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Home Team in Caps
PITTSBURGH 4, NY Islanders 2
Minnesota 4, BUFFALO 0
TORONTO 3, Florida 2
MONTREAL 3, Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 2, ST. LOUIS 1 (SO)
WINNIPEG 4, Dallas 1
LOS ANGELES 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
SAN JOSE 3, Columbus 1
The Canadiens (7-0-1) and Red Wings (6-2-0) each extended winning streaks to six games with victories on Thursday. Montreal remains the only team without a regulation loss in 2016-17.
* Elias notes that Montreal is the first team in NHL history to win at least seven of its first eight games in three straight seasons (2014-15: 7-1-0 and 2015-16: 9-0-0). In addition, the Canadiens are just the second team to start back-to-back campaigns with at least one point in each of its first eight games, joining the Sharks (2012-13: 7-0-1 and 2013-14: 8-0-1).
* The Red Wings’ six-game winning streak equals their longest such run over the past five seasons (also Jan. 13-27, 2015). In 2011-12, Detroit posted three winning streaks of at least six games – first from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2 (7-0-0), then from Jan. 12 to 23 (7-0-0) and finally from Feb. 8 to 19 (6-0-0).

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Prospect news: Ehn, Hronek register assists; Elfstrom hits the SHL

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Of prospect-related note:

In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom (ACL) remains absent from Skelleftea AIK's lineup, but the SAIK keeps winning. Skelleftea defeated Linkopings HC 4-1 on Thursday;

Christoffer Ehn registered an assist in 11:21 as the Frolunda Indians lost 2-1 to Karlskrona HK;

Per Red Wings Prospects on Twitter, Mattias Elfstrom has played for Malmo IF's Junior-20 team for the vast majority of the 15-16 season, but he played 5:12 in the Malmo Redhawks' 3-0 loss to Vaxjo on Thursday;

In the OHL, Jordan Sambrook missed the Erie Otters' 5-2 victory over Barrie;

And Filip Hronek registered an assist and 6 shots in the Saginaw Spirit's 5-3 loss to Niagara.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blues wrap-up—shootout squeakers still count for two points

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' 2-1 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues wasn't a thing of beauty, but it was the Wings' 6th win in a row, and it was a hard-earned win in which Detroit struggled in the first period, found its legs in the second and third period, and played the Blues to what was probably a deserved straight draw...

But hockey doesn't do ties any more, and the Wings had a better performance from the net on out in the skills competition that is the shootout, and Detroit ended things via shootout goals from Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg, while Petr Mrazek was excellent in both regulation, overtime and shootout time, stopping 7 of 8 Blues shooters.

Zetterberg may have ended the game...

But the Wings wouldn't have gotten to a shootout without Petr Mrazek's sensational netminding. Mrazek stopped 31 of 32 shots over the game's first 65 minutes, and he stopped 7 of 8 shootout shooters as well:

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‘Rumblings’ from LeBrun: Vegas gets a leg up on free agency

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Among ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's "Rumblings':

The Las Vegas expansion franchise will be given a head start when it comes to free agency.

Sources told ESPN.com that as part of these fascinating expansion-draft rules we keep learning about, the Vegas organization will have a 48-hour window ahead of the expansion draft in June to speak with and sign any pending unrestricted or restricted free agents whom the 30 teams left unprotected for the expansion draft.

So, for example, let's say for whatever reason Brent Burns remains unsigned by the San Jose Sharks by June (and I’m not saying that’s going to happen, just using him as an example). Would the Sharks want to protect Burns in the expansion draft if they feel he’s walking out the door July 1?

Let’s pretend they don’t, and Vegas has the opportunity to negotiate with Burns ahead of the expansion draft and sign him. Pretty unreal, right? But it’s possible, according to these rules.

Now, one can’t imagine Vegas would want to launch its franchise by overpaying a number of UFAs. But for a real difference-maker? Who knows.

And the same goes for RFAs, who obviously are younger. Any RFAs left unprotected for the expansion draft can become property of the Vegas franchise if they agree to terms on a new contract within that 48-hour window.


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Red Wings-Blues quick take: Shootout win for Mrazek and the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings headed into Thursday night's game against the St. Louis Blues hoping to extend their winning streak to 6 games, battling a Blues team that had lost 3 of their 4 previous games.

In Steve Ott's 800th game and Justin Abdelkader's return to the lineup, Petr Mrazek was the hero, stopping 31 of 32 Blues shots (and a boatload of attempts against--60 to be precise to 46 Wings shot attempts)...

