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Growing Pains

11/30/2022 at 6:30pm EST

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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Kris Letang Out After Suffering A Stroke

11/30/2022 at 5:22pm EST

from Wes Crosby of,

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."


Bally Sports Is Losing Subscribers

11/30/2022 at 2:35pm EST

from Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic,

Diamond Sports owns 19 regional sports channels airing games of 42 NBA, MLB and NHL teams, feeding those clubs substantial sums that cover a large part of their player payrolls.

Times are generally good for the economics of these sports, but hovering over these teams is the very real possibility Diamond could file for bankruptcy, or perhaps even restructure what it pays the teams, a casualty of the decline in the regional sports channel model and the inflated $9.6 billion price Diamond parent Sinclair paid in 2019 for the network of channels....

“We have seen quite a bit of (subscriber erosion) acceleration over the year,” said Scott Shapiro, Sinclair’s chief financial and operating officer, on the earnings call. “And that’s probably driving, you know, at least 75 percent of the change to (cash flow) guidance, when you look at the magnitude of where churn expectations were at the beginning of the year, to where we’re projecting for the full year.”...

“There is no sale process,” Ripley said, appearing to rebut speculation Diamond is to be sold. “But, you know, we’re talking to parties about deleveraging, strategic partnerships, and things of that nature.” Deleveraging means reducing debt.

Some of those parties are the leagues themselves, which have been reported to want to buy Diamond. Ripely’s comment suggests otherwise, but there is no doubt the NBA, NHL, and MLB have a keen interest in keeping Diamond afloat, and people close to the situation confirmed they are active in the discussions.

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Video- Goals Of The Week

11/30/2022 at 12:25pm EST

7 1/2 minutes to watch 15 goals.

Videos- The Talk After The Morning Skate

11/30/2022 at 12:16pm EST

Coach Lalonde first, Andrew Copp is below.

The Better Bruins

11/30/2022 at 9:54am EST

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

Tuesday’s Garden victory over the Lightning makes the Bruins 13-0 at home this season. In a league that’s more than 100 years old, no NHL team has ever won its first 13 home games. The Bruins are tied with the Devils for most points in the first quarter of their season.

Most new coaches inherit bad teams. It’s relatively easy to make them look average.

This is different. This is making a good team better. And it’s rare....

“It’s a combination of the way Monty sees the game,” said Sweeney, “similar to Bruce and Claude [Julien] in maintaining defensive structure, but also, looking at a five-man attack and being involved. Communication styles are different for all coaches, and that’s part of Monty’s personality. That needed to be allowed to play out. I envisioned it, having connected with the players.”

Less than five minutes after Sweeney said those words, Taylor Hall scored in the second minute of play to give the surging Bruins another early lead. A Hall one-timer from the high slot on the power play broke a 1-1 tie in the third and delivered yet another victory.

Hall is a former NHL MVP. And he’s playing on the third line . . . behind the first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and DeBrusk. And the second line of Pavel Zacha, David Pastrnak, and Krejci.


Revenge Game?

11/30/2022 at 9:46am EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The “beat Buffalo” challenge comes with a side order of payback. One month ago, the Sabres put an 8-3 beating on the Red Wings. Tage Thompson enjoyed a six-point night against the Red Wings’ defense and goalie Alex Nedeljkovic. Lalonde has already announced Nedeljkovic will start tonight.

The Sabres’ lopsided win over the Red Wings on Halloween night was part of a better-than-expected 7-3 start. The Sabres are a different team today. Since that good start, the Sabres are 2-10.

But their offensive might still makes them dangerous. They rank fifth in the NHL with a 3.68 goals-per-game scoring average. However, the impact of their scoring prowess is undermined by a 3.59 goals-against-average.

The 6-foot-7 Thompson is still thriving, boasting six points in his past four games. He has 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points in 22 games. The Sabres do have a quality power play (25.6%) and one of the NHL’s worst penalty killing efficiencies (70.4%).

