonen tied it 1-1 with 2:29 remaining.

Since returning to the lineup, Howard has a 3-1 record, 1.82 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.

Savage continues...

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