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via Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts at CBC,
- Last year, Red Wings GM Ken Holland refused to give up on his group, despite injuries and inefficiency. He repeatedly said he wouldn't make a judgment until he saw them healthy. When I spoke to him after they made the playoffs, he delivered a passionate dissertation about how he never thought of breaking up the group because he believed in their pride to keep the consecutive playoff streak alive. Does he still feel that way right now? "Yes," he said last week (NB: Any quoted person is not the source of any anonymous comments).
- "We got healthy for the last 10-12 games [last season]," Holland added. "We played our way into the playoffs, winning our last four, including the final one on the road. We beat Anaheim and led Chicago 3-1, two teams with lots of guys in their 20s." Detroit has basically been without two top lines and almost everybody, except Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), is coming back over the next week.
- It's well known that Holland hates the shootout. But he also doesn't consider the overtime format an effective measuring tool because it's irrelevant to how post-season games are played. His yardstick? "How did we do in the first 60 minutes?" The Red Wings were 14-8 before losing their last five.
- The other thing about Detroit is the organization now has a larger prospect base. Some, like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, are pretty much there, while others are a little farther away (Anthony Mantha, Ryan Sproul). Are they to be future Red Wings or pieces of bigger transactions?
Red Wings-Islanders wrap-up and overnight report: Wings must strive toward a higher standard of play
I had to take some time away from the computer after watching the Red Wings lose Jonathan Ericsson to some kind of hospitalization-worthy "upper-body" injury and after watching the Red Wings lose an awfully ugly 3-0 decision to the New York Islanders.
I was just too angry and too frustrated to write anything coherent. This game had "bad" telegraphed all over it like Kyle Quincey taking eight seconds to wind up for an inevitably-blocked shot on the power play.
To some extent, you could "feel" this one coming. The Wings were coming off a 3-2 OT win over Calgary and very specifically a thrilling 5-4 shootout win over the Maple Leafs in front of both HBO and Hockey Night in Canada's cameras, the team remains without Zetterberg, Abdelkader, Franzen, Helm, Howard (Weiss, obviously, given that he apparently had significant surgery to repair a "core muscle tear"), and Jonas Gustavsson's groin apparently flared up badly enough that Petr Mrazek had to start against an Islanders team that's about as intimidating as week-old Christmas ham.
Update: Oh, shit:
One would expect a let-down after the Red Wings more or less emptied the tank to rally from a 4-1 deficit and defeat the Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday...
But the Wings didn't even show up until the third period in any real sense of the term, and dropped a 3-0 loss to the New York islanders which cost the team Jonathan Ericsson's services (shoulder injury?), cost the team any right to feel good about themselves going into the Christmas break, and it cost the fans yet another significant amount of money to watch an incredibly banged-up team play awful hockey.
While getting shut-out at home.
The Islanders' goals were mostly team-wide affairs, but when Kyle Quincey finishes at -3, Brendan Smith finishes at -2 and Daniel Cleary finishes at -2, you can kind of figure out who was screwing up.
Bad Brendan Smith pinch + Quincey playing the passer = easy goal for Kyle Okposo 10:57 into the 1st.
The Detroit Red Wings are playing absolutely dreadfully right now, losing 3-0 to the New York Islanders, and Petr Mrazek's in net because Jonas Gustavsson has a sore groin.
Worse, it appears that the team's lost Jonathan Ericsson's services again:
I don't know what to say about this, but Fox Sports Detroit just revealed its details on-air:
WHO HAS THE BEST HOCKEY CITY?
FOX Sports Detroit Girls Angela and Stephanie are taking on the FOX Sports North Girls Angie, Kaylin and Kendall in the quest for the best hockey city in America. The two FOX Sports regions will encourage fans to join the hashtag tug-o-war by using #Hockeytown for Detroit and #StateOfHockey for Minneapolis.
"The pride, passion and potential of our city is unmatched," said Angela. "Detroit is Hockeytown for so many reasons: our 11 Stanley Cup Championships, the names hanging in the rafters like Gordie Howe, Sid Abel, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Terry Sawchuk and Steve Yzerman and the way fans get behind our team whether in the stands at the Joe, at home or on the ice themselves. We are an Original 6 Team. We are Hockeytown."
Red Wings prospect news: Paterson may have won Canada’s WJC starting job; Grifins post weekly releas
Today's crop of Red Wings-related prospect news isn't exactly massive, but it is important:
In a World Junior Championship exhibition game, Jake Paterson stopped 21 of 23 shots and Anthony Mantha had an assist in Canada's 3-1 win over Switzerland.
And TSN's Mark Masters suggests that a pair of strong performances from Paterson may have earned him the starting job over Montreal Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale:
Joe Louis Arena itself is open for operations after suffering a partial power outage this morning, but the Red Wings' PR department reports that the JLA garage is still without power:
JOE LOUIS ARENA PARKING GARAGE AND PEDESTRIAN TUNNELS LIKELY TO BE CLOSED TONIGHT DUE TO POWER FAILURE
Joe Louis Garage pre-paid customers’ parking passes will be honored at any one of the Cobo Center Parking Facilities
DETROIT – As of 4:00 p.m. today,the Joe Louis Arena Parking Garage and pedestrian tunnels will likely be closed tonight due to a power failure in downtown Detroit. If power is restored and the facilities can be opened, they will operate.
Alternate parking options include the following Cobo Center Parking Facilities (http://cobocenter.s3.amazonaws.com/doc/DowntownParking-2.pdf):
Equal parts amusing, hilarious and cheesy:
Updated 15x at 2:27 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to keep the good times rolling as a team that snapped a six-game losing streak can extend its winning streak to three games against the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM, FSD Plus/MSG Plus/1270 AM).
MLive's Ansar Khan reported both lineup notes and reported that Detroit Power and Lighting's up to its usual tricks:
From the NHL's PR department...
Zac Brown Band leads Winter Classic entertainment
Members of the Grammy-Award winning band to perform U.S. national anthem
The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the New Year's Day outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House® on the University of Michigan campus (1:00 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), will feature performances by members of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, singer/songwriter Mayer Hawthorne and Juno Award-winning recording artists The Tenors; the announcement of the rosters for the 2014 U.S. Olympic men's and women's ice hockey teams; a flyover of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) CF-18 fighter jets and a Canada-United States color guard; and appearances by Ann Arbor and Detroit-area youth hockey players.
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