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Red Wings-Sharks quick take: Howard pitches shutout in superb win over the Sharks

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to push their winning streak to 3 games against a formidable opponent in the San Jose Sharks. San Jose was coming off a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday, and their explosive offense would theoretically provide a huge challenge for the Wings' defense.

The Red Wings revealed just before game time that Justin Abdelkader would miss the game with a lower-body injury, so Andreas Athanasiou subbed for Abdelkader and the Wings shuffled their lines.

All went well as the Red Wings out-worked, out-hustled, out-scored and especially out-detail-worked the San Jose Sharks en route to a rousing 3-0 win and 30-save shutout for Jimmy Howard. Gustav Nyquist scored 2 goals and Andreas Athanasiou scored a lovely marker, Thomas Vanek got an assist for his team-leading 7th point and only the Wings' 0-for-7 PP was poor--everything else was superb as the Wings played a "complete game" in taking out one of the best teams in the league, earning their 4th straight win.

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Hockey Notes On A Saturday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Connor McDavid, Steven Stamkos and Phil Kessel all push the heavy sled for Gary Roberts in the summer. And as a sprint, Kessel beats both of them. But when you extend the race, McDavid and Stamkos leave Kessel in their dust.

- Funny how all the shrieking about Shea Weber going to Montreal is suddenly quiet. Only took four games for Montreal to understand what a difference maker Weber can be.

- Why so much noise over the upcoming NHL expansion draft? Every team in the league loses one player. So the Leafs will lose someone like Peter Holland. Is that worth six months of discussion?

 a few more hockey notes...

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St. James, Khan: Justin Abdelkader out with an injury

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Free Press's Helene St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan:

Update: FYI:

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LB- Going For 4 In A Row

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Hello, I am back and all i know it must be one heckuva barbecue.

Bur all is well, I stand at 1-0 in the live blog standings so why not make it 2-0.

The rest is up to you and let's make the last regular season visit by the Sharks a memorable one.

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Here’s the Griffins’ game-day preview video ahead of their game vs. Cleveland

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Bob Kaser sets up tonight's Grand Rapids Griffins-Cleveland Monsters game:

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; on Helm, Nyquist, Howard and the Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video via Ken Kal and Red Wings Productions:

2. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article about Darren Helm's productivity thus far:

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Report- Jacques Demers Has Suffered Another Stroke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RDS (tranlated),

Sad news. Our colleague and friend Jacques Demers suffered a second stroke within six months.

The former Canadiens coach was admitted to hospital earlier this afternoon.

We have no details about his condition at this time.

At Jacques and his family, the thoughts of the whole team of RDS with you.

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Another LA Kings Goalie Goes Down With A Groin Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

The Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending health took another blow on Saturday as Jeff Zatkoff suffered a groin injury during the morning skate. A Kings public relations representative said that the goaltender is “questionable” for tonight’s game against Vancouver, but because the goalie needed assistance off the ice and towards the dressing room, it should be expected that Jack Campbell, who backstopped Ontario to a 6-5 overtime win last night at Citizens Business Bank Arena, would be brought in to back up Peter Budaj at Staples Center tonight.

“He stopped a shot, and his groin tightened up,” Darryl Sutter said. “We’ve seen it in a game, and now we’ve seen it in practice.”

There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury or whether Zatkoff will see a doctor today.


Reports are Jack Campbell has been recalled and will back-up Budaj in net tonight.

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Ice Issues At Barclays Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chris Botta tweets,

NHL source: Floor piping system at Barclays Center in Brooklyn does not meet NHL standard requirements for ice-making.

Barclays has PVC piping. All other NHL rinks have steel pipes. PVC cannot maintain ideal temp of 21 degrees for NHL play.

Only solution is to tear up Barclays Center floor and install proper piping. Not easy, but should have been done in offseason.

Arena mgt knows this and hasn't fixed it yet, which is inexcusable, brings down caliber of play and is potentially dangerous.

Barclays ice will be fine when weather is freezing. But (heaven forbid) there's a long Cup run someday...disastah.

New Islanders owners want to fix the ice problem. Likely another big reason they are looking at other arena deals.

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Duff: Wings proud of their pluck

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings currently lead the NHL in fighting majors with 5, and Brendan Smith and Jeff Blashill told the Windsor Star's Bob Duff that they're proud of that stat:

“You try to preach a brotherhood,” said Detroit defenceman Brendan Smith, who has one fight this season. “If your brother’s in trouble, you’re there for him. It’s something that we kind of try to do on a day-to-day basis. I guess people are all excited about us leading the league (in fights) but it’s just the situation.”

A situation that was stressed by Blashill to his players in no uncertain terms from the moment the Wings arrived in the fall for training camp.

Clearly, there were issues with the team last year when it came to sticking up for each other, issues that Blashill wanted addressed.

“We didn’t do it enough last year,” Blashill said. “Probably it’s not something that’s been part of this room for a long time. Some of that’s personalities in the room but I do think it was a point of emphasis. We’ve really talked about that fact we’ve got to win as a team. We can’t win as individual players, we’re going to have to win as a team and part of winning as a team is having that feeling of camaraderie that you want to look after each other.”

Duff continues...

Update: MLive's Ansar Khan posted a clip of Jimmy Howard discussing the Wings' scraps and the Sharks:

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