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The Team On The LCA Practice Rink

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Awesome arena," goaltender Petr Mrazek said. "The practice rink is amazing. We had a chance to have a couple practices before the camp so we saw the dressing room, we saw all the different stuff. It's very cool.

"You have the big arena and the practice facility next to each other, big fitness room where all the trainers are. It's something different from Joe Louis but very nice. Everything is great. Start with the hot tub, cold tub, the treadmill underwater, the gym, the dressing room. Everything is new and exciting."

Coach Jeff Blashill said having a practice rink inside the building is "awesome." In the past the team would need to dress and drive to places like Liggett High School in Grosse Pointe Woods and the Taylor Sportsplex when another event was at the Joe.

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Roman Josi Is The New Captain Of The Nashville Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (September 19, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that defenseman Roman Josi has been named the eighth captain in franchise history. Additionally, defenseman Ryan Ellis was announced as associate captain and Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg as alternate captains.

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Injury News From The St. Louis Blues

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(Sept. 19, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Zach Sanford will undergo surgery after dislocating his left shoulder during training camp.  He is expected to miss five to six months.  In addition, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will be re-evaluated in three weeks after suffering a left ankle fracture.

Sanford, 22, joined the Blues via trade from Washington on Feb. 27, last season.  The 6’4, 203-pound forward went on to make 13 regular season appearances for the Blues, posting five points (two goals, three assists).  The Salem, Massachusetts, native also dressed in four 2017 postseason games.

Bouwmeester, 33, is entering his sixth season with the Blues.  In 2016-17, the 6’4, 212-pound defenseman logged 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in 81 regular season games.  The Edmonton, Alberta, native also played in 11 2017 postseason games, serving four penalty minutes.

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All Scotty Bowman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

This is your seventh decade of attending NHL training camps since your first with the Canadiens in the 1950s. What's been the biggest change you've seen during that time?

"The length of the camps, which were four to six weeks when I began coaching, and the first week of practice - let's use Montreal - that went from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. because they had so many guys. There was no time limit. They had four teams and they scrimmaged twice a day, each one for an hour and a half. Some guys would finish at 10:30 and come back and go again at 1, based on the schedule of the week. There were no preseason games. Chicago goalie Glenn Hall didn't want to practice for a month at camp, having guys like (Bobby) Hull and (Stan) Mikita shooting at him two or three hours a day. He'd always report two weeks late. He did the same thing with us in St. Louis."


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Detroit Is Skating This Morning At The New Practice Facility

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Detroit plays in Boston tonight at 7pm, those in the lineup will fly there after the morning practice..

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Appears Mrazek starting tonight. He and Coreau working with goalie coach Jeff Salajko before practice.

lines tonight:

defense pairs tonight:

Boston roster is below...

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Previewing The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,


Will they be able to produce much offence? When you only have one player (Tomas Tatar) score more than 20 goals and when a 36-year-old Henrik Zetterberg is your only player able to register more than 50 points, the odds of you succeeding are slim. The Red Wings averaged 2.41 goals per game, which ranked 26th in the NHL and their power play ranked 27th. Larkin, Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou need to reach that next gear and become leaders on the ice. If that doesn’t happen then don’t expect this edition of the Red Wings to be competitive in the Atlantic.


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Andrew Shaw On Playing With A Concussion

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from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

He knew that the collision, which he described as a "bell ringer", should’ve prompted him to seek immediate medical attention. But as he acknowledged on Monday, he wouldn’t be the first hockey player not acting in his own best interest under the circumstances.

What’s hard to understand is how many more blows he took to the head in the games that followed—and what he went through as a result—before he finally spoke up.

"In Game 2, I took the puck to the net and Brendan Smith cross-checked me in the face," Shaw recalled. "That rung my bell again. But me being the player I am, I wanted to keep playing. It’s playoff hockey and I just figured I’d work through it. Then I took a couple of big hits from Dan Girardi in [Games 3 and 4] in New York and we came back to Montreal and I ended up getting into a fight [with Smith in Game 5].

"You get punched a few times in the head in a fight and I’m thinking, ‘This is just getting worse and worse.’"

But Shaw remained silent.


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About Those Contoured Chest Protectors For The Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos of the Toronto Sun,

When it comes to reducing the size of goaltending equipment, the NHL is still trying to get smaller. But the deadline for implementing any new gear is also shrinking by the day.

After introducing form-fitting pants in February, the league was hoping to roll out Phase 2 of its lululemon-like equipment line in time for this season with contoured chest protectors that were tailored to each individual goalie’s body type.

The problem? The chest protectors are still stuck on the assembly line and might not be ready for the start of the season.


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Pain Ahead For The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

This gloomy outlook is not a guarantee, nothing is in sports. Sometimes good prospects become stars. Perhaps Larkin rebounds and becomes a dominant two-way center like Patrice Bergeron. And Rasmussen becomes a force in their top six. Maybe Hronek and Saarijarvi become great top four defensemen and Mantha hits another gear and pots 30-35 annually.

That team could do something.

Realistically though, the road ahead for the Red Wings could take a long time before they get where they want to go.

It’s going to suck. It’s going to hurt. Be ready for the pain.

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Rules Crackdown Begins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

The 60-minute exhibition that followed featured a combined 20 minor penalties for the Capitals and New Jersey Devils. While no rules have officially been changed, early preseason action has shown that the NHL is cracking down on slashing and faceoff violations. Consider the message received after Washington was called for five of those penalties in the exhibition game.

“There’s still a little bit of confusion on everybody’s side,” Eller said. “But you have these games to get these things nailed down and for the players to adjust. It is zero tolerance, and you know, we did that as the game went on.”

Said forward Alex Chiasson: “Obviously, they’re trying to implement some new rules. But for the first 10 minutes, it was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen.”

There’s been talk of being harder on slashing following several wrist, hand and finger injuries last season from dangerous stick work. “Now, as soon as your stick is off the ice and you touch the other players’ stick or hands, it was zero tolerance today,” Eller said. More surprising was the three faceoff violation penalties called in the first period of the game. That also represented a new emphasis from the league. “Cheating” on faceoffs has been commonplace, and for centers who’ve made their name winning faceoffs with a certain style and routine, staying perfectly within the red lines in the circle was an adjustment.

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added 8:15am, Sportsnet talked the faceoff rule last night, watch below...

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