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What A Difference A Year Makes For The Montreal Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Habs suffered their third loss in a row, losing to the Dallas Stars 3-1

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 32 points. (15-4-2) This season: 18 points.

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 15 wins. This season: 8

• After 21 games last season they had scored 65 goals. This season: 50.

• After 21 games last season the Canadiens had allowed 46 goals. This season: 74

more on the loss to Dallas...

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Ugly Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

They quit.

Walked over in Dallas, now crushed in St. Louis, the good ship Oiler rolls into Detroit on Wednesday at its nadir, one day before American Thanksgiving and as far away from the playoffs as it is from an identity forged last season.

The Edmonton Oilers were not remotely competitive in an 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues Tuesday, and the saddest part? They quit.

That’s right. Quit.

We watched, took some notes, and offer you these wholly negative takeaways on a pre-season favourite whose season is circling the bowl:

continued, includes video of Todd McLellan post-game...

from Bruce McGurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

“Let’s face it: the goaltender has to be better, the defencemen have to be better, the forwards have to be better, the coaches have to be better…”

Famous last words before Tuesday’s game from Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan, who along with his charges went on to put up a great big oh-fer-four with four strikeouts in the great baseball city of St. Louis, Missouri. The “Show Me” State, they call it; well, all the Oilers showed me was a flat-out terrible performance. This fish stank from the head down as the Oilers were out-coached, out-played and out-competed in every aspect of the game by a vastly superior opponent. The Blues owned this one from the outset, and only a sloppy third period where the hosts (correctly) recognized it was “point night” did the Oilers strike with some late, meaningless tallies. Nowhere near enough of them though in an 8-3 beatdown which was even worse than that ugly score indicates. 


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
Vancouver 5, PHILADELPHIA 2
ST. LOUIS 8, Edmonton 3
DALLAS 3, Montreal 1

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Prospect news: Walleye forward Christian Hilbritch is one ‘hill of bricks’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe tells the intriguing story of Toledo Walleye forward Christian Hilbrich:

There never was really any doubt that massive Toledo Walleye forward Christian Hilbrich would tower over most people one day.

The 6-foot-7, 216-pound skater comes from a family that could form a very good basketball team. Hilbrich, 25, is proving to be the perfect size at the perfect time for a Walleye team off to a solid start this season.

Hilbrich (pronounced hill-brick) leads Toledo in goals scored with nine. Hilbrich, who was one of the first players coach Dan Watson signed during the offseason, also is tied for the team lead in points with 15 through 15 games.

“It’s really easy to play here because it’s a lot of fun,” Hilbrich said. “Toledo has a team that consistently wins, has a fantastic following, and an awesome building and town. Our guys are able to get up for these home games.”


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TMR overnight line: Oilers come to town on a sour note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings host an Edmonton Oilers team amidst a 3-game losing streak this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM), and the Oilers will be in a particularly bad mood this evening, as EdmontonOilers.com's Mark Ciampa notes:

A pair of goals early on set the Oilers back on Tuesday night in St. Louis and they could never recover, ultimately dropping an 8-3 decision. The Oilers goals were scored by Darnell Nurse, Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl, all in the third period, while Laurent Brossoit allowed six goals on 37 shots in relief of Cam Talbot.

"That game's indefensible on my behalf," said a fuming Oilers head coach Todd McLellan after the defeat. "In every facet of the game, we were second. It wasn't even close. Very, very concerned obviously at the way some individuals played tonight -- many of them."

It only took the Blues three minutes, 13 seconds to get on the scoreboard as the Oilers surrendered a goal on their first shot against for the second game in a row.

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Cotsonika: Mediocrity not the Red Wings’ goal

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings will have a stiff test on Wednesday in hosting an Edmonton Oilers team that lost 8-3 to St. Louis Tuesday evening (Wednesday's game starts at 7 PM, and airs on FSD and Sportsnet West).

NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika reports that the 10-8-and-3 Red Wings have no desire to continue to be a middle-of-the-pack, "okay" team:

The Detroit Red Wings were on a 6-2-1 run and on the verge of winning again, leading by two against the Colorado Avalanche at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

But they allowed a power-play goal with 6:15 left in the third period, a 6-on-5 goal with 46 seconds left in the third, and the winning goal in overtime. They lost 4-3 and let a point slip away.

When they reconvened for practice Tuesday, coach Jeff Blashill told the players they had been OK against the Avalanche. The scoring chances had been almost even. The grade A chances had been even.

"OK's not good enough," Blashill said.

Not in the NHL. Not when you were in an 0-5-1 slump last month. Not when you fought back into third in the Atlantic Division, only to have several teams right behind you in the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Not when you're trying to do more than just make the playoffs again.

The Red Wings play the Edmonton Oilers at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, SNW, NHL.TV).

"I think this league is relentless, and if you let up for a second, you will fall behind so fast you won't know what happened to you," Blashill said. "And so you better be relentless in your approach."

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Prospect news: Sulak hits 30 (minutes played) and the Griffins’ weekly presser

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, on Monday, Alexander Kadeikin played 12:31 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 2-0 win over Admiral Vladivostok;

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn took a penalty and won 43% of his faceoffs in 22:04 played as the Frolunda Indians lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Malmo Redhawks;

In the Finnish Liiga, Libor Sulak had an assist and finished -1 in a staggering 30:41 of ice time as his Lahti Pelicans lost 7-5 to Sport;

And here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:

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Video- Vladimir Tarasenko Had An Assist, Goal And…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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