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Defense Is A Problem For The Chicago Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post,

Chicago is allowing 57 even-strength shot attempts per 60 minutes this season, its highest rate since 2007-08, the first year data is available. More troubling than the increased volume of shots is they are coming from the more dangerous parts of the ice, such as the slot and the crease. Once you account for shot quality, the Blackhawks are allowing shots that carry an expected goal rate of 2.5 per 60 minutes at even strength, the eighth-worst mark of 2017-18. Their expected goal rate against (xGA per 60) in their championship years, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2014-15 were 1.9, 2.0 and 2.3, respectively.

Among the 146 defensemen playing at least 500 minutes at even strength this season, Keith’s pair ranks 123rd for the quality of shot the team allows with him on the ice (2.7 xGA per 60), Brent Seabrook’s pair ranks 116th (2.7 xGA per 60) and Gustav Forsling’s pair ranks 143rd (2.9 xGA per 60).

more with graphs, charts, etc....

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Prospect news: Grifins lose to Milwaukee; ECHL ASG set for 2019 in Toledo; Cholowski posts 2A

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins gave up 3 3rd period goals en route to a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday. Matt Puempel and Ben Street had a goal and an assist apiece and Jared Coreau stopped 24 shots in the Griffins' loss.

The Griffins' website posted a recap, photo gallery, highlight clip and interview clip from the game, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner filed a recap noting that the teams battle again on Friday in Milwaukee;

Wallner also profiled former Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek, who's coaching the South Korean Olympic Ice Hockey team. WOOD TV profiled Paek as well:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye have announced the format of their 2019 All-Star Game, the team is holding a "Hockey Heritage Weekend" on February 23rd and 24th, and the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe penned a mid-season check-in with the Walleye, a note about Pat Nagle's participation in the ECHL All-Star Game and a profile of Connor Crisp;

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Red Wings’ Alums to hold two important games on Friday and Sunday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association is playing a pair of games of charitable note this week. The Wings' Alums will take part in a game to benefit the City of Novi Police and Fire Departments on Friday...

And the Wings' Alums will be playing in East Lansing against MSU Alumni on Sunday:

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The Athletic: Grand Rapids Griffins captain Matt Ford leading by example

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From The Athletic's Emily Waldron:

GRAND RAPIDS — Matt Ford has a consistent pregame routine, honed over the years of playing in the American Hockey League. This routine, which consists of the veteran right wing skating a round of sprints to accelerate his heart rate has, until this year, normally been performed solo. One day this season, however, it took a turn when Griffins 21-year-old defensemen Joe Hicketts ended up next to him.

“I'm pretty sure one day he stood next to me and he just started going, so I started going a little bit faster,” Ford said, grinning at the memory. “Then I noticed that he was trying to race me. It was a joke at first, but now we take a lot of pride in who's going to win that race.”

Hicketts, a self-proclaimed spark plug, readily shows his admiration for the 33-year-old captain,  but he’s also not one to let sentiment cloud any opportunity to come out on top, especially during their now-standard pregame competition.

“I don't like to lose,” Hicketts said with a smirk. “So, I'm not going to lose to the oldest guy on the team, that's for sure.”

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Top 10 NHL captains of all time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Floyd,

All through their historical backdrop the NHL teams captains and alternates have set up themselves as extraordinary pioneers and champions. What follows is a glance at the 10 biggest players that proudly wear a "C" on their chest. These players were always rated with the best ice hockey betting odds in history.

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Morning Line- Mike Heika On Tyler Seguin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My guess is discussions are probably going land somewhere near the eight-year deal that Jamie Benn signed that averages $9.5 million a year. Like I have said before, a lot of where this goes will depend on how the Stars do in the playoffs and how Seguin does in the playoffs. He needs to create a playoff part of his resume in Dallas.

-Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News on Tyler Seguin re-signing with the Dallas Stars.  More from Heika on the Stars in Q & A format.

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Video- The Career Of Eric Lindros

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers will retire #88.

Sportsnet's YouTube page with a look at his career.


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Daniel Cleary Passing On His Experiences

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Daniel Nugent-Bowman at Sportsnet,

He’s in just his first year as the co-director of player development with the Detroit Red Wings, but it seems like Dan Cleary has found the perfect post-playing career.

Cleary’s role consists of meeting with and talking to the team’s junior, collegiate and minor-league prospects to provide training plans and positive advice.

As someone who’s experienced huge highs (he’s the only Newfoundlander to win the Stanley Cup as a player) and tough lows (in junior and early in the pros), Cleary has a wide range of perspectives.

“All these experiences can help me relate to players,” says the Carbonear-born, Harbour Grace-raised former Red Wing ahead of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada in Corner Brook, N.L. “That’s how I go about it. That’s how I think about it.”


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Talking about a Mike Green trade

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

My bad for missing this one. The Fourth Period reports that the Red Wings would be willing to retain some of Mike Green's salary to facilitate a trade deadline move:

Green, 32, comes with a $6 million salary cap hit and a full no-trade clause – while the Wings have not yet approached his camp about providing a list of teams he’d accept a trade to, that is expected soon and he will have a say in where he ends up, if dealt.

During Tuesday night’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported the Wings may be willing to retain part of Green’s salary to help facilitate a trade.

If Detroit eats part of Green’s contract, they’d likely factor that into the price tag for him, which could cost up to three assets – a combination of a young NHL roster player or high-end prospect, and draft picks.

TSN now posts transcripts of its Insider Trading segment, so here's what LeBrun said:

Pierre LeBrun: Let's start with Mike Green, who right now isn't on the market because the Detroit Red Wings have not given up on their season just yet. But at some point in time the math will catch up and they'll have to go through Green's people at Newport Sports. He's got a full no-trade clause. For a right handed power-play guy, a lot of teams are going to lineup. He's got a $6 million cap hit that the Wings will eat a bunch of that to make a trade happen. One team I think you have to keep an eye on is Tampa Bay, who I think would like an upgrade in their top-four. Although again they haven't talked to anyone yet.

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What Was Discussed Between Jack Johnson And John Tortorella?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson initiated a private meeting before last Friday’s game to let coach John Tortorella know of his interest to be traded, but both said Wednesday their relationship remains strong and they can envision a future for Johnson in Columbus.

“You slowly start getting a bigger role back,” Johnson said. “Hopefully it keeps trending in the right direction because I know I have a lot to give, and I know I can help this team out a lot.”

Tortorella noted, “The onus that falls on me is to try to help him to get better. I’m certainly not going to go the other way because a player is talking about his future. ... Jack loves it here. His family loves it here. So if we get him playing better, and maybe win some games, who knows where it all goes here?”


Below, watch Johnson talk after yesterday's practice.

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