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Today’s Win, A First And Extended Highlights

1/17/2022

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now, Here are five takeaways from the game: Larkin’s Career Season With 18 goals in 35 games, he’s on a pace to better his 2018-19 season when he tallied 32 goals in 76 games. Coming off last season’s neck injury, Larkin is playing with much more authority. He is using his speed more effectively. Larkin has continued to improve in the faceoff circle. In Monday’s afternoon game, Larkin won 78% of his draws against the Sabres. Larkin was a big reason why the Red Wings controlled the puck in overtime. “I’ve talked about it a lot this year, the ups and downs,” Larkin said. “I’ve really tried to focus on just staying in the middle and being there for the guys and winning hockey games. When you do that, you put the team first and have that mentality, it’s amazing what it does for you personally. I just try to show up every night and play hard. It’s going well right now.” Namestnikov Spark With the Red Wings trailing 2-0, Vladislav Namestnikov scored a shorthanded goal at 10:21 of third period to create the turning point of the game. read on from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now, Over nearly a century of play, the accomplishments and achievements of this franchise have been many. But until Monday afternoon, the Red Wings had never beaten a team three times in overtime during the same NHL regular season. Detroit’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory at Buffalo was the fourth this season by the Red Wings over the Sabres. It was also the third that they’d worked extra time to earn. read on Below, watch extended highlights from today's game.

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Hard Work Has Paid Off For Kyle Connor

1/17/2022

from Nicholos J. Cotsonika of NHL.com, Connor's journey hasn't been a straight line, but it all goes back to that garage mentality: Work hard to make the most of your talent. Love it so much it doesn't feel like work. "He's always one of the hardest workers on the ice," said Detroit Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, who played with and against Connor growing up and trains with him in the offseason. "He's always giving it 100 percent, and it's no surprise. I wasn't really surprised when I [saw] him putting up 25, 30 goals a year. I think he's honestly pretty underrated throughout the League as a goal-scorer." When Connor was little, his family lived in New Baltimore, Michigan. He'd Rollerblade in the cul-de-sac and play hockey in the unfinished basement. Later, his family moved to a house on Blue Cloud Drive in Shelby Township, Michigan, perfect for a kid with his head in the clouds and a drive to play in the NHL. The lot was big enough for his father, Joe, to build a backyard rink, so he could come home from practice, turn on the lights and skate for hours outdoors. Sometimes he'd shoot on a cousin who played goalie. "He was always busy doing stuff," said his mother, Kathy. "He was not a kid that would sit around on a Saturday afternoon." His mother said he would shoot 100 pucks a day when he started working in the garage, breaking a window once, leaving marks on the concrete and cinderblocks. Joe Smaza, his coach then, said it was probably more like 500 pucks a day -- the first 100 as hard as possible to build strong hands, the next 100 to pick one upper corner, the next 100 to pick the other upper corner and so on, each shot with a purpose. "I honestly felt that helped a lot with just having a quick release and just muscle memory and being able to shoot the puck like that," Connor said. "It's something where it's fun as well." much more

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Mid-January Hockey Notes

1/16/2022

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - Ken Holland says he believes in second chances. Maybe math wasn’t his best subject. In the still undetermined matter of the National Hockey League vs. Evander Kane, the latest version in an ongoing series, the signing of the troubled Kane by Holland in Edmonton, or by any other general manager in any other city for that matter, would not represent a second chance for the troubled winger. What chance would it be? Five? Six? Eight? Depends on who is doing the counting. There have been issues over the years with assault, with off-ice behaviour, with decision making, with the law, with team rules, with teammates, with women, those he was married to and those he was not, with gambling, with lawsuits, with bankruptcy, and that’s just slightly brushing the canvas of the challenge Kane brings to whichever team that chooses to sign him, all of that possibly coming after he is suspended again by the NHL/// - The best Canadian players in the NHL this half-season: 1. McDavid; 2. Cale Makar; 3. Jonathan Huberdeau; 4. Nazem Kadri. - Frank Mahovlich turned 84 the other day and it got me thinking: How many wingers in NHL history were better than Mahovlich, who won four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs and still holds the Montreal Canadiens’ record for most points in a playoff season? My purely personal shortlist of those who rank ahead of Mahovlich: Gordie Howe. Rocket Richard. Bobby Hull. Alex Ovechkin. Jaromir Jagr. Guy Lafleur and Mike Bossy. So who am I missing? The next group would include Pavel Bure, Teemu Selanne and Jari Kurri. more on the first topic and other nottes too...

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Any Offensive Help On The Way?

1/16/2022

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now, The Detroit Red Wings are 25th in goal scoring, 27th in shots on goal and 31st on the power play. In their past seven games, the Red Wings scored more than two goals only twice. They won only one of those games. This is an offensively challenged rebuilding team. This seems like the right time for an update on some of Detroit’s forward prospects. ... 1. Jonathan Berggren, Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) The Red Wings’ collection of defensive prospects is stronger than their list of quality forwards.  However, Red Wings remain bullish on Swedish forward Berggren. He got off to a poor start after becoming injured in the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City. Berggren never got a chance to show what he could do in training camp. He started slowly in the American Hockey League, but after the second-round pick adjusted to the North American game the points started to come. Berggren isn’t dominating yet, but he has seven goals and 21 points in 27 games.... 2. Elmer Soderblom, Frolunda (Sweden) The 6-foot-8 Soderblom has gone from a curiosity to an intriguing prospect. It’s fair to say the Red Wings aren’t sure exactly what they have in Soderblom. But excitement is growing about his potential. He could end up being the net front presence that the Red Wings hoped 6-foot-6 Michael Rasmussen would be. Soderbloom has some sweet hands and moves. Two years ago, he showed them at the World Junior Championships by scoring a couple of goals between his legs. As the season has worn on, Soderblom, 20, in his second season in Sweden’s pro league, has continued to improve. He has 10 goals and five assists in 30 games. more on each of the above plus three more names...

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