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The Detroit Red Wings had won 6 straight games going into Thursday's tilt against a Tampa Bay Lightning team that had won 8 straight games at home, and Detroit came right out and got scored on, tied the game, and got scored on again, again and again, all en route to a hideous, 5-1 loss that may have been the Wings' most embarrassing loss of the season.
Detroit still has a game in hand on Tampa Bay, which leapfrogged Detroit by 1 point to take 1st in the Atlantic and LITERALLY leapfrogged, grabbed, groped, leg-humped, ran-from-the-blindside, hooked, held, tackled, mashed, wrestled and otherwise played rugby against Detroit, with no call from a set of referees who embodied the, "Everything is legal but embellishment" trend in 2015...
But the Wings didn't just get out-groped, including a bullshit hook on the 1st goal against. Detroit got out-played in every aspect of the game, from skating, passing, shooting, execution, poise, finish, urgency, goaltending, physicality, the Bolts schooled the Wings in every aspect but perhaps ice-making, and as such, Detroit limped home with an absolutely disastrous effort against a rival-in-the-making stinging 'em.
From the Plymouth Whalers:
TEN-HUT! PLYMOUTH WHALERS MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND COMING
Whalers, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare Systems join forces to aide veterans January 30-31
PLYMOUTH – The Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers have supported the military in a big way over the years and continue the tradition on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 in the team’s second annual Military Appreciation Weekend at Compuware Arena.
Both games can be seen live on CN-900 television starting at 7 pm.
The Whalers will be wearing specially designed jerseys with a military theme against the Belleville Bulls on Fri. Jan. 30 and the Windsor Spitfires on Sat. Jan. 31. The proceeds of the jerseys will be auctioned off, with Whalers ticket sales over the weekend and 50/50 fundraisers to be donated to VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
The documentary Red Army is slowly but surely going to be released to theatres slowly but surely during February and March--it won't air in Metro Detroit until February 27th--but its producers have been relatively quiet about the fact that the documentary didn't earn an Oscar nomination, which is surprising given its incredibly warm reception by just about everyone who's watched it.
Fetisov appeared on the SiriusXM NHL Network Radio show on Thurdsay afternoon, speaking with Scott Laughlin and Matthew Barnaby about the film and his tenure as a Wing, and the 20-minute interview's worth your time:
I'm scratching my bald head about this little ditty. Yesterday, Jonas Gustavsson practiced with the Wings, and he told MLive's Ansar Khan that he's more than willing to head to Grand Rapids to play with the Griffins to get his conditioning in order...
"Today I had more work than I did in the past, so it felt pretty good," Gustavsson said. "Still take it day by day, but I feel like I'm getting closer. I feel like I'm pretty strong in the shoulder, but just got to get the motion back. Then get more pucks and get back to game shape overall, too."
He'll head to the Grand Rapids Griffins for one or two games on a conditioning stint once he's cleared.
"It's not only to get the shoulder to work, it's to get my game overall back," Gustavsson said. "That's a good option, especially when they're so close to Detroit."
But even though the Free Press's Helene St. James reported that Xavier Ouellet's at least being told he'll be up with the Wings long enough to bring his dad on the Fathers' Trip, Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave had this to say about the balance of Ouellet's 2014-15 campaign:
I'm not trying to milk this issue until it's blood-from-a-stone dry, but in addition to Mike Babcock's radio interviews yesterday, he spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James about Bell Let's Talk day and mental illness...
"You say to yourself, maybe there is something I can do," Babcock said of his involvement. "To me, it's one of those things that, it's a scary, scary thing when you think of people going through it. If you're sitting at home, suffering in silence because you've got no one to talk to ... talk to someone who cares about you.
"I've never asked anyone for help in my whole life, where they didn't want to help."
For every text message, wireless and long-distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Alliant customers and for every tweet using #bellletstalk today, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental programs.
Asked about trying to eliminate -- or at least reduce -- the stigma surrounding depression and mental illness, Babcock said, "I don't know why there's a stigma. We all got something with us that's a little screwed up, let's be honest. That's what makes you human. The essence of people are good. They want to help you. I believe that 100%."
And this video from St. James will...Well, Babcock's 5:51 worth of talking about his philosophies, admitting that he really does care about his players, his discussion about mental illnesses versus "character issues"...It's *#$%@& moving. As somebody who deals with severe depression and an anxiety disorder, this nearly got the room "dusty":
Better late than never: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock stepped up in a big way to promote Bell Let's Talk day yesterday; after speaking with TSN about his belief that mental illness does not equal personal weakness during the All-Star Break, Babcock appeared on three TSN radio stations to help promote mental health awareness on Wednesday--and in total, he spoke for about 45 minutes in the hopes of reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.
He started with TSN 690's Chris Nilan and Connor McKenna...
Updated 6x at 4:18 PM: The Detroit Red Wings tangle with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a "four-point game" (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and as Paul noted, there were some "gray jersey" issues with the Wings' players this morning, but MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Tomas Jurco's returning from his back injury, and this is pretty cool:
Khan spoke with Tomas Jurco about his return--and other than the Jurco-in-Cleary-out swap (i.e. Jurco with Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller), the team's lineup will remain the same as it was on Tuesday:
Any Red Wings fan who's been to the Joe knows that the WiFi system is spotty at best--even if someone happens to sneak the press box password to you--but today, the Red Wings announced that they're going to make significant improvements to their WiFi network:
OLYMPIA ENTERTAINMENT AND DETROIT RED WINGS ANNOUNCE FREE PUBLIC WI-FI NOW AVAILABLE FOR FANS AT JOE LOUIS ARENA
... Wi-Fi System to Enhance Fan Engagement, Provide Faster Uploads to Social Media, Allow Fans Easy Access to Red Wings Official App …
DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings today announced the launch of free high-speed public Wi-Fi at Joe Louis Arena to improve reliability when sending and receiving phone calls and text messages, provide faster uploads to social media and enhance fan engagement when attending Red Wings games and Olympia Entertainment sporting and entertainment events at The Joe.
In partnership with SignalShare, the leading provider of mobile engagement solutions for mass audiences, and Extreme Networks, Inc., a leader in high performance networking, the Red Wings will officially unveil the new Wi-Fi system for fans at Joe Louis Arena when the team returns home from a two-game road trip on Saturday, Jan. 31 to face the New York Islanders.
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
The Lightning enter tonight's showdown with the Red Wings trailing by just one point atop the Atlantic Division.
But coach Jon Cooper made the pecking order pretty clear.
"People can say what they want, we're playing the best team in the league, the Eastern Conference right here," Cooper said. "I think everything goes through them. They're the real deal. This is a game to see where your'e at. That's how good I think these guys are."
But Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was pretty complimentary on Tampa Bay, too.
"Elite, elite skill," Babcock said. "They've built up a ton of young kids. They have a real special group. They have a real opportunity for a long run here it looks like."
While the Red Wings have a much richer history, having made the playoffs 23 straight seasons, Cooper said the organizations "mirror" each other more recently in terms of how they've been built, as well as their styles. Their minor league teams each won the Calder Cup in back-to-back years, with several of the players in the game tonight.
via Ansar Khan tweets,
Sheahan wearing gray non-contact jersey as Wings file onto ice for skate. Not sure why. We'll see after the skate.
Helm also wearing gray jersey.
More news as it becomes available.
added 11:41am, via Khan tweet,
Cleary rotating in.
added 11:44am, Khan tweet,
Defense is the same:
Lashoff/Kindl healthy scratches.
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