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Red Wings evening news: more prospect stuff, Alumni training camp; on adversity and power rankings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This afternoon produced another entry-worthy crop of Red Wings-related news, and we'll lead things off with yet another bit of recognition for Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha, who was named to Canada's World Junior Selection Camp roster today (as was Jake Paterson). Per the QMJHL, and via RedWingsFeed:

Monday, December 2, 2013 - Émile Poirier, Domenic Graham and Anthony Mantha were name the TELUS three stars of the week today for November 25 to December 1st.

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In 3 games on the road with the Val-d’Or Foreurs, Anthony Mantha is the third star of the week. He scored 5 goals and added an assist, while maintaining a +5 rating. Friday in the first of three straight wins this weekend, the Foreurs had 5-3 victory in Saint John. Mantha made 10 shots on goal including his 26th goal of the season. Saturday in a 6-2 win against Moncton, he scored what proved to be the winning goal, completing the game with 2 points. Finally on Sunday, he got his fourth 3 goal game of the season in a 6-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst. His point production this season is now 30 goals and 32 assists in 28 games, making him the leading point getter with 62 points; a 15 point lead over his nearest rival Jonathan Drouin (HAL | 47 ).

Sticking with "future Wings," HockeysFuture's Adam Schnepp posited a list of the best Red Wings prospects not yet playing professional hockey, and this trio of prospects has really stood out to me over the course of the last six-or-so months:

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San Jose Sharks Claim #1 Spot In TSN Team Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Winning last Friday's showdown between the top two teams vaulted the San Jose Sharks past the St. Louis Blues and back into top spot of the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings. The Sharks had been ranked No. 1 for the first three weeks.

The Detroit Red Wings jumped, from 18 to 12, taking advantage of a soft spot in their schedule to win four straight, even with star centre Pavel Datsyuk injured.

6-3-1 in their last 10 games, the Winnipeg Jets climbed from 19 to 15 and the Tampa Bay Lightning are up, from 20 to 16, after recording back-to-back wins last week.

continued and see the rankings here...

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United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

Here we are in early December and the hockey world, at least the United States hockey world, is already looking to Detroit.

Just under a month away from the Greater Detroit area hosting the largest hockey event in history with the Winter Classic at Michigan Staduim and  the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is inducting the class of the 2013 right in the heart of Hockeytown.

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More Video Reviews Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Hockey refs, sports writers, your boss—the moment they start to act like they never get one wrong is the moment you start to wonder about them. The thing about referees, however, is that you rarely meet one away from the rink.

Sure, they portray complete confidence under the spotlight of an NHL game. They have to. But away from the glare, they will admit to missing the odd call, and in fact receive weekly, morale-boosting video highlight packages from their boss, Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom, “that reinforce the positives. What we’re doing right.”

Call it “Chicken Soup for National Hockey League Referees.”

Walkom follows that up with a video quiz at game speed, where the entire roster can have a run at a few of the tricky calls experienced over the past week by individual crews. “Our big thing is, we always get labeled as inconsistent,” Walkom says. “Well, how do you get consistent? You work at it.”

And, in the Year 2013, you get more video help.

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Red Wings off-day news: on the Alumni Showdown training camp, Drake, Avery, Babcock and Kronwall

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 5:10 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories:

To summarize earlier "stuff':

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Red Wings to hold ‘Toys for Tots’ toy collection on Wednesday against PHI, Saturday against FLA

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' PR department has announced a new charitable initiative, and this one's particularly timely:

RED WINGS TEAM UP WITH MARINE CORPS RESERVE FOR ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION

… Team to Collect New Children’s Toys at Dec. 4 and 7 Home Games …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are kicking off the holiday season with the team’s annual Toys for Tots collection. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals) to home games this week on Wednesday, Dec. 4, against Philadelphia at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, versus Florida at 7:00 p.m.

Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be on hand at each entrance of Joe Louis Arena to collect toys, which will then be distributed to needy children in Metro Detroit around the holidays. All monetary donations will be used to purchase additional toys.

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The Rangers Going With Talbot In Goal Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

Cam Talbot has not dethroned Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers say, but Alain Vigneault's decision to start Talbot Monday night for the second straight game has the unmistakable makings of a potential goalie controversy at 33rd and 7th.

"Cam's playing extremely well right now," Vigneault said at the Garden before the Blueshirts (14-13-0) took on the Winnipeg Jets (12-12-4). "He's got a lot of confidence in his abilities, and for tonight's game, I just thought that was the right call. Henrik is definitely the number one goaltender on this team. He's proven that over the years: That he's one of the best, if not the best, in the National Hockey League. But for tonight's game I feel that it's the best thing for us to go with Cam."

Lundqvist, 31, the Rangers' Team MVP for the last seven consecutive seasons and the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, has not been a healthy scratch in consecutive games since Feb. 5-7, 2011, when now-retired backup Martin Biron played two in a row under former coach John Tortorella....

"This game is not about what you did last year or the last eight years or last month; it's about now," Lundqvist said. "And tonight, this is the best decision for the team, and I stand behind that. I just have to see it as a challenge for me to really reach my top level. I'm not satisfied by being OK or (that) I played a solid game. I want to be great. And if I'm not, I'm not gonna be satisfied. So I just need to push myself even harder here."

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Kerry Fraser On The Pavelski Shootout Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

My take is that an attacker is given a distinct and unfair advantage over the goalkeeper on most of these "stop and go" type maneuvers. While it might be entertaining for fans during an All-Star Game Skills Competition where there is little on the line except bragging rights, a regular season shootout is worth a point in the standings. Shootout wins can make a huge difference in the final standings for playoffs.

The integrity of the final standings is being compromised by circumventing the spirit of Rule 24 through unfair advantages shooters are being given over the goalkeepers. Short of a rule change, the referees should be empowered to kill the play whenever they determine (with their naked eye) that the puck has not been kept in motion towards the goal as the current rule states.

It would take a large measure of courage on the part of the refs to make that call, in addition to support offered from a Hockey Operations Dept. that has set the existing standard.

more and if you missed Pavelski's shootout goal, you can view it here...

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Red Wings prospect news: Mantha, Paterson named to Canadian World Junior Selection Camp roster

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

TSN and Hockey Canada just revealed the 25 players who will take part in Canada's World Junior Selection Camp between December 12th and 15th in Toronto, ahead of the World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, and two names are familiar to Red Wings fans:

Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
Jake Paterson  L/G  6'0"  185  5/3/1994  Mississauga, Ont.  Saginaw (OHL)  DET '12 (3, 80)

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Forwards/Avants
Anthony Mantha  L/G  6'5"  204  9/16/1994  Longueuil, Que./Qc  Val-d'Or (QMJHL)  DET '13 (1, 20)

Update: Yahoo Sports' junior hockey correspondent, Neate Sager, weighed in on both players' selections...

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St. James, Khan: Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk still iffy with concussion

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Not good news at all on the Pavel Datsyuk front. The Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings' most important player will probably miss his own "bobblehead night" at Joe Louis Arena this Wednesday against Philadelphia as Datsyuk's real bobbling head is still dealing with the after-effects of Jared Cowen's elbow:

The Wings play 12 games between Wednesday the 4th and Monday the 23rd, and I get the feeling that those missed games due to what was supposedly an "accidental" and non-suspension-worthy elbow are going to pile up.

Update:

Update #2: Here's more from Khan:

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