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NHL All-Star Fan Vote Leaders After One Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Dec. 6, 2017) – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid are the top vote-getters after one week of voting in the 2018 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™. The four top vote-getters by division – regardless of position – will be named All-Stars and captains for the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Tampa on Sunday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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Griffins recall Saarijarvi, Borkowski ahead of 3-games-in-3-nights slate

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

SAARIJARVI, BORKOWSKI RE-JOIN GRIFFINS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday reassigned defenseman Vili Saarijarvi (VIH-lee SAH-ree-YAHR-vee) to the Grand Rapids Griffins from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, while the Griffins recalled forward Mike Borkowski from Toledo.

In his first full professional season, Saarijarvi, 20, has scored six points (2-4—6) and added two penalty minutes and a plus-two rating in 10 games with the Walleye. He notched back-to-back two-point games on Nov. 24 and 26. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound blueliner has appeared in four contests with Grand Rapids this season, contributing one assist and two penalty minutes.

Detroit’s second choice, 73rd overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Saarijarvi tallied 31 points (11-20—31) in 34 regular season games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads in 2016-17 before leading all team defensemen with 15 points (5-10—15) in 20 playoff appearances.

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Articles from practice: Wings reflect on win over Jets, taking steps forward; Zetterberg’s day off

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 5:12 PM: The Detroit Red Wings engaged in a spirited practice the day after snapping a 7-game losing streak at the expense of the Winnipeg Jets. Henrik Zetterberg didn't take part in practice due to taking a "maintenance day."

MLive's Ansar Khan reported that coach Blashill will give both Zetterberg and the rest of the Wings Thursday off as the Wings don't play again until Saturday's matinee game against the Blues (with the Blues game kicking off a stretch of 4 games to be played over the course of 7 nights).

If you missed it, both of the Red Wings' goalies revealed their "holiday-themed masks," which are going to be auctioned off for charity after the holiday season...

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Red Wings to ring bells for the Salvation Army on Friday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via the Free Press's Perry A. Farrell:

Current and former Detroit Red Wings players will serve as Salvation Army red kettle bell ringers at four metro Detroit retail stores that are competing against each other to see who can raise the most money.

Autographs will be available at all locations for a suggested minimum $10 donation, with a limit of three pieces of memorabilia per fan. Those who are unable to donate to their favorite player, alumnus or announcer in person, can support The Salvation Army by texting REDWINGS to 41444 to make a contribution.

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Prospect news: Walleye lose matinee game to Fort Wayne

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye held a matinee game for Toledo-area schoolchildren, and things did not go well. The Walleye built a 2-1 lead over Fort Wayne on the strength of a pair of goals by Mike Borkowski, but the Komets scored 3 goals in 3:27 of 3rd period play (and then an empty-netter) to pull off a 5-2 upset.

In terms of Red Wings prospects, Zach Nastasiuk had an assist and 4 shots, finishing at -1, and Vili Saarijarvi had 5 shots and finished at -1; Matej Machovsky stopped 23 of 27 shots.

The Walleye's website posted a recap and a highlight clip:

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Prospect news: Cholowski named to Canadian WJC selection camp; on Svechnikov’s sophomore slump

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note this afternoon:

1. Hockey Canada announced its World Junior Selection Camp roster today, Dennis Cholowski was named to the team. Somewhat surprisingly, Michael Rasmussen and Givani Smith didn't make the cut.

Cholowski joins Filip Larsson and Gustav Lindstrom (Sweden), Kasper Kotkansalo (Finland) and Malte Setkov (Denmark) as the Wings prospects battling for World Junior Championship jobs.

I would suggest that Rasmussen (upper-body injury) and Smith (ankle injury) have missed too much time with injuries to be considered for the WJC camp. Rasmussen will get another chance next year;

2. And The Athletic's Katie Strang penned an article about Evgeny Svechnikov's sophomore slump:

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Roberto Luongo Out For Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Price of NHL.com,

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo will be out for an "extended period" with a lower-body injury, coach Bob Boughner said Wednesday.

Luongo was injured Monday against the New York Islanders when he made a pad save with his right leg on a slap shot by Ryan Pulock at 2:31 of the second period. Luongo immediately lay on his stomach and then didn't put any weight on his right leg while being helped off by two trainers.

Luongo left with the score tied 1-1 after making 12 saves. James Reimer made 16 saves in relief in a 5-4 shootout loss.

Boughner said he's not sure if Luongo will miss three, four or five weeks. He also said the injury was not related to a previous hip problem.

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Tweets from practice: Zetterberg ‘maintenance day’ as Wings attempt to build upon win over Winnipeg

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 1:27 PM The Detroit Red Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just after 12 PM, hoping to build upon their 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The Wings will enjoy a 3-day break before hosting the St. Louis Blues for a Saturday matinee (1 PM start), and then the Wings begin a stretch of 4 games to be played over the course of 7 nights.

The Red Wings' Twitter account was the first to say, "Hello" this afternoon...

Followed by the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

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Destination Seattle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL expansion train, destination Seattle, is now on the track and ready to leave the station – perhaps as soon as this week.

As soon as Seattle city council voted yes Monday to a radical refurbishment of Key Arena, Seattle checked off the final of three boxes the NHL requires to expand.

Market? Check.

The NHL has always had eyes for Seattle and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. That region has been the most notable missing part of the NHL’s so-called national “footprint” in the U.S. In 2013, the NHL’s internal rankings for most desirable expansion locations were: 1. Seattle; 2. Las Vegas; 3. Quebec City.

Quebec City was a distant third, and still isn’t seriously in the NHL expansion picture (more on that later). But in the  years since 2013, Seattle was quickly eclipsed by Las Vegas because the former didn’t have its arena and ownership buttoned down like the latter.

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added 11:59am, also from McKenzie,

With all the talk of possible NHL expansion to Seattle, it’s probably a good time to review all the other franchise issues that seem to be percolating out there.

Let’s start with Carolina.

By all accounts, a sale of controlling interests of the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos to Texas businessman Thomas Dundon may be on the verge of happening.

That will spark a lot of “relocation” talk for the Canes, but it shouldn’t.

My strong sense is that the NHL remains fully committed to Carolina as an NHL market and if Dundon enters into an agreement to purchase the Canes, he’s doing so knowing full well the NHL would only approve it if the Canes stay put.

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Shane Gostisbehere’s Hockey Life

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shane Gostisbehere at The Players' Tribune,

I used to wake up everyday at 4 a.m. to go to the rink. That’s how dedicated I was when I was seven.

My dad would drive my sister and me through the dark on an empty highway, then I’d get to the rink and do what I loved to do more than anything in the world: I went to sleep.

Let me explain.

My sister, Felicia, is four years older than me. Back then, she was an unreal figure skater. She was going to be an Olympian someday — she was that good. My dad would take us to Incredible Ice — the rink in Coral Springs, Florida — every morning. My mom worked, so I had to tag along if I wanted to get to school. I didn’t want to watch figure skating, though, so I started bringing a sleeping bag. I’d roll it out right in the bleachers, and I’d pass out for a few hours, five rows up from the ice while Felicia trained with her coaches.

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