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Detroit Red Wings: Media Notes
INJURIES (games missed; dates)
Darren Helm –Groin/Shoulder (19; 10/2-11/1; 12/6-present)
Danny DeKeyser –Shoulder (11; 11/21-present)
Patrick Eaves –Knee/Ankle (11; 10/2-10/23)
Jonathan Ericsson –Shoulder (10; 10/21-11/12)
Stephen Weiss –Groin (8; 11/9-11/21; 12/12-present)
Pavel Datsyuk –Head (7; 11/24-12/7)
Henrik Zetterberg –Back (6; 12/4-present)
Todd Bertuzzi –Upper Body (6; 11/23-12/4)
Jonas Gustavsson –Groin/Neck (6; 10/2-10/10; 11/1-11/4)
Brendan Smith –Shoulder (6; 11/4-11/16)
Johan Franzen –Upper Body (5; 10/30; 11/2-11/9)
Daniel Alfredsson –Groin (5; 11/15-11/23)
Jimmy Howard –Hand/Knee (4; 10/14-10/15; 12/12-present)
Jordin Tootoo –Shoulder (3; 10/2-10/5)
Niklas Kronwall –Concussion (2; 10/19-10/21)
Man Games Lost (Season Total): 110
No, it's not 2008/09 all over again with Zetterberg chasing everyone with a penguin on their sweater.
Instead, it is a new era, especially in Detroit.
The Wings will try to win a game at home against one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.
Play a full 60, let's not even think about OT or the SO, play the full game, win, go home and wait for the Ducks to arrive on Tuesday after the Bolts visit tomorrow.
My heart and head say Wings 4-2, how about you?
Okay, so why isn't this game on NBCSPVSOLN's "Wednesday Night Rivalry?"
Okay, my turn to end this absurd stretch of bad games.
The lines have been changed up and probably will be tweaked again during the game.
The defense remains the same and let's see if they Wings can finally get their defensive issues straightened out. The D-zone breakout is key in order for the Wings to be successful but lately it has been hit or miss.
"The Monster" is between the pipes and I am looking forward to watching "the puck hitting him again tonight."
I hope the boys got enough Vitamin D -- would rather have some Vitamin W.
Earlier today Mike Babcock told the beat writers Jimmy Howard got banged during practice and he did not believe the injury was serious
Now Helene St. James with this...
Jimmy Howard has joined the ranks of injured Detroit Red Wings, a list that nearly rivals those who are actually healthy.
Howard practiced Wednesday morning at Tampa Bay Times Forum but left early. Within a few hours, the Wings called up Petr Mrazek to have him available Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"Howie tweaked a knee," general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. "He's going for tests. We don't know how serious it is. Obviously, he can't play, so we called up Mrazek."
Henrik Zetterberg, out with a herniated disc, was put on Long-Term Injured Reserve to make room for Mrazek.
Jonas Gustavsson already was tabbed to make the start against the Lightning. Howard played OK in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss at Florida, but he's had a tough November, and this injury not only derails his attempt at regaining his footing with the Wings, it jeopardizes his shot at competing for Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.
First things first, let's hope it is not a serious injury, Howard still has time to rebound from a rough two months.
Second, can we drop the Olympic talk, it is not going to happen.
via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
To Weiss’ credit, no one is more aware of how he’s underperformed. “I haven’t played to my potential and need to figure out the cause of that,” he said. “I think we’re starting to narrow that down. It’s getting to that time now where you have to stop worrying about systems and where you’re supposed to be on the ice, and just play. I’ve got to get it in my head to just play loose like I always have and I’ll be fine.
“It’s a different style and system we play here, there’s a lot of responsibility as a centerman, and sometimes you can get stuck in the mud out there trying to be too positional, and I think that’s been the case at times. The goal going forward is to scratch that mindset and go out and play and if you mess up, you mess up.”
So, what does Weiss need to do to find his game again?
Would playing with Datsyuk help or perhaps just going out and playing hockey instead of worrying about positioning, make the game fun again.
Any other suggestions?
The Detroit Red Wings parlayed a strong last-week-of-November record into winning two of four December games and 1 of their past 3, including Saturday night's ugly, lethargic 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.
The Wings are making their first trip to Florida as members of the Atlantic Division, and they tangle with the Panthers tonight (7:30 PM, FSD/FS Florida/WXYT AM) and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.
Tonight, the Wings will have Pavel Datsyuk back in the lineup, Jimmy Howard in the net and a Stephen Weiss with something to prove against his previous employer--and Mike Babcock telling the press that Mr. Weiss simply needs to relax while also issuing something of an, "I don't like you" warning to HBO's 24/7 crew.
Yzerman's participating and probably playing in the Alumni Showdown, if only briefly, Pavel Datsyuk can catch fish pretty decently, the NHL will hold something of a pre-Winter Classic party outside Michigan Stadium on January 1st...
And it's a live blog, friends, enemies and members of the James Earl Jones For Crisp Lady club.
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault today after practice via Steve Zipay of Newsday,
“I’m shifting things because we’re .500. So I think at .500, I’ve got some latitude here. I’m putting in two players that bring more of a physical bite to our team, maybe that will make some other players compete at a higher level.
I look at the Detroit Red Wings---who I know well, because I coached against them for the last seven years---they’ve had no toughness, per se, as far as that type of personality, at no point other than (Jordin) Tootoo the last couple of years, but those guys play hard, they have the puck and they say “Try and get it from me” or if they don’t have it, they battle like hell to get it back.
That’s the team toughness that I’m hoping we get here. Maybe we’ll get there by changing some personnel, adding a little more toughness, we’re at .500, I’m trying.”
Okay everybody, quiet on the set! Red Wings vs. Panthers, take two.... aaaaaaaand, ACTION!
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