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Red Wings overnight report: prospect tourney ‘job’ talk, Datsyuk, fantasy hockey news, previews etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' media corps will attend the Red Wings "Captain's Practice" at Joe Louis Arena today, and a solid chunk of the Red Wings' roster (minus a certain restricted free agent who will fly with the Blue Angels today, assuming that the weather improves) will be taking part of today's skate.

If you think that's "a little early for hockey," please note that the KHL's regular season starts on Wednesday, the Finnish Liiga begins its season on September 9th, the Swedish SHL kicks off its 2014-15 campaign on September 10th, as does the QMJHL, and the WHL and OHL begin playing regular-season games on the 19th and 24th, respectively.

Long story long, "hockey season" is upon us, and while the content's a little lighter this morning, it does afford a shift in focus.

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Top 20 Players By Adjusted Corsi (Rate Stat)

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In my summer sabermetrics and hockey series, I have written several posts about Corsi ratings and how to adjust them to make them reflective of individual play.  I listed a top 20 players by team and zone start adjusted Corsi ratings.  This is the difference in attempted shots by a team and their opponents in five on five situations when a given player is on the ice.  Since that number will depend upon the team a player plays on that is adjusted. It also depends upon the way a player is used.  If he starts the majority of his shots in the offensive zone he will tend to have a good Corsi rating when compared to a player who starts his shifts in the defensive zone.  When I posted this, poster Captain Eclectic asked if I can post this per minute of even strength played by each given player.  I have done that. 

Here are the top 20 players in 2013/14 by team and zone adjusted Corsi, but listed per minute of 5 on 5 play (and limited to players with 50 or more games played in the season):

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A Very Slow Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not much happening today in the hockey world and I refuse to post just to attract readers for something they probably don't have an interest in.

So with that, if I see anything throughout the day I feel you would be interested in, I will post.

If not, enjoy the holiday and news will start to pick up very soon.

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Red Wings overnight report: on Holland’s conversation with Krupa, Howard’s pivotal season, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 6:19 AM: Every "preseason" unfolds like a snowflake (i.e. it's never exactly the same from year to year; maybe a "fallen leaf" would be a better autumn simile?), but it's September 1st, and here's what I know:

The Wings' "Captain's Practices" will be open to the media starting tomorrow (Tuesday; I'm sure the media will cover still-needs-to-be-re-signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser's flight with the Blue Angels, too), and we'll start hearing from more and more players as the non-married and/or no-kids players return to Detroit over the ten to twelve days and the Michigan-based players who play for other teams head to their respective cities of employment.

Sometimes the Wings' players practice on an every-other-day basis for the first week of September; sometimes it's 5 days out of 7. By the second week, they're usually practicing every weekday, and in the lulls between football Saturdays and Tigers games, they begin to make radio appearances.

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The Battle Over Advanced Stats

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

The tension is palpable and very much what we’ve come to expect from a rivalry that exploded over blogs and the social media universe in recent seasons.

“It’s kind of like the Hatfield and McCoy feud,” said Globe and Mail hockey columnist David Shoalts. They went on so long, nobody can remember how or why it got started.”

Little did we know the advanced statistics versus old-guard debate, the nerds versus dinosaurs war, would go from hot fad to revolution over the summer.

It was a full-on NHL takeover for the stat heads. (Tyler) Dellow now works for the Oilers. Sunny Mehta, a pro poker player turned Oilers blogger, was named the New Jersey Devils’ director of analytics. Whiz-kid stat guru-turned Ontario League GM Kyle Dubas, 28, is now the assistant GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who also launched an analytics department and poached the minds behind extraskater.com.

The slew of hirings brought validation to the growing community of thinkers who believe possession-driven statistics like Corsi and Fenwick are the best predictors of success in the NHL. And they poured gasoline on the fiery fight emerging between the stat heads and the traditional-thinking journalists.

“They think I’m a moron, to be honest,” (Steve) Simmons said. “Not someone who’s covered the NHL for 34 years, not someone who coached hockey for 25 and is a level 3 instructor, not someone who ran hockey schools. I’m a moron.”


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Hey Canada- Get Ready For Hockey, Win An Easton Synergy HTX Stick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

note: moved to top of page, original post was 8/18/2014 at 10:20am.

In order to win the Easton Synergy HTX Stick, you must be a Canadian resident and also be a member of Kukla's Korner (join here, it takes 10 seconds).

