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Practice Tweets: Wings ‘taking an optional’ after winning weekend

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings chose to "take an optional" as the Wings are in the middle of a stretch of 3 games played over the course of 3 nights, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

#RedWings Howard and Coreau taking turns in one net. Mrazek just working off-ice today.

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A Feature On Scott And Rob Niedermayer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Hometown Hockey,

Scott and Rob Niedermayer did everything together growing up as kids in Cranbrook and since the brothers were just 16 months apart in age, they could also be teammates on several hockey teams.  When Scott and Rob went their separate ways to pursue hockey careers at the age of 16, they never thought they’d have the opportunity to play on the same team again. Not only did they end up playing together again, but they won championships together, including the Stanley Cup.

Watch the five minute video feature at Hometown Hockey...

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Too Young For An Agent?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

There is a boy playing minor hockey in Toronto you haven’t heard about yet but probably will before too long. Then again, he could be out of hockey in three years or become a marginal player in junior or college hockey. We have chosen to not publish his name. But he’s very, very good. He’s attending an elite hockey academy in Toronto and is thriving a year above his age bracket for one of the top Triple-A organizations in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. He’s big and he’s skilled and he has lots of promise.

He’s also just 12 years old. And his family has been getting calls from player agents. The same agents who represent multimillionaires playing in the NHL have been contacting the parents of a 12-year-old kid. And he’s not the only one. Players, particularly in Canada’s biggest city, have become accustomed to being contacted by agents during their bantam years, (ages 13 and 14) and some of them already have representatives.

“He’s the one people think is ‘The Next One,’” said Anton Thun, a longtime player agent of M-Five Sports, of the player in question.

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Video- Game Highlights From Sunday’s NHL Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Take two minutes out of your day to watch.


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Impressive Weekend For The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Let's be honest. The Detroit Red Wings are cooked. They are tied for 14th in the Eastern Conference and have an ugly minus-26 goal differential. But over a 30-hour period this weekend, they reminded me of the glory of the winged wheel as they knocked off the NHL's best team, the Washington Capitals, in a shootout on Saturday afternoon and then completed their David-versus-Goliath weekend by whipping the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road 5-2, ending a nine-game points streak by the Penguins.Goalie Petr Mrazek was terrific in both games.

The math says the Wings have very little chance of extending their magnificent playoff streak -- they have 23 games remaining and seven teams to climbs over -- but if anything, the weekend's stellar work against top-notch competition was a reminder that maybe the future isn't so far away from this storied club.

Craig Custande and Joe McDonald with their weekend observations...

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Ryan Johansen Returns to Columbus Without Any Fanfare

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

On Sunday afternoon, Johansen, drafted by the Blue Jackets at No. 4 in 2010, said that "it feels like everyone’s forgotten about (the trade)," remembering his four-plus seasons in Columbus fondly.

At no point during Sunday’s game, however, did the Blue Jackets recognize Johansen, which he noted afterwards.

"I was a little disappointed they didn't put anything on the (scoreboard) to say thank you or anything like that," Johansen told reporters. "I think we all know who made that call, but whatever."

It’s unclear as to whom Johansen is referring to, though his Blue Jackets career wasn’t always sunny. 


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Chill Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Relax, people. The Canadiens are going to right the ship and win the Atlantic Division. How do I know this? Because Claude Julien is a good coach, this is still a good team and Saturday’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets was as meaningless as a press conference from that gas-bag Donald Trump.

There are losses that can’t be blamed on the coach, the GM or even the players. Schedules, acts of nature, events no one can control. And let’s face it — the bye week is an idea whose time has gone.

Going into Sunday’s games, teams coming off the bye were an abysmal 3-12-4, including five losses Saturday, a day when Washington and Tampa Bay were the only bye teams to salvage a point. Even the powerful Blackhawks lost 3-1 at home to an Edmonton Oilers team they had crushed 5-1 a week earlier.

And what do the players gain in terms of a mental and physical break? Coming out of the bye, the Canadiens play five games in eight days. Surely, it would be better to spread a couple of those games over an extra week? Anything would be better than having a team go into the stretch run looking rustier than a ’77 Ford Pinto?

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Video- Jonathan Drouin Shines In OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

It was a dazzling 47 seconds, with the puck on the Lightning wing's stick for most of it.

"I was gassed," Drouin said.

Drouin was also determined. With the Lightning blowing a two-goal lead for the second straight night — this time with 41 seconds left — it desperately needed the second point. Drouin made sure of it, his slick steal-and-deke display on the winner lifting Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

"He wasn't going to be denied on that shift," goalie Ben Bishop said. "He was a man on a mission.''

Said Tyler Johnson: "A pretty heroic effort."

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Video- Senators Thought They Had Tied The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Inconclusive replays of the close in shot taken by Pageau and the scramble that followed in the last second of regulation time wiped out any hope the Senators had of at least getting into OT, and picking up one all important point.

“My blade was in the net, his glove was in the net, his pad was in the net,” said Pageau. “So there was a lot of stuff to cover the puck. There was no call on the ice.

“It’s probably the angle of camera they had. It’s not like was an early whistle or anything. Maybe the ref was on the wrong side of the net. He was just trying to do his best. But I’m pretty sure that puck crossed the line, so it’s unfortunate for us.”

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck adamantly stated the right decision was made.

"That was guaranteed out,” he said. “My pad was there and he pushed my pad in, and I got my glove right behind it.

“I’m kind of confused as to why the crowd was getting into it.”

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Steve Ott’s Weekend

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Steve Ott's best game as a Detroit Red Wing came against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Ott had a goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

Ott played a key role on the penalty kill, which went 4-for-4, including two big kills in the third period. He provided a physical presence, as he usually does, with a game-high six hits. He won 3-of-4 faceoffs.

You could say he had a weekend Gordie Howe Hat Trick, after his fight with Brooks Orpik during the third period of Saturday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena. Ott took a beating in that bout, but he showed once again his willingness to step up for teammates.

"He was excellent on the weekend," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Even when he's not playing he brings tons. He has a way as a player to help with a veteran group to hold people accountable. I thought his physicality on the weekend was great. I thought his defensive play and his play on the PK was great. I thought he did an excellent job just his five-on-five play and then he's just got a great way about him in the locker room. He's a great asset to our hockey team."


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