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Morning Line

 “We better damn get our special teams straightened out or we’re in trouble.  That’s what it’s all about in today’s game _-special teams - because 5 on 5, it’s hard as hell to score nowadays.” -Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Good And Bad Play From Ryan Suter

from Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune, Suter looks like a guy still learning a new system and how to play with new teammates. He's not paired with fellow stud defenseman Shea Weber in Nashville anymore. Now he's surrounded by younger, more unproven players on the blue line, and chemistry doesn't form overnight or in one week of training camp. That unfamiliarity...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Brenden Morrow A 4th-Liner?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Morrow is playing on the fourth line and has logged less than 10 minutes a game in each of the last two outings. He hasn’t seen that kind of role since he wore No. 45 while breaking in as a rookie back in 1999-2000. It’s not an easy decision for the Stars to make, and it’s not an easy reality for Morrow, who has played 812 games...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Is It All About Hockey In Canada?

from Lawrence Martin at the Globe and Mail, How philistine can you get, Canada? Ice hockey? Is that all you care about? Our hockey obsession keeps growing. The lockout was supposed to dampen our appetite for the game, but it only heightened it. We defeat Germany in the World Junior Hockey Championship – it’s front-page news! Hockey adorns our currency – our $5 bills...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Kari Lehtonen With The Save Of The Night

A reach behind, mid-air grab.  
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

GDT - Game 6:  Red Wings (2-2-1) host Stars (2-3-1)  7:30

Through five games, the Red Wings are the only team that hasn't scored a goal in the opening period.  The Red Wings are 2-0 when they score first (both times in the second period) and 0-2-1 when the opposition opens the scoring.  The Red Wings are 2-for-26 on the power play (7.7 percent), which ranks 28th in the NHL.  I'm no pharmacist, but those two ugly facts may be...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Stars set-up and overnight report: a pair of ‘teams in progress’ meet for the second time

The Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Dallas Stars tonight (7:30 PM EST, FSD Plus, Fox Sports Southwest Plus, AM 1270) hoping to rebound from a disappointing loss against Chicago while playing a team in somewhat similar circumstances. The Stars have also undergone some roster revisions (see: Ray Whitney, Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy), they've welcomed Jamie Benn back...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

JLA garage fall proves fatal for Wings fan

As noted by MLive's Brendan Savage, earlier this evening, WDIV reported that a young man passed away after the Wings' game against Minnesota after a fall from some height in the Joe Louis Arena parking garage. His death was accidental. I saw the report (which is embedded in the story) on the evening news, and don't know what to say other than to suggest that you read...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Subban signing not a good news story - it’s a great one

For Habs fans, the Subban signing is great, great news. Why? For starters, GM Marc Bergevin stood strong on his 2-year contract limit. He wanted a bridge contract. He got it. That looks good on Bergevin as a rookie GM. For Subban, he takes less money than he could have gotten elsewhere, at $2.9MM a year, to show that he deserves more and, much more importantly, because he wants...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Subban Signs With Montreal

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Monday the signing of defenseman P.K. Subban to a two-year contract (2012-13 to 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby Interview with HNIC Radio

NOTE:  Only North American IP's can listen or watch: After the bump, an interview with Sidney Crosby on HNIC Radio.  FYI, It's auto-on. Continue reading "Sidney Crosby Interview with HNIC Radio"
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Evening Line

Who knows what sort of bump Landeskog might have taken in the second or third period of that game to exacerbate his issues. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to watch the video up top and recognize that he was considerably the worse for wear after the Stuart hit; that he was allowed back in that game and is now sidelined is yet another black eye for the NHL. -Bruce McCurdy of...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Players Come Out Fighting

HNIC play-by-play man Jim Hughson has noticed more fighting this season.  How about you?  
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings take a line from Slap Shot: ‘Get the power play together!’ ‘Yeah, we’re working on it’

Lost admist the cavalcade of injury updates during and immediately after the Red Wings' practice on Monday (see: Darren Helm (back) needs rest and may return next Tuesday, Jonas Gustavsson (groin) practiced and may play in one of the Wings' back-to-back games this weekend, Mikael Samuelsson (groin) did not skate, Ian White (thigh laceration) is probably a week out, Carlo...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

What’s Bob McKenzie Talking About?

