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Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"Not a great effort, all the way around. I'm not going to say we were content and [were thinking], 'Let's just get home.'

"I know we've been on the road 13 of the last 15 days — that doesn't hold anything. That bar's pretty high on our team and when you don't get what you reach for, you get pretty upset."

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks after a 6-2 loss to Ottawa.  More on the game from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.

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Here Comes The Tyler Seguin And Taylor Hall Comparison

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Tyler Seguin is off to Edmonton on Saturday morning, and you know what that means: Another round of Tyler-Taylor questions are coming – and these ones will be more pointed than ever, given their current career trajectories.

Tyler Seguin is on the rise. If he were a stock, it would be on the verge of a split. Seguin currently leads the NHL in goals and points, a rare feat in today’s game. Since the NHL introduced the Maurice (Rocket) Richard Trophy in 1999 to reward the NHL’s goal-scoring leader, only one player has managed to win both goal- and point-scoring titles in a single year, and that was Alex Ovechkin in 2008. Before that, you have to go back to 1996 and Mario Lemieux for the last time it happened.

Taylor Hall’s stock, meantime, is flat. In fact, some of the NHL’s so-called insider traders put Hall’s name on the sell list this week, after the Oilers fired coach Dallas Eakins and replaced him, on an interim basis, with the tandem of Craig MacTavish and Todd Nelson. MacTavish is the Oilers’ general manager and after reluctantly removing Eakins he promised a top-to-bottom review of the organization on the grounds that the team’s current struggles reflect a deeper problem than just coaching.

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What Happened To Steve Mason?

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from Fran Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

According to general manager Ron Hextall, Mason is ruled out for at least this weekend's games in Toronto and Winnipeg with an "upper-body" injury, but the team would not commit to any timeline after that.

That doesn't necessarily mean Mason will miss only this weekend. Hextall said the team will provide an update on Monday and would not comment further.

The scene yesterday was ominous. With the help of the training staff, Mason was flipped over to his back - where he stayed for a period of time - before sitting up and finally making it to his feet. He was then helped off the ice, unable to skate off under his own power....

R.J. Umberger said Mason's injury "looked like" a back issue, noting Mason "grabbed something behind him" when he "reached for a puck" to make a save.

Luke Schenn saw Mason go down and had his own theory.

"It looked like he was going into a spasm or whatever it was," Schenn said. "I'm not even sure. You never know if it's dehydration or anything like that.

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update 12:06pm, via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

“He sees the specialist on Monday and we’ll find out more,” Hextall said. “I talked to him and the doctor does not have a hands-on [feeling] for Mase yet. He’s talked to [trainer] Jimmy [McCrossin].

“I’m optimistic is won’t be long. Until you get the information you don’t know for sure. I don’t anticipate it being a long time but it could change.”

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Video- Mark Scheifele Interfered By Milan Lucic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 Mark Scheifele forgot about keeping his head on a swivel and paid for it last night.  Two minutes for interference on Milan Lucic.

Short video...

 

 

A little longer video below, but not as easy to see the hit.

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Habs look to get back on track versus Ottawa

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

The Canadiens disappointed fans in attendance on Thursday, dropping Saku Koivu night to the Anaheim Ducks 2-1, ending their short winning streak and sending back to the drawing board. Koivu was feted for his contributions to Montreal, on the ice and off, in a 35 minute ceremony that included multiple standing ovations. The Habs played reasonably well, tying the game late before giving up a power play goal, but Anaheim did dominate at times, and they certainly had the physical edge. Max Pacioretty was taken out of the game in the 3rd period by a hard hit in Anaheim's end, and is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Given that he is often seen as Montreal's toughest forward, it is no surprises that the Habs ended up losing to the much larger Ducks.

Perhaps more worrisome than the injury is the fact that as Pacioretty lay on the ground, what seemed like an eternity went by before PK Subban came in to defend his teammate. This sort of behaviour plagued the Canadiens for a few years, and it appeared they were well past it, but perhaps they need to revisit their intimidation-factor on the ice. 

