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Red Wings-Canucks wrap-up: Brunner and Wings’ power play power comeback against angry Canucks

The Detroit Red Wings' consecutive wins over Nashville and Vancouver this past weekend broke an 0-3-and-2 slump--with the Wings' 8-3 trouncing--and comeback win--over the Canucks serving as something of an exclamation point... But Hockeytown's approval is fleeting these days, and there was a sense online, anyway, that as much fun as the Wings had watching the Wings...
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February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

How exactly will a ‘challenge flag’ work? Red Wings GM Ken Holland wants to know

Consider this issue 1B to the 1A that is realignment in terms of the kinds of stories that get hockey fans and hockey scribes talking. The Globe and Mail's David Shoalts reports that many NHL executives and several GM's are actually interested in discussing the nuts and bolts of a "challenge flag" three years after Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon unsuccessfully...
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February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Nicklas Lidstrom didn’t just turn the Red Wings’ comeback offer down…HV71 asked him to return, too

According to Aftonbladet's Stefan Holm and Johannes Hagglund, HV71 Jonkoping coach Ulf Dahlen asked former Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom whether he'd be interested in making an abbreviated comeback in the Swedish Eliteserien. HV71's assistant coach, Thomas Ljungbergh, made a sales pitch to Lidstrom after HV suffered a slate of injuries to their best defensemen, but...
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February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Do you still believe in miracles?

February 22, 1980 changed my life; growing up in Arizona and California, it was the first time I ever watched an actual, live hockey game. Looking back now, that epic Olympic matchup between the United States and Russia changed my life in more ways than I could have imagined as a geeky 12-year-old watching from my family’s living room. Sadly though, the world outside the rink...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Top Defenceman This Season

Earlier in February I picked Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators as the early Norris Trophy leader.  It soon became clear that Karlsson was not going to repeat as Norris Trophy winner as he suffered an Achilles injury that will keep him out most (if not all) of the remaining season.  The question was who would take over the lead.  I think Kris Letang has taken over the lead. ...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Brian Burke On His Role In Anaheim

from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,  Brian Burke was back in familiar surroundings Sunday and declared himself ready to resume his partnership with the Anaheim Ducks, however brief it might be. "It's a familiar feeling to walk back in the building," Burke said. "I have a lot of respect for [Ducks general manager] Bob Murray. I think he's a real good...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Canucks quick take: what a difference a day makes

On Saturday afternoon, Red Wings fans were nervous...Or at least I was. The Wings were heading into a Saturday night tilt against Nashville in a must-must-win situation, having gone 0-3-and-2 over their past five games. Saturday night, the Wings smoked Nashville 4-0, and we all felt a little better. After the first period of today's game against Vancouver, Wings fans were...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Everyone’s a critic

“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.” -Kurt Vonnegut I once had a professor explain the difference between criticism and criticising.  The first is an attentive analysis of the work, the second is just saying mean things.  Obviously that's not how...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

All Is Well…The Horror Is Over

Clearly, everything is going to be just fine.  We have no reason to worry.  Finally, a victory ending a losing streak that had reached 28 consecutive games in terms of the emotional toll it took on all 19 of us. Or you shrugged your shoulders weeks ago, comfortable in your opinion that this season is a farce hoisted on us by a dwarf in a top hat and 30 owners in his sticky pocket...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Canucks game-day updates: Gustavsson’s out and injury updates; Bieksa out for Vancouver

The Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Vancouver Canucks this afternoon (5 PM, FSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM) minus their designated starter for the day. As Paul noted, the Wings recalled Tom McCollum and will start Jimmy Howard instead of Jonas Gustavsson due to a "sore groin," though Wings GM Ken Holland told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that the team&...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Gustavsson Groin An Issue Again

Paul here for George who had a late night...   #RedWings recall Thomas McCollum to back up Jimmy Howard tonight vs. Canucks. Scheduled starter Jonas Gustavsson re-aggravated tender groin — Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) February 24, 2013
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Morning Line

