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Video- Dick Irvin With Tonight’s HNIC Opening

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Wow.

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Articles from practice: On the Wings’ dangerous penalty-kill, Jonthan Ericsson, results & having fun

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The Red Wings held a light practice the day after their 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, and as the Wings happen to have 6 shorthanded goals this season, the team discussed its aggressive penalty-killing unit, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:

An aggressive mindset and more speed and scoring ability on the penalty-kill units has resulted in six shorthanded goals, which is tied for the NHL lead with Minnesota and Florida. The Red Wings have tallied more shorthanded goals in 32 games than they did the previous two seasons combined (five).

Assistant coach Doug Houda emphasized more up-ice pressure on the penalty kill to disrupt opponents' ability to set up their power play. He also encouraged penalty killers to pounce on scoring chances.

Dylan Larkin has two shorthanded goals. Darren Helm, Luke Glendening, Frans Nielsen and Trevor Daley have one each.

"When you insert Larkin in the kill, Nielsen and Helm, we got (Andreas Athanasiou) on one of the units, Glenny, you have opportunities to have real threats," coach Jeff Blashill said. "The way everybody's power play is going, they're all about being four at the net. And when you have four at the net, if the puck goes the wrong way, you have opportunities for shorthanded chances. We've given up some shorthanded chances, but when you're a threat on the penalty kill, it backs teams off a little bit and it's a hard way to run a power play."

Khan continues, and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan picks up the narrative:

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Saturday Hockey Notes

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Gary Bettman deserves a raise. And no, I haven’t lost my mind or been caught up in the spirit of the season. I don’t care much for Bettman, the hockey man. I have come to greatly appreciate Bettman, the businessman and all he has done to grow the NHL. The fact he could get anyone to agree to pay $650 million U.S. for a Seattle expansion franchise — can we say goodbye Quebec City — is both stunning and brilliant. Of course, if there’s another lockout in 2020, allow me to change my mind.

- What an impressive deep rookie class in the NHL: Brock Boeser, Matthew Barzal, Clayton Keller and defencemen Charlie McAvoy, Mikhail Sergachev and Will Butcher. The Calder race is going to be a great one.

- From a personal perspective, I’ve watched NHL games regularly and marvelled at the inaccuracy of the giveaway-takeaway stats. On one shift in a game recently, a player gave the puck away three times. At the end of the period, he was listed as having one giveaway.

So if the NHL can’t get time on ice correctly, can’t properly track shots on goal, can’t seem to get the giveaways and takeaways — and probably hits as well — accurately, then the entire process of statistical gathering for teams and players and media and fans needs to be addressed. And somehow fixed.

The next time you see the statistic save percentage, take it with a grain of salt. It’s only as accurate as the information provided and what seems clear these days is the information provided is not entirely accurate.

more on the last topic plus other hockey notes...

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Afternoon Line- Kevin Collins On Fighting In The NHL

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“The game is so much better now, it’s faster. It’s more skilled. The competition. The players are in better shape. We don’t need fighting. No one listens to me, but I recommended to the rules committee that maybe we should follow what hockey is everywhere. If you fight, you get disqualified. Everybody wears a face shield. It’s not necessary.”

-Kevin Collins, retired NHL linesman and just inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.  More on this topic and other hockey notes from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.

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Tweets and articles from practice: Pigeon Witkowski, rebuilding discussion and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings wrapped up a slate of 3 games played over the course of 5 days with Friday's win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the team chose to open a 3-day break between games (the Wings next play on Tuesday against the Islanders) by practicing at Little Caesars Arena.

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji checked in early...

Half-an-hour later, Luke Witkowski hit the ice with a strange hat...

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Wings’ Joe Louis Arena memorabilia auction yields a high-priced haul, Al the Octopus included

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The Free Press's Hasan Dudar checked in on the final bids made for Joe Louis Arena's merchandise auction, and the prices of the items sold hit premium levels, including Al the Octopus himself:

Al the Octopus — an icon sure to be recognized by Detroit Red Wings fans — was sold for $7,700 Saturday morning in an online auction of memorabilia from Joe Louis Arena, said Dan Rosenthal, the Chief Operating Officer for Schneider Industries Inc., the company handling the “Bid on the Joe” auction.

The giant octopus went in the first lot of bids that closed at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to Rosenthal, who said no one will know who the bidder is until the entire auction closes, in order to “prevent any shenanigans” and make sure everyone is a legitimate bidder. The last lot will close Saturday at about 5:30 p.m., Rosenthal said.

The online auction began at 7 a.m. on Dec. 10. It features several other pieces of Detroit hockey history, including lockers, locker room doors, photos, signs, and more, according to a Dec. 7 news release.

Update: Here's more from WXYZ:

Other items sold in the auction included Pavel Datsyuk's old locker stall for $3,250, a wall mural of the 1997 Stanley Cup Championship team for $4,100, and a glass-plated photo of Steve Yzerman from the 1998 Stanley Cup Championship team for $4,850.

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Video- Cory Schneider With The Save Of the Night

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The Devils beat the Stars 5-2 last night.

Goal would have made it a one goal game with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Have Scoring Issues Without Auston Matthews In The Lineup

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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

A three-game trip ended the way it started in Philadelphia on Tuesday and continued in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday.

With a thud, and another loss in regulation.

Playing without Auston Matthews for the fourth game in a row as the team’s best player recovers from an upper-body injury, the Leafs lost 3-1 against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena.

It’s the second time this season the Leafs, who have a rare off-day on Saturday and don’t play until Tuesday, have lost three games in a row in regulation. The skid comes after Toronto won five of six games.

After the Leafs were shut out in Minnesota, the club’s forwards again fired blanks, as defenceman Andreas Borgman was the lone Toronto player to score on Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, though Borgman said after the game he thought his shot might have been deflected by Kasperi Kapanen.

That doesn’t matter. What does is the Leafs scored just four goals in the four games Matthews missed this past week.

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Welcome To Our Glorious Outdoor Game Setting, But We May Be Moving The Ottawa Senators

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With hundreds of fans braving -20 C wind chills to kick off what should have been a marquee weekend for the NHL in the nation’s capital, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said Friday night he would consider moving the franchise.

“If it doesn’t look good here, it could look good somewhere else,” Melnyk said. “But I’m not suggesting that right now. That’s always the possibility with any franchise.

“If you open a grocery store and nobody comes, but one opens two blocks down and there’s a line outside, where are you going to have your store?”

The scene on Parliament Hill, with snow falling, was a perfect one for politicking – with the outspoken Melnyk perking up eyebrows of hungry hockey fans in Quebec City and bigwigs in Ottawa as the Senators search for a new downtown arena.

But Melnyk swore he wasn’t posturing.

“I don’t bluff,” Melnyk said. “I won’t sell it. It just won’t happen. Imagine if you own a McDonalds franchise, but you can move it. Why would you sell it? It’s something that’s very difficult to buy. We’re doing OK here. We’re not doing great.”

Melnyk said “the market here has to prove itself” or changes will be made.

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The Process Worked Last Night

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Lack of results could have prompted the Detroit Red Wings to deviate from the process coach Jeff Blashill constantly preaches.

Process is sort of the code word for playing the right way, and Blashill believes his team has continued to adhere to it during tough times.

"It's tough, it's frustrating, it's demoralizing when you're not getting results," Blashill said. "But it shows the character we have in the locker room that night after night we're coming out with the right process it takes to be successful."

The Red Wings, for one of the rare times lately, were rewarded Friday for having right process. They got goals from a pair of defensemen, won the special teams battle and had better goaltending in a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Little Caesars Arena.

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