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Video- The Best Team In Canada Is…

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The Winnipeg Jets?

Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon discusses...

 

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The Portrait Painter

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from Stephen Smith of the New York Times,

A hundred years after the National Hockey League was born in Montreal’s grandest hotel, the Windsor, the league is back where it all began this weekend.

The hotel is gone, but the nearby train station is still there, next door to the Montreal Canadiens’ home rink at the Bell Centre.

Gathering there — on paper, at least — are the 100 players deemed to be the best to have played in the N.H.L.

For the past year, the artist Tony Harris has been at his easel trying to translate the speed and color and glory of hockey into oil paint.

Last week, he finished the final two 11-inch-by-14-inch portraits, depicting the Canadiens speedy winger Yvan Cournoyer and Wayne Gretzky in the Edmonton Oilers’ blue and orange. On Saturday, all 100 paintings will be shown together in public for the first time.

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Here Comes The U.S. Born Players In The NHL

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from Cork Gaines and Mike Nudelman of Business Insider,

The percentage of NHL players who are from Canada has fallen to 46.1%, according to data collected by QuantHockey.com. Meanwhile, the percentage of US-born players in the NHL is up to 25.7%, its highest level ever.

The gap between the two nations (20.4%) is the narrowest ever. Just 16 years ago, the gap was 40.3%. Just three years ago, the NHL was still mostly Canadians, with over 50% of the players born above the border.

If the trend seen over the last few years continues, the NHL could be more American for the first time by 2028. In 11 years, US-born players are projected to be above 30% and their Canadian-born counterparts are projected to fall below 30% of all NHL players.

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Khan: Blashill explains decision to recall Lashoff, not Hicketts + Griffins stuff

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MLive's Ansar Khan very specifically spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill about the Wings' decision to recall Brian Lashoff over Joe Hicketts:

"First of all, I expect Danny (DeKeyser) to be back on Sunday," Blashill said. "I think with young players, whether it be Hicketts or somebody else, one, before you bring them up you'd like to know they're playing for sure. Two, we try not to have a roller coaster with our young players, where they're up and they're down and they're up and they're down. He needs a chance at some point, but you'd like him to get 10, 15, 20 games when that chance happens."

Hicketts has one goal and four assists in 16 games with the Griffins, in his second pro season. Many question whether his size (5-8, 180) will prevent him from playing in the NHL on a regular basis, but he moves the puck well and has an element of grit.

Blashill continued...

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HSJ:Witkowski goes hunting, finds out he’s suspended

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Updated 3x with more video at 1:24 PM:  Firearms season is firearms season:

Update: Here's more from CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield:

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Radko Gudas Offered An In-Person Hearing

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Watch the slash below if you missed it last night.

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General Managers Meeting In Session

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Red Wings-Sabres morning skate Tweets and articles: Helm, Daley skate as Wings meet Criscuolo again

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Updated 2x with Sabres lines at 12:32 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG-B/Sportsnet 360/97.1 FM), and while the 9-8-and-1 Red Wings have a better record than the 5-9-and-4 Sabres--who've lost 3 straight games--Buffalo tends to win against Detroit, and win regularly.

The "story" from Buffalo is an ironic one for Grand Rapids Griffins fans: Kyle Criscuolo will be making his NHL debut against the Red Wings tonight, and Criscuolo made the NHL in part thanks to a very good season with the Griffins last year.

The Red Wings said, "Hello" with good news:

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Red Wings recall Brian Lashoff

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From the Red Wings:

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Video- Ruling On Luke Witkowski’s Ten Game Suspension

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Here is the explanation...

 

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