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Eddie Olczyk returns to the booth

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk spoke about Olczyk's battle with colon cancer as Olczyk returned to the broadcast booth to cover the Blues-Blackhawks game on Wednesday night:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs was both much closer than it appeared and exactly as close as the final score indicated, and that's particularly frustrating for the 4-and-3 Red Wings and their fans.

The Wings have lost two straight games, and they've lost two straight games because of mistakes characteristic of last year's misery, as well as plain old inattentiveness to detail, and there have just been some weird happenings, from a pair of goals on both Jimmy Howard and then Petr Mrazek's blocker and glove sides (respectively) to that strange goalie interference challenge that coach Blashill made that seemed to at least temporarily sap the wind out of the Wings' sails.

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Christopher Ilitch sits down with Sportnset’s Simpson to discuss Little Caesars Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I've had a weird summer and weirder fall, so I got to see the finished Little Caesars Arena and still-in-progress District Detroit for the first time before yesterday night's Queens of the Stone Age concert at the Fox, and it looks beautiful...but unfinished as the Cass Corridor is still very literally under development.

Before tonight's Wings-Leafs game, Sportnset's Christine Simpson spoke with Red Wings owner Christopher Ilitch about the beautiful rink, the District in development and his parents' legacy:

Keep it going, Chris. So far, so gorgeous, and as Gary Bettman suggested, once the "full thing" gets finished, it's going to be spectacular.

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs quick take: not again!

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to avoid what has seemed like an inevitable result against the Toronto Maple Leafs:

Make it 9-2-and-1, and moslty because the Red Wings didn't get any goaltending (or very little) en route to a 6-3 loss to the Leafs. Detroit rallied from a 2-0 and 4-1 deficits to make it 4-3 halfway through the second period, but Morgan Rielly's power play goal--and the bizarrely-timed Blashill challenge that followed--seemed to pop the Wings' balloon and suck the momentum out of them, and from the start of the 3rd period on (despite the Wings' 15-8 shot advantage in the 3rd period, and despite Nick Jensen's 3-assist performance), it looked like the Leafs' game.

Detroit out-shot Toronto 33-26 and out-attempted Toronto a massive 56-38, but Detroit went 24-and-36 in the faceoff circle, their starts, line changes and over-willingness to chase the Leafs around the ice just made the Wings over-reliant on a Jimmy Howard who was horrible and a Petr Mrazek who had some great moments and had some crappy ones.

Now the Wings are 4-and-3, the Wings will battle the Caps on Friday and Canucks on Sunday, and then head on the road for a week, and it'd be really nice to see the Wings string 3 periods together.

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Eddie O back in the booth

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From NHL.com's Louie Korac:

Eddie Olczyk was sitting in a room talking with St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo on Wednesday, getting the nuances that normally aren't discussed with the media following a morning skate.

It's what the 51-year-old color analyst has missed most while being gone from the booth working with partner and NBC lead play-by-play voice Mike "Doc" Emrick.

But Olczyk will be part of the broadcast when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Blues at Scottrade Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). After announcing that he was diagnosed with colon cancer on Aug. 8, he is six weeks into a 24-week chemotherapy regimen, and after recently taking the third of nine treatments, he called NBC to let them know he felt good enough to work.

"I feel it's going to be great for the soul," Olczyk said. "It's going to be probably one of the medicines I'm going to enjoy taking. Over the course of the last several months, I've been taking a lot."

Olczyk will be part of the WGN broadcast with partner Pat Foley for the Blackhawks game against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHL.TV) and will work other games as his health allows.

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Turning Tides, Shifting Winds, And Our Uncle Mike

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I have my NFL Sunday Ticket on auto-renew. Every year it magically re-appears and I watch the Lions and whatever other games are on to my heart's content.  I rationalize that through the huge amounts of money I make every Sunday via Draft Kings (not a plug, just a fact) to support my family. Naturally, I can't confirm any profit and my wife would gently quibble with that statement.

Center Ice? Not so much. It's year to year, kinda like the deals our beloved GM plans to offer anyone under the age of 30.

Last year at this time the Wings were 6-2. I was tempted. Sooooo tempted. But I held off on ordering.  Thankfully I was right because the team that Tick Tock built us was not worthy of my money.

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It’s Griffins press release time

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:

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No news is no news regarding Tuukka Rask

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From NHL.com:

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had to be helped off the ice after rookie forward Anders Bjork collided with him in front of the net during practice Wednesday.

Rask did not return and there was no immediate word on his condition. The Bruins play the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, TVA Sports, NESN, NHL.TV).

"He left early obviously," coach Bruce Cassidy told the Bruins website. "We had a line-rush drill where there was some contact around the net. He'll get evaluated. I've got nothing right now; hopefully he's fine. Until he gets checked out, I don't know. That's where it's at right now."

Bjork appeared to be knocked off balance before the collision. Teammates immediately rushed to Rask's assistance and he was helped off the ice after a couple of minutes.

"It was incidental contact on a hard drill," Cassidy said. "We're trying to build in more net action and net drive. I guess that's the spillover from it sometimes."

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Fans to vote on NHL’s ‘Greatest Moment from Past 100 Years’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the NHL:

Fans to Select Greatest NHL Moment from Past 100 Years
Winning Moment to Be Revealed at 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic Outdoor Game

NEW YORK / TORONTO (Oct. 18, 2017) – Adding another fan-driven element to its year-long Centennial celebration, the National Hockey League announced today the launch of the Greatest NHL® Moments Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero. This bracket-style, interactive, digital and mobile program will give fans the opportunity to select the Greatest NHL Moment of all time. Choosing from 64 of the NHL’s most memorable events, milestones and achievements – spanning from the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 to present day – fans will have a chance to define history and vote for their favorite moment during the six-week period from Oct. 18 – Nov. 28.

Starting today, fans can visit http://NHL.com/GreatestMoments to begin Round 1 voting, and join the conversation using the hashtag #NHLGreatestMoments. The 64 moments, as determined by a Blue Ribbon panel consisting of broadcasters from NHL national rightsholders NBC Sports Group, NHL Network, Sportsnet and TVA Sports, have been placed into a bracket-style format, and are divided into four regions: Hart Region, Norris Region, Calder Region and Vezina Region (see below for voting schedule). From the Toronto Arenas becoming the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup® Championship on March 30, 1918, to the Pittsburgh Penguins becoming the first team since 1998 to repeat as Stanley Cup® Champions on June 11, 2017, the site includes video vignettes for each moment, bringing each of the 64 stories to life.

The selection process includes six rounds of voting, with the Greatest NHL® Moment announced during the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ on Saturday, Dec. 16, featuring the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa:

  •     Oct. 18-24 – Round 1 voting
  •     Oct. 25-31 – Round 2 voting
  •     Nov. 1-7 – Round 3 voting
  •     Nov. 8-14 – Round 4 voting
  •     Nov. 15-21 – Semifinals voting
  •     Nov. 22-28 – Final voting
  •     Dec. 16 – Greatest NHL Moment announced at 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™

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Evening news: On the Hip, Larkin and the Wings measuring up, multimedia, containing Toronto and AA

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 6:45 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this early evening:

1. FYI:

2. The Red Wings joined the chorus of Tragically Hip fans who are mourning the death of Gord Downie, as noted by TSN's Kristen Shilton...

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