Practicing In San Jose
via Dana Wakiji tweet, Glendening going full speed in practice. Blashill said last night that Glendening might play tomorrow. Additional updates as needed.
Afternoon Line- Ron MacLean
@simmonssteve it's Ron Steve...not leaving Saturdays. That rumble likely comes from ideas early on I shared in processing everything. — Ron MacLean (@RonMacLeanHTH) November 15, 2019 I can't get this confirmed but I am hearing Ron MacLean may not be on Hockey Night In Canada tomorrow night and is considering leaving the show. He would like to stay on Hometown Hockey on Sunday's and separate himself from the Saturday show. — steve simmons (@simmonssteve) November 15, 2019
Auston Matthews Says He Is Sorry For His Actions After Charges Against Him Were Dropped
from the CP at Sportsnet, A charge of disorderly conduct and disruptive behaviour against Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews has been dismissed in his hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz. Court records show the charge was dropped on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the City of Scottsdale confirmed the parties reached a settlement. "I just want to reiterate again just how sorry I am for my actions, my behaviour," Matthews said Friday. continued
Video- This Voice Actor Is A Big Time Fan Of The Detroit Red Wings
Rob Paulsen does some of his voice work in the video, most of you should recognize the characters. via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings, Daniella Bruce sits down with Detroit Native and Emmy Award winning voice actor, Rob Paulsen, to talk about his Red Wings fandom and how his battle with cancer inspired a new chapter in his career.
NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * Connor McDavid matched Wayne Gretzky and Jason Arnott’s Oilers record for points in an opening period, while producing his sixth career hat trick and first-ever six-point performance. * Leon Draisaitl collected a career-high five assists en route to requiring the fewest games to reach the 40-point mark since Mario Lemieux in 2002-03 (20 GP w/ PIT). * After establishing a franchise record for the fastest four goals to begin a game, the Lightning became the second team to manufacture a nine-goal outing in 2019-20.
Connor McDavid And Leon Draisaitl Combine For 11 Points In Win Over Colorado
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, Zack Kassian sometimes sees himself in his 50s or 60s, his feet up, watching the hockey highlights. They’ll be showing the top plays by NHL duos. The Gretzky-to-Kurris, the Lemieux-to-Jagrs and the Trottier-to-Bossys. Then the Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will pop up on the screen, and there, at the edge of the screen, or joining in the celebration, will be Kassian. His grandkids will cheer. “There’s not a day I take it for granted,” said the right winger on hockey’s most dynamic line. “You don’t think about it much right now, but when you sit back, I’m going to be watching them for many years when I’m done playing. It’s pretty special. Every day.” McDavid had a career-high six points in a 6-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche Thursday, while Draisaitl chipped in with five assists. Kassian, who is as perfectly suited to that line as Dave Semenko was to Gretzky’s flank back in the day, had a goal, a huge hit on Nathan MacKinnon on the game’s first shift, and a decisive win in the ensuing scrap with poor Matt Calvert, who was punished for being first on the scene and doing his duty. continued Below, watch the game highlights from Edmonton's 6-2 win over Colorado.
Videos- The Not So Quick Update Wings-Kings
Fell asleep at the start of OT, woke up 3 1/2 hour s later. from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website, On Tuesday night, overtime was good to the Red Wings. On Thursday, the tables were turned. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty's shot bounced off the glass and right onto Alex Iafallo's stick at the left side of the net and Iafallo ended the game 23 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 win. The Wings got a point but fell to 7-12-2 while the Kings improved to 7-11-1. Tyler Bertuzzi (two) scored for the Wings. Anze Kopitar, Adrian Kempe (extra attacker) and Iafallo (overtime winner) scored for the Kings.... Wings coach Jeff Blashill announced after the game that defenseman Patrik Nemeth will be out for a while. "We expect Nemeth to be out a little bit," Blashill said. "He had a blocked shot that became an infection. We caught, the doctors caught it, the training staff did a great job. Now, will it be three weeks, is it less than that? I don't know that answer but it'll be a little bit of time." read on Below, watch the game highlights, post-game talk and team stats.
