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Jeff Blashill Concerned About The Wings’ Confidence

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings (11-13-6) are 1-5-4 in their past 10 and continue to slide down the Atlantic Division standings. Coach Jeff Blashill encouraged his team not to lose faith.

"I think it's an easy thing for confidence to wane," Blashill said. "We can't let it happen. You don't gain great moments without going through hard times. We got to figure it out. We got to stay with it. Confidence should come from knowing you've done the work and knowing that your process is good."...

"For two games in a row ... we got tons of chances, we did tons of things good, and we didn't get results," Blashill said. "So, the worst thing you can do is not trust in the process and change the way you're playing. If we continue to play that way, you're going to get results."

The Red Wings are 0-5 in overtime.

more on last night's game...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul



Home Team in Caps

NY ISLANDERS 3, Washington 1
Dallas 2, NY RANGERS 1 (SO)
Colorado 2, PITTSBURGH 1
Florida 2, DETROIT 1 (OT)
WINNIPEG 5, Vancouver 1
ANAHEIM 3, Carolina 2

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Russian doping scandal could endanger the Winter Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Stacy,

Who would want to be on the International Olympic Committee? When the NHL announced that it would not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, it dealt a cruel body blow, but now, the absence of one of the most significant nations in winter sports has to cast the viability of the event itself into doubt.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers wrap-up—the L’s are adding up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings insisted that the sky is not falling after their 2-1 OT loss to the Florida Panthers, suggesting instead that their 1-5-and-4 record over their past 10 games is not reflective of "the process" to which the team is adhering, and must adhere going forward to battle its way back into playoff contention after blowing the vast majority of its home-ice stand.

After Wednesday and Friday's games against the Bruins and Maple Leafs, respectively, the Wings will go on the road for four games, and they'll wrap up the pre-Christmas slate with back-to-backs against the Islanders and Flyers before playing in Boston on the 23rd.

By Christmas, if the Red Wings start winning regularly, it's entirely possible that the Wings will be back in the playoff hunt; if they lose the vast majority of their games, it's arguable that you and I can cross off the 2017-18 season as a "learning experience" before 2017 is over.

Saying all the right things and doing all the right things aren't translating to results for the league's 27th-best team, and for fans of the 11-13-and-6 Red Wings, it's getting tiring to keep hearing that everything is fine when it could be argued that the three fights in Detroit's 2-1 OT loss to the Panthers were the most emotion that the entire organization has shown in weeks.

Our friends from Florida tied the Red Wings in points on Monday night, and the Panthers told FloridaPanthers.com's Jameson Olive that this wasn't how they drew up a win, but they'd take it nonetheless:

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Red Wings-Panthers quick take: Wings losing grip on playoffs after another OT loss

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to snap out of a lull against a historically difficult opponent in the Florida Panthers on Monday night. The Wings rather desperately needed to gain some traction in the Atlantic Division standings, and defeating a division rival would help their stead.

The Red WIngs managed to lose yet again, scoring a 1-0 goal from Henrik Zetterberg, who snapped a 22-game scoring drought, but Detroit surrendered the game-tying goal at 10:09 of the 3rd, and for whatever reason, the WIngs couldn't or wouldn't obstruct James Reimer's sightlines, so his 34-save performance out-shined an equally superb 27-save performance from Jimmy Howard, who didn't deserve to lose...

All on a night where there were three entertaining fights and the Wings seemed to be genuinely engaged and energetic for the vast majority of the game.

Andreas Athanasiou bumbled the puck at the offensive zone blueline, Danny DeKeyser lost his stick checking the Panthers coming down ice, and Nick Bjugstad found Mike Matheson just behind DeKeyser's butt, and he jabbed the game-winning goal into the net because Anthony Mantha inexplicably went off for a line change on a 3-on-2.

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Evening Line- Drew Doughty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Yeah, you know, obviously, people are still going to doubt us. There’s always going to be people who don’t believe in the success we’re having, but we’re not too worried about those other people. We believe in each other in here and we know that what we’ve done isn’t by mistake and it’s come through hard work and improving every single day.

“We’re just going out there trying to win every single hockey game we can.”

-Drew Doughty of the LA Kings.  Robert Morales of the LA Daily News has more on the Kings.

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Forgetting Live Blogs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It's what I do now, and as I do with every problem in my life, I blame Ken Holland.

I avoid thinking of our Red Wings. I truly do. I have enough turbulence(ance) in my life.  Lou Whitaker left off the ballet(ot), the Lions, Michigan football, chinch bugs ruining my frigging yard, angsty fifteen year olds, a perfect and adorable grand(d)aughter, defending the Florida coast line.

So I forget. And the emperor backs me up and it makes me feel sad. 

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Evening news: Videos of note; Griffins and Wings-Bruins teasers; on AA and Mantha, cap talk & Barkov

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game Day Preview video...

2. And Fox Sports Detroit also posted a video chronicling the job of Little Caesars Arena's "transition team":

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A Good Time To Sell The Calgary Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Don’t be fooled by the $430 million Forbes estimated the team to be worth last month – the Flames wouldn’t sell for a dime less than the newly-pegged cost of starting a franchise from scratch. (Minus sizeable NHL transfer fees, of course.)

After all, there’s far more value in acquiring a team with proven, marketable superstars like Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and backed by a solid team and front office that knows the business inside out.

Fact is, we’ll eventually reach the point in this dangerous game of chicken that the most logical solution may just be to sell.

It certainly is the easiest.

After all, it’s only worth the two-thirds of a billion dollars if you sell it.

It’s worth a fraction of that in Calgary, where the political and business climate is such that the reality may just be that the Calgary Flames have outgrown this town.


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A Heavier Workload For Brock Boeser

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Just when you think Brock Boeser can’t score all the goals, he goes out and does something and you can’t help but wonder.

Maybe he can.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to overestimate what Boeser can do this season. He is still only months into his NHL career and right now he is the Canucks’ most important player.

He is not only their best goal scorer, he represents their best hope to survive a lengthy stretch of games in which the Canucks will be without Bo Horvat, and, it now seems, Sven Baertschi.

Horvat, as everyone knows, is lost for six weeks with a foot fracture. The news is less clear on Baertschi, but he left the team and returned to Vancouver after taking a puck to the face Saturday night in Calgary. That doesn’t suggest good things and leaves the Canucks without their No. 2 and No. 3 goal scorers.

But No. 1 is still here, and what a No. 1 he is.


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