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Video- Gary Bettman On China, Social Media And More

(10/16/2019)

from Jabari Young of CNBC, The National Hockey League is relying on the “good judgment” of its players as it expands overseas, particularly in China, and positions itself in the U.S. to profit from the newly legalized gambling here,  Commissioner Gary Bettman said on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Wednesday. The feud between the NBA and China hasn’t had any blow back on the NHL so far. NBA players can’t seem to avoid offending fans or politicians, no matter what they say... Bettman was asked if it was a good idea to continue expanding in China, given the fragile relationship with the U.S. right now. Selecting his words carefully, the commissioner responded: “When you’re dealing in foreign countries, geopolitical issues can impact your business, and you have to be mindful of that. “We probably have the most international player base of any of the sports,” Bettman added. “And to the extent we can do business internationally, we do it, and when there are impediments to it, we either pivot or choose another course. There are no hard and fast rules in terms of how you do it.” He said the NHL hasn’t has adopted a social media policy for its executives and players in light of the NBA’s plight in China, saying the NHL hasn’t issued a “memoranda” on the matter. “We rely on the good judgment of all of our on-ice and off-ice personnel to do what they think is sensible and responsible,” Bettman said, adding the league is “overwhelmingly proud” of the way players conduct themselves. more Watch the interview below.

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Thoughts On The Wings

(10/16/2019)

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet with a few Thoughts on the Wings, - Blashill felt a late-season winning streak last March gave his players some confidence. The Red Wings won eight of nine, including five over playoff-bound clubs: the Islanders, Vegas, San Jose, Boston and Pittsburgh. “Against real teams, we played really good hockey,” he said. “Confidence matters. The margin of victory in this league is razor thin. You better believe … it matters to an individual and a team.” Blashill praised the likes of Dennis Cholowski, Filip Hronek and current AHLer Joe Veleno for how they prepared during the summer, but we spent the majority of our conversation on the top line. “They have learned a shared responsibility. It’s not one of them looking at the other two (to do something). I don’t like the phrase, ‘two-way players.’ I prefer ‘winning players.’” What does that mean? “It means they are not cheaters. They have developed into that.” What percentage would you put on them to indicate how close they are to where they need to be? “I won’t answer that. It puts a ceiling on them and I won’t do that. This league is relentless and ongoing night after night. They are all better today than they were a year ago, three years ago, five years ago. Credit to them.” - Blashill on working with Ken Holland and Steve Yzerman: “They are not a whole lot different. Two of the most respected men in the NHL. (Holland) should be a Hall of Famer, his success speaks for itself. Great man. Yzerman is there, extremely respected. Both men believe in reality. No short-cuts. Build through the draft. And they both believe young players have to go through a process. Steve could have forced young players on our team, but would only allow it if they were 100 per cent ready.” a bit more which is on Mantha's 4th goal against Dallas...

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Video- After The Loss In Vancouver

(10/16/2019)

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, The Red Wings road trip didn’t start the way they wanted it to, by any stretch. Vancouver defeated the Wings 5-1  Tuesday as the Wings opened a quick three-games-in-four-days trip through western Canada. The loss dropped the Wings to 3-3 on the season. hrough the opening five games, there were stretches where the Red Wings’ didn’t play well, but not for lengthy periods of game. But Tuesday, many facets of the Wings’ game simply weren’t good enough, despite Dylan Larkin opening the scoring 30 seconds into the game and getting the Wings going quickly. continued from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Not even a week has passed since Dylan Larkin stood in a visitors locker room and talked after a victory about how the Detroit Red Wings are building an identity, how they won’t go away. The past two games, that team has not shown up. The 3-1 start has segued into a 3-3 record after two straight losses where the Wings can fault their work ethic. A 5-1 loss at Vancouver Tuesday came three days after a 5-2 loss at home to Toronto, and both nights the score reflected that the Wings did not show enough hustle. “It wasn’t enough for our team to come in and start a road trip and not have compete level anywhere near to where theirs was, to what it should be in an NHL game,” Dylan Larkin said after the stinker at Rogers Arena. “It was unacceptable. Frustrating, I think — if we play like that every night, it’s going to be the same result. We’re not good enough to come out and just throw our sticks out there and play hockey. We need to battle, we need to block shots, and the PK needs to be good. We need to win battles in front of our net. We didn’t do any of that and it’s frustrating.” continued Below, catch the game highlights and post-game talk.

