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Red Wings-Jets game-day articles: Jets wary of Wings’ speed; Wings’ lineup ‘similar’ to Sunday’s

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 3:04 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Winnipeg Jets this evening (8 PM EST on FSD Plus/TSN 3/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed that Mark Scheifele won't be playing for the Jets and that Connor Hellebuyck and Petr Mrazek will face off in the nets this evening.

After the morning skate, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji offered an encouraging injury update via Twitter...

#RedWings Blashill said both Howard and Athanasiou should be ready for full practice Thursday.

As did the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

Blashill said Howard should be ready to go full practice Thursday and Athanasiou likewise...Marchenko might too but Blashill not sure

Illegal Curve's David Minuk filed a game preview...

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Prospect news: Walleye win matinee affair vs. Fort Wayne; Griffins post weekly press release

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye blew 2-0 and 4-1 leads on Tuesday morning, but they were able to rally in overtime, with Tyson Spink scoring the game-winner in the Walleye's 5-4 victory over the Fort Wayne Komets. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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After A Week Of NHL All-Star Voting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 NEW YORK (Dec. 6, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price and forwards Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are the top vote-getters by division in the first week of voting in the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™.

The ballot page at NHL.com/vote includes a leaderboard of the top vote-getters, which will be updated every Tuesday.

See below for the top vote-getters by division through week one. 

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Zach Werenski’s Rookie Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Lomon of NHLPA.com,

Amid a season showcasing some serious NHL rookie talent, first-year defenceman Zach Werenski looks right at home amongst his peers.

With big-name rookies – like Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, the New York Rangers’ Jimmy Vesey, along with Winnipeg’s Patrick Laine – turning heads with their play, it might be easy to get lost in the shuffle.

Not the case when it comes to Werenski.

Selected eighth overall by Columbus last year, the 19-year-old was given a shot to make his mark with the Blue Jackets in 2016-17.

It’s safe to say he hasn’t wasted the opportunity.

In 24 games, Werenski has six goals and 11 assists. He’s also consistently earned lofty praise from teammates and coaches.

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Red Wings-Jets morning skate Tweets and articles: Scheifle out for WPG; Mrazek starts for DET

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings face a stiff task as they prepare to battle the Winnipeg Jets this evening (8 PM EST on FSD Plus/TSN 3/97.1 FM).

Winnipeg's coming off a pair of victories over St. Louis and Chicago this past weekend, and the 13-13-and-2 Jets have won 4 of their past 5 games. The 12-11-and-3 Wings have split their past 4 games (2-1-and-1) and are coming into town having defeated the New York Islanders on Sunday.

Among MLive's Brendan Savage's Wings-Jets keys to the game:

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Video- Saves Of The Week

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Sportsnet style...

 

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Brent Burns In The Conversation For Top Defenseman In The NHL

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from Travis Yost of TSN,

It’s not often that we talk about a player changing the way we think about how a position should be played.

But, it’s not often that players like Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson come along.

Burns’ emergence might be the result of a perfect storm in San Jose: A talented player finding the right guys to play with, a perfectly timed transition from winger to blueliner and an offence that plays an exceptional brand of inside/out hockey in the offensive zone. Whatever it is, Burns and the Sharks are a match made in heaven.

He’s become as much a staple of their attack as Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. For as much as we have talked (rightfully) about Karlsson revolutionizing the position, it’s worth pointing out that Burns has had a similar career arc.

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The Leafs Have Their Goaltender

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damein Cox of the Toronto Star,

Perhaps somewhere along the way somebody should have sent a scout to Denmark.

Maybe that would have shortened the process of looking for a replacement for Ed Belfour in the net of your Toronto Maple Leafs.

As it was, it’s taken 11 seasons (!!!), five general managers, six coaches and 17 goaltending candidates to find someone capable of doing something approximating the job Belfour did for three seasons in the waning years of his stellar career.

But, it appears, the Leafs finally have located such a netminder.

Frederik Andersen has managed to erase those ugly first impressions he made in October, ones that made many wonder if he was just a rerun of Vesa Toskala or Jonathan Bernier, and in so doing likely set himself up for a lengthy run in the Toronto net as the club’s No. 1 goalie.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Continue To Roll

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

In this Season of Giving, the Blue Jackets have become absolutely miserly.

The club ran its winning streak to four games by limiting the Arizona Coyotes to 18 shots in a 4-1 victory at Nationwide Arena on Monday night.

The Blue Jackets have yielded more than 28 shots on goal only once since Nov. 15. In that stretch, they have gone 8-1-2 to vault into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

“The confidence level is going up and everyone trusts each other to do their jobs,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said. “Everyone is just playing their roles and I think it helps make everyone calm on defense ... It’s day and night from (last season), you can see the shots going down.”

The Blue Jackets surrendered a first-period power-play, but gave the Coyotes few great looks on a night Columbus improved to 15-5-4.

The Blue Jackets entered play fifth in goals-against average at 2.19. In the past 11 games, they have allowed 1.91 goals per game.

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The Wings This Week

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch for this week:

Jets, Laine a challenge

... Patrik Laine, the second pick in this year's draft, leads all rookies with 16 goals and 23 points. Mark Scheifle leads the Jets with 26 points. Defenseman Jacob Trouba, who rescinded his trade request after signing with the Jets, has appeared in 13 games (no goals, three assists, minus-3).

Winnipeg is last in the league in shots per game (27.5) and Detroit is 29th (27.8). The Jets also are last in faceoff percentage (45.5 percent).

Protecting leads troublesome

Third periods have been quite the white-knuckle ride for this team in recent weeks. Detroit has squandered the lead or allowed the go-ahead goal in the third period in 11 of its past 16 games, losing many valuable points.

They've had difficulty getting the puck out of their end in some of the games, like in their 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday. Turnovers and defensive breakdowns also have contributed to some of the blown leads.

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