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Krupa on Gustav Nyquist

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa profiled Gustav Nyquist today, discussing Nyquist's desire to score as many goals as possible this season:

“I grabbed him (Saturday) morning,” Blashill said. “He was excellent. His compete level was excellent. He has to compete at that extraordinary high level every night because he’s smaller and he isn’t super fast. But he’s got to compete like crazy, and I think his compete level has been great. If ‘Nyquie’ keeps getting those chances, they’ll go in.”

Nyquist said it’s always nice to hear from a coach that effort is appreciated, but goals help the team win.

“Well, sure, I guess it’s nice to hear that you’re creating,” he said. “But, at the same time, (missed scoring chances) are in your mind, too. But you just have to flush that.”

Nyquist said he is happy with the start of his season. But he would like to score at a greater rate.

“I still want to do better production-wise,” he said. “I think it’s been an OK start. Hopefully, I can keep this going and score some more goals. Obviously, as long as you’re creating chances, hopefully they’ll start going in. But you’ve got to make sure, too, that they’re going in. You know, I want to produce and when you get a chance you’ve got to put those away sometimes. But just keep going, creating chances, and then they will come.”

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The Issues With The Philadelphia Flyers

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from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

When Ron Hextall tabbed Dave Hakstol to replace Craig Berube as his head coach three Junes ago, he lauded the “culture” that Hakstol had instilled at North Dakota, and spoke optimistically of it translating at the pro level.

Amid the Flyers’ roster upheaval and youth infusion, that has proved much more difficult for him to establish at the pro level so far. Holding the puck too long, hurrying shots unnecessarily, bad line changes: these are many of the things that led Hextall to replace Berube.

Which leads to the obvious debate. Is this the offshoot of a bad coaching choice the general manager is reluctant to own up to? Is it the offshoot of too much youth infused in too little time?

Or is it — and given the Flyers’ rich recent history in this department, this is the most unnerving doubt — evidence that the young, lauded talent has been overvalued?

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At The Quarter Mark

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

2017-18 SEASON ECLIPSES QUARTER MARK. . .

Highlights from the opening 49 days of the 2017-18 NHL season, which surpassed the quarter mark on Tuesday with 318 of 1,271 games played.

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Red Wings-Oilers game-day updates: On Abdelkader, Ericsson and a Wings team wary of the Oilers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 2:20 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM), and the Red Wings' morning skate was...different. Jonathan Ericsson was deemed a game-time decision due to a "tweak" suffered lifting his infant child out of its crib, Martin Frk is at least a week out with a groin issue...

And Nicklas Lidstrom of all people took in the skate.

The Oilers will provide a stiff challenge as they're coming off an 8-3 loss to St. Louis, and find themselves amidst a 3-game losing streak...

And the Oilers made a minor personnel move this morning, and they held an optional morning skate:

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HSJ: Wings talk Thanksgiving traditions

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James asked the Red Wings about their Thanksgiving traditions:

The thoughtful Canadian: Darren Helm and his wife are both Canadian, but “I’ve got two Americans on my squad” — referring to their youngest children. His favorite part of the holiday? “Family. And food. So two favorites. My wife is really good at that meal in particular.” If he were to grab a few teammates and emigrate to a new world, he’d take Luke Glendening, David Booth and Luke Witkowski. “Booter can handle himself in the woods; he is a hunter. Glennie and Witter are fishermen. I like to fish. So I think we could do a decent job. I don’t trust the other guys.”

The laughing American: Thanksgiving always has been a big holiday for Jimmy Howard, who hails from upstate New York, and his favorite part is “getting together with family and having a great big dinner.” Now that his oldest son is six and his youngest three, “they are starting to be able to remember it from year to year.” Favorite dish? “Stuffing. I have to watch how much I eat because we always play the day after.” If he were to grab a few teammates and emigrate to a new world, he’d take Dylan Larkin and Mike Green. “Larks for pure entertainment and Greener because he is one of my good buddies on the team.”

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The Two NHL Greatest Moments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK / TORONTO (November 22, 2017) – Following five rounds of voting, fans have selected the two moments that will go head-to-head in the final of the Greatest NHL® Moments Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero Sugar. The bracket-style, interactive, digital and mobile program started with 64 of the NHL’s most memorable events, milestones and achievements -- spanning from the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 to present day.

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Toledo Walleye will pay tribute to Harry Potter on January 6th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As WXYZ's Max White noted, the ECHL's Toledo Walleye will be wearing special jerseys for "Harry Potter Tribute Night" on January 6th:

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Red Wings-Oilers morning skate Tweets and articles: Wings gear up for Oilers + Mantha stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 11:40 AM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM), and the Oilers are going to be in a foul mood as their 3-game losing streak was punctuated by an 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday evening.

A trio of Red Wings-Oilers previews hit the interweb in the wee hours of the morning, including one from the Oilers website's Mark Ciampa and Chris Westcott, who report that the Oilers won't hold a morning skate...

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What A Difference A Year Makes For The Montreal Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Habs suffered their third loss in a row, losing to the Dallas Stars 3-1

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 32 points. (15-4-2) This season: 18 points.

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 15 wins. This season: 8

• After 21 games last season they had scored 65 goals. This season: 50.

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had allowed 46 goals. This season: 74

more on the loss to Dallas...

Watch the game highlights below...

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Ugly Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

They quit.

Walked over in Dallas, now crushed in St. Louis, the good ship Oiler rolls into Detroit on Wednesday at its nadir, one day before American Thanksgiving and as far away from the playoffs as it is from an identity forged last season.

The Edmonton Oilers were not remotely competitive in an 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues Tuesday, and the saddest part? They quit.

That’s right. Quit.

We watched, took some notes, and offer you these wholly negative takeaways on a pre-season favourite whose season is circling the bowl:

continued, includes video of Todd McLellan post-game...

from Bruce McGurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

“Let’s face it: the goaltender has to be better, the defencemen have to be better, the forwards have to be better, the coaches have to be better…”

Famous last words before Tuesday’s game from Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan, who along with his charges went on to put up a great big oh-fer-four with four strikeouts in the great baseball city of St. Louis, Missouri. The “Show Me” State, they call it; well, all the Oilers showed me was a flat-out terrible performance. This fish stank from the head down as the Oilers were out-coached, out-played and out-competed in every aspect of the game by a vastly superior opponent. The Blues owned this one from the outset, and only a sloppy third period where the hosts (correctly) recognized it was “point night” did the Oilers strike with some late, meaningless tallies. Nowhere near enough of them though in an 8-3 beatdown which was even worse than that ugly score indicates. 

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Highlights of the game can be watched below...

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