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The overnight report: Red Wings-Lightning set-up—rematch!

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning resume acquaintances this evening (NBCSN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and the Red Wings are going to be facing a team that's on quite the roll.

Tampa Bay's gotten off to a 3-0 start, and the Lightning broke a 10-game winless streak against Boston in Boston on Monday afternoon, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Bruins 6-3--with Steven Stamkos's 500th point serving as the game-winning goal, as NHL.com's Matt Kalman noted:

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Watching The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Fox Sports Detroit,

The Detroit Red Wings' 4-0 Opening Night win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday night saw a 56-percent increase in viewership over last season's home opener.

FOX Sports Detroit, simulcast with WJBK, had an 8.7 household average, peaking at 9:15 p.m. with a 10.17 household average.

"The passion of Detroit fans is incredible. There's been a lot of anticipation for the start of Red Wings hockey," said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. "This team is exciting to watch, and we can't wait to share the stories on and off the ice all season long."

Friday's game was the highest-rated season and home opener for at least the last 10 years on any network. The previous high was a 6.5 HH for the 2013-14 season and home opener on NBCSN. It was also the highest-rated FSD season opener since at least 2006; the previous high was 5.8 HH for the 2012-13 season. It was the highest-rated FSD home opener since at least 2006; the previous high was 5.9 HH for the 2009-10 season.

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Evening Line- Claude Julien

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think we all looked at the game, and we all saw the goals — some of it, there were bad goals, and some of it, there’s the odd mistake. We got ourselves in a 3-3 hockey game, and they scored their winning goal on something that should’ve been called interference before they scored on that faceoff. So it kind of takes the momentum away from us.

“But it doesn’t matter what the situation is — we’ve got to be better defensively. The amount of goals — from the goaltender on out, defense, the forwards coming back — we’ve just got to be better. It used to be our strength, and right now it’s our weakness.”

-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after today's 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay.  The Bruins are now without a point after 3 games.  Much more from the Bruins by Jess Isner of BostonBruins.com.

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Darryl Sydor Pleads Guilty To Driving While Impaired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor pleaded guilty and was convicted of second degree driving while impaired Monday. He’ll serve at least 15 days at the Anoka County Jail beginning Friday.

"I apologize to my family, friends, the Minnesota Wild and the fans," Sydor said in a statement. "I am deeply saddened and humbled by my actions. Recovery is giving me the opportunity to redeem myself to all I have hurt. The support I have received has been overwhelming and I couldn’t be more thankful. The entire Minnesota Wild organization has stood by me and supported my family through this very difficult time. I can’t thank them enough for that. I am putting recovery first for myself and my family, and with that, everything else will fall into place."

Carl Newquist, the prosecuting attorney for the City of Fridley, said Sydor was sentenced to 365 days in jail, 60 of which were executed. The remaining 305 days were stayed for four years, the term of Sydor’s probation.

As part of the plea agreement, Sydor will serve a mandatory 15 days. The balance of the 60 days will be staggered in 15-day intervals the next three Octobers. However, if Sydor can establish that he has maintained sobriety each year that he reports, the judge can waive the next 15-day executed jail term.


Statements from Sydor and the Wild are below...

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Video- John Tavares Awarded A Penalty Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What do you think, are the refs being too lenient with the penalty shot calls?

You will see a better angle of the call in the gif below, but first the video.


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Zetterberg continues smoke detector collection cause

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

Firefighting is a job that Henrik Zetterberg says he couldn't do but he is thrilled to be able to support those who do.

After Monday's practice, Zetterberg presented local fire departments with 2,500 smoke detectors that will be installed in the homes of seniors and low-income families.

In addition, Zetterberg matched donations Red Wings fans made during the preseason and will present a check for $8,800 to purchase more smoke detectors before Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"I can't say enough," captain Christopher Dixon of the Detroit Fire Department said. "We love his commitment to the city of Detroit. He gives of himself every year. This is probably my sixth year of doing this. I come out every year to help collect the smoke detectors, the money, he matches it. It's unbelievable."

Representatives of fire departments from Detroit, Flint, Clinton Township, Macomb Township, Saginaw, Southfield, Taylor and Springfield Township helped pass the collection boot around before preseason games Sept. 24 and 26 at Joe Louis Arena.


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TMR afternoon line: Playoff loss to Lightning still stings Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Both DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan penned practice notebooks which discuss Tuesday's Red Wings-Lightning match-up, and Kulfan's conversation with Justin Abdelkader regarding the Wings' playoff series against the Bolts last April stands alone as an "afternoon line":

"It's never easy to lose like we did in Game 7 (2-0), and see Tampa do as well as they did hurts that much more," said Justin Abdelkader, who was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for his four goals in two games last week. "We know we're close. We have work to do, maintain the level of play throughout the year and give yourself a chance in the playoffs.

"They're a team that won the conference; they have a big target on their chest. We took them to seven games and we feel we match up real well with them. We play similar type of hockey and systems and it should be a lot of fun."

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Afternoon Line- Darryl Sutter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Video- Brian Boyle Brushes Off David Pastrnak

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

PK was just about to end for the Tampa Bay Lightning...

David Pastrnak thought he had Brian Boyle pretty well covered...



added 3:48pm, Tampa broadcast of goal is below...

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Book review corner: Hockey Abstract’s 2015 Update

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

A year ago at this time, I first reviewed Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract, and try as I may, I couldn't wrap my head around it.

I knew that Rob was at the forefront of the hockey analytics movement. I appreciated the scope, breadth and depth of Hockey Abstract--which has turned out to be as seminal and fundamental work as I assumed it would be--but I was still wrapping my head around the "analytics" movement.

It took a full season for me and several rinks' worth of people to digest the concepts beyond counting up shot attempts and having a good feeling that the team that attempted more shots was carrying play.

Hockey Abstract itself is a fine gateway leading one toward an analytics-based look at hockey, and Hockey Abstract's 2015 Update, I might argue, is a better way to start one's journey along the analytic route, because it's simply not as literally or figuratively a "heavy read" as Hockey Abstract provided.

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