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Afternoon Line- Bill Foley

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"I don't ask a lot of questions. I understand they want to get it right. And I don't blame them. This is a huge decision that is going to affect the NHL for years to come. But I'm not a patient guy by nature. However, I've learned to be patient. At least for this project.

"I don't want to upset the other owners because I want to be one of them one of these days, so I try to keep my mouth shut."

-Bill Foley, prospective owner of an NHL team in Las Vegas.  More from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Articles from practice: Mrazek dominates; Wings wary of Senators; Blashil defends Abdelkader

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Updated 2x at 3:23 PM: The Red Wings practiced ahead of tomorrow's match-up against Dion Phaneuf and the Ottawa Senators (boy, that sounds weird) on Tuesday afternoon, and there were no surprises (thankfully).

Coach Jeff Blashill told the beat writers that the Wings won't make any lineup changes tomorrow, which means that Petr Mrazek is starting and Andreas Athanasiou, who had to leave practice to have a broken skate fixed, will remain in the lineup; Niklas Kronwall is apparently skating on his own as well, and the only "bad news" came in the form of finding out that Mike Green is still "day to day" with a sore groin.

The Senators are coming into town on a two-game winning streak, having defeated Toronto 6-1 on Saturday and Tampa 5-1 on Monday and as the game's being televised on Sportsnet and TVA Sports as well as Fox Sports Detroit, there will be a gigantic media push in town to cover Phaneuf's Senators debut.

That's usually not a good thing for Team Trips in the National Spotlight, but the Wings need to capitalize upon games 3-5 of their 5-game home stand, so defeating whoever the hell dresses for the Senators is of primary importance.

The Free Press's George Sipple spoke with Wings coach Jeff Blashill regarding Kronwall's status...

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Late to the D-Boss party

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm late to the party on this one, and that's on purpose. I didn't want to talk about it, because it's kind of silly, but it's taken on a life of its own.

Several days ago, Winging It in Motown's Kyle McIlmurray found a video in which a 16-year-old Dylan Larkin engaged in the kind of basement shenanigans that a 16-year-old filming a video with his buddy is wont to do.

The video was taken down, but Deadspin's Samer Kalaf found a new copy of it today, and Kyle and others reported that fans brought signs to yesterday's game that made fun of Larkin calling himself "D-Boss" or misspelling "Snipe Show" to "SnipShow." I'm told that the players, who are always on the lookout for embarrassing material regarding their teammates, had good chuckles at Larkin's expense.

If you want to watch Dylan Larkin say things and do things that are completely innocent for a 16-year-old--or anybody hamming it up for what they think is a private YouTube video of shooting pucks in your basement--but that you can't un-see and un-hear, enjoy. Me, I did a lot of dumb things when I was 16, and I'm not going to judge "Larks" or "D-Boss" for being a little younger than he already is now.

So, with a serious stick-tap to Winging It in Motown and Kyle for finding this...I'm suggesting that you go down the rabbit hole at your own peril:

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Taking Care Of Business

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from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Unlike his fellow NHL players who tailor their game day meals with an eye on fuel and nutrition, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby follows his gut whenever he is scheduled to start. “It’s all based around what’s not going to make my stomach upset,” the current Vezina Trophy frontrunner says. “It’s something you have to think about.”

On the road, for instance, that means pasta and olive oil, plain with no meat sauce. Hotel kitchens have not yet earned Holtby's trust. Like every other goalie, he has good reason for dietary caution. As he and his peers will attest, the demands of their position create unique challenges when the old boiler starts rumbling and nature comes calling. First, netminders wear more equipment than any athlete in any major professional team sport. They are buried in pads, straps, hooks, knots, buckles and buttons, plus jerseys that are baggy enough to pitch as campsite tents. Goaltenders are also uniquely needed on the field of play for an entire game, a requirement to which only soccer players can relate. No sneaking away between shifts like skaters or ducking into the dugout bathroom between innings as baseball players do.

The very real possibility of an unfortunately time gastric event is why Holtby abandoned his usual pregame java during his minor-league visits to AHL Wilkes-Barre while playing for Hershey, switching to Diet Coke because the locker room coffee did not sit well there.


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Practice Tweets: Green doesn’t skate, AA leaves early, returns; Mrazek starts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 1:41 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice around noon on Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday's TSN game against...Dion Phaneuf's...Ottawa Senators, and just prior to practice, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose "dropped some knowledge":

At 23 years old, @pmrazek34 is the 6th youngest goalie, and the first since Osgood (1993-94) to win 20 games in a season for the #RedWings.


The youngest 20-game winners for the #RedWings: Lumley (18), Osgood (21), Sawchuk (21), Crozier (22), Cheveldae (22) and Mrazek (23).

