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File this under, "A little intriguing": the Red Wings may have swapped Landon Ferraro for Mitchell Callahan, but the Griffins' defense must have taken a hit this past weekend, because the Griffins both recalled Max Nicastro from the Toledo Walleye and they signed fellow defenseman Marc McNulty to an amateur try-out (McNulty's Prince George Cougars didn't make the WHL playoffs):
CALLAHAN RECALLED BY DETROIT, NICASTRO AND McNULTY JOIN GRIFFINS
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled left wing Mitch Callahan from the Grand Rapids Griffins and reassigned defenseman Max Nicastro from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye to their AHL affiliate. In addition, the Griffins signed defenseman Marc McNulty to an amateur tryout.
The Red Wings probably won't win all of their games this week--the Wings face an incredibly important game in Columbus tomorrow, they host the Canadiens on Thursday, head to Toronto on Saturday and close out a four-games-in-six-nights stretch by hosting Tampa Bay on Sunday (and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose offers the details thereof in his "Look Ahead in Hockeytown")--but it would sure be nice if the Wings earned points in the vast majority of those games.
The Wings' Wild Card spot comes thanks to two games in hand on Toronto, but the pursuing Blue Jackets (2 points behind the Wings, even in games, and by the way, Tuesday's game is on NBCSN out of FSD range, and no, I don't believe anybody will send Blake Comeau into April, though I'd sure like to see it) and Devils (5 points behind with 1 more game played than the Wings' 71) have more regulation-or-OT wins than the Wings do, and the Capitals sit only one point behind the Wings (with one more game played), too, so the Wings don't exactly have a "magic number" yet.
The Red Wings sent Landon Ferraro back to Grand Rapids after a 4-game audition for next year's roster, and now they've called up another player who's not waiver-exempt next season:
As the Red Wings don't practice today, I have no idea whether this involves a "roster emergency" (Todd Bertuzzi may still be ill with "the flu") or whether it's one of the Wings' 4 discretionary post-trade deadline call-ups.
Update: Here are a Tweet and the Wings' press release:
Landon Ferraro looked like a player who's more than willing to earn a spot on the Red Wings' fourth line next September and work his way up from there, but with Darren Helm returning to the lineup and Todd Bertuzzi deemed healthy for Tuesday's game against Columbus (by the Wings' coach, after Detroit's 3-2 OT loss to Minnesota on Sunday), the Wings are no longer in "roster emergency" territory, so either Ferraro or Cory Emmerton had to head back to Grand Rapids. The Wings chose to send down a player the Griffins need to bolster their scoring:
Ferraro didn't register a point in 4 games played, but he displayed speed, grit, playmaking ability and a lunchpail mentality. He's out of waiver options next season, and it'll be interesting to see whether he's got more of a scoring upside, or whether, as Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood suggested, he may have to pull a Luke Glendening and embrace playing with an edge. Osgood suggested that Ferraro could be the next Dallas Drake.
So I wrote this on Twitter, and I think it's important to relate to you.
So I'm at the Wings' summer camp in 2010, and Nyquist is there. He's absolutely scrawny, not Jarnkrok or Daniel Larsson scrawny, but close. 5'10," 160 pounds.
Very seriously, this kid, who's been growing up in Sweden, and has a pronounced accent, says he's gonna play college hockey at Maine. Says the language issue won't be a problem.
Updated with videos and stuff at 11:25 PM: I don't even know. I don't even know how to put this one together.
The Red Wings, playing their 5th game in 8 nights, and getting ready for a stretch of 4 in 6, played incredibly mentally tired and sometimes downright lackadaisical hockey en route to blowing yet another 2-0 lead and yet another 3rd period lead to the Minnesota Wild, losing 4-3 in overtime...
But the point is essential in terms of the Wild Card standings, and while the Wings split their home-and-home series...Given that the team was out-shot 25-16, given that the Wings won all of 37% of their faceoffs, given that the Wild had 49 shot attempts to the Wings' 36...
I try to avoid posting after Paul lets the live blog go, well, "live," but this note from the Red Wings' Game-Day Blog merits mentioning:
On This Day in Red Wings' History...
On March 23, 1956
Legend Ted Lindsay, who received a death-threat from Maple Leafs' fans earlier in the day, scored the game-winner to lift the Red Wings to a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals in Toronto.
You'll have to turn up the volume for this one, but it's worth it:
The Red Wings head into this week with a need-to-win game against Minnesota tonight (7:30 on NBCSN) and a must-must win against Columbus on Tuesday, a need-to-win against Montreal on Thursday and a must-must-win game in Toronto next Saturday, all before wrapping up the team's second straight set of 5 games in 8 nights against Tampa Bay on the 30th.
The Wings may get down to only 8 injuries tonight if Joakim Andersson returns, but MLive's Ansar Khan (via RedWingsFeed) asked the Wings' statistician to quantify the Red Wings' injuries, and the numbers are...record-setting:
Also of Tweet-related note:
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