If we're being honest, you've got to admit that not many of us saw this little streak coming. Wings fans everywhere that make the effort to stay up a bit later than usual must be pleasantly surprised. I know at least 19 of them. It would be great to be surprised again........ It's another late night Live Blog!
T.J. Brodie Suffers A Medical Emergency At Practice Today
A very intense scene here at the Dome, leaving witnesses shaken by the scene of a player convulsing on the ice with what very quickly appeared to be a serious situation. He’s under medical care now and the team is waiting for more details to share. https://t.co/aJJmFTPSmj — Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) November 14, 2019
TSN Insiders Tonight
Will the Penguins fill the void Sidney Crosby leaves behind internally or look elsewhere? How might the Senators handle the future of the red-hot Jean-Gabriel Pageau? The Insiders discuss this and more in the latest Insider Trading. Watch at TSN.
Filip Hronek Continues To Improve
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, Almost a year ago now, Filip Hronek was in Grand Rapids, learning and maturing as a professional hockey player. Hronek had made the Red Wings’ roster out of the exhibition season, but it was mainly due to the flurry of injuries that hit the Wings’ defense. Otherwise, Hronek would have been in the minor leagues from the opening drop of the puck. But there was something that coach Jeff Blashill saw in Hronek that was encouraging during the preseason and first six games of 2018-19, prior to his demotion. Then, Blashill continued to get positive reports on Hronek from the Griffins staff. “It’s a testament to him that when he got sent down, he didn’t pout,” Blashill said. “He went down and got better.” continued
Skating In LA
Dana Wakiji tweets stating Hronek not on the ice for the skate, Ericsson is. If you missed it earlier today, Hicketts was recalled this morning.
Handling Kaapo Kakko With A Different Approach
from Mollie Walker of the New York Post, Luckily for the Rangers, the coaching staff is beginning to figure out what approach is most effective with the young Finn and how to bring the best out of him. “About 2 ¹/2 weeks ago, I told him I wasn’t going to talk to him anymore,” coach David Quinn said following practice Wednesday. “I’m not joking when I say that. I literally felt that as a staff we really wanted him to be good so fast and all of us were spending a lot of time with him. You could just see it in his face. Finally, I told our whole staff [to lay off of him]. I said to him, ‘The only thing I’m going to say to you is hello.’ “The one thing I will say [to Kakko], I’ll talk about effort and being physical, those are the only two things we’ll talk about. I said, ‘But we’ve got to let you play.’ I think that might’ve helped him a little bit, but I also think adapting to the NHL is hard for any 18-year-old. Sometimes the best coaching is no coaching and I think this is an example.” Quinn wouldn’t say if that was a direct result of Kakko’s recent success, but it’s hard to ignore the difference it’s made. At first, the second-year coach experimented with Kakko on the top two lines. But after posting just three points and a collective minus-12 rating through the season’s first 10 games, Kakko was demoted — something that probably seemed more detrimental to him in his first NHL season. read on
Afternoon Line- Kyle Dubas
Dubas on the Leafs' identity: "Still in formation. It’s not a finished product by any stretch and we’re still trying to get there. What we’re aiming to get toward is a team built on speed, built on talent, creativity, but also tenacious when we don’t have the puck." "We want to shift it away from questions to the established Stanley Cup-winning players of what do the Leafs need to do, to here’s what they are and here’s what we can expect. And we’re right there. I think it’s on us to get there for sure." via Terry Koshan tweets who has more from Dubas.
Andrew Ladd Placed On Waivers By The New York Islanders
from the New York Islanders, Andrew Ladd was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders on Thursday. The 33-year-old forward completed a conditioning stint at Bridgeport of the American Hockey League after recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL on May 31. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello told Newsday the team had not seen enough from Ladd to believe he's ready to return to the NHL. If Ladd clears, he'll be reassigned to Bridgeport. Ladd, who signed a seven-year contract with the Islanders on July 1, 2016, has 71 points (38 goals, 33 assists) in 177 games with New York. continued
Video- First Career Goals This Year
via the NHL's YouTube page, Watch as players from across the league tallied their first career NHL goals in the 2019-2020 season, including Kaapo Kakko, Kirby Dach, Cale Makar and both Quinn and Jack Hughes.
