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Drew Miler Remains With The Red Wings

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Jan. 23, 2017) – Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary, New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss and Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshiehave been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 22.
 

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Top 100 In Portrait Form

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Talk After Today’s Practice

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More if needed.

George is still not feeling well and my energy level is real low but I am trying to bring you what I feel is necessary to keep you in the loop regarding the Wings.

added 11:20am, Khan tweet,

Blashill said Vanek hasn't been ruled out for Wednesday's game. Larkin won't play next two for sure. Hurt late in Sunday's game.

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Morning Practice At The JLA

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More Khan tweets who noted earlier Mrazek was in the starters net.

practice lines:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Mantha
Athanasiou-Nielsen-Tatar
Abdelkader-Sheahan-Jurco
Ott (IR)-Helm-Glendening

defense pairs same:
DeKeyser-Green
Ericsson-Ouellet
Kronwall-Jensen
Marchenko-Sproul (extras)
Smith (knee) practicing.

added 10:24am, Khan...

Larkin is out next 2 games with upper body injury.

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Thomas Vanek Listed As Day-to-Day

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The Wings are in Boston Tuesday night.

 

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Video- A Recap Of Sunday’s NHL Action

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A little over three minutes long.

 

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Not The Best Year For The Tampa Bay Lightning

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from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Tampa Bay was a preseason Stanley Cup favorite, but it's a shell of that now, one reason general manager Steve Yzerman needs to make a move. It has the lowest points-per-game percentage in the Eastern Conference and would need 49 points in its final 34 games to reach 96, typically a bench mark for a playoff team. That's hard to imagine from a Tampa Bay team (21-22-5) that has won back-to-back games just once in the past two months and has three points in the first four games of this make-or-break trip.

Regardless of injuries, the Lightning — 11-16-4 without Stamkos since his Nov. 10 knee injury — isn't getting enough from its top players, its leaders. Coach Jon Cooper said earlier this season that some players were hesitant to speak up. And though some have stepped up, such as Boyle, it's not always about talking the talk, it's about walking the walk. Show the way. Tampa Bay's best line Saturday was Cedric Paquette, Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival. And that's telling.

Goalie Ben Bishop, a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist, needs to play like one. He can't give up goals like the first two Saturday, even if he was screened on the second one. Tyler Johnson has too often been a non­factor in games. Nikita Kucherov, arguably the most talented player on the team, can be too pass-happy. Even Hedman, a first-time All-Star this season, hasn't had his best year.

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An Impressive Rookie Season For Matthew Tkachuk

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“He’s bold, but he’s not cocky,” Flames’ coach Glen Gulutzan said. “If you spend any time around the kid, you realize he’s very humble. But he’s a competitor and confident in his game.”

Tkachuk was the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NHL entry draft. The third and fifth players, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Olli Juolevi, were immediately returned to junior. The fourth, Jesse Puljujarvi, was sent by Edmonton to the minors for further development.

But Tkachuk found a home in Calgary on a line with Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik – and that trio has been the one constant in an up-and-down season for the Flames.

Two Saturdays ago against the Edmonton Oilers, Tkachuk had a nine-game point-scoring streak end.

No other NHL rookie – not Auston Matthews, not Patrik Laine, not Zach Werenski – had scored points in nine consecutive games.

And while those three, along with two other Leaf rookies, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, have been all the talk in the Calder Trophy conversation this season, Tkachuk is second in rookie assists, second in rookie plus-minus and fourth in overall rookie scoring, with 30 points, eight back of Matthews. The Flames play the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Monday night, the start of a three-game Eastern Canadian road trip.

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Poor Goaltending A Big Issue For The St. Louis Blues

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from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

To be fair, it seemed like a decent gamble to trade away veteran goaltender Brian Elliott so that Allen could become the undisputed starting goaltender.

Nonetheless, there’s no denying that there’s a big difference between sharing the load and being asked to carry most of it. On the ice, the young Blues have shown some great signs at times. There’s no doubt that Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo, Robby Fabbri and Colton Parayko and Jaden Schwartz give the Blues a good, young core to build on.

Unfortunately for the Blues, they are paying dearly for what is clearly a lack of confidence in the crucial goaltending position. You cannot underestimate the pressure that falls on the entire team when they know the final line of defense is struggling badly.

“I think it’s only natural to have that in your head that you don’t want to let up one shot in the whole game,” Kevin Shattenkirk said. “That’s the easiest way to keep goals out of your net. I think that becomes a dangerous game when we try to be perfect, when we’re trying to make sure that every pass is made the right way out of our zone, every shot is blocked.”

Hitchcock notes that the Blues don’t have the needed balance because too many players are overworking from the red line in and not working enough from the red line back.

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