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From the Red Wings:
RED WINGS RAISE MORE THAN $23,000 FOR THE SALVATION ARMY ON FRIDAY, DEC. 16
… Abdelkader and Helm Earned Victory in 11th Annual Bell Ringing Competition, Raising $6,168 in Two Hours of Bell Ringing at Hockeytown Authentics …
DETROIT – Four groups of Red Wings players, personnel and alumni raised a total of $23,083.68 for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign during a two-hour span on Friday night throughout Metro Detroit. Red Wings forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm raised more than $6,000 to earn the victory in the 11th annual bell ringing competition.
The Red Wings grand total of $23,083 raised via bell ringing and text message donations during the two-hour span was nearly $10,000 more than the team’s total of $13,699.17 from last year’s bell ringing competition. Since 2005, the Red Wings have raised more than $145,000 to benefit The Salvation Army.
From the Red Wings:
Here's the Wings' press release:
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch this week:
Toughest stretch of the season
The next couple of weeks might not make the Red Wings' season but it could very well break it.
Beginning tonight, they'll play 10 of their next 11 games on the road during a span of 25 days. That's almost 25 percent of their entire road schedule.
They'll play Carolina, the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday and Florida Panthers Friday before getting a three-day holiday break. That's followed by their only home game in the next 11, Dec. 27 vs. Buffalo.
Then it's back on the road for seven more, including five straight against Western Conference foes Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago and Dallas....
Drought vs. Florida teams
The Red Wings haven't fared well against the Sunshine State's two teams this season.
In five matchups with Tampa Bay and Florida, the Red Wings have a 0-4-1 record. That includes road losses of 5-3 vs. Tampa and 4-1 against the Panthers to open the season....
The Detroit Red Wings take on the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:00 PM on FSD Plus/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), and the Red Wings face a unique challenge in the 13-11-and-7 Hurricanes:
Unlike the Red Wings, Carolina has a superb home record, including an 8-0-and-1 record over their past 9 games, with their most recent victory coming in the form of a 2-1 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The Hurricanes have actually traded wins and losses over the course of their past 8 games, and they're 4-3-and-3 over their past 10 games, but they've been unbeatable at home.
Neither team practiced on Sunday, with the Red Wings choosing to skip practice as they begin a set of 2 games in 2 nights this evening (tonight in Raleigh and tomorrow against Tampa Bay), and the Canes choosing to skip practice because they just finished a set of 2 games in 2 nights.
As such, it takes some re-piecing together of the narratives from Saturday night's games to set up tonight's affair.
NHL.com's Kurt Dusterberg provides a recap of Saturday night's Canes win...
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, Ben Street, Kyle Criscuolo and Tomas Nosek scored goals and Ed Pasquale stopped 26 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Charlotte Checkers 3-1, sweeping the road series.
The Griffins' website filed a recap:
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
“First off, what is panic going to do?” Holland said. “Certainly we use the words ‘sense of urgency.’
“Where’s that fine line? There’s gotta be a process that takes place, whatever job you do in life. If you want to have success there’s a process you go through individually. We’re in a team sport.
“We gotta continue on that process.”
The Wings (14-14-4) sit in sixth place in the Atlantic Division, five points behind Ottawa (17-11-3) for second place.
The Wings have 50 games remaining. “We gotta get going,” Holland said.
Asked how much is on Wings coach Jeff Blashill to get the team going, Holland said: “I think it’s on everybody.
“It’s a hard league during the season, before the trade deadline, to make any moves. Not much going on.”
The Red Wings lost Mike Green to a late hit by Anaheim Ducks forward Mike Green last night, and while Green reported that he was "OK" after the game, MLive's Brendan Savage reports that the injury to the Wings' de-facto #1 defenseman might be a lingering issue:
The Red Wings play against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. With Alexey Marchenko (AC joint in his shoulder) and Brendan Smith (knee) still out, the Wings would have to recall a defenseman from Grand Rapids if Green can't play on Monday. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
2. Tomas Tatar picked the perfect time to break out, and, as MLive's Ansar Khan noted, Detroit's "offensive outburst" was sparked by a characteristic bounce off the back boards that found its way off Jonathan Bernier and into the Ducks' net:
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, Martin Frk had 2 goals and an assist, Matt Lorito had 3 assists and Jared Coreau stopped 23 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Charlotte Checkers 6-1.
The Griffins' website filed a recap:
The Detroit Red Wings managed to salvage the very final game of their 5-game home-stand, and they did so in dramatic fashion, rallying from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits en route to a 6-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Detroit snapped an 0-3-and-1 skid thanks in part to Tomas Tatar's first hat trick (box score for curly fries here), but Steve Ott also sparked the team via a 1st period fight, Niklas Kronwall "Kronwalled" a Duck, Xavier Ouellet had a goal and an assist, Anthony Mantha and Thomas Vanek had 2 assiss apiece and the Wings managed to withstand the Ducks' pop-gun offense despite a less-than-perfect performance from a battling, pesistent Petr Mrazek.
For the Red Wings, a literal "good bounce" also helped deliver the victory, and the Anaheim Ducks absolutely lamented the fact that Tomas Tatar's 2nd goal, which helped power the Wings' rally from their 3-1 deficit, bounced off the back boards, off Jonathan Bernier's skate, then elbow, and into the net, as noted by the Orange County Register's Eric Stephens:
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