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Video- Coach’s Corner From Saturday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed numerous topics including the "dummy defensemen" of the Toronto Maple Leafs.


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Video- Recap Of The 12 NHL Games Played On Saturday

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It will take you less than five minutes to catch up on all the NHL action...


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Prospect news: Griffins sweep IceHogs in OT; Walleye lose in K-Zoo; Svechnikov 1+1 again

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids took the back half of a home-and-home series with the Rockford IceHogs--one in which they defeated Rockford 9-1 on Friday--by defeating their rivals 4-3 in overtime. Martin Frk scored 2 more goals (for a total of 4 on the weekend), Andy Miele had 2 assists, Tyler Bertuzzi scored a goal, Jared Coreau stopped 29 of 32 shots and Tomas Nosek scored the OT game-winner.

The Griffins' website filed a recap...

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On the Wideman appeal

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:

What did the Flames know and when did they know it?

That will become the critical issue in the aftermath of the Dennis Wideman incident that could become the NHL’s Concussiongate once all appeals are exhausted and the final verdict is handed down on the Calgary defenseman, currently serving a 20-game suspension under Rule 40.2 for having violently crosschecked (my words) linesman Don Henderson on Jan. 27.

The rule that stipulates “intent to injure” was applied even though the league acknowledged Wideman had suffered a brain injury as the result of taking a hard check into the glass/dasher seconds before running into — or running — Henderson.

The later diagnosed concussion will figure prominently in the NHLPA’s appeal to league commissioner Gary Bettman. While it is unfathomable that the commissioner will reduce the sentence and incur the wrath of the officials working the ice — Yellow Sunday, anyone? — an all but inevitable ensuing appeal to an independent arbitrator could well yield a different result.

Because the sub-question to the one posed above is, can a player in the immediate aftermath of suffering a brain injury form the intent to do anything, much less injure an official? Believe me, that’s posed as a question; I am not playing the role of a physician in this space.


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Red Wings-Islanders wrap-up: Wings’ offense finally breaks out, Mrazek back-stops Wings to home win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' offense finally broke out against the New York Islanders, and Detroit earned its first home win in 7 games via a 5-1 win that was absolutely excellent. The Wings' 4 lines, 6 defensemen and star goaltender played strong games from minutes 1 to 60, and the Wings didn't let this screw with their mojo:

For the Red Wings, scoring success came early, often and regularly; for the Islanders, the game was a frustrating setback, as they told NewYorkIslanders.com's Cory Wright:

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Video- Connor McDavid With The Move Of The Day

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Montreal fans know a good play when they see one.


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FYI: Wings-Bruins game on February 14th will start at 3:30 PM

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

The National Hockey League today announced that the Detroit Red Wings home game on Sun., Feb. 14 vs. the Boston Bruins, originally scheduled for 3:00 p.m., has been changed to a 3:30 p.m. start. The game will air on NBC and can be heard locally on 97.1 The Ticket.

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Red Wings-Islanders quick take: worth the wait

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings kicked off a 5-game home stand against the New York Islanders on Saturday, hoping to snap a 2-game winless streak against a team that's dominated the Wings at home...a Joe Louis Arena in which the Wings hadn't won in 5 games.

On Saturday afternoon, the Red Wings appreciated the gravity of their situation, scoring 5 straight goals en route to a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders.

Strange delay to the start of the 3rd period included, the Wings played a very strong 60-minute game in all 3 zones, they receives spectacular goaltending by Petr Mrazek, and they finally broke out offensively as Detroit won their first home game in 7 tries and nearly over 2 months.

Individually, Larkin and Tatar had a goal and an assist, Richards, Datsyuk and Nyquist had 2 assists, Jurco scored, Quincey and Green helped give the Wings offense from defense and the Wings even scored a power play goal--on a 5-on-3, no less. At the other end, Mrazek was sterling silver shiny, and the Wings' speedy offensive game (Athanasiou may be earning a full-time promotion here) was matched by attention to defensive detail and support for their goaltender.

All in all, this was a blueprint game for the balance of the Wings' 5-game home stand, if not a blueprint game for the balance of the season.

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Ice issue delays Wings-Islanders game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings and Islanders had to wait some 40 minutes for the 3rd period to start (the score is currently 5-1 Detroit) because a bolt came out of a Marsh peg, gouging a nasty scrape along the ice surface:

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Trading Loui Eriksson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

During Claude Julien’s time, the coach has never faced the possibility of a late-winter sprint with a diminished roster. The Bruins have always been active about addressing their would-be free agents before the trade deadline forced them into action.

There is no doubt that trading Eriksson will make the Bruins weaker. This is not the direction teams with playoffs dreams prefer to trend.

Eriksson is the one right wing who has earned Julien’s trust. The Bruins would have to find not just a second-line replacement, but another penalty killer and a net-front/goal-line presence on the No. 1 power-play unit. The latter will be especially difficult to find. No left-shot forward on the roster has Eriksson’s man-up skill set.

Under normal circumstances, Sweeney could command a first-round pick and prospect for Eriksson. Futures, however, do not serve Julien, not when he’s had Dougie Hamilton, Milan Lucic, and Johnny Boychuk moved from his toolbox within the last 16 months without varsity returns.

Even if the Bruins packaged one of their two 2016 first-rounders with Eriksson, the return would not net their preferred asset: a young top-four defenseman such as Matt Dumba, Jonas Brodin (currently out 3-6 weeks with a broken foot), or Sami Vatanen.

One outcome could be sending Eriksson out for a defenseman with term left on his contract, especially to a team looking to clear salary.

more plus numerous other NHL topics...

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