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Jimmy Howard discusses his OT win, health and more on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery show today, and he discussed the state of his groin, last night's win against the Rangers, the social media "bubble" he lives in and his status among the NHL's best goalies (and he is not devoid of self-confidence). The full interview's available after the jump:

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Short Hockey Notes

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

- When Devan Dubnyk was looking for work last summer after his nightmare 2013-14 season, two teams wanted the former Edmonton Oilers goalie: the Coyotes and the Kings. The Coyotes had a guaranteed NHL backup job and Dubnyk maybe would have had to start in the AHL with Martin Jones as Quick’s backup unless they moved Jones.

- George McPhee was a fine GM with the Washington Capitals, but how good do you think Filip Forsberg would look on right-wing with Nick Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin? The Caps have had a dozen guys auditioning with Ovie and Backstrom. Forsberg could get 65 points as a rookie, but I’m still not sure I wouldn’t vote for Florida’s outstanding defenceman Aaron Ekblad for the Calder. He turned 19 a month ago.

- If Dustin Byfuglien, who appeared to hurt his shoulder against Ottawa Wednesday, is out any longer than a couple of weeks, the Winnipeg Jets could be in trouble. “He’s the most unique player in the whole league ... there’s nobody else who can go back and forth from forward to defence. Unbelievable he can skate like that, being that size (around 260),” said a Western Conference management-type. This is the best Big Buff has looked since the first Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup win in 2010.

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Not A Fan Of Tanking

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from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

My favourite sport of all is hockey, so it pains me to say the National Hockey League has tested this ideal in more ways than one. I have railed against the Bettman Point system since it was first announced, on the grounds that it changes the balance between risk and reward and fosters an environment where a particular outcome, a regulation tie, is often in the interests of both teams. A team that wins in overtime or the shootout gets rewarded exactly the same as if they had won in regulation, whereas the loser of that mini-game gets rewarded for their regulation tie. Put another way, a regulation win has been devalued. The very predictable result is that while tie results are no longer possible, there are more tie games than ever before. These days some 25% of all games remain unresolved after 60 minutes, far higher than historical rates when the team that failed to win in regulation forfeited one point while securing one.

Grating as that issue remains, it pales in comparison to a situation where two teams begin a game with opposite objectives: one wants to win, while the other is better served to lose, in regulation if possible. Such is the result of a draft lottery system that rewards teams that miss the playoffs in inverse order of their finish. Worse is better, assuring higher odds of winning the lottery while guaranteeing that a team can only drop one spot from their finish.

Such a system rewards tanking. It’s a concern every year of course, but in 2015 with a high-end draft class that includes “generational” talents in Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, it has reached epidemic proportions, the worst I can recall since 1984 when Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils engaged in an epic tank battle with the reward being one Mario Lemieux.

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The Boston Bruins Are Moving In The Right Direction

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Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton has been keeping a diary for ESPNBoston.com this season. In his latest installment, he talks about the team’s recent struggles, injuries on the team, and how the trade deadline affected him. (As told to Louise K. Cornetta) 

A lot of unlucky things happened to us over the past month. I don’t think our game slipped too much from how well we played in January. I thought we were working hard but just couldn’t get bounces to go our way in games. Hopefully now in March, we can move forward and get back to our winning ways. 

One area we’ve worked on is our power play. It’s a little bit different now. We have two different units, same guys but in different positions. It’s improved a lot and we’ve scored a couple of goals with the unit I play on, and the other unit has scored some goals too. We need our power play to do well in order for our team to be successful. 

We’re moving in the right direction. There is more of a complete effort in the games. We have to keep working hard. We know there is only a little over 20 games left and there are teams behind us who are pushing us. We have to make sure we are focused on every game. 


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Kimmo Timonen Will Retire At The End Of The Season

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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

This spring is Kimmo Timonen’s final shot at a Stanley Cup ring.

The 39-year-old defenceman told reporters in Chicago Thursday that he will be retiring at the end of the 2014-15 season but wants to remain involved in hockey as a coach.

Timonen, who only made his season debut Monday, was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2016.

Ironically, it was the Blackhawks who snuffed out the blueliner’s best shot at lifting the Cup back in 2010, when Chicago defeated Philly in a six-game Stanley Cup final.


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Post-practice news: Ericsson iffy for Friday; Babcock challenges 3rd line; on Larkin/Mantha & trades

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 6:24 PM: The Red Wings practiced with their lines intact save one Jonathan Ericsson's absence on Thursday, and MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Ericsson's status won't be known until tomorrow as he's "questionable" with an unspecified injury:

Ericsson didn't practice Thursday. General manager Ken Holland said he is "banged up" and they'll see how he feels Friday before determining his status.

If Ericsson can't play, Jakub Kindl will be inserted into the lineup. Kindl practiced alongside Niklas Kronwall, Ericsson's regular partner, on Thursday.

Ericsson finished Wednesday's 2-1 overtime victory against the New York Rangers, logging 22:29 in ice time, his most minutes since Jan. 20.

The Wings' practice news cycle was particularly quiet, but the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that coach Babcock wasn't pleased with the play of the Nyquist-Sheahan-Weiss line during last night's 2-1 OT win over the Rangers:

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Fatherly Advice For Jeff Petry

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“He told me the key to success is to work hard,” Petry said. “He said when you have guys with equal or more talent, the difference is going to be the guys who work the hardest.”

Petry’s dad knows something about working hard and succeeding in professional sports. Dan Petry pitched in the major leagues for 13 seasons, winning a World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 1984 and winning a division title with the Atlanta Braves in 1991.

Dan Petry was known as a workhorse, piling up the innings and giving relievers a break. He had a career record of 125-104 and had 52 complete games in an era when five or six good innings were regarded as a quality start.

Jeff Petry said he doesn’t remember seeing his father pitch — he was only 3 when his father retired — but can remember being around the clubhouse and sitting in the stands.

Jeff and his older brother, Matt, both played baseball and hockey growing up in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Mich., but they took different paths when they reached the point in their careers when they had to choose one sport over the other.

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Practice Tweets: Khan reports that Ericsson’s ‘banged up’; Marchenko skating, Helm not

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 2:21 PM: The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena hoping to build upon last night's 2-1 OT win over the Rangers and prepare for tomorrow's game against the Calgary Flames (who tangle with the Boston Bruins this evening), and MLive's Ansar Khan initially reported "no changes" as it were:

Wings on ice for practice. Helm still not skating, Marchenko continues to skate.

But this is not good news:

Ericsson not skating today. He is banged up. Ken Holland  said they'll see how he feels tomorrow regarding his status for the game.

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirmed the initial report...

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Richard Panik Fined For Diving/Embellishment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 1:50pm, you can watch the play below...

NEW YORK (March 5, 2015) -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Richard Panik has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

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Pre-practice post: On the trade deadline, Wings-Rangers tailings, multimedia & the charitable donut

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This entry is most definitely a set of disparate parts, mostly involving the Red Wings' 2-1 OT win over the New York Rangers and the trade deadline.

In the lattery category, ESPN's Craig Custance "reset" the Eastern Conference playoff race in an Insider-only entry, and here's what he had to say about the post-deadline Wings:

2. Detroit Red Wings There might be a little more urgency to win for Detroit than for any other team in the East. There’s the uncertainty surrounding coach Mike Babcock, the league’s best coach. And if Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk enter the playoffs healthy, this might be the best chance to win a Stanley Cup with those two stars as their careers hit the twilight.

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