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from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,

How do you feel about the way you’ve played personally this season?

I like my game so far. I’ve definitely struggled a little bit with the points, but I just try to play the same way, and usually it adds up over 82 games.

You spent five years developing in Sweden, four with Malmo and one with Henrik Zetterberg’s club, Timra. As a Red Wing, what’s impressed you the most about how Zetterberg carries himself as the captain?

It’s been really fun. He’s been everything I hoped for. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him have a bad game. He’s just one of those players. He’s not always on the scoresheet, but he always does something for the team. He’s a fantastic leader that way.

more, includes Danish players talk and even a Brett Hull question...

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Cam Talbot Needs To Be Better

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from Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Sun,

Five-on-five, Talbot’s save percentage is .916, but it’s .829 on the penalty-kill, mostly because the players in front of him were so dreadful, especially at home, for weeks and weeks before turning it around.

“We’re about 90 per cent the last little while, but my play usually dictates the power play (success),” he said.

Talbot is his own worst critic, so you won’t find him tap-dancing around his play.

“Maybe I don’t have to steal games, but I have to give us a chance to win,” he said. “The difference this year and last is my consistency. I’ve had some good games but others I want back and I have to eliminate those ones.”


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The Leafs’ Plan

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The overall goal is to be better able to afford the expensive, irreplaceable players by making sure there’s lots of choice and competition among the more affordable, replaceable athletes.

The only current Leaf guaranteed to get paid to the max is Auston Matthews. Forget the big hometown discount there. The Leafs need to then manage their cap intelligently to afford William Nylander and Mitch Marner, with the dollar amounts depending on how those players progress.

After that, it’s a matter of having lots of competition for jobs and available cap space. Ideally, the organization will progress to the point where some of those players will be willing to take less to be a Leaf. Tampa surely felt it got that kind of a bargain at the upper end of the payroll with Steven Stamkos last summer, and that could really pay off down the line.

In Toronto, Morgan Rielly, Nazem Kadri, Connor Brown and Zach Hyman have signed what could be considered team-friendly deals in the past two years. Freddie Anderson is the 18th-highest-paid goalie in the league. Meanwhile, with more than $16 million coming off the books next summer, you’ll have James van Riemsdyk, Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak all looking for new contracts, probably with the choice of trying to get more as UFAs or settling for less to stay in Toronto.


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Going As Planned For The St. Louis Blues

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The Blues are 15-5-1.

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The fast start allowed general manager Doug Armstrong to protect his kids and hoard assets. So far the Blues have gotten by with the players they went to camp with. They have not had to sacrifice long-range prospects to acquire short-term help.

Like about half the GMs in the league, Armstrong would like to add at least one winger to improve his front lines. He and his staff monitor the league closely and remain open to all possibilities.

But his team’s success allows him to remain patient. He knows Bouwmeester’s return will give the team a lift, and he can expect a boost from Berglund soon enough. He knows various prospects will continue their development elsewhere, week after week after week.

The build-up toward true Cup contention continues apace.


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Fixing The Buffalo Sabres

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from ESPN,

What one key fix do the Buffalo Sabres need to salvage the season?...

Emily Kaplan: I don't think all hope is lost in Buffalo -- for the long term. After a carousel of coaching and management changes, owners Terry and Kim Pegula say they are committed to stability. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt. Let's also exercise some patience for rookie head coach Housley and GM Botterill. Remember, Botterill is the guy best known for maneuvering the Pittsburgh Penguins' delicate salary cap over the last decade. If anyone can figure out how to work around Eichel's monster contract and allocate for the right pieces to be competitive, Botterill is a guy I'd trust....

So here's my fix: keep Eichel's third-line demotion until he finally feels enough heat and ups his game. Let him be angry, and go on a tear. Once he does that, name him captain. Stop dangling the title in front of him like an inevitability. The Sabres have a streamlined voice in the front office. Emulate that in the locker room. This is one of the youngest teams in the league, and they're working through some growing pains. They're missing leaders like former captain Brian Gionta. If they expect Eichel to be their leader of the future, challenge him to step up now. It might be bumpy at first, but he'll grow into it -- and the the team will grow around him, too.


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Are The Detroit Red Wings A Better Team Than Last Year?

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are only two points ahead of their pace from 2016-17 one-quarter of the way through the season.

But there are more reasons for optimism this year, or so it seems.

That’s due in part to the growth and assertiveness of young forwards Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou. It’s also encouraging that the team has improved in virtually every statistical category.

The Red Wings finished 2016-17 ranked 26th in goals per game (2.41) and goals against (2.98). They were 27th on the power play (15.1 percent) and 16th on the penalty kill (80.8 percent).

Through 21 games this season, they are tied for 18th in goals per game (2.90), 10th in goals against (2.71), eighth on the power play (22.4 percent) and sixth on the penalty kill (84.6 percent).

continued plue five things to watch this week...

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
Columbus 3, BUFFALO 2
Arizona 4, TORONTO 1
Calgary 4, WASHINGTON 1
NASHVILLE 5, Winnipeg 3
New Jersey 4, MINNESOTA 3 (OT)
Anaheim 3, SAN JOSE 2 (SO)

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Video- You Make The Call Coyotes/Leafs

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The Leafs thought they had scored late in the 3rd period to tie the game. 


Yotes went on to score 2 eng to win 4-1.



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Wings Needs Their Speed Game Back Against Edmonton

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Oilers, whom the Red Wings throttled two weeks ago at the start of their recent 6-2-1 run, will be in town Thanksgiving eve, and by then the sting of the late-game loss to the young Avalanche might have subsided.

The Wings hope to play as they did shutting out the Oilers, 4-0, and putting Connor McDavid on the bench, rather than the considerably less effective effort against Colorado, when the pace so integral to their success slowed.

Speed is generated by the legs. But it starts in the head.

Whatever source suddenly became depleted, it showed all around the ice Sunday.

A slower hockey team can take more penalties. One sure way of catching up to a skater is by hooking, holding or tripping. A slash also can provide some deterrence.


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Video- Wayne Gretzky Was Close To Signing With The Toronto Maple Leafs

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Scott Morrison breaks down how The Great One, Wayne Gretzky thwarted the Maple Leafs playoff dreams in 1993 and how Gretzky almost became a member of the Leafs some years later.


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