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Dylan Larkin’s Summer Plans

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Dylan Larkin made a seamless transition to the NHL as a 19-year-old in 2015 with the Detroit Red Wings and thought playing in this league was going to be a snap.

Then reality snapped back in his second season. It was tougher to score, even harder to defend. He was not ready to assume the top-line center spot.

Larkin described his second season as quite a learning experience.

"This game's a lot mental," Larkin said. "Do a lot of mental preparation this summer as well as physical preparation. Be ready to go from the first day.

"I think this year I kind of came in and thought it was going to be a little bit easy, I kind of had it figured out, but clearly didn't, so need to be better in all areas and I guess put it on my shoulders to be ready from Day 1."

Speaking on locker clean-out day April 11, Larkin displayed the kind of maturity many players don't exhibit until they're in their late 20s.

"I want to be a good player and the only way to do that is to look in the mirror," Larkin said. "You can't have anything given to you. It's not just going to magically happen. So, put a little pressure on myself this summer and it will be good to feel that. I need to come back and do my part this summer and have a solid year next year."

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FIRST ROUND QUICK HITS
A quick recap of the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau:
 
* Eighteen of the 42 games required overtime (42.9%), a record for any round in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The previous record of 17 overtime contests, established in the 2013 opening round, was set in 47 games (36.2%).
 
* April 17 saw all four games extend past regulation (OTT-BOS, WSH-TOR, CHI-NSH and ANA-CGY). Only two other days in NHL postseason history have featured four overtime games: April 11, 1980 and April 10, 1985.
 
* Twenty-eight of the 42 games were decided by one goal (66.7%), while another five were decided by two goals following an empty-net score (78.6% combined). Only the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured an opening round with that high of a percentage of one-goal margins (32/48 GP, 66.7%).
 
* Eighteen of the 42 games were tied in the final five minutes of regulation (42.9%). Three saw a go-ahead goal scored in the last three minutes of regulation, while five featured a tying goal in the final five minutes of the third period (including two in the last 60 seconds).
 
* Seventeen of the 42 games saw the winning team overcome a deficit of at least one goal (40.5%), including nine featuring multi-goal comebacks. Clubs also rallied from third-period deficits (of any margin) to win eight times.

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A bit about Ouellet’s ‘tangibles’ and intangibles

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It's been two full weeks since the Red Wings closed Joe Louis Arena, and as much as I will gobble up Wings-related content as we embrace this little "down time" between the end of the regular season and the start of the World Championship (see also: the first round of the playoffs, the start of the Griffins' playoff run, etc.), the quotes from Locker Room Clean-Out Day are getting a little thin, so:

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff both quantified some of Xavier Ouellet's pluses in a Locker Room Clean-Out Day article...

While his numbers posted by the 6-1, 208-pound defender won’t wow you - Ouellet posted 3-9-12 numbers in 66 games - there is one stat that jumps at you off the page at you - he was plus-two playing on the blue line for a team that missed the playoffs and finished up 13th overall in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.

Ouellet’s Corsi of 49.18 was again far from overwhelming, but it was second-best among Detroit defensemen who played more than 40 games and finished the season with the Wings. His PDO was an above-average 1013 but his five-on-five zone starts of 48.33 were well down the team list.

“I think my hockey sense and my compete level allowed me to play all these games this year,” Ouellet said. “I’ve obviously got to keep working on a lot of things on the ice but one thing I’m going to do for sure is compete every night.”

And Duff issues some good news regarding Ouellet's off-season plans--the kind of plans that you hope Danny DeKeyser heeds after getting overpowered so very regularly in one-on-one battles:

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Sportsnet’s Schedule For Round Two Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (April 23, 2017) As the NHL’s best teams continue their campaign for Lord Stanley’s Cup, Sportsnet unveils its 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs second round broadcast schedule. Giving fans a front row seat to all the action, coverage will be available on TV on Sportsnet and CBC, and via live stream on Sportsnet NOW and Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.

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Schedule For The Second Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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NEW YORK (April 23, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round, which begins Wednesday, April 26. All times listed are ET and subject to change. 

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Video- Marcus Johnansson Scores In OT, Capitals Advance

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It will be Washington against Pittsburgh in the second round

 

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Erik Karlsson Has Been Dealing With Hairline Fractures To His Heel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson told ESPN.com that he played the first-round series against the Boston Bruins with two hairline fractures in his left heel.

Karlsson suffered the injury when he blocked a shot during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 28; he missed three of the last five games of the regular season.

He aggravated the injury when he played back-to-back games against the Detroit Red Wings on April 3 and 4. He has been receiving injections in his heel.

"I've been playing on shots here," said Karlsson, who admitted he was having trouble moving to his left. "It's frustrating because you've worked so hard all year, but it's better now and by Thursday it should be pretty much back to normal," he said.

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The University of Michigan may have found its new hockey coach

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples, ESPN's John Buccigross Tweeted some very important news:

Update: From the Free Press's George Sipple:

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Prospect news: Griffins take 2-0 lead on Milwaukee; Walleye face Game 7 situation after loss to KZoo

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x with audio, highlights and post-game stuff @ 8:05 PM: Of prospect-related note, to be fleshed out in a couple hours when more becomes available:

In the AHL, The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 5-2, but the score wasn't nearly as lopsided as you might think as Grand Rapids scored 2 empty-netters to pull away from a 3-2 3rd period affair.

Grand Rapids can advance in its best-of-five series with the Admirals via a win on Wednesday evening; Sunday's game was quite the spectacle, with Eric Tangradi and Axel Holmstrom establishing a 2-1 Griffins lead that held for the majority of the game, with Tyler Bertuzzi adding a 3-1 marker in the 2nd period and Grand Rapids hanging on for a 3rd period in which they were out-shot 11-6 by the pesky Admirals. The Griffins held tough and eventually got a pair of empty-net goals, from Tyler Bertuzzi (now the Griffins' second-leading playoff goal scorer with 16) and Matthew Ford, and Jared Coreau's 21-save performance was excellent.

The AHL has posted Twitter clips of 3 of the 5 goals...

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Video- Clarke MacArthur Series Winning OT Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A power play goal for MacArthur.

The Senators advance to face the New York Rangers.

 

 

added 8:26pm, Game highlights are below...

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