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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Anthony Mantha already has a jump on his goals as the Detroit Red Wings play out the remainder of their lost season.
He faces his second game since a long injury layoff Thursday at New Jersey having pocketed two points in his comeback. Mantha is a key figure in the rebuild, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound winger with power forward capabilities. He spent seven weeks recovering from a punctured lung and other injuries after a pre-Christmas fracas, and is determined to maximize the remaining eight weeks of the season.
“Play great hockey for 20-something games,” Mantha said Tuesday at KeyBank Center. “For me, maybe a goal would be a point-a-game until the end of the season. That’s personal. But getting a couple wins together for next year and things like that would be great.”...
“He played a great game,” Dylan Larkin said. “He’s a big body for us. He moves his feet really well. For a guy that’s missed that much time, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone come back and look like they haven’t missed a beat. You could tell the past seven weeks when he’s been out, he’s done everything to give him a chance and be ready for his first game back.”
THREE HARD LAPS
* The Avalanche improved to 8-1-1 in their past 10 games – including five straight wins – and moved within one point of first place in the Western Conference standings.
* Without his captain in the lineup, Leon Draisaitl collected his fourth four-point outing of the season to open up an eight-point lead in the Art Ross Trophy race.
* Mathew Barzal collected three assists as the Islanders scored five goals for the second time in as many days and prevailed in a Metropolitan Division showdown.
BLUES/DUCKS GAME POSTPONED DUE TO MEDICAL EMERGENCY
Tuesday’s game between the Blues and Ducks was postponed by the NHL due to a medical emergency that occurred at 12:10 of the first period involving defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. A decision on when the game will be played will be made in the near future.
After a 3-2 loss to Buffalo.
Mantha, Helm, Larkin and Blashill in 8 minutes.
Game highlights are below.
Flashback of Jiri Fischer incident.
Game has been postponed.
Updates will be posted below.
update at 10:56pm added below.
added 11:05pm, watch a report from Darren Pang below.
added 11:07pm, Watch the Anaheim feed below.
added 11:17pm, Fox Sports Midwest report below.
added 2/12/20 at 12:12am. Statement from the Blues below.
added 2/12/20 at 1:38am, Darren Pang joined Sportsnet, watch below.
The Wings looked liked the better team for the first 35 minutes and lead 2-1.
Then Buffalo scored with about 5 minutes left in the 2nd and added an early goal in the 3rd.
The Wings fall 3-2 to the Sabres
Detroit goals and stats are below and the next game is Thursday in New Jersey.
hopefully I can get a good night of sleep and pd a wrap on the game.
Since we're all feeling pretty good after downing the Bruins Sunday, on national TV no less, it's back to Earth for the 19, and off to Buffalo. We all know Bernier was the main reason for the win, and we'll take it, because it just sucks to watch so much losing. Also, there is another reason to still feel slightly optimistic. The return of Mantha, because he can be an absolute beast, and, a pleasure to watch when he's healthy. So there's that, and, that's about it......
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DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned left wing Taro Hirose and right wing Givani Smith to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings removed right wing Anthony Mantha and center Frans Nielsen from injured reserve.
added 2:06pm, Below, watch Blashill and Mantha after the morning skate.
Also, the Wings held a morning skate today and Blashill said Fabbri is out tonight, listed as day-to-day.
Back to a horizontal position for me, still fighting this bug I have.
But no, still not well enough to follow the news in the hockey world.
I felt pretty good for an hour or so, good enough to post a few items.
But right after I did, boom, I felt terrible again.
Will return when able.
added 8:49pm, Pttsburgh release is below.
Still sick, very sensitive to noise, so please keep the noise level down.
Some topics you may have missed today.
(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman and alternate captain Darnell Nurse to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season.
Nurse, 25, has appeared in 55 games with the Oilers this season, posting 24 points (4G, 20A), 44 penalty minutes and a -2 plus/minus rating. He ranks second among Oilers defencemen in points (24), time on ice (22:46) and second on the team in hits (129) and blocked shots (101).
aav is $5.6M.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
According to HockeyViz, there is a 99 per cent chance the Bay Area is home to no man’s land this spring – a 99 per cent shot that the Sharks will both miss the Stanley Cup playoffs and miss out on the Draft Lottery, since the Ottawa Senators hold their unprotected pick from the Erik Karlsson trade.
That raises all sorts of questions about the Sharks’ roster.
The biggest one: Will Joe Thornton raise his hand and ask to chase a Stanley Cup elsewhere?
The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer is one of 13 intriguing new names added to the TSN Trade Bait board on Monday, including teammates Patrick Marleau and Barclay Goodrow.
Make no mistake: This will be Thornton’s call – and not only because Thornton holds the full no-move clause hammer. After 1,089 games in a Sharks uniform, it’s unlikely that GM Doug Wilson would go to Thornton asking him to consider a certain trade scenario.
Below, watch the goals of the week.
added 7:55pm, Yzerman also spoke at the Economic Club, watch below.
I am still under the weather but feel I don't want to play catch up when I do return.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
I've been up half the as the nasal congestion, watery eyes and overall body sourness continues.
I feel worse today than yesterday but hoping improvement begins later today.
So I need to take it easy until I can actually focus on my monitor and keyboard.
I will get back at it as soon as I can.
THREE HARD LAPS
* Kyle Connor collected at least three points for the second time in as many days and the Jets scored five goals for the second time in as many days to improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games.
* Igor Shesterkin turned aside 42 shots and became the fourth goaltender since 1955-56 (since shots on goal officially began being tracked) to register multiple 40-save wins through his first six career contests.
* Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar helped the Avalanche outlast the Wild in a five-goal second period and move within three points of the Blues for first in the Western Conference.
First up are the game highlights, below the injry to Fabbri and I will add more when they are available and feel well enough to do so.
added 4:07pm, Group video is below.
Final Score- Detroit Red Wings 3 Boston Bruins 1
One of the best games the Wings played this season, Bernier was fantastic.
I am literally having issues even focusing on the computer monitor, let alone try to comprehend what I am even typing.
Flu/cold combo is awful so with that Detroit goals and stats below.
Post-game talk post is 50/50 at this point, even typing is a chore right now.
There's not much to say here except, get ready to be embarrassed nationally. As this season drags on it becomes increasingly difficult to find the right words to continually talk about losing. Although I'm sure the correct words will be spoken in the post game interviews. Until then....
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Flu/cold, whatever you want to call it, I have it.
Hit me midday yesterday, worse by the minute.
NyQuil and Advil products nearby and not sure they are working.
Will post when I can, sorry for the interruption.
THREE HARD LAPS
* Patrik Laine scored three power-play goals to register his eighth career hat trick and get the 20th Hockey Day in Canada off to a flying start.
* Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid became the first set of teammates with 30 goals and 80 points through their team’s first 55 games since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in 1996-97.
* Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos each extended the League’s longest active point streak to 10 games. Kucherov became the fifth different player in the last 30 years to post at least five point streaks of 10-plus games over a three-season span.
from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,
The infectious disease that has stifled life in China has ripple effects for National Hockey League players.
The highly customized sticks used by some 75 percent of the NHL are made in small batches at Chinese factories. With work and travel halted in that country since late January as the country combats an outbreak of coronavirus, the NHL has been unable to get fresh stock in the middle of its competitive season.
During Thursday’s Sabres-Red Wings broadcast, NBC Sports analyst Pierre Maguire said equipment managers told him there was a “major shortage” of sticks.
Hockey manufacturers disputed that, but conceded they are worried.
Bauer, headquartered in Exeter, N.H., makes its pro sticks in China, as does its main competitor, Montreal-based CCM.
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