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Tweets from practice: Wings ‘take an optional’; Jersey banged-up; Sunday features

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 12:47 PM: Hicketts will play tomorrow vs. New Jersey, per Khan:

The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena the day after a difficult loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, with the Wings preparing for a 3-games-in-4-nights slate which will take them to New Jersey (Monday) and then find the Wings hosting Philadelphia (Tuesday) and Chicago (Thursday).

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Wings "took an optional":

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan checked in...

Optional skate today...Helm (lower body) skating today as is Abdelkader

The Wings also recalled Joe Hicketts from Grand Rapids as insurance as the team currently has 6 healthy defensemen (Ericsson, Kronwall, DeKeyser, Green, Ouellet and Jensen) going into their 3-games-in-4-nights slate.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey--the Devils lost 3-1 to Philly last night--per NewJerseyDevils.com's Amanda Stein...

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Red Wings recall Joe Hicketts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As insurance...

Here's the Wings' press release:

… 2017 Calder Cup Champion Has 42 Points in 116 Career AHL Games …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Joe Hicketts from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

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USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson Passed Away Suddenly This Morning

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Vidoes- Bad Goal Of The Night Candidates

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Carey Price..



Or Pekka Rinne?

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Brutal Loss For The Chicago Blackhawks

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from Paul Roumeliotis of NBCChicago,

Probably not the way the Blackhawks wanted to start their second half of the season.

After a five-day break, the Blackhawks suffered a brutal 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the United Center. This coming after a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on home ice last Sunday.

"It was a game we had to win," Quenneville said after Saturday's loss. "Disappointing in a lot of ways."

The Blackhawks needed both goaltenders to get through 60 minutes. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass combined for 39 saves on 46 shots.


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Video- Make-A-Wish Recipent In The Faceoff Circle Against Sidney Crosby

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via the San Jose Sharks,

15-year-old Make-a-Wish recipient Hayden Bradley joins the Sharks and takes the opening ceremonial faceoff against Sidney Crosby.


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Frustrated In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

It didn't take the sound of a door slamming in the dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.

Tampa Bay felt like it worked hard – at least, harder than Thursday's listless loss to Vegas – yet dropped another game. That makes five losses in the last seven. More telling, the team has lost its swag.

"We're out of sync," coach Jon Cooper put it. "The guys didn't forget how to play hockey in the last week and a half."

But they forgot how to play the right way.

Gone is that "mojo" Nikita Kucherov often talked about the Lightning having in the first half of the season, when it appeared to be running away with the Eastern Conference. Now Tampa Bay's division lead has shrunk to three points thanks to a surging Boston team that just might be the class of the conference right now.

It's not time to hit the panic button, but it's getting closer.

Here are some takeaways from Saturday's 5-2 loss in Minnesota:


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Morning Line- Bucky Gleason On The Buffalo Sabres

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If you're looking for sympathy for the Sabres, or their fans, and suggestions of better days ahead, you came to the wrong place. The Sabres are a terrible hockey team in a terrible place, thanks to terrible ownership and a terrible rebuilding plan that was implemented before this long, terrible season.

The Sabres are getting exactly what they deserve after bungling one decision after another since Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the team in 2011. The Sabres will miss the playoff for a seventh full season under the Pegulas, which is hardly a coincidence given the sample size.

-Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News after the Sabres 7-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.  Read on for more from Gleason.

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5-2- The St. Louis Blues Drop A Home Game To The Arizona Coyotes

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from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“This is embarrassing,” said forward Vladimir Tarasenko.

“To be perfectly honest, there’s no explanation for it,” Yeo said.

So if that previous home game was unacceptable, where does that put this one, Yeo was asked.

“It’s got to be unacceptable to them, I hate to say it,” Yeo said. “That’s the reality. I can say it all I want, but we can keep trying to do whatever, and obviously we will. We’ll come back to the rink tomorrow and that’ll be a practice that obviously ... we’ll have practice, but it’s in the preparation. For whatever reason, when you’re not ready to work, obviously that’s the result tonight.


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Video- The Best From Saturday’s Games In The NHL

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Catch up on the action if you missed yesterday's games.


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