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Who Said It?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’ll f----n’ kill you,” right? I played hockey for 20 years as a professional, and I never thought when someone said that to me or to someone else that they meant “I’m going to kill you.” It’s like when you’re a kid: “I’m going to kill you.” You don’t mean you’re going to kill him.

Who said it?

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Reminder: Saginaw Spirit, Windsor Spitfires to bid ‘Farewell to the Joe’ on Sunday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As a reminder, the Saginaw Spirit (fFilip Hronek's team) and Windsor Spitfires are playing at Joe Louis Arena tomorrow in a "Farewell to the Joe" game at 4 PM, and the Stanley Cup will pay a visit, as the Blackburn News's Ricardo Veneza notes:

The Windsor Spitfires and the Saginaw Spirit hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena as part of the year-long send-off for the famous home of the Detroit Red Wings.

A new downtown arena is being built that will house the Wings and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.

Spitfires Associate Coach Trevor Letowski says his players are excited at the chance to play at the Joe.

“It means a lot,” says Letowski. “They all want to be National Hockey League players and just because of the proximity of Detroit, they follow the Red Wings. You know, just all the success they’ve had in that building, it’s pretty special for our guys to get that experience.”

Letowski feels the game will be have elements of both a road and a home game for the Spitfires.

“To me it’s a bonus for us. It’s right across the [Detroit River] and it’s an exciting atmosphere,” says Letowski. “I don’t know about a home game, but it certainly doesn’t feel like the regular road game though, so I think it’s beneficial for us.”

Veneza continues, and tickets cost $22 for the game and are general admission tix.

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Red Wings-Penguins game-day articles: Coreau starts for Detroit; Kunitz to return for Pens

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 10x at 2:54 PM: The Red Wings had an eventful morning ahead of tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 PM EST on FSD/ROOT/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), with the Wings recalling Brian Lashoff and Tomas Nosek from Grand Rapids and the team choosing to start Jared Coreau opposite Marc-Andre Fleury during the morning skate.

PittsburghPenguins.com's Sam Kassian posted a game preview...

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Red Wings-Penguins morning skate Tweets: Coreau starts opposite Fleury; Kronwall in, Kunitz iffy

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings hope to spoil the Pengins' evening tonight in Pittsburgh (7 PM EST on FSD/ROOT/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM). The Penguins took to the ice first at the PPG Paints Arena, as noted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey...

Good morning from PPG Paints Arena, where the Penguins will skate at 10:30 a.m. and Daniel Sprong just finished his own workout.

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Chris Kunitz is on the ice for the Penguins morning skate. Will be interesting to see if he plays tonight.

The Penguins...

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Red Wings recall Nosek and Lashoff, place Athanasiou on LTIR

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

Here's the Wings' press release:

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Report- The New York Islanders Would Like A Big Name To Run The Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky have not said anything publicly during the Islanders’ dismal start to the owners’ first season in charge. But they have been busy.

Newsday has learned that Malkin and Ledecky have been meeting since the summer with a number of people in the hockey world, from former team chief officers to power agents to retired players, in hopes of finding a “big name” to step in and oversee the Isles’ operations.

Sources say that Malkin and Ledecky are not close to naming anyone to what would be a team president role — one of the two titles currently held by Garth Snow, who has been president and general manager since the summer of 2006. A team spokesman flatly denied that there is any search underway for a new team president.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
CALGARY 3, Minnesota 2 (SO)
SAN JOSE 2, Montreal 1
 
SHARKS CONTINUE HOME DOMINANCE OF CANADIENS
Joe Pavelski (1-1—2) and Brent Burns each scored to help the Sharks improve to 6-1-1 in their past eight games overall and pick up their 10th consecutive home win over the Canadiens dating to March 12, 2001 (MTL: 0-8-2).
 
* Pavelski, who led the NHL and matched a franchise record with 11 game-winning goals in 2015-16, scored his third such tally this season. Burns, meanwhile, paces all defensemen in goals (10) and points (22) in 2016-17.
 
Martin Jones made 31 saves, including an acrobatic glove stop on Alex Galchenyuk, to improve to 5-1-0 in his past six appearances (1.17 GAA, .957 SV%, 1 SO).
 
THORNTON CLIMBS ALL-TIME POINTS LIST
Sharks forward Joe Thornton (379-977—1,356) notched two assists while playing in his 1,392nd career game to move past Brendan Shanahan (656-698—1,354 in 1,524 GP) and into sole possession of 25th place on the NHL’s all-time points list.
 
* Thornton, who ranks second in scoring among active players behind Jaromir Jagr (753-1,127—1,880 in 1,653 GP), now sits 13 points back of Johnny Bucyk (556-813—1,369 in 1,540 GP) for 24th place in NHL history.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Penguins set-up; on Sheahan and Nielsen

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings will begin a slate of 3 games in 3 cities to be played over the course of 4 nights when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/ROOT/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM).

Neither team practiced in full on Friday--Pittsburgh held an "optional" with its scratches serving as the only participants as they're wrapping up a set of 3 games in 4 nights--but Pittsburgh is coming off a 6-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

The Penguins have split their past 6 games, though Pittsburgh possesses a 14-7-and-3 record; Detroit is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Florida, and the injury-ravaged Wings sit at 11-10-and-3.

The Penguins will be honoring their 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup Championship teams this evening.

While Marc-Andre Fleury back-stopped the Penguins' win on Thursday, the Penguins will probably go with Matt Murray in the nets tonight, as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Jonathan Bombulie notes, because the Penguins give Murray more "run support":

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Prospect news: Griffins lose in a shootout; Saarijarvi warms up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Iowa Wild despite two goals and an assist from Martin Frk, a goal and two assists from Matt Lorito and a 25-save performance from Eddie Pasquale.

The Griffins' website filed a recap:

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Wallner: With pair of recalls on the way, Griffins try to stay the course

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner, the Red Wings will recall one forward and one defenseman from the Grand Rapids Griffins tomorrow morning.

While the Wings begin a 3-game road trip in Pittsburgh on Saturday, the team's AHL affiliate heads to Rockford, IL in a state of flux minus Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi and Jared Coreau, as well as the soon-to-be pair of players that the Wings recall:

While the Red Wings have struggled, the Griffins have held up. They are 5-2-0-2 since Nov. 11 and remain second in the Central Division. Offensively, they lead the league in shots (36) and ninth in scoring (3.22).

Even though it is the nature of the AHL, the unusual amount of injuries in Detroit has been a challenge.

"Coming out of the gate there were injuries (in Detroit) so we've been behind the eight ball all year," said coach Todd Nelson. "You just try and make it fit. But some of the injuries up there are going to be awhile ... so we have to try and keep our head above water before guys get coming back."

Forward Eric Tangradi, last year's second leading scorer for the Griffins, will be back for Saturday's game at Rockford. He has been out three weeks with a broken finger.

But forward Ben Street and his wife have a baby due any day, so the team is preparing for his temporary absence.

"We're plugging away," Nelson said. "The guys are giving me an honest effort day in and day out. We're playing our system well. We may not have as much firepower as four weeks ago, but we're getting contributions from everyone."

Wallner continues...

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