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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.
NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2022) – The National Hockey League today announced the debut of its first-ever NHL FAST (free ad-supported streaming) channel, showcasing a wide variety of curated NHL programming from the League’s deep content library. Starting today, fans in the United States can find the NHL FAST channel on channel 216 on The Roku Channel, the home of free and premium entertainment on the Roku platform. The Roku Channel reaches U.S. households with an estimated 80 million people (as of Q4 2021) and is available for audiences to stream for free via Roku devices, on the Web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, and select Samsung TVs.
The NHL FAST channel will feature specially curated NHL content including the latest NHL game highlights, classic condensed games including memorable Stanley Cup® Playoffs, Stanley Cup® Final, and NHL All-Star games, plus an assortment of archived programming that captures the excitement of the NHL. The NHL FAST channel will also feature hundreds of hours of NHL Original Productions programming such as, “Welcome to the NHL” and “NHL Bound”, and other engaging content and documentaries featuring the greatest Players, Clubs, and personalities in NHL history.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Said Andrew Copp: “Satisfied with the way we came back from 4-1 down, it’s a good sign. But it still sucks right now that we didn’t get the next point. We had a couple of chances to put it away. Makes it sting a lot more than maybe it should.”
Lalonde said it’s frustrating to be 0 for 10 on the power play the past two games, after an 8 for 20 stretch.
“If we get the power play either of these last two games, we’re probably looking at more than one point,” he said. “The difference tonight is it got some looks, but again, the effort, the five-on-five play, the compete from the guys was really impressive.”
more on the game last night...
* It was a November to remember – filled with new storylines that included the revitalization of teams left out of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, new stars emerging as League leaders and the most goals ever scored in a November in NHL history.
* Mitchell Marner extended his point streak to 18 games and now has his name atop a 105-year franchise record – joining Patrick Kane as the only active players to lead an ‘Original Six’ franchise in that category.
* Connor McDavid recorded his 12th multi-point game of the season – tied with Jason Robertson for the most among all players – while becoming the first skater to reach 40 points in 2022-23.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
David Perron and two Oskar Sundqvist goals in the third period tied the game 4-4 after the Wings looked headed for another disappointing loss and trailing 4-1.
The Wings had a 1 minute, 27 second two-man advantage in the final two minutes of regulation time but failed to convert, capping an 0-for-7 night on the power play and forcing overtime.
"Supposed to be, not satisfied, but happy with the way we came back and battled from down 4-1, and it's a good sign," forward Andrew Copp said. "But it still stinks right now not getting the extra point. We had a couple chances to put it away, and it stings a lot more than it should."...
"I'm real proud of the guys, you just don't come back from three goals down in this league, and the way we did it," coach Derek Lalonde said. "The fight back started at the end of the second period, and down 4-1 and things weren't going our way, the guys just dug in and I'm really proud of the group. This is a huge point we'll tap back into throughout the season."
Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic got his first start since Nov. 12 (he did relieve Ville Husso Monday), struggled to open the game but rebounded to keep the Wings close while stopping 30 shots.
"He battled," Lalonde said. "It's a game that's not going well for him, he doesn't look himself, and to compete and battle the way he did, it's good on him."
Below in one video find Sundqvist, Copp and Lalonde in one video. Plus the game highlights.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the NHL website,
The United States Hockey Hall of Fame celebrated its 50th anniversary Wednesday when it inducted the Class of 2022 at Saint Paul RiverCentre.
The class represented how far American hockey has come in a half-century, how it keeps striving for more.
The late Warren Strelow, a pioneering goaltending coach, received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States on the day Ryan Miller, the winningest American goalie in NHL history, was enshrined.
There were two female players: Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, twin sisters who each won an Olympic gold medal and six world championships.
There was the first sled hockey player: Steve Cash, who won three Paralympic gold medals and five world championships.
And then there was the late Jim Johannson, the beloved USA Hockey executive who dedicated himself to developing American players from the grassroots to the elite levels.
The Wings scored first just like they did against Toronto then gave up the next four, just like the Toronto game. After 40 minutes it was 4-1 Buffalo.
Unlike the Toronto game, Detroit scored the next three goals in regulation to tie the game 4-4. The Wings had numerous chances late in the third on a 5 on 3 power play but could not score.
In overtime the Sabres controlled the puck most of the time but really not many chances to score.
Buffalo won the shootout 1-0 to win the game 5-4.
Detroit goals are below plus an interview with Steve Yzerman.
Heya everyone. After a nice four game winning streak it’s back down to Earth with the loss the other night. It was a test of sorts, and the Wings(growing pains)weren’t completely ready for the Leafs. Husso was, in my estimation, a bit fatigued after playing three games in six nights. Conventional wisdom is to go with the hot hand, but whatever.
The Wings had their chances as well with 44 SOG, but, they just couldn’t find the back of the net enough to win it. Nedeljkovic came in about halfway through and stopped all 12 shots he faced, which should prove a good warmup for his starting in goal tonight. Another plus is Seider scoring, so more goals from our blue liners is still trending well for the Wings. It’s time to move on….
It’s the Sabers vs the Wings. The puck is set to drop around 7:00 PM, and will be broadcast exclusively on TNT. You can also listen on Red Wings Radio Network (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit).
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from Wes Crosby of NHL.com,
Kris Letang will be out indefinitely for the Pittsburgh Penguins after he had a stroke.
The 35-year-old defenseman is not experiencing any lasting effects of the stroke but will have tests over the next week, general manager Ron Hextall said. The condition is not believed to be career threatening.
Letang did not take part in an optional morning skate Tuesday and was scratched prior to a 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He attended that game, talking to Hextall and going into the locker room after.
"I think, first and foremost, Kris is doing well considering what happened," Hextall said on Wednesday. "He was at the game last night. I chatted with him for a while, actually the whole second period. When [coach Mike Sullivan] addressed the team after the game and let the players know exactly what happened, Kris actually came into the room.
"He wanted to assure everybody that he's doing as well as possible. There's no lingering effects right now at this point from the stroke. … Thus far, everything is looking as positive as it could be."
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