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Are The Minnesota Wild A Better Team With Bruce Boudreau In Charge?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

It's still too early to see whether the changes will work in Minnesota. The Wild enters Tuesday's game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden with a 3-2-1 record.

"Hard to make what kind of team they are [this early]," said one Western Conference scout. "They've had slow starts and their first periods have been awful, but they seem to wake up and play pretty well. They're scoring goals but need to give up fewer than they are. [It's a ] funny team right now and I'm not sure what you'll see from game-to-game."

In the locker room and on the ice, the players are still getting used to Boudreau's system and personality.

"It's been a great transition. It's been a lot of fun around the rink, around the room," said Wild forward Zach Parise. "As a team, there's still a lot we need to get better at, but we're seeing it in spurts throughout games. The closer we can get to doing it more consistently, and more often throughout a game, it's going to translate into more wins for us. It takes work and we've got to continue to get better and keep learning. But, in the long run, it's going to make us a better team."

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On the Chychrun freakout in Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

There are groups of Red Wings and Detroit sports fans who are absolutely furious right now, and I'm not sure whether their anger is reflexive, misplaced or just plain illogical.

These groups of fans are freaking out about the fact that the player the Phoenix Coyotes picked with the 1st round pick Detroit traded to Arizona in the Pavel Datsyuk trade, one Jakob Chychrun, has posted 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 points in 4 games while displaying a significant amount of talent and maturity.

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Kulfan on ‘Nyquist on the rebound’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's notes:

The Detroit Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist admits he didn’t score enough goals last season. He had just 17, after netting 28 in 2013-14 and 27 in 2014-15. So when he began the season playing well but goal-less in four straight games, it started to eat at him a bit.

But that drought ended over the weekend, when he scored once against Nashville and twice against San Jose. With three goals in two games, Nyquist now has seven points, tying Mike Green and Thomas Vanek for the team lead. Nyquist has a point in all but one of the Red Wings’ six games.

Coach Jeff Blashill has pointed out on several occasions Nyquist has been one of the team’s best players to start the season, thanks partly to Nyquist’s ability to win puck battles and being a factor at both ends of the ice. But being a natural goal-scorer, finding the net had to feel nice.

“I don’t know about pressure,” Nyquist said of ending that goal-less streak. “It felt good to score those goals over the weekend. I didn’t score enough last year.”

Nyquist, 27, certainly has heard plenty about last season. But playing on a line with Darren Helm and Vanek this season, Nyquist has been creating chances and has been on the receiving end of them.

“Goal scoring, sometimes there will be slumps and it’s something you go through,” Nyquist said. “The last couple of games the puck has been going in for me and it’s nice. Every time you score, it gives you confidence.”


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Red Wings Productions posts a video of the Wings touring Little Caesars Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings Productions posted a clip of the Wings touring Little Caesars Arena:

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Red Wings-Hurricanes game-day articles: No Abdelkader for DET, Skinner for CAR; Nesty, Frk return

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 3:11 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed that neither Detroit's Justin Abdelkader nor Carolina's Jeff Skinner will play for their respective teams this evening. As a result, the Red Wings will see Andrej Nestrasil and Martin Frk playing for Carolina as the Wings attempt to extend their winning streak to five games.

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with the Wings about the challenges the Hurricanes present:

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Sidney Crosby Expected Back Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wes Crosby at NHL.com,

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will be a game-time decision and may make his season debut against the Florida Panthers at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ROOT, FS-F, NHL.TV).

Crosby participated in a full-contact practice Monday for the first time since sustaining a concussion during an Oct. 7 practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. The concussion, Crosby's third in six years, forced him to miss Pittsburgh's first six games.

"[Crosby] had a strong practice this morning," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said after the morning skate Tuesday. "Everything is pointing in the right direction. If he's comfortable, he could play."


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Givani Smith named to OHL team for Canada-Russia series

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus, the Ontario Hockey League has named its roster for the Canada-Russia series, and Red Wings prospect Givani Smith will play in both North Bay on November 10th and in Hamilton on November 14th.

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“Let’s Take A Deep Breath Here”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Babcock...

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Toledo Walleye to honor Gordie Howe’s memory with #9 helmet stickers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Toledo Walleye:

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The Boston Bruins Goaltending Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 25, that goaltender Anton Khudobin has suffered an upper body injury and is expected to miss approximately three weeks. Sweeney also announced that the team has recalled goaltender Zane McIntyre from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis and assigned defenseman Rob O'Gara to Providence.

Khudobin has started two games with Boston this season and in his 8-year NHL career, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound netminder has recorded a 44-41-8 record with a 2.45 goals against average and .917 save percentage.

Malcolm Subban was recalled yesterday and is your likely starter for tonight.  Tuukka Rask remains day-to-day too.

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