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Erik Cole Ready For His Game In The Winged Wheel

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

 Erik Cole expects a few anxious moments before he makes his Red Wings debut tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
“For sure. Absolutely,” said Cole when asked if he’ll be nervous before puck drop. “It’s an exciting moment for me to play for this organization. It’s just a great opportunity.”

One of the newest members of the team, Cole is familiar with joining a new team for the stretch run to the regular season. The 36-year-old Cole was part of two deadline deals since 2008-09 – first from Edmonton back to Carolina – the team that originally drafted him in 1998 – and to Dallas from Montreal.

“You know a bit more about what to expect, so that helps for sure,” Cole said. “Just being an older player and being comfortable with my surroundings, wherever that may be, you find your way and deal with it as it comes. When you get to the rink, lots of times that’s the easy part.”

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Report- Newly Acquired Brett Connolly Suffers A Broken Hand In Boston Practice Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 3:36pm,

 

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Should Mike Babcock Win The Jack Adams Award?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We are three-quarters of the way through the season and beginning to get a pretty good grasp on who should take home the hardware. Now, I still reserve the right to change my mind come early April once the regular season is over, but at this very point, here's how I see the award leaders. Agree or disagree?

Candidates: Peter Laviolette, Nashville Predators; Michel Therrien, Montreal Canadiens; Jack Capuano, New York Islanders; Ken Hitchcock, St. Louis Blues; Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers; Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning; Mike Babcock, Detroit Red Wings; Barry Trotz, Washington Capitals; Paul Maurice, Winnipeg Jets; Bob Hartley, Calgary Flames

The skinny: Laviolette has to be the favorite given where expectations were for the Preds in September. You could lump Capuano and Maurice in that group, too. It's funny how Therrien never gets any love for this award, even though he continues to do a great job and his Canadiens are in first place. Hartley deserves so much credit for taking a team many people thought would be in the Tank Derby this season and instead continuing to fight a playoff spot. The Giordano injury will likely do him in, but three-quarters of the way into the season, tip your cap to Hartley. But my pick? And I know he likely won't even be nominated, but I'm going with Babcock. Some people wondered in September whether the Wings might finally miss the playoffs this season. They looked at a blue-line corps that didn't impress anyone. They looked at a number of young players who lacked experience. But they forgot to look at the best coach in the NHL.

Winner: Babcock

read on for LeBrun's other hardware 'winners' at the 3/4 mark of the NHL season...

Also, rember voting is for regular season only, playoff results are not considered.

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Afternoon Line- David Booth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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The Florida Panthers May Need Some Goaltending Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo is getting more imaging done on an apparent shoulder injury and will be meeting with an orthopedic doctor.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, if the prognosis is not good Florida general manager Dale Tallon may trade for a goalie. McKenzie noted in a tweet that trades are permitted post-deadline but the player is not playoff eligible.

Luongo was hurt during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Also hurt during the Leaf game was backup goalie Al Montoya. McKenzie says that Montoya is likely out for weeks.

The Panthers recalled netminders Dan Ellis from the AHL and Sam Brittain from the ECHL to attend the team's practice on Wednesday morning. Head coach Gerard Gallant said that Ellis will start on Thursday against the Dallas Stars.

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Video- Donald Fehr On The World Cup And More Topics

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I found this interview more interesting than the interview of Gary Bettman which was just posted.

via Sportsnet,

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr joins Hockey Central at Noon to talk about the players perspective of the World Cup of Hockey and much more.

 

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Video- Gary Bettman On The World Cup And More Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joins Hockey Central at Noon to discuss the World Cup of Hockey, expansion to Las Vegas and much more.

 

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Video- Dustin Byfuglien And His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

The Winnipeg Jets host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, and there is 1 player that is an absolute force on the ice, watch this video to see Dustin Byfuglien do what he does best, knock people down and score some goals.

 

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Red Wings-Rangers game-day articles: Zetterberg back in(?); previews, lineups and Martin on WBBL

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Big update: Good news!

Updated 7x at 1:50 PM: The Red Wings tangle with the New York Rangers in a "Rivalry Night" game this evening (8 pm EST on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/97.1 FM; the Wings are collecting school supplies for charity tonight [Edit: on FRIDAY /end edit]), and the Wings' morning skate revealed that Henrik Zetterberg will probably play, assuming that he clears his baseline neurological test this afternoon.

The Bergen Record's Andrew Gross reported that the Rangers won't be holding a morning skate, so 1 of only 4 games on the NHL schedule this evening got the NBCSN game preview treatment, a "pick" from CBS Sports' Chris Peters, and after the morning skate, an "Over the Boards" conversation between NHL.com's Dan Rosen and Wings coach Mike Babcock regarding Erik Cole and Marek Zidlicky's additions:

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Is Van Andel Arena the best ‘AHL Barn?’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Business Journal's Pat Evans:

Van Andel Arena is considered the “best” place to watch a minor league hockey game.

Van Andel Arena appears in the ranking “Best Stadium Experience by League for 2014” by Stadium Journey, ranking No. 1 in the category best of minor league/junior hockey.

The arena is the home of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

Stadium Journey co-founder Paul Swaney says in a review that Van Andel Arena is “a perfect place to see AHL hockey.”

The metric Stadium Journey uses for rating venues is called FANFARE and includes food and beverage, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, return on investment and extras.

Van Andel Arena scores a 4.3 out of 5 on the FANFARE scale.

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