We can guess Nedeljkovic, looking sharp in his relief role Monday, will be extra motivated tonight. That game is the primary reason why his GAA stands at 4.01.


TSN Insiders Last Night

11/30/2022 at 9:40am EST

What's the latest on the sale of the Senators franchise? What are people around the NHL saying about Roope Hintz's new extension in Dallas? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss these topics and more in the latest edition of Insider Trading.

Watch at TSN

Ned's Net Tonight

11/30/2022 at 6:48am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Nedeljkovic relieved Husso midway through Monday's 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, making 12 saves. That left Nedeljkovic with a 4.01 GAA and .880 save percentage in seven games.

"We’re all professionals so your routine doesn’t change that much, you always have to be ready to go in," Nedeljkovic said. "If you go in and you are not prepared and you get lit up, it doesn’t look good on you."

Lalonde had planned to start Nedeljkovic this week even before the Leafs doused a four-game winning streak, but hadn't decided which game. With Nedeljkovic making 12 saves against the Leafs, it was natural to give him the next game. That it was the Sabres wasn't really a factor, though it was Nedeljkovic who was in net when the Sabres hung eight on the Wings in a blowout on Halloween. Neither that night, nor when the New York Rangers hunt eight on the Wings on Nov. 10, did Lalonde make a goaltending change during the game. Monday was a season first for that.

"In those two games, where we took it on the chin, versus the Rangers and Buffalo, you could tell we had hit a wall as a team," Lalonde said. "Whether it was the workload coming up to it, whether it was just energy — you could feel that it was going to keep going. I didn’t want to do that to the goalie starting the next game."...

Ideally Nedeljkovic and Husso share more of the workload. Neither goalie has much history as a go-to guy — Nedeljkovic played 23 games for Carolina in the pandemic-shortened 2021 season, and Husso played a career-high 40 games last season with the St. Louis Blues. Balancing goaltenders is something Lalonde is learning to navigate after spending four years as an assistant coach with Tampa Bay, where Andrei Vasilevskiy ruled the pipes.

"I think there’s a lot to that," Lalonde said. "Coming from having a true No. 1, arguably the best goalie in the league in Vasy — it was the balance of playing him versus tiring him out and having enough in the tank for the playoffs. We are in a little different situation here with these two goalies. Neither of them have really played a 65-game schedule or workload in a season. So this is something we’ll have to keep evaluating throughout the year. We were in a fine line with playing Ville six in a row, but the schedule kind of played out a little bit.

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NHL Short Notes

11/30/2022 at 2:35am EST

* There’s a new benchmark for highest-scoring game of the 2022-23 season thanks to a 17-goal thriller between the Kraken and Kings that shifted back and forth with six tying goals (equaling a League record) before Seattle pushed its winning streak to six games.

* Alex Ovechkin scored twice in Vancouver to overtake Wayne Gretzky on the all-time road goals list and move within seven goals of joining him and Gordie Howe in the 800-goal club.

* A nine-game Tuesday saw a 3-1—4 performance by Blake Wheeler, the Bruins remain perfect at home since mid-April and Roman Josi climb the Predators all-time list with an overtime winner.

Video- Alex Ovechkin At The Top Of The Most Career Road Goals List

11/30/2022 at 1:00am EST

With 2 goals tonight, Alex Ovechkin passed Wayne Gretzky in career road goals with 403.

Below find the all-time list by adding one more goal for Ovechkin.

David Perron Looking Forward To Playing With Tyler Bertuzzi

11/29/2022 at 3:13pm EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Derek Lalonde made a few changes to his lines as the Detroit Red Wings try to start another winning streak.

One of the new looks at Tuesday's practice, as the Wings prepared to host the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday, had David Perron on a line with Tyler Bertuzzi (and Michael Rasmussen at center). Perron was enthusiastic about the possiblities.

"I love his game," Perron said. "I know he’s a hard worker, he always finds a way to be around the net, around the puck. He finds open areas of the ice.