Darren Pang Suggested Robby Fabbri To Steve Yzerman
In case you missed the interview I linked to a few days ago. from Will Burchfield of 97.1, "Steve and I talk hockey all the time," Pang told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket. "Doesn’t matter if he’s interested in a player or not, we talk about players and what kind of players fit in wherever. I’ve talked to Steve a little bit about Robby because I really like Robby Fabbri, I always have. I cheer for the kid because he’s a competitive kid. I do the majority of the games here in St. Louis between the benches, and one thing I found out, when the game was on the line and he wasn’t on the ice, he wasn’t happy. That’s the kind of guy he is. He’s not a passenger on the bus, he wants to lead the bus." Fabbri, the 14th overall pick in 2014, lived up to the hype as a rookie in 2015-16, netting 18 goals in 72 games. He followed that up with a terrific run in the playoffs, before the Blues lost in the conference finals to the Blackhawks. But back-to-back knee injuries the next two years, the second of which cost him all of the 2017-18 season, curbed Fabbri's development. Then the Blues made a coaching change midway through last season, and he fell further down the depth chart.... "Anytime Steve would ask me about a player, or any time I (could) bring up Robby Fabbri to any of my friends that are managers, I thought especially for Steve, Robby Fabbri would be a perfect fit for Detroit. Hungry, motivated. As I said to Steve at one point, 'He’s not a prospect. He’s a real player.' I mean, he had 15 points in 20 playoff games (in 2015-16). He just happened to get hurt and that one injury to his ACL resulted in another injury to his ACL, and that’s a bad bit of fortune there. Hopefully that’s all behind him now. more
Sidney Crosby Out At Least 6 Weeks After Core Muscle Surgery
via the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby underwent a successful core muscle injury repair today, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. The expected recovery time is a minimum of six weeks. Crosby, 32, leads the team in scoring with 12 assists and 17 points in 17 games for the Penguins this season despite dealing with a sports hernia since training camp.
NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * The Islanders and Capitals each survived one-goal games against the Maple Leafs and Flyers, respectively, to extend their point streaks to 13 games. * Blackhawks rookie Kirby Dach became the second 18-year-old to score the game-winning goal in as many nights as Chicago earned its first win over Vegas. * Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his first career regular-season hat trick to help the Senators rally to their third win in four games. Pageau has tallied 8-1—9 in his last seven games.
After 20 Games
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, Tuesday’s win gave the Wings their first three-game winning streak of the season. They are 7-12-1, which puts them 27th in a 31-team league. The Wings’ negative-29 goal differential is the worst in the league by eight goals. They have the NHL’s worst penalty kill (69.3 percent). More than a few players have been underwhelming through this first quarter. But, the win streak and the promising signs shown by a few young players give the Wings and their fans hope for the remainder of the 2019-20 schedule and beyond. Here's what we learned from the first 20 games: Digging a hole What soured the season to this point was the Wings losing 12 of 13 games, after winning three of four to open the season, which created a ton of instant excitement. read on
Jonathan Ericsson Returns
DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Jonathan Ericsson from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings placed defenseman Patrik Nemeth and left wing Justin Abdelkader on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 10. Ericsson, 35, has skated in 10 games with the Griffins during the 2019-20 campaign, recording two assists, eight penalty minutes and a +4 rating
NHL Network Roundtable: The Modern Age Goalie
Goalie talk tonight could be interesting. via a received email... As scoring continues to increase in the NHL, NHL Network’s Tony Luftman will moderate a roundtable discussion with former goalies and NHL Network analysts Darren Pang and Kevin Weekes, and former goalie Martin Biron on the evolution of goaltending and how important the position is to the overall success a team. NHL Network Roundtable: The Modern Age Goalie will debut tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. The panel will discuss how goalies stay strong mentally when their play is inconsistent and the steps they take to regain their confidence. Biron, Pang and Weekes will share anecdotes from their combined 23 seasons playing in the NHL, including the best advice they received about playing the position, how they worked on areas of their game that needed improvement and who had the biggest impact on their success.
