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Video- Vladimir Tarasenko Had An Assist, Goal And…

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this for the Gordie Howe hat trick tonight.

 

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Ken Daniels shares his story with Fox 2

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Fox 2's Jennifer Hammond:

While calling the action on the ice can be challenging, it's nothing compared to what Red Wings announcer Ken Daniels faced outside the broadcast booth. He lives his life on camera as the Wings' play-by-play man, but for the past 12 months Daniels has been living a private hell.

In 2016, his 23-year-old son Jamie became one of the many victims of the nation's opioid epidemic.

Ken's life was forever changed on December 7, 2016 when the Birmingham Police knocked on his door to tell him that Jamie had been found dead in his home in south Florida. For Ken, the news was beyond painful since Jamie had been clean for seven months and had been living in a sober home in Boynton Beach. Jamie was also working in the field of law, which he studied at Michigan State.

It was months later that the Daniels family learned cause of death was acute heroin with fentynl, the worst nightmare for any parent of an addict.
   
"How do you go on when someone says, 'How you doing today?' Well, how do you think I'm doing? But, there's a time when people forget and you go on. So, when anyone says, 'How you doing?' to me now? The thought in the back of my head is, I'll never be great. I just won't be. And, right away, Jamie comes to mind," Daniels says.

As Daniels began a tour for his hockey book "If These Walls Could Talk," he continued sharing a more private side of his life -- one that was once pained with shame and the stigma of drug abuse.

"'He's the one who does games on TV.' Now it's become, 'There's that guy whose son passed away,'" Daniels says. "That's how I feel I've become known."

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Dennis Cholowski named Prince George Cougars’ captain

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the WHL's website (with a video included in the release):

The Prince George Cougars announced their leadership group for the remainder of the season Tuesday, naming defenceman Dennis Cholowski the 23rd Captain in franchise history.

In addition to naming Cholowski Captain, the Cougars have also named Josh Anderson and Brogan O’Brien Alternate Captains.

“Your leadership group is one of the foundation pieces in having a successful team, on and off the ice. These three young men embody the leadership qualities you want in Captains and I feel we are in great hands going forward,” said General Manger Todd Harkins.

Originally selected by the Cougars in the 10th round (200th overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Cholowski leads all Cougars’ defencemen in scoring and is 18th in the WHL, with six goals and 17 points in 20 games. The Langley BC, native recently played for Team WHL at the 2017 CIBC Canada – Russia Series, in Moose Jaw and Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The 6’1, 200 pound defenceman was the Detroit Red Wings’ first pick, 20th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, New York.

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Video- Travis Green On Derek Dorsett’s Neck/Back Issues

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See the tweet below regarding the issues Dorsett is experiencing.

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Dylan Larkin’s Commitment To Defense

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Dylan Larkin's commitment to responsible defense was essential for his transition to center. His improved 200-foot game hasn't forced him to sacrifice offense.

Larkin has only four goals in 21 games, but he leads the Detroit Red Wings with 20 points.

"I came into the season with the mindset of wanting to make my linemates better," Larkin said. "The way I look at a centerman is as someone who is the director of the line. How the line plays and the kind of game they're having usually depends on the game the centerman is having.

"It's doing things like going back and getting pucks. You're not going to get the breakaway or two-on-one, but you might help set it up. It's doing things that as a winger you don't have to worry about doing in the D-zone. I'm just trying to focus on being good defensively and that will lead to getting pucks and getting offensive chances."

continued

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press with her report...

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Phil Housley On His Start As The Head Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

“Obviously, when you’re not winning, the pressure builds and you have to try to handle all those things and the stressful parts of the job,” Housley said. “But I love the challenge. I love coming to the rink, I love getting better, whether as a coach or demanding more from players and trying to turn the organization around.”...

But injuries and a lack of depth have left Housley limited with the Sabres as the Hall of Fame defenseman tries to work with his Buffalo blue liners.

“We continue to work with those guys, but we’ve been banged up back there, which is too bad,” Housley said. “We haven’t had our top six since Day 1. That’s been a big problem for us trying to create chemistry with partners. But we just try to bring the compete level. That’s the measuring stick day in and day out.”

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Post Practice Talk From The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

During the Red Wings' last road trip, the team went .500 and found something to help in the process.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill put together a line with Frans Nielsen at center and Luke Glendening and Darren Helm on the wings to match up against other teams' top lines.

Since all three are natural centers, any one of them can take a face-off and all of them are important on the penalty kill.

"They've been excellent. That (Nathan) MacKinnon line is a great line and (Mikko) Rantanen's a really good player, McKinnon's one overall, (Gabriel) Landeskog's two overall," Blashill said. "They went head to head against them all night long and until the very last wee moments of the game, shut them down. They've created lots of zone time, they've created lots of energy. In the last game we had to kill so many penalties that they ended up playing tons of minutes. But I think they've done an excellent job."

The next challenge for that line will be Edmonton's top line of Patrick Maroon-Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl.

continued including the Wings will be practicing on Thanksgiving.

Below, watch Jeff Blashill after practice today...

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Afternoon Line- Ken Hitchcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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The Morning Skate

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added 11:22am,

 

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Video- Hits Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet style, just under four minutes long.

 

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