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Coach’s Challenges Season To Date

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NHL,

6 Coach’s Challenges | 41 upheld | 25 overturned

· 45 for goalie interference | 25 upheld | 20 overturned (17 to “no goal” / 3 to “goal”)

· 2 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 2 upheld | 0 overturned

· 14 for offside | 9 upheld | 5 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 5 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 5 upheld | 0 overturned (all to “no goal”)

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Flames get suspended, too…Well, Matthew Tkachuk does

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

TSN reports that Matthew Tkachuk got suspended for one game for hacking Luke Witkowski in the back of the legs:

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Striving For Mediocrity,Kenny

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There's one team in the East. One.

It's Tampa and everyone else.  So, essentially, as we move toward the cruel winter months (it's 68 in Florida as I write this), the goal is not just to make the playoffs. No, Kenny, the goal is to get the 7 seed. Because the first round is a bye for Steve Yzerman's team, the team he manages now because you, Kenny, wouldn't, you know, leave the job you've proven incapable of doing anymore. 

Tampa and, probably, Pittsburgh.  And then everyone else. 

Tampa and Pittsburgh and, maybe, Toronto, the team coached, Kenny, by Mike Babcock because he didn't want to coach this team anymore because, you know, you don't have the ability to bring anyone to Detroit anymore. 

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Video- Game Day Preview Wings/Sabres

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from the Wings' YouTube page,

Featuring Carley Johnston, Ken Kal, Luke Witkowski, Jeff Blashill, Dylan Larkin, and Nick Jensen at Little Caesars Arena on 11/17/17.

Update: Here's the Sabres' game-day preview:

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On The Automatic 10-Game Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

So, if 10 games is the standard based on a rule introduced years ago – perhaps in response to an era when brawls were commonplace – its time the National Hockey League considered either standardizing automatic suspensions for other malicious acts or removing automatic suspensions altogether. 

Witkowski’s actions didn’t warrant a 10-game suspension and it’s likely his punishment will be introduced as evidence at a future competition committee meeting or during CBA discussions that the rule needs to be revisited.

One suggestion is to lift the term “automatic” or allow the Department of Player Safety to overrule when applicable.


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Recap Of The General Managers Meeting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

As the NHL’s general managers gathered at Montreal’s historic le Windsor hotel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the league, the post-meeting talk was more about recent rule changes and an unexpected uptick in goal scoring.

“I think it’s without question the game is going in the right direction,” said Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello. “How much more has to be done is an unknown because right now I think we’ve got a great game.”

There was little trade chatter emanating from the GMs’ meetings, who were gathering primarily to begin the process of reviewing the latest changes to the game.

That includes the crackdowns on slashing and interference, as well as the new tweak to the offside challenge rule that costs a team a delay-of-game penalty if it fails to win an offside challenge.


Below, watch a few GMs discuss the meeting....

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A multi-million-dollar paper jam

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Sportsnet's Luke Fox's "Quick Shifts":

Once a restricted free agent’s arbitration hearing is complete, the arbitrator has 48 hours or less to file his ruling.

Ritch Winter, the agent for Tomas Tatar, had a gut feeling that the arbitrator who heard his client’s case with the Red Wings this summer would file an early decision.

Indeed, the arbitrator planned to send his ruling to the league an hour earlier than he did, but he decided to print out and read over his paperwork one last time. He had some printer troubles (been there — am I right?!) that delayed the filing, which arrived a mere seven minutes after Winter and the Wings signed off on a four-year, $21.2 million deal.

The ruling was for one-year and $5 million.

“So Tomas, who’s not performing quite at the level he’d like this year, is pretty thankful that happened,” Winter says.

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USA Today’s Allen talks ‘rebuilding on the fly’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

USA Today's Kevin Allen attempts to navigate a path for the Red Wings' "rebuild on the fly," suggesting that the Wings may eventually have to part ways with a young player to faciliate acquiring a young defenseman:

But general manager Ken Holland is trying to compete for a playoff spot while slowly turning over his roster. To be successful in doing that, Larkin, Mantha and Athanasiou have to become top players.

There are promising signs.

The 6-5 Mantha has shown his power and skill with 10 goals and 19 points in 19 games, and the speedy Larkin is flying around the ice with confidence. He has 18 points.

After sitting out the start of the season with a contract dispute, Athanasiou, another flashy skater, has four goals and six points in nine games. He's on pace for over 30 goals.

Athanasiou is a wild card in the rebuilding process because of his difficult contract negotiations. Plus, Athanasiou and coach Jeff Blashill haven't always agreed about how Athanasiou should play.

If Athanasiou has a productive season, most of the problems go away. But the parties do have to go through another contract negotiation next summer. If it turns contentious, the Red Wings might be able to use him in a trade for a young defenseman. It’s another option they may have to explore.

That's all to say finding a premium defenseman is the hardest piece to find in a rebuild.

Allen continues...

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Afternoon Line- Dale Tallon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Red Wings-Sabres game-day articles: game set-ups and stats, FYI’s and more

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG B/Sportsnet 360/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed a Detroit lineup in flux as the Wings may or may not dress Brian Lashoff in Trevor Daley's place, and may or may not have Darren Helm's services this evening (possibly necessitating another 11-forward-7-D combination).

Jimmy Howard will start opposite Robin Lehner in goal, and former Grand Rapids Griffin Kyle Criscuolo will make his NHL debut against his former team's parent club.

The Buffalo News's Mike Harrington posted a set of five "Things to Know" about tonight's game. Among them:

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