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Red Wings-Lightning game-day articles: Jurco’s in, Ouellet’s staying, Wings and Bolts talk respect

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 4:18 PM: The Detroit Red Wings tangle with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a "four-point game" (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and as Paul noted, there were some "gray jersey" issues with the Wings' players this morning, but MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Tomas Jurco's returning from his back injury, and this is pretty cool:

Khan spoke with Tomas Jurco about his return--and other than the Jurco-in-Cleary-out swap (i.e. Jurco with Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller), the team's lineup will remain the same as it was on Tuesday:

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Afternoon Line- Shane Doan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mark Master tweets,

Shane Doan on if he's thought about asking out of ARZ so he gets one more shot at Cup; says that plan rarely works for players.

Doan: "Everyone talks about the way Ray Bourque did it ... storybook ending, but there's a lot of guys that it doesn't work for."

Doan: "If you make that decision you have to understand the consequences that go along with it. This is my home."

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Red Wings announce that dedicated WiFi service will be available at the Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Any Red Wings fan who's been to the Joe knows that the WiFi system is spotty at best--even if someone happens to sneak the press box password to you--but today, the Red Wings announced that they're going to make significant improvements to their WiFi network:

... Wi-Fi System to Enhance Fan Engagement, Provide Faster Uploads to Social Media, Allow Fans Easy Access to Red Wings Official App …

DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings today announced the launch of free high-speed public Wi-Fi at Joe Louis Arena to improve reliability when sending and receiving phone calls and text messages, provide faster uploads to social media and enhance fan engagement when attending Red Wings games and Olympia Entertainment sporting and entertainment events at The Joe.

In partnership with SignalShare, the leading provider of mobile engagement solutions for mass audiences, and Extreme Networks, Inc., a leader in high performance networking, the Red Wings will officially unveil the new Wi-Fi system for fans at Joe Louis Arena when the team returns home from a two-game road trip on Saturday, Jan. 31 to face the New York Islanders.

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The Los Angeles Kings Will Head To The White House On February 2nd

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, February 2, President Obama will welcome the 2014 NHL Champion Los Angeles Kings and the 2014 MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy to honor the teams on winning their Championship titles.  This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. 

WHEN:   Monday, February 2, 2:00 PM EST

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They Are Good, No They Are Good

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning enter tonight's showdown with the Red Wings trailing by just one point atop the Atlantic Division.

But coach Jon Cooper made the pecking order pretty clear.

"People can say what they want, we're playing the best team in the league, the Eastern Conference right here," Cooper said. "I think everything goes through them. They're the real deal. This is a game to see where your'e at. That's how good I think these guys are."

But Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was pretty complimentary on Tampa Bay, too.

"Elite, elite skill," Babcock said. "They've built up a ton of young kids. They have a real special group. They have a real opportunity for a long run here it looks like."

While the Red Wings have a much richer history, having made the playoffs 23 straight seasons, Cooper said the organizations "mirror" each other more recently in terms of how they've been built, as well as their styles. Their minor league teams each won the Calder Cup in back-to-back years, with several of the players in the game tonight.


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It’s A Gray Day At The Wings’ Skate In Tampa

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Sheahan wearing gray non-contact jersey as Wings file onto ice for skate. Not sure why. We'll see after the skate.

Helm also wearing gray jersey.

More news as it becomes available.

added 11:40am,


added 11:41am, via Khan tweet,

Cleary rotating in.

added 11:44am, Khan tweet,

Defense is the same:
Lashoff/Kindl healthy scratches.

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Martin Brodeur Named Senior Advisor To GM In St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Jan. 29, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that in conjunction with his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL), Martin Brodeur will remain with the Blues as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager.  

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Live Stream- Martin Brodeur Retirement Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement today at a press conference in St. Louis.

The conference is scheduled to begin at 11:30am ET and you can watch it below...

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NHL Power Rankings- Sportsnet Style

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The Islanders are the best team in the East, and how refreshing is that?

So in honour of teams, like Tavares’, trending upward, we find a suitable hashtag for all 30 clubs in this week’s NHL Power Rankings: #HashtagEdition.

1. Anaheim Ducks- The first team to hit 70 points, the Ducks shut out Vancouver Tuesday and recorded their third six-game winning streak of the season. #Getzlaf4MVP
Previous: 1

2. Nashville Predators- Through 46 contests, the real-deal Predators have already matched the number of home wins (19) they had all last season. #Laviolettethedogsout *ducks, hides*
Previous: 2

3. New York Islanders- Beasts of the East, the Islanders are winning games at a pace not seen since the late 1970s -- even without injured top-20 scorer Kyle Okposo. #KingsOfNewYork
Previous: 4

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Trailing 3-2 with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin scored 2:34 apart to help the Kings snap a four-game skid (0-2-2) and pick up their first regular-season victory over the Blackhawks since March 25, 2013 (0-4-0).
* At 21-15-12 (54 points), the Kings moved within one point of the idle Flames (26-19-3, 55 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
* The Kings also rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. Per Elias, the last time they overcame three or more one-goal deficits to earn a win was on Oct. 30, 2013, when they accomplished the same feat in a 4-3 overtime victory vs. SJS.
* Jeff Carter notched 2-1—3, marking his second multi-goal and third three-point performance of the season. The Kings improved to 10-0-0 when he records at least two points.

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