"I haven’t played with him yet, so it’s going to be interesting for sure. I’m excited. He’s a guy that can make a lot more plays than he gets credit for, so I also have to be ready in those situations. I think he is a guy who will make those little plays and create that cycle game that I like to play as well."

In other changes, Lucas Raymond was moved back to Dylan Larkin's right wing (where Perron had been playing), with Dominik Kubalik on the left wing. Andrew Copp centered Oskar Sundqvist and Adam Erne, while the fourth line remained Joe Veleno with Jonatan Berggren and Pius Suter.


Status Quo For The Wings

11/29/2022 at 12:13pm EST

Roope Hintz Signs An Eight-Year Extension With The Dallas Stars

11/29/2022 at 11:40am EST

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed center Roope Hintz to an eight-year contract extension, which begins in the 2023-24 season and runs through the 2030-31 season. The eight-year contract extension is worth $67.6 million and has an average annual value (AAV) of $8.45 million.

Hintz, 26, has skated in 22 contests this season with Dallas and is tied for third on the club with 24 points (8-16-24). Among team leaders, he shares first in shorthanded goals (1) and second in assists (16) and game-winning goals (2), while also third in plus/minus rating (+13). He also ranks second in TOI/G (17:01) and third in power play TOI/G (2:23) among team forwards.

Goaltending Is Now An Issue For The New York Rangers

11/29/2022 at 9:33am EST

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

We can pick at the line combinations, at the head coach’s allotment of ice time, at the regression of most of the kids who have been unable to use last year’s playoffs as a springboard to success, at the team’s lack of resilience.

We can and we have. More than once.

But that’s kind of like being unable to see the forest for the trees.

The primary reason the Rangers have not been able to replicate their performance from a year ago is that, 23 games into the season, last year’s Vezina winner would not get a single vote for the trophy if the balloting were conducted today.

Igor Shesterkin knows it and Igor Shesterkin is wearing it after surrendering another four goals in Monday’s depressing, but not unexpected 5-3 empty-net abetted defeat to the Devils at the Garden that left the Blueshirts a staggering 14 points behind New Jersey.

“The goalie played a s–t game again,” Shesterkin said without a translator after surrendering at least a couple of wonky ones in a game the Blueshirts actually led 2-0 after 3:01 of play. “I’m ashamed.”


Coach Lalonde Fine With The Wings Play Last Night

11/29/2022 at 7:07am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings experienced the same, old result Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, losing 4-2, but they came away with a different vibe.

As coach Derek Lalonde put it, “You want your overall game to look like that. If we replicate that performance, we’re going to win more times than not.”

The Red Wings outshot the Leafs 43-25, generated more scoring chances and spent more time in Toronto’s zone than their own. The difference was they didn’t capitalize on enough of their chances against Matt Murray while the Maple Leafs didn’t need many opportunities to chase Ville Husso from the game.

Husso, Detroit’s best player this season, had an off night, allowing four goals on 13 shots and getting replaced by Alex Nedeljkovic at 8:37 of the second period.

“I’m sure if you ask him, he’s going to want maybe three of the four back, but that’s a tough task to not face much action at all,” Lalonde said. “And then what we did give up was unfortunately too good of a look to too good of players.”


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

NHL Short Notes

11/29/2022 at 1:59am EST

* The Devils and Golden Knights both earned their 10th road win of the season, with New Jersey becoming the third club in NHL history to reach the mark in 11 or fewer games (BUF: 10 GP in 2006-07 & BOS: 11 GP in 1929-30).

* Mitchell Marner and Jason Robertson each found the back of the net to extend their point streaks, both securing the second-longest run in their respective franchise’s history in the process.

* The Islanders and Kraken will both aim to extend win streaks Tuesday, with Seattle looking to establish a franchise benchmark with its sixth consecutive victory.

Videos- Talking To The Media After A 4-2 Loss To Toronto

11/28/2022 at 10:45pm EST

Derek Lalonde up first.

Below find Dylan Larkin, the game highlights and Mickey Redmond.

