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Red Wings-Panthers quick take: ‘Old Goats’ star in big win over Panthers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings faced long odds in defeating a Florida Panthers team that had won 5 straight against the Wings and 5 of 6 in Detroit, but the Wings had to defeat the Panthers to not fall further out of the Atlantic Division's playoff race.

The Wings played exactly the kind of game you'd hope, especially from a team shorthanded on the blueline: Detroit scored 3 3rd-period goals, including a power play marker, en route to a 3-0 shutout win over the Panthers, out-working and out-grinding the Atlantic Division leaders while reducing the points deficit between the teams to 6.

Just as importantly, Pavel Datsyuk scored two big goals on 7 shots, Henrik Zetterberg had 2 big assists, Jakub Kindl fared in the scoring on Tomas Tatar's game-winner and Danny DeKeyser played 25:32 as the Wings killed 5 Florida power plays and scored a power play marker.

The only question will be whether Justin Abdelkader's hit on Aleksander Barkov will be reviewed by the Department of Player Safety (see below for video of the hit); otherwise, the Wings left no doubt that they can out-grind and out-skill a tough opponent, with Mrazek pitching a 23-save shutout as the cherry on top.

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Back To Basics

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

A basic factor in sports is that when you are winning, it makes you and everyone around you feel good.

Well, there are 19 of us that prolly still feel pretty good with the win on Saturday. Let's get back to basics, and, keep er' going.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

It's a live blog. Bitches!

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Nyquist the horse an odds-on favorite to win the Kentucky Derby

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This story is very hard to translate into "hockey," but the Associated Press reports that the Paul Reddam-owned colt "Nyquist" is the odds-on favorite to win the Kentucky Derby as of February:

Winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Nyquist is gearing up for his 3-year-old debut in the seven-furlong San Vicente at Santa Anita on Saturday. On Sunday, he worked five furlongs in 59.38 seconds.

"He's got so much class, so much raw ability," Nyquist's trainer, Doug O'Neill, said after the colt's workout. "It's hard to believe that he's any more mature than last year, but he's doing everything right and thriving on training; he's doing super."

Named for Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist, the colt is owned, trained and ridden by the same team that campaigned 2012 Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another. J. Paul Reddam is the owner; Mario Gutierrez is the jockey.

Nyquist's odds? 9-1:

1. Nyquist (Doug O'Neill, trainer; Mario Gutierrez, jockey): Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old won all five races in '15. ... Trainer, rider and owner (J. Paul Reddam) won 2012 Derby and Preakness with I'll Have Another. ... Sired by Uncle Mo ... Next start: San Vicente, Santa Anita, Saturday. ... Derby future odds: 9-1.

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Evening news: Game-day previews; on the Smith brothers, AA, Kindl and more

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview video...

2. Here's the Panthers' version:

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AHL Top Scorer

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It seems that every few days I am reporting that a new player has taken the AHL scoring lead.  My last such post was four days ago when I reported that TJ Brennan of the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs farm affiliate) had taken the lead.  Chris Bourque of the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) has now taken the lead again.  He had a good weekend with six points in two games played.  That gives him a total of 51 points in 46 games played.  This is a three point lead over Brennan.

Bourque has already won the AHL scoring race once in 2010.  He is a strong candidate to do it again.  He is a 30 year old who is no longer a serious NHL prospect.  He has 51 career NHL games over the course of the years with Washington, Pittsburgh and Boston but has only managed 8 points.  His last NHL game was in the 2012/13 season.  At this point he is veteran leadership in the AHL but not expected to jump to the NHL.  This gives him a better chance to win the AHL scoring race because he is less likely to be called up to the NHL than most AHL top scorers. 

Chris Bourque is an AHL veteran who is one of the better players in the league.  He has re-taken the AHL scoring lead and is a good candidate to win this scoring race.  He is Ray Bourque's son and a successful AHL player over the years but he has failed to have a significant NHL career.  Perhaps his smaller size of 5'8" 180 pounds has limited him at the NHL at level, but he has been a strong AHL player.  He is a top candidate to win his second scoring title in the AHL this season.

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With Dustin Byfuglien Signed, What About Andrew Ladd?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Hello Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Milan Lucic at The Players' Tribune,

is is how naive I was when I got to Boston. Are you ready for this?

We had this really nice guy who worked for the team and handled all the road travel. He was in his early 70s. His name was Johnny, and he was just awesome. I was a 19-year-old kid in my first training camp. I didn’t know what the hell was going on. I didn’t know about NHL travel. I knew about WHL buses. So Johnny had my back. He was kind of like a cool grandfather to me.

One day after practice, I was sitting in the locker room talking to one of my teammates, and I was like, “Johnny’s a real nice guy, eh?”

He goes, “Johnny who?”

“You know, the road guy. Johnny. Can’t remember his last name.”

“You mean Johnny friggin’ Bucyk?!”

“Is that his name? Sorry, man. Still trying to learn everybody.”

“Come here.”


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Video- Drew Stafford Suspended One Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Patrick Burke with the explanation.


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A Five-Year Contract Extension For Dustin Byfuglien In Winnipeg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a press release from the Winnipeg Jets,

The Winnipeg Jets today announced they have signed defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract extension with an average annual value of $7.6 million.

Byfuglien, 30, has recorded 32 points (15G, 17A) so far this season while appearing in all 52 games and sits in a tie for second amongst all NHL defencemen with his 15 goals. Byfuglien leads the Jets so far this season in shots (163), penalty minutes (78) and ice time (24:14 per game). The native of Roseau, MN, was named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, TN where he recorded a goal and an assist for the Central Division team. Byfuglien has been named to the All-Star Game in each of the last four seasons that the game has taken place (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016).

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Holland, Nill: league-wide parity = fewer trade deadline ‘sellers’ than ever before

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland and Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill spoke with the Canadian Press's Jonas Siegel regarding the outlook ahead of the trade deadline, and both GM's feel that the parity in the NHL = far fewer "sellers" than ever before:

"That's going to be the unknown," said Nill, whose Dallas squad sits comfortably in a playoff spot at the moment with 71 points. "There's probably 3-5 teams that are saying 'Hey we're probably out of it', but I think everybody else is saying 'You know what, we're in it.'"

Injuries and losing streaks in the ensuing weeks could quickly alter such conversations, he added. Detroit GM Ken Holland has never been a seller at the deadline. His Red Wings have made the playoffs in 24 consecutive seasons.

What he's hearing currently from rival general managers is "wait and see."

"They're saying 'I want to see what happens in the next month,'" said Holland. "If you're two points out of a playoff spot on the trade deadline it's hard to pull the plug and start letting players go."

Holland said the standings give general managers of a good idea of what they're going to try to do leading up to the deadline. But with more teams conceivably in the playoff race, it's harder to make definitive plans until days before the cutoff. It was at about this point last year — a few weeks before the deadline — that Holland dialled up then-New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello inquiring about the availability of Marek Zidlicky, a right-shot defender on an expiring contract that the Red Wings coveted.

"Lou told me 'Ken, I want to see where my team goes,'" Holland recalled.

Siegel continues, and if you recall, Holland told the Wings' media corps that he's not going to be in the player rental market this year.

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