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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Islanders: Mrazek rebounds, Nyquist hits 20 goals, Wings rebound

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to Fox Sports Detroit, the Red Wings' 4-1 win over the New York Islanders was the Wings' 1,700th at Joe Louis Arena, and it wasn't exactly pretty--Detroit was out-shot, dominated in the faceoff circle and took almost 40 minutes to really shake off the defensive funk and turnover bakery that plagued the team in Tampa Bay...

But the Wings got their asses to work, Petr Mrazek was far better and far "stickier" than he was in the previous games, Alexey Marchenko was rock-solid and the Quincey-DeKeyser pairing and Helm-Datysuk-Tatar line were exemplary as the Wings out-ground a rather vicious Islanders team to rebound, to re-set and to out-work, out-hustle, out-smart and out-discipline an Islanders team that clearly dislikes Detroit, making the teams' rematch on March 29th an intriguing one to watch.

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Gino Odjick Has More Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Nine months ago, when his heart was operating at 28 per cent of its capacity, doctors were telling Gino Odjick he might have a year to live.

Today, his heart is operating at 58 per cent of its capacity and the doctors are saying he might have three years left, possibly more.

So those numbers tell a story; a significant story. But what they don’t tell, what they can never tell, is the life that’s in Odjick’s eyes and the strength in his being. He’s still trying to take all this in and sort out what it means — “I don’t know if it’s a gift,” he says. “I still have to get used to this situation” — but he knows one thing.

He can now talk about a future and the things he can do.

He used to take that for granted. He doesn’t anymore.

“I’m just starting to feel better and better,” says the former Canuck. “I want to get used to this.”

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Riger: Don’t expect a depth move from Holland or the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger will be speaking with Ken Holland during the 1st intermission of the Wings-Isles game (you can listen to the intermission report here), and Riger's broaching an intriguing subject:

Also: Leaf director of player personnel Mark Hunter is in the building, but:

No way, the Wings don't need a Franson (who's not that much of an upgrade), and Detroit doesn't need to pay a within-division premium to get a player that's not a major improvement.

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I’m All In

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

The game the other night was a stinker, so, a lesson learned from that fiasco should be to let it go. (Among other things)

Today we are up against the Islanders, and, since they have not lost at the Joe since 2003 it's high time to change the trend.

I'm all in.

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Khan: Lashoff clears waivers, heads to GR; Gustavsson to start for Griffins tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff cleared waivers on Saturday and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Lashoff has appeared in 11 games this season (no goals, two assists, plus-4 rating), but none since Dec. 29.

The move allows the Red Wings to activate goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who will start for the Griffins tonight in a conditioning stint against the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena (7 p.m.).

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Lashoff has one year remaining on his contract at a $725,000 salary-cap hit ($850,000 actual salary). That likely factored in the club's inability to trade him.

Update: Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

IGINLA RECORDS 1,200TH CAREER POINT IN WIN OVER PREDATORS
Jarome Iginla (1-0—1) recorded the 1,200th point of his NHL career in the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-0 shutout win over the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche improved to 21-18-11 (53 points) this season, two points behind the Calgary Flames, who currently hold the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Colorado extended its season-high home winning streak to four straight games and is 6-1-0 in its last seven games at the Pepsi Center.

* With his team-leading 16th goal of the season, Iginla became the 47th player in NHL history to record 1,200 points (576-624—1,200) and tied Dino Ciccarelli for 46th on the NHL’s all-time points list. With 576 career goals, Iginla is only one shy of tying Mark Recchi for 19th on the NHL’s all-time goals list.

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Morning Line- Eric Staal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ve been here a long time, it’s a place that I hold in my heart, and obviously if I was asked differently or it came to that, you cross those bridges when you come to them. As of right now, I’m a member of the Hurricanes and that’s what I’m hoping to be, but you never know what can happen as you move forward.”

-Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes.  More on Staal, who is now playing left wing, from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer.

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The New Landscape For Minor League Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Hockey’s two primary minor league circuits had quite the dance this week, with the American Hockey League and the ECHL trading towns like hockey card collectors at a trade show.

When the dust settles, we’ll have a Pacific Division of five teams in the AHL and a migration in the ECHL — which at one time stood for East Coast Hockey League — to the Eastern side of the continent. Then, over time, I believe we’ll see Vancouver bring their AHL affiliate from Utica into British Columbia (likely Abbotsford), Colorado open up an AHL affiliate in-state, and the Coyotes go from Portland, Maine to Tucson or the Prescott, Arizona area.

Expansion Las Vegas will set up an AHL farm club somewhere nearby, and if Seattle ever comes on board we could see as many as 11 AHL clubs out West, including the Texas Stars in Austin.

For now though, the five-team Pacific Division will have some growing pains.

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Petr Mrazek Knows He Has To Be Better

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Mrazek has played well during spot starts the past three seasons. After Howard suffered a groin injury on Jan. 10, Mrazek stepped in and won three games in a row.

At that point he was sporting a 2.12 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. After allowing five goals on 15 shots through two periods in Thursday's 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay, Mrazek emerged with a 2.77 GAA and .904 save percentage.

"Of course I'm not happy with that," Mrazek said. "I let in a few goals I probably shouldn't have and made the game change. Just stay positive and battle hard.

"You have to flush it and not think about it and get ready for (Saturday) and stay thinking positive. Sometimes the pucks go in and you don't know why, so you just have to battle."...

Mrazek has a 5.36 GAA and .842 save percentage his past four games. He doesn't believe he's getting worn down mentally by having to carry the load in the absence of Howard and Jonas Gustavsson, who should return next week.

"When I played in Grand Rapids I played every game and now here it's the same process," Mrazek said. "I'm trying hard work, on the ice before the game and in the game."

more with comments from Mikc Babcock on Mrazek...

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Watching Rogers/Sportsnet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

From the first week of December through the NHL all-star break last weekend, the early Eastern games on Saturday nights on the CBC and the Rogers networks had an average audience of 1.696 million, down 6 per cent from the same period a year ago when the games were only on the CBC and drew an average audience of 1.803 million. A lot of this can be blamed on the dismal performance of the Toronto Maple Leafs, whose audiences drive the ratings more than any other team.

Things are worse for the Western games, as the average audience from December through January was 765,000, a 19-per-cent decline from the previous year. And audiences in the most prized demographic for advertisers, ages 25 to 54, are down 25 per cent compared to 2013-14.

Another big event did not go well for Rogers, as the audience for the Winter Classic outdoor game between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 1 drew just over 1 million viewers, down almost 2.6 million from the 2014 game, which had 3.6 million viewers. However, that was understandable because the 2014 game featured the Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings.

Since Rogers budgeted for a 20-per-cent increase in viewers this season and went to advertisers with a similar increase in rates, the declines are continuing bad news.

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