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Prospect news: Griffins lose Weiss, game to Rockford; Kadeikin, Melen ‘not playing’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins may or may not have Stephen Weiss's services when they host the Chicago Wolves on Friday as Weiss was pulled out of the game due to "soreness" in his groin...

But Weiss's presence or absence didn't fare into the Griffins' inability to break a "goose egg" at home." Grand Rapids dropped a 2-1 decision to the Rockford IceHogs despite out-shooting Rockford 39-27, and the Griffins are now 0-and-3 at home.

The Griffins' website recapped the game...

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Quick take: Red Wings defeat Capitals despite gaffes, thanks to Datsyuk and Abdelkader

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings got jobbed on a goaltender interference call early, they were legitimately awarded a no-goal after Troy Brouwer bumped Jimmy Howard at the end (via @MyRegularFace), and in the middle...

Things were complicated. The Wings out-skated and out-played the Capitals by a wide margin in the 1st despite being out-shot 8-3 in the 1st, the Wings were just dreadful in the 2nd, surrendering a pair of PP-and-all-but-on-the-PP goals because their line changes were Chinese Fire Drills, and in the 3rd, when Mike Babcock decided to place Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line--after a superb amount of work from one Jimmy Howard in the bail-out-your-team category--Pavel Datsyuk proved to be a far better judge of talent than we knew in aiding Abdelkader in the game-tying gaol, assisting on the game-winning goal and then scoring the salt-away marker.

Detroit took a 4-2 decision despite the fact that few Wings fans thought that the team had a chance to do more than steal a point after Troy Brouwer caught everyone but Howard staring at the puck with 58 seconds left in the 2nd...

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Not good news: Red Wings’ Stephen Weiss out with a ‘lower-body injury’ in Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 10:40 PM: I don't want to speculate, but when I read these Tweets regarding Stephen Weiss's first "conditioning stint" game with the Grand Rapids Griffins, I cringe:

Will report more as able.

Update:

Update #2: UGH.

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Reputation call defined: Luke Glendening gets a ‘Homer’ when Braden Holtby trips

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Because I'm too pissed off about this to rationally discuss it, I'll leave it to video.

Here is what happened when Braden Holtby tripped into the goalpost with Luke Glendening about ten feet away from him, and Drew Miller scored as a result:

And then Mike Babcock asked Pierre McGuire about the replay:

 

Thank you, Mike Leggo, for another Tomas Holmstrom-style, "If he is in the general vicinity of the net, CLEARLY the Wing committed some sort of goaltender interference penalty" call.

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Oh, Really, Mr. Milbury?

Blog: F Street Faithful By Matthew Tate

So, earlier tonight, I was sitting on my couch getting ready for the Caps/Wings game tonight for Wednesday Night "Rivalry."  Naturally, I flipped over to watch the pregame show with Liam McHugh, Keith Jones, and, of course, the ever-lovable Mike Milbury.  Unsurprisngly, the current pointless streak (4 games going into tonight) of Alexander Ovechkin was up for discussion.  And, then, this happened:

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Updating Gordie Howe’s condition

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Here are a few updates to Gordie Howe's condition subsequent to his family's statement released through the Red Wings, whose players and coach are quite concerned about Mr. Hockey:

The Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno spoke with Mark, the Wings' director of pro scouting:

Gordie Howe has a long way to go to recover from a stroke he suffered over the weekend, his son said Wednesday amid an outpouring of support from the hockey community.

“Mr. Hockey” has shown some signs of improvement from what son Mark called a “pretty significant stroke” and is resting at his daughter Cathy’s home in Lubbock, Tex.

“It’s a difficult time for Dad,” Mark Howe said in a phone interview from Lubbock. “It definitely impacted his life, so we’re dealing with this, I think, as all families do and just trying to be there. The best thing we can do is just be here and be supportive and try to keep him in good spirits.”

And after examining the outpouring of support throughout the hockey world and from former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin and one Frank Mahovlich, Whyno concludes with this:

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CAPITAL IDEA

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Tonight we face the Capitals before heading home to play Friday against the Cup Champs. Detroit is (4-2-2) falling to fourth in our division. We absolutely have to pull out of this tailspin of inconsistency and put a string of wins together. Even three wins in a row would be good at this point.

The power play is shameful, so, Uncle Mike and his crew better get off the schnide and fix it. 

We have the tools, we have the talent. Get it done!

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Top Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As I pick award leaders early in the season, it is inevitable that many will change as the season progresses.  Some may change many times before the end of the season.  We have our first award leader change today.  I picked Darcy Kuemper of the Minnesota Wild as an early season Vezina Trophy leader.  He had shutouts in his first two starts and three of his first four games.  That pace was not one that could be maintained for a whole season.  In fact we are early enough into the season that one poor start is enough to change the race.  In his last start on Monday night against the New York Rangers he allowed five goals on twenty shots.  Hence it is time to pick a new Vezina Trophy leader.

The current Vezina Trophy leader is Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.  He has posted a .950 saves percentage and a 1.78 GAA in eight games played.  Nobody who has played the majority of his team's games has better numbers.

Quick is putting up a strong career.  He has twice won the Stanley Cup and once won the Conn Smythe Trophy.  If he can put together a Vezina calibre season this year, it will go a long way toward making his case as a Hall of Fame goaltender.  To date, his regular season numbers have been up and down.  He hasn't shown the consistency of a Hall of Famer.  Is that changing? 

One thing we know for sure is it is early in the year.  October is almost over.  At this point, Jonathan Quick has been to top goalie in the NHL.

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Evening Line- Bob McKenzie On Gordie Howe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The entire hockey community is rallying around this.  You can't find a more revered individual, he and Jean Beliveau are the gold standard for gentlemen off the ice and well, Gordie on the ice not so much a gentleman.  Jean Beliveau probably was but just in terms of the way they carried themselves away from the game, everybody in the hockey community has thoughts for Gordie Howe right now.

-Bob McKenzie on NBCSN NHL Live pre-game show.

added 6:58pm,

 

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Calgary Flames Recall Markus Granlund, Matt Stajan Goes On IR With Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled forward Markus Granlund from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

Granlund, a 21-year-old native of Oulu, Finland has played in eight games with Adirondack this season where he leads the team with three goals and has a pair of assists for five points. He played seven games with Calgary last season scoring his first two NHL goals and adding one assist.

The Flames also announced that centre Matt Stajan has been placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) with a knee injury (approximately six weeks) and Joe Colborne is day-to-day with an upper body injury

If you missed the Stajan injury, watch it here..

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