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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers wrap-up—Panthers demand action on Barkov hit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings at least continued the process of nudging themselves back into the Atlantic Division standings on Monday, defeating the Atlantic-leading Florida Panthers 3-0.

For Red Wings fans, Pavel Datsyuk's 2-goal performance, Henrik Zetterberg's pair of assists, Tomas Tatar's tip-in and Petr Mrazek's shutout--for his 20th win--are what were wonderful about the game, with Justin Abdelkader's fight with Derek MacKenzie serving as something of an afterthought.

For the Florida Panthers, Abdelkader's hit on Aleksander Barkov was the game's story in its entirety:

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov offers the Panthers' take on the hit--big time, suggesting that Abdelkader leaped at Barkov:

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Krupa: 5 Nations Tournament a big opportunity for Team USA

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa discusses the 2016 U17 Five Nations Tournament, which is taking place at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth starting this evening:

This week, the team of 16- and 17-year-olds play for the United States in a five-nation tournament against the best players their age from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.

They start against Russia at 7 tonight in the former Compuware Arena, which the USA Hockey Foundation purchased two years ago and is renovating and expanding.

It is the first international tournament in the new home of the NTDP.

“These tournaments are great developmental tools,” said coach Don Granato, brother of Red Wings assistant Tony Granato and U.S. Olympian Cammi Granato, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. “And really that’s what this whole program is about: Developing the kids beyond here, and developing them in the hopes of winning a U-18 World Championship, which is what our older team is going for in April.

“It’s going to be experience gained for our players. Having to perform against Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Finland — in this case, in our own building — it’s thrusting those expectations and that pressure on the team. It’s very important.”

Krupa continues...

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Abdelkader’s hit on Barkov ‘borderline?’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Justin Abdelkader hit Aleksandr Barkov pretty heavily during the Red Wings' 3-0 victory over Florida on Monday, and Barkov left the game with an "upper-body injury," never to return. Abdelkader told the press after the game that he didn't attempt to hit Barkov in the head, that he kept his feet down and tried to finish through the body, but something tells me that Gerard Gallant and the Panthers will be lobbying the Department of Player Safety for a review:

Derek MacKenzie fought Abdelkader at the end of the game in retaliation, but Abdelkader won the fight.

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Red Wings-Panthers quick take: ‘Old Goats’ star in big win over Panthers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings faced long odds in defeating a Florida Panthers team that had won 5 straight against the Wings and 5 of 6 in Detroit, but the Wings had to defeat the Panthers to not fall further out of the Atlantic Division's playoff race.

The Wings played exactly the kind of game you'd hope, especially from a team shorthanded on the blueline: Detroit scored 3 3rd-period goals, including a power play marker, en route to a 3-0 shutout win over the Panthers, out-working and out-grinding the Atlantic Division leaders while reducing the points deficit between the teams to 6.

Just as importantly, Pavel Datsyuk scored two big goals on 7 shots, Henrik Zetterberg had 2 big assists, Jakub Kindl fared in the scoring on Tomas Tatar's game-winner and Danny DeKeyser played 25:32 as the Wings killed 5 Florida power plays and scored a power play marker.

The only question will be whether Justin Abdelkader's hit on Aleksander Barkov will be reviewed by the Department of Player Safety (see below for video of the hit); otherwise, the Wings left no doubt that they can out-grind and out-skill a tough opponent, with Mrazek pitching a 23-save shutout as the cherry on top.

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Back To Basics

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

A basic factor in sports is that when you are winning, it makes you and everyone around you feel good.

Well, there are 19 of us that prolly still feel pretty good with the win on Saturday. Let's get back to basics, and, keep er' going.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

It's a live blog. Bitches!

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Nyquist the horse an odds-on favorite to win the Kentucky Derby

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This story is very hard to translate into "hockey," but the Associated Press reports that the Paul Reddam-owned colt "Nyquist" is the odds-on favorite to win the Kentucky Derby as of February:

Winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Nyquist is gearing up for his 3-year-old debut in the seven-furlong San Vicente at Santa Anita on Saturday. On Sunday, he worked five furlongs in 59.38 seconds.

"He's got so much class, so much raw ability," Nyquist's trainer, Doug O'Neill, said after the colt's workout. "It's hard to believe that he's any more mature than last year, but he's doing everything right and thriving on training; he's doing super."

Named for Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist, the colt is owned, trained and ridden by the same team that campaigned 2012 Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another. J. Paul Reddam is the owner; Mario Gutierrez is the jockey.

Nyquist's odds? 9-1:

1. Nyquist (Doug O'Neill, trainer; Mario Gutierrez, jockey): Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old won all five races in '15. ... Trainer, rider and owner (J. Paul Reddam) won 2012 Derby and Preakness with I'll Have Another. ... Sired by Uncle Mo ... Next start: San Vicente, Santa Anita, Saturday. ... Derby future odds: 9-1.

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Evening news: Game-day previews; on the Smith brothers, AA, Kindl and more

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview video...

2. Here's the Panthers' version:

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AHL Top Scorer

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It seems that every few days I am reporting that a new player has taken the AHL scoring lead.  My last such post was four days ago when I reported that TJ Brennan of the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs farm affiliate) had taken the lead.  Chris Bourque of the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) has now taken the lead again.  He had a good weekend with six points in two games played.  That gives him a total of 51 points in 46 games played.  This is a three point lead over Brennan.

Bourque has already won the AHL scoring race once in 2010.  He is a strong candidate to do it again.  He is a 30 year old who is no longer a serious NHL prospect.  He has 51 career NHL games over the course of the years with Washington, Pittsburgh and Boston but has only managed 8 points.  His last NHL game was in the 2012/13 season.  At this point he is veteran leadership in the AHL but not expected to jump to the NHL.  This gives him a better chance to win the AHL scoring race because he is less likely to be called up to the NHL than most AHL top scorers. 

Chris Bourque is an AHL veteran who is one of the better players in the league.  He has re-taken the AHL scoring lead and is a good candidate to win this scoring race.  He is Ray Bourque's son and a successful AHL player over the years but he has failed to have a significant NHL career.  Perhaps his smaller size of 5'8" 180 pounds has limited him at the NHL at level, but he has been a strong AHL player.  He is a top candidate to win his second scoring title in the AHL this season.

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With Dustin Byfuglien Signed, What About Andrew Ladd?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Hello Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Milan Lucic at The Players' Tribune,

is is how naive I was when I got to Boston. Are you ready for this?

We had this really nice guy who worked for the team and handled all the road travel. He was in his early 70s. His name was Johnny, and he was just awesome. I was a 19-year-old kid in my first training camp. I didn’t know what the hell was going on. I didn’t know about NHL travel. I knew about WHL buses. So Johnny had my back. He was kind of like a cool grandfather to me.

One day after practice, I was sitting in the locker room talking to one of my teammates, and I was like, “Johnny’s a real nice guy, eh?”

He goes, “Johnny who?”

“You know, the road guy. Johnny. Can’t remember his last name.”

“You mean Johnny friggin’ Bucyk?!”

“Is that his name? Sorry, man. Still trying to learn everybody.”

“Come here.”


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