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Red Wings-Coyotes live blog: Desert Drive

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Coyotes shortly (8 PM EST, FSD/FS Arizona/WXYT) with no Brian Rafalski and a forward lineup in flux against a team desperate to break a five-game losing streak. It’s entirely possible that the Wings could face the Coyotes in the playoffs as well, so this game does have, “Message-sending” implications.

I’m going to try to get the live blog going with one more YouTube clip, and this one comes from an album written about driving through the desert at night—Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf:

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Rangers Willing To Spend For Brad Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Brad Richards didn’t end up on Broadway at Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline.

However, that doesn’t mean he won’t relocate there eventually.

The Dallas Stars centre didn’t want to be dealt to any other team but the Rangers before the deadline, and although he was willing to waive his no-movement clause to go to Manhattan, the two sides couldn’t find a fit.

While Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk tried to sign Richards to a contract extension before the trade deadline, the two sides couldn’t agree on the length of the deal and never really got around to discussing money.

League sources say the Stars offered Richards a “fair market” contract, but it’s believed he and agent Pat Morris wanted a deal closer in the seven- to 10-year range.

continued plus more NHL talk…

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Red WIngs-Coyotes game-day pdate: Rafalski OK, Wings’ lines in flux

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at 8 PM EST (FSD/FS Arizona/WXYT), the Wings at least breathed a sigh of relief regarding Brian Rafalski’s sore back, as the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports...

An MRI done on Brian Rafalski’s back showed no damage, general manager Ken Holland said. Rafalski went home Thursday and underwent tests Friday. He has been out since last Saturday because of back spasms, but Holland said doctors just recommended Rafalski get more rest, and take it on a day-by-day basis.

And Chris Osgood left the Wings to deal with a health issue of a different kind…

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Peter Mueller Won’t Play This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Despite the fact that his concussion symptoms have improved, Peter Mueller has been shut down for the season by the Avalanche. He will not play this year at all, but will continue with his rehab and the plan is for him to be ready at training camp next fall.

Mueller’s loss obviously was a factor in the Avs’ bad season. It was a confusing, frustrating thing for all involved. He seemed to be fully recovered in last fall’s camp from a previous concussion suffered after a big hit from Rob Blake late last season. But in the Avs’ very first preseason game against the Kings, he suffered another concussion.

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Garth Snow Does Not Agree With Gillies Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post,

Islanders’ GM Garth Snow does not agree with the 10-game suspension that NHL handed down to Trevor Gillies on Friday. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t even necessarily think the hit Gillies put on the Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck during Wednesday’s 4-1 win was a penalty.

“From the play, the way I saw it develop, there was a hit form behind on [Islanders’ rookie Justin] DiBenedetto by the Minnesota player,” Snow said on Saturday before the Islanders’ game against the Blues at the Coliseum. “Then Trevor comes over and tries to finish his check. The first point of contact was shoulder-to-shoulder, it was not a hit from behind by any means.”

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Twenty Teams In Action Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We have two games starting just after 1:00pm ET and another around 4:07pm,

the other seven games are scattered throughout the night with four game beginning close to 7:08pm.

See the full schedule below.

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GDT - Game #66: Red Wings at Coyotes (8:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

DET (39-19-7) need to finish their 5 game road trip (2-1-1) on a winning note at PHX (33-23-10) tonight.  For the past couple of months, DET’s achilles heel has been an inability to start the game on time.  I posted this the other day, but it may be worth repeating; DET’s scoring by period:

1st:  59 GF, 68 GA,  -9
2nd:  77 GF, 61 GA , +16
3rd:  68 GF, 52 GA,  +16

DET are 26-2-5 when scoring 1st.
DET are 13-17-2 when trailing 1st.  You see the correlation. 

PHX are winless in their last five (0-4-1) after an eight game winning streak.  The Dogs are very good playing 5-5 hockey, their special teams play is their undoing; 16.5 PP% (21), 78.0 PK% (27).  DET special teams may just be the elixir the Dogs need.  Game On, Bitches(!)

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For Sabres, One Out Of Two Will Do

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

The Sabres are in Philadelphia this afternoon and Minnesota tomorrow night.  Lindy Ruff is playing coy again, but all signs point to Jhonas Enroth getting the start in goal today.

Buffalo (68 pts.) has four games in hand on the 7th place Rangers (72 pts.) and three on 8th place Carolina (71 pts.), so failing to overcome the Flyers today wouldn’t be a dealbreaker.  Their chances will be enhanced if Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford can snap out of their slumps.

Given the situation, two out of four possible points this weekend for the Sabres would be a big success.  With Ryan Miller having an off game two nights ago in Carolina, and with Buffalo facing an elite team in a hostile building today, this is a great spot to use Enroth.  You save your best guy for presumably the less difficult opponent to try locking up one win out of two.

Buffalo’s Jordan Leopold and Philly’s Jeff Carter are both questionable for this one.  Game time at the Wells Fargo Center is 1:00 EST.

Extra: WGR’s Paul Hamilton reports on how Tyler Myers has used physical play to help get his overall game back in order.

Update 12:04 pm: WGR reporting on the air that Ryan Miller will start today.  Ruff threw all of the media guys a curveball.  Enroth will play tomorrow at Minnesota.

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Postcard from hockey’s future

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

Greetings from the WHL, where the all NHL-draftee line of Nino Niederreiter-Ryan Johansen-Brad Ross pulled off a humdinger last night by leading the Portland Winterhawks to a 9 - 1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Sure, you’ve heard of them and you’ve seen the little snippets on NHL.com about where they grew up, when they started playing hockey, what scouts think of them, blah, blah, blah. But there’s more to the NHL’s future than their stats, and it’s way more fun.

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17 left as Canadiens look up

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

It’s good to be looking up rather than down this time of year, and the Canadiens have earned the right to do that.

5 points out of 4th, 3 points out of 5th, Montreal has a real chance of proving just about everyone wrong and finishing top 5, if not top 5.

But it’s going to depend on a few things.

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