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Red Wings-Senators game-day articles: Road ‘simple’ execution, revamped lines keys to defeating Sens

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings held an optional morning skate ahead of the Dion Phaneuf show, I mean a crush of Canadian media interviewing Dion Phaneuf before tonight's game between the Red Wings and Phaneuf's Senators (7 PM EST start on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and while the spotlight was squarely on Phaneuf...

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Video- Welcome To New Jersey Mr. Bettman

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Booing then Louing...

 

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McKenzie: Canucks lose Edler, Sutter to injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From TSN's Bob McKenzie (again):

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Kings waive Ehrhoff

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Ehrhoff's earning $1.5 million this season, per General Fanager.

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Was the Boston Bruins’ rout at the hands of Los Angeles a ‘time for a trade’ indication for Boston?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From ESPN's "Morning 3 on 3":

Scott Burnside: Well, that was quite a homecoming for Milan Lucic, no? The former Boston Bruins power forward and key member of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team returned with his new team the Los Angeles Kings, and they put a big-time hurt on the Bruins in a 9-2 trouncing. Ouch. Nine different Kings scored, including Lucic (who also added an assist). We have often suggested these teams are mirror images of each other in terms of style and identity, but maybe Boston's reflection has more than a few cracks these days. While Lucic has fit seamlessly with the Kings, purveyors of heavy hockey who have rediscovered their mojo, the Bruins continue to meander through the Eastern Conference. Yes, Boston owns a wild card spot as of Wednesday morning, but is anyone confident this is a team that can stay there, or make a dent if they get in? More to the point, how does rookie Bruins GM Don Sweeney approach his first trade deadline? Add or subtract? Both? Neither?

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Move Howard to gain deadline cap space?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings don't have any cap space with which to add a player via trade, but ESPN's Joe McDonald, discussing the Atlantic Division teams' trade options, believes that the Wings could move Jimmy Howard to open up cap space:

Detroit Red Wings

With the way goaltender Petr Mrazek is playing for the Red Wings, it wouldn't be a major surprise if GM Ken Holland decides to move netminder Jimmy Howard, who remains under contract through 2018-19 with an annual cap hit of $5.29 million and a full no-movement clause. That's a big number for another team to take on, but there are a few teams that could use a solid goaltending, including the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. Detroit still needs offensive help, so moving Howard for some forward depth would help the Red Wings earn a 25th consecutive trip to the playoffs.

McDonald continues with forecasts for the balance of the division, and my understanding is that the Wings won't move Howard until the summer at the earliest.

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Stadium Series ‘ice truck’ arrives at Coors Field

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The NHL posted a press release letting Denver-area media know that Coors Field will be open for photos of the "rink transformation" today, and NHL.com reports that the refridgeration truck that will be used to make ice for the Stadium Series between Deroit and Colorado is in position:

The truck for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings arrived at Coors Field in Denver on Tuesday.

The 53-foot trailer, the world's largest mobile refrigeration unit, houses state-of-the-art icemaking and ice-monitoring equipment used to create an NHL-caliber sheet of ice.

The Avalanche will face the Red Wings at Coors Field on Saturday, Feb. 27 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2).

A star-studded 2016 Stadium Series Alumni game between the teams will take place at Coors Field on Friday, Feb. 26.

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Red Wings-Senators morning skate Tweets: Wings take an optional, and a wacky trade rumor

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 12:05 PM: The Red Wings hope to keep their home-ice winning streak going when they host the Ottawa Senators this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM). The Wings hit the ice for the morning skate just before 10:30 AM, and MLive's Ansar Khan reports that it was an optional skate:

Optional morning skate for #RedWings. Six skaters including Green, who's still out with groin issue.

It's still good to see Green on the ice, via Fox 2 Sports:

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On the relationship between NHL players and lost teeth

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the AP's Larry Lage:

Hall of Famer Chris Pronger has great-looking choppers, though they're not the ones he was born with, and Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien can pop a perfect-looking tooth in and out like he's a magician.

Despite player safety being scrutinized by the league more than ever and technological advances in equipment, hockey players are going to lose teeth. The only way to help players keep their teeth is to force them to attach full-cage masks to their helmets. And that, in the NHL at least, is not going to happen any time soon if ever.

If a player chooses to wear a mouth guard, he may help his chances of not having a concussion. His pearly whites, though, are still at risk from a puck, a stick, the ice or a check into the boards.

"I've pulled teeth out of mouth guards," Detroit Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer said. "They're not designed to keep the teeth in the mouth."

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A Q and A with Kris Draper

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From MLive's Brendan Savage, asking Kris Draper whether he still harbors ill will toward Claude Lemieux:

MLive: Are there still hard feelings?

Draper: No hard feelings, no. It was a long time ago and I think a lot of what we went through as a team together kind of defined a lot of us. It certainly defined the rivalry that we had. It made for, every time you walked in the rink and it was a Colorado-Detroit game, people were excited to do it. I think from '97 to 2002 it was the most heated and most hated rivalry in all of professional sports and it made for some unbelievable hockey. Very unpredictable. You didn't know what was going to happen. You knew something was going to happen. You didn't know when it was going to happen. The bottom line is you look at those teams and there are guys that continue to go into the Hall of Fame. It was unbelievable hockey at an elite level.

Savage continues...

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