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Praising Mike Green

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

Here was the Mike Green everyone knew, or at least the one everyone remembered, revived and tearing through all three zones, while everyone else tried to catch up. He zipped across the defensive blue line. He caught one opponent flat-footed and blew straight past. He faked a slap shot and raced by another. He bolted through the right faceoff circle, curled parallel to the goal line, angled himself and, with a simple nudge, slipped the winning pass back into the middle as the Blue Jackets stared.

“He looks slow, but he’s buzzing pretty fast,” forward Michael Latta said. “Hell of a player.”

“Ghost-like,” Coach Barry Trotz said later. “You might not notice him, might not notice them, then – bang – he’s there on offense and he creates something.”

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Game highlights are below...

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Morning Line- John Scott

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“You know players in the league who dive a lot and embellish a little bit. It’s good to single them out. Maybe they’ll be a little embarrassed.

“We don’t need that in the game. We don’t need it to turn into soccer, where it’s embarrassing and where you get rewarded for it.

“Nobody wants to be known as a diver. I hope it stops, it’s a garbage part of the game and it should be out.”

-John Scott of the San Jose Sharks. More diving reaction and some Edmonton Oilers notes from Robert Tychkowski if the Edmonton Sun.

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Starting All Over Again In Edmonton

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

This phenomenon – of starting over again – is not something teams want to acknowledge, because it makes everybody look bad; and really amounts to the hardest sell in professional sport.

Teams genuinely believe they cannot turn to their fan base and blurt out the painful reality – that Plan A didn’t work and so now, they’re off to Plan B. Just trust us, this one will work better. Really, it will....

f the Oilers continue to struggle, they’ll have a chance to land a Toews-like piece in either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the 2015 NHL entry draft. The question they’ll need to ask – and this is why MacTavish is behind the bench right now – is which of the players from spinning-their-wheels stage of the team’s rebuild survive, and which ones move on?

more and Duhatschek uses the Chicago Blackhawks as an example...

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Ansar Khan On Some Trade Talk

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ansar Khan of Mlive answered some questions, mostly regarding trade options.

I am bypassing the questions and listing Khan's response...

- ...The Red Wings inquired about Petry in the summer, but the price was too high (the Oilers wanted a center and asked for Darren Helm). The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Petry will be an unrestricted free agent in July, so the Oilers are certain to move him by the deadline.

I'm sure Holland will inquire again, but he's not likely to part with a lot for a rental.

Washington's Mike Green, another potential trade-deadline rental, is another possibility.

- It would cost a lot more than Ferraro and Callahan to get Petry. The Oilers and anyone else could have had Ferraro and Callahan for nothing when they were on waivers before the season, but they cleared....

- Ericsson is not going anywhere, and I highly doubt Quincey will be moved. Quincey has been much-maligned the past couple of seasons, but he's a top-four defenseman on this team, and they're not easy to find.

Ouellet is the only defense prospect they would feel comfortable putting in the lineup every game. Alexey Marchenko might be close, Nick Jensen and Ryan Sproul need more seasoning and Mattias Backman is having trouble cracking Grand Rapids' lineup.

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Video- Dwight King Hits The Water Bottle From Center Ice

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I am not going to blame Martin Brodeur here, bad bounces happen but the Blues did blow a 3-0 lead in the 6-4 loss to the Kings

 

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Video- The Major Action From The Seven NHL Games Last Night

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3 1/2 minutes of highlights...

 

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Islanders set-up; talkin’ about the hard road and the Wings’ defense

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings hope to break a 4-game winless streak (0-1-and-3) as they kick off their 3-home-games-in-5-nights pre-Christmas break slate against the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM);

While the Islanders' come into town on a 2-game winning streak--having last played on Monday, when they defeated New Jersey 2-1 in a shootout, and the Hawks 3-2 last weekend--overall, the Islanders' schedule since November 5th is scary.

10 regulation-OT wins, 5 shootout wins and 5 regulation losses have the Isles tied with the Wings' 42 points, but the Isles' 21 wins (15 ROW's) are FOUR MORE than the Wings' 17 (16 ROW's), and unlike the Wings, they have exactly 0 shootout losses to Detroit's 6.

The Islanders will receive a pair of reinforcements on the blueline tonight, as Newsday's Arthur Staple reported...

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Prospect news: Janmark scores gamer at Channel One Cup; Bertuzi, Nastasiuk, Paterson thriving

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The first holiday tournament that plays games that count (not the case for the World Junior Championships until "Boxing Day") got underway on Thursday, and the only Red Wings prospect taking part had a good game in what was a predictably Swedish win.

The Swedes rarely (if ever) open tournaments well, and they opened the Channel One Cup by digging a 3-goal deficit against the Czechs, but Expressen's Petter Ostman reports that coach Par Marts took a timeout, yelled at the team, and the Swedes responded--scoring 3 goals in 1:16.

They surrendered a 4-3 goal four minutes later, but tied the game in the 3rd, and Mattias Janmark scored the game-winning goal with just over 5 minutes remaining in what was eventually a 6-4 triumph.

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Intriguing observations from the ‘Hockey World’ and ‘Three Periods’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column is a good read, discussing the post-firing life of coaches who rebounded in their own ways in Tom Renney and Rick Bowness, but his "Short Shifts" are probably more pertinent:

- St. Louis Blues phenom Vladimir Tarasenko, who just turned 23, has 20 goals on the year, but he might have scored 30 if he had shot more. He’s got 113 shots but that only puts him seventh behind Ovechkin, Karlsson, Seguin, Giroux, Pavelski and Pacioretty. “He could be more selfish,” said an NHL pro scout, marvelling at the Russian youngster’s release. Tarasenko, who may get to the $5-million to $6-million per season range in a new contract this summer, has 16 even-strength goals, second only to Tyler Seguin’s 17. “Twenty goals before Christmas? That’s special,” said teammate Steve Ott.

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- If Vincent Lecavalier is playing right wing with Zac Rinaldo and French rookie Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in Philly, this is the end of the line for him, no?

- It should be noted that Roberto Luongo has a much better (2.35) goals-against average and way higher (.925) save percentage than Ryan Miller (.267) and .900 in Vancouver right now, but Miller has 16 wins. His team gives him way more run support than Luongo’s (11 wins) in Florida. Miller’s numbers are five-alarm stuff, but he is in the first year of a three-year, $18-million deal and he’s 34, not, say, 28.

This is probably true of more general managers (and coaches) than not, too:

-New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is almost always around his team, home and away, but he knows exactly what’s going on with his farm team and their prospects. “He gets tapes of the games and the practices,” said former Devils defenceman Mark Fayne.

Matheson continues, and while we're doing short quips and quotes, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned a superb "Three Periods" column discussing the Blue Jackets' resurgence and Patrik Elias' pluck, but the "Third Period" sticks:

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Canadiens fete Koivu

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

As NHL.com's Sean Farrell notes, the Montreal Canadiens honored former captain Saku Koivu for his service to the team on Thursday night:

 

Watch the full 30 minute ceremony below...

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