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I missed this in the Freep yesterday, not sure if you guys did too.
Interview on WDFN with Kevin Allen, his weekly deal, and he expects Mac to play a game next week, guarantees he’ll drop ‘em when he does play and said his performance has been surprisingly good so far.
I underestimated the drive he would have to return. I’ve talked to a number of people who’ve said that McCarty has looked pretty darn good in Grand Rapids. He’s really determined to come back, and play and give the Red Wings a role player like they had before, and if he’s certainly capable of doing that, who knows, maybe he can play in the playoffs. I had my reservations early on, but the reports I’m getting on him are that he is making every effort to be the player that he was before.
More...including views on Stuart, the young Dmen, Franzen and Hasek.
Darren McCarty’s played, what he hopes, will be his final home game as a Grand Rapids Griffin. He notched an assist last night in their 5-3 victory, giving him ten points in 13 games. Now? He says he’s ready to hit Hockeytown.
“The last few games, things are coming together. Hockey-wise, everything is getting there,” McCarty said. “I think I’m ready to make that next step.”
Kudos (I would say “high marks”, but I’m not Canadian(en), so I’m not allowed) to Michael Zuidema of the GR Press for his coverage of McCarty’s comeback bid, and the Griffs in general. His articles should be mandatory reading for the Diggers, as he’s done a good job balancing the big story (McCarty) with the daily grind of pumping out daily stories as a beat writer.
McCarty still has two more road games left this weekend before reporting to the Wings on Monday.
I didn’t see the hit on Kopecky, and I didn’t see Downey’s antics, and I didn’t see Rafalski’s body slam of a guy who outweighs him by thirty pounds. No, I wasn’t passed out. Damn you all for thinking that.
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At least that’s what I hear. Because, you know, I haven’t seen a frigging second of it all year. Why?
Because Verizon Fios doesn’t carry it here in DC. Nor do they carry the Center Ice Package. So, if I want to watch hockey I have to go down to the…ready?.....yes, The Verizon Center.
Nick Lidstrom reported little pain after the morning skate today. He’s ready. Chris Chelios? Not so much.
Lidstrom, who suffered a sprained right knee Feb. 18 at Colorado, skated again today and reported improvement.
“I’m hoping for Sunday,’” he said. “I’m feeling a little bit sluggish because I’ve only skated for two days, and I just want to get a few more practices under my belt.”
Chris Chelios, who suffered a chipped right fibula Feb. 22 at Calgary, also skated, but isn’t improving.
“Actually, not at all, to be honest with you,” Chelios said.
Well, well, well. Happy learned how to putt. My second favorite line in that movie, only behind…
As many of you have noticed, Sobbing Dive Apologist Adrian Dater jumped feet first into the A2Y sand box today, defending himself following a kindhearted ode to his brilliance we posted earlier today.
A quick recap.
Well, so much for that Strickland prediction of a “two month” injury to Nick Lidstrom. Whew. Deep breath, since we all believed that garbage.
WDFN, Khan(!) and the Anti-Digger are all hinting at a Sunday return for the captain.
Mike Babcock said he could return to the lineup Sunday at home against Nashville.
“It’s a possibility,’’ Lidstrom said. “I felt a little sluggish out there, haven’t skated in two weeks, skated (Monday) and felt OK, so I’m hoping it’s going to improve the next few days so I can play hopefully this weekend.’‘
Thanks to Okie, Czar of the KK Forum, for the pointers.
You know, I bring up from time to time the fact that the Blues fans have a Wing hatred that runs deeper than most of us even imagine. It’s tough for us to fathom; probably because we haven’t lost to any team as consistently, and as painfully, as the Blues have to Detroit over the years. I’ve always just assumed it was genetic, inbred, inherited, whatever.
But I’m finally realizing where it stems from…the media in St. Louis. For whatever reason, they are infatuated with the prospect of Wing failure. Yes, you know of Andy Strickland’s fictional follies over at Klessel’s pay-for-swill site.
Now another SL media member is chiming in.
Updated at 1124 EST: I’ve pasted below the response Matt Saler provided to Dater’s blog entry.
Been a few days since you’ve stuck your head in an oven? Scars healing from the last self-induced fork to the temple? Good. So you’re feeling healthy, spry even.
The only redeeming quality of sobbing Dive apologist Adrienne Dater? He actually makes the Detroit sports columnists look smart.
I honestly think the Avs would beat Detroit in the first round of a playoff series right now, too. BUT, only if they get Smyth back. They really need that presence in front of the net to do it. Otherwise, Detroit still has the edge with their puck control. But the skill disparity up front has been largely wiped out with the returns of Sakic, Stastny and, now, Foppa.
Oh…it gets better.
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