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Malcolm Subban Out At Least Eight Weeks After Surgery To Repair Fractured Larynx

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins issued the following update on goaltender Malcolm Subban, who sustained a fractured larynx after being struck in the throat with a puck on Saturday, February 6 during the Providence Bruins game against the Portland Pirates in Portland, ME:

"Malcolm underwent successful surgery on February 8 at Mass Eye & Ear Hospital in Boston to repair his larynx fracture. He is doing well and has been released from the hospital. While there is no definitive timetable for his return at this time, he is expected to be out a minimum of eight weeks."

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Larkin engages in a Q and A with Sportsnet

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Sportsnet Magazine's Kristina Rutherford's Q and A with Dylan Larkin:

What’s been the biggest surprise for you this season? How close the league is. Every team, no matter where they are in the standings, is a good team. It’s so tight. It’s crazy, you know, you play college and there’re some teams where you know you’re gonna win that game. Here, every game’s a battle.

When you have questions, who do you go to? I live with Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan. They’re pretty young guys but they’ve been around for a few years, so they’re a good help. We share a house; it’s nice. They have two dogs, so it’s a full house.

What have they been teaching you? Are you cooking, doing laundry? Cooking a little bit, yes. They’re pretty good cooks. We do our own laundry. It’s been good to learn from them, things like paying rent, and we had to do the bills—the electrical bill and all that stuff. That’s one thing I’ve learned.

Rutherford continues, and if you missed it, Sportsnet posted a profile of Larkin last night, via Hockey Webcast:

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Jeff Blashill appears on The Fan 590’s HockeyCentral at Noon show

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill appeared on Sportsnet's HockeyCentral at Noon, speaking with Doug MacLean, Gord Stellick and Nick Kypreos for 12 minutes, and Blashill stated that:

  • He states that Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg asked to play together last week, and so far, so good for the "Eurotwins'" synergy and execution;
  • The Red Wings "like their team," and in a league where parity is a rule and playoff spots will be earned by on-ice execution and health, he doesn't expect the Wings to add a player at the deadline. He believes that Ken Holland will explore adding to the team, but he feels that Niklas Kronwall's return in a week or so will be a big addition;
  • He lauded Petr Mrazek and Dylan Larkin as players with fantastic inner drive, hard workers who self-improve and players who must still continue to improve going forward;
  • He praises Mrazek as a "big moment" goaltender who's mentally and skillfully matured into a goaltender who's always ready for the next shot and next save;
  • He suggests that Jimmy Howard needs to be as prepared as possible for his next opportunity to start or come into the crease, and as such, his preparation is the biggest factor toward Howard rebounding and playing more strongly after some "tough luck" games;
  • He informs the gents that he's got the back-ups taking faceoff stats and more during games;
  • He's asked if there are differences between himself and Mike Babcock, and Blashill states that he feels that the Wings activate their defense a little more than they were under Babcock, utilizing the skating of their defense a little more actively in the rush, but Blashill and Babcock are similar in terms of their philosophies.

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Vezina Trophy Leader

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Less than a week ago I posted that Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers had taken the Vezina Trophy lead.  He passed Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals who had led for a couple months.  Holtby has the league lead in wins and may set a wins record this year.  Holtby's problem is that his other stats are not on the level of his wins total.  He has a good saves percentage but some goalies have better ones.  Wins is a team stat and his win success is largely a product of playin oin the Washington Capitals.  Luongo has fewer wins but is a more significant part of Florida's success as they have less overall talent.  Luongo had a better saves percentage than Holtby so he was a better Vezina pick.  In the few days since then, Luongo's saves percentage has dropped a bit from .930 to .928.  This drops him among league leaders.  At the same time, Petr Mrazek of the Detroit Red Wings has an improving saves percentage which is up to .934.  Mrazek is the league leader in saves percentage among goalies who have played the majority of their team's games.

