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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers set-up; Stadium Series talk; Fetisov, Lidstrom & Pulkkinen

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings begin their "second half" and/or "stretch run" campaign with a pair of games in the Sunshine State--tonight, the Wings battle the Florida Panthers (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM) and Thursday, the Wings take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Over the next 5 days, the Wings play a trio of games against teams the Wings have historically had particular difficulty defeating this week in the Panthers, Bolts and Saturday's opponent, the New York Islanders.

The Wings' 63 points and 27-11-and-9 record are good for 2nd in the Atlantic Division (one behind Tampa; Detroit's also tied in points with the Islanders and sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference), tonight's game is of particular significance: the Panthers have 3 games in hand on Detroit's 47, but the Panthers also sit 13 points behind the Wings, and carving out a 15-point lead would at least give Detroit a nearly unassailable margin for error...Against the Panthers, anyway.

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Zac Rinaldo Suspended For 8 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Video will be posted when available.

added 7:20pm,

 

 

If you want to review the hit, watch it below...

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Erik Johnson Out 3-8 Weeks For The Colorado Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Colorado Avalanche website,

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that defenseman Erik Johnson is out for the next 3-8 weeks following a knee scope performed Monday.

“He is, first of all, very disappointed by the situation, but it’s out of our control," said Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy. "We have a lot of confidence in our group, and it will be a different responsibility for some of our defensemen.”

Johnson missed the NHL All-Star game and other on-ice activities last weekend in Columbus, Ohio due to the ailment.

While the appearance was slated to be his first at the All-Star Game, Johnson did represent the Western Conference at the 2008 YoungStars game in Atlanta during his rookie season with the St. Louis Blues.

The Bloomington, Minn., native is tied for first among NHL defensemen in scoring with a career-high 12 goals this season. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound rear guard has 23 points (12g/11a) in 47 games, placing him second among Colorado blueliners in scoring. He ranks fourth on the Avalanche in goals and first in ice time (24:25), blocked shots (107) and power-play goals (3-tied).

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Mr. Hockey continues to improve as ‘last public appearance’ draws near

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Gordie Howe, his sons Mark, Marty and Murray, his daughter Kathy and the extended Howe family--Wayne Gretzky included--will be attending a combination dinner to raise funds for the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon and something of an impromptu family reunion on February 6th. The event was billed as Howe's final public appearance, but Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave reports that Dr. Murray Howe believes that his father's post-stem cell replacement progress may yield more public appearances.

In any case, Howe is more like himself than he's been in a significant period of time, and that's what matters:

The 86-year-old hockey legend is now stick-handling beanbag pucks around his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. He can throw and catch a football with either hand (like he could before a serious stroke on Oct. 26 robbed him of mobility along most of the right side of his body).

He can form short sentences, respond accurately to basic questions and tell "little three-minute stories," son Murray Howe said. Recently, Gordie pushed a shopping cart around the grocery store. And on another day, he and Murray walked about a half-mile at a local mall -- stopping several times for short breaks.

And best of all, Gordie Howe absolutely knows who he is as well as his role in the hockey universe. Ask him about "Mr. Hockey," Murray said, and Gordie points to himself.

So the Saskatoon appearance, once thought to be impossible because of his poor health, is definitely on. Howe will travel from Lubbock to Saskatoon in a private jet and sit among other VIPs for the 55th Annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner before a sold-out crowd.

Gave continues at extended length, and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff has more...

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Video- “Kick Their Butts”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Here’s a behind the scenes look at all the best sights and sounds from the NHL All-Star weekend.

 

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Dean Lombardi On Mike Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi talked to reporters about the decision to put Mike Richards on waivers. Here's what he said...

(on how Richards took the news…)

LOMBARDI: ``You can ask him. The process isn’t done, obviously, because he still has to clear tomorrow, so we’ll probably talk again tomorrow. I’m sure it’s not easy on anybody, but these are the tough decisions you’ve got to make.’’

(on not buying out the contract…)

LOMBARDI: ``We expect loyalty from our players, and I think it’s a two-way street. Under the circumstances, with what he had done for us, I thought he deserved a chance to get back to where he knows he’s capable of. That’s a hard balance. Obviously I thought about that a lot, but there’s the new-wave thing about there where players are commodities, and things like passion and loyalty are values that I thought made sports special. Commodities guys will tell you that doesn’t matter. Well that’s been a big part of the success of this team, I certainly believe. That’s kind of the way I came down on it. If you’re going to expect loyalty from your players, then you, at times, have to show loyalty to them....

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Practice post: Jurco iffy for Tuesday tilt, Howard traveling w/ team; Panthers need 4-point game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 7:47 PM: The Red WIngs took part in a less-than-revelatory afternoon practice in Taylor prior to flying to Miami to take on the Panthers (Tuesday @ 7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus) and Lightning (Thursday @ 7:30 PM EST on FSD).

Ahead of a trio of "trap games" (Saturday's home tilt against the Islanders included) and a very early 4 PM-scheduled flight for the Wings, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and the Free Press's George Sipple added some intriguing twists to the mix.

Sipple revealed that Jimmy Howard's going to travel with the Wings...

Jimmy Howard said he skated for 15 minutes today and will go on trip.

...

Howard said he hasn't watched replay of injury.

...

Sounds like Jimmy Howard is still a couple weeks away from playing.

And that Tomas Jurco may or may not supplant Daniel Cleary from the Pulkkinen-and-Franzen-less lineup:

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Toronto Maple Leafs Say Dion Phaneuf Week-To-Week With Upper-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 3:50pm, Reports say Phaneuf was injured on Ottawa, perhaps in a fight.  Watch below...

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Kyle Okposo Out 6-8 Weeks With Upper-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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The Buffalo Sabres Will Suspend Nikita Zadorov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 26, 2015) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will suspend defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who missed today’s practice, for failure to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break. 

“We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week’s western road trip,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray

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