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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,
Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde is frequently referencing the fine line his team is skating each night between victory and defeat.
Following a 4-1 loss on Saturday to the Vegas Golden Knights at Little Caesars Arena, it was again a fitting topic of conversation.
“Our margin of error is small to begin with,” Lalonde said. “It’s just who we are and where we’re at. And it’s even less against really good teams.”
Completing a five-game homestand with a 2-2-1 record, the underlying numbers were revealing for the Red Wings. They were 2-0-1 against the Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres. Detroit went 0-2 facing two top clubs, the Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights (Pacific) and the Toronto Maple Leafs, second in the Atlantic.
“It’s a little frustrating and a little bit of reality of where we’re at,” Lalonde said. “The guys compete and there’s the will and the want right now.
“If you look at the homestand, we go 2-0-1 against three teams sitting outside the playoff bubble right now and we go 0-2 versus two elite teams.”
added 12:56am, post game videos added in the comment section...
After the New York Rangers lost 5-2 at home to the Chicago Blackhawks.
via Sportsnet's YouTube page,
On this edition of 32 thoughts, Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman discuss how the Canucks are starting to explore a trade with Brock Boeser, the possibility of the All-Star game coming to Canada in 2024 & when the World Jr. roster will be announced.
Vegas had a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Detroit goal is below.
Good evening and welcome to one and all. As we all know the Wings showed some character the other night to overcome a 4-1 deficit against Buffalo only to lose the extra point in OT. Berggren opened the scoring in the first period, but after that the Wings couldn’t get anything by Buffalo until the third.
Perron led the way in the top of the third, pulling the Wings within 2, then Sundqvist pretty much stunned with 2 quick goals to tie it up midway through the third period. A lackluster power play, including a 5 on 3 in the waning minutes, led to the OT which sealed our fate in the skills competition. Yeah it’s a point, but, cold comfort nonetheless.
Tonight is the last game in the 5 game homestand and the Wings need to end it on a positive note. Fixing the power play would be a good start….
It’s the Knights vs the Wings. The puck is set to drop around 7:00 PM, and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit and the Red Wings Radio Network (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit). Also available on NHLPP/ESPN+ and ATTSN-RM.
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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Bruce Cassidy, abruptly dismissed as the Bruins coach in June, will be back at TD Garden Monday night, with his Vegas Golden Knights nipping at the back tips of the Devils’ and Bruins’ blades for the No. 1 spot in the NHL overall standings.
In his span of six seasons behind the Black-and-Gold bench, Cassidy directed the club to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, rolled up a franchise-best .672 points percentage, then was kicked curbside by Don Sweeney some three weeks after the general manager told him he would be back in Boston for 2022-23.
Sweeney’s public explanation for the move: messaging. Cassidy was outta here because the players, in the GM’s opinion, weren’t picking up what he was putting down — be it due to tone, timing, content, or frailty of ego.
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Cassidy, whose Knights carried a .700 winning percentage (17-7-1) into Saturday night’s matchup in Detroit, said in a phone interview this past week that he has kept Sweeney’s farewell words in mind.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings (11-6-5) wrap up a five-game homestand. Husso will be back in net after being pulled midway through Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
“Right now, we’re looking to win our homestand,” coach Derek Lalonde said. “We’re 2-1-1. This could be a great homestand, this could be an OK homestand. We’re trying to grow as a team and it’s playing these teams that are already there and established.”
The Golden Knights (17-7-1) are 4-5-1 in their past 10 following a nine-game winning streak under Bruce Cassidy, who coached the Bruins the previous six seasons.
Jack Eichel, in his first full season with Vegas, has 12 goals and 28 points.
“These teams that are three deep with skill have created some issues for us,” Lalonde said. “The three centers, it creates matchup issues.”
Below, watch coach Lalonde after today's skate.
* Brady Tkachuk netted Ottawa’s latest-tying goal in over four years and found the back of the net in the final seconds of overtime to rally the Senators to victory in his 300th career game.
* Patrik Laine made an impact in his return to Columbus’ lineup, posting a multi-goal performance against his former club in Winnipeg.
* Hockey Night in Canada will include Mitchell Marner aiming to extend his point streak to 19 games and place his name alone atop the Maple Leafs history books and Alex Ovechkin skating in his 1,300th NHL game.
from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
“You feel for him,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “He’s out trying to get his game back in order and obviously has another setback.”
The setback is a six-week stay on the injured list. Bertuzzi had successful surgery this morning to repair damage to his left hand that resulted from being hit by teammate Ben Chiarot in Wednesday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres. The Red Wings will only say it is an upper body injury.
He had only been back seven games after spending a month on the injured list after he appeared to injure his right hand while blocking a shot in the second game of the season against the New Jersey Devils.
“Both were bad luck,” Lalonde said. “This one was on the offensive side, just being in the hard areas around the net. This other one, he blocked a shot on the defensive side of things.”
Derek Lalonde first, below are Michael Rasmussen and Pius Suter.
NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2022) – The National Hockey League today announced a season-long partnership with P-X-P (formerly Play-By-Play Sports Interpreting) to expand its commitment to Deaf and hard-of-hearing fans.
