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From the Dub: Welcome to Portland

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

This weekend provided a good look at the WHL Trade Deadline in action. If the final scoresheets are any indication, most of the big blockbuster trades will pay dividends. That includes Portland, where Dennis Cholowski has already played in three games with four more on deck this week. It's early yet, but from what I can see here in Portland, the epic deal the team made to acquire Dennis will pay off. 

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Double-barreled health issues

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I regret to inform you that both Paul and I are experiencing health issues that will prevent us from manning the blog for this evening. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

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40 Games Until…What?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I only know it's 40 games because Paul said it to me the other day. Paul's words, verbatim, were: "The Wings have 40 games left and I believe they'll win 32 of them and finish 2nd in the division. I also believe they'll reach the conference finals. I also believe Wayne Fontes will come back to coach the Lions and people are going to get tired of talking about politics on Facebook."

It was weird and he didn't actually say any of that, except for the 40 games part.

I think it's 39 now.

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An Optional Skate For Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

MSM report an optional morning skate for the Wings this morning.



added 10:45am, Khan tweet,

Optional morning skate for #RedWings prior to tonight’s game vs. @DallasStars at @LCArena_Detroit Howard in starter’s net.

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The Asking Price For Evander Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

As he was talking about the asking price for big scorers like van Riemsdyk to Montreal's TSN Radio 690 on Tuesday, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger revised what he reported last Friday regarding Buffalo's asking price for winger Evander Kane.

"If Buffalo gets a first (round pick), a prospect, a roster player and a conditional pick - which I was corrected on, frankly after I wrote that on Friday, they want a roster player in addition to the other three assets - for Evander Kane, a pending unrestricted free agent. If they get all that, or there's a belief they get all that, imagine what the Leafs might get for JVR, Bozak, Komarov or all three..." he said. "...but the 'own rental' philosophy is probably more likely given the Toronto Maple Leafs' position in the standings."

more trade talk..

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Ready For Hockey Day In Canada?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (January 16, 2018) Sportsnet is heading to the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador this Saturday to celebrate the 18thannual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada – Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration. Hosted live from Corner Brook, NL, the 12.5-hour marathon broadcast features four must-see matchups with all seven of Canada’s NHL teams in action, beginning at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on SportsnetCBCRogers NHL LIVE and Sportsnet NOW.

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Hockey Is Fun Again For The Colorado Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss how Colorado went from the worst NHL team of the 21st century to the most fun bunch in town.

The transformation was as quick as that sonic booming shot Kid MacK fired past stunned Ducks goalie Ryan Miller for a score that blew the roof off the Pepsi Center, where there were 16,090 hipsters ahead of the local sports curve. The crowd shouted “Dilly, dilly!” whenever a Anaheim player got sent to the penalty box and raucously celebrated Monday’s 3-1 victory by a Colorado team rapidly being carried back to respectability on the back of MacKinnon.

“He should be up for the Hart Trophy,” Avs defenseman Erik Johnson said, beginning the campaign for MacKinnon as the league’s most valuable player.

Colorado has won seven times in a row. After losing 60 of 82 games last season, the Avs are undefeated thus far in 2018....

When did pro hockey become fun again in Colorado? Maybe it’s impossible to precisely pinpoint the exact moment.

read on

Game highlights are below...

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Who Is Wes McCauley?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

And who is Wes McCauley, exactly? One of the league’s most respected officials, for starters, an annual fixture in player polls who has worked five straight Stanley Cup Finals and should reach 900 career regular-season games next month. He is also a former Division I defenseman with several minor-league stops on his resume; a workout freak joins ex-pros around Portland for 6:30 a.m. skates; a father who literally takes planes, trains and automobiles on off-days for his kids.

His trademark zest is no secret, either; fellow officials often rib him about how loudly he yells into their wireless mics. But at the essence of every viral call are traits explaining how McCauley reached the peak of his profession: command, prudence, empathy, humility and, yes, humor. “He might be the only guy who can do that stuff,” linesman Steve Barton says, “because of all the success he’s had as an official."

Who is Wes McCauley? Maybe there is an even shorter answer. It’s just like folks around hockey tell him at every turn: You remind me so much of your dad.


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Video- No Goal Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A lot of chatter on Twitter last night, saying time to change the rule.

One example...



Watch the reversed call below...

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The Wings This Week

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It’s a light week for the Detroit Red Wings, with just two games this week. Here are five things to watch for:

Match line depleted
The Red Wings’ checking line will be depleted for at least another game as Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, who suffered lower-body injuries in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh, will not play Tuesday against Dallas. The Red Wings listed them as day-to-day but won’t know the extent of their injuries until they’re further evaluated this week.

Dominic Turgeon, recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins, made his NHL debut in Sunday’s 4-0 victory at Chicago and will be in the lineup Tuesday, likely centering a line with David Booth and Luke Witkowski. The team has no spare forwards.

Power play struggling
The Red Wings are 2 for 31 on the power play in their past nine games (6.5 percent) to drop to 17th in the NHL rankings at 19 percent for the season.

Coach Jeff Blashill has said he's hesitant to change the units, wanting continuity. Justin Abdelkader's injury resulted in some adjustments, as Anthony Mantha plays the net-front role on the top unit and Tyler Bertuzzi is being used in the same capacity on the second unit.


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