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Zidlicky drawing rave reviews from Red Wings


Throughout this season, we’ve written frequently about Detroit’s desire to land a right-handed shooting defenseman that could move the puck and man the power play.

It took a while, but the Wings finally found their guy.

Marek Zidlicky, who came over from New Jersey at the deadline for a conditional third-round pick, has seven points in his first seven games as a Red Wing, a streak punctuated by Sunday’s one-goal, two-assist effort in a 5-1 win over the Penguins.

It’s that right-handed shot that caught head coach Mike Babcock’s eye.

“He has a bomb — he can flat out shoot the puck,” Babcock said, per the Detroit News. “To the point where he has to shoot it more on the power play, and he doesn’t mind crosschecking the odd guy.

“He can move the puck, too.”

Through seven games, Babcock has foreshadowed how Zidlicky will likely be utilized for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. The 38-year-old is hovering around 18 minutes per night, often on a pairing with Brendan Smith, but has already emerged as a fixture on the Red Wings’ power play, averaging 2:46 TOI per game (the only other blueliner to get more is Niklas Kronwall.)

Not coincidentally, Detroit’s power play has scored at least once in every game with Zidlicky in the lineup, going 7-for-25 (28 percent).

“He’s a really good defenseman,” Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg explained, per the Free Press. “He always makes the right play, and he’s so calm. It’s fun to play with him.”

What will be interesting to monitor moving forward, though, is if Zidlicky can maintain a solid clip after a good start — something last year’s trade deadline pickup, David Legwand, struggled to do. Legwand scored nine points in his first 14 games as a Red Wing after coming over from Nashville in early March, but struggled down the stretch: just two points in his final seven games, and none in Detroit’s five-game opening-round playoff loss to Boston.

PHT Morning Skate: Ovechkin surprises couple who lost home to a fire


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Alex Ovechkin surprised two fans that lost their house and most prized possessions in a fire by giving them an autographed jersey.

NHL general managers will honor Bryan Murray tonight as all 30 GMs get together in Boca Raton, Florida for the GMs meetings. (Ottawa Sun)

New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang isn’t worried about his critics. (Sportsnet)

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Senators’ goaltender Andrew Hammond, better known these days as “The Hamburglar”, picked up a burger off the ice following Ottawa’s 2-1 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

On Saturday night the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones wore jerseys resembling the famous Iron Man suit. (Puck Daddy)

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner recently met and signed autographs for a fan who beat him at words with friends. (RMNB)

During a stoppage in play between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders on Saturday night Carey Price posed for a selfie with a fan. You can see the image here.

That’s greasy: Hammond picks burger off ice after Sens win


Time will tell if the Ottawa Senators have enough time to chase down a 2015 playoff spot, but either way, Andrew Hammond is making the most of this run.

Sunday set a new mark as far as fan interaction goes for “The Hamburglar,” as a fan threw a hamburger onto the ice after Hammond powered a 2-1 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers and, well … just look:

Wow. If this thing takes off like plastic rats in Florida, we could see some greasy nights in Ottawa.

Again, it’s been quite the run for the 27-year-old:

Check out a few more Hammond-related stats:

Goals: Serious snipes from Tarasenko, Voracek


There’s not much to this post, but sometimes, you just want to feast your eyes on some big-time goals.

First, let’s check out Vladimir Tarasenko’s sinister snipe against the Dallas Stars, which served as a game-winner for the St. Louis Blues in a 3-0 decision:

That goal marks Tarasenko’s 34th of 2014-15.

Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek has had a fantastic season, but he was struggling to score even-strength goals, until he beat Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond with this one:

Voracek still has 21 goals this season anyway, so it’s not like he’s been totally snake-bitten.

Goalie Nods: Hamburglar to make third straight start

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Ottawa sticks with Andrew Hammond

Ottawa is seven points back in the battle for a Wild Card spot with just 15 games remaining in its schedule. Under those desperate circumstances, the Senators are putting their fate in the hands of 27-year-old rookie Andrew Hammond. Given that Hammond hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of his 11 appearances this season, it’s hard to fault Senators coach Dave Cameron for his desire to ride the hot hand.

The Senators will be challenged by the Philadelphia Flyers, which are coming off of a 7-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday. Steve Mason played in that contest, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see former Senators goalie Ray Emery start to provide Mason with a breather.


Panthers at Rangers: Dan Ellis will probably start for Florida while Cam Talbot has been confirmed for New York.

Canes at Blue Jackets: No word yet on Carolina, but there’s a good chance it will be Anton Khudobin after Cam Ward played Saturday. Sergei Bobrovsky will get the nod for Columbus.

Blues at Stars: Jake Allen will start for St. Louis. Nothing’s confirmed for Dallas, but it will likely be Kari Lehtonen.

Bruins at Capitals: Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldn’t reveal Sunday’s starter, but Braden Holtby will probably play for Washington.

Preds at Ducks: Nothing’s confirmed, but it will likely be starters Pekka Rinne and Frederik Andersen between the pipes.