The first half of the interview is spent on rookie talk, will they stay in the NHL or not?  The next topic is Jason Arnott followed by the hot NHL teams, surprises and how will it all shake out.  
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Why This Goal Should Not Have Been Allowed

Kerry Fraser of TSN discusses why the Mikael Backlund goal from Saturday nigh should not have been allowed. Backlund was not pushed into Oiler goalkeeper, Devan Dubnyk by Ryan Smyth or any other Oiler teammate.Mikael Backlund followed the puck into the crease and crashed the net (and Dubnyk) though his own initiative. If that isn't enough reason for some to understand...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Landeskog Out With Possible Concussion Symptoms.

No timetable on Landeskog's return. Avs thought he was OK entering today, but obviously symptoms developed. Horrible news for Avs — adater (@adater) January 28, 2013   Landeskog's injuries are to head and left leg. Avs not saying it's a concussion, but also not saying it isn't — adater (@adater) January 28, 2013
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Crain’s Detroit Business’s Shea offer Q and A regarding Ilitches state-owned rink leasing proposal

As noted yesterday evening, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea has revealed that Ilitch Holdings and Olympia Entertainment have at least proposed  that the Wings' parent company could end up leasing Joe Louis Arena's follow-on rink from the State of Michigan's "Michigan Strategic Fund," which would limit the taxes owed to the City of Detroit, Wayne...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Clearing Up Misconceptions On Grigorenko

There've been some reports coming from mainstream media outlets today stating that Mikhail Grigorenko has to stay with the Sabres for the remainder of the season if he plays another NHL game.  This is simply not true.  It's just a question of whether or not the club is willing to count this as Year One of his entry level contract. Granted, it's not common for a team...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

The checklist: things to track while your team is just winning

The Sharks appear to be working from a checklist.  Obviously scoring in the first period is on that list.  They have done that ever since that disappointing game in Calgary.    Also, power play goals are important, their power play lacked some shock and awe last season.   Needed to fix that. Patrick Marleau had his two-goals-a-game objective.  Perhaps that was drawing...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Versteeg Only Part Of The Panthers Puzzle

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel, While the Panthers are tied for last in goals scored with eight, the Lightning are first with 24 goals. Their star-studded trio of Martin St Louis, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier have a combined eight goals and 27 points. Florida's injury-riddled top line of Stephen Weiss, Tomas Fleischmann and Kris Versteeg have one...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Others Join Marleau In The ‘Hot’ Category

from John Kreiser of NHL.com, Marleau has six 30-goal seasons, with a high of 44 in 2009-10. Through five games this season, he's on a pace for 86 in this abbreviated 48-game season. That's not likely, but he's already more than a quarter of the way to passing Peter Bondra's League-leading total of 34 goals in 1994-95, the last time the NHL schedule was limited...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

ESPN Power Rankings

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,   2012-2013 Power Rankings: Week 2 RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS 1   Chicago 6-0-0   +10 Last Week: 11 Is this 2009-10 all over again? I know this: Corey Crawford has made an early statement to his doubters...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings Monday practice post in progress: Filppula’s skipping, Gustavsson’s skating, no Helm news

On the heels of a frustrating 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose announced that the Red Wings' players would in fact brave the half-to-three quarters of an inch's worth of ice coating the roads in Metro Detroit this morning to head down to Joe Louis Arena... #RedWings are scheduled to skate at 12 EST today at JLA. Stay tuned for all...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (January 28, 2013) – San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 27 (and including the opening two days of the season, Jan. 19-20). Continue reading "Stars Of The Week"
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss
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