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Red Wings-Maple Leafs quick take: Wings earn a hard-fought win over the Leafs

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings tried to end their long stretch of home games at Little Caesars Arena with a rare home-ice win, taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six showdown.

Remarkably given the Wings' record of late, Detroit rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Maple Leafs 3-1, playing good hockey from stem to stern, but especially playing strongly in the 2nd and 3rd periods as Trevor Daley, Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar scored shorthanded, even-strength and power-play goals, respectively, Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots and all four lines and six defensemen were solid to very good.

The Wings played the kind of full-team game that they needed to win, "A game, period," and now the Wings will go on the road for 3 pre-Christmas tilts looking far better than they did after Wednesday's OT loss.

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Video- Eugene Melnyk Unplugged

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Ottawa Senators' owner Eugene Melnyk joined Time and Sid to talk about the struggles that the team has been through this season, his support for Guy Boucher and Pierre Dorion, the Erik Karlsson situation and the outdoor game.


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Sucking Takes Extra Work

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And extra work means overtime. Overtime means losing. Losing means sadness. Sadness means trouble. Trouble means solutions.

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THN’s Larkin reflects on a conversation with Ken Holland

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Hockey News's Matt Larkin was asked what he would do if he were the Red Wings' general manager, and as part of his answer, Larkin reflected upon a conversation he had with Ken Holland in the summer of 2016:

I asked, “What if the 25-year playoff streak is a curse? It forces you to hang around this No. 8, No. 9 seed playoff bubble. You make moves to stay competitive but can’t get over the top, and your team isn’t bad enough to finish last, either.”

He had many thoughts on that idea. Here’s just some of what he said (his answer was way longer. The guy loves to talk hockey, like I said):

“The philosophical question you’re asking me is, ‘Do we head in a direction where we make a determination that it’s all about five years from now? Or do we continue to try to be a playoff team?’ And when you’re got Mrazek, and you’ve got Larkin, and you’ve got Sheahan, Abdelkader, and you’ve got Tatar, and Nyquist, and you’ve got DeKeyser, and you’ve got Frans Nielsen, and you’ve got Glendening and Miller on a checking line…we either got to have those people and we’re trying to win the division, we’re trying to qualify for the playoffs…or don’t sign Frans Nielsen. Don’t sign Thomas Vanek. Don’t bring in Steve Ott. And just go with a bunch of kids. And let the chips fall where they may, if you’re going to do a massive rebuild. And when I say massive rebuild – get a core of players that you think can carry your team for a decade – you’ve got to miss the playoffs five, six, seven years in a row. That’s what Pittsburgh did. That’s what Florida did. That’s what Chicago did. You can just go team after team. You don’t miss one year, and all of a sudden, ‘Boy, we’re back.’

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‘Three Things’: Wings and Leafs game previews, on video and in text

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview video...

2. As well as the Maple Leafs' equivalent:

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Who The New York Islanders Could Offer For Erik Karlsson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

What can be known is that Snow is able to give Dorion what could amount to his best return. The Islanders have stockpiled two first-rounders and two second-rounders in next year’s draft, plus some well-regarded prospects.

Breathe, Islanders fans, we’re told that Mathew Barzal is a non-starter in trade talks.

But terrifically talented and mercurial Josh Ho-Sang, who was just sent back down to AHL Bridgeport on Friday, is a prime candidate.

Would Dorion be enticed by thinking of Ho-Sang on a line with, say, Derick Brassard and Mike Hoffman? The Senators would have to take back some money, but Jaroslav Halak seems a better back-up plan for Craig Andersson than Mike Condon, and Halak’s $4.5 million is expiring after this season. So does something close to Halak, Ho-Sang, a first-rounder and a second-rounder get it done?

It should for Snow, who wants to make things happen right now to help convince John Tavares to commit long-term as everyone awaits New York State’s decision on a possible new arena at Belmont Park.


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TSN Style- Top 25 NHL Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Dryden of TSN,

TSN Hockey has no desire to rewrite history: Gretzky is No. 1, Orr No. 2 and Howe No. 3 on our list of the Top 25 NHL Players of All-time. Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 7 also remain the same as The Hockey News list: Lemieux, whom Orr called the most physically gifted player ever, Rocket Richard, Doug Harvey and Jean Beliveau.

It’s at No. 8 where the list welcomes its first new member: Sidney Crosby is one of two active players ranked among the Top 25. All-around excellence and his trophy case – which includes two Art Ross, two Hart and two Conn Smythe Trophies – say it all about the face of 21st Century hockey.

The other active players are No. 16 Alex Ovechkin, the six-time NHL goal leader – surpassed only by seven-time goal leader Hull – and No. 23 Jaromir Jagr, who stands behind only Gretzky in career points.

have at it...

note: my mistake, should be Top 25, sorry. This 100 year anniversary stuff is on my mind.

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Ken Holland appears on TSN 1050

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on TSN 1050's Leafs Lunch on Friday, suggesting that the Red Wings will spend the next 10-15 games evaluating whether the team can make a playoff push, or whether the Wings will have to move into "sell" mode. At this point, Holland does not feel that the Wings are "out of the hunt" completely...

You can also listen to the interview here...

Update: Also:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs game-day articles: On Mantha’s ‘dry spell,’ the ‘stacked’ Leafs and more

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 1:20 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/TSN4/97.1 FM), and after the Wings' morning skate (Toronto did not hold a morning skate after losing 2-0 to the Minnesota Wild last night), it appears that Detroit will go with its usual lineup tonight...

And the first article to hit the wires from today's morning skate comes from the Free Press's Helene St. James, who discussed Anthony Mantha's "dry spell":

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A Mrazek trade rumor from Friedman via Nichols

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From FanRag Sports' Chris Nichols: Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman appeared on Calgary's Sportsnet 960 recently, discussing the Oilers' goaltending problems, and he stated the following:

“Guys, they just don’t have the goaltending right now. Brossoit – he’s getting better, but he’s not there. I heard they were looking at Mrazek last week, and somebody told me after we mentioned it that it was a lot closer than I kind of thought. I think they’d worked out that Detroit was going to keep about half of the money, and they were trying to figure out the draft pick. Nick [Kypreos] told me he heard that he played a couple of games and Edmonton saw it and didn’t like him. And I think that’s true. But I think they’ve been looking for a goalie. They still haven’t found what they’re looking for, I guess.”

Mrazek counts as a $4 million hit for the cap-tight Detroit Red Wings.

The goaltender can become a restricted free agent this summer and he is eligible for arbitration.

Nichols continues, and the Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy weighed in as well, as did MLive's Ansar Khan. Here's Kennedy...

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