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Mike Ilitch Part Of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business

from SportsBusiness Journal,

Easily the most diverse group in the five years of the honor highlights this year’s class of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business. The award recognizes the architects and builders of sports, and the 2014 class brings together six honorees who have done that in all corners of the industry and with very different roads in getting there....

Michael Ilitch, who became a pizza guy after his dreams of playing big league baseball flamed out, only to end up owning the team he dreamed of playing for, and winning championships in his hometown.

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On The Positive Side

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

They hope Howard’s 44-save performance in Saturday’s 5-1 victory at Dallas is a sign of things to come.

Fortunately, backup Jonas Gustavsson, though continuing to battle groin issues, has stepped up when healthy. He has been their savior, going 11-3-2, with a 2.39 GAA.

“Gustavsson’s been a great story on the positive side,” Holland said.

There are other positives:

They have flourished on the road (13-4-3). Their best players (Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall) have been strong. Alfredsson, at age 41, looks rejuvenated. Franzen, before his concussion, was displaying the kind of consistency he’s been lacking for several years. Young players like Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and DeKeyser have provided a spark.

“On one hand, I’m disappointed where we’re at from a points standpoint, but there are (39) games left,” Holland said. “A lot of things aren’t nearly as good as I expected when we built this team in the summer, but the good news is we’re not that far out.”

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This Is Not A Jinx - Wings Could Be Much Healthier On Thursday

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings will get some sun and get in a couple of practices during a stopover in Phoenix the next two days, before Thursday's game at San Jose.

By then, they hope to get a few bodies back.

Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Jonas Gustavsson are day-to-day; some or all of them could return against the Sharks. The trip concludes with games at Los Angeles and Anaheim Saturday and Sunday.

“After Tuesday’s practice, I’ll hone in to see if we need to call someone up or send someone down,” general manager Ken Holland said on Sunday.

Datsyuk has an undisclosed lower-body injury (not a groin, Holland said).

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Wings Welcome Warm Weather

The Wings will be spending a few days in Arizona before heading to play San Jose on Thursday, LA on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday...

Brendan Savage of Mlive writes the Wings are looking forward to a little warmth,

"It's nice. It's really nice," goaltender Jimmy Howard said before making 44 saves in the victory over Dallas, Detroit's 13th road win in 20 games away from Joe Louis Arena this season.

"I know all of us couldn't wait to get on the plane. Even though it's not in the 70's or 80's down here, it was nice to land and see green grass.  It's about 60 degrees warmer than back there."

Not only was Michigan dealing with sub-zero temperatures when the Red Wings boarded their plane, the Red Wings were also coming off Wednesday's Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

The temperature at game time in the Winter Classic was 13 degrees and it snowed from the opening faceoff until the end of the shootout.

So that makes the Red Wings appreciate the warm weather even more.

"It's unbelievable," said defenseman Brendan Smith. "It's really nice. To get away from that freezing cold and get a little Vitamin D is going to be really nice for us, especially after the outdoor game. It's nice to get away from everything.

"It's kind of the start of a new season now."

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Wings/Stars Highlights

In case you missed the game last night or want to catch the highlights, here you go, Dallas style..

 

I also wanted to let you know George is dealing with concussion-like symptoms resulting from his recent accident and will return as soon as possible.

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Red Wings Stars Top Dallas

Shortly before the game the Red Wings announced that Pavel Datsyuk would miss the game in Dallas with a lower body injury.

It wouldn’t take long for Henrik Zetterberg to score the opening goal of the game to give the visitors the early lead.

A penalty to Dallas Stars Antoine Roussel would get called for goaltender interference would lead to a short-handed goal for the Stars as Rich Peverly would put it past Jimmy Howard.

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Datsyuk Out Tonight, Samuelsson In

Reports are Datsyuk has a lower-body injury.

Wings next game after tonight is Thursday in San Jose, so hopefully #13 will be ready by then.

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Goodbye HBO

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

"Everyone is a little relieved to have the cameras out of their face," said Jimmy Howard, who will start in goal tonight vs. the Dallas Stars. "It was good, it was exciting while it was here but at the same time it's also good to have it behind us, not having to worry about tickets and getting everything together and everything like that.

"It's good to have that behind us. It really is. Enough with the side stuff. Let's just concentrate on hockey now."

Brendan Smith, one of the Red Wings' most outgoing players who was interviewed by HBO along with parents Lester and Dierdre, has as much fun as anyone.

But he's glad it's over.

"For sure," Smith said. "There was a lot of hoopla and rah rah and everything going on around it. But it was an absolute blast. There's nothing I'm going to say was wrong with it. It was amazing. One of the best moments of my life.

"But it's nice to get back to normal, reality, what we're trying to come and do every day."

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Report From Detroit’s Morning Skate In Dallas

MSM report Datsyuk on the ice today, no sign of Gustavsson and Eaves is wearing a full shield/ football type style.

Updates will continue in this post as needed.

added 12:45pm, Brendan Savage tweets,

 lines at the skate 13-8-44; 11-40-14; 20-21-18; 71-17-41

added 1:21pm, via Gregg Krupa tweet,

when asked about dastyuk and eaves, who both skated, babcock said, "we'll see who plays?"

added 1:35pm, Savage tweet,

Datsyuk a game time decision Eaves to play

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NHL posts official press release regarding Winter Classic ratings

For what it's worth, from the NHL:

2014 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® WATCHED BY RECORD 8.2 MILLION VIEWERS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

More Than 3.5 Million Viewers in Canada Watched CBC’s Coverage of Toronto’s 3-2 Shootout Win Over Detroit, an Event and Network Record

U.S. Broadcast on NBC Attracted Second-Biggest Audience For a Regular-Season NHL Game in 39 Years

NEW YORK (January 3, 2014) – The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® followed its hockey attendance record by re-writing the record book for regular-season North American television viewership as well.

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