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Red Wings-Coyotes Game 3 quick take: respectful play drives Coyotes to distraction

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings turned the home-ice tables on the Phoenix Coyotes by scoring two quick goals en route to a 4-2 victory over the Coyotes on Monday night/Tuesday morning Detroit time, and while the Wings lead the series 3-0, I’d argue that there’s quite a bit of room for improvement for Detroit going into Wednesday’s game.

The Wings found themselves making glaring defensive mistakes at times, getting caught flat-footed on too many occasions where Jimmy Howard had to make sensational, ten-bell saves, and while it’s wonderful that Howard’s clearly up to the challenge, the Wings have made his life a little too difficult. The penalty-kill remains a problematic issue, strange bounces on both goals against tonight included, and the Coyotes were able to, for the most part, shut the Datsyuk line down as the Wings continued to display sometimes inattentive efforts, sagging during the second half of the first period and around the 10-minute mark of the third period…

But the Wings’ depth is giving the Coyotes fits—if Phoenix focuses on shutting one or two lines down, Detroit’s supplementary players like Valtteri Filppula can dent the back of the net with ease, the grinders and “depth” guys like Ruslan Salei continue to contribute, and in addition to the fact that the Wings have solved Bryzgalov for the most part and are playing relatively dominant hockey at even strength, the biggest and most important part of the Wings’ three wins thus far involves a simple word and a simple concept: RESPECT.

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Early Playoff Ice Time Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

If I told you that the NHL’s ice time leader in the playoffs so far is a rookie who was healthy scratched in three straight games this December, would you believe it?  PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens is the current ice time leader.  He has played over 81 minutes in his three games so far in the playoffs.  This is quite impressive for a rookie. 

Subban was second among NHL rookies in ice time this year (John Carlson was first) and 55th in the league.  While I argue that this is clearly evidence that Subban is a very talented young player, it also shows that Montreal’s defence is not in good shape.  Montreal is lucky to be up 2 games to one.  While Boston can offer Zdeno Chara and Tomas Kaberle on their defence, Montreal counters with Subban and Hal Gill.  This is a huge advantage for the Bruins.

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Two Hits Tonight Draw the Attention of the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Both in the same game, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. Both hits—per Bob McKenzie—will be receiving hearings with the NHL on Tuesday.

First, Chris Kunitz:

Second, Steve Downie:

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Videos- Best Goals, Hits & Saves Of The Year In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First the goals, then the hits and saves below.

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The waiting for a Johan Franzen update Wings pre-game reading post: Abby Abby Abby

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Update at 10:03 PM: Babcock refused to say whether Franzen would play in an interview with Fox Sports Detroit’s John Keating.

Update at 10:32 PM: per Mike Serven:

Franzen is in

Update at 10:32 PM: Per DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose:

Just received word from the PA announcer that Johan Franzen is starting tonight for the @DetroitRedWings.

Update 10:33 PM: Franzen is in and starting per the roster sheet.

So I need to write a little update letting you know whether Johan Franzen, the Wings’ resident “game-time decision” prior to the Detroit Red Wings’ game against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight (10:30 PM EDT, FSD/FSAZ/Versus/CBC/WXYT), and as I’m ironically watching the Red Wings’ pre-playoff Wingspan episode on Fox Sports Detroit airing a feature story on octopus-throwing…

Quite frankly, here’s the bottom line. It takes about a minute for KK to update its HTML and publish an entry, so my request is that you come back here and take a peek to see whether Franzen’s going sometime around 10:30 so that it can be an immediate update, thus making life a little easier for you to find out as soon as the news hits Twitter. In the interim, I’ll offer up a few pre-game reading stories that didn’t make the game-day update as this blogger chose to take a pre-game nap…Which is good given that thanks to the game’s late start, I’m going to be up until about…seven AM EDT…compiling the recap and notebook.

First and foremost, it should come as no surprise that both the Coyotes and Red Wings spoke to DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose about establishing a physical presence on the ice tonight:

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Well?  Go On.  The Skate’s Sharp.  You Know What To Do With It.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

****Holy hell. I’ve been trying to figure out the time zone differences for the last hour. I’m too stressed, too tired, too wacked out to do it. I think the game starts at 0500 my time but I’m getting up at 0300, just in case.  Then again, I might be so off the mark that this live blog is starting two hours after game time. I really have no idea.****

Some absolutely logical, well-considered, unbiased discussion going on here as to why we, as Wing fans, shouldn’t feel singularly victimized by the disgusting, steaming urinal cake of a league that allows the worst officiating during the game’s most glamorous time of year.

Good points all around.  Many of you make a great argument about a certain number of teams getting the shaft.

Me?

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All Lou Lamoriello

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

What can you say about the importance of Zach Parise to the organization and the importance of re-signing him?

“I don’t think I can say anymore than anybody else can say. He’s an integral part, has been since he’s been here and in everybody’s mind he will continue to be that. So, we’ll do everything we possibly can as expeditious as possible.”

Have you begun your coaching search yet or are you still doing your end-of-season evaluation before moving forward?

“Everything is being addressed at different times. You certainly don’t put anything on the shelf if you can address it. It’s an ongoing process in all areas.”

more on the Devils…

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NHL to begin announcing individual awards finalists on Tuesday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

FYI, from NHL.com:

With the 2011 NHL Awards two months away, the National Hockey League will begin announcing finalists for each of its regular-season awards over the next two weeks, beginning Tuesday, April 19 with the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Nominees will be announced each day at noon on NHL.com and through NHL news releases.

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Is It Time To ‘Run’ Luongo?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

Just when you thought the NHL had stepped up from acting like Mario Lemieux’s “garage league.’’ Just when you thought the buffoons and troglodytes had become extinct. Just when you thought the NHL was to be taken seriously.

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Just when . . . nope, sorry, pffft.

Tell you what, the Hawks ought to respond to Torres’ cheap shot by running Roberto Luongo. Run him, then run him again. It doesn’t look as if that would be a penalty. Nobody knows what a penalty is these days.

What’s the NHL’s playoff slogan? Oh yeah: “Stupidity will be made.’’

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Red Wings-Coyotes pre-Game 3 updates: Franzen (face/ankle) probably in for Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 5:56 with miscellaneous news: According to the Red Wings’ resident, “It’s 85 where I am, and you have snow, ha ha!” correspondent, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan, Johan Franzen is highly probable to play in tonight’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes (10:30 PM EDT, FSD/FS Arizona/CBC/Versus/WXYT), but Babcock isn’t going to hedge his bets that Franzen’s 100% certain to play:

“His face seems to be fine. It’s a tough play,” explained coach Mike Babcock. “He got a stick in the face by (Eric) Belanger (Phoenix center) on the way down, that one got him on the lip, and his head hit in the end boards. For most people that would hurt. We’re lucky he’s the Mule and he should be fine.”

Babcock said he’ll have forwards ready (likely Mike Modano) just in case Franzen can’t play. But Babcock doesn’t expect to change his lineup from the first two games.

“That’s what my plan is at this point,” Babcock said. “I’ll have extras dress (for the pre-game skate) but that’s not in my plan (for any changes).”

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