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Videos- The Talk After Today’s Practice

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First up is Vladislav Namestnikov, below is Jeff Blashill.


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Video- Our Game Is A Bit Different Today

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The Wings Are Practicing

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via Ansar Khan tweets,

practice lines:
Namestnikov-Oesterle (for Larkin)-Raymond

RedWings on ice for practice. Everyone who played yesterday in Buffalo skating except for Larkin. Greiss placed in COVID protocol on Monday.

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Relaxing The Covid Testing

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Thoughts On The Wings

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from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

Here are 10 thoughts on Nedeljkovic, where Detroit sits at the season’s midpoint, and some potential big decisions on the horizon.

- Nedeljkovic has been the Red Wings’ No. 1 for a while now, but Jeff Blashill made clear just how highly he thinks of Nedeljkovic on Sunday.

“Through the course of this season, he’s had a number of moments where I think he’s looked like a guy who can really be an elite goaltender in this league,” Blashill said.

He immediately followed that statement by talking about how hard that status is to prove, and about the ebb-and-flow nature of the position. By definition, it’s really hard to be elite, and it’s even harder to be at that level consistently. Blashill is smart to include that caveat when he uses that word for that reason. But it’s notable enough that he used it at all, even if speaking primarily about potential.

- So far, though, Nedeljkovic’s numbers do indeed put him on the doorstep of that level....

- So, here’s a reality check. Despite being the Eastern Conference’s ninth-place team, the Red Wings’ mathematical path to the postseason is already virtually non-existent. In the NHL’s last five full (82-game) seasons, the final wild-card team in the East finished with somewhere between 95 and 98 points. If that 98 number held up this year, Detroit would need to amass 57 points over their final 42 games — a number that, by points percentage, is better than the first halves (so far) of Washington, Boston and Pittsburgh.

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Seattle Kraken Looking For Some Consistency

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from Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times,

They announced a sellout, but there were so many gaps in the seating it looked like a hockey player’s smile.

Maybe it was the 2 p.m. start time on a holiday that people wanted to spend elsewhere. More likely, it was because the Kraken hadn’t won a game in over a month — or a home game since Dec. 3.

No one here is pretending the buzz surrounding this team has completely vanished. But the flame this city saw when the Kraken opened their inaugural season in October is whittling toward a flicker. Had Seattle lost its 10th straight game vs. the Blackhawks on Monday, the Climate Pledge Arena crowd might have stormed the ice in protest. This season has been a combination of disappointment, dysfunction and disaster.

Fortunately for those home fans, the Kraken did deliver a victory worth those hefty ticket prices. They rallied from a goal down in the third period, tied the game at 2-2, and outscored Chicago 2-0 in the shootout. 

Maybe that win is like a band-aid on a gunshot wound given the Kraken’s last-place standing in the Pacific Division, where they trail the seventh-place Canucks by 11 points. But Monday afternoon was at least something — even if those triumphant feelings will turn out to be fleeting.


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The New GM In Montreal Is Kent Hughes

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MONTREAL -- Geoff Molson, owner, president and CEO of Groupe CH, announced on Tuesday the appointment of Kent Hughes as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Hughes signed a five-year contract with the team.

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Willie O’Ree’s #22 Goes To The Rafters Tonight In Boston

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NEW YORK (Jan. 18, 2022) – Tonight, the Boston Bruins will retire Willie O’Ree’s No. 22 in a special ceremony at TD Garden. The on-ice ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. ET prior to puck drop and will be available live on New England Sports Network (NESN), NHL Network, and streamed on NHL.com. For subscribers of ESPN+, the ceremony will be available the following day. 

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Pittsburgh Penguins With Five Unanswered Goals In Win Over Vegas Golden Knights

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from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights were worried about how they would start Monday against the Penguins in their first game in six days.

The beginning wasn’t the problem for the slumping Knights, who jumped out to a three-goal advantage. It was their inability to sustain that level of play over the final 40 minutes that proved costly.

Wobbled by a haymaker from Pittsburgh in the second period, the Knights buckled in the third and lost 5-3 to the red-hot Penguins in front of an announced crowd of 18,213 at T-Mobile Arena.

“You never want to get waxed in your own building like that,” Knights captain Mark Stone said. “Three-nothing after the first period, you can’t walk away from the game with nothing. We have another two days off between here. A little soul-searching to do.”...

“Every team in the league is going to blow a 3-0 lead at some point during the season. The key is, what do you learn from it?” coach Pete DeBoer said. “That’s a very good team over there. Very resilient team with a lot of veteran, great players. It comes down to little details at key moments in the game, and they were better than us at some of those.”


Game highlights are below.

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NHL Short Notes

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* The Bruins will raise the No. 22 of Willie O’Ree to the rafters Tuesday, the 64th anniversary of when he became the first Black player in the NHL. The ceremony will be streamed live on NHL.com at this link

Timo Meier made Sharks history Monday, becoming the first player to score five goals in a game with the franchise and the NHL’s fifth in the past 25 years. 

* Nathan MacKinnon reached the 600-point milestone as the Avalanche became just the fourth team in the past 35 years to win at least 14 consecutive home games. 



An Original Six franchise will add to its legendary list of retired numbers when the Bruins raise the No. 22 worn by hockey pioneer and Hockey Hall of Fame member Willie O’Ree to the rafters Tuesday. O’Ree, who will virtually attend the ceremony, made history on Jan. 18, 1958, when he suited up for Boston at the Montreal Forum to become the first Black player in the NHL.

* The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill this week to award O’Ree the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the highest civilian honor bestowed in the United States. House passage of the Willie O'Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act is the final legislative step; once the bill passes, it will go to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign.

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