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Jeff Blashill Showing Confidence In Anthony Mantha

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings rookie has contributed three goals in his last five outings heading into tonight's game against the Florida Panthers at Joe Louis Arena (7:30, FSD), maximizing being on the top line and the power-play corps. Whereas last season, he saw his NHL stint end after 10 games, Mantha this season is thriving as he has gained the trust of coach Jeff Blashill.

“He’s given me a bigger role this year,” Mantha said. “He gave me a little chance last year, but this year, I took it. I made sure to play well. I just need to keep going that way.”

Mantha hasn’t been told that he has made the Wings for good, but he’s living with teammates Dylan Larkin and Luke Glendening instead of in a hotel. Mantha’s playing time -- he has been above 18 minutes a few games and averages in the 16-minute range -- reflects his role on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar and Mantha’s ability to use his 6-foot-5, 221-pound body to be a net-front presence....

“He had gotten much bigger and much stronger, and it showed with real strength on the puck and on his skates and allowed him to use that big frame to be a puck-protection type guy,” Blashill said. “I felt like, let’s give him the best opportunity to be successful. Since he's been in that spot with Z, he’s done a real good job.

“Now, it’s an every-day league, so he’s got to keep doing it. There’s no room for error in this league.”


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You Are Hired Then Most Likely Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

In the salary cap era there have been 48 mid-season coaching changes. The average stint of those coaches behind the bench was 207 games. Just 207 games! That’s about two and-a-half seasons.

So why in the name of God’s green earth would someone want to coach in the NHL? It certainly never appears that any of them are enjoying themselves.

As one coach told me, “It’s like chewing glass sometimes.”

Said another: “You have to be comfortable with being hated.”

Beyond the money (and let’s face it, the money can be good, very good), why would anyone want to go through the rigours, the scrutiny of ownership, management, fans and media, and the embarrassment of being fired?

With that in mind, I talked to 12 current and former NHL bench bosses.


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Predators Shine on NHL’s Top-Priced Games List in December

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Time Dolan,

The 2016-17 NHL season has reached the quarter pole, and several marquee games are on tap through the month of December. Interestingly enough, the Nashville Predators will host two of the five priciest games in December despite their middling play in the Central division. The Rangers, Maple Leafs and Blackhawks also make the cut when they return home for games later in the month against the Senators, Penguins and Jets, respectively.

Check out a complete price breakdown of the most expensive games in December below, according to TicketIQ:

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Video- Hits Of The Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just south of 3 minutes long, via Sportsnet YouTube channel.


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Wings’ Cup odds take a hit, unsurprisingly…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

According to Bovada.lv, the Red Wings' chances of winning the Stanley Cup have dropped pretty dramatically--unsurprisingly so:

Odds to win the 2017 Stanley Cup:

11/1/16             Current Odds (12/1/16)

Chicago Blackhawks                             10/1                  9/1

New York Rangers                                 16/1                  10/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                              9/1                    10/1

Washington Capitals                              10/1                  10/1    

Edmonton Oilers                                   10/1                  12/1

Montreal Canadiens                               10/1                  12/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                             10/1                  12/1    

St. Louis Blues                                      12/1                  14/1

San Jose Sharks                                   14/1                  14/1

Anaheim Ducks                                     25/1                  16/1

Minnesota Wild                                     18/1                  20/1

Nashville Predators                               25/1                  22/1

Dallas Stars                                         20/1                  25/1

Los Angeles Kings                                25/1                  25/1

Boston Bruins                                       40/1                  28/1

Columbus Blue Jackets                         66/1                  28/1    

Ottawa Senators                                    40/1                  28/1

Florida Panthers                                    22/1                  33/1

New Jersey Devils                                 33/1                  33/1

Winnipeg Jets                                       40/1                  33/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                             66/1                  40/1

Calgary Flames                                     40/1                  50/1

Detroit Red Wings                                 25/1                  50/1

Philadelphia Flyers                                40/1                  50/1

Carolina Hurricanes                                100/1                66/1

Colorado Avalanche                              40/1                  66/1

Buffalo Sabres                                      66/1                  75/1

New York Islanders                                40/1                  100/1

Vancouver Canucks                               50/1                  100/1

Arizona Coyotes                                    100/1                150/1

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Red Wings-Panthers game-day articles: Wings hope to snap 2-game losing streak against Panthers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 1:44 PM: The Red Wings held an optional morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Panthers (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and the biggest health update involved Ken Kal's return to the broadcast booth.

The Florida Panthers' morning skate wrapped up around 12:15 PM, and WXYZ's Brad Galli reports that Jaromir Jagr wasn't in the mood to talk:

Jaromir Jagr turned down interview requests today. "Gotta go work out to make my last game here a good one," is all he said.


To hockey fans not understanding my last tweet: Jagr was talking about Joe Louis Arena. The building is closing after this season.

The Free Press's Helene St. James was first out of the chute with a morning skate report:

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Video- Jonathan Toews And Auston Matthews Have Some Fun

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Call your shot...


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  Tags: auston+matthews, jonathan+toews

Stars Of The Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2016) – Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavidhave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of November.

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Red Wings-Panthers morning skate Tweets and articles: Wings take an optional; Tatar good to go

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings face the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1. FM) hoping to snap a 2-game losing streak against Florida this season. The Panthers' "final regular-season game at the Joe" will get some talk this morning, but it's the health of Tomas Tatar and Niklas Kronwall, who took "maintenance days" on Wednesday, that will be of more immediate concern.

MLive's Brendan Savage penned a superb Wings-Panthers set-up...

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Morning Line- Pierre LeBrun

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

... Isn't it time, now that we have true parity with the talent base forcibly spread among 30 rosters, to allow at least some of the cream to rise to the top? It seems fair to me that teams that actually win games more handily, in 60 minutes, and don't rely as much on extra time to collect points, should be rewarded.

It would also allow some teams to rally late in the season. As it stands now, it's difficult to make a charge up the standings because teams in front of you are picking up points almost every night. But if a team were to get on a regulation-time victory surge, that would make a difference.

-Pierre LeBrun of TSN where you can read more on this topic.

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