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Quick Recap -DRW/SJS

Today another slow start but the Wings only fell behind by one goal to the San Jose Sharks.

Detroit scored the last two goals of the first period to lead 2-1 after twenty minutes.

The Wings lead 3-1 when Mike Green scored 8 minutes into the second, but the Sharks scored three goals in 2:55 to take a 4-3 lead.

The Sharks scored an empty net goal and defeated the Wings 5-3.

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Michael Rasmussen In The Spotlight Tonight

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Michael Rasmussen will get an important chance to show what he can do against an NHL-heavy lineup tonight in Toronto....

This preseason, Rasmussen has two goals and two assists in four games.

"I just think his game's more well-rounded now than it was even a year ago and I think he's gotten better and I think he has confidence from the year he had a year ago," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think he has gotten better net-front, I know he studied it a lot and has worked to get better at it so I think he's gotten better in that area for sure. I think he's a little bit stronger, a little big bigger, just a little bit more advanced with another year under his belt. I think he's done a real good job."

During Friday's morning skate, Rasmussen was working on the first power-play unit with Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Gustav Nyquist and Dennis Cholowski.

"It's been good. Last game was really good, got us back in the game," Rasmussen said. "There's a lot of great pieces. (Nyquist's) great on there, today (Larkin) was back on there. Larks is awesome on it. Dennis is on it, great job as well so it's great."

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No ‘Funny Stuff’ Regarding Henrik Zetterberg’s Contract

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

...Daly said the NHL investigated the 12-year Zetterberg contract when it was signed in 2009 to get out front of any concerns.

“We wanted to understand the motivations, what was discussed, everything about that,” Daly told The Athletic. “We were ultimately very satisfied that there was no precooked deal that after ‘Year X’ he was going to leave, go into retirement and the club is going to get a benefit because of that.”

So now, nine years later, when the outside protests arise, the league has that groundwork to point to if there are any skeptics among the Red Wings’ rivals.

He also said that likely won’t be the end of the NHL’s work on this front.

“We don’t question it by any means,” Daly said of the back injury that has led to Zetterberg’s early retirement.

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The Philadelphia Flyers May Need A Goalie

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Videos- Let’s Review

It wasn't long ago when we did not have an overhead view of the goal net, thus this shootout goal from Helm last night would not have counted.

So we should give credit to the NHL for setting up the overhead cameras and goalie cams in every NHL rink.



Below, the extended highlights from the game last night, via awood40.

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NHL And LA Kings On The Kronwall Goal

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

NHL Vice President Colin Campbell told The Times that executives working in the league's situation room in Toronto saw the play but were constrained by the lack of a rule that would allow them to look at it.

"Wish we could get involved but this is unreviewable. We are not allowed to get involved," he said....

"They could see the puck when Dwight King covered it with his hand. They couldn't see it when it went over the barn and came back in," Sutter said, referring to a penalty called on King at 18:15 of the third period for closing his hand on the puck. "If there wasn't a net there, they could have caught it and threw it back in and scored and they still had time when nobody would have saw it.

"What are they going to do at the outdoor game? What happens if it goes through a cumulus cloud and comes back down?"...

Such as illogical rules. Sutter was asked whether this incident might prompt a change that would make that situation reviewable. "You'd have to talk to one of them stewards of the game," he said in a tone drenched with sarcasm.


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LaBarbera Traded to Chicago Blackhawks

Whoever had  "December 14", "LaBarbera", and "Future Considerations" wins the "The Blackhawks seriously need to restock goalies" pool.

From nhl.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired goaltender Jason LaBarbera from the Edmonton Oilers, in exchange for future considerations. LaBarbera will be assigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

LaBarbera, 33, has appeared in seven games this season with Edmonton, posting a 1-3-0 record with a 3.28 goals-against average and a .870 save percentage. He has also earned a 0-1-1 record with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in two appearances with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL. 



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Blackhawks to test the depth of their goaltending pool

Looks like Corey Crawford's injury is worse than first reported. Crawford didn't make the trip to Dallas with the team, and at this morning's press conference, Quenneville stated that Crawford will be out for about three weeks.

From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune:

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Mazanec November NHL Rookie of the Month

Marek Mazanec,  who started out this season as the backup goaltender for the Nashville Predators, has been named the NHL rookie of the month for November. Mzanec has been carrying the goatending load for the Predators after Pekka Rinne was sidelined due to an infection related to an earlier hip injury.

From nhl.com:

Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec, who posted a 5-4-1 record with a 2.00 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 appearances, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November.

Mazanec edged New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (4-9—13 in 15 games), San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (5-5—10 in 13 games), Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli (4-5—9 in 13 games), Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (4-5—9 in 14 games) and Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (3-6—9 in 15 games) for the honor.


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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies

23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.

On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.

I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.

We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.

It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!


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