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A Trap

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

The Wings have a tendency to lay back and let the supposed tired Team come into our Barn and get the best of us, by fooling themselves into thinking it's an easy two points.  Sorry fellas. Nothing is easy in this league and there are 19 of us that have watched the Wings fall into that trap and get stung way too often. It's high time the Wings change the way they approach the so called tired opponent, and stay out of that trap.

The Bees are coming in on high after a win yesterday, which put them a point ahead of us in the standings. Its a big game with a lot at stake here. A two/four point game.

A must win for the Winged Wheel.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

It's a live blog. Bitches!

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Minnesota Fires Coach Mike Yeo

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday the Minnesota Wild fired coach Mike Yeo.  He had been their head coach since 2011.  In that time he put up a 173-176 record with 44 regulation tie points and he never took the team beyond the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.  It isn't a wonderful record, but it is adequate.  He was never considered a serious candidate for the Jack Adams Trophy.  Things have really fallen apart in Minnesota recently.  They have lost 13 of their last 14 games.  In an effort to top that slide, Yeo has been fired.

He is replaced by John Torchetti on an interim basis.  Torchetti is not the answer.  He is the coach of the Minnesota Wild's AHL affiliate the Iowa Wild.  They are in second last place in the AHL.  Typically you do not promote coaches who are failing at the AHL level but it appears Minnesota doesn't know what else to do.  Torchetti has two other spins as an NHL interim coach - Florida in 2004 and Los Angeles in 2006 - boh times his team lost more games than they won.

Minnesota is a team in a slump.  They are not a top team but they should be able to win more than once in their last 14 starts.  Things will get better merely by doing nothing.  Replacing Mike Yeo with John Torchetti is not doing nothing.  It is a change that players will notice and it might get a better effort from them.  However it isn't a longterm answer.  Mike Yeo may not have been the best coach, but his record is better than John Torchetti's.  Minnesota has become even worse at coach with this move.  They don't know what to do right now.  They don't know where to find a new coach.  Perhaps they will wait until the off-season to find a permanent coach.  Perhaps they will make a further announcement when they hire their coach to replace Torchetti permanently in the next few days.

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Ouellet will play for the Red Wings today

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 2:53 PM: Per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

blashill: ericsson tried to go this morning. could not. day to day.

The Red Wings...

MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Red Wings-Bruins game-day articles: game-day previews, an AHL suspension, on ‘naming rights’ & more

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game Day Preview video:

2. CBS Sports' Chris Peters is picking the Wings to win today:

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Stars scored four second-period goals – including two by Tyler Seguin – and held off the League-leading Capitals en route to their third straight win and sixth victory in their last seven games.
* At 36-15-5 (77 points), the Stars leapfrogged the Blackhawks (36-18-5, 77 points) – who lost in overtime – for the top spot in the Central Division and Western Conference. Dallas holds three games in hand, but Chicago owns the ROW tiebreaker (CHI: 35, DAL: 34). These teams have two matchups remaining in their five-game season series: March 11 at CHI and March 22 at DAL (DAL: 2-1-0, CHI: 1-2-0).
* Seguin registered his League-leading sixth multi-goal game of 2015-16 to reach the 30-goal milestone for the third time in as many campaigns with the Stars (30-32—62). Elias notes that he became the first player in Stars/North Stars history to score 30 or more goals in each of his first three seasons with the team.
* Seguin also recorded his third consecutive multi-point performance (2-4—6), the third such run of his career and second such streak this season (also Oct. 15-20: 4-4—8 in 3 GP). He ranks third in the NHL in goals (30) and fourth in points (62) in 2015-16.
Jamie Benn added his 29th goal of the season for the Stars, who earned their ninth straight win over the Capitals dating to March 8, 2010 (WSH: 0-8-1).

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Video- The Carolina Hurricanes Celebrate Their 2006 Stanley Cup Victory

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

They stood at center ice with the Stanley Cup above their heads one more time, just as they did 10 years ago under very different circumstances. Mike Commodore wore his famous robe. Doug Weight and Kevyn Adams lifted the Cup without the pain of wounded limbs this time.

Rod Brind’Amour spoke for those members of the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes who joined him this weekend to celebrate that triumph, and his words carried the weight not only of then but now.

“As an organization, you can’t live in the past, but you have to look back at the successful past because it gives you a blueprint for the future,” Brind’Amour said, the captain of that team and an assistant coach of the current one.

For the fans in attendance Saturday night, those memories of the Stanley Cup remain as fresh as ever.


Watch the ceremony below...

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The 4th Line

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The ideal fourth line is hard to play against, responsible defensively and chips in the occasional goal.

The Detroit Red Wings haven't gotten that from their fourth line this season, but coach Jeff Blashill hopes the recently formed trio of Darren Helm, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan can be a much-needed energy line.

"We put it together with the idea that we wanted an identity on that line," Blashill said. "They all play a similar-type game, they're all real good defensively, they can be physical, they have offense in them. They're a good, grinding-type line."

Blashill said the inspiration for that line came from watching the Tampa Bay Lightning's Valtteri Filppula, J.T. Brown and Ryan Callahan play well against the Red Wings on Feb. 3.


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How About Steven Stamkos To Buffalo?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Tim Murray needs Steven Stamkos. He thought he needed Mike Babcock too but that ended up with the Detroit coach simply leveraging Buffalo on his way to Toronto. The Babcock affair comes to mind with all the chatter on Canadian sports giant TSN in recent days after the Dion Phaneuf trade opened a lot of cap space for the Leafs.

Suddenly, the thinking is that Stamkos may actually find it more palatable to sign in Buffalo come free agency if he doesn’t stay in Tampa Bay, than to head home to Toronto.

Something tells me this is going to end up the same way. If Stamkos doesn’t work out an extension with the Lightning, it seems hard to imagine any team trading for him as a rental and then losing him anyway come July 1. If not Tampa, it has to be Toronto.

The Sabres certainly have more to offer Stamkos. They’re far closer to winning than the Leafs are and already have core pieces in place. How would Stamkos look alongside Jack Eichel or Sam Reinhart, for instance? You want more money than the $10.5 million per year that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are making? No problem. Terry Pegula can easily come through with $11-12 million a year, even with the need to pay Rasmus Ristolainen now and Eichel and Reinhart in a couple of years.

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Video- Marian Hossa Hurt In Loss To The Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The lack of depth scoring, the lackluster efforts in home games, the sluggish starts of late — all those quibbling concerns that have troubled the Blackhawks recently looked awfully minor late in the second period Saturday night when Marian Hossa lay crumpled on the ice in the corner, writhing in pain.

A Hampus Lindholm hip check sent Hossa tumbling into the boards, where his left leg appeared to get jammed. Hossa was slow to get up, and was putting little, if any, weight on the leg as he was helped off the ice and back to the dressing room. He did not return.

“We’ll probably know more [Sunday],” Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks lost 3-2 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks, their third loss in as many home games. “We don’t think it’s serious, but he could miss some time.”

When asked if Hossa could be out weeks, Quenneville said, “Could be stretching it on weeks. Not that long.”...

Quenneville called the Lindholm check “on the borderline.”

“Not much you can say about those hip checks,” Jonathan Toews said. “I think they’re always risky. A guy takes a hit low like that, if your skate gets caught in a rut or can’t quite give out the way you want it to, something’s got to give there. More often than not, it doesn’t end well.”

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watch the hit below and also the game recap...

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Video- Happy Valentine’s Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Have fun today folks!


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