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Grand Rapids Griffins to hold ‘Great Skate’ on Saturday, January 20th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

GREAT SKATE WINTERFEST IS BACK AT ROSA PARKS CIRCLE THIS WEEKEND

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Griffins players, the Calder Cup, sled dogs, ice sculptors, horse-drawn carriages, winter sport athletes, museums, other community partners and local celebrities will all be part of the 2018 Great Skate Winterfest, which will run for 34 consecutive hours this Saturday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 21 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.

Everyone is invited to join this celebration of winter in our city and help the Griffins Youth Foundation provide opportunities for more than 350 deserving boys and girls – many of whom are underprivileged, underserved, at-risk or have special needs – to participate in the great sport of hockey at no cost.

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Should the Wings consider trading Jimmy Howard?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's John Niyo believes that the Red Wings should be as aggressive as possible ahead of the NHL's trade deadline, and Niyo suggests that the Wings' management ought to consider trading Jimmy Howard:

Why not seriously offer up Jimmy Howard? It's an idea that’s been tossed around the past couple years. But now that he's nearing the end of that long-term contract, with another year at $5.3 million all that’s left after this season, it's worth a longer look.

Howard endured a monthlong slump starting in mid-November, but rebounded with a half-dozen strong starts, including four consecutive wins and a .952 save percentage before the bye week. He took the loss Tuesday, but he had no shot at stopping the first two deflected goals — the second on a 5-on-3 power play — and couldn't be blamed for the other two, either.

There won’t be many playoff contenders searching for a No. 1 goalie. But there should be at least one, as the New York Islanders desperately try to make the postseason while also trying to convince star John Tavares to sign a long-term extension. The Isles' tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss ranks last in the NHL with a 3.62 goals-against average and .895 save percentage — a shoddy defense has plenty do with that — and GM Garth Snow has extra draft picks to offer. Chicago might be another playoff hopeful in search of a starter, what with Corey Crawford’s season in jeopardy due to vertigo-like symptoms.

Niyo continues, and I don't see the Wings moving Howard...unless they remain on the hook for some of his paycheck. I don't know who they have to replace Howard if Mrazek is on the outs, either.

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Luke Witkowski’s penalties vs. Dallas vexed the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James noted that the Red Wings were very upset with the penalties called on Luke Witkowski during last night's 4-2 loss to Dallas:

The Wings fell, 4-2, Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena, with two of Dallas’ goals coming during power plays. In the first period, Witkowski was called for elbowing Martin Hanzal, even as there was little, if any, contact.

In the second period, Stars defenseman Stephen Johns delivered a big, clean hit on Dominic Turgeon, sending the Wings rookie into the boards. Johns then appeared to invite Witkowski to fight; the two did – and Witkowski also was called for roughing in addition to the 5-minute majors each received, giving the Stars another power play. That rankled.

“To me, the roughing call is a made up call,” Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “Either it’s instigator or it’s nothing. I don’t know where he got the extra 2 from. To me, I think they both dropped the gloves at the same time and we’ve been in that situation before this year and it’s just been two 5s. So, that’s a tough one. The first one, too, I don’t think he even hits him. But, that happens. As a player you have a bad game sometimes, and so does the refs.”

Continued, and you can watch Witkowski and coach Blashill's comments as posted by Fox Sports Detroit:

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Red Wings-Stars stars quick take: Wings can’t out-score Stars’ grind, grit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings started slow, shot selectively and struggled to create offense against the Dallas Stars, losing 4-2. The Wings struggled to muster shots on Ben Bishop, finishing with only 15 shots (though the Wings had 45 attempts) on the Stars' goal.

To Dallas' credit, Ken Hitchcock's team committed to an playing an opportunistic offensive game built upon a foundation of ugly, goopy, clutchy-grabby defense.  That defensive game seemed to confuse the hell out of the Red Wings, and as a result, Detroit dominated possession and control of the puck, but did not dominate possession or control of the game.

Here are the game's goals:

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From the Dub: Welcome to Portland

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

This weekend provided a good look at the WHL Trade Deadline in action. If the final scoresheets are any indication, most of the big blockbuster trades will pay dividends. That includes Portland, where Dennis Cholowski has already played in three games with four more on deck this week. It's early yet, but from what I can see here in Portland, the epic deal the team made to acquire Dennis will pay off. 

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Double-barreled health issues

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I regret to inform you that both Paul and I are experiencing health issues that will prevent us from manning the blog for this evening. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

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40 Games Until…What?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I only know it's 40 games because Paul said it to me the other day. Paul's words, verbatim, were: "The Wings have 40 games left and I believe they'll win 32 of them and finish 2nd in the division. I also believe they'll reach the conference finals. I also believe Wayne Fontes will come back to coach the Lions and people are going to get tired of talking about politics on Facebook."

It was weird and he didn't actually say any of that, except for the 40 games part.

I think it's 39 now.

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An Optional Skate For Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

MSM report an optional morning skate for the Wings this morning.

 

 

added 10:45am, Khan tweet,

Optional morning skate for #RedWings prior to tonight’s game vs. @DallasStars at @LCArena_Detroit Howard in starter’s net.

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The Asking Price For Evander Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

As he was talking about the asking price for big scorers like van Riemsdyk to Montreal's TSN Radio 690 on Tuesday, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger revised what he reported last Friday regarding Buffalo's asking price for winger Evander Kane.

"If Buffalo gets a first (round pick), a prospect, a roster player and a conditional pick - which I was corrected on, frankly after I wrote that on Friday, they want a roster player in addition to the other three assets - for Evander Kane, a pending unrestricted free agent. If they get all that, or there's a belief they get all that, imagine what the Leafs might get for JVR, Bozak, Komarov or all three..." he said. "...but the 'own rental' philosophy is probably more likely given the Toronto Maple Leafs' position in the standings."

more trade talk..

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Ready For Hockey Day In Canada?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (January 16, 2018) Sportsnet is heading to the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador this Saturday to celebrate the 18thannual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada – Canada’s biggest single-day hockey celebration. Hosted live from Corner Brook, NL, the 12.5-hour marathon broadcast features four must-see matchups with all seven of Canada’s NHL teams in action, beginning at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on SportsnetCBCRogers NHL LIVE and Sportsnet NOW.

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