 The problem with Mrazek as a Vezina Trophy candidate is that he as fewer games played than most of the other candidates.  This is because he did not start the season as the clear number one goalie in Detroit.  He was essentially sharing the job with Jimmy Howard.  He has won the starting job outright with his play this season.  Mrazek has only five fewer games played than Luongo so the games played difference is shrinking, but Luongo still has almost 200 more saves this season.  Thus Mrazek still has a weakness of less hockey played, though that weakness is shrinking.  However his saves percentage lead is growing.  It is time to call Petr Mrazek the Vezina Trophy frontrunner.

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Mid-day news: On Andersson vs. Athanasiou, DeKeyser, Datsyuk and Mrazek

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this noon:

1. Regarding Joakim Andersson's demotion, per the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Asked if Andersson being sent down indicated Athanasiou will be sticking around, general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that, "we're day-to-day on lots of decisions and that's one of them."

2. Here's more about Danny DeKeyser's bruised knee from St. James:

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St. James delivers good news on the DeKeyser front

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Excellent news from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Red Wings send Joakim Andersson to Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

No news as to whether this precludes a recall or whether the Red Wings are just giving Joakim Andersson playing time as the Grand Rapids Griffins play 3 games in 3 nights this weekend:

Here's the press release:

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Nazem Kadri Fined for Inappropriate Gestures

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Feb. 11, 2016) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for inappropriate gestures aimed at Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during NHL Game No. 805 in Calgary on Tuesday, Feb. 9, the National Hockey League announced today.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

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Talking about Dylan Larkin’s rookie season from an advanced stats perspective

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NHL.com's Rob Vollman wrote an article discussing Dylan Larkin's superb rookie season from an advanced statis perspective:

There's a system originally designed for baseball by Bill James in 1985, first applied to hockey by Gabriel Desjardins in 2004, that estimates how many points a player will score in the NHL coming from another league. It is based on past players from the target league and what portion of their scoring remained when they arrived in the NHL.

Larkin, the No. 15 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, had 47 points in 35 games for Michigan last season, an average of 1.34 points per game. The translation formula for the Big Ten Conference is 0.35, so the projection for Larkin was that he would score 0.47 points per game in his NHL rookie season, a pace that would put him at almost 40 points if he played a full season.

Larkin has 38 points in 53 games, which is 0.73 points per game.

He is defying the projection in part because of the age at which he competed in college. NCAA hockey is dominated by older players, and they are the majority who set the projection number. Scoring more than a point per game at age 18 is a clear indicator of atypical talent and historically yields a translation factor of 0.51 instead of the usual 0.35 for older players. That means Larkin's actual projection is closer to 0.68 points per game, which is three points removed from his actual scoring rate.

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Holland lauds Danny DeKeyser’s play

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with the Free Press's George Sipple about Danny DeKeyser and the defenseman's surprising offensive output, as illustrated by DeKeyser's goal last night against Ottawa:

“Obviously he’s joining the rush a little bit, shooting the puck,” Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press after the first period. “That goal went off two or three sticks, but if you shoot the puck and go to the net sometimes you get some puck luck.”

DeKeyser has scored the most goals among Wings’ defensemen. He ranks third among team defensemen in scoring with 15 points.

Mike Green, who missed Wednesday’s game with a groin injury, is the top-scoring defensemen on the Wings with 21 points in 46 games. Niklas Kronwall, who could return as early as Sunday from a knee injury, is second with 17 points in 45 games.

“He’s here to play great defense and transition the puck,” Holland said of DeKeyser. “Obviously we want a little offense from all our defensemen. Right now he’s providing it. Over the course of 82 games everybody gets a little bit of a run and he’s on a bit of a run now.”

For Holland, one of the things that stands out about DeKeyser this season is his plus-13 plus/minus rating.

“He’s a matchup defensemen for us,” Holland said. “When you’re playing against the other teams’ best players every night and you’re plus double-digits, that’s a good number.”

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