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Sipple: Abdelkader played with dislocated finger down stretch, strives for offensive consistency

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's George Sipple spoke with Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader during locker room clean-out day, and Abdelkader clarified his reason for not fighting Brian Boyle...

“I was tied up with (Ryan) Suter in front of the net,” Abdelkader said. “I was kind of grabbing his jersey, and all of a sudden my finger dislocated. I took my glove off and my finger was kind of pointing sideways. I had to go back in the room, and it didn’t really pop back into place right away. Kind of had to put some numbing into it, and then I went out and played.”

The finger was sore the rest of the season.

“We were freezing it before games, just because it was so sore,” Abdelkader said. “Rest of the season and playoffs, I had to keep those fingers taped. So I had to stitch my gloves together and put some extra protection in the gloves to protect that finger. Yeah, it wasn’t great. Guys at this time of year are going to be battling injuries and different things.”

Abdelkader also told Sipple that he suffered a "tweaked" knee in the Wings' final regular-season loss in Boston, and he discussed some of his production goals going forward:

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Evening news: A horse with Nyquist’s name, the brothers Svechnikov and ‘net-front’ Helm

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of mostly Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Per the Associated Press, the horse with Gustav Nyquist's name will have its day in the sun this upcoming weekend:

A year after American Pharoah thrilled the sports world by winning horse racing’s first Triple Crown in 37 years, here comes Nyquist.

The colt named for Detroit Red Wings player Gustav Nyquist is looking like a worthy successor to a sport eager to retain the new fans it gained during American Pharoah’s sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Nyquist was last year’s 2-year-old champion, capping his season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Now he is expected to be the favorite for the 142nd Kentucky Derby next Saturday. The colt brings a 7-0 career record into Churchill Downs.

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Video- Brooks Orpik Suspended Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Patrick Burke explains...


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Your NHL Draft Lottery Conspiracy Theory

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

We here at Monday Morning Quarterback Central might not subscribe to the theory that the fix was in on the NHL draft lottery.

Why would the NHL want to arrange the result? Sure, Rogers paid a bazillion dollars for the broadcast rights. Yeah, the ratings for the network’s game telecasts are down there where the submarines roam, so Rogers is taking a bath on its NHL investment.

And yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the linchpin of that whole broadcast deal and they’ve been rancid since around 1967. But rig the draft so that the NHL’s pet franchise gets a crack at the top pick? Only a greedy, money-obsessed sports league would even … oh, never mind.

What is more troublesome than the possibility that the NHL might have rigged the lottery is the process that brought us to this point: Blatant, persistent tanking is fatal to a sports league. Any league. The players on the ice may be trying hard, but when management has already ensured failure by shipping out most of their high-priced players, that’s tanking.

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Video- St. Louis Blues Even Series At 1-1 With OT Win Over The Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

David Backes with the OT power play goal after Antoine Roussel took an interference penalty at the offensive blue line.

Final score was 4-3.



added8:12pm, game highlights are below...

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Your Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (May 1, 2016) -- Forwards Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers and Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey,” the National Hockey League announced today.

The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season and the top three vote-getters were designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards, hosted by actor Will Arnett, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Masterton Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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Toronto Wins The Draft Lottery

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I am not happy with the way the draft lottery has become an event on the hockey calendar.  Last night Puck Daddy had a live draft lottery chat as though that was the main event last night and Stanley Cup playoff second round games were not.  Hockey should always be the main event.

Toronto wins the draft lottery.  Thus Toronto will pick Auston Matthews in the draft.  Some Toronto fans are ridiculously predicting which year they will win the Stanley Cup now.  I suppose they didn't realise Toronto was the last place team in the NHL.  A first pick overall is no guarantee of success.  Ask the Edmonton Oilers if you do not believe me.

Auston Matthews is one of the few players who might be able at age 18 to step into the NHL and make an impact.  Toronto needs several players capable of making an impact to step into their line-up before they make any significant runs.  By pushing the draft lottery as an event, the NHL is pushing hope for otherwise hopeless franchises.

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A Hearing Today For Brooks Orpik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


To review the hit, watch below...

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Video- Highlights From The NHL Playoff Games On Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders to tie the series at 1-1 and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their series at 1-1 too.


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Video- The Ping Pong Ball Process

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The sounds of a dryer slowly doing its job puts me to sleep, now I can add the ping pong ball process to the list.

Actually watch how the NHL goes about picking the NHL Draft Lottery winner. 


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