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MLive's Brendan Savage conducted a wide-ranging Q and A with Riley Sheahan:
MLive: What do you think is the biggest misconception fans about NHL players, life in the NHL?
Sheahan: I guess when you hear people say how easy it would be to be a professional athlete. It's a grind for 82 games mentally and physically. Obviously it's what we want to be doing and it's our dream but we gotta go through some things and sacrifice some things. You've got to be pretty disciplined. I think some people, because they see the glory on TV and things like that, think it's pretty easy but it's something you gotta work hard for.
Savage continues, mostly dicussing Sheahan's time spent at the University of Notre Dame and Sheahan's guitar-playing skills...
I will be doing an "Ask Me Anything" Q and A on Reddit at 5 PM EST on Wednesday, January 13th. I'll be talking about the Wings, prospects and...things...It should be fun.
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, Jakub Kindl stepped right into the Grand Rapids Griffins' lineup and made himself useful: Kindl scored the game-winning goal and took 4 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Charlotte Checkers 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Anthony Mantha opened the scoring, Martin Frk scored 2 goals, Andy Miele had 2 assists and Jared Coreau stopped 33 of 36 shots for Grand Rapids. The Griffins' website posted a recap:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness duly notes that Alexey Marchenko, who scored a goal against Los Angeles on Monday, is at least making the job of deciding which defensemen should dress a difficult one:
Alexey Marchenko appears he’ll be a fixture along the Detroit Red Wings blue line for the time being, or at least for now. Marchenko played in his 36th consecutive game in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
“I think he’s done a good job through the course of the year, he doesn’t give up many chances,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I look through our chances against for the first 40 games and especially our Grade A chances against, the ones we keep internally, not the ones kept through the league, he’s probably got the least amount of Grade A chances against of any of the defensemen, so he does a good job of that.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. MLive's Ansar Khan utilized Jeff Blashill's comments about his players needing to contribute more regularly on an individual basis to name names:
"I'd say individually there's some guys that just have to give a little bit more," Blashill said. "We need some guys producing a little bit at a higher level. We need some guys playing at a little bit higher level."
Nobody is struggling more than Gustav Nyquist, who has gone 10 games without a goal and has just 16 shots during this stretch.
Scott Cullen hands out awards for the first half of the 2015-2016 NHL season.
Winner: Braden Holtby, Washington
Runners-Up: Roberto Luongo, Florida; Petr Mrazek, Detroit
All three have an overall save percentage of .930 or better, with Holtby slightly ahead at .932, and Mrazek (.946) is ahead of Holtby (.938) and Luongo (.937) in War-on-Ice’s (5-on-5) adjusted save percentage, which attempts to account for quality of shots faced. Holtby and Luongo have handled a heavier workload, which gives them an edge, but all three are very close.
Winner: Artemi Panarin, LW, Chicago
Runners-Up: Dylan Larkin, LW, Detroit; Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo
The biggest obstalces for Panarin to overcome will be perception that he’s a 24-year-old with plenty of pro (KHL) experience and he’s had his production – 39 points in 44 games -- inflated by playing opposite the league’s leading scorer. For more traditional options, Larkin is a 19-year-old who looks like a future star, stepping into a top-six role for the Wings and not looking remotely out of place.
read the full list at TSN.
added 5:21pm, Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet ranks the top 10 goalies...
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[Gustav] Nyquist has gone 10 games without a goal. Nyquist hasn’t scored since Dec. 20 when he got the winner in a victory over Calgary.
Since then, it’s been a string of goal-less games. But the fact Nyquist has been quiet in the shots department, also, isn’t helping him score any goals. Nyquist has 16 shots on net during the goal-scoring drought — seven in the Jan. 2 game in Buffalo. It’s a formula that isn’t going to help Nyquist get on the scoresheet.
“When you’re not producing the way you want, our mandate to them is over-shoot and make sure we’re getting a lot of pucks to the net,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s creating some chances and doing a good job. Against Buffalo he (Nyquist) had the backhand on the goalie and Hank (Zetterberg) scored the goal. Those are the type of things you have to do and make sure you drive the middle of the ice all the time. I don’t see that he’s not doing that. It’s just about the production.”
Zetterberg is encouraging Nyquist to shoot the puck whenever there’s an opportunity.
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. My apologies to the KK readers who've already glanced at this one, but Sportnset's Elliotte Friedman explained why the Wings got into cap trouble prior to Kyle Quincey's activation from the LTIR:
"Overall, we played a pretty solid road game," Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "When you play against a team like this, there's not a lot of quality chances. There were a lot of ugly chances. You have to get in front of the net, get pucks on net and get there for second chances.
"We didn't really get in the middle (of the ice) in the second period, but in the third, we had a really good push again. After they scored, we had some pretty good shifts and good chances, but they're a good team and they won tonight."
And, via RedWingsFeed, the Wings' website posted clips of post-game comments from Zetterberg...
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