The Habs will face the Sens in Montreal tonight sans Dustin Tokarski, who has been sent to Hamilton on a two-game conditioning stint. Joey MacDonald will back up Carey Price, who looks to get the Habs back on track against Ottawa. Alex Galchenyuk will again centre the first line, and David Desharnais may appear on the wing, as Michel Therrien continues to experiment with various combinations up front. Montreal is in the midst of one of its quietest schedule-periods of the year, with only four games in the next 12 games, making tonight's two points important if they want to prevent their conferene rivals from leapfrogging them in the standings. Puck drop is at 7 pm. Enjoy. 

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The overnight report: On bridges unburnt, net-front players, Ouellet, Weiss and praise for the Isles

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If you need a little "light reading," if not a change of pace given the Wings' 5-game losing streak, and we're going to do via yet another two-or-more-sport-referencing article from the Free Press's Evil Drew Sharp, mostly because his comparison of Jim Harbaugh and Mike Babcock's respective contract situations is...Thoughtful? Yes indeedy:

Babcock's apparent reluctance in committing to the Wings beyond this season easily could have turned ugly. Everyone understands how thin-skinned Detroit gets if it thinks its shiniest sports baubles want out at their earliest convenience.

But general manager Ken Holland isn't panicked. There's no rush. More important, there's no rancor. Holland fully appreciates what Babcock has brought to the Wings since his arrival for the 2005-06 season. Holland knows he has the best coach in the NHL as well as the best owner in Mike Ilitch, who's unafraid to spend premium dollars on premium talent. He can wait. Holland knows that if Babcock leaves after the season, it won't be because the Wings turned miserly.

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Red Wings-Islanders wrap-up: The inevitable return of the rope-AND-dope

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm just not surprised. The Red Wings' 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders, punctuated by Jimmy Howard's "lower-body injury" exit necessitating the recall of Tom McCollum and demotion of Xavier Ouellet due to roster space reasons...

It was coming, as was the Wings' 0-2-and-3 slide. This team is still just young enough, just thin enough in terms of depth or the lack thereof and just still working out its identity as a recharged, reloaded team on an upward trajectory to allow a set of injuries that disrupted team continuity to screw everything up--via a cascading series of self-inflicted wounds.

The 7-1-and-1 run sewed the seeds for both a probable rebound performance during January and February's road-heavy schedule, and the temporary losses of Johan Franzen's production, Danny DeKeyser, Stephen Weiss, Justin Abdelkader et. al. (and even Pavel Datsyuk's return) jostled the Wings just enough to put them on their back foot before tumbling a top-heavy team right over.

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Prospect news: Athanasiou hurt, Backman exits, Hicketts makes WJC, Griffins and Walleye win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It was a good news-bad-news night for the Red Wings' prospects, and these tidbits = the bad news:

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St. James, Khan: Red Wings to recall McCollum, demote Ouellet due to Howard’s LBI

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Well, shit:

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Islanders: This sure as hell better be the low point

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings have fallen into the worst drought of their season, unable to score, unable to defend, and unable to move the puck efficiently up or down the ice between their and their opponent's goals. As a result, the Red Wings dropped a 5th straight defeat, losing 2-1 to the New York Islanders, on Friday night.

The fact that this was only the team's first regulation loss among their 5 (0-1-and-3) seems near-miraculous given how lost the Wings look on the ice, given how much of  disaster Jonathan Ericsson has become and given how plain old dumb the team is playing, working to be as inefficient as humanly possible while sending one skater into two, three or four opponents with no support and no outlets for the puck.

Turnovers result, goals against result, and now Niklas Kronwall is making that face he made during the Wings' no-Datsyuk-and-no-Zetterberg losing streak, looking lost and distant.

That's very bad for a mostly healthy team in December, even if Jimmy Howard left the game early due to "precautionary" reasons.

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