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Preview And Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN and SN1.

George Malik of The Malik Report has all the information you need for tonight's game.

NHL.com. preview...

 

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Video- The No Goal Call Against The Philadelphia Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Flyers lost 3-2 in OT to Calgary...

from Mark Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

... a pool reporter asked Stephen Walkom, the NHL director of officiating, why the play was ruled no goal due to incidental contact and was unreviewable. Here was his response in a phone interview.

“That (incidental contact/no goal) is one of the things we’ve been doing a little more this year. I would say it’s happened 20 or 30 times. . .

“(Referee) Chris (Rooney)made a call of no goal. They (on-ice officials) met, contacted someone here, probably Chris King, and he told them it’s not a reviewable play. . .incidental contact.

“We think it’s a good process – in order to get the right call. We use all the resources available to make the right decision.’’

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Watch the play below...

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Video- Goalies Hurt, Goalies Leave, Goalies Come Back In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

This comes from the NHL:

Panthers goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya both sustained injuries during the Maple Leafs/Panthers game. According to Rule 5.3, "In regular League and Playoff games, if both listed goalkeepers are incapacitated, that team shall be entitled to dress and play any available goalkeeper who is eligible. This goalkeeper is eligible to sit on the player’s bench, in uniform. In the event that the two regular goalkeepers are injured or incapacitated in quick succession, the third goalkeeper shall be provided with a reasonable amount of time to get dressed, in addition to a two-minute warm-up." In this situation, the League approved Florida's request to dress goaltending coach Robb Tallas.

From Dale Tallon:

"For our third goalie to go in, Robb Tallas, paperwork had to be cleared by the league before he could go in. The last time we did it, it was expired. It was a one-time PTO (pro tryout) and it had expired.

"The delay was, we were debating whether to put a player in or wait to get Robb legal so he could go in. We were in communication with the league so he could go in. We had to keep Montoya in; then Louie decided to come in and try and get us the win.

"We had [Derek MacKenzie] and Robb getting dressed.

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Below, watch how it played out on TSN...

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Video- Matt Martin Major For Kneeing And A Game Misconduct

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Looks more like a knee to inner thigh hit.

 

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Video- Recap Of The Ten NHL Games Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just under sic minutes of highlights from the NHL games on Tuesday.

 

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Rangers set-up; a ramble about the Phaneuf stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings' new trade deadline acquisitions will get to work when the Red Wings host the New York Rangers this evening (a delightful "Rivalry Night" game at 8 PM EST on NBCSN/Sportsnet 1/97.1 FM; the Wings are collecting school supplies this evening), and this should be a humdinger of a "First Game Back from a West Coast Swing" trap game:

New York actually has 39 wins to the Wings' 35 and 84 points to the Wings' 81, and they've won both 5 of their past 6 games (with their most recent win involving defeating Nashville 4-1 on Monday) and 9 of their past 11 games, and they of course acquired the much-ballyhooed Keith Yandle on Monday as well--and they're playing fantastically well despite not having the services of Henrik Lundqvist ("vascular injury") in the net (Cam Talbot's been starring in Lundqvist's place).

Things don't get any easier for the Wings after tonight; they host the playoff-desperate Calgary Flames on Friday, they head to Boston to battle the Bruins in a Sunday matinee, and then they host the Oilers to wrap up a slate of 4 games in 6 nights.

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Prospect news: on KHL playoffs, Wheaton’s injury, Backman, Mrazek and the Griffins’ weekly release

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Tuesday was actually a very busy day for the Red Wings' prospects and their teams, and it involved an under-the-radar transaction that was a bit of a bummer in Jared Coreau and Martin Frk heading to the ECHL's Toledo Walleye due to the returns of Petr Mrazek and Teemu Pulkkinen to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

In game action:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin may be injured, but SKA St. Petersburg's going to be just fine. They defeated Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 3-1 and lead their 1st round playoff series (yes, the playoffs are already here in the KHL).

