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WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

OTTAWA 3, NY Rangers 2

Dallas 5, NY ISLANDERS 2

Boston 3, DETROIT 2 (OT)

Nashville 7, VANCOUVER 1

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Prospect news: Griffins ‘Dogg’ their way to shootout win; Gilmour (1), Rasmussen (2) score goals

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins rallied from a 3-0 deficit on goals from Brian Lashoff and Ben Street (2) en route to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Iowa Wild. Street also scored the shootout winner, and Jared Coreau stopped 25 of 28 shots for Grand Rapids.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Bruins wrap-up—overtime blues

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The stats are kind of stupid at this point. Detroit is 1-5-and-5 over their past 11 games thanks to a 3-2 OT loss to the Boston Bruins, a team they've won 1 of THIRTEEN games against.

Detroit at least managed to turn the game into a "one-point" loss by earning their 6th OT loss of the season, but the Bruins 5-point lead in the Atlantic Division standings still includes 3 games in hand on the 11-13-and-7 Wings.

In my opinion: I don't believe that the Red Wings are going to make a significant roster change--be it a trade or a coaching change--until after the pre-Christmas schedule is over (see: Toronto on Friday, @NYI and @PHI next Tues/Wed, and @BOS next Saturday), but I do believe that Ken Holland's "thought process" will have to involve some sort of significant change if the Red Wings are still losing come Christmas.

Going from macro-analysis to micro-analysis, the game-winning goal felt so embarrassing, because it was telegraph-shot predictable.

On the play, Zetterberg completely mis-read the play, pinching instead of hauling ass back to help once Nyquist tripped (Zetterberg finished at -3 on the night, and he's been awful lately), and as Marchand broke away, Green chose to try to poke around the Rat instead of taking his stick...Howard was as good as gone as soon as his left knee dropped:

In terms of the game as a whole, a comedy of errors undid what was yet again an excellent performance for about 40-50 minutes, marred by enough fundamental mistakes over the 10 minutes that the Wings didn't play excellent hockey to ruin the night for everybody in attendance (including a remarkably decent crowd for any night at Little Caesars Arena, never mind an evening wherein the region got blanketed by 6-8 inches of afternoon-and-evening snow).

Our friends from Boston have now won 9 of their past 11 games, and it could be argued that in winning on Wednesday, they took the "undercard" match-up heading home for a marquee affair against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

The B's were delighted to rally from a 2-1 deficit with all of 1:26 remaining in regulation, and to then capture two points all of 35 seconds into overtime. It wasn't a bad night's work, or in the Bruins' case, 2 minutes and 11 seconds' worth of work, as they told the Boston Globe's Kevin Dupont:

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Red Wings-Bruins quick take: slip sliding away (in OT)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap the Boston Bruins' long string of dominance over the Wings as the teams faced off for the first time this season.

The Wings owned a 1-10-and-1 record against the Bruins over the past year or so, and as the Red Wings also had a 1-5-and-4 record over their past 10 games, so expectations were not high for this one.

The Red Wings found a way to make it a 1-point game, but the Red Wings still lost, dropping a 3-2 OT decision to the Bruins.

Detroit did an excellent job of scoring the first and second goals before Boston did, but Detroit wore down and made mistakes as the 3rd period wound down, surrendering a game-tying goal with 1:26 remaining, and Brad Marchand made Zetterberg, Nyquist and Green--and Howard--look silly scoring the OT winner all of 35 seconds into OT.

So the Wings are now 1-5-and-5 over their past 11 games, and they've won 1 of 13 against the Bruins, with a rematch scheduled for December 23rd in Boston.

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Kenny? We’re Still Here

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It's December something. Somewhere in the middle.  Christmas is around the corner. Then New Years.  St. Patrick's Day will arrive, followed by a festive Arbor Day in either April or May.

So many holidays and so many days where the Wing team built by Kenny Tick Tock Holland straddles the line of mediocrity that has seduced him for so many years. 

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Kyle Turris On His Trade From Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joshua Clipperton of the CP at CBC,

Kyle Turris believes Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is the reason he's no longer in the nation's capital.

Speaking before his team's game in Vancouver against the Canucks on Wednesday, the Nashville Predators centre reflected on his time with the Senators that ended with a three-team trade on Nov. 5.

"It's tough because I think management did want to sign me, but I think that the owner didn't," Turris said following Nashville's morning skate. "And that was his decision."

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Notes On The Wings Plus The Game Day Preview

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings' website,

At first glance a four-point gap between the Red Wings and the Bruins in the Atlantic Division standings doesn't appear to be an insurmountable obstacle to overcome, especially since it's only mid-December.

However, the Bruins have played the fewest games in the NHL at 27 while the Wings have played 30. Detroit is 1-5-4 in its last 10 and Boston is 8-2 and oh, by the way, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is playing at his standard world-class level.

Since the Wings and Bruins play twice before the annual Christmas break, Wednesday's game for Detroit is borderline must-win territory.

"We have to play great hockey to give ourselves the best chance to win so we have to focus on ourselves and make sure we're playing great hockey," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said after Wednesday's morning skate.

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Watch the game day preview below...

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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic

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“We’re a young energetic group that’s playing hard every night. We’re going through some growing pains, like every team, and we hit the wall in the homestand, but I like the way they’re handling it. I know we lost in Tampa (5-2 to the Lightning on Thursday), but we played pretty hard. We played better in Tampa than in our homestand, and these last two games have been pretty good. So, we’re reacting well, working hard, sticking together. I like what’s going on with the group.”

-Joe Sakic, GM of the Colorado Avalanche.  Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has more from Sakic.

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Red Wings-Bruins game-day articles: B’s eye puck possession; on Athanasiou, Mrazek & 2 point-games

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings host the Boston Bruins this evening (8 PM EST on NBCSN/97.1 FM), and the morning skates revealed very little other than the Bruins' staggering 10-1-and-1 record against the Wings over the past 12 games.

There was also a birth announcement from the Bruins...

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The Chicago Blackhawks Are The Top NHL Team At Forbes’ SportsMoney Index

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Smith of Forbes,

The Forbes SportsMoney Index is the definitive ranking of the sports business world's most influential teams, athletes, brands and agencies, and it updates throughout the year to account for the latest financial data. So when we published our updated NHL team valuations last week, revealing that the average NHL team is now worth nearly $600 million, good for a 15% year-over-year increase, it was sure to have an impact on the SMI. And sure enough, those surging values are pushing hockey's top teams up the ranks.

The Blackhawks remain the top NHL team, now at No. 130 in the SMI. They're hockey's fourth-most valuable team at $1 billion, up 8% over last year, and employ two of the sport's highest-paid players in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

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