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It’s Simple - No Hits To The Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Dryden at the Globe and Mail,

Yes, concussions, life-transformng brain injuries, can happen anywhere, any time, to anyone. They will always occur. But they can be reduced immensely. That is the point. What we have today in hockey is not necessary. It doesn't have to be. There are steps we can take. This is what makes taking action on this, doing what needs to be done, exciting, and inaction inexcusable.

It begins with a simple ripple – no hits to the head. This ripple then runs backward, getting bigger, until it becomes a wave. In today's NHL, a stick to an opponent's face is a penalty – automatic – no excuses. A puck shot into the crowd in a team's defensive zone is the same, a penalty – automatic – no excuses. No big deal. Players adapt. The game goes on.

It can be the same with head hits. The result: a game that is just as exciting and challenging and compelling to play and to watch, and a game that is safer. If you have any doubts about this, just turn on any NHL game on TV and watch.

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The Dwindling Saturday Night Hockey Games In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

This year the Leafs don’t play a single Saturday home game in the month of December. They’ll play just 11 all season, tied for the lowest number in franchise history in a schedule made up of at least 60 games, according to an analysis of historical schedule data by the Star’s Andrew Bailey. This is the first campaign in the Hockey Night in Canada era — which stretches back to 1952-53 — in which the Maple Leafs will play more Saturday nights on the road (12) than at home (11). They’ll play nearly as many home games on Monday and Wednesday, 10 apiece....

An NHL spokesperson, citing information provided by league scheduling guru Steve Hatze Petros, said in an email that the scarcity is a product of a few factors, including fewer than normal available Saturday home dates at the busy Air Canada Centre; more Saturday requests from other clubs; and an instance or two in which the Maple Leafs decided a Saturday home game coming off a road trip wouldn’t be in the team’s best competitive interest.

Still, an NHL source said the Leafs requested a lot more Saturday home games than they were given. And this year’s allotment appears to be a new normal in the centre of the hockey universe. A year ago, when the Leafs also played 11 Saturday home games, some chalked it up to an NHL schedule compressed by the World Cup of Hockey and newly introduced bye weeks, and to the presence in Toronto of the world junior championship, which gobbled up arena availability for two-plus weeks.


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Angry In Montreal

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from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

It started with the trade of a flashy, puck-moving D-man whose name I am no longer allowed to say because the real haters will go into hating overdrive. But I think losing Alex Radulov also hit the fans hard.

He was an immediate fan favourite and was a spark plug each and every night, and he also happened to be one of the few guys who understood that you come to play in the playoffs (not stand around and mope). But the thing that might’ve hurt the hardcore fans the most was the cavalier way Habs management treated Andrei Markov.

Management let the longest serving Hab (Markov) of the modern era go without even bothering to take five minutes to talk to the media about his departure and to explain why they wouldn’t keep him once he’d agreed to lower his demands and take a one-year deal.

Many feel Bergevin and his colleagues simply don’t care what the fans think or how they feel. And that’s a dangerous path to go down.

When your fan base turns on you, watch out.


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Morning Line- Patrick Reusse

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Wild has the happiest fans among the four major teams in the Twin Cities. The NHL also has the most contented fans in the four major leagues. The key word there is “contented,” not “most,” since hockey numbers still suffer in TV audiences compared to the NFL (as do all leagues) and the NBA.

The people that are hooked, though, have no complaints. The arenas and the ice sparkle, the action is rapid, the games are close, the playoff results are totally unpredictable (see Blues 4, Wild 1) and the players will stand in a fairly straight line not only for one but two anthems when necessary.

-Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune.  Reusse looks at the other major sports...

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Recap Of Detroit’s Win In Vegas

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Henrik Zetterberg made sure his first visit to Las Vegas was a memorable one.

The captain of the Detroit Red Wings had four points as the Wings became the first team to hand the expansion Vegas Golden Knights a loss.

Zetterberg set up Gustav Nyquist, Anthony Mantha and Frans Nielsen en route to an entertaining 6-3 victory at T-Mobile Arena. Nyquist and Mantha each had three points as the Wings improved to 4-1 on the season. Petr Mrazek made handful of excellent saves among 24 total.

The Wings opted to stay the night in Vegas, having planned a team dinner that tasted even better after winning in Vegas.

