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Afternoon Line- Todd McLellan

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Ken Holland On The Wings

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from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

“We’ve gotten good goaltending on an every-night basis,” Holland told The Athletic on Sunday. “I think the younger players have taken on a bigger responsibility, they’ve earned a bigger responsibility. The power play has been relatively productive.”

Holland’s conclusion?

“We’re in the game,” he said of the Red Wings' spot in the standings. “We’re not ahead of the game. What’s ahead of the game? If you can be at this stage and be five, six or seven ahead of the ninth seed. You’re ahead of the game. We’re right at the bubble.”

more (paid subscription), includes Custance on some of the Wings at this point of the season...

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Nov. 20, 2017) – Carolina Hurricanes left wing Teuvo Teravainen, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 19.

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Sipple: Larkin on the rebound from a difficult 16-17 season

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From the Free Press's George Sipple:

Dylan Larkin leads the Wings with 20 points in 21 games. He already has more assists (16) than he had in 80 games last season.

“I just think his game is way better,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said of Larkin, who leads the team with 20 points. “For me, it wasn’t a big surprise. I just think he had the learning process he went through last year and he’s a way better player because of it.” 

Larkin earned his 16th assist on Justin Abdelkader’s goal at 14:01 of the first period on Sunday night against the Avalanche. The Wings blew a 3-1 lead in the third period and lost, 4-3, in overtime at Little Caesars Arena. 

Larkin was originally credited with the first goal, which would have been his third in the last three games. But the Wings announced a scoring change after the period ended.

Abdelkader got a piece of Larkin’s shot to score his fourth goal of the season. Larkin was instead credited with the assist.

Larkin also won 12 of 16 (75%) of his faceoffs against the Avs and has won 52.6% of his draws this season.

St. James continues...

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Did Radko Gudas Deserve More Than A 10 Game Suspension?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Ever since he became the director of player safety for the NHL, George Parros has pretty much walked the walk. Even though he owns a company called Violent Gentlemen that recently marketed ball caps that said, “Make Hockey Violent Again,” Parros has been surprisingly hard on hockey’s miscreants. So it would be natural for people to be applauding him for banning the NHL’s dirtiest player – and there is absolutely no doubt now that Radko Gudas enjoys that particular distinction – for 10 games for his latest act of violence.

Pardon me if I don’t join in the chorus. Parros made a statement to be sure, but he had the opportunity to make a much bigger and much more impactful one. It was right there, handed to him on a silver platter. Because it’s not as though Gudas has not proven himself utterly incapable of grasping the danger he’s doing to other players. Had Parros really, really wanted to get rid of this kind of rubbish, he would have banned Gudas for 40 games for his vicious slash to the head of Mathieu Perreault, then dared the NHL Players’ Association to come after him with an appeal.


If you missed it, the NHL suspension video is below...

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Video- Slowing It Down On A Monday

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4 1/2 minutes of super slow motion action from the past week in the NHL.


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What’s Wrong With The Montreal Canadiens

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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Shea Weber has been everything he’s supposed to be, a tower of power, an intimidating force, a leader. The problem is that on defence, the drop-off in talent after Weber is spectacular. The Canadiens this season could have had a Big Three of Weber, Andrei Markov and Mikhail Sergachev. Instead, it’s Weber, Kneel and Pray.

Whatever the approach was that Bergevin took to signing Markov and Alexander Radulov, it resulted in the CH losing both players: Bergevin, with $8.5 million left in the kitty, came up a day late and a dollar short. Markov went back to Russia to play for Kazan, and Radulov signed with Dallas.

Up front, that meant the Canadiens lost size, muscle and scoring ability. An undersized crew of forwards seems even smaller without the bull-like Radulov out there breathing fire and daring opposing defencemen to try to move him off the puck. The only remaining forward with any size, Max Pacioretty, plays like he’s 5-foot-6 and 135 pounds. The Canadiens lead the league with 36.6 shots per game but rank next-to-last in goals per game, because only Brendan Gallagher, Andrew Shaw and Paul Byron drive the net.

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The Wings Were Outplayed Last Night

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings believe they're a faster, better-skating team this season, one that applies a lot of pressure on the forecheck.

Sunday was a good chance to provide further proof, against a team that played the night before.

Instead, the Colorado Avalanche outskated the Red Wings from the drop of the puck and pretty much all night at Little Caesars Arena....

The Red Wings (10-8-3) still haven't won three games in a row. They're 2-0-2 on a five-game homestand that concludes Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers....

Leading by two, the Red Wings seemed to be caught in between trying to keep pushing or play more defensive to protect the lead.

"I don't know if we quit playing, I don't know if we thought we had won it at that point," Blashill said. "We got to make sure we're pushing. The easiest way to win is to score the fourth one, without taking any unneeded risk.


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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
CAROLINA 4, NY Islanders 2
Colorado 4, DETROIT 3 (OT)
NY RANGERS 3, Ottawa 0
VEGAS 4, Los Angeles 2
ANAHEIM 3, Florida 2

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Prospect news: Griffins lose in shootout; Walleye win, plus an NCAA-Europe-Major Junior round-up

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Of prospect-related note over the course of Saturday and Sunday nights:

In the AHL, on Saturday, the Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Rockford IceHogs. Eric Tangradi had a goal and an assist and Dominic Turgeon scored a goal, and Tom McCollum stopped 36 of 38 shots, but the IceHogs went 1-for-3 in the shootout, and that was enough to prevail over the Griffins.

Grand Rapids' website posted a recap:

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