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Game Notes- Detroit vs. Montreal

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

First a little old school talk with Ted Lindsay and Maurice Richard.

Below are the game notes...


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Frustration In Winnipeg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Frustration was evident among the Winnipeg Jets and their head coach Monday, a day after the team suffered its fourth straight loss during a demoralizing start to the NHL season.

They are struggling to score, haven’t managed a single power play goal in five games and have lost the last four by at least two goals during a 1-4 start.

It’s the kind of rocky beginning that prompts the coach to drop an F-bomb in his media availability, an assistant captain to suggest the team has no idea how to handle adversity and the reminder to be delivered that what is discussed in the locker-room stays in the locker-room.

Asked how the team can fix the maddening inconsistency problem that has persisted since it first arrived from Atlanta, defenceman Mark Stuart said: “I know you guys ask how because you want to keep the conversation going but that’s something we’ve got to figure out in here.”


If you missed Paul Maurice post-practice yesterday, you can watch it here.

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Mike Smith Knows He Needs To Be Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

As reporters crowded around Coyotes goalie Mike Smith following Monday's practice to gauge his psyche after yet another six goals-against Saturday, backup Devan Dubnyk quipped that Smith isn't the only one who's experienced a slide like this and he, too, could offer up some insight.

But Smith isn't looking to deflect any of the attention he's receiving right now for a goals-against average (5.33) that might be more reflective of a struggling Major League Baseball reliever than an NHL starting goaltender.

"I don't need to bring anyone else into this," Smith said. "It's me and only me, and I've been through it tons of times in my career. You shrug it off your shoulder, and it's obviously not even close to what I'm capable of, and I know that, and I understand that, and the team needs more from me.

"But I can't dwell on it. It's three games I've played. We're 2-2. I know there's a panic around here to flip a switch and turn it around, but it's a process, and we're all going to be better because of this adversity."


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Goals Against A Problem For the Colorado Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nick Groke of the Denver Post,

Patrick Roy's yelling echoed off the walls of the Avalanche's practice rink Monday. That was between the team skating lap sprints.

After a rough, four-game road trip that left Colorado reeling, Avs coach Roy wasn't going easy on his slipping team.

"The way we practiced today, this is how we'll get back on track," Roy said. "The intensity we had, the compete level we had around the net, that will transpire in our game."

The Avs returned home to Colorado with a 1-4-1 record and a mounting problem. In their five losses this season, the Avs are allowing just less than four goals per game.

That's the problem. Roy, though, wasn't about to pin the cause on Colorado's goaltenders.


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All Jason Spezza

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Here are Five Questions with … Jason Spezza:

Obviously it's a major adjustment going from Ottawa to Dallas, so what has it been like for you? Has it been strange, different, challenging? How would you describe the adjustment?

"I would say it's all of the above.

"The strange is starting to wear off. It's definitely starting to become more routine now that I've been to the game rink a bunch and been around the guys a lot. Once you start playing more and more games you start feeling more comfortable, so the strange is starting to go away.

"It's challenging just trying to get to know everybody on the team and what their tendencies are, where they like to stand on the ice. Everybody has their things they like to do, so that's a bit of a challenge for me, figure out guys' tendencies.

"And it's been exciting. Just being on a new team it just feels like the excitement is really in my game. I'm trying to make sure I'm pushing myself to do well and to really help the club."

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Morning Line - Nazem Kadri

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Talent-wise, there’s not too much difference, to be honest.

-Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs, comparing himself with John Tavares of the New York Islanders.  More on Kadri and the Leafs from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star.

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Rick Nash Is Scoring Goals Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Six games into the new season, Nash is leading the NHL with seven goals. The Big Easy is finding open spaces and driving to the net, much as he did throughout his first nine seasons in Columbus and his first season in New York, the lockout-truncated 2012-13 in which he recorded 21 goals in 44 games.

Last year, Nash’s game changed after sustaining a concussion in the season’s third game, his second concussion within 10 months. He admitted to The Post during training camp he didn’t feel comfortable putting himself in certain situations after returning to the lineup following a 17-game absence.

Still, Nash again led the Rangers with 26 goals in 65 games. Still, he threw his body around with abandon during the playoffs and in the final. He led the tournament with 83 shots, five more than the Kings’ Marian Gaborik, who led the playoffs with 14 goals.

“I don’t know that I’m doing much different than in the playoffs,” Nash, who will remain on the Big and Tall Line with Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes, said on Monday. “Except that the puck is going in.”

Nash has scored his seven goals on just 22 shots for an obviously unsustainable 31.8 shooting percentage.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canadiens set-up; on Stevie Y; ‘Hockeytown’ a work in progress

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings kick off a busy week's worth of 3 games in 5 days tonight against the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/RDS/97.1 FM; the Wings are holding a 'viewing party' on Tuesday; the team will come home to host the Penguins during Hockey Fights Cancer night on Thursday, and play the Flyers in Philly on Saturday). Because both the Red Wings and their press corps had to skedaddle to Montreal, the main Wings storylines have already been noted:

Our friends in Montreal do possess a 5-and-1 record, and PK Subban delivered a command performance in the Habs' 3-2 win over Colorado on Saturday, scoring 2 key goals...

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5-1 Habs recall Bournival, get ready for Red Wings

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

Montreal heads into Tuesday's game with the Red Wings coming off an impressive 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Habs dominated the Avs at times, and perhaps most importantly, Carey Price looked like his normal self after a slow start. PK Subban was especially brilliant, scoring two highlight reel goals, and the Canadiens banded together towards the end of the game, fighting off a last-ditch effort by Colorado to tie the game. These Habs have picked up where last year's left off - blocked shots, finishing their checks, and playing the game to a man - and look prepared to challenge for the top of the East as the season progresses. Standouts thus far have included Tomas Plekanec, Alex Galchenyuk, and the aforementioned Subban. However, another player has looked very solid six games into the season, and that is Manny Malholtra. Malholtra has been a champion in the face-off circle, but perhaps more important than the statistics are the face-offs he is winning. Michel Therrien now has a real defensive centre to call on for important defensive zone plays late in the game. That has eluded him as a coach as far back as the Bill Lindsay fiasco a decade ago - and it has also allowed Therrien to let Plekanec go and roam the offensive zone. Malholtra has been a huge difference maker thus far, and will continue to be a key cog in the Habs wheel as the season continues.

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Kudos to Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens for advocating for the mentally ill

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This has absolutely nothing to do with the Red Wings, but it has everything to do with the human being I am and the cause I advocate for that hits closest to home.

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens is parterning with several Canadian mental health organizations in order to raise awareness of and funds for--as Scrivens says in the attached video--the 1 in 5 Canadians who are affected by mental illnesses in some way (and that figure holds true for Americans and the rest of the world; 1 in 5 people will suffer from a severe mental illness at some point in their lives).

The Oilers posted a press release regarding Scrivens' initiative...

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