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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- What some Leafs executive should say publicly but won’t: “Shut the $%^*# up, Tim Leiweke. If you have something to say about our hockey team, how about saying it in private.”

-  A thoughtful NHL executive on the current gushing over hockey analytics: “The numbers can tell you why. They can’t tell you how.” ... And I do like Dallas Eakins’ take on individual Corsi stats: He believes it’s more a reflection of the five players on the ice, or a forward line, than it is on any singular player. So if a coach didn’t know a line wasn’t working — which any quality coach should know — he now has the statistics to demonstrate that.

a few more hockey notes...

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Red Wings overnight report: reflecting on the Red Wings prospects’ loss to Columbus

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' prospects pause today, and have been given the day off by their coach as no matter how the prospect tournament unfolds, the team will be playing four games in 5 nights, and two days after the tournament ends (two days filled with physicals, team mugshots and charitable events), training camp begins.

[So if you're going to the HockeyFest at Joe Louis Arena, you're not going to be missing anything; I'll be missing what you'll see today instead]

Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill's tried to temper expectations and emphasize the process as the Wings have navigated their way through two rocky games, coming out on top of a bizarre but thrilling 6-5 OT win over St. Louis on Friday, and then strangely falling apart against the Blue Jackets, dropping a 5-3 decision on Saturday.

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A ramble: sometimes it’s all about body language

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

There's a reason I don't panic when I read these Tweets (and I'd like to try to speak to Babcock, but protocol is protocol):

Here's what I know, and here's what reassures me: The Red Wings' coach and the Red Wings' general manager have been among a crowded group of pro scouts, amateur scouts, developmental coaches and NHL assistants observing the Wings prospects' pair of games from Centre Ice Arena's one and only suite.

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Red Wings prospect tournament 2014, Game 2 quick take: 5-3 loss to Columbus stings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I don't usually post a placeholder entry, but the Red Wings' prospects blew another 2-goal lead on Saturday night, and it appears to have cost them the defense of the team's one and only tournament title.

The Wings dropped a 5-3 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and despite having played a far superior game to last night's 6-5 OT win over St. Louis, Oskar Dansk's spectacular goaltending for Columbus, very poor special teams play and three 3rd period goals against--registered in just over six minutes--means that the Blue Jackets have two regulation wins and 6 points, while the Wings' OT win and 2 points combined with Minnesota's 3-2 win over St. Louis this evening = the Howe Division will go to someone else this year.

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Red Wings evening trio: Blue Jackets set-up; WIiM highlights from Wings-Blues; THN’s Wings preview

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note prior to tonight's game between the Wings' prospects and the Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 PM; box score will be available here):

ColumbusBlueJackets.com's Rob Mixer penned a game preview from the Blue Jackets' perspective:

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Something Always Happens To The Flyers In The Finals According To Ed Snider

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Isaac of the Courier-Post,

The team's founder doesn't usually show up until midway through training camp and Saturday he was at the team's practice facility in a bright orange windbreaker with a Flyers emblem on the left side of his chest ready for the first day of rookie camp.

Snider, 81, found out earlier this year that he had cancer, but after radiation and chemotherapy, it's "all gone." He feels full of life and ready to start another campaign hoping to re-create the magic of 39 years ago, the last time the Flyers won a Stanley Cup....

Snider says he's constantly reminded the Flyers haven't won a Cup since 1975. The almosts and close calls over the years have haunted him.

"The bottom line is that's success," Snider said. "To get to the finals and then something always (expletive) happens to us in the finals."...

Don't mention the Stanley Cup Finals in 1976 when the Montreal Canadiens won the first of four straight Cups and swept the Flyers, although the first three games were won by one goal.

"They barely beat us!" an animated Snider said. "That team would have won four or so in a row. I just feel like somehow we're snakebit and somebody's putting pins in a doll."

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Red Wings afternoon news, part 2: In which I discuss practice

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with game-day MSM stuff at 3:35 PM: Okay, again, the Red Wings' prospects are playing the Columbus Blue Jackets at the prospect tournament tonight at 7:30 PM, and the Wings hope to build upon last night's win over St. Louis before taking Sunday off to rest and recharge. Given that Columbus is coming off of a 6-4 win over Minnesota and that the Wings' OT win was only worth 2 points to Columbus' 3, Detroit needs to defeat Columbus to grab a commanding lead in the Howe Division standings.

Today's practice was short and sweet, and after practice, both teams posted their lines for tonight's affair:

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Red Wings mid-day news: prospect tournament, day 2 interviews, videos and info

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 2:02 PM: The Red Wings' prospects took part in an incredibly intense but incredibly short practice at Centre Ice Arena today, preparing for tonight's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 PM).

Based upon Rob Mixer's Tweets, Sonny Milano won't play for Columbus, but the Blue Jackets' lines, d-pairs and goaltender's assignments are pretty much set; for Detroit, Jake Paterson starts, and from Jeff Blashill's comments, Hayden Hodgson and Darby Llewellyn will play on Dominic Turgeon's wings, Ty Stanton will replace Mitch Wheaton alongside Marc McNulty, and Jake Paterson will start, but the lines the Wings employed in last night's win over St. Louis will otherwise remain the same;

And it's worth noting that the Wings won't be practicing on Sunday (the better for Wings fans in Southeastern Michigan to enjoy HockeyFest at the Joe without worrying about missing anything?)--the only day in which the prospect tournament holds no games--so that the players may be better-prepared for Monday and Tuesday's games and the main camp. Given that the Wings' prospects will have played 4 games in 5 nights as of Monday evening, energy management is absolutely essential.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yawn. That’s my prediction for the 2014-15 Jets. Yawn. The young players will continue developing, and they’ll show promise. But the goalie is weak. And unless they fix that, the most interesting thing about this team is whether or not they’ll finally set Kane free to play some meaningful hockey somewhere that appreciates him. Oh: And they’ll miss the playoffs. The West is stacked.

-Jordan Heath-Rawlings of Sportsnet where you can read more on the preview of the Winnipeg Jets.

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Two More Players On PTO At The New Jersey Devils’ Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Forwards Jordin Tootoo and Ruslan Fedotenko also will attend training camp with the Devils as tryouts, general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning.

Tootoo's camp tryout was first reorted by Sportsnet’s Josh Rimer.

Fedotenko, a two-time Stanley Cup winner, and Tootoo join forward Scott Gomez, the former Devil, and defenseman Tomas Kaberle as Devils' training camp tryouts. Lamoriello said he is not expecting to make any other tryout invites.

Lamoriello said this was a case of these players/their agents approaching the Devils about coming to camp as tryouts.. There are “no promises, no guarantees” as far the tryouts even playing in preseason games.

“I’m sure that some will get in (preseason games), but there’s no promises,” Lamoriello said. “There’s no promises, no guarantees. They’ve approached us and they want to be here. It’s not a case of trying (to get them to get come to camp.)."

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