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Video- Victor Hedman Injured In Tampa’s Win Over Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

...defenseman Victor Hedman suffered an upper-body injury in the second period, forcing him to miss the rest of the game, and likely the rest of this five-game, 10-day road trip, coach Jon Cooper said.

Hedman, the team's top defenseman, is heading back to Tampa to get re-evaluated for what's believed to be a hand injury. Considering how well Hedman was playing, entering Saturday among the league leaders with seven points, it's a huge loss. But Cooper said he has "complete confidence" his team can shoulder the load, and with Radko Gudas (lower body) expected back soon, they won't need a call-up.

"We're hoping for the best," Cooper said. "It's unfortunate, clearly. We're going to test our depth. It just puts a little more pressure on our d-core as a whole. I just really feel for him. It's just too bad."

Said captain Steven Stamkos: "That's obviously a huge loss. He's playing so well this year. He's a horse for us."

more on Tampa's win over Vancouver and below, watch how the injury occurred...

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The overnight report: Babcockian overload; on Howard, Nyquist and the Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After four days' worth of chasing down Mike Babcock rumors at a much higher clip than has been usual since he made nebulous comments regarding his future last April--mostly because Detroit coming to Toronto all but seemed to yield a Toronto media assumption that the Wings would just leave Mike Babcock on Brendan Shanahan's doorstep or something.

I sincerely hope that both the Red Wings' ownership and the Red Wings' coach have endured enough of the unpleasant realities of operating within the Toronto Media Hype Machine to see that this little "dry run" illustrates how personal and dirty things can get in Hogtown, and how very quickly things degenerate into pondering what might happen when Mike Ilitch dies.

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up, round 2: From Gustavsson to Zetterberg, the OT win was pretty sweep

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This has been a weekend of embracing the insanity that is the great Maple Leaf Hype Machine, so let's get the most insane parts of the Red Wings' 1-0 OT win over Toronto and the past three days' worth of nonsense out of the way.

Nick Kypreos said this to George Strombolopolous during the second intermission, and I'm paraphrasing his comments suggesting that the Red Wings may or may not be comfortable with the concept of paying a coach more than they pay their GM:

After the game, Henrik Zetterberg did speak with Fox Sports Detroit's Lindsey Hayes, but Fox Sports Detroit cut off the end of his message, so did he say his "heart" was to his wife in the stands, or his wife and son?

We'll have to wait and see, I suppose. In any case, it was Sweetest Day on Saturday, and Zetterberg delivered a present for every Wings fan:

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Red Wings prospect news: Pulkkinen leading Griffins in back-to-back wins; Walleye drop home opener

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' prospects continue to experience high highs and low lows.

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins swept their weekend series against the Charlotte Checkers, taking Friday's game 2-1 and defeating the Checkers 4-1 on Saturday. The Griffins' website posted a game recap:

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Quick take: Red Wings-Maple Leafs, round 2: Gustavsson, Zetterberg deliver love-ly performance

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From @Whoabot...

Nice goal with 10 seconds remaining in OT, captain:

The Detroit Red Wings were far from elegant, less than perfect and occasionally terrifying as they started incredibly strongly, deked and dangled themselves out of oodles of scoring chances, blew their power plays and got pushed around--and in Darren Helm's case, butt-ended--but the Red Wings persevered despite their mistakes, Jonas Gustavsson was occasionally terrifying but sometimes brilliant, Jonathan Bernier was incredibly frustrating as he foiled so many Wings chances...

But the Wings held tough and prevailed.

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From the Dub: The Choice Is Ours

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

For the past four seasons, Portland Winterhawks fans have been immune to the cyclical nature of junior hockey, in which teams rebuild every few years. On Mike Johnston’s watch, the Winterhawks didn’t rebuild each season; they simply reloaded. We all knew the day would come when Mike would leave and things would change. He told media on a regular basis that his ultimate goal was the NHL, so it’s not like we weren’t warned. But there were no warning signs that the team would fall so quickly to last place in both the US Division and the Western Conference. One of the great mysteries of hockey, however, is how quickly the game can change. Last night, the Winterhawks broke out with a 6-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors, the same day they named Nic Petan Captain and welcomed overage goaltender Bolton Pouliot (cousin of Derrick) to the team. It’s a long way back to the top, but it’s a start. It all got me to thinking: as a fan, just how loyal am I? The choice about whether to stand by the team is mine; which way do I go?

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Video- Everyone Is Talking About This P.K. Subban Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My question is, where are the Avalanche players?

 

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

One of the topics Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed were the  goal nets.

Don Cherry said the net has become too top-heavy because they took 12 inches off of the back and that someone is going to get hurt the same way Mark Howe got impaled by the goalpost back in the day. 

A few other topics including a look at Tyler Toffoli of the LA Kings.

 

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Video- Great Opening Night Presentation By The New Jersey Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Impressive.

 

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PERSPECTIVE

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

I am still feeling good aboot last night but that euphoric feeling has to be filed as yesterday's news. Tonight is staring us in the eye and Randy Carlyle is going to send in the goons. We all know what to expect. Confidence is high, but Gus is the starter so that brings me down a few notches.

 I was pondering last night aboot our youth movement and how happy I was that we didn't make any bone headed moves to trade away prospects. Nyquist, Sheehan, Jurco, Tatar, and the list goes on and on. The D was there and the Mule has been a pleasant surprise.

 The future is now. The kids are alright, and I really like our team!

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