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Wings Skating This Morning

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Chuck Pleiness tweets,

Stephen Weiss appears to be in tonight. Skating with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco

Cleary, Datsyuk and Lashoff appear out tonight against Ottawa.

Numerous media reports state Datsyuk is skating but it appears he will not play tonight.


added 10:45am, Pleiness tweet,

Weiss on second power play unit. Along with Kindl.

added 10:47am, Khan tweet,

First power play:
Zetterberg-Nyquist-Franzen, Abdelkader, Kronwall
Second unit:
Sheahan-Tatar-Weiss, Jurco, Kindl

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The 2014-15 season passed the quarter mark Sunday, with 311 of 1,230 games (25.3%) in the books. A look at some of the highlights thus far (compiled with the assistance of the Elias Sports Bureau):
* 189 games (60.8%) have been tied or within one goal entering the third period.
* 155 games (49.8%) have featured one-goal margins. Another 23 have been decided by two goals following an empty-net score (combined, 57.2%).
* 128 games (41.2%) have seen a team overcome a deficit (at any point in the contest) to win, including 54 in the third period. Of those 128 games, 27 have featured a multi-goal comeback.
* 77 games (24.8%) have gone past regulation, 31 of which have been decided in the five-minute overtime period. That’s nearly 7% higher through the same number of overtime games in 2013-14.
* 22 games (7.1%) have seen a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation, including five in the last 60 seconds.
* 19 games (6.1%) have seen a tiebreaking goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation, including six in the last 60 seconds.

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Vancouver Canucks Keep Winning

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Some people keep waiting for the bottom to fall out on the Vancouver Canucks, and and it certainly hasn't been pretty every single night this season. However, Sunday night's full-value, 4-1 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks improved Vancouver's record to 14-6-1.

This was a team rival GMs pointed to most during my preseason conversations as a potential surprise. The new Trevor Linden-Jim Benning-Willie Desjardins regime has not disappointed, that is for sure. An important theme from the outset has been whether they could get enough secondary scoring to contend for a playoff spot.

Jannik Hanen's hat trick Sunday night was yet another example of that kind of secondary scoring the Canucks have got so far this season. If that continues, the Canucks should be playoff-bound.

read on for Burnside on Tikhonov for the HHOF, Custance on the Rangers and Strang on the Blues...

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Detroit/Ottawa Preview And Notes

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via Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

SENATORS (9-6-4) AT RED WINGS (10-5-5)


Season series: The first game, played at Canadian Tire Centre, was decided on a goal by Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch at 14:37 of the third period. Last season, the Senators and Detroit Red Wings split their four games, with each winning twice in the opposing team's arena.

Senators team scope: Coming off a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday to split a brief two-game home stint, the Senators know they've got a big hurdle ahead on a five-game road trip that starts Monday in Detroit. They're currently sitting two points out of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand on the Toronto Maple Leafs. They can ill afford an extended losing skid, even if the season is only nearing the quarter pole. Goaltender Craig Anderson is expected to start against the Red Wings. Forward Curtis Lazar, who's missed two games because of an undisclosed injury, participated in practice Sunday. Defenseman Chris Phillips, who also sat out Saturday, did not. Lazar and Phillips are questionable to play Monday.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit is looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs after allowing three goals in the third period of a game that was tightly-contested through 40 minutes. The defeat prevented the Red Wings from sweeping a three-game road trip that didn't include center Pavel Datsyuk (groin), who is day-to-day. Detroit could get veteran center Stephen Weiss back from a groin issue that's held him out for all but one game. Weiss, 31, has dealt with a number of injuries since the 2012-13 season. He's played 27 games for the Red Wings since signing a deal prior to the 2013-14 season that costs Detroit a reported $4.9 million a season against the NHL salary cap. Weiss was recalled Sunday from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League after playing back-to-back games on a conditioning stint. Goaltender Jimmy Howard will likely start against the Senators.

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Trade Options For The Edmonton Oilers

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

MacTavish knows he has to make a trade, but what is his No. 1 priority? It’s tough to finger Ben Scrivens or Vitkor Fasth completely for their .887 and .890 save percentages because the team defence gives up so many chances. Against the Hawks, there were so many 3-on-2 breaks it looked like a normal morning line-rush practice. Is that the goalie’s fault? Do they need a 26 to 30-year-old centre with a 500 to 700-game pedigree and 500 or so NHL points to help No. 1 centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? They aren’t getting a Giordano or a Doughty or a Weber or a PK Subban. Normally you have to draft them. They thought Justin Schultz could be that guy, but he’s struggling mightily.

