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Nikita Zadorov Injured In Practice Today And Is Done For The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Boulding of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov left Monday's practice after colliding with forward Mikko Rantanen during one of the on-ice exercises and is out for the remainder of the regular season with a fractured ankle, the team announced.

The incident occurred when Zadorov became entwined with Rantanen during a drill.

"He got tangled up with Mikko," head coach Jared Bednar said after practice. "He actually fell on top of Mikko, but his leg got trapped underneath Mikko and he fell awkwardly."

While Zadorov's status is a tough blow for the club, the Avalanche appears closer to getting two other players back in the mix.


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Winning = Wings’ morale improving, they’re defending ‘the streak’ one game at a time

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with Mike Green, Thomas Vanek and Jimmy Howard regarding the Wings' winning weekend and its effects on team morale:

In all honesty, the Wings' success this past weekend in beating Washington and Pittsburgh, didn't 'shock the Hockey World,' but it did provide the Wings with a confidence boost, which was needed as Detroit goes down the home stretch of their schedule.

"It's huge," defenseman Mike Green said. "More importantly, we're really playing good hockey. If we can continue that after the break here and finishing with the game tomorrow night, we'll go on a run, we'll create some points and we'll put ourselves in a good position. Right now we're playing good and we need to continue."

After Tuesday, the Wings will have their five-day break and return to action February 28 at Vancouver.

"I think there's a sense of confidence that's risen in the last little bit," Green said. "I think really details and guys are really competing. I think one of the biggest things in sitting out the last two games was our forecheck and staying above guys. We're a really playing a patient game and it's cause for some chaos and confusion in the other team's zone and we've gotten a lot of chances. If we continue that we'll be good."

Forward Thomas Vanek echoed Green, but he knows that two games is not the elixir that magically catapults the Wings squarely into the playoffs.

"It certainly feels good," Vanek said. "Like I said before, the big picture is not pretty so I think the message is just play game-by-game. This group has a lot of character, so that's good, so there's nothing to worry about on that side. We're going to come out and play hard and try and win games."

And as for the playoff streak?

"It does mean a lot to all of us in here," Howard said. "We've seen the guys before us, the efforts that they put into to make this organization what it is today. A lot of hard work and hours away from the rink too. It does mean a lot but at the same time I think everyone isn't like, 'The streak, streak!' Right now it's just going out there playing one game at a time and giving ourselves a chance."

Wakiji continues...

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Video- Jacob Trouba Suspended Two Games

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Here is the NHL explanation...


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The Calgary Flames Get Michael Stone From Arizona

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U.S. National Team Development Program to honor military on March 3rd

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From USA Hockey:

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System to Hold "Welcome Home Celebration" at USA Hockey Arena

Awareness event held at USA Hockey Arena during NTDP game is free for Service Members and Veterans

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Veteran Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System will hold its annual "Welcome Home Celebration" event at USA Hockey Arena on Friday, March 3. The event is for active military members, Veterans and their families and is part of USA Hockey's Stars and Stripes Weekend.

All service members and Veterans who RSVP by Friday, Feb. 24, will receive free tickets to the U.S. National Under-18 Team's game against the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League.

The event is held annually to promote awareness of the VA Healthcare information and community resources that are available to Veterans and their families. More than 20 VA resources and services will be represented at the event.

"VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Transition & Care Management program is excited to be hosting our annual welcome home event with USA hockey," said transition and care management program manager Deb Hinson. "We are looking forward to a fun filled evening celebrating our recently returning combat Veterans, military service members, Veterans of all eras, and their unsung heroes who have supported them along the way, their families & friends. We wanted to focus our attention this year not only to celebrate our Veterans but to also celebrate their families who support them daily in countless ways."

The free game tickets, parking, food and beverages being offered to military families are courtesy of local community sponsors.

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Khan speaks with Steve Yzerman about lifting the Cup in 1997

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Steve Yzerman as a part of a series of articles discussing "Joe Louis Arena Memories," and this one is a doozy:

"To finally win it in '97 after what we went through in getting close made it pretty special and even more special with this team.""It was pretty exciting each year that we went," Yzerman said recently. "We had pretty good teams getting into the early '90s and really good teams in '93, '94 and '95 and '96, as we were close, made the yearning and desire to win stronger.

The Red Wings eliminated St. Louis, Anaheim and Colorado on the way to the finals during Yzerman's 14th season.

"The first game or two of each series, we all looked around and said, 'We could beat this team, we think we're a better team than our opponent,' " Yzerman said. "Going into Colorado in the semifinals, we lost Game 1. We played a great game, but there was a sense by a lot of people outside our locker room of, 'Here we go again, they're not going to get over Colorado.'

"We felt we played great, we're just going to keep doing our thing here, and we were able to win that series. Going into the final against the Flyers, the perception was the bigger, stronger Flyers were just going to be too much for us to handle and by the end of Game 1 we felt we could compete with these guys and just keep doing what we're doing and we'd come out on top."

Khan continues...

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Articles from practice: Green getting healthy; Howard slowly progressing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings took an optional practice ahead of tomorrow's game against the New York Islanders, and Mike Green declared himself good to go after battling a stomach flu, as the Free Press's George Sipple noted:

“I feel great,” Green said. “Ready to go for tomorrow. We came out strong in both games. I thought I might have to work my way in the lineup. Hopefully, I get the call tomorrow.”

After Tuesday, the Red Wings will be on a bye for the rest of the week.

“We’re really playing good hockey here,” Green said. “Hopefully, we can continue that after the break here. ... Right now, we’re playing good and need to continue.”

Green said one thing he noticed while watching the past two games was the Wings' forecheck.

“It’s caused some chaos and confusion in the other team’s zone," Green said. "We’ve gotten a lot of chances. If we continue, we’ll be good.”

Jimmy Howard has experienced a setback in his attempts to recover from a knee injury, as DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji reported...

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The Evgeni Malkin Hit On Blake Wheeler

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

For what it’s worth, and it’s not much, I didn't like the Malkin hit on Wheeler. I like to think I like hitting in hockey as much as anyone, but Malkin's hit struck me as unnecessary. The puck was gone. Outside of fulfilling the time-worn “finish your check” mantra or protecting the sky-is-falling chorus of “there's going to be no hitting in the game,” I'm not sure what purpose Malkin's hit served, especially weighed against the contact to Wheeler's head.

But I have also come to realize everyone's threshold for this type of hit is different, and if the GMs on opposite sides of the debate haven't figured it out yet, I don't like our chances for resolving it here today.

I get that Jets fans are angry, and I wouldn't want to be dismissive of them, though let's be honest: How many of them would be outraged if it had been Wheeler who hit Malkin in that fashion?

much more and also discussed the Trouba hit on Stone...

Watch the Malkin hit below...

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Los Angeles Kings Will Oversee Operations Of Berlin Eisbaren Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BERLIN / LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings will now oversee all operations of Berlin Eisbaren Hockey, it was announced today at a news conference at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Eisbaren Berlin of the German Ice Hockey League and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League are owned and operated by AEG Sports, a division of the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The LA Kings will now begin leading all hockey operations and administrative matters, directing the day-to-day leadership of Managing Director Peter John Lee. Lee will report directly to LA Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Feb. 20, 2017) – Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 19.

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