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Short Hockey Notes

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from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* It would do The Game a lot of good if goalie pads were further trimmed from side to side.

* My view is that Jim Rutherford and Mike Johnston have everything in place for their Penguins -- except for goaltending.

* Biggest challenge for Rutherford-Johnston is to convince Pittsburgh fans that the regular season has meaning.

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All Ken Holland

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star at Canada.com,

Twenty-three straight years as a playoff team. Four Stanley Cup titles. Six Cup final appearances. The Detroit Red Wings are the NHL’s benchmark franchise. General manager Ken Holland discusses the formula that’s made Detroit such a success.

Q: What do you think is the key to Detroit’s long run as an NHL playoff team?

Holland: Good players. You need good players. Up until two years ago, we had one of the best defencemen in the history of the game in Nick Lidstrom. When Nick retired, I think he finished sixth in Norris Trophy voting that year. Anytime you’ve got a dominant player on the back end like Nick who was really able to defy Father Time and win Norris trophies — the first thing you always want to have is a dominant defenceman.

The last two years we haven’t had Nicklas Lidstrom and at the same time, we lost Brian Rafalski and Brad Stuart, so we’ve been what I’d call a bubble team. But I’m proud that we’ve been able to find a way to stay above the bubble rather than below the bubble.

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Good And Bad News On The Leafs’ Injuries

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via Daid Alter tweets,

Clarkson has a fractured orbital bone...doesn't require surgery. Expected back Friday.

David Booth out 4 weeks plus with a fractured foot

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Zetterberg On Babcock

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

"He's really demanding, but he's really well prepared," Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said of his coach. "When you're playing an opponent, you know what to do, you know what they're doing and you go out and play."

Zetterberg likened how the Wings would handle Babcock's contract status to how the team would handle that of a star in his free-agent year.

"We just think we'll have a good year here with him and if next year he's not, we had a good run, and if he is, we'll keep doing good things," said Zetterberg.

Many believe Babcock would consider turning the Leafs around to be a bigger challenge.

Babcock however said all the right things about staying in Detroit....

Babcock said the challenge for him is keeping things fresh in Detroit.

"I think sometimes when you've been here a long time the challenge is to re-invent yourself, to go outside, and to cross-pollinate information," said Babcock. "I spend way more time trying to me CEOs of other companies and try to take it into our own business. Hire new people. We've had lots of changes in our coaching staff. We've had lots of new ideas from our staff this year, which I think is important...

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Pierre LeBrun With Some Hockey Talk

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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN did an online Q & A today...

Is the year that Detroit's playoff streak ends? I mean it's an unreal streak when you stop and consider it.

Pierre LeBrun  Possible, although again, they're in the East so....If they can stay healthy, and they've started with Datsyuk out a month, they should be able to slide in but if injuries pile up again, I don't think they can perform the miracle twice

Flyers: Playoff team or no? Obv being in the East helps, but a net negative offseason for the team. Thanks!

Pierre LeBrun  bubble team

Is this the year the Penguins take a dip Oct-Apr, but make gains Apr-Jun? Regular seasons stats have been done here, and are no longer important.

Pierre LeBrun  Honestly not sure what to make of the Penguins this year. Don't have a feel for them either way. Not sure where they are headed

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Mike Babcock On His Future

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Helene St. James tweets,

Mike Babcock on his future with #RedWings: "I don't think it's going to be my final year here. If it is, it is."

Mike Babcock on his future with #RedWings: "My relationship with my general manager is such that the grass isn't greener on the other side."

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Morning Line

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In case you missed it earlier today, the Avs re-signed Stuart.

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Kraft Hockeyville Coming To the USA

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NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Sept. 29, 2014 – Kraft will celebrate the passion and unity of hockey communities like never before with the launch of Kraft Hockeyville 2015 on both sides of the border.  For the first time, the award-winning program in Canada is expanding to help build better communities in the United States as well.  Now, hockey towns in the U.S. can enter for a chance to win a $150,000 arena makeover courtesy of Kraft, have an NHL preseason game played in its local arena showcased on TV and earn the title “Kraft Hockeyville 2015.”

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Detroit’s Lineup For The Game Against The Leafs Tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Lines tonight: Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Andersson-Cleary, Porter-Weiss-Callahan, Abdelkader-Nosek-Nestrasil.

Petr Mrazek is playing the first two periods tonight. Tom McCollum in third.

Darren Helm (groin) said he feels better and hopes to play Wednesday.

I will post the defense when available.

added 12:14pm, via Khan,

Wings defensemen Jonathan Ericsson and Brendan Smith didn't skate today and are day-to-day with groin/hip flexor issues.

added 12:30pm, via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Kyle Quincey-Ryan Sproul

Xavier Ouellet-Alexei Marchenko

Aaron Rome-Nick Jensen

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Brad Stuart Signs A Two-Year Extension With The Avs

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added 11:22am, Press release below plus the Avs have also signed Cody McLeod.

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