Vegas in town tomorrow night.
from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,
Through Tuesday night, the Devils, Islanders and Rangers had a combined .657 points percentage, or the number of points in the standings divided by the total possible points. If that holds, it would be the most successful season for the three rivals combined since the Devils relocated from Colorado in 1982. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the previous high for combined points percentage is .599 in the 1993-94 season.
As Stan Fischler told me recently: "I don't recall a trifecta quite as special as this."
That assessment carries the weight of history. Fischler attended his first Rangers game in 1939. As a journalist, he covered each of these franchises during their Stanley Cup championship runs. He's seen a lot of New York hockey. He's never seen it look like this.
"Right now, we have the rare opportunity -- slumps notwithstanding -- for each of the Met clubs having a shot at making the playoffs," he said. "This is rare, exciting stuff for the fans overall, and me in particular. It feels like a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I'm sopping it up every night."
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from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,
Thatcher Demko’s dark start to the National Hockey League season turned black Thursday when the goalie was injured trying to rescue his collapsing team. It’s hard to see any light around the Vancouver Canucks now.
For the second straight home game, the Canucks were dull and leaden at the start, outskated and overrun by the Florida Panthers in a 5-1 loss at Rogers Arena. The Washington Capitals beat the Canucks by the same score on Tuesday, but this game was worse for Vancouver.
It was worse because there was no discernible boost in energy, emotion or cerebral function by the Canucks after the previous game, and because on Thursday they lost not only another lopsided contest but their starting goalie.
Demko hobbled off the ice with what appeared to be a significant leg injury with 47 seconds remaining in the first period after the Canucks surrendered three goals in 59 seconds to the Panthers. It was the fastest any National Hockey League team has surrendered three goals this season.
Below watch the 3 quick goals by the Panthers and the Demko injury...
* Steven Stamkos celebrated 1,000 NHL points as the Lightning captain became the ninth active player to accomplish the feat and first to do so in franchise history.
* A goal in the first 11 seconds, a game-tying tally in the final 10 seconds of regulation before completing the comeback in overtime and holding off the high-flying Devils after they scored three times in 2:38 – it was quite the night for the Predators.
* The quick goals continued as both the Hurricanes and Panthers added to the action with a trio of goals in 1:04 and 0:59, respectively.
* Jason Robertson was one of the stars featured in a busy #NHLStats: Live Updates after scoring a hat trick and becoming the first player to reach 20-goals in 2022-23.
A hard dump-in turns into a goal.
Goals, plays and moments.
DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Austin Czarnik from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins and placed left wing Tyler Bertuzzi on injured reserve.
Just south of six minutes to watch.
from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
Plenty of numbers tell the story of the Detroit Red Wings in their first 22 games. A .614 winning percentage. The NHL’s 11th best record. Winning records at home (7-3-3) and away (4-3-2). A positive goal-differential. A 20.5% power play.
The numbers add up to an improved Detroit Red Wings team. Here is a more complete Red Wings by the numbers:
- Number of times the Red Wings have been shutout this season in the first 22 games. They were blanked eight times last season.
- Number of times the coach Derek Lalonde’s team has have only scored one goal this season. They scored three or more goals in 14 of 22 games this season (63.6%).
NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2022) – Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson, New Jersey Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek and Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of November.
via the YouTube page of Fox News,
Former Canadian hockey player Theo Fleury joined 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' to discuss NHL executives calling for more diversity and people of color in the game.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- Good line on Wednesday about Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews: “Right now, there’s more talk from people who can’t make it happen than from people who can.” Expect this to gain traction in the new year, with more clarity on what (or where) both players prefer. On some level, I think Kane in particular would like to take a run at some of Stan Mikita’s franchise records (games played, assists and points). Therefore, there were rumours he might prefer to play out the season in Chicago and decide his future in free agency, but several sources threw cold water on that idea. As you can imagine, there’s been no extension talk in either case.
- It is an extremely difficult puzzle to piece together, but I do think Florida would have interest in Erik Karlsson. Not sure how it could happen, though.
- Toronto’s on an excellent run despite a banged-up defence and goaltending that just recently returned to full health. The Maple Leafs are fourth in the NHL just weeks after we had the entire organization looking for new jobs. They have time to let this play out, but it’s safe to say they will save their best assets for whatever they feel they might need on the blueline. There’s the possibility of adding a left-shot scorer, but that’s not the priority and I think they’d also like to show Matthew Knies there’s a path when he’s ready to leave NCAA Minnesota.
- I get lots of DMs about the New York Rangers (my DMs have to be the least exciting on Twitter). I really think they are trying to be patient, hoping that some who played important roles on the road to the Eastern Conference Final last season rediscover that form. Igor Shesterkin should be the least of anyone’s concerns, but it’s always an adjustment to deal with the weight of expectations once they really arrive. He also played a career-high 73 games last year (including the playoffs). Shorter summer, higher expectations. Sometimes that’s hard to navigate the first time you experience it. And he’s not the only one.
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