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5-1 Habs recall Bournival, get ready for Red Wings

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

Montreal heads into Tuesday's game with the Red Wings coming off an impressive 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Habs dominated the Avs at times, and perhaps most importantly, Carey Price looked like his normal self after a slow start. PK Subban was especially brilliant, scoring two highlight reel goals, and the Canadiens banded together towards the end of the game, fighting off a last-ditch effort by Colorado to tie the game. These Habs have picked up where last year's left off - blocked shots, finishing their checks, and playing the game to a man - and look prepared to challenge for the top of the East as the season progresses. Standouts thus far have included Tomas Plekanec, Alex Galchenyuk, and the aforementioned Subban. However, another player has looked very solid six games into the season, and that is Manny Malholtra. Malholtra has been a champion in the face-off circle, but perhaps more important than the statistics are the face-offs he is winning. Michel Therrien now has a real defensive centre to call on for important defensive zone plays late in the game. That has eluded him as a coach as far back as the Bill Lindsay fiasco a decade ago - and it has also allowed Therrien to let Plekanec go and roam the offensive zone. Malholtra has been a huge difference maker thus far, and will continue to be a key cog in the Habs wheel as the season continues.

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Kudos to Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens for advocating for the mentally ill

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This has absolutely nothing to do with the Red Wings, but it has everything to do with the human being I am and the cause I advocate for that hits closest to home.

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens is parterning with several Canadian mental health organizations in order to raise awareness of and funds for--as Scrivens says in the attached video--the 1 in 5 Canadians who are affected by mental illnesses in some way (and that figure holds true for Americans and the rest of the world; 1 in 5 people will suffer from a severe mental illness at some point in their lives).

The Oilers posted a press release regarding Scrivens' initiative...

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Evening news: Babcock stirring Red Wings’ Kid Line(s); PP needs work; Habs present challenge

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings practiced on Monday and flew to Montreal ahead of Tuesday's game against the Canadiens (7:30 PM on FSD/RDS/97.1 FM), and the Wings were able to return Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids as Jimmy Howard's good to go, and the Wings believe that Pavel Datsyuk is very close to returning to the lineup after missing nearly a month with a shoulder injury.

The Wings also placed Johan Franzen on 7-day IR due to a groin issue, so the team won't have to make a decision as to which player will be sent to Grand Rapids to clear space on the 23-man roster until Franzen's healthy.

Pavel Datsyuk told MLive's Ansar Khan that he might return tomorrow:

"We'll see; day to day," Datsyuk said. "Shooting for a long time is good. It's only the contact still. But I had last week. We see what happens tomorrow."

If he can't play Tuesday, is he confident he'll be back later in the week, Thursday or Saturday?

"I hope," Datsyuk said. "You never know but what I'm looking for."

Datsyuk's presence on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader meant a line shuffle, and as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan notes, Wings coach Mike Babcock hopes that placing Gustav Nyquist on the Sheahan-Tatar line will spark "Riley and the Slovak":

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Video- Goals Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet style...

 

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Well-played, Buffalo, well-played.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is rather amusing, as noted by RedWingsFeed:

Hoping that the Sabres raise the jersey to the rafters, take it down, place it next to a Stanley Cup, raise it to the rafters, take it down, place it next to a Stanley Cup, take it down, send it to the Czech Republic, send it to Russia, and then bring it back and finally raise it to the rafters one last time. For now. We think.

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Bruins Lose Kevan Miller To A Dislocated Shoulder

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch the fight below...

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Report: Palmieri, Vatanen, Rakell Linked To Myers Trade Talks

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

The Sabres continue to seek multiple assets in any Tyler Myers trade, according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period.

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WHL Names Joe Hicketts Player Of The Week

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via the WHL,

The Western Hockey League announced today that Victoria Royals’ defenceman Joe Hicketts is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 19, 2014. 

Hicketts amassed a goal and six assists for seven points along with a +5 rating in four road games over the past week, helping the Royals post a 3-1-0-0 record in that span.

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Dominik Hasek’s #39 Will Go To The Rafters In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 20, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will officially retire the jersey of goaltender Dominik Hasek, one of the most prolific goaltenders in NHL history, in a ceremony scheduled to take place Jan. 13, 2015, prior to the team’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings at First Niagara Center. Hasek, who was the fifth and final Sabres player to wear No. 39, will be the seventh player in franchise history to receive the honor of having his jersey retired to the rafters. He was inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame on March 29 and will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

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Video- It’s Slow Motion Monday, Plays From Week 2 In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Almost four mintues of slow motion action!

 

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