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Time To Raise It Up A Notch In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

John Tortorella began practice Monday tossing pucks to kids seated in the Nationwide Arena stands only to lob stern words at his Blue Jackets’ players about 20 minutes later.

The coach halted the session and demanded they pick up their pace. Tortorella urged them not to “lose your practice habits.”

“I think in the last little bit our pace has dipped,” Tortorella said. “It hasn’t been as consistent through the game . . . I think it’s a mental thing about staying on top of yourself as far as playing faster. As I’ve said, the league is going to be better, the league is going to be faster.”

The Blue Jackets (29-9-4) were among the NHL’s best stories in the season’s first half -- complete with a 16-game win streak. But such production doesn’t give clubs the right to hang banners or guarantee them home-ice advantage in the playoffs’ first round.

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Still Hope?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Maybe, just maybe, don’t close out this season on the Red Wings just yet.

They won their second consecutive game — for the first time since early December — defeating divison-leading Montreal, 1-0, on Monday.

The two consecutive victories were the first consecutive wins since Dec. 4-6 against the New York Islanders and Winnipeg. It was the first time the Wings’ had won two consecutive regulation victories since, incredibly, Oct. 22-25 (San Jose and Carolina).

But with wins over Pittsburgh (Saturday, 6-3) and Montreal, two of the best teams in the East, there is suddenly some hope for the Red Wings (19-19-6, 44 points).

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Shane Doan On Waiving His NMC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

After 1,500-plus games and more than half of his lifetime spent with the same National Hockey League organization, Shane Doan admitted on Monday that he would waive his no-movement clause for a chance to win a Stanley Cup elsewhere.

“It would have to be so perfect, so right. It’s pretty hard for it all to line up perfectly,” he cautioned. Doan admitted that, at age 40 and on an Arizona Coyotes team that isn’t going to make the playoffs, he’d sign off on a deal if it were to a team he thought could cap his career with his first trip to a Stanley Cup Final.

The only problem? Which team to choose?

“That’s kind of the issue,” said Doan. “Last year, no one would have picked San Jose and Pittsburgh to be playing in the Cup Final. Afterwards you’d say … they’re both great teams. But no one was picking them [at the March trade deadline]. They were picking Washington and Chicago.

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Quick Recap of Wings/Habs Game Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

A lot of skating, not many scoring chances from both teams and the Wings walk away with a 1-0 win.

Two wins in a row for the Wings, outscored the Penguins on Saturday and limited Montreal's offensive chances today.

Progress.

 

 

Only two videos below...

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The Up And Down Philadelphia Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

On Dec. 14, they had a 10-game winning streak and were the NHL's hottest team. They were This Is Us in the ratings.

Since then, they have lost 11 of 14, and their playoff chances are diminishing by the day.

They repeatedly say the problem is simple: They haven't been playing a full 60 minutes, that they take a period off.

But then they go out and, well, take a period off, such as the embarrassing third stanza in their 5-0 loss Sunday in Washington.

They say if they play a full 60, they will get back to their form from a month ago. Back then, they could do no wrong; they were proud of their streak and didn't want it to end. They played hard every shift, knowing the streak was on the line, knowing it had made them the talk of the hockey world and had given them an identity.

Four weeks later, the Flyers' identity may turn into this: They could become the first team in NHL history to miss the playoffs after a regular season in which they had a 10-game winning streak.

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Lines And Pairings During Detroit’s Warmup

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Jared Coreau led #RedWings out for warmups, so he's starting today.

No changes to #RedWings lines:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Mantha
Athanasiou-Nielsen-Larkin
Tatar-Sheahan-Vanek
Abdelkader-Glendening-Miller

No changes to #RedWings defense:
DeKeyser-Green
Ericsson-Marchenko
Ouellet-Jensen

Jurco, Ott and Sproul healthy scratched for #RedWings

added 2:48pm, Khan corrects the lines...

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Monday At The Joe

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pending actual research, I believe this is the last Monday afternoon game played at Joe Louis Arena.

It's also the first Monday afternoon game ever played with the Detroit Red Wings in last place in their division.

I did no research on that either.

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Video- Ken Kal Previews Today’s Game Against Montreal

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Radio voice of the Detroit Red Wings, Ken Kal, with his gameday preview.

 

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 2017) – Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand  and Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 15.

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The Real NHL Standings

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

After seeing a tweet from hockey social media favorite Sean McIndoe (@DownGoesBrown) yesterday regarding the comedy that is the NHL standings format, it seemed like a good time to take a peek at how they really should look.

So, let's unveil the mask right here. Overtime losses are treated as losses, shootout wins and losses are classified as ties, and goals for and against are adjusted accordingly.

Ladies and gentlemen, "The Real NHL Standings":

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