A Unique Sit Down With Sergei Fedorov
from Gillian Kemmerer of the Caviar Diplomat, There are some hockey players whose signatures on the game could never be forged. You may attempt to mimic their exact starting conditions—a frozen backyard pond, the formative coach, an influential father—yet the alchemy would never produce a replica. Sergei Fedorov is one such example. There will never be a carbon copy #91, and Sergei himself acknowledges that it would be nearly impossible to reconstruct the scenario in which he became a supernova. You’ll read more about that below. In Gabe Polsky’s documentary In Search of Greatness, true sporting dominance appears to be the result of a certain degree of creativity, artistic expression and showmanship—a boredom with the rules by which everyone else governs themselves. Between those white Nike skates and impossible finishes, Fedorov hardly breaks this mold. His style was definitive, and for years, untouchable—ushering in a Hollywood aura that translated on and off the ice. In light of this legacy, I was not sure what I would be met with when I sat down across from Fedorov. Where one might expect ego or, at the very least, a media-ready suit of armor, I was met with the opposite... continued
Lack Of Quality Backup Goalie May Cost The Leafs
from Michael Traikos of the National Post, When Toronto started the season with four of its forwards accounting for 50% of the salary cap, everyone expected that the defence would suffer the most from the financial imbalance. Instead, it’s the backup goaltender. The Maple Leafs waived Michael Hutchinson earlier this week after he went his first six games without a win. They were paying him $700,000. His replacement, Kasimir Kaskisuo, will earn $25,000 less. They say you get what you pay for. And in Toronto’s case, that’s so true. Had Hutchinson won half his games, the Leafs would be in first place in the Atlantic Division. Instead, they entered Wednesday night’s game against the New York Islanders barely clinging to the final wild-card spot in the East. Every game counts. You might be able to make the playoffs without a $3 million backup. But you might not lock up home-ice advantage — or have a rested starter for the post-season. continued
The Improved PK And PP The Last Three Games
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Coach Jeff Blashill cited special teams and goaltending as keys to this run. They are 4 for 11 on the power play and 7-of-8 on the penalty kill in these three games. Bernier has played all three and posted a 2.33 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. Acquiring Robby Fabbri in a trade with St. Louis has paid dividends early. He has points in all three games, scoring two power-play goals in his debut – a 4-2 victory over Boston – and setting up the game-winning goals in each of the past two games. “He’s been great,” Larkin said. “He’s a playmaker. He gets the puck and it’s going to someone with a purpose. Adding a guy like that who can make plays and does it a lot … and he’s a crafty guy, he’s been an energy guy and a huge addition.” more
Thoughts On Hockey
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, - One coach told me his team’s internal metrics indicate that no one spends more time in their own zone than the red-hot New York Islanders. He wondered how that was possible, so he took a look. Answer: “They let you go where they want you to go — on the outside.” You get time, but you don’t get quality. - There’s a story Ken Holland loves telling about his mother. It was 1985, and after his eighth AHL season, he was considering the next phase of his life. Lee Holland saw a job advertisement for an Electrolux vacuum salesman and pleaded for her son to take it. He starts laughing when delivering the next line: “She told me I’d be her first sale.” Of course, Holland passed on that career option and took a different fork in the road as a Red Wings scout. Wise choice. Thirty-five years later, he’s got four Stanley Cup rings and is on a new mission in Edmonton. The Hollands have plenty of hockey tentacles. Ken’s brother Dennis is an amateur scout for the Stars, and his son, Brad, is a pro scout in Edmonton. This week, they are mourning Lee, who passed away at age 87. All the best to the family. - It’s very hard to explain the seismic nature of the last 72 hours. We jokingly called Ron and Don “The Circus” when they travelled. Together, they were larger than life — I won’t work with anyone else in my career who commanded the attention and had the profile Don has. There were a few of us watching together last Saturday, and we were slack-jawed in amazement. The whole thing is sad. There are no winners. The aftershocks will continue for a long time, exacerbated by this media tour. I felt horrible for co-workers hurt by it, for viewers who felt targeted, for the ugly never-ending social media battles, for Ron, and for any career to end that way. There but for the Grace of God go I. more topics including the Dallas Stars and the latest on Ilya Kovalchuk...
