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Less Ice Time For Brent Seabrook May Mean More Production

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Brent Seabrook had by far his least ice time of the season Wednesday night against the New York Rangers. Perhaps not coincidentally, he had one of his best games, with four shots on goal, two blocked shots, an assist, and a plus-2 rating.

“I want to play as much as I can [but] I want to help the team out any way I can,” Seabrook said. “Whatever the case may be, I thought I had a better game [Wednesday] night I had more jump, more pace to my game.”

Removed from power-play duty for the game, Seabrook played just 16 minutes, 26 seconds against the Rangers — more than five minutes less than his season average.

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Michigan Amateur Hockey Association to shoot for world record hockey tournament

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is incredibly impressive. From Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:

During the 2018 holiday season, there will be (hopefully) an incredible amount of hockey being played within the Great Lakes State.

Tournament provider OneHockey has partnered with the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association in a mission to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for tournament participation numbers with their the Holiday Invite 2018.

The massive tournament will take place across the state of Michigan from Dec. 27-30.

An estimated 1,000-plus teams, 23,000-plus players and 75 sheets of ice participating would all set new records; the current highmarks came at a tournament in Calgary in 2007 that saw 664 teams, 10,992 players and 42 sheets of ice in total.

“It will be so exciting for these hockey teams to be part of a Guinness World Record,” said MAHA president George Atkinson. “What an accomplishment. This would be any player’s dream, and there’s no better place to do that then in Michigan.

“Michigan is right behind Minnesota hockey as far as the most hockey players. This is a dream of a tournament in size and magnitude for our state and association to be a part of.”

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The Upside of Down

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

2017 has been a long, strange year for me personally. I had a lot of good times and adventurous travel, but I had a feeling something might go awry. And indeed it did, when I was laid off from my non-hockey day job last week. The upside is that I've had more free time to focus on hockey. And it occurs to me that there are also lot of hockey-related lessons to be learned from being temporarily down on your luck. 

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Wings-Flames suspensions: Kypreos reports Witkowski gets 10 games, Tkachuk to have hearing with NHL

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos:

More to come...Definitely more to come.

And Sportsnet's Jeff Marek and John Shannon had a chat about this:

Update:

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Custance: Trevor Daley’s got a rib injury

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Well this is unfortunate:

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Telling the story of Detroit’s Clark Park

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus tells the tale of a filmmaker who's produced a documentary about Detroit's Clark Park:

When he moved to Detroit in 2014, [Marquette's Troy] Anderson started volunteering at Clark Park as a hockey coach. Right away, he knew he wanted to film a project there, though he wasn’t quite sure what kind.

Fast forward three years to Wednesday night, and Anderson debuted his new mini-documentary in Detroit in front of Clark Park Coalition members, volunteers, friends and – to his surprise – his own mother made the trip down from Marquette. His film, which tells the rich history of Clark Park’s outdoor rink and hockey program, ultimately combined the two passions in his life: hockey and video production.

“The whole reason why I did this is the kids in southwest Detroit,” Anderson said. “Their only experience playing hockey – for most of them – is when it’s cold enough to skate at Clark Park. And there’s some really good hockey players, whom I’ve been able to coach the last couple years. I want them to be able to have the same experience I grew up having in Marquette playing travel hockey and being able to get different life experiences through the game. It’s a challenge for us at the Clark Park Coalition to get ice time in the fall and in the spring when the ice isn’t in, so hopefully something like this documentary will open up the work that the Clark Park Coalition does to a different audience. And hopefully move some people enough to contribute to the work that Clark Park Coalition is doing.”

The 34-minute film tells hockey stories from the early days of Clark Park and highlights many of the pioneers – from many different backgrounds – that kept the program going over the years.

Kubus continues, and the documentary is both available to view on MIHockeynow.com and on Anderson's Kickstarter page.

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Afternoon news: Praise for the youth movement, praise for Mantha, and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 4:38 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's off-day notebook...

What have been the keys for the emergence this season for Mantha, Larkin and Athanasiou?

Certainly their consistency offensively is one factor. They’re scoring at a steady clip, which is giving the Red Wings an opportunity to win every night. But they’re playing well on the defensive end of the rink, which wasn’t always the case last season.

“They’ve been real good,” Blashill said. “They’re playing fairly complete games, which doesn’t just translate to points, it translate to winning. That’s a real important thing for people to remember.

“Those guys and myself have talked lots about it. We want to be winning hockey players, not point players, and they’ve done a real good job of that. They’ve played complete games and they’re obviously real talented guys. We need guys to step up and produce and certainly they’re guys that can do it.”

Kulfan continues...

2. Of note from MLive's Ansar Khan's feature story regarding Anthony Mantha:

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Please, please, take your seat

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From WDIV's Jamie Edmonds, prior to Wednesday's Wings-Flames game:

The Detroit Red Wings have played six regular-season home games since moving to Little Caesars Arena, and while all of them have been announced as sellouts, there have been plenty of empty seats in the arena.

Officials are now trying to do something about the attendance issue. There's a new policy to try to get fans to stay in their seats during the games.

As hockey fans know, you can't move around when the puck is in play, but starting Wednesday night while the Red Wings battle the Flames, that's changing

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A letter went out to Red Wings staff members Tuesday night with a policy change.

"We are going to allow guests to go to their seats during the first few minutes of the first, second and third periods while the puck is in play just until the initial rush at the beginning of the game and after the intermissions end," the letter said.

After the rush, rules will go back to normal, and fans will have to wait for a whistle to get to their seats. Many fans said they don't like the idea, even if it's only for a few minutes per period..

Edmonds continues, and it still looks like about half the seats are "sold but unoccupied by fans in attendance enjoying the various amenities and clubs" at Little Caesars Arena.

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Jeff Blashill appears on The Fan 590 to talk about the Flames brawl, Wings’ 8-2 win over Calgary

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill appeared on Sportsnet's Hockeycentral at Noon, speaking with Darren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean about last night's brawl...among other topics, over the course of a nearly 8-minute interview. Blashill stated that the Wings "won't be pushed around" by other teams, and he praised the performances of Mantha, Larkin and Athanasiou:

 
Update: Sportsnet's Gary Galley was on Hockeycentral at Noon as well, playing up the Hamonic-Mantha scrap:

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HSJ on Athanasiou, Larkin and Mantha

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James weighs in on the progress made by Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, who all registered 3 point games against the Calgary FLames last night:

“They are playing fairly complete games which doesn’t just translate to points, it translates to winning,” coach Jeff Blashill said afterward. “That’s a real important thing I think for people to remember — we want winning hockey players, not point players, and they’ve done a real good job of that. They’ve played complete games. They’re obviously really talented guys. We need guys to step up and produce and they’re guys that can do it.”

The brawls that erupted in the third period demanded attention, but the score gave evidence why the Wings are confident they can make their way into the playoff picture even as they are largely the same group that missed out last season.

Mantha had two goals and it is the way he scored them that is encouraging. Both times he was around the net during power plays, using his 6-foot-5, 220-odd pound body as a bulldozer.

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