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from Louie Korac at NHL.com,
So when the 24-year-old Tarasenko, who leads the Blues with 25 goals and 46 points, gets the chance to face the 37-year-old Datsyuk, who is in his 14th NHL season and has 304 goals and 891 points, he relishes each opportunity.
"Always when I play against Russian guys, it's kind of like important games and interesting," said Tarasenko, who played against another Russian star, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Monday. "We play Detroit twice now, and it's one of two chances to see how he plays, what his mind is."
How fired up does Tarasenko get when he's facing a fellow Russian? After Malkin scored late in the second period on Monday to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead, Tarasenko answered 1:18 later to tie the game and spark St. Louis to a 5-2 win.
"The battle of the Russians there," Blues center Paul Stastny said. "I think once Malkin had that nice goal, then Vladi got upset."
Tarasenko, who last summer signed the richest contract in Blues history (eight years, $60 million), was 5 years old in 1996, when Datsyuk's pro career began in Russia. But Tarasenko said it didn't take him long to understand the game and who Datsyuk was. "I think everybody knows in Russia he's one of the greatest players," Tarasenko said of Datsyuk. "His skill level is unbelievable. His mind is unbelievable."
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings face the St. Louis Blues this evening (8 PM EST start on NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet/97.1 FM) hoping to turn around a moribund 11-8-and-5 home record, with the Wings mired in a 1-3-and-2 stretch at the Joe.
Despite having won 4 of their past 6 games and owning a 5-1-and-1 record in 2016, the Wings will kick off a stretch of 4 games played over the course of 6 pre-All-Star break nights skating uphill: the team announced on Tuesday that it's lost both Niklas Kronwall (for 4-6 weeks) and Drew Miller (for 4-6 months) due to knee surgeries, and as the Wings are struggling to generate offense, the team shook up its forward lines.
The Blues have won 4 of their past 5 games, including a 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday. While they're hobbled by some injuries, St. Louis rolled over the Penguins on Monday, rallying from a 2-1 deficit, as NHL.com's Louie Korac noted:
Of prospect-related note:
In the Champions Hockey League, Christoffer Ehn's Frolunda Indians tied HC Davos 1-1, but advanced to the Champions Hockey League final on aggregate goals. Ehn didn't register a point in the game, and Frolunda will advance to play Karpat Oulu for the Champions League title;
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 14:21 in SKA St. Petersburg's 4-0 win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk;
In the QMJHL, Evgeny Svechnikov had a goal and an assist and went 4-for-7 on faceoffs as his Cape Breton Screaming Eagles defeated Moncton 10-2;
And in the ECHL, Toledo Walleye coach Derek Lalonde gave his weekly interview to Walleye broadcaster Matt Melzak:
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose chronicled Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser's trip to a local grade school, where the pair helped unveil a really cool course of study:
On Tuesday, the pair helped introduce a new educational program from the NHL and the NHLPA to students at Alfred E. Upton Elementary School in suburban Royal Oak.
The players were on hand for the unveiling of the Hockey Scholar, a new hockey-themed educational course designed to enable grade-school students to develop important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and understand the real world application of these disciplines.
“It should obviously be a good program for the students to learn about hockey,” said Abdelkader, who received his business degree from Michigan State University last month. “I think it’s a positive program and hopefully we can spread it around to a lot of the schools around Michigan and around the country and into Canada, because it teaches students who don’t know a lot about hockey different angles, icings, stick curves, everything.”
The courses take students on an educational journey with a goal of winning the Stanley Cup. Students can guide their favorite NHL team through 12 learning modules designed to educate them and test their knowledge on STEM concepts covering data analysis, geometry, life science and physical science topics.
These subjects come to life through hockey simulations that include the dynamics of the ice surface, equipment design, athletic performance, and geometric and energy considerations to detail how the game is played.
As Wings’ follow-on rink progresses, Mayor Duggan believes the Joe will become high-rise residential
Via RedWingsFeed, WXYZ sent its news chopper to the "Detroit Events Center," and it's very evident that steel is going up to build the superstructure of the Wings' next rink:
As for the Red Wings' current home, MLive's Khalil Al Hajal reports that Detroit mayor Mike Duggan believes that the developer who will own the site will build high-rise residential buildings there:
So the Red Wings are without Niklas Kronwall for 2-4 weeks and Drew Miller for 4-6 months, both due to knee surgeries. Where do they go from here?
Up front, the Wings are swapping out players and shifting their lines in an attempt to generate more offense, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:
Updated 4x @ 2:50 PM: Okay, to summarize the news from the Red Wings' practice on Tuesday:
1. Niklas Kronwall will miss 2-4 weeks after having his knee scoped;
2. Drew Miller will miss 4-6 months after having both a meniscus repair and an ACL reconstruction in his knee;
3. Alexey Marchenko will replace Kronwall for now (d-pairings uncertain) and Petr Mrazek will start behind some re-adjusted forward lines when the Wings play St. Louis on Wednesday night. MLive's Ansar Khan reported that the Wings iced the following lines in practice...
#RedWings lines in practice:
And readjusted the power play as well:
It has taken me six years, but I completed my bachelor’s degree in Business Management this summer. I won’t lie to you, it was pretty difficult to stay motivated — especially writing those term papers. But I found a way to make it relevant to my current career. My last assignment was a 22-page research paper on the emergence of advanced analytics in hockey, which was really interesting, because I was able to use statistics to prove some of my gut reactions about the players I go up against in real life. I used metrics like High Danger Zone Scoring Chance and CORSI Differential to get a deeper look at some of my NHL colleagues.
It was a grind. But whenever I wanted to give up, I kept thinking about all the hours I spent doing Excel spreadsheets after hockey practice at Michigan State. There was no way I was throwing away three years of hard work for nothing. As a pro, you see the reality all the time. Guys come and go. Hockey doesn’t last forever.
It’s a great feeling knowing that I didn’t just go to college — I graduated.
I’m a Spartan for life. Now I just have to get that degree framed.
From MLive's Ansar Khan...
Miller out 4-6 months major surgery. ACL
The Free Press's Helene St. James...
Blashill says Drew Miller knee surgery worse than thought, out 4-6 months. #RedWings
DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...
#RedWings Miller had reconstruction of ACL in addition to meniscus, out 4-6 months.
Update: From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
The #RedWings also announced that Drew Miller will miss the next 4-6 months following surgery to reconstruct his left ACL.
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