Sidney Crosby May Have A Sports Hernia Injury
from Rob Rossi of The Athletic, Sidney Crosby is evaluating all treatment options for a sports hernia, multiple NHL and Penguins sources confirmed to The Athletic. Crosby aggravated the sports hernia Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena, but sources say the Penguins captain has been dealing with the injury since training camp. He opted against surgery when the Penguins lost multiple forwards, including Evgeni Malkin, to various injuries early in October. Crosby is now weighing the opinions of medical personnel whether he should undergo surgery, which would typically require a 4-6 week recovery, the sources said. continued ($$$)
The Story Of Frank Brown
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com, Frank Brown's byline is on top of some of the most important stories in hockey history. He covered the Montreal Canadiens dynasty in the late 1970s, the "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and the 1980 New York Islanders' Stanley Cup championship for The Associated Press. He covered the remainder of the 1980s Islanders dynasty, the New York Rangers' 1994 Stanley Cup championship and the New Jersey Devils' 1995 championship for the New York Daily News. Brown, who left the newspaper business in 1998 to become an NHL communications executive, will see his name immortalized on a glass plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism. "The point is you stare at a glass plaque, 12 inches by 12 inches, and there's about eight or nine lines of copy, and it's the same size for every person," Brown said. "One of the multitude of things I love about hockey is no matter how much you played, no matter how many goals you scored in the playoffs, if your team wins the Stanley Cup your letters are the same size as Jean Beliveau's, as Gordie Howe's, as Bobby Orr's, as any of the legends, the monoliths of our sport. To imagine that my plaque is the same size as Red Fisher's and Frank Orr's and Elmer Ferguson's, I get goose bumps. This is your number going in the rafters. This is your eternal byline." continued
Videos- Talk After The 4-3 OT Win In Anaheim Plus Extended Game Highlights
from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website, The Detroit Red Wings have made their way through some real adversity and are now reaping the benefits of those lessons. The Anaheim Ducks scored two goals in the first minute of the second period and after the Wings challenged the second one for goaltender interference, they found themselves down a man. But these Wings are different from the ones who were struggling a couple of weeks ago. Those Wings might have allowed a power-play goal and gone down 3-0. These Wings dug in, killed the penalty and earned their way back into the game, finally tying it with 36.4 seconds left on Dylan Larkin's power-play goal. Dennis Cholowski's goal at 2:04 of overtime gave Detroit a 4-3 victory and extended their winning streak to a season-high three games. The Wings improved to 7-12-1 while the Ducks fell to 9-8-2. continued
NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * The Panthers rallied to stun the Bruins at TD Garden, posting the 19th four-goal, third-period comeback win in NHL history and first-ever by the franchise. * Eighteen-year-old Kaapo Kakko scored twice, including the game winner, to become the 13th different 18-year-old skater in NHL history to score a regular-season overtime goal. * Twenty-one-year-old Cale Makar found the score sheet yet again, becoming the eighth rookie defenseman in NHL history to score the game-winning goal in consecutive games.
Video- Game Highlights Of Detroit’s OT Win In Anaheim
The Wings are on a three game winning streak and play the LA Kings on Thursday night at 10:30pm ET. I will post the talk after the game in about 6 hours, until then, here are the game highlights.
Quick Recap- Wings-Ducks
If you stayed up you saw the Wings have a 6 on 3 starting with 70 seonds left in th 3rd and down 3-2. Larkin scored with 36 seconds left to tie the game but the Wings still had a 5 on 4 power play for the remainder of the period but could not score. The Ducks had the better chance but Bernier made a save at the buzzer. On to OT with still 48 seconds on the power play for Detroit but they could not score. Then Cholowski scores on a quick snap shot and the Wings win 4-3. Detroit goals and stats are below.
TSN Insiders Tonight
Will Wayne Gretzky coach Canada's Spengler Cup team this year? Which NHL players will be made available for the World Juniors? Are the Maple Leafs in the backup goalie market? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss this and more. Watch at TSN.
Enjoy It While We Can
Like most of us that frequent this site, I am very pleased with the last two games. Heck, it's a two game winning streak, and around here it's very good for morale. I'm sure it's pretty upbeat in the Wings locker room as well. A couple of wins can go a long way for the Wings, not to mention some new players that seem to be making a positive impact very quickly. Let's enjoy it while we can. It's a late night Live Blog!
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