And Henrik Zetterberg struck for the shootout-winning goal in a game that the Red Wings climbed into and climbed out of after a difficult 1st period start, scratching and clawing their way to two points in what was sometimes ugly and eventually beautiful fashion.

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Early Season Top Defencemen

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It is still early in the season but there has been enough time for one defenceman to separate himself from the pack this year.  Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens.  Weber has nine points leading all defencemen in the league.  With a +12 +/- rating he leads the NHL by three points over any other player.

Weber is a newcomer to the Montreal Canadiens.  He was acquired last summer for PK Subban. 

He has been a top defenceman in the NHL in the past.  He was runner up to the Norris Trophy in both 2011 and 2012.  In 2014 and 2015 he was a Second Team All Star on defence. 

At age 31, people thought Shea Weber was showing early signs of decline last year.  So far this season, he appears to be in his career prime.  It will be interesting if he can keep it up all season.  I would predict he slows from his current pace but may remain a candidate for the Norris Trophy when season ends. At this point he is the leader.

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Many Teams In Trouble Whe The #1 Goalie Goes Down

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Jounal,

If your tried-and-true No. 1 goalie gets hurt for not days or weeks but months or has an injury that nags all season, you’re hooped. Mike Smith (groin) is hurt again in Arizona, and while Louis Domingue was good last year for a good stretch, not so this year.

In Boston, the Bruins had to play Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre the other day with starter Tuukka Rask and backup Anton Khudobin out.

Only a few NHL clubs have the luxury or the good fortune of withstanding a major injury to the starter, because they’ve got a No. 1 and a No. 1A.

Like Pittsburgh with Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray.

Like Tampa with Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy.

To a lesser degree, Jaro Halak and Thomas Greiss are an interchangeable pair with the New York Islanders. It’s much the same story for the Dallas Stars with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi, although both have struggled. Perhaps the Detroit Red Wings, too, with Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard, but it’s a short list.

The Penguins and the Lightning could have dealt Fleury and Bishop at the draft after the strong play of Murray, who took Pittsburgh to the Cup, and Vasilevskiy, who got the Lightning to the third round, but they didn’t and they’re happy they’ve got both, even if they’re going to lose one of them to Las Vegas in the expansion draft — barring a trade.

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Evening news: On Fowler, the Pistons and Frans Nielsen

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. From the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson:

The Wings badly need a defenceman and have their sights set on Ducks’ Cam Fowler, who played junior in Windsor. The Ducks, as we all know,, have crushing salary cap issues and only D Simon Despres long-term injury status is helping them now. They’re doing everything to try and keep Fowler. If they can, they’ll probably go four D and four F in expansion draft (Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Kevin Bieksa with his no-move clause, and Fowler) and four forwards (Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Rickard Rakell or Jakob Silferberg). Ideally, they’d much rather move Clayton Stoner but nobody’s biting on his $3.25 mil for this year and next.


If Hall of Famer-in-waiting Pavel Datsyuk hadn’t gone back to Moscow to play in the KHL, he would have had a reduced role with the Wings. His knees are very bad — that was his problem at the World Cup — and he doesn’t move anywhere like he used to.

2. In Wings-Pistons news, from the Associated Press:

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Charlotte Checkers Head Coach Ulf Samuelsson On His NHL Career

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from Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer,

A 1993 Sports Illustrated headline called Samuelsson “Mr. Dirty.” The New York Times Magazine proclaimed him “a thinking-man’s thug.” A Pittsburgh sportswriter named Dave Molinari wrote in the 1990s that Samuelsson was “the kind of guy who would elbow Mother Teresa if she strayed near his net. Then cross-check her when she tried to stand up. Maybe spear her behind the knee as she hobbled away.”

You know the “Mayhem” guy in the Allstate commercials? That was Samuelsson when he played. He caused accidents. Fans in Boston were once so incensed after Samuelsson, a defenseman, injured one of their star players that they hung banners that read “Kill Ulf.”

I asked Samuelsson recently if he thought that long-ago Sports Illustrated headline and story were accurate.

“Yeah, I would say there’s probably a little truth to that article,” Samuelsson said. “I noticed in my career that if I would play 3-4 games in a more relaxed way, letting them off the hook – when I could hit a player hard I wouldn’t do it – the other team’s forwards would all of a sudden be a little more confident and make me look bad. So I found the way I could do my job was stay hard and stay aggressive – as far as the rules would let me. And sometimes a little bit over.”

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Below, watch Samuelsson's most talked about hit on Cam Neely plus other YouTube videos here.

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No Thomas Vanek Tonight

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