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Red Wings TV posts parts 2 and 3 of Western Canadian chronicle

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings posted an "opener" of a behind-the-scenes set of videos that will chronicle their Western Canadian road trip on Friday...

Yesterday, they posted a behind-the-scenes clip of the team's visit to Vancouver...

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Time To Demand Participation In The Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Now is the time for the best players in the NHL to stand up the way they do when the Stanley Cup is on the line. Because if they don’t push the issue on Olympic participation, the NHL will be more than happy to trash the entire concept.

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced the details of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will be played in Toronto Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016. Both sides spoke of the event in glowing terms and there was much singing from the same songbook. That’s because both sides stand to gain a mother lode of money from a World Cup. The profits for the event are split 50-50 between the NHLPA and the league, meaning they will not be part of Hockey Related Revenues and will have no bearing on the salary cap. Each side is free to take its money and do with it whatever it wants.

So it comes as no surprise that Kumbaya will be used as the national anthem for the Young Stars under-23 team and We Are Family will be the anthem for the Pan-European team.

But make no mistake. When it comes to the Olympics, the two sides are completely opposed. 

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AHL All-Star festivities cap off a busy week for Teemu Pulkkinen

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The AHL is holding its All-Star skills competition tonight at 8 PM EST and its All-Star Game tomorrow at 7 PM. The AHL will stream both events online, and Fox Sports Detroit (click for all the AHL ASG's TV options) will air the ASG live and tape delay the skills competition to 10 PM on Monday night.

Teemu Pulkkinen's the Grand Rapids Griffins' lone representative due to Xavier Ouellet nursing a sore wrist, but Pulkkinen will start for the Western Conference on Monday, and even after spending a week and a half in Detroit, he sits 2nd in AHL scoring with 21 goals, 22 assists and 43 points registered over the course of only 36 games played.

His sojourn with the Wings ended with Mike Babcock promising to send video to Jeff Blashill to ensure that Pulkkinen graduates to the NHL on a full-time basis having remedied his few deficiencies, and Pulkkinen telling Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave that he knows he has room for improvement, and tonight and tomorrow's activities represent the end of a particularly grueling schedule for Pulkkinen, as the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner noted:

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Talking deadline trades or the lack thereof

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

My involuntary hiatus has continued due to a medication change, but I've been thinking about the Wings as much as I usually think about the Wings--most of the time--and the more I look at TSN's Darren Dreger's list of trade deadline targets, the Myerses and Yandles, Petrys and Michaleks included, and the Greens, Sekeras, and Zidlickys...

And then I weigh the cost of adding said players against the Red Wings' current stable of on-the-roster Xavier Ouellet, then Alexey Marchenko, Nick Jensen and Ryan Sproul in Grand Rapids, the steps forward that Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith and even Kyle Quincey have made in Detroit...

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At The All-Star Break

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from John Vogl of The Buffalo News,

The lack of drama in the East was just one note from the first half. Here are others:

• Los Angeles hit the break outside of a playoff spot. Is a king-sized Stanley Cup hangover finally hitting L.A.?

Not really. The Kings certainly can play better, but they’d be in a postseason position if they could win when the games get past regulation. L.A. has a league-worst 12 overtime losses, including their 1-7 record in shootouts.

• The Toronto Maple Leafs are a mess. They’ve gone through one coach, and the team is struggling to adapt to the defense-first plan of interim coach Peter Horachek. The Leafs have lost six straight and 14 of the last 16.

“What do we have to do, slay a dragon?” exasperated forward Phil Kessel said.

• Detroit is second in the Atlantic Division, one point behind Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay. The Red Wings have won five straight and are 13 points better than were at this point last season. The surprising part is they’ve gotten better with little roster turnover.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL, NHLPA ANNOUNCE 2016 WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY . . .
The NHL and NHLPA announced that the World Cup of Hockey will return in September 2016 in Toronto, Canada, where eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete in a best-on-best international hockey tournament.
 
The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHL and NHLPA, in cooperation with the IIHF. It is expected that more than 150 of the best players in the NHL will participate in the tournament.
 
