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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers set-up; 3 videos of note, prospect stuff & a trade rumor

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings kick off a busy week of 3 games played over the course of 5 evenings tonight as they host the Florida Panthers (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM; tonight is D-Boss bobblehead night).

The 11-14-and-4 Panthers are actually the team that's most similar to the 11-13-and-5 Red Wings, at least in terms of their comparative records, and just as the Red Wings are coming off a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the Panthers lost 7-3 to Colorado on that same Saturday.

The Panthers have in fact lost 4 of their 5 previous games (1-2-and-2), quite similar to Detroit's status as having lost 4 of their past 5 games (1-4), and while the Panthers were more committed to rebuilding than the Red Wings over the past few seasons, both team's rebuild efforts have stalled this season.

In his "next day look" at the Panthers' loss to Colorado, the Sun-Sentinel's Matthew DeFranks noted the following:

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Prospect news: Griffins drop 3-in-3 weekend; Fulcher stops 45 shots; Rasmussen scores 2; Smith 1+1

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a distressing weekend, going 0-for-3 in a 3-games-in-3-nights stretch. On Sunday, the Griffins lost 2-1 to the Iowa Wild, with Zach Nastasiuk scoring the Griffins' only goal. Grand Rapids' website posted a recap:

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Video- Alexandre Burrows Fined For Roughing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

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Playoffs Don’t Look Good For The Montreal Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

If you’re optimistic, you can look at the standings and point out that the Canadiens are only one winning streak away from a playoff position. They are only two points behind Boston in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division and only five back of Pittsburgh for the final wild-card spot. And, don’t forget, there’s a lot of hockey to be played....

The race with Boston is illusory because the Bruins have four games in hand. As for the wild-card spot, a team has to play .565 hockey to reach the 95 points that secured eighth place last season, and the Canadiens are back under .500 after losing to Edmonton Saturday night. ...

The only player on pace to reach 50 points this season is fourth-liner Daniel Carr, who has seven points in the five games since he was recalled from Laval. There are players who should be embarrassed that Carr, Nicolas Deslauriers and Byron Froese have set the standard for hard work on this team.

The biggest concern has to be Carey Price. A week ago, he was the NHL’s second star of the week and a big reason why the Canadiens were on a five-game win streak. During that run, he had a 1.20 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage. In the current three-game losing streak (0-2-1), Price has revisited the nightmare that was the start of his season. He had a 4.42 goals-against average, an .864 save percentage and was pulled Saturday after giving up four goals on 14 shots.

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Mark-Andre Fleury Activated By The Vegas Golden Knights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

VEGAS (December 10, 2017) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, December 10, the following roster transactions: the team has activated goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from the injured reserve list and has assigned goaltender Maxime Legace to the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

Fleury missed 25 games after being place on the injured reserve list on October 14.  Prior to the injury, he made four starts in net for the Golden Knights and compiled a 3-1 record to go with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. The Sorel, Quebec native will be made available to media following practice on Monday, December 11.

Legace was recalled by Vegas on October 22 and appeared in 14 games for the Golden Knights, making 13 starts in net. He sported a 6-6-1 record to go with a 3.79 goals-against average and a .872 saving percentage. On Saturday, he earned the victory after making a career-high 36 saves in the team’s 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars. The Saint-Augustin, Quebec native signed a one-year contract with Vegas on July 1, 2017.

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Detroit’s Power Play Needs A Spark

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Bottom line is a less than sizzling 2-for-19 with the man advantage over the last six games — the Red Wings actually had two lengthy 5-on-3 advantages Tuesday against Winnipeg and didn’t score — isn’t going to cut it.

“This time in the season everybody’s got their video and they know exactly what teams and their power plays are doing,” defenseman Mike Green said. “We’re trying to find new ways to create shooting chances and scoring chances.”

The Red Wings could have put pressure on the Blues Saturday by converting an early power-play opportunity. Instead, they were denied and watched St. Louis go down the ice shortly after and score to take control of the game.

“The first unit got a lot there. They were out there almost two minutes each time and created a lot of chances,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “But that’s the moment you want one (goal), or even two.

more and some Howard and Bertuzzie notes too...

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Jaden Schwartz Goes On IR With Ankle Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed forward Jaden Schwartz on injured reserve with a right ankle injury.

Schwartz, who suffered the injury during the Blues' 6-1 win in Detroit on Saturday, is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.

Schwartz, 25, shares ninth in the NHL overall with 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) and ranks second with a +23 rating through 30 games this season.

Below, watch how Schwartz was injured.

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Videos- What Do You Think Of This Hit By Brad Marchand On John Tavares?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Marchand received a five minute major for interference.

via Arthur Staple of Newsday,

“I’m fine,” Tavares said. “I think the video speaks for itself on that one. Don’t have much else to say.”

 

 

The Sportsnet panel discussed the hit below...

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Playoff Hopes For The Ottawa Senators Fading Quickly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As far as the Ottawa Senators are concerned, the Golden State has lost its shine.

For the first time in four seasons, the Senators closed out a trip through California without even one victory, capped by a horrible 5- 0 loss to the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center on Saturday night....

What’s going on here? This string of bad hockey isn’t showing any signs of stopping and the Senators are slowly. but surely, taking themselves out of any real possibility of making the National Hockey League playoffs.

Not only did the Senators stretch their winless streak to four games, but they also have just one victory in the past 12 after letting the Sharks skate away with the two points.

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What kind of night was it for the Sens?  See below...

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Video- The Best From The NHL Games Played Yesterday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

12 games yesterday, 5 minutes of highlights.

 

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