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Prospect news: Griffins lose to Iowa; Borkowski powers Walleye win; Cholowski, Rasmussen score goals

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Turner Elson and Tyler Bertuzzi scored for the Grand Rapids Griffins in a 4-2 loss to the Iowa Wild. Tom McCollum stopped 23 shots (with Matej Machovsky as his back-up) and former Griffin Landon Ferraro would score the winner for Iowa. The Grifins' website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Sabres wrap-up—Wings snap Sabres’ jinx

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings snapped a 3-game losing streak against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night, defeating pesky Robin Lehner and the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 as the Wings earned two much-needed points via breaking out from a 3rd period deadlock.

For the Red Wings, who've now won 6 of their past 10 games, sitting at 10-8-and-2 with two games before the American Thanksgiving playoff cut-off point helps their spirits, their playoff chances, and helps prove that the Wings can--to paraphrase the Fox Sports Detroit crew--win the kind of gritty, grinding games that eluded them far too regularly a season ago...

For the 5-10-and-4 Sabres, a desperate situation becomes all the more so concerning, as the Buffalo News's Mike Harrington noted:

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Red Wings-Sabres quick take: finally, a gritty win over Buffalo!

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to earn their first win in four tries against the Buffalo Sabres, a team that's had the Wings' number over the course of four straight wins.

Detroit broke the Sabres' streak, mucking and grinding their way through 40 minutes of admittedly boring Sabres hockey before breaking through in the 3rd period, ultimately winning 3-1 over a tremendous Robin Lehner and a plucky Buffalo team.

Dylan Larkin had a great game, as did Luke Glendening of all people, and Tomas Tatar got the gamer 8:36 into the 3rd as the Wings finally started to jam rebounds and screen the Sabres' big goalie...

And at the other end of the ice, Jimmy Howard was tremendously underrated in stopping 19 hard shots in intermittent work, earning "run support" as Howard put forth another strong performance.

The Wings needed to beat the Sabres, especially given the emotional let-down off the Flames, and Detroit's going to need to win Sunday's game against the Avs as well.

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Coach’s Challenges Season To Date

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NHL,

6 Coach’s Challenges | 41 upheld | 25 overturned

· 45 for goalie interference | 25 upheld | 20 overturned (17 to “no goal” / 3 to “goal”)

· 2 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 2 upheld | 0 overturned

· 14 for offside | 9 upheld | 5 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 5 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 5 upheld | 0 overturned (all to “no goal”)

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Flames get suspended, too…Well, Matthew Tkachuk does

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

TSN reports that Matthew Tkachuk got suspended for one game for hacking Luke Witkowski in the back of the legs:

Update: The NHL did post videos of Tkachuk and Witkowski's suspensions after all:

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Striving For Mediocrity,Kenny

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There's one team in the East. One.

It's Tampa and everyone else.  So, essentially, as we move toward the cruel winter months (it's 68 in Florida as I write this), the goal is not just to make the playoffs. No, Kenny, the goal is to get the 7 seed. Because the first round is a bye for Steve Yzerman's team, the team he manages now because you, Kenny, wouldn't, you know, leave the job you've proven incapable of doing anymore. 

Tampa and, probably, Pittsburgh.  And then everyone else. 

Tampa and Pittsburgh and, maybe, Toronto, the team coached, Kenny, by Mike Babcock because he didn't want to coach this team anymore because, you know, you don't have the ability to bring anyone to Detroit anymore. 

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Video- Game Day Preview Wings/Sabres

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from the Wings' YouTube page,

Featuring Carley Johnston, Ken Kal, Luke Witkowski, Jeff Blashill, Dylan Larkin, and Nick Jensen at Little Caesars Arena on 11/17/17.

Update: Here's the Sabres' game-day preview:

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On The Automatic 10-Game Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

So, if 10 games is the standard based on a rule introduced years ago – perhaps in response to an era when brawls were commonplace – its time the National Hockey League considered either standardizing automatic suspensions for other malicious acts or removing automatic suspensions altogether. 

Witkowski’s actions didn’t warrant a 10-game suspension and it’s likely his punishment will be introduced as evidence at a future competition committee meeting or during CBA discussions that the rule needs to be revisited.

One suggestion is to lift the term “automatic” or allow the Department of Player Safety to overrule when applicable.


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Recap Of The General Managers Meeting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

As the NHL’s general managers gathered at Montreal’s historic le Windsor hotel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the league, the post-meeting talk was more about recent rule changes and an unexpected uptick in goal scoring.

“I think it’s without question the game is going in the right direction,” said Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello. “How much more has to be done is an unknown because right now I think we’ve got a great game.”

There was little trade chatter emanating from the GMs’ meetings, who were gathering primarily to begin the process of reviewing the latest changes to the game.

That includes the crackdowns on slashing and interference, as well as the new tweak to the offside challenge rule that costs a team a delay-of-game penalty if it fails to win an offside challenge.


Below, watch a few GMs discuss the meeting....

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A multi-million-dollar paper jam

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Sportsnet's Luke Fox's "Quick Shifts":

Once a restricted free agent’s arbitration hearing is complete, the arbitrator has 48 hours or less to file his ruling.

Ritch Winter, the agent for Tomas Tatar, had a gut feeling that the arbitrator who heard his client’s case with the Red Wings this summer would file an early decision.

Indeed, the arbitrator planned to send his ruling to the league an hour earlier than he did, but he decided to print out and read over his paperwork one last time. He had some printer troubles (been there — am I right?!) that delayed the filing, which arrived a mere seven minutes after Winter and the Wings signed off on a four-year, $21.2 million deal.

The ruling was for one-year and $5 million.

“So Tomas, who’s not performing quite at the level he’d like this year, is pretty thankful that happened,” Winter says.

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