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Dylan Larkin’s 2nd Season With The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Greg Kruppa of The Detroit News,

Larkin said the comfort afforded him by the Red Wings and their veteran players during his rookie season was a big help. This season is a little different, however, especially playing far more at center than on a wing.

“I was kind of in a good position,” Larkin said of his rookie season. “I think I was trusted in my first year,”

“I think I was put out in all situations and I was able to feel like I could produce and, you know, just play.

“And nothing was complicated. I just went out and played.

“I think in terms of this season, right now, it hasn’t gone terrible, by any means. But you look at stats and there’s a bit of a drop off.

“But you know, I think as a team we want to be to a certain spot, and there’s a lot of pressure on myself to get us there.”


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Video- Jack Eichel Playing Through Ankle Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jacke Eichel is trying to play through an ankle injury...




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Ken Holland On The State Of The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

On Monday, he was attending meetings on the Red Wings new dressing room and how to tie in the team’s heritage through photographs and interior design. Holland isn’t just a quirky ex-goalie with four Stanley Cups on his resume as an executive. He’s a hockey renaissance man: thoughtful, expressive and passionate about the sport from an overall perspective, not just based on what works for the Red Wings.

“I think the game’s in great shape in terms of parity and competitiveness. So many of our games come down to the last few minutes and the tension and nervousness is critical and exciting for our fans,” said Holland, over the phone from Detroit, on Monday.

“I’d like to see a little more offence, but not at the expense of close games. So, if the average goals per game is five, and I don’t know what it is, I’d like to see us get to six or seven. But we don’t want the 3-2 game to turn into a 5-2 game. I don’t want to get to seven goals at the expense of competitive balance. If we can find a way to make the 3-2 game a 4-3 game — there’s more offence and it’s still tight and the third period is still competitive and we still get to overtime a lot — I’d like to see that.”

The NHL is averaging 5.3 goals per night this season, at the low end of where it has been for the better part of two decades. In 377 games this season, 97 have been decided by one goal in regulation, 95 by one goal in overtime, 32 by two goals including an empty-net goal and 40 by two goals or more. Holland is right — the games are close.


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Rangers & Blackhawks Square Off in This Week’s Top Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Tim Dolan,

Hoping to see an Original Six battle between the Blackhawks and Rangers this weekend? Prepare to pay up if so – Friday’s matchup will be the most expensive game this week, with tickets starting from $103 on search engine TicketIQ. The Rangers then return home to host the Devils on Sunday in the second priciest game this week. The Maple Leafs and Bruins also get on in the action with top-priced home games. 

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The Philadelphia Flyers Are On A Five-Game Winning Streak

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

Even before they went on their current five-game winning streak, there were signs the Flyers were headed in a different direction that the sad-sack football team that plays across the street from the Wells Fargo Center.

In losses to Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers, you see, the Flyers dominated the scoring chances but ran into hot goalies. They have continued to get more shot attempts recently and have gotten superior goaltending of their own.

Here, then, is how the win-one, lose-one Flyers have transformed into the NHL's hottest team.

Terrific goaltending

Steve Mason, the NHL's No. 1 star of the week, plays much better when he knows he is "the guy" and will get a majority of the starts. With Michal Neuvirth sidelined by a knee injury - he might return in mid-December - Mason has flourished while starting 10 of the last 11 games. He has a .945 save percentage and 1.71 goals-against average in his last four games, all wins.


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Alex Galchenyuk Listed As Out Indefinitely

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS - Alex Galchenyuk suffered a lower body injury on December 4 in Los Angeles.

He went for medical testing in St. Louis earlier Monday, and will be out indefinitely.

He will be further evaluated by team doctors in Montreal on Wednesday.

An update will be released later this week.


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Henrik Zetterberg Still Has Game

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

In his 14th NHL season, 944 games and 855 points into his career, Henrik Zetterberg continues to lead the Detroit Red Wings.

At age 36, Zetterberg’s 19 points and 13 assists in 26 games both lead the team.

His goals tie him with Frans Nielsen and Mike Green for second on the team, behind Dylan Larkin with eight.

And there is his constancy around his teammates.

“We’ve been having our back a little bit against the wall here, digging our own hole, and he’s been stepping up as the leader he is,” Frans Nielsen said.

There was more acclaim from veteran teammates and his coach Sunday.


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Neck Surgery Planned For Derek Dorsett

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager, Jim Benning announced today that forward, Derek Dorsett, will undergo cervical fusion surgery to repair disc degeneration in his neck. Dorsett is expected to make a full recovery and return to play.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins of the Marina Del Rey Hospital spine clinic in Los Angeles, California. Due to the nature of the procedure a definitive timeline will not be confirmed.

"The decision to perform surgery was made after a thorough review of our options, including non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation," said Benning. "Derek, our Canucks medical team and Dr. Watkins believe that surgery offers the best outcome both for his career and long-term health. Derek is an important member of our team and we are optimistic for a full recovery."

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Weekend Wrap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Laine continues to dazzle; Radulov, Hall, Chiasson and a whole lot more wrapping up the weekend in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.

Winnipeg’s rookie goal-scoring phenom, Patrik Laine scored a goal and set up the overtime winner in Saturday’s 3-2 win at St. Louis. 

Even after getting shut out in Sunday’s win at Chciago, he has five points (4 G, 1 A) in the past four games and is tied for the league lead with 16 goals in 28 games.

The 6-foot-4 Finn is a brilliant shooter, and while his 21.6% shooting percentage is inflated, it may not be grossly over the mark either, because he has obviously rare shooting talent.

Just to rain on his parade a little bit, while the teen leads the league with seven power-play goals, he has struggled to push play forward at even-strength. 

It’s not the end of the world, because he’s just 18, and there is lots of room for him to grow, but his brilliant finishing ability has easily overshadowed the difficulties he has faced from time to time. 

continue for much more from Scott Cullen of TSN...

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Dec. 5, 2016) – Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Joneshave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 4.

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