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FSD's Daniels: Ericsson "upper body" will not return.
Update: Broken finger:
Updated with Leaf stuff at 3:54 PM: Ahead of the Red Wings' "4-point game" against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 PM EST, FSD/Sportsnet Ontario/97.1 FM), I received a text from Paul regarding today's practice news, and I could only shake my head.
Justin Abdelkader's out for two weeks with a leg laceration, Jordin Tootoo's been sent back to Grand Rapids, Brendan Smith's playing forward and it's Ferraro or Bertuzzi in the lineup this evening.
The Wings still bravely talked about attempting to make the playoffs despite having what Ken Daniels told Sportsnet (he has some interesting comments on Calle Jarnkrok, too) is the 4th-hardest spot in the league (for what it's worth, the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle estimates that it'll take 92 points to make the playoffs, and the Wings have 73 with 15 games left), as noted by Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...
As Michigan Hockey just noted, Warrior Sports (based in Warren; they make their pro gloves and pads in Montreal and their sticks in Tijuana, Mexico, and that's about as "North American" as hockey companies get in an industry where the vast majority of pro gear is now made in China) just posted a pair of promotional videos, one old and one new, and while this is kind of free advertising, the supposedly "banned" clip of Jimmy Howard, Jonas Gustavsson and an unnamed goalie watching Zdeno Chara shoot a goalie's head off is funny...
And the street hockey video is just fun:
Mike Babcock talks with the media after practice today.
added 1:45pm, Ken Daniels joined Hockey Central @Noon to disuss the Wings, listen/watch below...
All via tweets from Ansar Khan,
Abdelkader (lower body injury) not skating today. Bertuzzi is skating. Oddly, Smith is wearing white jersey, skating with bottom 6 forwards.
Helm on the ice but not taking part in drills. Looks like Mrazek will back-up Howard tonight. Gustavsson spending much of practice on side.
Ferraro is here practicing.
Alfredsson skating with Legwand and Franzen. Nyquist skating with Sheahan and Tatar.
added 11:19am, Khan tweet again,
Babcock said Abdelkader out up to 2 weeks with cut in leg from skate.
Babcock said Bertuzzi game time decision. If he can't play Ferraro will make NHL debut and Smith will play at forward.
added 11:42am, Smith talks about moving to forward, watch it below...
This is a little off-topic, and Paul already posted an entry on the CBC's Tim Wharnsby's chat with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who's not sure whether he'd return to coach Team Canada for a third time in 2018 (assuming that the NHL participates in the Olympics taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea), but I had to smile at Babcock's take on his team's uphill playoff battle given that there are now ELEVEN Red Wings who are either out for tonight's game vs. Toronto (if the man isn't relentlessly consistent, I don't know what he is)...
"There is no sense worrying about [the injuries]," Babcock said. "What we've told our guys is the standings aren't in our way. It's just getting our mind right. What I mean by that is our belief system. We are organized enough. We have good structure. We can work hard enough. We have to believe that we're good enough. We have to find a way to win and I believe we're going to find a way. We not going to win the way our fans are used to seeing us play. But all I care about is getting two points."
As well as his advice to ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, which shouldn't surprise you in the slightest in terms of what value Babcock places on others' opinions of his performance:
As we await an actual timeline for the buliding of the Red Wings' controversial follow-on rink, the Detroit Free Press's Joe Gullien reports that Joe Louis Arena won't be used after the Wings play their final game at JLA, regardless of how long it takes to demolish the Joe:
Although the City of Detroit owns Joe Louis, it would be prohibited from holding any ticketed events at the arena in the time between the team’s departure and the arena’s demolition, under the proposal that is before the City Council.
The council is reviewing the terms for the Wings to play at Joe Louis Arena until a new hockey arena is built as early as 2016.
The lease is part of a package of agreements to resolve several issues surrounding Joe Louis, including a plan for the state to pay up-front costs for the demolition and a $5.2-million payment for any unpaid bills due the city under the Wings’ previous lease.
Bill Nowling, spokesman for emergency manager Kevyn Orr, said negotiators for the Red Wings insisted on the non-compete clause. “That was a condition that they brought to the table,” he said.
Guillen reports that the City Council could end up delaying the transfer of nearly 40 blocks' worth of land to the Downtown Development Authority, which could screw with the follow-on-rink's timeline...So expect some finaggling and dramatics as their end-of-March deadline for approving the deal approaches...
And he also reports that the rink's demolishment will cost at least $6 million, with the State asking for reimbursement down the line (that might also gum up the works)...
I'm trying not to get into details, but the last two weeks have obviously involved a difficult time for me health-wise, and as a result, a diminished presence here. I'm on my way to recovery, but it appears that I can't give the same prognosis for the Red Wings' playoff chances ahead of Tuesday's game against Toronto (7:30 PM on FSD and Sportsnet Ontario).
The Wings are playing 5 games in 8 nights, hosting the Leafs (this game defines "four point" given the team's incredibly tenuous playoff footing), the Pens Thursday, and doing a home-and-home with Minnesota this weekend, all prior to four gigantic games against Columbus, Montreal, Toronto and Tampa to close out the month, and even a practice-less day delivered a cavalcade of injury news to a gloomy Red Wings nation, almost all of it bad.
Landon Ferraro's finally been recalled because Justin Abdelkader's banged-up, and it appears that the eleventh injured Wing's status for Tuesday's tilt () is iffy at best, as MLive's Ansar Khan reported...
via Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The Detroit Red Wings may get centre Darren Helm back this week and if that doesn’t sound like a big deal, think of it this way. Helm will slot in on a two-top role – behind David Legwand – because of injuries that have sidelined, among others, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss.
The fact that Detroit is still scratching out wins and staying within hailing distance of a playoff spot is reminiscent of last year, when they did it as well, and then knocked off a higher-seeded Anaheim team and had Chicago on the ropes before ultimately faltering.
The Red Wings scare everybody just because if they make it and they get healthy, they will be a dangerous lower-seeded team again.
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