Quick Recap- DRW/TML

11/28/2022 at 9:36pm EST

Offensively the Wins had an off night. They either could not hit the net, fanned on a shot or their shot could not get through to the goal.

Credit to the Leafs who capitalized on their chances and had a 4-1 lead after the second period.

Detroit scored with about seven minutes left in the third period to make it 4-2 but there was no more scoring. Toronto wins 4-2.

Detroit goals are below.

Team stats.

Buffalo visits Detroit on Wednesday night, the game is on TNT at 7pm.

A Good Test

11/28/2022 at 6:30pm EST

Good evening and welcome to one and all. The Wings have been on a roll of late, and while it’s been great for all Wings fans, tonight’s game is going to be a good test of how much improvement has taken place. The Wings have to be tough and play a hard, mean, punishing, leaving it all on the ice kind of game if they want to prove they’re for real.

The Wings are playing some of the best hockey we’ve seen in recent memory, so the Leafs will be a real coming back down to Earth kind of a game for all of us. Tonight the team will debut the Reverse Retro jersey. The jury’s still out on this one until I see it worn in a game.

Hronek is leading the way once again with other blue liners(Oesterle goal)contributing as well. Husso is the most important player on the ice IMHO, and Larkin is proving why he wears the C. The Yzerplan is looking pretty good so far this season with the signing of the veteran players that do show up every night ready to go. Things seem to be coming together with this group, but, I don’t want to jink anything so I’ll leave it at that.

It’s the Leafs vs the Wings in an Original Six matchup. The puck drops tonight 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+, TVAS, and SN.

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Coach Lalonde Looking For Consistency

11/28/2022 at 5:29pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Coach Derek Lalonde, though pleased with the 20-game start, wants to see more of a long-range view of his team.

To Lalonde, this still constitutes a small sample size. Get back to Lalonde around the midseason point, around 40 games.

"You start getting into that 40, even what we call dog days, into that 50-, 60-, 70-game range, now it’s a battle of attrition," Lalonde said. "Everyone is at the top of their game (at that juncture). We're still some time away from that."

The Wings have improved in every major statistical category compared to the end of last season. What pleases Lalonde most, is the progress defensively.

There have been three major blowout losses to New Jersey, Buffalo and the New York Rangers (22 goals allowed) which skew the Wings' defensive numbers worse than what they could be. The Wings entered 14th in goals-against, a dramatic improvement over last season's 31st xxx.

"We're not rolling out what these top teams are rolling out (offensively), which is fine," Lalonde said. "We know what we are and who we are, but for the most part, especially lately, our five-on-five defense has been pretty good."

Lalonde mentioned last week how the "vibe" in the locker room is good, what with a four-game win streak heading into Monday's game and the improvement in the standings.

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Theory On Why The Wings Claimed Magnus Hellberg

11/28/2022 at 2:27pm EST

There is more to this thread, read Sean Shapiro's recent Twitter feed.

Looking For A Playoff Spot

11/28/2022 at 1:59pm EST

from Michael Traikos of the National Poat,

There are six teams that were in the Stanley Cup playoffs last year — Florida, Washington and the New York Rangers in the East, and Calgary, Minnesota and Nashville in the West — who wouldn’t be in the playoffs if the season ended today.

Luckily for them, the season doesn’t end after the first two months.

But it does raise a couple of questions: which teams currently on the outside looking in will be in the dance when the season ends? And more importantly, who will they unseat?

I can’t see the Panthers, who are two points back of the final wild card spot, missing out. Not after finishing with the best record in the NHL last year. The same goes for the Rangers, who are one point out of the playoffs after reaching the East final a year ago.

In the West, the Wild just need some consistent goaltending to get back in the playoff picture. Meanwhile, the Flames should be a playoff team once Jonathan Huberdeau finds chemistry with his new team.

As for who they replace, well this is where it gets tough.

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Stars Of The Week

11/28/2022 at 1:33pm EST

NEW YORK (Nov. 28, 2022) – Dallas Stars left wing Jason Robertson, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey and New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 27.

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