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Video- You Make The Call Coyotes/Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Leafs thought they had scored late in the 3rd period to tie the game. 

But...

Yotes went on to score 2 eng to win 4-1.

 

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Wings Needs Their Speed Game Back Against Edmonton

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Oilers, whom the Red Wings throttled two weeks ago at the start of their recent 6-2-1 run, will be in town Thanksgiving eve, and by then the sting of the late-game loss to the young Avalanche might have subsided.

The Wings hope to play as they did shutting out the Oilers, 4-0, and putting Connor McDavid on the bench, rather than the considerably less effective effort against Colorado, when the pace so integral to their success slowed.

Speed is generated by the legs. But it starts in the head.

Whatever source suddenly became depleted, it showed all around the ice Sunday.

A slower hockey team can take more penalties. One sure way of catching up to a skater is by hooking, holding or tripping. A slash also can provide some deterrence.

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Video- Wayne Gretzky Was Close To Signing With The Toronto Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Scott Morrison breaks down how The Great One, Wayne Gretzky thwarted the Maple Leafs playoff dreams in 1993 and how Gretzky almost became a member of the Leafs some years later.

 

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Grand Rapids Griffins Send 3 Players To The Toledo Walleye

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday reassigned defenseman Vili Saarijarvi (VIH-lee SAH-ree-YAHR-vee) and forward Dylan Sadowy (SAD-oh-way) from the Grand Rapids Griffins to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, while the Griffins assigned forward Luke Esposito to Toledo. 

In his first full professional season, Saarijarvi, 20, has played in four games with the Griffins, tallying one assist and two penalty minutes. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound blueliner has accounted for one assist and a plus-one rating in three games with the Walleye. 

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Marc Methot Out Another 4-6 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot will be out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.

Stars general manager Jim Nill said Methot, who hasn't played since Nov. 6 against the Winnipeg Jets, had his knee scoped on Sunday.

"The leg was coming around, started to get his rehab, and skating and it didn't get better," Nill said. "Decided to have an MRI and get it scoped."

With Methot out, the Stars recalled defenseman Julius Honka from Texas of the American Hockey League. Honka has no points in six games with the Stars this season.

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Afternoon Line- Todd McLellan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Ken Holland On The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

“We’ve gotten good goaltending on an every-night basis,” Holland told The Athletic on Sunday. “I think the younger players have taken on a bigger responsibility, they’ve earned a bigger responsibility. The power play has been relatively productive.”

Holland’s conclusion?

“We’re in the game,” he said of the Red Wings' spot in the standings. “We’re not ahead of the game. What’s ahead of the game? If you can be at this stage and be five, six or seven ahead of the ninth seed. You’re ahead of the game. We’re right at the bubble.”

more (paid subscription), includes Custance on some of the Wings at this point of the season...

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Nov. 20, 2017) – Carolina Hurricanes left wing Teuvo Teravainen, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 19.

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Sipple: Larkin on the rebound from a difficult 16-17 season

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Free Press's George Sipple:

Dylan Larkin leads the Wings with 20 points in 21 games. He already has more assists (16) than he had in 80 games last season.

“I just think his game is way better,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said of Larkin, who leads the team with 20 points. “For me, it wasn’t a big surprise. I just think he had the learning process he went through last year and he’s a way better player because of it.” 

Larkin earned his 16th assist on Justin Abdelkader’s goal at 14:01 of the first period on Sunday night against the Avalanche. The Wings blew a 3-1 lead in the third period and lost, 4-3, in overtime at Little Caesars Arena. 

Larkin was originally credited with the first goal, which would have been his third in the last three games. But the Wings announced a scoring change after the period ended.

Abdelkader got a piece of Larkin’s shot to score his fourth goal of the season. Larkin was instead credited with the assist.

Larkin also won 12 of 16 (75%) of his faceoffs against the Avs and has won 52.6% of his draws this season.

St. James continues...

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Did Radko Gudas Deserve More Than A 10 Game Suspension?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Ever since he became the director of player safety for the NHL, George Parros has pretty much walked the walk. Even though he owns a company called Violent Gentlemen that recently marketed ball caps that said, “Make Hockey Violent Again,” Parros has been surprisingly hard on hockey’s miscreants. So it would be natural for people to be applauding him for banning the NHL’s dirtiest player – and there is absolutely no doubt now that Radko Gudas enjoys that particular distinction – for 10 games for his latest act of violence.

Pardon me if I don’t join in the chorus. Parros made a statement to be sure, but he had the opportunity to make a much bigger and much more impactful one. It was right there, handed to him on a silver platter. Because it’s not as though Gudas has not proven himself utterly incapable of grasping the danger he’s doing to other players. Had Parros really, really wanted to get rid of this kind of rubbish, he would have banned Gudas for 40 games for his vicious slash to the head of Mathieu Perreault, then dared the NHL Players’ Association to come after him with an appeal.

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