For a chance to win, you must leave a comment by Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 6:00pm ET.

The topic is up to you but needs to be hockey related and I will choose one random winner from all the comments left.

The winner will be announced the week of September 1st and the stick will be shipped directly to you.

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The Time Stan Mikita Was Hit By A ‘Truck’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Earlier in the season, Gordie Howe was the recipient of a high stick from Stan Mikita...

from Tom DeLisle at DetroitAthletic.com,

... Howe and Mikita finally pulled apart as they slowly made their way to the Wings blue line, badly trailing the play — which was now zooming around the Chicago net. All eyes were on the puck flying around at the other end … including Howe’s, and Mikita’s, the fans’, and — Gordie noted –the referee’s. Number Nine, who had waited patiently for months, seized his opportunity. Slowly putting one glove under his opposite arm, and carefully withdrawing his hand … he cocked his bulging fist, pulling it back about six inches … then proceeded to land a lightning bolt –a quick but exceedingly powerful punch to the prominent and scrawny Adam’s Apple of Mr. Mikita, who was skating at his side.

Down went Stanley.

When play was finally whistled dead in the Chicago end, all eyes returned back up ice to behold the Blackhawk’s young #21 trying — of all strange things — to crawl on his hands and knees towards the Chicago bench. He was having a bad time getting there. In fact, he was barely progressing at all. Crawling? There’s no crawling in hockey. Further in the distance, the nonchalant #9 of the Red Wings was casually heading to the Red Wings bench when he too looked back, and saw poor Stanley in his predicament. Howe joined officials and Mikita’s teammates, skating over to investigate his collapse.

Mikita seemed in shock. Trying to rise, and falling again … he was unable to tell his teammates what had happened to him. He had been skating easily along, and the lights just went out. His legs were wobbly, and his voice didn’t work. The players slowly slid him, bent over, towards the Chicago bench. Ever the good Samaritan, old Gord offered what little consolation he could muster.

“Hey Stan,” Howe said to the bedazzled Blackhawk, who peered back at him with mismatched eyes … “did you get the number of that truck that hit you?”


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A Few Hockey Notes In Late August

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- A few things that make no sense regarding the NHL expansion story that got all kinds of play this week: 1. Seattle has a willing owner, a promise from the NHL, but no building to play in and no real fan base; 2. Las Vegas has a building to play in but no owner. 3. The NHL would be foolish to lump Toronto in with other expansion bids. A Toronto expansion team could sell for almost twice the price of teams in Seattle or Vegas. 4. Quebec is the most NHL-ready market, with owner and building. The NHL needs as a fallback position for a franchise in need of a move such as Florida or Arizona. 5. Having 34 NHL teams doesn’t make sense, 32 does.

- Eleven years ago Friday, Richard Peddie made a decision that set the Maple Leafs back more than a decade. He hired John Ferguson Jr., as general manager to replace Pat Quinn. The Leafs are still in recovery mode.

a few more hockey items...

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Red Wings overnight report: Datsyuk and Hasek on ice; Smith’s mysterious future

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 9:02 AM: Saturday would've been a wonderful day to have a private jet (if not a fighter jet), because Pavel Datsyuk skated in an exhibition game prior to the "Stone Flower Tournament's" semifinals in Yekaterinburg...

As noted on Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg's VKontakte page and E1.ru...

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NHL Owners Should Stay In The Background

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The migration of on-and-off-ice talent from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Los Angeles Kings franchise that has won two of the past three Cups is not lost on observers. At various points in the past 15 years, the Flyers (a) employed L.A. GM Dean Lombardi as their western scout, and Kings assistant coach John Stevens as their coach; (b) centered their core of forwards around Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, who each have two rings with the Kings; and (c) had Ron Hextall as their director of player personnel before he joined L.A. and was part of their Cup win in 2012.

Hextall returned to the Flyers last summer and will enter his rookie year as Philly’s GM. His best chance to deliver a Cup is if owner Ed Snider leaves him alone to work at it. That hasn’t always been true in the nearly five decades Snider has owned the team. And the success of the Kings – the success of components not good enough for the Flyers – should show Snider the best thing he can do to satisfy his competitive urges is to wall himself off from hockey decisions.

Because in the modern era, it’s a fact: Stanley Cups are won by teams whose owners stay out of the picture.

This is not to say Snider has directed every move made by Paul Holmgren, Bob Clarke or any past Flyers GM.


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