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NHL Playoff Odds

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First a little primer...

 

 

Now on to the odds via Bovada,

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More details of Red Wings’ rink project revealed ahead of Thursday’s City Council meeting

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Update: FYI:

Via RedWingsFeed, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reports that part of the Wings' unveiling of more rink details at this Thursday's Detroit City Council Meeting will involve a request to re-zone the area...

Developers of the new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena will ask the city’s planning commission Thursday for a rezoning approval necessary for the $450 million project to proceed.

Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of team owners Mike and Marian Ilitch’s business holdings, is scheduled to present its request during a 5 p.m. public meeting on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.

Olympia Development will ask the city to rezone the arena site from B4 (general business district) to PD (planned development district) classification, which Olympia said “allows further input from city officials, residents and other interested parties.”

And Shea also reveals some of the details of the facility--which will apparently include a practice rink(!)...

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Red Wings prospect tournament, day 4: practice impressions and interviews (great Fischer interview)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 2:09 PM: At Joe Louis Arena, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

Todd Bertuzzi has joined his former Wings teammates for the final informal practice at JLA before camp.

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Bertuzzi has not been invited to camp on a tryout by the Wings, Ken Holland said.

And up here in Traverse City...

The Red Wings held a very brief "morning skate" ahead of tonight's 6:30 PM game against Caroilna, and Anthony Mantha was absent but was both deemed "fine" and had a chat with NHL.com's Mike Morreale as he was exiting practice. I have no idea whether his absence was related to his birthday (and as MLive's Brendan Savage reported, Brandon Robinson is OK).

Anyway, the Wings goalies got in a ton of work with goalie coach Jeff Salajko, but the players skated under Jeff Blashill's guidance for about 16 minutes--and got an admonishment about a "wake-up call" at the end of practice.

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5 On 5 Play - Analytics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Like never before, today's NHL has an insatiable appetite for competent even-strength hockey players. And there are a lot of factors at play here.

For one, the phasing out of enforcers and specialists has created a window of opportunity for a wave of skill players to take on larger roles at both positions. Front offices in Vancouver and Toronto have pointed to successful models in Los Angeles and Chicago - two franchises which have enjoyed reliable production from those bringing up the rear.

And teams are cognizant that first lines and first pairings win a lot of hockey games. But finding the appropriate balance between maximizing their ice-time and minimizing fatigue effects has led to further prioritization of back end guys who can pick up the slack as needed.

There's another factor at play – the creation of more even-strength ice time by the continued decrease in penalties.

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Your 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy Recipients

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NEW YORK (September 16, 2014) – Accomplished NHL executive Bill Daly and former player, coach, current Flyers executive Paul Holmgren have been named recipients of the 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966.  It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

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Geoff Courtnall On The Vancouver Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

What happens in a hockey-crazed market when a hot start quickly dissipates into a dramatic downward spiral, highlighting a questionable coaching hire in the polarizing John Tortorella?

You have yourself an offseason rife with upheaval, just like the summer of 2014 for the Vancouver Canucks.

The brash and fiery Tortorella was axed after just one season. Longtime general Mike Gillis was dismissed, as well. Star center Ryan Kesler was shipped out of town in a trade to Anaheim.

None of it is surprising, according to former Vancouver Canucks player Geoff Courtnall, who spent five seasons playing for the club from 1990-95.

“Well, I think the owners have high expectations and want to win. They weren’t satisfied with how last season went, so they made some pretty drastic moves," Courtnall told ESPN.com in a recent phone conversation. 

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Paul Bissonnette Will Attend The Camp Of The St. Louis Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS - The Blues have invited unrestricted free agent forward Paul Bissonnette to a tryout at training camp.

Bissonnette, 29, has played in 202 career NHL games, registering seven goals and 15 assists (22 points). He has a plus-7 rating and 340 career penalty minutes.

Bissonnette spent the past five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes. He made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2008-09 season.

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Brandon Robinson update

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm sitting up in the stands as the Wings' prospects practice, while MLive's Brendan Savage is closer to the locker room, and he has good news regarding Brandon Robinson:

added 10:20am, more from Savage...

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NHL.com profiles Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul is fluent in...let's say that he's a little prone to indulging in the old hockey cliche, so NHL.com's Mike Morreale offers a perspective on the defenseman that's a little more insightful as the commentary comes from Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill:

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman, selected in the second round (No. 55) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has been one of Detroit's most impressive players on the back end in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament this week.

"He's big, mobile, can handle the puck and has a rocket for the shot," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "He capped off a very good junior career [in 2012-13] by winning defenseman of the year in the Canadian Hockey League and then had a nice rookie year in Grand Rapids."

Blashill tells Morreale that Sproul's defnitely near-NHL-ready, but he's definitely still shaking off some Major Junior Hockey habits:

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Red Wings morning news: prospect tourney talk and a ‘slide’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning, and mostly related to the Wings prospects' 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild last night:

We're still waiting for an update on Brandon Robinson's status, but MLive's Brendan Savage took note of the coach and players' reactions to the injury...

"The one thing is right away word filtered that he was going to be OK from what we understand," said coach Jeff Blashill. "Once we heard that, it kind of relaxed everybody a little bit. Obviously, it's a scary few moments there and the guys were extremely concerned. But once word got back that he was doing OK, I think it allowed us to go out and play."

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