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Video- Wayne Simmonds Elbow On Brian Dumoulin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No penalty on the play and Dumoulin went the the dressing room but did return.

 

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A Not So Hot Return For Henrik Lundqvist And A Brendan Smith/Corey Perry Fight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If Henrik Lundqvist wanted to be tested in order to prepare for the playoffs upon returning from a seven-game absence covering nearly three weeks, The King surely was that here on Sunday in a 6-3 empty-net abetted defeat to the Ducks.

“It was a challenging game,” Lundqvist said with a wry smile after surrendering five goals on 33 shots in 58:37. “You hope for maybe a little easier game, but there are no easy games in this league.”

It is impossible for there to be an easy game with the Rangers making it as difficult as possible on themselves and their goaltender. Despite being tied 3-3 entering the third, the Blueshirts were guilty of a multitude of bleeps, bloopers and blunders in their decisions, puck-movement and coverage all night long.

“Too many guys brought their ‘C’ game and that’s not good enough,” coach Alain Vigneault said following the defeat that prevented the Rangers from clinching a playoff spot. “It was not an easy game for Hank, but if I know him the way everyone does, he’s going to get better.”

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Below, watch Corey Perry and Brendan Smith go at it...

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Fixing The Detroit Red Wings And What Goalie To Keep

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“I expected more, I expected we’d be in the thick of things,” general manager Ken Holland said. “I didn’t know if we’d be in the playoffs or not. When you look at the standings in our division and in the Eastern Conference, there a lot of teams, some of them are going to miss the playoffs by a point or two and some of them are going to get in by a point or two.”

So what’s the plan to fix it? How do the Red Wings, and Holland, make sure it doesn’t happen again next spring, once the team is in Little Caesars Arena?

Holland began the fix March 1, and the days preceding the NHL trade deadline, when he moved defenseman Brendan Smith and forwards Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott and Tomas Jurco for draft picks.

There will be other ways to do it.

Free agency. Making trades. The draft. And this summer, with the Vegas Golden Knights joining the league, there’s also the expansion draft, where teams will lose players, which could help a team like the Red Wings if they lose an expensive contract. It also could open a door to a trade with the Knights if a player the Red Wings like is exposed by another team.

It’s going to take, likely, a combination of all of those avenues for the Red Wings to improve. The team is hindered by the salary cap, and has few trading options.

There are talented long-term prospects in the organization (forward Evgeny Svechnikov, defensemen Filip Hronek and Vili Saarijarvi) who offer hope.

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
DETROIT 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)
Dallas 2, NEW JERSEY 1 (OT)
Philadelphia 6, PITTSBURGH 2
WINNIPEG 2, Vancouver 1
ANAHEIM 6, NY Rangers 3
 
DUCKS CLAIM SOLE POSSESSION OF FIRST PLACE IN PACIFIC DIVISION
Ryan Getzlaf collected a season-high four assists to help the Ducks extend their point streak to seven games (6-0-1), including four straight wins. Anaheim (41-23-11, 93 points) moved ahead of idle San Jose (42-26-7, 91 points) and Edmonton (41-25-9, 91 points) to claim sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.
 

 

 
* Getzlaf, who leads the Ducks with 14-52—66 this season, eclipsed the 50-assist mark for the seventh time in his NHL career (all w/ ANA) to extend his franchise record.
 
Patrick Eaves (27-18—45), who was acquired by the Ducks on Feb. 24, scored twice to extend his single-season career highs for goals and points.
 
Jonathan Bernier (25 saves) improved to 8-0-1 in his last nine appearances dating to March 7 (1.64 GAA, .944 SV%, 1 SO).

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Detroit Recalls Defenseman Dan Renouf

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Dan Renouf from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions.

Renouf, 22, was signed by the Red Wings as a free agent on March 10, 2016 and has spent his first professional season with the Griffins, logging 15 points (3-12-15), a plus-15 rating and 59 penalty minutes in 58 games. The Pickering, Ontario, native leads Grand Rapids in penalty minutes and is tied for third on the team and for seventh among AHL rookies in plus-minus. Renouf also appeared in six games with the Griffins in 2015-16 following the conclusion of his junior year at the University of Maine, picking up one assist and five penalty minutes.

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Wings/Wild Recap

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

I will admit these games are hard to watch, nothing to play for and at times motivation is very low.

It sure is a different feeling but I do think of fans from other cities who have gone through long spells of bad teams and it makes me appreciate what we once had and hopefully will have in the not to distant future.

Regarding the game today, that is your job.  Feel free to comment on the 3-2 OT win by the Wings who now travel to Raleigh to play Monday and Tuesday.

Below are the highlights with a bit of a different look.

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Video- Mike “Doc” Emrick Feature On Joe Louis Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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Darren Helm Skating In Pre-Game But No Line Rushes

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

George is ill again so it looks like you have me for the rest of the day.

 

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Video- Wings/Wild Game Day Preview

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Puck drops just after 12:30pm ET on NBC.

 

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Time Is A Wicked Drug

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I don't know what the weather's like in Michigan today. I could check, because Al Gore invented a device that would help.  But I'm too lazy, as you're aware.

I do know that it's going to be 83 and sunny here in Florida, so I'll be at the beach.

During the early afternoon, my mind will wander. 

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