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Wings-Penguins preseason wrap-up and overnight report: crossing Datsyukian fingers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I guess this might qualify as good news, per Pavel Datsyuk's Facebok page (via Kyle McIlmurray)...

Good game! Did you watch?

And the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari...

Because the news after the Red Wings' exhibition-season-opening 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins read as this report from MLive's Brendan Savage does...

Datsyuk, who drew an assist on Tatar's goal, did not finish the game. He went to the dressing room under his own power late in the third period after taking a big hit from Rob Scuderi.

A Red Wings spokesman said Datsyuk had a shoulder injury and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Darren Helm also emerged from the game with a black eye and gauzed-up nostril due to a high stick, and somehow, Ryan Sproul wasn't injured in this hit from Robert Bortuzzo, as posted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Seth Rorabaugh (and there was no penalty on the play):

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Red Wings-Penguins pre-season quick take: mucky win + waiting on Datsyuk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Update #3: Oh, swell:

It was NOT pretty--and Wings fans will worry like nobody's business until we find out whether Pavel Datsyuk left the game after Rob Scuderi shoved him into the glass near the bench because he was just done for the night or because he was "banged-up"--but the Red Wings defeated Pittsburgh 2-1 to capture their first exhibition game.

Just like Darren Helm and his blackened left eye and gauze-tipped right nostril, the Wings got a little bruised by the Penguins, and the Robert Bortuzzo hit on Ryan Sproul, face-first into the boards/glass, was just downright dirty, but Sproul was OK)...

Detroit will fly back to Traverse City for one final morning skate and practice (10:30-11:15 morning skate, 11:30-12:15 [or 45?] practice); the "B Team" will head to Chicago to play the Blackhawks (8 PM EDT on CSN CH+, Gustavsson Starts, Mrazek finishes the 3rd), while the rest of the team will are pack up after the skate to head back to Detroit, where they will open their preseason hosting Chicago on Thursday).

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Preseason Helmanity via Ken Kal

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is not the kind of update I'd like to be posting amidst a 1-1 tie between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins in the teams' first preseason game...

But then, WHEW!

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Afternoon Line - Logan Couture

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 “The letter thing is I think overblown by people on the outside. Within this room, we’re confident going forward. If we have a captain, if we don’t have a captain, if someone else is the captain, we don’t really care. There’s enough leaders in here to do a good job.”

-Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks.  Much more on the Sharks from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo.

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Super quick ‘player takes’ from the Red Wings’ morning skate

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It is apparently possible to be so tired that you're nauseous, and as such, the "player takes" are going to be awfully quick. I'm sorry, I've done my best to keep things going interview-wise ahead of tonight's game in Pittsburgh and MSM/Blogger-wise, but...After 8 very hard days of at-the-rink work and 12 away from home, the body's starting to break down and the hours are taking their toll.

In any case...

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Paying For Tickets In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jesse Lawrence at Forbes,

According to TiqIQ, the season average for Blackhawks tickets at the United Center is currently $262.32 on the secondary market. This marks an 12% increase from last year’s season average of $234.43. The significant increase in ticket price on the secondary market comes on the heels of the team’s Western Conference Final appearance last season, though the Blackhawks ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games. The Blackhawks won 46 games last season, the most wins in a single season since 2009-10, despite a franchise-record 15 overtime losses. In the lockout-shortened season of 2012-13, the average secondary market price for Blackhawks tickets was $237.38 in 24 home games, marking a 10.5% jump in price for the upcoming season in comparison to 36-7-5 season the Blackhawks had two years ago. The Blackhawks also have the highest average price for any American NHL franchise this season on the secondary market.

The Blackhawks will host their most expensive home game of the season against the Detroit Red Wings on February 18. The current average price of Blackhawks vs Red Wings tickets is $333.60 on the secondary market, 27% above the season average.

read on

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Red Wings afternoon news: Wings-Pens talk, on Backman, Smith & looking back at the prospect tourney

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 4:20 PM: If it's okay with you, I'm going to searate the "Morning Skate in the Afternoon" post (Wings vs. Pens, tonight at 7 PM EDT on WPCW or mysterious quasi-legal streams) on its own and start a what-will-be-updated afternoon news post.

1. I guess first and foremost, I'm surprised that nobody jumped all over the dang fact that the Red Wings' player releases and prospect returns to Major Junior Teams didn't include one Joe Hicketts. The 5'8" Victoria Royals defenseman wasn't at practice today and he wasn't visible off the ice, so who knows what exactly is going on, but the Wings would have to sign him to an amateur try-out for him to take part in games and an NHL contract to ensure that he doesn't end up in the 2015 draft, so...Cross your fingers for Joe and the Wings.

2. The Wings are indeed taking a solid lineup to Pittsburgh tonight, but as the Free Press's Helene St. James notes, Wings coach Mike Babcock wasn't exactly backing off his, "We'll wait and see" stance regarding younger players stepping up:

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Red Wings-Penguins morning skate in the afternoon practice notes and interviews

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with Pens stuff at 2:31 PM: he Red Wings' players engaged in a morning skate ahead of tonight's game against Pittsburgh (7 PM on WPCW in Pittsburgh) and a practice for the non-game-day players (and FYI if you're here on Tuesday: the morning skate is from 10:30-11:15, there's a practice from 12:15-12:45, and Babcock changes rinks at the last second, so the game-day skate might take place in the West Rink as it did today).

The morning skate was partiuclarly interesting as the team didn't just ice tonight's already-listed lineup (that and Tony Granato used a laser pointer during the 15-minute pre-skate video session):

That's a little different than tonight's announced lineup, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

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Video- Gary Bettman On Expansion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Gary Bettman and George Strompolos were at the Canadian Club of Toronto today and discussed numerous topics including expansion.

You can watch more videos on different topics today at Sportsnet's YouTube page.

 

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Still A Standstill Between Ryan Johansen And The Blue Jackets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Where it stood as of Monday morning: The Jackets still want their leading scorer back at around $3 million a season over two years. It’s been their stance for a long time when it comes to a two-year deal, and it’s believed Overhardt came down last Thursday from the $6 million plus a year he originally asked for to less than $5 million per year. Overhardt would not comment on that information but a source confirmed it to ESPN.com.

But it’s still a standstill. Neither side appears to be wilting one bit.

The Jackets believe they can overcome the loss of Johansen. After all, they got almost nothing from either Nathan Horton or Marian Gaborik (before he was traded) last season and still made the playoffs. So there’s a strong, team-first belief in Columbus that no matter which player is missing, they can overcome it.

Perhaps. 

more plus the Ottawa Senators' goaltending battle...

added 1:20pm,

 

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