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For Thursday, October 22, 2015

"You were supposed to set a block for me to go after that Calgary coach!"
"You were supposed to set a block for me to go after that Calgary coach!"
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Detroit Red Wings News

Game Recap: Oilers Best Red Wings 3-1, Detroit Has Now Lost Three In A Row - Winging It In Motown
I'm reminded of the start to 2011-12, when the Red Wings won the first five games and lost the next six.

Wings' Zetterberg, Larkin have good 'give-and-take' | Detroit Free Press
Henrik Zetterberg does look pretty damn good in the early going.

Oilers' young star Connor McDavid talks about facing Red Wings' rookie Dylan Larkin | MLive.com
Bit difficult to hear, but Connor McDavid gets asked about Dylan Larkin.

Wings' Blashill: We can't let frustration cloud our brains | Detroit Free Press
I'm with coach on this one: We know the results aren't good enough, but focus on the process and see where the improvements need to be made in the process.

Rob Klinkhammer feels 'really bad' for Red Wings' Johan Franzen; Pavel Datsyuk to ramp up skating | MLive.com
"I thought he [Franzen] was playing last year. I didn't know he was missing an extended period of time." I get that NHL dudes are busy guys, but how cut off do you have to be to not know something like, "The guy you hit is concussed and is out for a while"?

Around the NHL

McYak Attack Again - The Copper & Blue
View from the enemy.

Columbus Has Fired Todd Richards, and Replaced Him With a Live Hand Grenade - The Cannon
In the form of John Tortorella. The Cannon also has this thank you to Todd Richards.

"Back to the Future" Day, and if McFly would like today's game - MiHockey - MiHockeyNow & MiHockeyMag
I especially like the college section and the mention of the Rensselaer Engineers as the NCAA Division I men's hockey champions.

Zac Rinaldo ejected; suspension coming? - Stanley Cup of Chowder
If the question is should he be suspended, the answer is yes. If the question is will DoPS suspend him, I have a better chance of winning the lottery than of knowing what DoPS is going to do.

Sabres vs. Maple Leafs recap: Moulson scores shootout winner, Kane gets his first with Buffalo - Die By The Blade
Mike Babcock lost to the Buffalo Sabres again.

Paul Stastny Out At Least Five Weeks With Broken Foot - St. Louis Game Time
Central Division getting banged up.

Goalie Attacks: A How-To Guide to Getting Revenge " Grantland
"Where to begin with Hextall? Whenever [Billy] Smith faced a moral dilemma before pummeling some clown, the little devil on his shoulder was Ron Hextall."

Flames recall Jakub Nakladal, reassign Brett Kulak - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Mostly including because I love the name Nakladal, but also because we're playing Calgary next. Oh, and they put Karri Ramo on waivers.

Keith Yandle Proves Secondary Assists Are Still Important - Blueshirt Banter
Not sure about "proves," but I do think they get unnecessarily looked down upon.

NHL Players Poll: Who is the best referee in the league? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
There better be a poll of the worst.

Early signs point to positive change in direction under Babcock for Leafs - Pension Plan Puppets
Even the early signs seem a bit too early at this stage.

Calgary's GM puts Flames on notice as team melts down early | SI.com
Read up on our next opponent and their misery.