There's already a playoff series that's over as Sergei Fedorov's team, CSKA Moscow, defeated HC Sochi (Cory Emmerton's team) 6-0 and swept that series 4-0;

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Grading the Habs deadline

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Montreal Canadiens are a better team than they were on Sunday. As far as I'm concerned, that's the most important aspect of the deadline when a team is in playoff contention. However, the other important factor is, of course, what the team gave up to acquire assets. A quick recap:

  • The Habs started the day early, sending a 2nd round pick, and a conditional pick (which could become a 3rd depending on playoff results) to Edmonton for Jeff Petry. Petry was one of the most sought after defencemen at the deadline, known for his smooth skating, strong shot, and defensive positioning. Petry gives the Habs just what they needed on the back end, and was a solid pick up by GM Marc Bergevin at a reasonable price.
  • Bergevin stayed busy, sending a 2016 5th round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for versatile forward Brian Flynn. Flynn gives the Habs speed on the third and fourth line, and he's strong on faceoffs. He should provde valuable depth and character heading into the playoffs.
  • Bergevin's final move of the day was sending a 7th round pick and physically-inclined prospect Jack Nevins, again to Buffalo, for Montreal native Torrey Mitchell. Mitchell is another gritty third or fourth liner, who is a solid penalty killer and has playoff experience. He's also a local son, who was very excited to become a Hab. A solid depth pick up at a very reasonable price.

All in all, the Canadiens had a solid day, as trader Marc added valuable depth pieces for the impending playoffs. What Bergevin did not do is add a proven top-six scorer - many believe he was close, and added Flynn and Mitchell anticipating another move of multiple players - but he addressed the Canadiens primary need, which was a top four defenceman. If I am assigning a grade, I would give the Habs a B+, below the A level because of the inability to add a scorer, but a job very well done nonetheless.

All that said, the Canadiens are a better team than they were to start the week, and they didn't have to part with much. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a solid deadline.

The Habs are in Anaheim tomorrow. Let's see what the new additions can do. 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Plan Moving Forward

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at NewsTalk 610,

Brendan Shanahan wants fans to know the Toronto Maple Leafs are committed to a long-term rebuilding project, and that they won't have to pay more to see it unfold next season.

In a letter to season-ticket holders that will go out Wednesday morning, the team president outlines the expectation for short-term pain with the goal of becoming a Stanley Cup contender in the future.

"There are no shortcuts to building a team the right way," Shanahan writes in the letter. "It will require patience and a long-term view, but it is important for you to know that the process will be well worth it when we get there."

In line with that, the Leafs will not raise ticket prices for next season. It's the fifth time in seven years all ticket prices will remain the same across the board, following increases in some areas of Air Canada Centre for 2014-15.

The Leafs are on their way to missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons. Shanahan, who was named team president in April, tells season-ticket holders that the management team and players will be committed to becoming a contender "and will not be satisfied with anything less."

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Does the NHL still ‘owe’ Henrik Zetterberg an apology for Jamie Benn’s face-punches?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The NHL doesn't deliver formal "apologies" to players, but Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave believes that the league ought to do the same thing that Erik Cole did during Tuesday's practice--apologize for Jamie Benn's unpunished indiscretion that probably concussed Henrik Zetterberg:

Zetterberg has missed the last four games after he was punched repeatedly in the head by Benn in a scrum surrounded by four officials. Zetterberg left the game and did not return for the third period, when the Wings overcame two two-goal deficits in the third period of a wild, 7-6 Detroit victory. And what did we hear from the NHL about that? Crickets.

Imagine how league officials would have responded if Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby or Washington's Alexander Ovechkin had been sucker-punched like that. Or anybody in Toronto or New York. Oh, the outrage!

Such hypocrisy. For a league that insists it's doing everything possible to protect its players from head injuries -- especially when caused by such gratuitous violence -- the unthinkable decision not to slap Benn with some form of supplemental discipline is inexcusable.

Zetterberg missed four games with headaches. He skated hard Monday and again on Tuesday, and hoped to be cleared for contact afterward. He remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the visiting New York Rangers.

If he does play, he'll likely be flanked by Cole, a speedy and acerbic 6-foot-2, 210-pound on one wing, and Justin Abdelkader, 6-1 and 220 pounds, on the other. Not since Steve Yzerman had Bob Probert on one wing and Gerard Gallant on the other has a top-line center been surrounded by such a combination of size, speed, grit and goal-scoring ability

Gave continues, and while I wouldn't go as far as to compare Abdelkader and Cole to Gallant and Probert...Do you think the NHL still owes Zetterberg an apology it won't give him? Should the NHL apologize when players who injure others go unpunished?

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