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Ken Daniels discusses his new book on Fox 2

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Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels was on Fox 2 Detroit this morning to discuss his new book, If These Walls Could Talk, with Ryan Ermanni:

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Walleye coach Dan Watson weighs in on 2017-18 season expectations

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Toledo's WTOL 11 filed a video report regarding Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson's expectations ahead of the Walleye's home opener on Saturday:

Update: Also, from the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

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Vladimir Sobotka fined for high-sticking

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From the NHL:

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‘Early overreactions’

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USA Today's Kevin Allen and Jimmy Hascup issue "early overreactions" to the NHL season thus far:

Nikita Kucherov could be the MVP: True. His seven-game goal scoring streak to start the season reflects a star entering his prime, not a player experiencing a hot streak. He netted 30 goals in 2015-16 and 40 goals last season. His wicked shot, experience and elusiveness give him 50-goal ability. He meshes well with Lightning linemates Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov. He has a career 54.6% Corsi, which is an indication of puck possession. Kucherov could end up with monstrous statistics. If the Lightning continue to be among the NHL’s best teams, Kucherov will be in Hart conversation.

New York Rangers (1-5-1) are done: False. Regardless if the struggles cost coach Alain Vigneault his job, the Rangers still possess enough talent to be a playoff team. With Kevin Shattenkirk, the defense has been molded to transition the puck better, and it doesn’t seem likely the defense will be this bad all year. The forward group — even without a true star — has the pieces to be effective. Even if they don’t match the scoring rate of 9.3% at five-on-five from last season, they won’t shoot 5.2% all year. At 35, Henrik Lundqvist is still very good.

NHL’s increased crackdown on slashing will create a significant scoring increase: False. Teams are averaging 3.10 goals per game. If that would hold for an entire season, it would be the first time in 13 years teams have averaged three goals per game. But we’ve seen this before: The NHL changes how it officiates the game, and goals go up. We know it’s only temporary. Right now, the number of power play opportunities have increased and shots on goal are up by two shots per game (30.1 to 32.1). But history tells us NHL players will adapt quickly. Before long, we will be back below three goals per game.

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Kings lose Jeff Carter

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From TSN:

The Los Angeles Kings will be without Jeff Carter for multiple weeks after the two-time All-Star sustained a lower-body injury in his team's 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Carter was injured late in the first period after being hit into the boards by defenceman Jeff Petry. He left the game and did not return.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Carter's left leg was cut by Petry's skate blade.

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Adrian Kempe scores a hat trick

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Los Angeles Kings rookie Adrian Kempe scored a hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens last night:

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Morning news: On Zetterberg, Babcock and Wings-Leafs tailings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note:

1. Henrik Zetterberg spoke with the Hockey News's Ken Campbell regarding his playing future:

Henrik Zetterberg raised eyebrows when he suggested he might not play all four years left on his contract, but the Red Wings captain is off to a hot start and said he doesn’t plan on calling it a career any time soon.

In what can only be described as enormously good news for the Detroit Red Wings and their fans, captain Henrik Zetterberg has no plans to leave the organization in a terrible situation the way Pavel Datsyuk did. In fact, if Zetterberg is to be taken at his word – and there’s no reason to do anything but that given his character – it will be health and not contract status that will be the determining factor in how long he plays.

“It’s pretty simple,” Zetterberg told THN.com. “When my body says, ‘Stop,' it’s over. I love doing what I’m doing, but I need my body to be able to do that. I will know when it’s over and hopefully there are many years left.” He was then specifically asked if he would retire in two years when his salary goes down to just $1 million, but his cap hit remains at $6.1 million.

“No,” Zetterberg said flatly. “As I said, when my body says stop, I will stop.”

Campbell continues, speaking with Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill about Zetterberg...

2. Holland also praised Leafs coach Mike Babcock in a conversation with the CBC's Tim Wharnsby:

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Eddie Olczyk returns to the booth

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Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk spoke about Olczyk's battle with colon cancer as Olczyk returned to the broadcast booth to cover the Blues-Blackhawks game on Wednesday night:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' 6-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs was both much closer than it appeared and exactly as close as the final score indicated, and that's particularly frustrating for the 4-and-3 Red Wings and their fans.

The Wings have lost two straight games, and they've lost two straight games because of mistakes characteristic of last year's misery, as well as plain old inattentiveness to detail, and there have just been some weird happenings, from a pair of goals on both Jimmy Howard and then Petr Mrazek's blocker and glove sides (respectively) to that strange goalie interference challenge that coach Blashill made that seemed to at least temporarily sap the wind out of the Wings' sails.

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Christopher Ilitch sits down with Sportnset’s Simpson to discuss Little Caesars Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I've had a weird summer and weirder fall, so I got to see the finished Little Caesars Arena and still-in-progress District Detroit for the first time before yesterday night's Queens of the Stone Age concert at the Fox, and it looks beautiful...but unfinished as the Cass Corridor is still very literally under development.

Before tonight's Wings-Leafs game, Sportnset's Christine Simpson spoke with Red Wings owner Christopher Ilitch about the beautiful rink, the District in development and his parents' legacy:

Keep it going, Chris. So far, so gorgeous, and as Gary Bettman suggested, once the "full thing" gets finished, it's going to be spectacular.

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