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Cotsonika on ‘The Streak’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika:

The streak is over. For the first time since 1989-90, the Detroit Red Wings have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

And for everyone involved, it hurts.

The Red Wings set a standard of excellence while making the playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons. No one wanted to fail to live up to it. Some don't quite know how to handle it because they have never missed the playoffs before.

"Right now it's hard to talk about it," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who had made the playoffs each season since breaking into the NHL with the Red Wings in 2002-03, "because you're a big reason why it's not continuing."

Zetterberg has been anything but a big reason for it. He has had an excellent season individually. But he's beating himself up anyway. He's the leader, and as he emphasized all season, it wasn't about making the playoffs for the sake of the streak. It was about competing for the Cup.

"It [stinks] that there's not going to be playoff hockey," said assistant general manager Kris Draper, who made the playoffs each season when he played for the Red Wings from 1993-94 through 2010-11. "I know when I was a player, March Madness, the Masters and Red Wings playoff hockey, that was the favorite, favorite time of year for me."

Cotsonika continues...

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‘The Streak’ is officially over

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

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Red Wings-Hurricanes quick take: Wings can’t make it 3-in-3

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings' playoff streak is more or less over, it will be over when the Bruins and Maple Leafs win their respective games, at least, and that was cemented by the Red Wings' 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The Red Wings did their best to battle through a 3rd game in 3 nights and 4th in 5, but the Wings struggled at times in a battle against a team that's in an actual playoff battle, and Tomas Nosek's first NHL goal and Jimmy Howard's saves were what's worth remembering from a difficult affair.

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Video- Tom Wilson’s High Stick On Zach Parise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four minutes for high sticking.


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USA Hockey Reaches An Agreement With U.S. Women’s National Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey and the U.S. Women’s National Team announced today that they’ve reached an agreement that will result in groundbreaking support for the U.S. Women’s National Team program over the course of the next four years.

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Tom Rowe Still Hot After Loss To The Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

Florida Panthers coach Tom Rowe was still unhappy about 18 hours after he felt his players weren’t, “mentally or physically,’’ prepared in a deflating 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday and warned them against a similar effort in the final seven games of the regular season.

Even though the majority of the Panthers’ young core has long-term contracts, Rowe said while they may not be playing for jobs in the NHL, they are playing for a possible change of address.

“Just because guys don’t have contracts, doesn’t mean they can’t get traded either,” Rowe said before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. “They got to perform. Last night was unacceptable. We beat Chicago 7-0 playing good, then we got into Buffalo for a very, very big game and we come up with a 4-2 loss and they didn’t compete the way they were supposed to.

“At the end of the day, contracts are great. We did it for salary-cap reasons, but it doesn’t mean guys are going to retire [with the Panthers] if they keep playing like they did.”


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on NHL players participating in the Olympics, how the decision could impact NHL television exposure, Ron Hextall being a candidate for Team Canada's GM at the World Championships, how an injury is complicating Jets prospect Tucker Poolman and more.

Watch at TSN...

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Third Time’s A Charm

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit

Good things are supposed to happen in sets of three. So with that in mind, on this third game in three nights, I'm expecting a regulation win. And, the best thing about tonight's game will be our three shiny young players. Mantha, Athanasiou, and Larkin.

Since the third time is the charm, I'm going for broke now and calling a hat trick, for any Wing's player on the ice tonight.

Curly fries. It's a Live Blog! Bitches!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

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Hockey Thoughts On A Tuesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- One other thing about NFL and NHL “worlds colliding” in Las Vegas: the NHL’s research indicated Sunday games were the way to go. How much does football’s arrival alter that, especially in the first three months of the season?

- The NHL’s top two scorers since Feb. 1 are Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov (36 points) and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel (34). Maybe that’s not a coincidence. “He is probably my favourite player in the league,” Eichel said of Kucherov during a conversation last Friday. “The subtle plays he makes. One thing he does really well is shoot through a screen. He can pick a small corner through both the screener and the goalie and put it there. That’s something I’d like to do, too.”...

- Don’t know how things will shake down in Dallas and prefer not to guess. But I wonder if Ken Hitchcock will end up there in some role. Some connections remain.

much more

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Video- Drew Doughty On Playing The Edmonton Oilers Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Kings’ Drew Doughty says it’s about time we show up against Edmonton, calls out past Oilers’ forwards for not playing defence, and is still pissed about getting beat one-on-one by Connor McDavid.


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