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The Wings This Week

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch for this week:

Young forwards in a funk

Andreas Athanasiou has gone 11 games without a goal, during which he has two assists and a minus-11 rating. He’s been centering the fourth line, with Martin Frk for the past six games and a variety of other wingers, as they’ve been using 11 forwards and seven defensemen a lot. Athanasiou probably won’t be moved up to the top nine anytime soon, since coach Jeff Blashill likes his match-up line of Frans Nielsen centering Darren Helm and Luke Glendening.

Frk has no goals and two assists in six games since returning from a groin injury. He has gotten some good looks on the power play but has missed the net a few times and has just seven shots. He is trying to find a balance between releasing his shot fast and hard or taking a little off to get better accuracy.

Anthony Mantha has gone six games without a point.


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Video- Brock Boeser In A Walking Boot After Blocking A Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Doing what good players do, he took a Mark Giordano shot off the top of this left foot early in the second period and dropped like a rock.

The club’s leading scorer with 17 goals and 13 assists through 30 games was in excruciating pain and crawled toward the bench. He couldn’t put any weight on his left leg. He had to be helped to the bench and then hobbled to the locker-room.

The raucous atmosphere of a holiday hockey crowd suddenly became subdued. You could hear a pin drop....

The club didn’t announce the severity of the injury — it could take time for swelling to subside and take a proper image of the damage... If that wasn’t bad enough, Boeser was spotted post-game on crutches and in a walking boot.


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Home Team in Caps

WINNIPEG 4, St. Louis 0

CHICAGO 4, Minnesota 1

Calgary 6, VANCOUVER 1

VEGAS 5, Florida 2

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Prospect news: Walleye win a wild one over Kalmazoo; Smith scores, Fulcher wins

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye won a wild one, taking a 5-4 decision over the Kalamazoo K-Wings. Simon Denis, Christian Hillbrich, Luke Esposito, Erik Bradford and Kevin Tansey scored goals and Dylan Sadowy had 2 assists.

The Walleye's website posted a recap and a highlight clip:

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Video- Erik Johnson Suspended Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Two games for boarding.


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Team Grades Before The Holiday Break

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

Grades are based on each team’s performance as well as how they’ve fared versus to pre-season expectations.

Tampa Bay Lightning:
 The Bolts have been at the head of the NHL class since opening day. They could have a player up for every major individual award, not to mention the inside track on the Presidents’ Trophy and Stanley Cup.

Vegas Golden Knights: No team in the league has overachieved more than the Knights. A first-year expansion team that was reduced to playing its fourth-string goalie for most of the first two months, and they’re within sight of top spot in the West. Amazing.

read on

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Ted Kulfan With The Afternoon Line

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News answered a few questions from the fans.

Here is part of his response regarding the attendance at the LCA...

I’m beginning to sense this roster just doesn’t excite the casual sports fan. It’s a decent team, but far from excellent. No real standout, no must-see players. And Detroit certainly is not a championship contender.

more and other questions and answers too...

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Wings Want A Feel Good Christmas

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings enter the lead-up to Christmas holidays on a merry and determined note.

They took Sunday off, will practice Monday and then fly to New York for Tuesday’s game at the New York Islanders. The next night the Wings are in Philadelphia, and then they’ll spend two days in Boston before wrapping up the week with a Dec. 23 game at the Bruins.

"We're have three big games coming up and we just need to keep sticking with it," Justin Abdelkader said. 


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What A Difference A Little More Than A Month Makes

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

On Nov. 10, 17 games into their season, the Red Wings stood 8-8-1, in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, one point out of a wild-card playoff spot.

Their goal differential was minus-1....

They had just finished seven of eight games on the road and had played only five at home since the start of the season. But they could look at the schedule and see 13 of the next 15 in their new home, Little Caesars Arena.

Make or break time began the second week of November.

The stretch ended Friday with the Red Wings lying four points behind the Bruins for the playoffs, while Boston had three games in hand.

Their goal differential is minus-17.

read on

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Afternoon Line- Ian Mendes On The Ottawa Hockey Market

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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