The eight teams will be divided into two groups of four, with each competing in three tournament games (within their assigned group) in a round-robin format. The top two finishers in each group will advance to a single-game semifinal against a team from the other group. Winners of the semifinal games will advance to a best-of-three final round.
 
All tournament games (round-robin, semifinal and final) will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016.
 
Click here for complete details.

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Grabbing The Deep Data

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The NHL and Sportvision announced on Saturday a partnership to revolutionize the collection of data in the game of hockey.

With tracking chips implanted into pucks and the back of players' jerseys, Sportvision will be able to gather previously unattainable data from all over the ice by using a series of infrared cameras placed around the arena that will read the chips. The location of each player and the puck, as well as the speed of the puck and each player are among the data that can be collected at a rate of 30 times per second.

"Hockey is an incredibly hard sport to follow," said Hank Adams, the CEO of Sportvision. "It is very dynamic. It is very fast. Players change shifts dynamically during the game. You have guys coming on and off the ice, and fans at home can't see that. With this technology, we can very simply tell fans who has come on, who has come off, how long their shift was. It can be very simple storylines like that, or very complex storylines; when you collect this data over a long period of time, you can really start helping fans understand the game better and maybe even help coaches understand the game better. What happens with the penalty kill against a power play in certain formations. We can start mining this very deep data."

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Below,watch Sportsvision in action at the NHL All-Star Skills Event last night..

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The Future Looks Very Bright For Vladimir Tarasenko

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In his third NHL season, the Russian right winger has become the Blues’ go-to player. His 24 goals, which rank fifth in the league, include four game-winners and five that were either scored in overtime or the last 10 minutes of the third period when the difference in the score was one goal or less.

The Blues have not seen the likes of Tarasenko since Brett Hull roamed the rink in St. Louis. Tarasenko is on pace for 42 goals, a far cry from Hull’s career-high 86, but gone are those high-scoring days in the NHL and plus, he’s just getting started.

“He is unselfish, has a very high hockey IQ and has a cannon for a shot,” Hull said. “He’s going to be a star because of his skills.”

In 46 games this season, Tarasenko has already set personal bests in goals and points (47), the type of production that will see him, at just 23 years old, play in his first All-Star Game Sunday at Nationwide Arena.

Surveying everyone from fellow NHL stars to league scouts, Tarasenko’s trajectory is one that many believe will continue trending upward.

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“Smallness” On The Big Stage

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The smallness — you can call it quaint, if you’d like — of the National Hockey League became apparent once again with the naming of Nick Foligno as a captain for the NHL all-star game.

Like anyone really considers Foligno to be a star player?

And in keeping with this theme of small-time Foligno went on to choose fellow Blue Jacket Ryan Johansen with the first pick in the all-star draft.

The captain of the all-star game should be on the big names of the sport. Sidney Crosby (before he pulled out, which he always seems to do), Steven Stamkos. Patrick Kane. P.K. Subban — who somehow was left off the all-star roster.

Nope, it’s Foligno. Son of Mike. Decent guy. Decent player. Who gets the nod to be undeserved captain, thus turning an apparent signature event into a local event.

The NHL comes off as more house league than major league in the way all-star weekend began. One last point unrelated: This is Crosby’s 10th NHL season. He is the face of the game. He has played in one all-star game. Can anyone explain?

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The Low-Keyed New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

There has been no gloating by anyone on the Islanders. No finger-pointing at the many, many NHL media members who wrote off the team during last season's disappointment.

The closest that anyone, from general manager Garth Snow on down, will say publicly has been coach Jack Capuano's repeated line that "a lot of the people in this room didn't give us much of a chance to be where we are."

Despite being near or at the top of the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference for just about the entire season, the Isles seemingly would rather stay humble and hungry than remind people how mocked they've been in recent seasons.

It's the reason Snow has declined to speak about his team on numerous occasions when asked. All he would give is a response to one question: What do you want to see from your team in the final 36 games of the season and on into the playoffs?

"Wins," he said.

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