Here’s what the Oilers could be looking at:

Goal: Antti Niemi, 31, (San Jose). He’s played 293 games and is an unrestricted free-agent July 1, and his halcyon days in Chicago when he won the Cup in 2010 seem light years away. He does have good numbers since then in regular-season (2.38, 2.42, 2.17 and 2.39) but he is 20-20 in the playoffs in those four yeas. This year he’s 7-6-3 with a 2.58 average and .915 save percentage and the Sharks feel Alex Stalock can be as good, and they have young Troy Grosenick, who got a shutout in his first NHL game, coming. Would they take back, say, Fasth, also UFA and a young forward or D-man? Niemi’s cap hit is $3.8 mil, Fasth’s is $2.9 mil.

Centre: Patrik Berglund (St. Louis). He’s the third centre there behind Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera, the first-year Finn. His cap hit for this year and next is $3.9 million. He’s having a poor year (four points) and he’s only a 47.2 face-off guy, but he’s only 26 and he’s 6’3″, 217 pounds. Scouts say he may be more comfortable on the wing; he’s got a very good shot. The Blues are short of depth D-men after their top six, especially trading Jordan Leopold to Columbus, although they do have Chris Butler, who played in Calgary last year. If the Oilers wanted Berglund, they’d have to give up more than one piece.

more with other options at the positions mentioned...

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Why The World Cup Of Hockey Is A Good Idea

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from Abraham D. Madkour of SportsBusiness Journal,

During recent appearances by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and COO John Collins, it’s obvious this is getting a great deal of their attention. Bettman summed up the appeal succinctly: “We control it. We control the media, the presentation and it’s out of season.” All of those are underlying frustrations that the league has with its participation in the Olympics.

In a recent interview in Toronto, Bettman was asked why global sponsors pay hundreds of millions of dollars to be associated with the Olympics, yet the NHL seems nonplussed by it. “They [sponsors] get to market and promote their association with the Games,” he said. “We have to fight to get access to footage of our players playing in the Olympics. At one time, we even had to fight to get access to a press availability I was having. They’ve loosened it up a little bit, but face it, if you’re a TOP sponsor, you get to market and promote your brand. We don’t.”

With that said, you can see why the league is bullish about re-creating the World Cup, which sources believe has the ability to generate more than $100 million in revenue for the league and players, and it’s revenue that sits outside of the league’s definition of Hockey Related Revenue, meaning the 50/50 joint venture would be split.

I don’t believe it’s an “either/or” on having a World Cup or whether the NHL participates in the Olympics. But there is little appeal of playing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 and likely either Almaty, Kazakhstan, or Beijing in 2022. Daly, asked in Toronto about the league’s pending decision to play in 2018, said, “There are some things we still need to learn, such as the mindset of the South Korean Organizing Committee and where it puts hockey in its priorities.”

more plus other hockey topics...

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After Montreal’s 5-0 Loss To The New York Rangers Last Night

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from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

It’s the last week of November, but the winter of our discontent is starting early.

And there is cause for concern.

In their six regulation losses, the Canadiens have been outscored 30-3.

They’ve been shut out four times. Only Buffalo, with five, has had more goose eggs....

A few themes:

• David Desharnais is not a top-line centre.

• Dressing 11 forwards and seven defencemen doesn’t work.

• P.K. Subban is not earning his $9 million.


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Video- Mike Smith With The Bad Goal Of The Night

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The video explains it all and the Ducks won 2-1.


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Video- Review Of The NHL Games On Sunday

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Four games yesterday, almost three minutes of highlights...


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The Wings After 20 Games And Roster Decisions Ahead

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helen St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Red Wings have reached the quarter pole of their season and have several positives to take into a hectic schedule in which they play every other day for the next two weeks.

They host the Ottawa Senators tonight with a 10-5-5 record, good for 25 points, the same amount as Stanley Cup favorite Chicago. All 10 victories have come in regulation or overtime (a positive come playoff time, as it's the first tiebreaker). A goal differential of plus-six is in the middle of the pack, close to that of defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles.

One of the brightest spots is Jimmy Howard, who has responded to off-season pressure from management to rebound from last year's subpar performance. After 16 games he has a 2.03 goals-against average that ranks seventh in the NHL and a .922 save percentage that ranks 11th.

The penalty kill — 4-for-4 in Saturday's 4-1 loss at Toronto — ranks first in the league at 90.1%. Much of the time, the skaters are so efficient the goaltender doesn't have to make a save.


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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