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Prospect news: Walleye lose in Fort Wayne; Ehn, Sambrook register assists

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye had to both work on Thanksgiving and take a bus ride to Fort Wayne, Indiana to do so.

The Walleye had a rough Thursday, rallying from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to take a 4-3 lead on the Fort Wayne Komets...and then the Walleye witnessed their lead evaporate in 18 seconds, ultimately losing 5-4 to the Komets. Christian Hilbrich had a goal and an assist, Zach Nastasiuk scored a goal and Vili Saarijarvi had an assist* in the loss.

The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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Red Wings-Rangers set-up: Wings hope to rebound against ‘Smitty’ and ‘the King’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings continue their slate of 3 games to be played over the course of 4 evenings as they battle the New York Rangers this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/MSG 2/97.1 FM), and this one worries me, because the Rangers have been on a hell of a run.

Despite splitting their last 4 games, the 11-9-and-2 Rangers are both on a 2-game winning streak and they assembled a 6-game winning streak prior to their most recent losses--so the long story short is that the Rangers have won 8 of their past 10 games (and thus 10 of their 11 wins as the Rangers' season start was terrible).

The Rangers most recently defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 on Wednesday. While they did practice on Tuesday, a couple of Tweets of the team tossing a football around at their practice rink and a video of Kevin Shattenkirk and Brandy Skjei talking about Thanksgiving constitute the Thursday coverage of the Rangers' skate.

Given the nature of their season, the Rangers team that's won 8 of its past 10 games has placed most of its early-season worries behind it, and one of those early-season worries was the play of one Brendan Smith. Smith signed a 4-year contract with the Rangers last summer, and the New York Daily News's Justin Tasch reports that Smith is finally finding his fit on the team:

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Articles from practice: Mantha reacts to Blashill’s criticism

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 4:55 PM: The Red Wings' quick Thursday practice involved the returns of Scott Wilson ("lower-body injury") and Martin Frk (groin) to the ice, as well as an indication that Jimmy Howard may start at Madison Square Garden tomorrow, but you and I both know that the main focus would involve Anthony Mantha's comments regarding coach Jeff Blashill's call-out after the Wings' loss to Edmonton:

The Free Press's Helene St. James provided the goods in Tweet form...

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan braved the media wasteland that is the very end of a Lions game to offer Mantha's remarks in article form. Kulfan reports that Mantha first learned of Blashill's comments via Twitter

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Tweets from practice: Wings skate for half-an-hour; waiting on Mantha’s response

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with Mantha comments at 3:33 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice for a Thanksgiving Day practice on Thursday afternoon, a day after the team dropped a 6-3 decision to the Edmonton Oilers, and Jeff Blashill called out Anthony Mantha. The Red Wings are preparing for a set of back-to-backs against the New York Rangers (on Friday at Madison Square Garden) and then the New Jersey Devils (on Saturday at LCA).

There was some good news regarding the player I describe as the Anonymous Wing, who blocked a shot and left last night's game, per DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

You and I both know that practice is sort of secondary for the media corps--and the rest of us--who will to focus upon Anthony Mantha's reaction to coach Blashill's remarks (and I'll post the Tweets in this entry).

Anyway, Wakiji continued, posting the Wings' practice lines...

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HockeyCentral at Noon with a quick debate on calling out Mantha

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sportsnet's Darren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean discussed Jeff Blashill's "calling out" of Anthony Mantha, and the gents shared disparate opinions on the subject:

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Blackhawks’ Hayden fined for high-sticking

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the NHL:

NEW YORK (Nov. 23, 2017) – Chicago Blackhawks forward John Hayden has been fined $2,486.56, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for high-sticking Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown during NHL Game No. 328 in Tampa on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 5:49 of the first period. Hayden was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Video- I’ll Leave You With This - John Tavares Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Work. Reward.

 

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Wayne Gretzky On ‘The NHL: 100 Years” Documentary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Wayne Gretzky doesn’t think he would have been as great of a hockey player in the 1950s.

He’s not being humble. More like fearful.

Yes, the greatest goal scorer who ever played the game would no doubt have had an easier time putting the puck past goalies who didn’t wear masks and rarely left their feet to make a save. But that’s assuming he could make it up the ice in one piece.

“The (Gordie) Howes and (Maurice) Richards typically had to fight for themselves,” Gretzky said in a phone interview. “That was the game back then. When you’re 150 pounds, that would have been more difficult for me. I’m always the first guy to sit here and say I came around at the right time. It was a different game.”

The topic of the sport’s so-called good old days has come up because on Thursday the NHL is releasing a feature-length documentary on the rich and storied history of the league.

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Information on the documentary is below...

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Nathan MacKinnon Continues To Lead The Colorado Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

freom Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Behind a penalty-free effort through two periods and another outstanding play-making performance by center Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche rolled past the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.

In a festive environment on the night before Thanksgiving Day, MacKinnon had three assists to extend his scoring spree to 20 points in 10 games and Colorado improved to 7-1-1 at home and 11-8-1 overall. The Avs won just 13 times in 41 home games last season en route to a league-low 48 points. They have now scored three goals in every home game.

“I liked our game tonight. We had a really good start, good energy at the start. We were jumping,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “I liked our disclipline and our decision making throughout the whole night and especially the third period. That was a real mature third period from our guys. Good decisions. No risky pucks in the middle of the ice.”

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Mike Chambers has more on the Avs, like this..

Nathan MacKinnon is a superstar in the making. Just 22, the fifth-year NHL centerman is becoming the player we all thought he would become since he was selected No. 1 overall in 2013. He assisted on all three goals Wednesday and has now has amassed 20 points (14 assists) in his last 10 games and is averaging more than two points per-game on the season (25 points in 19 games).

Per the Avalanche, MacKinnon is the first Avs player to record 20 points in a span of 10 team games since Joe Sakic from March 20 to April 9, 2006 (7-13–20), and MacKinnon’s 17 points in November is tied for second in the league in scoring during the month and he’s pacing all skaters with 13 assists in that span. Being compared to Sakic is what we ultimately expected from young Great Nate.

Below are the game highlights...

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The Vancouver Canucks ‘Silence’ The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Patric Hornqvist declined to talk. Said his number wasn’t on the board indicating who should be available to media – and he was right.

Phil Kessel’s number was on the board, but he grabbed his stuff and left anyway, telling those asking for his comments to “get someone else.”

Sidney Crosby, who talks after pretty much every loss but got a night off, remained silent as he shoved equipment into a bag, sporting a dejected look that told the story of the Penguins’ 5-2 loss to the Canucks at PPG Paints Arena.

On Nov. 4, the Penguins lost to Vancouver, and the common theme was that they were cool with it because the process was there. Same deal Wednesday, really. The Penguins (11-9-3) did a bunch of good things but left with a bad taste in their mouths.

“We just have to keep working at it,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We can’t get frustrated. We’ve just got to get more determined.”

more on the Pens 5-2 loss to the Canucks

Watch the game highlights below...

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