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All Anthony Mantha

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from Tom Mistsos of The Hockey Writers,

For the past week-and-a-half, Mantha has been in Grand Rapids training, conditioning and working out with the Griffins while he recovers from his injury. I had a chance to talk to him about his injury, his favorite player growing up and his cooking skills following the Griffins’ 2-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday.

The Hockey Writers: How’s the tibia feeling?

Anthony Mantha: Feeling good, actually. Started skating on Monday, Tuesday. Going back at it tomorrow and Friday. So, it does feel good.

THW: Do you have a timetable for when you are going to return?

AM: Right now, it’s more of a conditioning. I have to start working out more on my legs, and realistically, maybe three weekends or so (for a return).

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Practice Update From JLA

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Ansar Khan tweets,

Wings lines at practice: Abdelkader-Datsyuk-Zetterberg, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Nestrasil-Helm-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson.

Defense pairs same: Kronwall-Ericsson, Quincey-DeKeyser, Smith-Kindl. Lashoff rotating in. Cleary and Franzen (IR) extras.

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Injuries And Illness Hit The Blues

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via Jeremy Rutherford tweets,

Backes and Oshie both have concussions.  

Lindstrom is out with the bacterial illness.

Plus Paul Stastny is still on IR.

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Glenn Hall- A Record Which Will Never Be Broken

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Below, watch a Legends of Hockey feature on Glenn Hall.

His consecutive game streak ended at 502 and one which will never be broken.

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Stephen Weiss Headed Back To Detroit For Injury Evaluation

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via Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Stephen Weiss' conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins lasted less than one game - at least for now.

The Detroit Red Wings forward, who has played only one game this season after missing most of last year with a sports hernia, had to leave Grand Rapids' 2-1 loss to Rockford Wednesday after the second period because of a sore groin.

He was scheduled to play for the Griffins again Friday before rejoining the Red Wings but instead is headed back to Detroit, where he'll be reevaluated.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Weiss' groin was too sore to play Friday, when the Griffins host Chicago.

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Rest Is Best

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from Travis Yost of TSN,

The National Hockey League’s scheduling process strikes me as a laborious task. The people responsible for creating the thirty team schedules have to take into account things like venue availability, travel burden, associated costs of travel, and competitive balance, all while trying to squeeze 2,460 games into a seven-month window.

One of the things I’ve always found most interesting is how the league attempts to mitigate the number of back-to-back situations (not so eloquently referred to as “schedule losses” in NHL and NBA circles), a considerable slice of the league’s larger fight with competitive balance. To the league’s credit, Dirk Hoag’s work suggests that the league does try to schedule a comparable number of back-to-back situations for every franchise.

Now, the eyeball test has long been damning of team performance on the second-half of back-to-backs, and I think that’s largely why the league has really made a concerted effort to balance the number of schedule losses around the league. The data substantiates what the eyeball test has told us for so long – teams on no rest struggle considerably relative to league norms, considerably so when those back-to-backs come on the road.

Seven years of available data substantiates what the eyeball test has told us for so long – teams on no rest struggle considerably relative to league norms.

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Oilers Having Trouble With Teams In The West

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Edmonton Oilers lost 4-1 at home to Nashville on Wednesday night, remaining winless on the season versus teams in the Western Conference but a perfect 4-0-0 against the Eastern Conference. The problem, of course, is the Oilers play more of their games in the West. They'll need to figure out Big Boy hockey if they're going to contend for a playoff spot.

Meanwhile, Pekka Rinne improved to 6-1-1 on the season for the Preds, currently sporting a 1.71 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. It's a reminder of just how much the Preds missed their anchor netminder last year when he battled a hip injury/infection for most of the season. Now that he's healthy, Nashville is a threat to make the playoffs.

read on for Burnside on the no-goal in Washington, Custance on Marian Hossa and Strang on John Moore...

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NHL Short Notes

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ABDELKADER RALLIES RED WINGS PAST CAPITALS
Down 2-1 after 40 minutes, Justin Abdelkader (2-1—3) scored the tying and winning goals in the third period to lift the Red Wings to their first victory in Washington since Dec. 9, 2005 (snapping a 0-3-1 skid).
 
* Abdelkader recorded his seventh career game-winning goal and second this season. He also scored the overtime winner Oct. 23 vs. PIT – a game in which the Red Wings rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the final three minutes of regulation to force the extra period.
 
* Abdelkader posted the second three-point game of his NHL career; he registered a career-high 3-1—4 March 22, 2013 at ANA.
 
* Pavel Datsyuk added 1-1—2, including the primary assist on Abdelkader’s decisive tally and an insurance marker with less than one minute left in regulation. He has collected at least one point in all four of his appearances this season, totaling 2-3—5.
 
* Datsyuk now has 5-13—18 in 14 career games against the Capitals, including 5-7—12 in seven career visits to Verizon Center.
 
* Jimmy Howard made 25 saves to improve to 4-1-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in seven appearances this season.

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Get The Call Right

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The phrase “the straw that broke the camel’s back” is tossed around too often, but when it comes to expanded video review in the NHL, the goalie interference call assessed to Detroit’s Luke Glendening Wednesday night certainly qualifies. Thankfully, the spectacular botch job didn’t decide the game’s outcome, but the fact a call this bad could be agreed on between two referees should be deeply disconcerting to league officials and every team in the league....

And imagine what would happen if a similarly awful penalty/rescinded goal materialized in the final game of the regular season and the result of that game meant the difference between a team making or missing the playoffs. Imagine if a call like that went down during the playoffs – say, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final – and there were no option for the officials to skate over to the penalty box area, check a video monitor for a few brief minutes and make sure they got the call right. Fans and media of the team on the wrong end of such a predicament would go apoplectic, and rightfully so; any league unwilling to utilize technology readily available to assure the integrity of its game is a league painfully out of touch with what fans demand in return for their investments of time, money and emotion.

If it ever got to that point, the NHL would need to hold an IPO to raise its stock to laughing status.

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Video- Wings’ Win In Washington

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

The Detroit Red Wings will host the LA Kings Friday night, so in the meantime, enjoy over 19 minutes of highlights from the win in Washington last night.

Watch it below...

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