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Andreas Athanasiou Assigned To The Grand Rapids Griffins

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Andreas Athanasiou to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Athanasiou, 21, skated in 37 games with the Red Wings during the 2015-16 campaign, notching 14 points, five penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. The second-year pro made his NHL debut with Detroit on Nov. 8 vs. Dallas and notched his first goal in his second NHL game on Nov. 10 vs. Washington, in what turned out to be the game’s only goal. Athanasiou also made his NHL postseason debut during the Red Wings’ first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning and recorded his first playoff goal in Game 3. The London, Ontario, native also appeared in 26 games for the Griffins this season, recording 16 points (8-8-16). In 83 AHL games over the past two seasons, he has logged 51 points (25-26-51), adding 10 points (5-5-10) in 22 career AHL playoff games.

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Video- Highlight Package From The Two NHL Playoff Games On Friday

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A little over three minutes long.


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Joakim Andersson Signs With Orebro In Sweden

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The link displays a video of Andersson talking in Swedish in case you are interested.

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Questions For Ansar Khan

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Ansar Khan of Mlive answers some questions....

Thoughts on a Detroit/Anaheim trade; Wings get (Cam) Fowler, give up (Tomas) Tatar or (Gustav) Nyquist. Ducks deep on D, need scoring; Wings need defense.

A: Seems like a good match, for the reasons you state. After another disappointing playoff result, the Ducks, who fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday, probably will look to shake things up with a significant move. Offense was an issue for them, Fowler, 24, could be a trading chip, and they might be more inclined to deal with an Eastern Conference club.

Anaheim is a big team up front, so acquiring a smaller forward like Tatar or Nyquist probably wouldn't be an issue. The Red Wings would need to sweeten the pot to get Fowler, however. But the Red Wings' quandary is they struggled to score and would be moving a forward with offensive upside.

After Winnipeg signed Dustin Byfuglien, I think they'll look to move Jacob Trouba or Tyler Myers. I don't think they can afford to keep all three long-term, especially when they also have (Tobias) Enstrom. Shouldn't the Wings be aggressively pursuing a deal with the Jets?

A: The Jets are another potential trading partner for the Red Wings. Trouba's name has been tossed around in trade rumors this season. The Rochester native is only 22 and will be a restricted free agent after next season.

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The St. Louis Blues Start Flat Against The Dallas Stars

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from Jose de Jseus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

If you struggled to recognize the Blues on Friday night, you’re not alone. Those may have been the same players who eliminated the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round, but they definitely weren’t the same team.

They were slower, a tad behind most of the night and completely missing in the first two periods against the Dallas Stars. By the time it was over, they were fortunate to have lost Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals by a mere 2-1 margin at American Airlines Center.

The Blues hardly resembled the team that beat the Blackhawks in a thrilling, seven-game classic in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

“They outplayed us,” captain David Backes said. “They deserved to win this one. We got to regroup and find our game and play for a full 60 the way we did in the first series and we’ll be just fine.


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Morning Line- Ray Ratto After Game 1 Sharks/Predators

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And San Jose, which has suddenly become the hockey punditocracy’s popular choice for Stealth Team Nobody Wants To Play, had conquered a few more fence-sitters. True, the Sharks remain the most anomalous of playoff teams in that it has a hideous home/absurdly strong road record combo, but unless Nashville can find what abandoned it Friday night, the Sharks may create a little elbow-room in what has been a very Warrior-centric world.

-Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea where you can read more on the Sharks 5-2 win over the Hashville Predators.

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If Alexander Radulov Signs With The Wings, Will Pavel Datsyuk Stay?

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via Pavel Lysenko of SovSport (Google translate),

Yesterday the Russian team came Pavel Datsyuk and Alexander Radulov, which was able to talk.

And such a theory I had. According to rumors, Oleg Znarok asked Pavel Datsyuk: "Do you need Radulov in the top three in the World Cup," Of course, Datsyuk said yes. He had played with Alexander in one link when acts in the team, and they have an excellent rapport. And do not forget the game for CSKA Moscow during the lockout.

Datsyuk was unhappy with his game in "Detroit" and those where there is a team. He wanted even to interrupt the last year of the contract. But there was an option here that Alexander Radulov goes in the "Detroit". And for him, Paul decided to stay for another year to play with Radulov, help him to join the team. And find a new star for "Red Wings' Datsyuk which will always be very grateful.

Here's a scenario I see. That is why Paul V. has not made a decision to return to Russia. At the time, Wayne Gretzky said: "I would stay in hockey for another year, if the" Rangers "have bought me the three Pavel Bure".

There may be the same story. We often say that the NHL - it's a business. But we should not forget the enormous pleasure that you get when you have the top three plays great master.

There are two YouTube videos at the SovSport lnk, one with Datsyuk and one with Radulov but both are in Russian. if you can help with the translation, feel free to leave a comment.

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NHL Short Notes

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The Sharks scored five times in the third period, sparked by Joel Ward (1-1—2) who factored on each of San Jose’s first two goals as the club rallied to defeat Nashville in the opener of their Second Round series.

* The Sharks matched a franchise playoff record for goals in one period, achieving the feat for the first time on home ice. The only other time San Jose scored five goals in a single period during the postseason was in Game 3 of the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals at LAK, when they erased an early four-goal deficit with five markers in the second period of an eventual 6-5 overtime win.
* Ward, who played three seasons with Nashville from 2008-11, scored his first career goal against the club (10 GP, regular-season and playoffs). He compiled 40-58—98 in 230 career regular-season games with the Predators and added 9-8—17 in 18 playoff appearances.
Logan Couture posted his third career multi-goal game in the playoffs and first since Game 3 of the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals vs. VAN (2-2—4). His first tally stood as his second game-winning goal of this postseason (also Game 2 at LAK).

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A bit about Datsyuk’s first day with the Russian national team

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Pavel Datsyuk practied with the Russian national team on Friday in Moscow, and while I'm not about to transcribe every second of every interview, Datsyuk was his playful self while speaking with Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov, Sport-Express's Mikhail Zislis, Championat's Vladislav Utkin and R-Sport, playfully dodging questions as to whether he's going to sign with SKA St. Petersburg, suggesting that the World Championship is not his "farewell tour," and revealing that he was told that his ankle would take 18 months from the date of surgery to completely heal, and it's only been 10 months...

And Alexey Marchenko was as bland as Datsyuk was playful while speaking with Zislis and R-Sport, stating that yes, he feels a little more confident going into the tournament having played a lot, and no, that he hasn't spoken about his contract extension with the Wings, but that there are four months to figure things out.

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Evening news: Regarding the new rink, Radulov and locker room clean-out day remarks

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Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Free Press's James Jahnke shares some of the online petitions demanding that the Red Wings' follow-on rink be re-named after Gordie Howe, to be re-named a "Colisseum," etc. and Free Press editorial cartoonist Mike Thompson suggests that the name may not fly with Al the Octopus;

The Red Wings did post a video explaining the "evolution of the logo" that will adorn the arena:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James also shared her opinions regarding hockey-related topics in a chat on Freep.com earlier today;

3. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts" are where MLive's Ansar Khan's Alexander Radulov rumor came from, and I can't say that I'm a fan of Radulov given his turbulent history not with the Nashville Predators, but with his present employer, CSKA Moscow, which has benched bad-boy Radulov for on and off-ice behavior:

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