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After Friday night's 5-2 Red Wings win over Los Angeles, Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood suggested that today's matinee affair between the Wings and Buffalo Sabres (5 PM EST, welcome to "Fall Back" day, FSD/MSG B/Bell TV/TVA Sports/97.1 FM; the Wings begin a stretch of 3 games played in 3 cities in 4 nights this afternoon), "Is a set-up game if there ever was one."
The Wings received good news on Saturday in that the stunningly...solid?...Kyle Quincey (ankle) is only suffering from a "day-to-day" injury as opposed to a long-term issue, they received better news in that Jordan Nolan's going to have a little kibbits with the Department of Player Safety about his status as the fifth or sixth Kings player to hit a Wing (Darren Helm in this instance) "in the numbers" during Friday's game, and then...
The 2-9-and-1 Buffalo
Tyler Myers Rumors, I mean Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel Lottery Winners, I mean Sabres dropped a 5-0 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins, marking the team's 3rd straight loss and 7th loss in their last 8 games. And afterwards, the Sabres were *#$%@& pissed off about their loss.
ADMIRAL ACKBAR WHERE ARE YOU?
Some of this has been listed in the practice post, but I'm trying to keep prospect and NHL team news separate, so:
In an incredibly rare occurrence, neither the Grand Rapids Griffins (who hold their school-day matinee game on Wednesday, November 5th against Chicago)
or Toledo Walleye (who battle the Gwinnett Gladiators on Sunday) played this evening, so the Wings' European pro, Major Junior and NCAA-playing prospects have the spotlight to themselves this evening.
via the NHL,
Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday.
At 3:53 of the third period of the Kings' game Friday against the Detroit Red Wings, Nolan hit Red Wings center Darren Helm from behind into the boards. Nolan was assessed a minor penalty for boarding. Helm was not injured on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
If you missed the hit or want to review, watch it here.
Updated 6x at 4:02 PM: You already know by now that the Wings have hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena minus one Kyle Quincey (ankle), preparing for a match-up with the Buffalo
Tyler Myers Rumor Mill, I mean Sabres (5 PM EST on FSD/MSG B/TVA Sports/Bell TV/97.1 FM).
The situation with Quincey is a little nuanced: if Quincey is [still] "day to day," the team already needs to place Stephen Weiss on injured reserve to "make room" for Johan Franzen on the 23-man roster, so it will probably head into its 3-games-in-4-nights slate against Buffalo, Ottawa and New York going with only 6 defensemen on the roster; if Quincey ends up on the IR, the Wings will probably recall a defenseman "just in case."
This might be all you need to know from today's Wings practice, per MLive's Ansar Khan:
Last night, Babcock addressed Quincey's status while speaking with DetroitRedWings.com's Craig Peterson last night...
On Friday, the unit suffered its first loss of the season when Kyle Quincey left the game during the first period with a lower-body injury.
“It’s just with his ankle," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I don’t know if it’s long term or just a short term thing.”
And while the Wings' 23-man roster is crowded (the team will have to place Stephen Weiss on the IR to make room for Johan Franzen), with the Wings heading to Buffalo tomorrow, Ottawa on Tuesday and New York to play the Rangers on Wednesday, it would behoove the team to make a recall if Quincey goes on the short-term IR
(probably after tonight's Griffins game).
If Quincey's injury is day-to-day, however, the Wings have no roster space to add a "just in case" defenseman unless they demote Tomas Jurco or waive Daniel Cleary or Andrej Nestrasil. We'll have to wait until after practice to find out what happens.
Update: "Day to Day":
Red Wings fans paid tribute to Gordie Howe last night, issuing a long standing ovation at Joe Louis Arena while holding signs that read, "Get Well, Gordie!" and today, via Sportsnet's Ryan McKenna, Howe's youngest son, Murray, posted this video of Howe watching the tribute:
MLive's Joe Lapointe also spoke with Darren Helm about Howe's lasting influence upon the Wings' players:
If I were to summarize the bright points of the Red Wings' 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings with YouTube clips, I'd go with the tribute to Gordie Howe, as well as Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika's Tweets on the subject of Mr. Hockey's health...
I didn't expect to say that the Wings got out of October with a 6-2-and-2 record, and I certainly didn't expect to tell you that the Grand Rapids Griffins would end October without a home win and with Mattias Backman, Nick Jensen, Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul and especially Petr Mrazek struggling to keep pucks out of the net.
The Griffins earned their first home point of the 2014-15 season while dropping a 5-4 OT decision to the Chicago Wolves on Friday, giving up 4 second-period goals and losing despite out-shooting Chicago 41-26.
The Griffins' website posited a recap...
The Red Wings closed out their 10-game October schedule with a game that was either just as difficult as you expected it to be or perhaps a little more difficult than you had hoped, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 despite losing Kyle Quincey to a lower-body injury and perhaps both letting the Kings off the mat once establishing a 4-0 lead and Jimmy Howard--who ended up making a huge penalty-shot save and keeping the Wings in it at times--making two boobles that helped the Kings get back in 'er.
The Wings most certainly laid it on the Kings early, with Nyquist (2 goals), Datsyuk and Tatar (from Nyquist) all scoring in a 15-and-a-half minute span in the 1st period, but the Kings came back in a big way in the 2nd period, getting that in-below-the-blocker goal by Martinez that was a clusterfuck of defensive gaffes by the Wings' top defensive pair (Kronwall-Ericsson) and "Riley, the Swede and the Slovak," the Kings CONTINUED to hit the hell out of the Wings (see: the Helm hit below as evidence of what Helm, Glendening and many teammates endured all night), and Henrik Zetterberg, Nyquist and Howard managed to allow Tyler Toffoli to make it 4-2 via a shorthanded tally 1:48 into the 3rd.
The Red Wings are leading the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 after most of the 1st period of play, but I guess we know why the Western Canadian coaches were willing to end the period a little early after a pane of glass broke:
I wouldn't be upset if Quincey wasn't *really good* this season. I hope he gets back quickly, because Lashoff-Kindl frightens me like clowns frighten Brendan Smith.
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