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Mike Babcock After The Wings 5-1 Loss To The Lightning

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I thought we had good attention to detail. I thought we played good," Babcock said. "I thought that might have been our best first period in a while. The puck just went in the net tonight.

"Let's be honest. It was in the net every time they shot it and so you're down by, not quite a touchdown, but a chunk right off the get-go."

Petr Mrazek experienced his worst NHL game, surrendering three goals on 15 shots and getting pulled after two periods.

He had played extremely well in spot starts this season and in the first three games after Jimmy Howard injured his groin on Jan. 10. But the 22-year-old has faltered of late, allowing 16 goals in his past four starts, getting pulled twice.

"You got to give him credit. He's a kid who's 10-4-1," Babcock said. "He's our third goalie. When they (Howard, Jonas Gustavsson) got hurt he still had great moxie. He's got NHL moxie. He's still got to work at his skill level."

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A Bad Night For Ilya Bryzgalov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

The Ducks (32-11-6) concluded their season series with the Sharks by never finding an answer against them, losing four of the five meetings. There may now be a need for a better answer in addition to Andersen in their goal crease.

Bryzgalov stopped 19 of 25 shots, with just 11 coming in the 16-shot avalanche against him. Boudreau said he opted to go with him after deliberating over two days, choosing someone who had a career 2.35 goals-against average in 28 prior games against the Sharks.

“We looked at the records of the goalies against San Jose,” Boudreau said. “We’ve got a lot of games (upcoming). We played Bryz against a tough team instead of just sort of guiding him through. So that’s what we thought. Obviously it didn’t work.”

The numbers are grisly. Bryzgalov’s five appearances and four starts have resulted in a 1-3-0 record, with a 4.68 goals-against and .832 save percentage. Those don’t often keep a goaltender employed, but the Ducks have about $1.9 million of real money invested in him as well as a $2.88-million salary cap hit.

more on the game, a San Jose 6-3 win over Anaheim...

Watch the highlights below...

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Video- Jonathan Bernier With The Bad Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Oliver Ekman-Larson with a 'blooper' of a goal...

 

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Video- Jakub Voracek Hit On Mathieu Perreault

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Voracek received two minutes for an illegal check to the head.

 

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Lightning: Wings get their asses handed to ‘em by Bolts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings had won 6 straight games going into Thursday's tilt against a Tampa Bay Lightning team that had won 8 straight games at home, and Detroit came right out and got scored on, tied the game, and got scored on again, again and again, all en route to a hideous, 5-1 loss that may have been the Wings' most embarrassing loss of the season.

Detroit still has a game in hand on Tampa Bay, which leapfrogged Detroit by 1 point to take 1st in the Atlantic and LITERALLY leapfrogged, grabbed, groped, leg-humped, ran-from-the-blindside, hooked, held, tackled, mashed, wrestled and otherwise played rugby against Detroit, with no call from a set of referees who embodied the, "Everything is legal but embellishment" trend in 2015...

But the Wings didn't just get out-groped, including a bullshit hook on the 1st goal against. Detroit got out-played in every aspect of the game, from skating, passing, shooting, execution, poise, finish, urgency, goaltending, physicality, the Bolts schooled the Wings in every aspect but perhaps ice-making, and as such, Detroit limped home with an absolutely disastrous effort against a rival-in-the-making stinging 'em.

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The Latest On Kimmo Timonen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fom Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

The Kimmo Timonen saga took a bizarre turn Thursday night with Flyers coach Craig Berube saying during his pre-game meeting with reporters that the former All-Star defenseman was returning to the team.

A little over an hour later, general manager Ron Hextall, who hinted Wednesday that things were “moving along” in a positive manner for the Timonen's return, said Berube was wrong.

“There’s no definitive decision on Kimmo coming back,” Hextall said.

He said he hoped to have a final answer later this weekend and that Timonen still had not been medically cleared to play.

“There’s still a process going on and quite frankly, since I last talked to you guys, it has not moved forward,” Hextall said. “It’s at the same spot.”

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Evening Line- Nicholas J. Cotsonika On The Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

— Is the NHL done with the Olympics? Depends on whom you ask. The owners don’t want to go, and league officials seem pessimistic. The players do want to go, and union officials seem optimistic. They agree on one thing: A lot depends on whether they receive concessions in Pyeongchang like they did in Sochi – insurance costs, travel costs, access, et cetera. Serious talks have not even started with the IIHF and the IOC, but most expect a decision to be made sooner than last time.

— NBC has paid billions for NHL and Olympic rights in the United States. It certainly would prefer NHL players go. But it might not pressure the NHL to participate in Pyeongchang. It might not care as much as you might think. If NHL players stay home, NBC could air other events – say, more figure skating – or hockey in whatever form it takes. One TV perspective: “It’ll still be Olympic hockey, and it’ll still outdraw the NHL’s ratings.” 

-Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo where you can read more hockey topics.

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Two Points

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

Traveling down to Florida, relaxing on the beautiful beaches, chilling. We can put the vacation fun behind us now. Even after the win against the Panthers, the Wings, like most every Team in the league, are still shaking off the rust from the break.

The Lightning bested us at The Joe in our first meeting winning it in OT, so, let's return the favor and take it to them on their pond, and get a two point regulation win.
 

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Plymouth Whalers to hold Military Appreciation Nights on January 30 and 31

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Plymouth Whalers:

TEN-HUT! PLYMOUTH WHALERS MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND COMING

Whalers, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare Systems join forces to aide veterans January 30-31

PLYMOUTH – The Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers have supported the military in a big way over the years and continue the tradition on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 in the team’s second annual Military Appreciation Weekend at Compuware Arena.

Both games can be seen live on CN-900 television starting at 7 pm.

The Whalers will be wearing specially designed jerseys with a military theme against the Belleville Bulls on Fri. Jan. 30 and the Windsor Spitfires on Sat. Jan. 31.  The proceeds of the jerseys will be auctioned off, with Whalers ticket sales over the weekend and 50/50 fundraisers to be donated to VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

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Slava Fetisov talks about ‘Red Army,’ Wings on SiriusXM NHL radio

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The documentary Red Army is slowly but surely going to be released to theatres slowly but surely during February and March--it won't air in Metro Detroit until February 27th--but its producers have been relatively quiet about the fact that the documentary didn't earn an Oscar nomination, which is surprising given its incredibly warm reception by just about everyone who's watched it.

Fetisov appeared on the SiriusXM NHL Network Radio show on Thurdsay afternoon, speaking with Scott Laughlin and Matthew Barnaby about the film and his tenure as a Wing, and the 20-minute interview's worth your time:

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