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Stephen Weiss Headed Back To Detroit For Injury Evaluation

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Stephen Weiss' conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins lasted less than one game - at least for now.

The Detroit Red Wings forward, who has played only one game this season after missing most of last year with a sports hernia, had to leave Grand Rapids' 2-1 loss to Rockford Wednesday after the second period because of a sore groin.

He was scheduled to play for the Griffins again Friday before rejoining the Red Wings but instead is headed back to Detroit, where he'll be reevaluated.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Weiss' groin was too sore to play Friday, when the Griffins host Chicago.

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Rest Is Best

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

The National Hockey League’s scheduling process strikes me as a laborious task. The people responsible for creating the thirty team schedules have to take into account things like venue availability, travel burden, associated costs of travel, and competitive balance, all while trying to squeeze 2,460 games into a seven-month window.

One of the things I’ve always found most interesting is how the league attempts to mitigate the number of back-to-back situations (not so eloquently referred to as “schedule losses” in NHL and NBA circles), a considerable slice of the league’s larger fight with competitive balance. To the league’s credit, Dirk Hoag’s work suggests that the league does try to schedule a comparable number of back-to-back situations for every franchise.

Now, the eyeball test has long been damning of team performance on the second-half of back-to-backs, and I think that’s largely why the league has really made a concerted effort to balance the number of schedule losses around the league. The data substantiates what the eyeball test has told us for so long – teams on no rest struggle considerably relative to league norms, considerably so when those back-to-backs come on the road.

Seven years of available data substantiates what the eyeball test has told us for so long – teams on no rest struggle considerably relative to league norms.

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Oilers Having Trouble With Teams In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Edmonton Oilers lost 4-1 at home to Nashville on Wednesday night, remaining winless on the season versus teams in the Western Conference but a perfect 4-0-0 against the Eastern Conference. The problem, of course, is the Oilers play more of their games in the West. They'll need to figure out Big Boy hockey if they're going to contend for a playoff spot.

Meanwhile, Pekka Rinne improved to 6-1-1 on the season for the Preds, currently sporting a 1.71 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. It's a reminder of just how much the Preds missed their anchor netminder last year when he battled a hip injury/infection for most of the season. Now that he's healthy, Nashville is a threat to make the playoffs.

read on for Burnside on the no-goal in Washington, Custance on Marian Hossa and Strang on John Moore...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ABDELKADER RALLIES RED WINGS PAST CAPITALS
Down 2-1 after 40 minutes, Justin Abdelkader (2-1—3) scored the tying and winning goals in the third period to lift the Red Wings to their first victory in Washington since Dec. 9, 2005 (snapping a 0-3-1 skid).
 
* Abdelkader recorded his seventh career game-winning goal and second this season. He also scored the overtime winner Oct. 23 vs. PIT – a game in which the Red Wings rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the final three minutes of regulation to force the extra period.
 
* Abdelkader posted the second three-point game of his NHL career; he registered a career-high 3-1—4 March 22, 2013 at ANA.
 
* Pavel Datsyuk added 1-1—2, including the primary assist on Abdelkader’s decisive tally and an insurance marker with less than one minute left in regulation. He has collected at least one point in all four of his appearances this season, totaling 2-3—5.
 
* Datsyuk now has 5-13—18 in 14 career games against the Capitals, including 5-7—12 in seven career visits to Verizon Center.
 
* Jimmy Howard made 25 saves to improve to 4-1-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in seven appearances this season.

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Get The Call Right

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The phrase “the straw that broke the camel’s back” is tossed around too often, but when it comes to expanded video review in the NHL, the goalie interference call assessed to Detroit’s Luke Glendening Wednesday night certainly qualifies. Thankfully, the spectacular botch job didn’t decide the game’s outcome, but the fact a call this bad could be agreed on between two referees should be deeply disconcerting to league officials and every team in the league....

And imagine what would happen if a similarly awful penalty/rescinded goal materialized in the final game of the regular season and the result of that game meant the difference between a team making or missing the playoffs. Imagine if a call like that went down during the playoffs – say, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final – and there were no option for the officials to skate over to the penalty box area, check a video monitor for a few brief minutes and make sure they got the call right. Fans and media of the team on the wrong end of such a predicament would go apoplectic, and rightfully so; any league unwilling to utilize technology readily available to assure the integrity of its game is a league painfully out of touch with what fans demand in return for their investments of time, money and emotion.

If it ever got to that point, the NHL would need to hold an IPO to raise its stock to laughing status.

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Video- Wings’ Win In Washington

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

The Detroit Red Wings will host the LA Kings Friday night, so in the meantime, enjoy over 19 minutes of highlights from the win in Washington last night.

Watch it below...

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Not A Good Start For The Arizona Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

Their 31 goals against in eight games became the third-worst mark in the NHL after a season-high seven goals were let in Tuesday against the Lightning, but mix in a pair of six-goal games and the play that led to these routs is becoming more characteristic of the Coyotes than the defense-first identity they targeted in the offseason.

"They're certainly concerning," coach Dave Tippett said. "Our defending hasn't been near where it needs to be, and it's two-fold. We haven't defended well and gotten behind in games and then you chase games, and then you really look like a sloppy team. We've had too many games like that this year."

And that's perhaps the most perplexing development as the Coyotes tackle Game9 tonight against the Panthers: The principles that built this team haven't delivered. Character, chemistry and compete were the buzzwords that guided General Manager Don Maloney's summer renovation project, and all have been inconsistent.

"We're not anywhere good enough the way we're competing right now," Maloney said. "So we need to get better or things are going to change around here probably sooner rather than later."

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John Moore Should Have Received A Few More Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Given Moore’s history, the five-game sentence is probably light by a few games. But a sentence of six games or more would qualify for an appeal to an independent arbiter. And a reduction of the suspension — which would surely be possible, if not likely, given precedent — would not exactly prove a ringing endorsement of Quintal in his first ruling after being named this summer as Brendan Shanahan’s successor as VP of the Department of Player Safety.

The NHL now has dealt with Moore twice in the last five months. That’s the stuff of Chris Simon and the some of the most notorious miscreants in NHL history. That’s the stuff of Chris (Mr. Justice) Pronger, who was suspended twice for a pair of headshots delivered within a five-game span of the 2007 playoffs.

Moore’s inexcusable lack of discipline is costing him and the Rangers, and what else is new? The 23-year-old has been among the team’s most disappointing players thus far. A tease with obvious talent who cannot seem to connect the dots from his skates to his hands to his heart to his head.

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Videos- Two Very Questionable No-Goal Calls Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Detroit/Washington, not only was the goal waived off, but Luke Glendening received 2 minutes for interference...

 

 

 

Then in the Nashville/Edmonton game...

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Prospect news: Griffins lose Weiss, game to Rockford; Kadeikin, Melen ‘not playing’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins may or may not have Stephen Weiss's services when they host the Chicago Wolves on Friday as Weiss was pulled out of the game due to "soreness" in his groin...

But Weiss's presence or absence didn't fare into the Griffins' inability to break a "goose egg" at home." Grand Rapids dropped a 2-1 decision to the Rockford IceHogs despite out-shooting Rockford 39-27, and the Griffins are now 0-and-3 at home.

The Griffins' website recapped the game...

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