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NHL Short Notes

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Note four afternoon games today, full schedule is below.

DUCKS POST SIXTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
The Ducks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to stretch their season-high win streak to six consecutive games and improve to 13-3-1 in 17 contests since the holiday break.
 
* At 25-18-7 (57 points), the Ducks moved three points ahead of the Coyotes (24-22-6, 54 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. They also climbed within a point of the idle Sharks (27-19-4, 58 points) for second place.
 
* The Ducks are averaging 4.16 goals per game over their current six game stretch, notching four or more goals in four of the six contests.
 
* Corey Perry scored the go-ahead goal at 2:07 of the third period and has 4-3—7 in his last six outings. He leads the club in game-winning goals (4), goals (21) and points (35) this season (50 GP).
 
Frederik Andersen (23 saves) picked up his fifth consecutive personal victory (1.80 GAA, .936 SV%), two shy of his career-high win streak set last season (7-0-0, Jan. 2-27, 2015). He has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last seven appearances.
 

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Important Games Ahead

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from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The popular line inside the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room Friday was that every one of the remaining 31 games on the schedule are as important as the rest with teams jockeying to secure playoff positions.

But at the same time, nobody was denying that the next five are especially big. All are at home and four are against Eastern Conference foes the Red Wings could end up battling for a spot in the postseason tournament.

The stretch begins today with a 2 p.m. matinee against the New York Islanders, who like the Red Wings have 58 points in the Eastern standings.

"It's important. Gotta win," said rookie All-Star Dylan Larkin, who leads the Red Wings with 17 goals. "Every game is important for the rest of the season. It's so tight. I was looking (at the standings), you could be taking in the draft lottery or you could be in the playoffs and not in the wild card.

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The Calgary Flames Lose A Game They Needed To Win

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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

Despite being desperate for points, the Flames wasted Game 50, surrendering a third-period goal, falling 2-1 in Friday’s humdrum affair at the Saddledome.

“Bottom line — with one goal, you’re not going to win many games in this league,” said Mark Giordano. “I don’t know what else to say. We have to create more. We have to score more goals.

“Two goals against is pretty good on most nights.”

Quickly, though, they must hop to their feet, snatch up their hat, swat the dust off their dungarees, and regroup for Saturday’s skirmish against the Canucks in Vancouver.

“That’s a big game, a (Pacific Division) game, against a team we’re trying to catch,” said Dougie Hamilton. “We’ve got to turn the page, learn from this one, and play better.

“Obviously, we’re trying our best to win.”

So we’ve heard.

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Below, watch coach Bob Hartley post-game and game highlights rolled into one video...

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The Anaheim Ducks Have Won Six Consecutive Games

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from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Here’s what you need to know about the Ducks’ 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night:

THE GAME IN 140 CHARACTERS OR FEWER

- Once the second period began, the offense kicked back into high gear and took advantage of a leaky Coyotes defense and shaky Anders Lindback.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

“I think Bruce has found a good mix in terms of finding guys to create depth throughout the lineup. I think our team is really hard to defend right now.”

- Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano

STAT OF THE NIGHT

- The Ducks have the NHL’s longest active win streak at six games and they’ve scored 35 goals over their past nine games.

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Video- Recap Of The Four NHL Games From Friday Night

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Just over two minutes of action from the NHL games played on Friday night.

 

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Prospect news: Griffins romp over IceHogs, Callahan scores hat trick; Walleye lose, Svechnikov 1+1

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a helluva night. Mitch Callahan had a hat trick and a total of 5 points, Martin Frk had 2 goals, Tom McCollum stopped 37 of 38 shots and the Griffins defeated theRockford IceHogs by a staggering 9-1 tally. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Islanders set-up—more on the line this time

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

For the second time in four games, the Red Wings and Islanders tangle today (2 PM EST start on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM), with the winless-in-2 Wings hoping to repeat the success of their 4-2 win over the Islanders just prior to the All-Star Break.

The stakes are a little higher this time around as the 25-18-and-8 Wings and 26-17-and-6 Islanders have the same number of points (58), and both teams may find themselves fighting it out for one of the Wild Card spots that the Wings currently occupy due to Detroit's 2-game losing streak.

The Islanders are coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday, but they received good news after today's practice at Joe Louis Arena, as the Islanders website's Cory Wright reported--Johnny Boychuk will return to an otherwise healthy Islanders lineup today:

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A ‘BrewHaHa’ reminder

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From the C&G Newspapers' Jennifer Sigouin:

Joe Louis Arena is prepping for an action-packed night on the ice — but this time, hockey won’t be the game of choice.

The Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment will host the Hockeytown BrewHaHa Frozen Fowling Fest, presented by MotorCity Casino Hotel, from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 19 inside the Joe. This is Olympia Entertainment’s seventh installment of the Hockeytown BrewHaHa series, which was originally based on craft beer but has expanded to include much more.

“It really incorporates a lot of fun vibes,” said Sara Turnbull, private event sales account executive for Olympia Entertainment. “It’s really enjoyable for all.”

As its name suggests, the event will feature a hefty lineup of craft beer, with Founder’s Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Atwater Brewery and Motor City Brewing Works among the list of breweries that will offer samples. In addition, visitors can nosh on seasonal small plates prepared by Olympia’s executive chef, John Borso. Turnbull noted that guests can expect “foods to warm you up” on a chilly evening.

While attendees enjoy their food and drinks, they can head onto the ice — which will be covered — to test their skills at a game of fowling (pronounced like “bowling”), courtesy of the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck. The sport originated in Detroit and combines football, bowling and horseshoes.

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Galli: It appears that Gordie Howe’s no longer signing trading cards

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This has been unofficial news for a while now, but WXYZ's Brad Galli found official word, as it were:

Gordie Howe has been through a lot in the last few years.

He suffered two strokes in 2014, and then his health took a surprising turn for the positive when he went through stem cell replacement in Mexico.

Throughout his career, the Hockey Hall of Famer has always been gracious to fans. Howe has consistently signed autographs in person and famously, through the mail.

But according to one trading card company, the days of collecting new Gordie Howe autographs have come to an end.

Leaf Trading Cards released its newest product, featuring autographed Howe cards. When a Twitter user asked if signature cards were a sign for possible health improvements, the company responded.

As far as I know, Howe hasn't signed for Upper Deck since his stroke, but it's been understood more than anything else.

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Articles from practice: Athanasiou’s opportunity; Sheahan’s demotion; on Smith and scoring struggles

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings brought up Andreas Athanasiou from Grand Rapids today, and practiced with Andreas Athanasiou centering Tatar and Nyquist ahead of tomorrow's matinee game with the New York Islanders. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose Tweeted the Wings' stacked lines...

The #RedWings practiced today with the following lines: 40-13-8; 43-17-71; 21-72-14; 41-15-26.

And with Mrazek starting tomorrow, the Wings' lineup should look like this:

Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Abdelkader

Helm-Richards-Larkin

Tatar-Athanasiou-Nyquist

Glendening-Sheahan-Jurco

Ericsson-Marchenko

DeKeyser-Quincey

Smith-Green

Mrazek

After practice ended, Blahsill told the Free Press's George Sipple that he planned on sticking with those lines Saturday:

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