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Red Wings-Blue Jackets live blog: MacDonald’s in for St. Paddy’s Day

The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in short order (7 PM EDT, FSD/FS Ohio/WXYT) with Joey MacDonald in the net and no Jiri Hudler in the lineup as the former is substituting for Chris Osgood (who says he’ll be back after this weekend) and the latter has the H2H2 flu. 

As it turns out, MacDonald will have started in half of the Wings’ games against Columbus, and “Joey Mac” told Ansar Khan that he has no problems stepping into action against a familiar team:

MacDonald is 1-0-1 vs. Columbus this season, losing 3-2 in a shootout here on Jan. 14 and winning 6-5 in overtime the next night in Detroit.

“I played these guys a couple of times this year, I’m kind of familiar with them,’’ MacDonald said. “We just got to play like we did last night (in a 3-2 win over Washington).’‘

Patrick Eaves returns to the lineup after missing 10 games with a groin injury. Drew Miller also is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past two games.

Coach Mike Babcock said Jiri Hudler is sick and didn’t make the trip. Hudler was shaken up on a hit by D.J. King early in Wednesday’s game but returned to finish the game. Babcock said he hadn’t decided on the other forward to scratch.

Defenseman Ruslan Salei’s wife gave birth to the couple’s third child, a girl they named Ava Ruslanovna. Babcock said he’s not sure if Salei will be joining the team for Saturday’s game in Nashville.

Chris Mason will oppose Osgood for the Blue Jackets, who essentially have to win out to make the playoffs, and if you’ve digested all the stories in the game-day update post, here are a few more links and stories for your pre-game perusal:

• The Blue Jackets’ website posted a slate of game-day interviews with Columbus players and coach Scott Arniel;

• If we can have green beer today we can have power rankings, and Craig Custance suggests that the Wings are the second-best team in the NHL right now;

• I mentioned this on Wednesday morning, but it’s worth repeating, via MLive’s Jeff T. Wattrick: Crain’s Detroit Business’s Bill Shea tossed out a slightly daffy rumor regarding the Wings’ next home:

Chalk this up — for now — into the juicy rumor category: The Ilitches have floated the idea of putting a greenspace-walkway “roof” over I-75 at Woodward Avenue.

Why? If they build their long-proposed hockey arena for their Detroit Red Wings on land they own just north of the highway along Woodward, then having what amounts to a massive pedestrian bridge linking the venue to their properties south of I75 (the Foxtown area) makes sense.

The Ilitch-owned Hockeytown Café, Fox Theatre and Comerica Park would be more easily accessible if there were more than just Woodward Avenue and other road-bridge sidewalks (and future light rail line) connecting those properties to the land north of the I75.

It’s also could satisfy safety considerations: “Overserved” Red Wings fans stumbling out of a new arena wouldn’t drunkenly toss items onto the highway (or fall onto it themselves) if it’s covered by a green space and paths.

The cost I heard was in the $160 million to $170 million range, and the Ilitches would seek to tap into federal and/or state funding to pay for it. Whether there’s any realistic chance of public funding paying for this is unclear (pots of money for green transportation projects exist in different places). It sounds like the Ilitches wouldn’t pay for this themselves. They’ll be on the hook for a large portion of the arena, which is expected to cost around $400 million.

• And the CCHA playoffs semifinals and finals take place on Friday at Joe Louis Arena, with the University of Notre Dame tangling with Miami of Ohio at 4:30 PM and Western Michigan University facing off against the University of Michigan at 8 PM. Both games will air on Fox Sports Detroit, and DetroitRedWings.com’s Michael Caples caught up with Wings prospect and Notre Dame forward Riley Sheahan about returning to the Joe for the first time since the Wings’ summer strength and conditioning camp:

“It’s kind of weird, actually,” said Sheahan of his return to JLA. “The guys are giving me some grief about it, but it’s awesome. It’s a great place, a lot of atmosphere, and just looking up at the names on the wall, there’s some great players who have played here, and it’s kind of cool to be in the same spot as they were.”

The Wings’ prospect has helped the No. 8 ranked Irish reach Friday’s CCHA semifinals, where they will take on the No. 6 Miami (Ohio). Sheahan has posted four goals and 14 assists in 35 games this season. As a freshman, he recorded six goals and 11 assists in 37 games, despite starting the season as a 17-year-old. Sheahan said that while he’s considered an NHL prospect by others, he knows he has a long way to go before making it to the Big Show.

“It’s cool being back here,” the native of St. Catharine’s, Ontario. “In the summer, it was a lot of fun being at rookie camp, and this is bringing back some memories of that. But right now I have more of a see-what’s-ahead-in-the-future feeling.”

However, that doesn’t mean Sheahan hasn’t been keeping an eye on the Wings this season.

