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Video- The Vancouver Canucks Remember Pat Quinn With A Moment Of Silence And A Song

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mark Donnelly with a version of "Danny Boy" in remembrance of Pat Quinn.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flyers set-up: Wings aim for 3-in-a-row vs. road-struggling Flyers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings laid an egg when they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers on October 25th, but--in theory--tonight's NBCSN-televised "rematch" (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/CSN Philly/NBCSN/97.1 FM) between an 8-9-and-3 Flyers team and the strong-on-home-ice 11-5-and-5 Wings should yield a strong opportunity for the Wings to extend their winning streak to three games for the first time this season (the Wings did go "unbeaten" in 3 via 2 wins and a shootout loss at the end of October).

In practice, the Wings are a team that tends to do a fine job of goofing up when "the odds are in their favor," and while the Flyers have lost 5 straight games, including a 1-0 shootout decision to the Islanders on Monday, Steve Mason stopped 46 shots in that effort, Jakub Voracek is always good against the Wings and is tied for the league lead in scoring...

And this is one of those, "The underdog is due" games that scares me (for lack of a better term).

The Flyers' scribes didn't cover Tuesday's practice (Michael Raffl gave an interview to the Flyers' website, but he's got a "lower-body injury"), and as NJ.com's Randy Miller noted, the Flyers theoretically might be preoccupied with this weekend's games...

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The good, the political and the speculatory

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I've thought about putting these articles in the overnight report--I was quite frankly not up to an evening entry as this whole physical endurance thing is affected by depression, and I'm still coming up for air as it were--but they don't belong in a Wings-Flyers spiel, not even a rambly one.

This is the best part of my job, reporting on the kind of things that remind us that the players who chase pucks for a living make their biggest impacts off the ice. The Red Wings' Community Relations Department posted several Instagram photos from the Wings' annual pre-Holiday Season visit to Children's Hospital on Tuesday evening...

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Martin Hanzal’s elbow on Erik Johnson: is it a matter of player culpability?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

One injury, two very differen takes. Again, via Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian, this time it's Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal hitting Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, and the Coyotes' announcers are more critical of the hit than the Avs' announcers:

Does Johnson leaning down on the follow-through of his shot = "Well Martin Hanzal is so strong..." and an unintentional elbow, well, shit happens?

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, erik+johnson, martin+hanzal, phoenix+coyotes

Garbutt knees Hall

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

During the Dallas Stars' 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, as Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski noted, Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt...Oh hell, you know how this goes. Garbutt plus opposing player, this time Oilers forward Taylor Hall, equals knee-on-knee hit. Hall was okay, but still, this hit can be diagrammed with a s-u-s-p-e-n-s-i-o-n on the telestrator:

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  Tags: dallas+stars, edmonton+oilers, ryan+garbutt, taylor+hall

Blues lose Elliott to ‘lower-body injury’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian, the St. Louis Blues lost an incredibly important contributor when Brian Elliot suffered a "lower-body injury" on this hit by Senators forward Erik Condra (and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tom Timmermann reports that the Blues are sticking with the "lower-body injury" line):

Ottawa won 3-2 in a shootout.

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  Tags: brian+elliott, ottawa+senators, st+louis+blues

Sportsnet tells the story of Alexander Mogilny’s defection, realities of late-Soviet Tikhonov hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Alexander Mogilny was one of the last (and only) Soviet-era players to defect from the USSR to play in the NHL (Sergei Fedorov, Mogilny and Pavel Bure were the young stars int he crown), and Sportsnet told his story. Former Buffalo Sabres GM Gerry Meehan narrates the tale, Sergei Fedorov makes several appearances in the 23-minute video, and thankfully, this feature was produced before Viktor Tikhonov's death, so it reminds us that Russian hockey has lost a legend--and a legendarily cruel dictator:

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  Tags: alexander+mogilny, buffalo+sabres, sergei+fedorov, viktor+tikhonov

The Habs thus far

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

16-6-1. Not a bad start for Les Canadiens, as they sit atop the NHL the last week of November. However, while the record looks good, Carey Price has been solid, and various players have performed extremely well, most of those losses have been blowouts. While a loss is a loss, one has to wonder why a team can win a string of games handily, only to blow-up randomly on other nights. Is it coaching? is it the schedule? My theory is that it is likely a scheduling issue - for example, the Habs dropped Sunday's game 5-0 after a string of 5 games over 8 nights. That said, it's an odd development for a team that last season was so consistent. It will be interesting to see whether it continues as the season progresses.

As for individual players, Price, Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec and Dale Weise have performed extremely well, while Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk, Jiri Sekac, and Manny Malholtra have looked good as well. PK Subban has looked mediorcre on many nights, as has PA Parenteau, while David Desharnais has been invisible at times. Michel Therrien's propensity to continue trotting Desharnais out with Pacioretty, rather than giving another centre, such as Eller, a chance on the top line is perplexing. GM Marc Bergevin's pattern has been to get rid of players Therrien won't stop using in favour of others (see Bourque, Rene), so it wouldn't surprise me to see Desharnais shipped out unless he shapes up.

Montreal has a few days off to rest up prior to Friday's game against Buffalo. It should be a good rest for their aged defence, who, with the acquisition of Bryan Allen, boasted an average age of 33 last week. Look for Price to be back in net after Dustin Tokarski faced the Rangers on Sunday. 

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Report: Daniel Alfredsson to announce retirement on December 4th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 12:28 AM: Because TSN's geo-blocked its "Insider Trading" segment and all its other videos from outside-of-Canada viewing, I guess we've got to go with Bruce:

The Red Wings host the Dallas Stars that day, the Senators host the Islanders on December 4th, and of course Henrik Zetterberg told DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose the following:

Last week, Internet reports claimed Daniel Alfredsson has chosen to retire instead of trying to overcome lower-back pain that has plagued him for months.

But Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg says everyone should tap the brakes over those unconfirmed reports.

“So far it’s just rumors,” he said. “I know he’s trying to get his back better, doing his rehab part, skating a little bit. I won’t say that its over until it’s over.”


Update #2: Here's more from Garrioch in article form:

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The Latest On The World Cup Of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The National Hockey League and the Players' Association hope to generate between $75 million and $100 million from the rekindled World Cup of Hockey, according to their preliminary estimates.

A person familiar with the matter told TSN that the eight-team tournament, which is scheduled to be held in September 2016, will raise about half its revenue from the sale of broadcast and internet streaming rights. The NHL and NHLPA have predicted those rights may garner close to $50 million.

NHL senior vice president John Collins said it's too early to say how much cash the league and NHLPA will generate.

"We are not at the finish line yet on the WC," Collins wrote in an email. "More meetings still needed with PA and federations. Premature to comment on any specifics."


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