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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Tuesday's start against Buffalo will be special for Mrazek, a native of the Czech Republic, who'll start opposite fellow Czech Michal Neuvirth on the evening former Sabres and Red Wings Hall of Famer Dominik Hasek, another Czech, will have his No. 39 retired by the Sabres.
"That was my hero growing up," Mrazek said. "It'll be special for everyone in here who played with him.
"I never met Dom. It's going to be my first time (meeting Hasek). He was special. He played with a definite style. When we were younger and playing on the streets or playing outside for fun, we were either Hasek or Jaromir Jagr (another Czech legend)."
more on Mrazek...
I did not see anything from Detroit's media contingent but this via tweets from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
I should note we talked to Babcock and the Wings. They practiced here at FNC today. Auto show in Detroit so they came here to work out.
#RedWings thrilled to be the opponent for Hasek ceremony. Said Henrik Zetterberg: "It's going to be special for me to be a part of that."
#RedWings coach Babcock on Hasek: "He gave Buffalo an opporutnity to win every night. He was an absolute star and did it his own way."
So really not a very newsworthy day but I will keep you posted especially if there is an update on Jimmy Howard.
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
"Well, too much up and down," Ericsson said, when asked to evaluate his season. "I want to be more consistent.
"We are playing against the best lines every night. And, of course, everything's not going to go as you want, every night.
"I like the challenge to get out there against the best guys, and I'm just trying not to look too much at what I've done and more at what I want to accomplish. And I want to be more consistent and more reliable."
Ericsson says his bothersome hip is better this year, after the Wings staff and others with whom he consulted devised a training program geared to improve the situation, which made it difficult to walk after some games last season.
He said he was happy not to require surgery.
"If it can just stay like this the whole season, I am really happy because I was afraid of how it was going to be this season," he said.
more plus other Detroit notes...
If there is any additional information tonight on Howard, I will update this post.
added 6:20pm, via Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Goaltender Jimmy Howard will undergo another medical test to determine the severity of the groin injury he suffered Saturday night in Washington.
Howard underwent an MRI Sunday afternoon and general manager Ken Holland told MLive in a text message that team doctors want an ultrasound performed Monday "so we have a better read on his injury."
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Tom McCollum from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and placed goaltender Jimmy Howard on injured reserve.
The Detroit Red Wings lost their goaltender very, very early in their 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday, and you'd hope that after recovering from the loss of Jimmy Howard to a groin injury of unspecified severity, the Wings would find their footing and show up.
The stats certainly suggest as much, but the numbers paint an inaccurate picture of what was truly a putrid effort by everyone on the ice save Teemu Pulkkinen and Jonathan Ericsson (I'm not kidding). Detroit never really showed up, and Wings fans simply watched the Capitals choke what little life there was out of a dour, dreary and ugly game.
If you're not familiar with the Capitals, circa 2014-15, I'll put it bluntly: This was like every damn game that the Wings lost to Nashville where the Predators lurked in the weeds, scored a couple of goals, and generally checked the pants off of a Wings team that never really arrived at the rink.
AH I THOUGHT OF IT edit: This is the kind of game that makes you and I wonder whether the Wings are as good as their record--which is much better than last season--or as "still in transition" as they played on a night like this.
Jimmy Howard and Danny DeKeyser messed up a simple drop-the-puck-and-d-takes-it exchange a minute-and-a-half into the Red Wings' game against the Washington Capitals, and as a result,
Mike Green Troy Brouwer scored a wraparound goal, and in the process, Howard injured what looked like a hamstring or knee trying to kick his left leg underneath him. He went down in considerable pain:
Ken Daniels asked Chris Osgood how long Jonas Gustavsson might be out, and Osgood suggested that Gustavsson's shoulder is still at least 1-2 weeks away from being game-ready...I hope this isn't as bad as it looks, but I have a bad feeling that we'll be hearing, "Jimmy Howard will be like our trade deadline acquisition" as Howard couldn't move:
The Wings play four times over the next 8 nights--they play in Buffalo on Tuesday the 13th, in St. Louis on Thursday the 15th, and then they host the Predators on the 17th and Sabres on the 19th--and they will wrap up the pre All-Star Break schedule with a home tilt against Minnesota on the 20th.
Something tells me Howard will be sitting out the All-Star Game and probably not be playing hockey until at least the Wings' first post-ASG break game in Florida on the 27th.
Now do the Wings recall Tom McCollum or Jared Coreau, who's stolen McCollum's job in GR?
Update the 1st: FSD's John Keating says that...He went to the locker room and Howard was wearing all his gear on the stretcher still.
Update #2: Keating: Howard has a groin injury. He's being worked on by the Wings' trainers and doctors here. Won't return tonight.
Update #3: The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms, as does MLive's Ansar Khan:
The Red Wings' skaters and goalie have posted steady but unspectacular stats over the team's first 41 games, and as such, I'm scratching my head a little bit about the NHL's decision to name Jimmy Howard a member of the team.
Howard's been damn good for the Wings in the win department (shootouts excluded), winning 16 times, and he's 9th in goals-against average and 12th in wins...But that's about it, and given Tomas Tatar's breakout performance, I'm surprised that Howard was picked as the Wings' lone representative for the All-Star Weekend.
I guess it means more vacation time between the 21st and 27th for the Wings' skaters, and Howard's certainly reestablished himself this season, but the selection seems a bit like Hockey Operations picked a Wings player's name out of a hat.
Ansar Khan of Mlive with the post morning skate report...
The Detroit Red Wings start the second half of the season tonight against one of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Washington Capitals, who are 11-1-4 in their past 15 games.
The Red Wings have won two in a row, halfway through a stretch of six consecutive road games.
Teemu Pulkkinen will make his season debut for Detroit, replacing Daniel Cleary in the lineup. The only other lineup change for the Red Wings is in goal, where Jimmy Howard will start.
Henrik Zetterberg and Kyle Quincey didn't skate this morning at the Verizon Center but coach Mike Babcock said they're 100 percent ready to play.
Pulkkinen, recalled Thursday from the Grand Rapids Griffins, leads the AHL with 20 goals and has scored a goal in his past eight games, equaling a Griffins franchise record.
"We're going to give him the opportunity tonight, and depending on what he does we'll give him more opportunities," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "It's on an ad-earn basis, so you got to play real well and if you play real well you get to play."
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