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Red Wings-Blue Jackets wrap-up: may this serve as the lowest point of the Wings’ offensive lull

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If there is any good news regarding the Red Wings' 1-0 shootout loss to Columbus, it is this:

The Wings' 1 point earned allows them to remain 1 point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic (with Toronto having won its 7th straight, a 6-2 win over Anaheim) and remain tied with Montreal (lost 4-1 to Carolina) and stay only a point behind Tampa Bay (beat Philly 4-1), even though the Wings' win-loss-and-ROW-record is comparatively shitty.

The Wings have lost 4 straight games, going 0-1-and-3 of late, but the team's treading water, even if it's slowly being dragged away from shore by the tide.

The Wings are also 1-and-6 in shootouts, Ken Daniels said that Henrik Zetterberg's gone 20 games without a goal, and he's not the only Wings player trying to pass the puck into the opposition net, but Niklas Kronwall had 5 shots, Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm had 4 shots, and...

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Oilers Struggles Intensify

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

The Edmonton Oilers made yet another mercy pull Monday. This time was different though, it wasn't one of the goaltenders that were a decided improvement on Devon Dubnyk last season, (are we so sure that was a drastic improvement now?) no it was head coach Dallas Eakins who was mercifully pulled from this season and it's losses.

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  Tags: craig+mactavish, dallas+eakins, taylor+hall

This is not the greatest shootout in the world…This is just a tribute…

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Florida Panthers defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Tuesday night, and they did so by taking a 20-round shootout, with Nick Bjugstad scoring the game-winning, 6-shooters-to-5-shooters-scoring goal:

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  Tags: florida+panthers, nick+bjugstad, washington+capitals

Quick take, Red Wings vs. Blue Jackets: shootout losses suck, but so does the Wings’ play of late

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 1-0 shootout decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but if ever there was a game that I'd describe as "not the goalie's fault--when a goalie surrendered 2 shootout goals on 3 shots against--it's tonight.

The Red Wings did their damnedest to make a difficult game even harder while fighting an inabilty to score at any period of time, and on a night when Sergei Bobrovsky was superb, the Blue Jackets were their trappy best and the refereeing was dreadful in terms of the amount of hooking, holding, clutching, grabbing, mashing and smashing on any and all sides of the puck, the WIngs tried to out-pass, out-drop-pass, out-deke-at-the-line and out-outside-shot a Blue Jackets team that did its best to defend a Howard who was marginally better-protected than the under-siege Petr Mrazek who faced 40 shots on Saturday.

This was an ugly game from a team that's on a four-game winless streak (0-1-and-3), and while the shootout was the bugaboo that decided the game's result, the effort from minutes 1-65 is what doomed the Wings to their fate.

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Live Stream- Road To The Winter Classic, Episode 1

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Follow the Chicago Blackhawks and Wasington Capitals through the regular season as they get ready to face off in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Watch below and it is scheduled to start at 10:00pm ET.

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Video- Why Recent Ryan Getzlaf Goal Should Have Been Waived Off

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

...Ryan Getzlaf's goal should have been disallowed once Tim Jackman initiated contact with Jets goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson inside his crease area. Even though Jackman's skates were outside the goal crease, his right elbow intruded significantly inside the blue paint and made solid contact with Hutchinson's head...

Most fans will probably agree that video review is badly needed to make accurate decisions on this very difficult call. For three seasons now I have lobbied that a monitor be placed in the penalty box for the referees to implement video review in an effort to make the correct decision. Through the use of video, the on-ice officials would then have the same advantage as the rest of the hockey world to review a potentially controversial goal.


Watch the goal below...

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  Tags: ryan+getzlaf

More Cliches

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

Guys have to go to the net.

Keep it simple.

We didn't have good jump tonight.

We never play for 60 minutes.

We gotta get pucks in deep behind their D.

We didn't pay the price.

One shift at a time.

We didn't bring our "A" game.

Imma' wondering if the Wings can even get up for the BJ's?

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Video- Behind The Scenes With Glenn Healy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Sophia Jurksztowicz and the GAMEPLUS crew go behind-the-scenes and between-the-benches with Sportsnet analyst Glenn Healy at the Air Canada Centre.


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Red Wings-Blue Jackets game day post II: game preview videos, boogers & Howard’s resurgence

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of late-afternoon Red Wings-related note ahead of tonight's game between the Red Wings and Blue Jackets (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Ohio/97.1 FM), and pursuant to the morning skate news cycle:

Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day preview, which features Petr Mrazek, Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Ericsson, as well as a certain Mike Babcock's take on tonight's opponent:

The Red Wings will welcome Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser back into their lineup this evening, and Tomas Tatar's going to play after battling some sort of illness this past weekend, Johan Franzen's out with a non-mump illness.

Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner noted the state of the latter players, as well as the fact that Xavier Ouellet's playing ahead of Jakub Kindl and Brian Lashoff...

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The Mumps Outbreak In The NHL May Be On The Decline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters via TownHall.com,

The mumps outbreak that has spread through the National Hockey League over the past month and recently claimed the game's best player has likely reached its peak, experts said on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sat out his team's Monday game after becoming the 13th NHL player since early November to come down with the highly contagious disease that is usually found in children.

"The main thing now is that everybody is aware of it and from what I understand most teams have given their players booster shots," Dr. Judith Aberg, chief of the infectious diseases division at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told Reuters.

"The vaccines take two-to-four weeks to have their maximum effect so they're just starting to kick in. ... It (the outbreak) should be starting to run its course."


added 5:22pm, And just like that...


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