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Devolution

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Devolution is a process of decline. Something that has gone from great to good, good to bad.

When devolution occurs, things have gone in a negative direction. 

We're not here for a vocabulary lesson. We're here to watch the Detroit Red Wings win games. There have been many times this Season that the Wings should have gained ground on the competition but they did not take advantage.

Sadly, the Wings have gone from hanging in there, to currently battling it out for a wild card spot. 

The Wings, with the exception of a few players, have devolved into mediocrity, and it's not acceptable to the many Fans that pay the price to watch the Wings. The Coaching staff is on the hook as well.

Something's gotta give. How do you motivate millionaires? 

It's a live blog. Bitches!

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Red Wings-Islanders game-day updates: Boychuk in for Islanders, Wings sticking with Friday’s lines

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Jeff Blashill and Jack Capuano gave pre-game updates ahead of today's matinee between the Red Wings and Islanders (2 PM EST on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM):

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Waiting On Dustin Byfuglien

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Byfuglien’s agent Ben Hankinson are working on reaching a contract extension which would keep the defenceman in Winnipeg for several years going forward.

Most guesses have the Jets and Hankinson discussing a five-year term with an annual average value north of $7-million. Talks have increased in regularity over the last few days and there now seems to be a sense of urgency to reach a conclusion. If a deal is going to be worked out, it could happen in the next week.

With the trade deadline set for Feb. 29, time is getting scarce. The Jets need an answer. And that answer will create a ripple effect across the NHL.

The Jets need to know where they stand. Cheveldayoff’s phone continues to ring and teams say his message right now is his focus is on signing Byfuglien and until there is clarity on that front, the future of Ladd can’t be discussed.

Byfuglien, and his decision to stay in Winnipeg or wait and go to free agency in July, is holding up a lot of people.

Cheveldayoff will be prepared for a number of scenarios....

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Worst Corsi Player

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Which player in the NHL has the worst Corsi?  Corsi is a measure of attempted shots when a player is on the ice at even strength.  Attempted shots mean missed shots, blocked shots and shots on goal.  We calculate the number of attempted shots taken by the player's team and subtract those taken by opponents.  This number is useful because it is a measure of puck possession.  A team that attempts a lot more shots than their opponents has the puck.  So which player is on the team that plays without the puck the most while he is on the ice?  That player has the worst Corsi in the NHL.

If I told you that the worst Cori player is the player who plays on the worst Corsi team would that surprise you?  It probably wouldn't.  Puck possession is largely a team skill.  Although we can extract individual player contributions, it shouldn't surprise you if the worst Corsi player is on the worst Corsi team.  The worst Corsi team in the NHL this year is the Colorado Avalanche.  Which Av player should have the worst individual Corsi?  Probably the logical guess is the guy who has the most playing time.  The more you play on the worst Corsi team, the worse your Corsi would be expected to be.  That is the case.  Francois Beauchemin, the Avs leader in playing time has the worst Corsi in the NHL.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Note four afternoon games today, full schedule is below.

DUCKS POST SIXTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
The Ducks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to stretch their season-high win streak to six consecutive games and improve to 13-3-1 in 17 contests since the holiday break.
 
* At 25-18-7 (57 points), the Ducks moved three points ahead of the Coyotes (24-22-6, 54 points) for third place in the Pacific Division. They also climbed within a point of the idle Sharks (27-19-4, 58 points) for second place.
 
* The Ducks are averaging 4.16 goals per game over their current six game stretch, notching four or more goals in four of the six contests.
 
* Corey Perry scored the go-ahead goal at 2:07 of the third period and has 4-3—7 in his last six outings. He leads the club in game-winning goals (4), goals (21) and points (35) this season (50 GP).
 
Frederik Andersen (23 saves) picked up his fifth consecutive personal victory (1.80 GAA, .936 SV%), two shy of his career-high win streak set last season (7-0-0, Jan. 2-27, 2015). He has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last seven appearances.
 

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Important Games Ahead

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The popular line inside the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room Friday was that every one of the remaining 31 games on the schedule are as important as the rest with teams jockeying to secure playoff positions.

But at the same time, nobody was denying that the next five are especially big. All are at home and four are against Eastern Conference foes the Red Wings could end up battling for a spot in the postseason tournament.

The stretch begins today with a 2 p.m. matinee against the New York Islanders, who like the Red Wings have 58 points in the Eastern standings.

"It's important. Gotta win," said rookie All-Star Dylan Larkin, who leads the Red Wings with 17 goals. "Every game is important for the rest of the season. It's so tight. I was looking (at the standings), you could be taking in the draft lottery or you could be in the playoffs and not in the wild card.

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The Calgary Flames Lose A Game They Needed To Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

Despite being desperate for points, the Flames wasted Game 50, surrendering a third-period goal, falling 2-1 in Friday’s humdrum affair at the Saddledome.

“Bottom line — with one goal, you’re not going to win many games in this league,” said Mark Giordano. “I don’t know what else to say. We have to create more. We have to score more goals.

“Two goals against is pretty good on most nights.”

Quickly, though, they must hop to their feet, snatch up their hat, swat the dust off their dungarees, and regroup for Saturday’s skirmish against the Canucks in Vancouver.

“That’s a big game, a (Pacific Division) game, against a team we’re trying to catch,” said Dougie Hamilton. “We’ve got to turn the page, learn from this one, and play better.

“Obviously, we’re trying our best to win.”

So we’ve heard.

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Below, watch coach Bob Hartley post-game and game highlights rolled into one video...

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The Anaheim Ducks Have Won Six Consecutive Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Here’s what you need to know about the Ducks’ 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night:

THE GAME IN 140 CHARACTERS OR FEWER

- Once the second period began, the offense kicked back into high gear and took advantage of a leaky Coyotes defense and shaky Anders Lindback.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

“I think Bruce has found a good mix in terms of finding guys to create depth throughout the lineup. I think our team is really hard to defend right now.”

- Ducks winger Andrew Cogliano

STAT OF THE NIGHT

- The Ducks have the NHL’s longest active win streak at six games and they’ve scored 35 goals over their past nine games.

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Watch the game highlights below...

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Video- Recap Of The Four NHL Games From Friday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just over two minutes of action from the NHL games played on Friday night.

 

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Prospect news: Griffins romp over IceHogs, Callahan scores hat trick; Walleye lose, Svechnikov 1+1

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a helluva night. Mitch Callahan had a hat trick and a total of 5 points, Martin Frk had 2 goals, Tom McCollum stopped 37 of 38 shots and the Griffins defeated theRockford IceHogs by a staggering 9-1 tally. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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