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A Deep Dive Into Unannounced Changes In Analytics

(10/15/2019)

from Bryan Bastin of On The Forecheck, With the 2019-2020 NHL season nearly three weeks old, amateur and professional statisticians, armchair analysts, and visualization creators have been hard at work providing deeper insight intothe hockey games we watch each night. The large majority of the publicly-available data and statistics all are derived from the NHL’s own Application Programming Interface (API). Before you yawn and dismiss it for techno-babble, the NHL API is also used to feed websites like NHL.com, ESPN, TSN, and most fantasy hockey sites. It contains a massive amount of information, that, once sorted through, can give you anything from number of hits for a player to the framework for advanced statistics like Goals Above Replacement (GAR). Two of the most widely-known and respected people in the analytics community are Josh and Luke Younggren, who are on Twitter as @EvolvingWild and known for their website Evolving Hockey. They host a treasure trove of stats on their website, as well as being one of the few publicly-available sources for statistics like Expected Goals (xG)—a measure of the probability that any missed shot, shot on goal or goal had of scoring. Calculating xG takes in many, many factors (those interested can read more here), but one of the most important is shot location. The NHL provides this information in its play-by-play data in the form of X and Y coordinates—making it simple to calculate shot distance and angle, among other things. However, Monday evening Josh and Luke posted to Twitter a peculiar finding: continued

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Steve Yzerman On Numerous Topics

(10/12/2019)

from Mark Newman of GriffinsHockey.com, Some vilified his predecessor for adhering to the adage of allowing players to become “overripe” in the minors before being promoted to the NHL, but Yzerman also believes that there are risks in pushing a player too fast. The fact is the development process at the AHL level frequently takes time. How much time a player may need will vary. “The timetable is different for every player,” Yzerman said. “My feeling is when you have young guys who are excelling in the American League for an extended period of time, they’re showing they’re ready for the NHL. When they’re really good in the AHL, they’re usually good enough to play in the NHL. But you have to look at it player by player.” Yzerman feels that it’s in the best interest of the player’s development to put them in a position to gain from experience. The more minutes available to a prospect, the more opportunities for that player to polish their skills. “If they’re in the NHL, but they’re sitting at the end of the bench and only getting limited minutes and struggling to meet your expectations, they’re better off playing in a place where they can be improving and excelling and their confidence can be growing,” he said. “Our goal is to help them become better players.” Still, Yzerman won’t hesitate to promote a prospect if they can help make the Red Wings a better team without stunting their own growth. “If they’re in the NHL and they can make the team more competitive, they’re helping the team,” he said. “If they’re excelling on the ice and holding their own – given it can be difficult, it can be a challenge – they’ll be given the opportunity to show they can play in the NHL. much more

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Concern In Toronto?

(10/11/2019)

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, Frederik Andersen was in net for his 216th game for the Maple Leafs Thursday night at the Scotiabank Arena. For only the second time, he allowed seven goals against. The first time, against Tampa Bay in October of 2016, he finished the game. On Thursday, he played just 46:57 before getting the merciful hook from coach Mike Babcock. Andersen wasn’t particularly sharp but he wasn’t alone. Babcock and his staff didn’t have a good night either. The Leaf players, for the most part, were outplayed and outworked by the Lightning. The much-discussed fourth line played like a fifth line. And the great finesse and skill from the Tampa lineup mostly obliterated the finesse and skill of the Leafs. “I thought it was going to be a hell of a game,” said Babcock. “I don’t think it was.” This new season is only four games old for Andersen, five games old for the Leafs, and already there is some reason for concern. Babcock wants six points every five games. That’s his built-in mantra. That gets you to 96 plus points on the season. That gets you to the playoffs. Losing to the Lightning — losing three home games in a row, one in a scrambly overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens, one in a well-played defeat against the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, and last night a non-competitive, sloppy, game for the Leafs, this 7-3 result that saw Andersen chased from the goal with over 13 minutes still to play. read on Watch the gem highlights below.

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Videos- Detroit Spoils Montreal’s Home Opener

(10/11/2019)

Let's take a look from the other side... from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette, “We weren’t sharp,” Julien said after the Canadiens dropped a 4-2 decision to the Detroit  Red Wings in their home opener Thursday.... The Canadiens forged a 1-0-2 record to open the season on the road, coming back in all three games to force overtime. But the resiliency factor wore out Thursday. “You never want to think that way,” Carey Price said when asked if the Canadiens had run out of magic after heading into the third period trailing 3-2. “It was a pretty even game until they scored that empty-net goal. The Canadiens outshot the Red Wings 11-8 in the third period, but the Red Wings adopted a defensive stance and kept most of the chances to the outside. When the Canadiens did get a good look, it seemed they were concentrating their efforts on hitting Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier in the breadbasket.... Carey Price had reason to be frustrated on Detroit’s second goal at the conclusion of the first period. Dylan Larkin clearly interfered with Price a second before Tyler Bertuzzi buried a backhander. “It was a point shot and I tried to block (Larkin) in front of me,” Price said. “It was a tip situation and the puck went off the boards and came out in front.” Price said he was interfered with, but he understood why Julien didn’t challenge the goal and run the risk of taking a penalty if he was wrong. more Below, watch the extended game highlights and a little celebration in the Wings' room.