Maybe Oilers’ GM Steve Tambellini isn’t getting any concrete offers for Whitney. Maybe that’s why this is dragging out and it’s getting messy. I know one thing: you  can’t have a $3.8 million player sitting while a $750,000 player like Potter is playing, not if you’re the owner of the team. Can you? -Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal on Ryan Whitney.  Read more...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Good Numbers

from Renaud Lavoie of RDS (translated), The NHL has sent me the following statistics and they are bright. 1-An average of 17,723 spectators attend every game, which means that arenas are filled to 97%. 2-The Stars, Panthers, Devils, Coyotes and Hurricanes have seen an increase of at least 10% each at the audience. 3-There are only three teams in the NHL have decreased...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Losing Continues In Buffalo

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News, The Sabres’ slide into oblivion continued with a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders. The disgruntled crowd in First Niagara Center saw the Sabres lose for the fourth game in a row and ninth time in 12 outings. Only 1,000 or so in the sellout crowd of 19,070 stuck around until the end, and based on the noise they did so only to jeer. ...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

8 Games, 7 1/2 Hours Of NHL Action Today

Nothing better than mid-afternoon games on a weekend and all games completed by 10:30pm ET or so.  
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

What’s Next In San Jose?

from David Pollak of Working the Corners, ... one-third of the way through the season, San Jose continues to be on a downhill slide after elevating expectations by going 7-0-0 out of the chute. Now at 8-5-3, that’s the kind of bad sequence of events that can lead to everything from major trades to coaching changes to dismissals in the front office if things continue to go...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

How To Increase Goal Scoring

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bosotn Globe, ... I hit Milbury with a list of five easy ways to increase goal-scoring. Here are some of his thoughts: ■  Increase the net size from the current 4 by 6 feet. Not a favorite of mine, but probably the simplest, most effective change. Milbury: “They looked at this during the last lockout, to the point where they developed...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Upset About The Max Pacioretty Hit?

A bit of John Tortorella's post-game media scrum...     Watch a better view of the hit from Pacioretty on Ryan McDonagh below... Continue reading "Video- Upset About The Max Pacioretty Hit?"
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- A Fair And Honest Look At The Minnesota Wild

The Hockey Night in Canada panel discuss the Minnesota Wild. Some words are kind, many are not.  
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

GDT - Game 19: Red Wings (8-7-3) host Canucks (10-3-4) 5:00

Late afternoon game today.  VAN lead their Division (as usual), and had the day off yesterday.  Luongo has been a freaking wall. For DET, yesterday's game could not have gone better.  The Wings took a 2-0 and didn't blow it, Jimmy pitched a shutout,  DET tallied a PP marker, and nobody got hurt.  Slump-buster or abberation? LGRW Continue reading "GDT - Game...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Brooks ponders an amnesty buyout scenario involving Brad Richards

The longer this season goes, the more I've been reminding my fellow Wings fans that the salary cap is going down from $70.2 million to $64.3 million this summer. It's probably going to stay at that level for some time as the NHLPA's share of the NHL's hockey-related revenues drops to 50% and stays there. As such, even Detroit's $18.3 million in cap space, per...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Canucks set-up and overnight report: climbing up the West while hoping to go East

At the beginning of February, I looked at this weekend and figured that today's game between the Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks (5 PM EST, FSD/Sportsnet Pacific/97.1 FM) as something of a "bonus win." Today's game marks the Wings' 3rd in 4 nights, their 4th in 6 nights, their 5th over the last 8 nights and their 7th over approximately a week-and-a-half'...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Predators wrap-up: slump busted?

The Detroit Red Wings' 4-0 victory over the Nashville Predators may or may not have been a command performance, but the Red Wings were able to rely on Jimmy Howard's superb netminding while finding their "legs," and while Drew Miller's 1-0 goal gave the Wings some tentative poise, Tomas Tatar's 2-0 goal 2:58 into the 2nd period seemed to put the Wings on...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Garrioch: Iginla may go nowhere

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch offers a column chock full of trade rumors and innuendo this morning, but his item of most interest involves Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla. While Iginla's still highly-regarded, Garrioch's sources believe that the Flames' asking price for their aging superstar might prohibit his movement entirely: Though many believe Iginla...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Hockey Talk On A Late Saturday Night

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - For those who value the save percentage statistic, consider this: Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller has only been above .918 once in his career. Can you say overrated? - The next NHL coach to be fired will be a) Todd Richards; b) Jack Capuano; c) Joe Sacco; d) Glen Gulutzan. Extra points will given to those who can identify which teams the...
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February 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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