“We will remember these two points,” Zetterberg said. “It was a great atmosphere, from the warmup throughout the game it was loud. It is a nice arena to play in.”


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

What made the Red Wings victory complete was a successful fight for Tomas Tatar, his first in the NHL.

Tatar earned the decision over Erik Haula in the third period, after Haula took exception to Tatar’s big hit near the blue line.

“I don’t mind standing up for myself,” said Tatar, who had seven fights in the minor leagues. “I did it in Grand Rapids but here there wasn’t much purpose. But once in a while, I don’t mind it."

Said Blashill: “I’ve seen that side before. I saw it a couple times in the American League. He has a real toughness to him and he got challenged and he answered the bell.”

more on the game...

Dana Wakiji of Detroit's website with some post-game quotes.

Game highlights are below...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
Washington 5, NEW JERSEY 2
COLUMBUS 3, NY Rangers 1
COLORADO 3, Anaheim 1
Ottawa 6, CALGARY 0
Detroit 6, VEGAS 3

Alex Ovechkin (1-1—2), Nicklas Backstrom (1-3—4) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (0-2—2) each hit the 10-point mark on Friday to help the Capitals hand the Devils their first loss of the season and improve to 3-1-1.

* The Capitals became the 10th team in NHL history to have three or more players each record at least 10 points through the first five games of a season (Ovechkin: 9-1—10, Backstrom: 2-8—10 and Kuznetsov: 0-10—10) and first since the Sharks in 2012-13 (Patrick Marleau: 9-4—13, Joe Thornton: 3-10—13 and Joe Pavelski: 2-8—10).

* Elias notes that Ovechkin became the fourth player in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) to score nine goals through his team’s first five games of a season and first since Marleau in 2012-13.

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Red Wings-Golden Knights quick take: Zetterberg, Mantha, Nyquist lead Wings’ fast and furious 3rd

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to crash the Vegas Golden Knights' official opening night on Friday, with the Wings looking to finish a 2-and-1 road trip on a positive note.

The Red Wings didn't play great during the first and second periods, but the Wings had a tremendous third period, out-scoring Vegas 4-0 to rally from a 3-2 deficit to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 6-3.

Detroit went 3-and-1 on their road trip and are now 4-and-1 going into a tough stretch of games against Tampa, Toronto and Washington...

And they do so because Henrik Zetterberg (1G, 3A), Anthony Mantha (1G, 2A), Gustav Nyquist (1G, 1A) and the Wings' re-formed lines played a hell of a third period, out-working and out-detailing a surprisingly skilled Golden Knights team.

This game had everything, including a fight between Erik Haula and Tomas Tatar, and it was a fun Friday night soiree that reminds me of the old days of the Wings dominating late-night games in the wild, wild West.

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Video- Nathan MacKinnon Takes A Stick To The Eye Area

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MacKinnon is not out for the 2nd period and no update from the Avs.


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Diva In Net: Sounds Like A Reason To Drink

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I'm going to the Lions game in New Orleans on Sunday, and I'm worried.  I'm worried that I'm wasting money on a loss and I'm worried that I've never been to a Lions game that they won. I feel superstitious and sickly. I'm gonna go but I wanted you all to know that I may be the game killer. 

Or maybe I feel like throwing up in my very mouth because Petr Mrazek is in goal tonight.

Maybe I predicted last October that Jimmah Tiberius of the Dong Tribe Howard was our best goalie and eventual starter. And maybe, maybe, some of you poked fun at me for that. 

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NHL, NHLPA & Detroit Red Wings To Make Special Announcement Regarding U.S. College Hockey

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

NEW YORK (Oct. 13, 2017) – The National Hockey League, National Hockey League Players’ Association and the Detroit Red Wings invite media to attend a press conference on Monday, Oct.16 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. 


Detroit Red Wings GM, EVP & Alternate Governor, Ken Holland

Detroit Red Wings Director of Player Development, Shawn Horcoff

Executive Director of College Hockey, Inc., Mike Snee

Oakland University Director of Athletics, Jeff Konya

Little Caesars Hockey and University of Maine Alumnus, Boston Pride of NWHL, Brittany Ott

NHLPA Divisional Player Representative, Chris Campoli

NHL Vice President of Business Development & International Affairs, Kevin Westgarth

Michigan Amateur Hockey Association Executive Vice President, Kim Durka

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