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Alfredsson (back spasms) not skating today. Zetterberg has day off but Ken Holland said he will play Thursday at Rangers.
Injured players Datsyuk, Franzen, Helm all skating.
Howard (hip flexor) sharing a net with Gustvasson (groin) in warmups. Mrazek has net to himself.
More updates to come...
added 11:37am, via Chuck Pleiness tweet,
Franzen is having quite an intense practice. Lots of shoving along the boards and by crease. Good sign he could be getting close to return.
added 11:41am, per Khan,
Datsyuk leaves practice early.
added 12:27pm, via Khan,
Howard said he is ready to play Thursday. Helm said he's still not feeling good enough and is day to day.
added 1:23pm, Khan again,
Franzen said he's still experiencing dizziness and doesn't feel good. Status for Thursday uncertain.
The Wings had an off day yesterday and will practice today as they prepare for a road game against the New York Rangers on Thursday.
Ansar Khan of Mlive with a look at where the Wings stand right now...
Only five points separated nine teams before Monday’s games.
“We got to win another game; we need points badly,” Babcock said. “We’ll get a bit of a rest and get ready to compete hard.
“Bottom line is we just got to keep plugging, getting better. I wouldn’t bet against us.”...
“Goaltending has been really good on the road; that’s been a huge plus for us,” Babcock said. “We’re a team, with the way we score and the people we have out of the lineup, we need goaltending. You get past two (goals against), we’re in trouble.”...
Babcock also likes how some of the recent call-ups from the Grand Rapids Griffins are playing.
“The guys we called up play hard,” Babcock said. “Riley Sheahan, I thought, was great. (Luke) Glendening plays hard every night. (Tomas) Jurco when he was up played real well. So to me we’ve gotten a lot of good (play) from Grand Rapids.”
Brendan Savage takes a look at the 2013 draft class of the Detroit Red Wings.
I am skipping over Mantha so let's look at...
• Zach Nastasiuk, RW
The Red Wings' second-round pick (48th overall), Nastasiuk (6-1, 190) has 13 goals, 19 assists and a minus-9 rating to rank third among scorers for the OHL's Owen Sound Attack.
He's 15th on the Red Wings' prospects list.
Nastasiuk is also Owen Sound's captain.
• Tyler Bertuzzi, LW
In 29 games for the OHL's Guelph Storm, Bertuzzi (6-0, 178) has 10 goals, 25 assists, 49 PIM and a plus-9 rating. He leads the Storm in PIM per game at 1.69.
He was the Red Wings' second-round pick (58th overall) and is tied for 20th on the Red Wings' prospects list.
Bertuzzi is the nephew of Todd Bertuzzi, the Red Wings' veteran forward.
from SportsBusiness Journal,
The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic not only generated the largest attendance and broadcast viewership for a regular-season game in league history, it also made a profit of more than $20 million.
According to an NHL source, the Jan. 1 game at Michigan Stadium posted more than $30 million in revenue against costs of $10 million. Approximately two-thirds of the revenue was derived from ticket sales, with 105,491 fans paying an average ticket price of $186 for an estimated take of $19.6 million. An additional $10 million in revenue came from retail and advertising sales.
Update: WRONG BLOG, sorry!
I'm sure that "more to come" applies to the first of what is likely a slate of "Hockey World" columns and/or blog entries by the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson. He leads things off with a surprisingly frank conversation held with Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero, who is admittedly looking for a winger to play alongside Sidney Crosby (as per usual):
“The search for players in a salary-cap world is hard,” said Shero, who doesn’t know if he’ll look to a rental (how do you spell H-e-m-s-k-y or C-a-m-m-a-l-l-e-r-i?) or take somebody with the hope they can re-sign him in July when the salary cap goes up to around $70 million. “We’ve got Chris Kunitz and James Neal … one guy on the Canadian Olympic team and the other who was really close,” said Shero. “That’s good, and on the second line we’ve got Evgeni Malkin. He’ll play with somebody else. So don’t feel sorry for me. They (Crosby and Malkin) still play with good players and get lots of points. It’s a bit of a challenge, but they make other players better.”
