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Articles from practice: Wings ‘take an optional’; on the Flyers, Sproul, Sheahan and ‘going north’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings took part in an off-ice workout ahead of tomorrow's game against the Philadelphia Flyers (5 PM EST on FSD/CSN Philly/97.1 FM; Philly is currently tied 1-1 with Dallas in a Saturday matinee game), and after practice, MLive's Ansar Khan posted three videos:

The first involves Tomas Tatar "discussing the need to play a north-south game" alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Anthony Mantha...

The second involves Thomas Vanek discussing his chemistry with Sheahan and Nyquist, and addressing the steps the Wings have taken "in the right direction" despite their loss to Columbus...

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Video- Max Domi Out With Upper-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Today the Arizona Coyotes placed Max Domi on IR and listed him as week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

Check out his left eye after this fight with Garnet Hathaway on Thursday night.


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An App For Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The telephone, the object with the funny dial and coiled cord that some of us employed in romantic pursuits with varying degrees of success, is a relic. Now, as Chris Heidelberger explains, young people open Snapchat on their phones to initiate the quest of companionship.

“From a parent’s perspective, you went from reluctantly giving it to them for convenience to, ‘It’s inevitable. They’re going to be behind if they don’t get it,’ ” said Heidelberger, a father of three, of the eventual parental concession to children’s mobile connectivity requests. “I have a 15-year-old now — a great, fun kid. If he’s not studying or playing hockey, he’s doing Snapchat or Instagram like 95 percent of his friends. It’s just the way it is.”

At 18 years old, Patrik Laine, Winnipeg’s goal-scoring prodigy, falls right into this window. Laine, like all of his peers, grew up with his phone with a greater level of engagement, for example, than 33-year-old teammate Chris Thorburn or 49-year-old coach Paul Maurice.

As the league trends younger toward players such as Laine, connectivity will run even deeper. With each passing season, the NHL will welcome players who are not just handy with their phones but practically helpless without them.

So it stands to reason that players will turn to their swiping fingers for all the information they require. This is where Heidelberger, as a CEO as well as a parent, believes he’s uncovered a demand at the rink.

continued plus more hockey topics...

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Practice Tweets: It’s an ‘optional off-ice practice’; lineup decisions to be made @ game time Sunday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena today, attempting to rebound from yesterday's 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, exept for the hitting the ice part, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

#RedWings optional off-ice practice today, enter play -3 BOS for 3d, atlantic, -6 PHI for 2d wild card.

#DETvsPHI 5 pm sun @JoeLouisArena


blashill says sproul scratched because he needs to be more assertive.


blashill mum on lineup.

Guess: Jimmy Howard will start.

FTR/FYI: our friends from Philadelphia have won 5 straight December games and 7 straight overall, and they host the Dallas Stars today at 1 PM EST.

According to MLive's Brendan Savage, the Wings don't fare particularly well against teams in front of them in the standings:

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All about Dan Renouf

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

GrandRapidsGriffins.com's Mark Newman profiles Red Wings prospect, Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and University of Maine alumnus Dan Renouf today:

"When I was trying to decide [whether to leave Maine], I got a call from Nyquist and I think it helped,” said Renouf, now age 22. “He had a lot of really good things to say about how the Red Wings treated him after playing in Maine. That connection really helped me in making my decision.”
His dream had always been to play pro hockey, and yet he needed to fulfill the promise to his parents that he would get an education. “I have about six more courses for my business management major, and I plan to get my degree in the next couple of years,” he said.
Renouf played six games with the Griffins at the end of last season, which gave him a taste of pro hockey.
“Playing those games helped ease my mind,” he said. “It gave me a good understanding of the game, and I think my style of play translates from college to the pros. Most importantly, it was an opportunity to get to know the guys.”
From the start, Renouf was impressed by the tightness of the Red Wings organization.
“Compared to my other choices, it seemed like a big family here,” he said. “Detroit really values their players, and they’ve had such success that I wanted to be a part of the organization.”

Newman's profile of "Reno" continues...

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Video- Scouting For On-Ice Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Boston Bruins,

Officiating Director Al Kimmel explains how the NHL scouts future referees and linesmen throughout the minor leagues.


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Questions For The Governors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

In order to offer some clarity and opinion from those who have their fingerprints on the pulse of the league, Postmedia approached four governors for some insight.

The panel includes:

Kevin Lowe, Vice Chairman, Oilers Entertainment Group, Jim Nill, General Manager, Dallas Stars, John Davidson, President of Hockey Operations, Columbus Blue Jackets, Doug Armtrong, General Manager, St. Louis Blues.

ZEISBERGER: Coming out of the World Cup, goal scoring was up by a significant amount. But that trend has quickly reversed and now offence has dried up again, with the average being about five goals per game between the two teams. Is this reason for concern? Are changes required, whether it be expediting measures to shrink goalie equipment, make nets bigger, penalize zone defences, etc.?

NILL: A 2-1 game can be better than a 5-4 game. I think the game has never been better, never been faster. And almost every game is exciting. I think that’s because every team has a chance to win. I think everyone knows whoever makes the playoffs has a chance to win. Every night’s a playoff game. There was one coach at the start of the season who was asked: 'When do you think you have to start getting ready for the playoffs?' Well, the playoffs start on Day 1 of the regular season now. I think that’s great for the fans, great for the league.

ARMSTRONG: One of my thoughts on why the scoring was up early was that a lot of the top coaches in our game were away for training camp. By the time they got back and got things the way they wanted defensively, it took a bit of time. But I’m not surprised it came down. It’s the coaching, and because of the players who weren’t in the World Cup have now caught up competitively with the players who were.


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The Detroit Red Wings Look Like A Very Average Team

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

They have a 2-7-2 record against teams in the Atlantic Division, a 4-7-2 mark vs. teams ahead of them in them in the Eastern Conference and a 9-9-2 record against teams with records above .500....

They've failed to score more than two goals in regulation 14 times - that's exactly half of the 28 games they've played to date - and the loss to Columbus marked the eighth time they've scored one or fewer.

Is it any wonder they're 24th in the NHL with an average of 2.36 goals per game, well under the league average of 2.64?

Defense was supposed to be the Red Wings' main concern entering the season but they're 17th in that department with a 2.71 team GAA, just below the league average of 2.64.


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Video- It’s Not Often You See A Big Hit On Patrick Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Then a frustrated Kane delivered a high-stick...


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
Washington 4, BUFFALO 1
Columbus 4, DETROIT 1
St. Louis 4, NEW JERSEY 1
MINNESOTA 3, Edmonton 2 (SO)
NY Rangers 1, CHICAGO 0 (OT)
ANAHEIM 3, San Jose 2
The Blues (16-8-4, 36 points) and Ducks (14-9-5, 33 points) earned wins to gain ground in the battle for first place in their respective divisions:
* Vladimir Tarasenko (0-3—3) collected three assists and Robby Fabbri (2-0—2) scored twice as the Blues handed the Devils their first regulation home loss of the season and improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games. With the win, St. Louis moved within two points of Chicago (17-8-4, 38 points) for top spot in the Central Division. Tarasenko ranks second in the NHL with 13-18—31 (28 GP), trailing only Connor McDavid (12-26—38).
* The Ducks surrendered a 2-0 lead, but Hampus Lindholm scored his first goal of the season with 5:38 remaining in regulation to power Anaheim to a 5-1-1 record in their last seven games. The Ducks leapfrogged the Sharks (15-11-1, 31 points) and Flames (15-13-2, 32 points) to move into a tie with the Oilers (14-11-5, 33 points) for first place in the Pacific Division.

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