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from William Douglas of The Color Of Hockey,
Anthony Benavides never knew what to expect on most mornings when he’d go to crank up the 40-year-old, hand-me-down Zamboni at Detroit’s Clark Park ice rink.
Sometimes it would fire up. Sometimes it would catch fire. Sometimes it would work fine. Sometimes it would work, then suddenly break down in the middle of resurfacing the only regulation-size outdoor hockey rink within Detroit’s city limits.
“It’s had a lot of maintenance issues,” Benavides, the Clark Park Coalition Recreation Center director told me recently. ”It’s like an old, old car. It’s on it’s last legs. That puts a hamper on our hockey program when we don’t have a properly running Zamboni. We don’t have a back up.”
Benavides’ mornings of mystery are now over, thanks to the National Hockey League and the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. The league and foundation Monday unveiled a new, sparkling Red Wings red Zamboni to replace the rusting ancient wonder and showcased a host of other enhancements and upgrades they donated to Clark Park as part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Legacy Initiative.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (Dec. 16, 2013) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social’s programming plans for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 will include special content provided by hockey fans.
According to the Detroit Red Wings, Johan Franzen will miss Tuesday's game with Anaheim while going through the concussion protocol for this hit yesterday from Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas.
Franzen received and unsportsmanlike penalty on the play for complaining about the hit and non-call.
The NHL takes a look at all hits but will they take further action on this hit?
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings star in the latest edition, beginning this Saturday, Dec. 14, on HBO at 10 p.m. ET. It airs at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific on Sunday in Canada.
What to expect? What to hope? What to dream about for this new season? Here are 24 things we’d like to see, or feel we will see, in “HBO 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic."...
Mike Babcock Will Become a Star
Now, Babcock on the other hand will be a star. No question. He’s going to be equal parts of your favorite varsity coach, a hockey philosopher and an awkward goofball....
Potential Breakout Stars: Dan Cleary and Frazer McLaren
Everything we’ve heard from the Wings indicates they believe Dan Cleary could be the most personable player on “24/7” this season. Add a little drama about his struggles this season, and this could be a compelling character to follow.
A fighter and a talker and someone that doesn’t exactly leap to mind when it comes to breakout stars. But with John-Michael Liles – our real choice – in and out of the lineup, Frazer McLaren could be that guy.
Did Cory Schneider play the puck illegally?
The Wings put the game out of reach by making the score 3-1 with a Tatar goal just off the faceoff.
First Jonas Gustavsson with the behind the back save..
In the same game, Cory Schneider comes up with a 'sweater' save, watch it below...
Yes, the Detroit Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg their top two scorers on Wednesday night against Philadelphia, but the outcome, a shocking 6-3 loss that saw the Red Wings cough up 3-1 lead allowing four third-period goals, highlighted what is a burgeoning problem for head coach Mike Babcock: his goaltending. Specifically, Babcock is faced with the reality that what is supposed to be his best goaltender is not his best goaltender. Jimmy Howard took the loss Wednesday allowing five goals on 33 shots. Yes, the four third-period goals the Flyers registered included two power-play markers and an empty-net goal, but the fact is that Howard has just one win in his last eight appearances and six times over that stretch has allowed three or more goals. Jonas Gustavsson, meanwhile, has won four in a row for the Wings and is a sparkling 7-0-1 on the season. Maybe it's just a bump in the road for Howard but right now he's in danger of playing himself out of contention for the U.S. Olympic team and out of the starter's role in Detroit.
-Scoot Burnside of ESN where you can read more opinions from the hockey experts at ESPN.
via the Detroit Free Press, Pavel Datsyuk talks about his health...
Datsyuk may just become the star of 24/7...
The process begins...
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Gustavsson, now 29, has been giving Detroit the backup goaltending every team would love to have. No longer anchored deep in his net, working with Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard seems to have produced a more aggressive and confident Gustavsson 4 1/2 yeas after he left Sweden for North America.
"It's always hard to compare. Maybe we play a little different game (in Detroit) too," Gustavsson said, asked if he was improved since his days in Toronto. "To be successful as a goalie, you need your guys to play well, and you need to work good together. It feels like I trust them and they trust me too.
"I pretty much know what they're going to do and they know what I'm going to do. That helps a lot, when everyone's on the same page.
"I want to be better and better. Hopefully I'm a better goalie than when I was in Toronto. I've been getting more experience. The more you play, the more you know what it's all about."
Gustavsson has worked diligently this season with Bedard, particularly on goalie-specific power skating.
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