The Wings received good news on the Abdelkader front, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

No hearing for #RedWings Abdelkader with NHL for hit on Barkov. Team believes he's in the clear.

And the Wings got to work, per the Free Press's George Sipple:

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Dion Phaneuf “Never Had A Chance” In Toronto

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

From his first awkward moments as the team’s 18th captain to the brutal, bone-headed pinch on the first shift of his last game with the Leafs, Dion Phaneuf never had a chance.

Polarizing from the beginning of his captaincy, he never had a chance to live up to the great expectations Brian Burke and Ron Wilson heaped on him when they put the “C” on his sweater.

He never had a chance to win over a fan base desperate for a winner and strong leader when at the time he was a player who was tentative as a leader and tentative on the ice.

And finally, he never had a chance to live up to the big contract former general manager Dave Nonis “rewarded” him, a deal that became a burden to Toronto president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Lou Lamoriello.


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50 Years Ago Today- NHL Expansion Announced

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

There were owners of the six original NHL franchises and League president Clarence Campbell on one side of the table. On the other side were owners from the NFL, famous entertainers and politicians. On the agenda was the matter of League expansion, and 50 years ago Tuesday it all came together in what was a momentous day in the history of the NHL.

On Feb. 9, 1966, the League doubled in size with the birth of the "Second Six," the Board of Governors awarding franchises to Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul and St. Louis.

From Feb. 7-9, 1966, Campbell gathered the Board of Governors at the St. Regis hotel in Manhattan for three days of meetings that would feature plenty of intrigue. Among those present were Charles Adams of the Boston Bruins, James Norris of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bruce Norris of the Detroit Red Wings, David Molson of the Montreal Canadiens, William Jennings of the New York Rangers and Conn Smythe of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The most significant topic on the agenda was League expansion. 


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Crain’s Detroit Business’ Shea: Wings’ follow-on rink will have corporate name

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In the FYI department, per Crain's Detroit Business and CDB's Bill Shea, it appears that the Red Wings' follow-on rink will have a corporately-sponsored name:

I keep on hoping for the "Belle Tire."

Update: Here's more from Crain's Detroit Business's Shea:

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Abdelkader appears to have escaped supplemental discipline for Barkov hit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford reports the following:

There’s no disciplinary hearing scheduled for Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader following his big check on Florida’s Aleksander Barkov last night, an NHL spokesman has confirmed.

The incident, which occurred early in the second period, left Barkov woozy and forced him from the game entirely. Abdelkader wasn’t penalized on the play — that, along with the hit itself, infuriated the Panthers and head coach Gerard Gallant.

“It was a cheap hit, I don’t know how the ref didn’t call it,” Nick Bjugstad told the Miami Herald.

“I thought it was a cheap shot but the referees didn’t see it that way,” Gallant added, noting that Abdelkader “left his feet a little and got [Barkov] in the jaw.”

Barkov won't play tonight vs. Buffalo.

One more damn time, if you haven't seen the hit:

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Tuesday Morning Hockey Thoughts

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- For months now, Blues GM Doug Armstrong’s been saying he wants to see his team when healthy, and they just can’t get there.

Blue-line anchor Alex Pietrangelo is out at least three weeks, which takes St. Louis right to the deadline — just as Jaden Schwartz closes in on a return. The good news is the team is loaded on the right side, as Robert Bortuzzo can now play regularly behind Colton Parayko and Kevin Shattenkirk.

The question will be coach Ken Hitchcock’s deployment. Shattenkirk is first and Parayko second in offensive-zone starts among the defence. Pietrangelo was sixth. Bortuzzo is the only one lower, but played 26 fewer games.

At practice Monday, Hitchcock had Bouwmeester (Pietrangelo’s regular partner) with Shattenkirk. So it looks like that’s the new top pairing. I’m a Shattenkirk fan, and last year when he was hurt, teammates said it was so much harder exiting the zone.

- Had a funny conversation after the morning skate that day with Carlo Colaiacovo and Ryan O’Reilly.

Colaiacovo talked about getting to know O’Reilly and how hard he works. Then, he added, “And he’s a vegetarian. I don’t know how you can get the energy necessary to play without meat or chicken.” (This was when the centre joined in.) Do you go out for a steak dinner with the rest of the team? “Yes,” he answered. What do you have? A salad? “Well, two salads,” O’Reilly laughed.

He said he’s done a lot of reading on the subject and became a vegetarian two summers ago when the Avalanche told him he was going back to centre. “I wanted to lose eight-to-10 pounds.” His influence is growing. Zach Bogosian went vegetarian too, “although I did it just to see if I could,” he said.


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