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Video- Recap Of Detroit’s Win Over Pittsburgh Last Night

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Criticized for being too small for many years, the Detroit Red Wings now have some promising big men up front - one already a key player on the team and one who doesn't look too far away.

Anthony Mantha and Michael Rasmussen scored goals with nice power moves to the net Monday as the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in a preseason game at Little Caesars Arena....

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Mantha, looking to build on an impressive rookie season, has been sharp in the preseason, with two goals and five points in three games. He gave his team a 2-0 lead by skating down the right wing and make a good move in tight to score at 6:21 of the second period.

Rasmussen, the 6-foot-6, 221-pound center selected ninth overall this year, notched his second goal in three preseason games to open the scoring at 13:14 of the first period, on the power play. He corralled the puck near the side of the net, skated out front and banged it past goaltender Tristan Jarry.

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Below, watch the extended game highlights...

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Nice goal, ‘Ras’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

He's probably not going to make the opening-night roster, but Michael Rasmussen is impressing Wings fans with his play over the course of the Wings' exhibition season. Here's his goal at Little Caesars Arena, along with what sounds like a recording of the JLA goal horn:

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Andrew Desjardins Suspended For The Next Two Preseason Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The explanation.


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The Pittsburgh Penguins Are In Town

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Sort of, their lineup for tonight is below along with Detroit's.

Puck drop is just after 7:30pm ET and is on FoxSports Detroit and AT&T Sportsnet in Pittsburgh.  Radio broadcast in Detroit is on 97.1 The Ticket.

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Blashill, Daley touch upon sports protests, are recitent to comment on ‘hypotheticals’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After today's morning skate, the Red Wings were asked about the political controversies that are engulfing the sports world presently, and they quite frankly didn't want to get into specifics to incite more controversy, as noted by the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

“I love this country, I’m extremely proud to be an American,” Blashill said. “I coach the Detroit Red Wings, so for me, right now, I’m focused 100 percent on hockey and if things arise I have to answer, I’ll answer at that time. But I’m not answering hypotheticals, things outside of the hockey range.”

There has been little, to no, reaction within the NHL to the controversy surrounding the NFL and NBA regarding athletes taking a knee when the anthem is played, bring to light social and racial injustice.

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins announced Sunday they will visit the White House to celebrate their victory — unlike the Golden State Warriors in the NBA.

Blashill said he wasn’t focused on what was happening Sunday around the NFL other than the Lions’ crushing loss where a potential winning TD was overruled on replay.

Hockey been considered the most conservative of sports, focusing more on the “team” rather than individual views or opinions.

“For me, I can’t answer that,” Blashill said. “I don’t know. I don’t know how it affects the political landscape. I know that hockey, I’m not comparing, I haven’t been around other sports. I know hockey players know that you win only as a team. I know that for sure. Other than that, I couldn’t say.”

The Free Press's Helene St. James...

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Detroit’s Roster Has Been Trimmed

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Zach Nastasiuk, defenseman Dan Renouf and goaltender Matej Machovsky to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings released forwards Mike Borkowski, Austen Brassard, Connor Crisp, Luke Esposito and Dominik Shine; defensemen Simon Denis, Pat McCarron and Kevin Tansey; and goaltender Pat Nagle from their tryout contracts.

The Red Wings' roster currently sits at 48 players (27 forwards, 16 defensemen and five goaltenders) as the Red Wings play the second of four-straight preseason home games tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket). Detroit will also take on the Chicago Blackhawks (Thursday at 7:30 p.m.) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Friday at 7:30 p.m.) at Little Caesars Arena before concluding the preseason in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.


Update: Here's the Griffins' version of the press release:

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Michael Rasmussen Gets Another Look Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 3:17pm, oops, wrong section of KK, sorry.

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

The Red Wings are taking a nice, long look at Michael Rasmussen, their first-round pick, ninth overall, from the draft this past June.

You can't help but notice the 6-foot-6, 221-pound center when he's on the ice and he'll be on the ice quite a bit against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill has Rasmussen centering Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist and on a power-play unit.

"I think it gives us a chance to see obviously a real high pick play with two talented players," Blashill said. "As I said, I thought he was really good in Chicago, one of our best forwards. He practiced with us yesterday with our main team, he did some things that showed some real high-end skill. It'll be good to see him tonight."

Having experienced NHL veterans on his line will help Rasmussen. They can communicate with him on the bench between shifts.

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added 3:13pm, below, watch Tatar on playing with Rasmussen....

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Video- Justin Abdelkader On Returning From A Groin Injury

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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Afternoon Line- Tyler Seguin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"There's a certain point when you're sitting in the off-season, we had a long one, you kind of reflect and you think of certain games and that was definitely one that stuck out to me individually where I look back on it and say, '(Blank), what were you doing?'

"It was a miserable last 10 or 12 games knowing we were out, you don't want to lose that feeling. And individually, there were lots of points you look back and say next year, 'I'm going to be better here' and 'I'm going to be even more consistent here' and 'I need to think more defensively there.'

"It all adds up."

-Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars.  Scott Burnside of DallasStars.com has more.

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Stephen Walkom On Enforcing The Rules

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Stephen Walkom insists his officials will continue establishing a standard of enforcement that won’t waiver during the regular season or Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Yes, the playoffs.

“So far the reaction has been pretty good with coaches and players – it’s in the skilled players’ best interest,” said the NHL’s director of officiating, who adds that none of the league’s 31 general managers have lodged complaints either.

“By playoff time the players will have changed the way they set up for a faceoff. With the slashing we’re going to treat it just like hooking out of the 2005-06 season and we don’t want to change our standard in the playoffs.”

Players and fans have every right to be skeptical games next spring will be called as tightly as this year’s pre-season penalty-fests.

However, what shouldn’t be questioned is whether the players will learn to conform sooner rather than later. Just as they did after the lockout when hooking and holding needed to be eliminated.


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