“Oh definitely,” he said. “We have a couple big Wings’ fans on the team, so they can help me keep up to date with them, but yeah, I’m paying attention to what’s going on with them, definitely.”

Finally, as it’s St. Patrick’s Day and I am a quarter Irish, here’s some lovely historical misinformation for you (because there are no snakes in Ireland anyway and St. Patrick wasn’t Irish):

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Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Penalty for wearing Red.

Egad

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/17/11 at 10:09 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

I just realized the Wings play in Raleigh ths year.  Is that a weeknight?  I gotta look into that.

Posted by RWBill from Virginia, Imported From Detroit, bitch. on 03/17/11 at 09:08 PM ET

Saturday, April 9th.  As soon as my tax refund arrives, I’m getting tix for me and a buddy.

You need to be there.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/17/11 at 10:09 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Pav to the dressing room?!?!?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/17/11 at 10:09 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Lets hope he’s only cut a bit from his visor on the hit.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/17/11 at 10:09 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Helm is 6-8 tonight so far.

I think he just plays like he’s 6-8. cheese

Posted by calquake on 03/17/11 at 10:09 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Damn we’re overdue for the bounces to go against us this game.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/17/11 at 10:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

“Helm got stood up by Clitsome,” says Ken.

Ewww….

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/17/11 at 10:10 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Big time kill there - - says Capt. Obvious

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/17/11 at 10:11 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Catch y’all on the flipside, 19.

“The best ships are FRIENDSHIPS.
So here’s to The Chief, The 19, and me.”

Go Wings!!!

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 03/17/11 at 10:12 PM ET

calquake's avatar

Later SYF.

Posted by calquake on 03/17/11 at 10:12 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Posted by SYF from I-75 and Dix Hwy on 03/17/11 at 09:12 PM ET

Take her sleazy, SYF.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/17/11 at 10:13 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Nite, SYF

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/17/11 at 10:13 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

oH LOOK, A RARE RED WINGS PENALTY

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/17/11 at 10:14 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

TPH heading to the box for this PK. 

Wunderful

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/17/11 at 10:15 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Another kill.  Pressing our luck.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/17/11 at 10:15 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Damnnamit. Not another one

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/17/11 at 10:16 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

ohhh - - good lord

Raffi hurt

b/c DET dicked around all damn game

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/17/11 at 10:17 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Oshi—the Jackets’ announcers can’t read.  They’re talking about Stuart being down, and it’s Rafalski.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/17/11 at 10:17 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

great, now a 5-3….. thanks e52

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/17/11 at 10:18 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Are you f’in kidding me?  Rafalski.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/17/11 at 10:18 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Raffi and PAv out

now a 5-3 against

just stupid

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/17/11 at 10:18 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

In my inebriated state, I wonder if LIds and E are speaking Swedish in the box there…

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/17/11 at 10:18 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

JOEY MAC *#$%@& DONALD SAVES

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/17/11 at 10:19 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

WOWOWOWOWOW

JMAC

WOWOWOWOWO

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/17/11 at 10:19 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

jmac again!

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/17/11 at 10:19 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Z with that save?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/17/11 at 10:19 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Just the Wings’ luck - injuries playing a bottom-feeder team.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/17/11 at 10:19 PM ET

behind the net in G.R.'s avatar

Joey Mac is unfuching real tonight.

Posted by behind the net in G.R. on 03/17/11 at 10:20 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

That might have gone in. But it sure as hell was a push if it did.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/17/11 at 10:20 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

JOEY!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 03/17/11 at 10:20 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

WOW JOEY stepping up BIG Time!  Oh yeah, Evening Ya ALL!
Lets Go Red Wings!!!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 03/17/11 at 10:20 PM ET

Wingfan191's avatar

ok, how did I totally miss Pavel getting hurt?  What happened?  Also not looking good how Raffi grabbed his knee.

Posted by Wingfan191 from Bothell, WA (originally from Troy, MI) on 03/17/11 at 10:20 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Look, I know there are nay-sayers and whatever, but I say JMac could be a legit NHL backup.

He may have some brain farts, but he’s fundamentally sound, and pretty damned quick.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/17/11 at 10:21 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

OMG I don’t believe it, a review call that goes DET’s way

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/17/11 at 10:21 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

no goal….and I got the lube out and everything. What a relief.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/17/11 at 10:21 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

My first period statement stands.. Joey #1 star.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 03/17/11 at 10:22 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

DET owes JMAC a shitload of steak dinners

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/17/11 at 10:22 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

DET owes JMAC a shitload of steak dinners

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/17/11 at 09:22 PM ET

And panda hookers.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/17/11 at 10:23 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Wally getting testy with Nash?

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/17/11 at 10:25 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Little Flil gettin in the face of Nash??? Woah

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/17/11 at 10:25 PM ET

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