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St. James delivers good news on the DeKeyser front

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Excellent news from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Red Wings send Joakim Andersson to Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

No news as to whether this precludes a recall or whether the Red Wings are just giving Joakim Andersson playing time as the Grand Rapids Griffins play 3 games in 3 nights this weekend:

Here's the press release:

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Nazem Kadri Fined for Inappropriate Gestures

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Feb. 11, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for inappropriate gestures aimed at Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during NHL Game No. 805 in Calgary on Tuesday, Feb. 9, the National Hockey League announced today.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

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Talking about Dylan Larkin’s rookie season from an advanced stats perspective

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NHL.com's Rob Vollman wrote an article discussing Dylan Larkin's superb rookie season from an advanced statis perspective:

There's a system originally designed for baseball by Bill James in 1985, first applied to hockey by Gabriel Desjardins in 2004, that estimates how many points a player will score in the NHL coming from another league. It is based on past players from the target league and what portion of their scoring remained when they arrived in the NHL.

Larkin, the No. 15 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, had 47 points in 35 games for Michigan last season, an average of 1.34 points per game. The translation formula for the Big Ten Conference is 0.35, so the projection for Larkin was that he would score 0.47 points per game in his NHL rookie season, a pace that would put him at almost 40 points if he played a full season.

Larkin has 38 points in 53 games, which is 0.73 points per game.

He is defying the projection in part because of the age at which he competed in college. NCAA hockey is dominated by older players, and they are the majority who set the projection number. Scoring more than a point per game at age 18 is a clear indicator of atypical talent and historically yields a translation factor of 0.51 instead of the usual 0.35 for older players. That means Larkin's actual projection is closer to 0.68 points per game, which is three points removed from his actual scoring rate.

Vollman continues...

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Holland lauds Danny DeKeyser’s play

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with the Free Press's George Sipple about Danny DeKeyser and the defenseman's surprising offensive output, as illustrated by DeKeyser's goal last night against Ottawa:

“Obviously he’s joining the rush a little bit, shooting the puck,” Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press after the first period. “That goal went off two or three sticks, but if you shoot the puck and go to the net sometimes you get some puck luck.”

DeKeyser has scored the most goals among Wings’ defensemen. He ranks third among team defensemen in scoring with 15 points.

Mike Green, who missed Wednesday’s game with a groin injury, is the top-scoring defensemen on the Wings with 21 points in 46 games. Niklas Kronwall, who could return as early as Sunday from a knee injury, is second with 17 points in 45 games.

“He’s here to play great defense and transition the puck,” Holland said of DeKeyser. “Obviously we want a little offense from all our defensemen. Right now he’s providing it. Over the course of 82 games everybody gets a little bit of a run and he’s on a bit of a run now.”

For Holland, one of the things that stands out about DeKeyser this season is his plus-13 plus/minus rating.

“He’s a matchup defensemen for us,” Holland said. “When you’re playing against the other teams’ best players every night and you’re plus double-digits, that’s a good number.”

Sipple continues...

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The Advancing Eastern Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Are we continuing to see the shift in the NHL's power balance from the West to the East?

After years of the West being the best, I remember writing a piece last March about how it appeared that the Eastern Conference closing the gap on the West in terms of the competitive balance. I think we're seeing more of that this season.

Let's look at the wild-card races to begin with: the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins hold those two spots with 62 and 61 points, respectively. Compare that to the wild-card placeholders in the West: the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche have 59 points apiece. The ninth-place New Jersey Devils in the East have 61 points, and 10th-place Montreal has 58. Of course, the true measure of excellence for me has always been the quality of the elite teams, which is where the West has been dominant for a good decade now,

in my opinion. When you're talking true, veritable Cup contenders I'd give you the Chicago Blakhawks and Los Angeles Kings at the top in the West, followed a notch below by the Anaheim Ducks, then another notch down go the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues. That's subjective, of course. In the East? Washington stands alone as the top Cup contender, followed by the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, then the Rangers. Again, it's subjective, and I would still give the West a slight edge in this department, but the gap is closing for sure. Thoughts?

continue for more on this topic from the ESPN hockey crew...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LUNDQVIST, RANGERS STYMIE PENGUINS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 34 shots he faced, including 13 in the final period, to lead the Rangers to their fourth consecutive win and snap the Penguins’ home point streak at 10 games (8-0-2) in their first meeting since the opening round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a 4-1 series victory by New York.
 
* At 31-18-5 (67 points), the Rangers moved five points ahead of the idle Islanders (28-18-6, 62 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division. They also jumped six points ahead of both the Penguins (27-19-7, 61 points) and idle Devils (27-21-7, 61 points).
 
* Lundqvist, who ranks fourth in the NHL with 27 wins this season, improved to 10-3-1 in his last 14 games (1.90 GAA, .932 SV%, 1 SO). He owns a 14-4-2 record in the 20 contests in which he has made 30 or more saves in 2015-16 (2.04 GAA, .942 SV%, 3 SO).
 
* Via Elias, Lundqvist posted his 58th career shutout (and third of the season) to tie John Ross Roach for 18th place in NHL history. Only Roberto Luongo (72) has more shutouts among active goaltenders.
 
* Lundqvist earned his 366th career victory to set an NHL record for wins by a goaltender in his first 11 seasons, one more than Martin Brodeur (365 in 665 GP). Lundqvist also played in his 666th career game (all w/ NYR) to tie Mike Richter for the most appearances by a goaltender in Rangers history.
 
* The Rangers shut out the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the first time since in nearly 45 years; Ed Giacomin led the team to a 4-0 victory on Feb. 27, 1971. Overall, New York improved to 5-0-1 in its last six regular-season meetings with Pittsburgh dating to Feb. 7, 2014 (PIT: 1-3-2).

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All About The Last Season At The Joe Louis Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment today announced details surrounding the “Farewell Season at The Joe” campaign as the organizations prepare to embark on their final season (2016-17) at Joe Louis Arena. The campaign will celebrate many of the historic Red Wings games and entertainment acts that have been held at Joe Louis Arena in the building’s illustrious 38-year history.

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Video/Audio- Don Meehan, Agent For Steven Stamkos On His Contract Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Player agent Don Meehan joins Primetime Sports and talks about Steven Stamkos.

No hints from Meehan, doing what an agent has to do.

 

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An Up And Down Season For Steven Stamkos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

The future of Steven Stamkos hangs in the balance.

Stamkos’ present appears to be a bit cloudy, as well.

Through 53 games, one of the top goal scorers in the game is not producing at his usual level. With 21 goals, Stamkos is tied with teammate Nikita Kucherov for 13th in the league, behind the likes of Tyler Toffoli, Brad Marchand, Mike Hoffman and Matt Duchene while sitting 12 goals behind league leader Patrick Kane.

At a pace of 0.40 goals per game, Stamkos is on pace to finish with 33 goals, which would be his lowest full-season total since his rookie year. His goals per game would also be his lowest since 2008-09, when he finished with 23 goals, a rate of 0.29 per game.

While Stamkos can be a streaky scorer, prolonged slumps have not really been a problem since he came into the league. But this season, he has endured a 10-game drought — his longest stretch without a goal since his rookie season — and is in the middle of a stretch with one goal in his past 10 games.

Since a two-goal game at Colorado on Jan. 12, Stamkos has one goal and six assists while registering 20 shots on goal.

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