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‘Celebration of Life in Honor of Mike Ilitch’ live stream

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Fox Sports Detroit is airing the "Celebration of Life in Honor of Mike Ilitch" from the Fox Theatre today at 2 PM, and the Red Wings are streaming the event as well:

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Afternoon news: On the ‘Bye Week,’ Jimmy Howard and Brendan Smith

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Red Wings head into both an unknown in approaching the trade deadline as an organization, and as a team and coaching staff, the 5-day break from practices and games present unique challenges to the players and coach, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan noted:

As much as the time off is nice, it’s easy for teams to lose their edge, and it’s not easy to recapture that physical and mental state needed to play sharp hockey.

“You come off the break, and other teams are still in training, and it’s hard to get back in it,” forward Tomas Tatar said. “Everybody has to stay ready during the break and focus and do something extra, something to keep your pace and that’s what we have to do.”

What makes coming off the bye for the Red Wings even a bit more challenging is the fact they will be traveling to the West Coast, and battle with the time change on top of everything else.

“It’s going to be a tough stretch for us,” Tatar said. “But we have to be ready.”

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A Look At The NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

“Nolan Patrick is a good solid player and (Nico) Hischier is a good solid player but they are not in a class with those four – they are just not,” said TSN director of scouting Craig Button, a former NHL team executive with almost three decades of scouting experience.

This year’s non-playoff teams won’t find the star power or depth that has been available in the past two years in the draft.

“The top guys are going to be able to have an impact on their NHL clubs,” said Dan Marr, the NHL's director of central scouting. “But the list does get shallow pretty quick.”

Patrick, a 6-3 Western Hockey League center, is the consensus No. 1 pick. He was injured early this season, but has continued to strengthen his status. He has 14 goals and 33 points in 21 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

“He has impacted at every level he has played at so far,” Marr said. “He has the size, strength, power package. He has hockey sense, a good skill set. And he does all of the little things.”

Marr said Patrick is a two-way center who works at all facets, including being proficient in the face-off circle.


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Jared Coreau Assigned To Grand Rapids For Conditioning

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Jared Coreau to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Coreau has appeared in 13 games during his first NHL season, posting a 5-3-3 record, 3.27 goals-against average, 0.893 save percentage and a team-best two shutouts. The Perth, Ontario, native made his NHL debut on Dec. 3 at Pittsburgh and earned his first NHL win in his second career start on Dec. 23 at Florida. The victory kicked off a stretch of eight consecutive decisions for Coreau without a regulation loss (5-0-3), including a season-high 45 saves on Jan. 24 at Boston. Coreau has also made 17 appearances for the Griffins this season and ranked among the league’s top goalies at the time of his call-up with 11 wins (T3rd), a 2.18 goals-against average (T10th) and a 0.924 save percentage (T9th).

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Fox Sports Detroit to air ‘Celebration of Life’ service for Mr. Ilitch

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond stated that the following ceremony would air on FSD today at 2 PM, so: according to WXYZ Channel 7, there will be a special service honoring Mike Ilitch today at 2 PM:

A special Celebration of Life service will be held today at the Fox Theatre to honor the legacy of Detroit's champion Mike Ilitch.

It's a special, two-hour tribute for Olympia employees as well as those friends and others who are close to the Ilitch family.

Guests expected to pay tribute include Paul W. Smith,  Mitch Albom, Kenny Holland, and Mickey Redmond.

Many others will offer taped messages to also pay tribute to "Mr. I."

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Hockey Night in Punjabi

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From Harnarayan Singh at the Players' Tribune:

Nearly a decade before I became known worldwide as the broadcaster who called out, “BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! NICK BONINOOOOOOOO!” on the air after Penguins center Nick Bonino scored one of the biggest goals of the 2016 Stanley Cup finals, I was just a 21-year-old hockey fanatic living in Calgary, Alberta. I was contemplating whether to continue pursuing my dream of becoming a hockey broadcaster, or to give in to those who cautioned me about the unlikelihood of achieving my goal. Then, in 2008, while sitting at my desk as a reporter for the CBC, I got a call from Joel Darling, an executive producer with Hockey Night in Canada, the television program based in Toronto.

He had an idea for me.

The CBC was looking to spearhead a diversity project that would entail covering hockey in my native tongue of Punjabi, and they wanted me to serve as a commentator. I was surprised by the idea, but I’m pretty sure I said yes before Joel could even explain the whole thing.

Within a few weeks, there I was with my colleague at the time, Parminder, calling the 2008 Stanley Cup finals on Hockey Night in Canada. With Punjabi being the third-most-spoken language in Canada behind English and French, the idea actually wasn’t as farfetched as it may have seemed. Once the finals were over, though, I wasn’t exactly sure what would come of it.


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Drew Miller Hoping He Will Be Traded

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

Drew Miller likes how he has integrated himself with the Grand Rapids Griffins, but, no offense, the veteran hopes his time with the team is short.

With the NHL trade deadline looming March 1, the former Detroit Red Wings forward wants a trade and a fresh opportunity elsewhere.

"That's what they've been trying to do is just wait to see what teams may be looking to add and have a good fit," Miller said. "No one's really making a move yet, but I would think that will change as we get closer.

"Hopefully, I get traded. I want to be in the NHL - everyone wants to be there - so we'll see how it goes."


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The Auston Matthews And Patrik Laine Battles Are Just Starting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Let this be a reminder about why there’s so much hype when Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine are due to face one another.

It’s not so much a showdown between top picks from the 2016 draft, with personal stakes or a determination about who is ahead in some mythical race without a finish line.

No, it’s an event. Pure and simple.

These are two of the three best players in the NHL’s next generation and when you get them in the same arena the odds of seeing something magical dramatically improve.

“(They mean) a lot to the league, but maybe more to Canada,” Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said before Tuesday’s 5-4 overtime loss against Toronto. “This is such a passion across the country and (there’s) appreciation for young players. For stars, for gifts, right?

“We’ve all been on the ice as players and we all know how much better Patty and Auston are than we are.”


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The Rise Of Misha Donskov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The tour bus pulled to a stop in a Westerville neighborhood early in September. One by one, some of the biggest names in the NHL — Toronto coach Mike Babcock, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, Washington coach Barry Trotz, Detroit general manager Ken Holland, to name a few — filed onto the curb and into the Donskov family home.

Misha Donskov quit a lucrative job with Dublin-based Cardinal Health in 2009 to pursue his dream of a career at the highest levels of hockey. Only seven years later, Team Canada's staff gathered at his home on the eve of an exhibition game against Team USA.

"It was surreal," Donskov said, who served on the coaching staff for Team Canada in the World Cup. "And to be able to share that with my family, it was pretty awesome."

Paul Donskov, the family patriarch, shared a back-porch beer with Babcock. His wife, Debbie, spun tales of home on an inside sofa with St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. Brother Anthony smoked cigars in the side yard with Quenneville, talking hockey.

"I just remember looking around that night and thinking that all the decisions I made — some of the risks I took — all led me to this time and place, and all of them were worth it," Donskov said. "It honestly was the coolest hockey experience of my life."

Donskov, who turns 40 in April, is just getting started.

Months before the World Cup, Donskov was hired as director of hockey operations for the NHL's expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, which begins play next season.


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Video- Carey Price Or Petr Mrazek?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

And the better save of the night goes to?

Carey Price...



Or Petr Mrazek?

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