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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO


Paul likes to mess with me. When he sends me texts gently reminding me that I may want to do a live blog because it's game day, he sometimes taunts me.

"As of today the Red Wings have a 5.2 percent chance to make the playoffs."

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St. James’ Q and A with Chris Chelios

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James engaged in a Q and A with Red Wings ambassador Chris Chelios:

What are your duties at the Olympics?

CC: “I’m assistant coach on the bench in charge of the penalty killing and defense. I’ve been assistant coach at World Juniors with Ron Wilson and he let me have free reign, and Tony has basically done the same thing. I think I put in enough time with Blash the last two years, whether it’s video or being on the ice during practices, that I am more than capable of handling it.

“The biggest challenge will be the matchups. In the NHL, you use your top four D against the other team’s top two lines. At the Olympics, the problem is not knowing your opponent and that’s something I’m going to have to know quick. We are going to watch video like crazy. But I’m comfortable with the top six guys we have and I think they can play against anybody. So that’s one good thing, as opposed to the NHL where your fifth and sixth D usually can’t match up against the other team’s top two lines.”

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Doug Weight On Josh Ho-Sang

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

“[The fans] can be upset he’s not here,” Weight told Newsday on Saturday morning. “They see his skill, they look at analytics. I understand that. But why did Tanner Fritz get an opportunity? Why did Steve Bernier come up right away? That is how you build your whole organization, with accountability. And there has to be accountability. There has to.”

Weight said Josh Bailey’s injury on Jan. 5 should have been the perfect opportunity for Ho-Sang to come back to the Islanders, where he began this season. But the Islanders organization — that’s GM Garth Snow, Weight (who is also an assistant GM), Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson and assistant GM Chris Lamoriello — didn’t see where Ho-Sang would have learned much since he wasn’t, in their view, working hard in the AHL.

“It’s a crying shame he’s not playing with John Tavares when Bails goes down,” Weight said. “We had six guys out. It was a perfect opportunity. And Josh should be upset with himself.

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Notes By Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- ... When the NHL invites the person known as Kid Rock to perform at next Sunday’s All-Star Game in Tampa, it is not about entertainment, it is offensive.

Further, it is mystifying why this league, whose embrace of the You Can Play program and creation of its Hockey Is for Everyone initiative puts it at the professional sports vanguard on gender issues, would damage its reputation by inviting this barely relevant person to share the spotlight with its greatest athletes.

- ... The young swashbucklers took their talents to Game 7 of the first round against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Caps.

You wanted to see the Maple Leafs. More than that, you wanted every team around the league to be the Maple Leafs. Because that was entertainment.

But just as Dean Smith was the only coach who could stop Michael Jordan while together at UNC, Mike Babcock became the coach to put an end to what he obviously perceived as the foolishness in Toronto, making certain to pound his square pegs into the round holes of the homogenous NHL.

- The Wild always seem to be just a little less than expected, aren’t they? It is worth noting Minnesota has only two playoff round victories in the Zach Parise-Ryan Sutter Era that began in 2012-13 and has six more seasons to run on the homeboys’ twin 13-year, $98 million contracts....

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Video- Game Day Preview - Detroit Red Wings/Carolina Hurricanes

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via the Wings' YouTube page,

Featuring Carley Johnston, Ken Kal, Trevor Daley, Martin Frk, Dominic Turgeon, and Jeff Blashill at Little Caesars Arena


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Hockey By Hitchcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

There were stretches in St. Louis where David Backes met with Ken Hitchcock every day. Backes exited some of those meetings with less-than-fuzzy feelings for his boss.

“Sometimes I left the rink cussing him and not very happy with him,” Backes recalled. “You look back on it a couple weeks later and you go, ‘Oh, he was doing that for a reason — to make us better.’ ”...

The Stars no longer play fast and loose. They are applying their legs differently: sprinting to and staying in high-danger areas, reducing space in open ice, and getting in opponents’ faces to limit their touches. It is Hitch Hockey, applied previously with success in St. Louis, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Dallas the first time around. The Stars are within the Western Conference’s top eight, ahead of Minnesota and Chicago in the Central Division.

“He’s got guys with high levels of skill, and he’s got them playing hard in the dirty areas,” Backes said. “They’re winning puck battles along the wall, committed to back pressure and backchecking so they can get turnovers and go back the other way.

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Red Wings-Hurricanes game-day updates: Pre-game remarks from Tatar, Green and Canes coach Peters

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2 at 1:27 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to make up ground against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (7:00 PM on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), with the Wings sitting 5 points in arrears of Carolina in the Wild Card standings.

Neither team's morning skate was particularly eventful: the Red Wings will swap out Nick Jensen for Xavier Ouellet, but that's the Wings' only personnel change going into tonight's game;

The Red Wings have posted Twitter videos of comments made by Tomas Tatar and Mike Green...

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Griffins’ Great Skate, NTDP’s Star Wars Night taking place this evening

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

There are a pair of non-Wings charitable events that are worth your time should you choose to forego the Wings-Canes game this evening:

1. The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding their annual Great Skate after tonight's game vs. Rockford, with the details thereof available here:

2. And, as noted by Michigan Hockey, the U.S. NTDP are holding their Star Wars Night at Plymouth's USA Hockey Arena this evening:

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Red Wings-Hurricanes morning skate Tweets: Ouellet in for Jensen, injury news; Great Skate reminder

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings face a team that lies in the way of the Wings' late-season push for a playoff spot in the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:00 PM on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM).

Detroit sits 5 points behind the Hurricanes in the Wild Card standings, and as the Wings wrap up their pre-All-Star Break schedule with 4 games to be played over the course of the next 6 nights, the Wings hope to make up ground on teams like Carolina by getting on a winning streak.

If you're interested in some light reading as the teams' respective morning skates progress, the Hurricanes' PR website posted 44 pages' worth of game notes, including a capsule preview of tonight's affair:

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The Anaheim Ducks Defeated The Los Angeles Kings In A Pacific Division Battle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

The Kings and Ducks have always produced a tug-of-war dynamic, spiked with as much hatred as any rivals in the NHL. But they decided to keep their gloves on Friday to exchange different kinds of blows.

The Ducks continued to pull themselves up with a 2-1 win that drew them even with the Kings with 53 points in the Pacific Division. The Kings got pushed further down with their sixth straight loss and no end in sight for an offense that has scored three goals in three games.

Ryan Kesler delivered the game-winner on a deflection with 7:39 to play in the third period and the Ducks fended off the extra-attacker surge by the Kings in front of an announced 17,258 standing-room only crowd at Honda Center.

“That was a huge win for us, coming off the last game and trying to keep this going, keep the momentum going at home for this homestand,” said Adam Henrique, who gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the third period. “I thought we played well. They were in a back-to-back situation and we were trying to take advantage of that in the first period and get pucks and bodies to the net. They came back with a push in the second period and I thought we did a good job responding and coming out hard in the third.”

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