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Video- Highlights From The Twelve Games Last Night

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Five minutes of action...

 

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Video- Nikolai Kulemin Dangerous Hit On Mark Stuart

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Nikolai Kulemin received five for boarding and a game misconduct.

Mark Stuart did return to the game.

 

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Video- Matt Stajan Injured On Knee-On-Knee Hit From Jarred Tinordi

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Tinordi did receive two for kneeing and no report from the Flames on Stajan.

 

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Video- David Backes Injured In Blues Win Over The Stars

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Ken Hitchcock only said Backes would be re-evaluated today.

The acual hit did not look bad but notice Backes's head did hit the ice.

 

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Video- LA Kings React To Brayden Schenn’s OT Goal

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via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Jonathan Quick, on whether he felt he was pushed into the net:
No, I know I was. I didn’t ‘feel.’ I know. So that should be no goal. I don’t know how that goes upstairs and still they get it wrong. I don’t know the excat ruling on that because they seem to change it every year, but usually you’re not allowed to push a goalie into the net, so I don’t know. Maybe they changed it again on us.

Darryl Sutter, on whether the call on the ice was correct:
They have the right to review it, so whether it was or not, it doesn’t matter whether I think if it’s correct or not correct. It really has no bearing on anything. He was safe at third and he was out at home.

 

 

Quick received a 10 minute game misconduct penalty after the goal was ruled good, watch below...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Capitals set-up; assorted notes, prospect stuff and Quincey blingin’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Washington Capitals have been a bundle of contradictions for a while now, at least from the outside looking in. It appears that Ted Leonsis is finally letting new GM Brian McLellan make his own personnel decisions and Barry Trotz coach after a complicated relationship with previous GM George McPhee and a set of coaches that most recently included Adam Oates...

But just as the Red Wings are starting to feel a little too "old-school" in terms of the ownership and management's stubbornness in the player personnel department, perhaps the Caps are the best American NHL example of a team whose coaching and personnel machinations always seemed to involve an owner overly concerned with public perception.

Tonight's "Rivalry Night" opponent (the Wings and Caps play at 7:30 PM on NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet One/97.1 FM) possesses the same record as the 4-2-and-2 Red Wings, but after dropping a 4-2 decision to Vancouver on Sunday, Barry Trotz told NHL.com's Dan Rosen that he plans on ensuring that the team plays a more traditional game this evening (see also: dump, chase):

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Cotsonika profiles Jim Nill and his decision to leave Detroit for Dallas; so GM’s aren’t infallible?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned a fine profile of Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill and Nill's decision-making process in terms of turning down previous opportunities to leave the Red Wings before finding his "fit" in Dallas a year-and-a-half ago, and Cotsonika's article includes an absolutely wonderful exchange in which Nill's former employer and Nill himself admit that--gasp!--general managers are not infallible:

“I think Jimmy Nill was ready a long time ago,” Holland said. “Jimmy probably could have left a lot sooner. We benefited from that, but I also think he benefitted from more experiences, more experiences, more experiences. Not everything you do works, and when it doesn’t work, it’s also an opportunity to evaluate yourself and your decision – why something didn’t work the way you thought it should work.”

Nill led the Wings’ drafting and developing, helping unearth players like Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Jimmy Howard, Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg. The Wings’ general philosophy with prospects was to over-ripen them – to keep them in Europe or the minors not until they could play in the NHL, but until they were ready to help the Wings win. That kind of philosophy can work for executives, too.

“You think you’re ready, and you’re not,” Nill said. “You think you know all the players, and you think you’ve got it figured out. The more you’re in the business, the more you realize the less you know. When you’re in it real early, you see players, and you’re like, ‘Yeah, that guy’s going to play – bang, bang, bang.’ Well, the more you’re in it, the more of those bang-bang-bangs you see that don’t make it. Now that gets you thinking. When you go to make a decision, you’re like, ‘OK, I think that’s the guy, but I’ve also seen in my 15 years five guys that didn’t make it.’ It gives you a bigger scope.”

Cotsonika continues at extended length, and Nill is the nicest person I've met in the hockey business. I wish him all the best--except when the Wings play the Stars, of course...

And Nill's quote is very, very true for everyone in the hockey business, regardless of whether you're an exec or an amateur assessor of player talent.

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Updating Gordie Howe’s situation and the hockey world’s reaction to the Red Wings legend’s stroke

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From as clincial a perspective as I can muster, this is...Expected. Gordie Howe's battle with dementia is partially due to a set of "mini strokes" suffered while caring for an ailing Colleen, and at some point, "mini strokes" are going to yield a larger cardiopulmonary event. So the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa and Chris McCosky's news that Gordie Howe has suffered a serious stroke is not surprising.

He's also Gordie Howe, an absolute living Clydesdale of a man who's made it through so much, and Red Wings fans will tell you that he, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman are the best hockey players to ever have played the game--but Gordie could do it all. He's someone that, until recently, we were not suprised to see in the stands at hockey games, patiently signing pictures he'd brought to the game to sign until the demand became too great, and he'd have to scoot to a suite so that the people in his section could watch the game (if he wasn't on the concourse signing books).

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Prospect news: Janmark posts helper, 5 shots; Griffins, Walleye notes and Halloween costumes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Only one Red Wings prospect has yet to play this evening. Joe Hicketts and the Victoria Royals will battle the Brandon Wheat Kings at 10:05 PM EDT, so:

In terms of the balance of today's game action, in Europe:

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Tomas Holmstrom visited the Red Wings’ practice on Tuesday, weighed in on the power play, for sure

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Tomas Holmstrom made an appearance at the Red Wings' practice today, but if you missed that little bit of news, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose noted that Holmstrom is in fact keeping himself quite busy after moving back to Pitea, Sweden this past summer...

Enjoying his retirement, the 41-year-old Holmstrom remains close to the sport, helping coach his two sons’ youth teams while also lending his knowledge to Sweden’s national development program.

“I’m on the ice pretty much every day, coaching the boys and then doing some national team assignments, U15, U16 and helping out the elite team in Lulea. So I keep myself busy,” Holmstrom said. “It’s fun to work with driven kids who want to make it and take the next step. They want it, so it’s fun.”

He offered oodles of praise for the Wings' current lineup after explaining why he was in town, as Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji noted (she also posted a non-embeddable video interview with Holmstrom)...

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