Shero went the rental route with Hossa in 2008 and Jarome Iginla during the lockout season.
Update: Well this changes things:
I really don't know what to say about the Red Wings' 1-0 loss againt the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. We all knew that the Ducks' massive 17-0-and-2 home record would be all but unassailable, and that even minus Ryan Getzlaf, the Wings' injuries and status as playing in back-to-back games yielded an incredibly, incredibly young and thin team trying to climb a nearly vertical-grade mountain...
But the ways in which the Wings frittered away their power plays, leaned on Henrik Zetterberg so very hard without giving him any assistance that it looked like the Hank and Petr vs. the World show, the way that Corey Perry managed to get the Wings' God-damned goat again, the team's inability or unwillingness to actually attack Jonas Hiller instead of trying to pass the puck toward a slot that had been completely shut down by the Ducks, and the way that Mikael Samuelsson so very predictably chose to chip the puck behind the Ducks' net as time wound down instead of shooting the puck anywhere near Jonas Hiller...
It's become far too predictable, far too much a year in which the first goal always wins and the Wings cannot outscore their mistakes, and far too regularly a game where people like Brendan Smith seem all but compelled to ensure that they reenact the kinds of own-goal mistakes they committed against playoff foes.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
As the Wings roll deeper into the second half of the season, one of the subplots is figuring out the value of DeKeyser — for the team and the player. If DeKeyser doesn’t miss another game, he’ll still finish the season below the century mark for his career. Not much to go on for a guy in a contract year.
“Let’s get to the end of the season, make the playoffs, see what happens, then sit down and negotiate,” general manager Ken Holland said.
DeKeyser, 23, will be a restricted free agent, so there’s no danger he won’t return to the Wings, whom he handpicked as his choice after being pursued by every team in the NHL last March. Because he joined the Wings so late — after finishing his career at Western Michigan — DeKeyser burned up the first year of his contract in what ended up being just 11 games.
read on plus St. James mentions Jonas Gustavsson and his UFA status come July 1st....
I have no clue what it means, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating that Jimmy Howard "hurt himself" at the end of the Wings' 3-1 win over Los Angeles, and Babcock declared that Howard would be "out for a while." As such, Petr Mrazek will start against the Ducks on Sunday.
Fox Sports Detroit's Darren Eliot reports that it's a hip flexor injury, and as hip flexors aren't exactly groins, "out for a while" could mean one game. We'll have to wait and see.
The Wings' beat writers are confirming that Howard has a sore hip flexor, and if I may be frank, if Howard's going to be able to back up Mrazek, he's probably not going to be out for a couple of weeks here. Hip flexors are tricky--Pavel Datsyuk and I deal with hip flexor soreness of the significant variety--but when they're not chronic, a tweak is a tweak. Again, we'll have to wait and see. Which sucks, but it's the truth.
The Red Wings have fallen into some predictably poor habits with Jimmy Howard entrenched as the team's starter over the past couple of games--the team's bafflingly both allowing itself to be out-shot by a significant margin and it's subterfuging its puck possession game by losing faceoff battles as well.
With Daniel Alfredsson (back spasms) joining Pavel Datsyuk (lower-body?), Johan Franzen (concussion) and Darren Helm (groin) on the "not going to play this weekend" list, and with the Wings playing a team that looks more and more like the 2004 Calgary Flames as the supposed crackdown on obstruction and interference (in Saturday night's game, goaltender interference in particular) continues to erode, you had to know that the Wings and Los Angeles Kings would battle to win or loss of the one-goal, 1-0 or 2-1 variety.
On Saturday night, Howard assuaged his sub-par performance against the Sharks with a fine x-save performance, and the Red Wings received rather desperately-needed goals from their support players in the form of Riley Sheahan's first NHL goal and a clutch game-winner that Tomas Tatar very publicly dedicated to his recently-passed father en route to a slightly surprising result--a 3-1 Red Wings win over the Kings.
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