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If you missed it, Jimmy Howard's mask paid tribute to Hockey Fights Cancer and Dave Strader on Saturday night...
And the Red Wings are auctioning the mask, Petr Mrazek's mask, the team's lavender warm-up jerseys and sticks to raise funds for cancer research and treatment:
The Red Wings hosted the Boston Bruins hoping that Tuukka Rask's return to the B's crease would involve rust and not his usual heroics against the Wings. Detroit was hoping to earn its 7th straight win and its 3rd in 8 tries against the Bruins.
The Wings lost 1-0, and they lost 1-0 in what was an exceedingly ugly, ugly game. The Bruins mucked, ground, out-faceoff-won, out-shot, and mostly out-obstructed, out-ground, out-defended and out-sloshed the Wings in a game that was sludge on ice.
Jimmy Howard was excellent, stopping 35 of 36 shots, and Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar were excellent for the Wings, with 5 and 4 of the Wings' 24 shots, respectively, but the Wings just couldn't get the puck up ice and keep it there with any authority, and that was enough for the Bruins to earn an easy ugly win.
From Fox Sports Detroit's YouTube channel, Dave Strader had a pre-game chat with Mickey Redmond on Hockey Fights Cancer Night:
Steve Ott, for reasons beyond me, speared Zdeno Chara on the first shift of the Red Wings-Bruins game. The Bruins made sure to show it to the world...
And Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley didn't like it:
CBS Detroit's Dan Jenkins offers a unique take on the Pistons' highly probable move downtown, suggesting that Red Wings fans need not to feel "less special" because their rink will be shared with an NBA team:
14 cities host both NHL and NBA teams. Of those 14 cities, 10 of them have one arena for both franchises. Detroit is one of the four that doesn’t.
The others are Miami (Florida Panthers and Miami Heat), Phoenix (Arizona Coyotes and Phoenix Suns) and Minnesota (Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Timberwolves).
What a lot of people might not realize is that there are plenty of historic hockey franchises that share an arena with an NBA team, including four of the Original Six!
The idea isn’t that profound. The Red Wings and Pistons shared the old hockey barn Olympia Stadium for four years.
Not only would the Pistons’ potential move downtown make sense from a business standpoint, it would double the amount of games hosted at the new arena and give more than just hockey fans something to be excited about.
So, yes; I know Red Wings fans were originally excited about getting a brand new, shiny arena all to themselves. But having all four professional sports franchises within blocks of each other is more important than that.
Jenkins continues, and what do you think about the Wings sharing the barn with the Pistons?
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. It's Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Joe...
And, according to DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji, Brendan Smith and Henrik Zetterberg are doing their best to aid the cause:
Niklas Kronwall skated with the Red Wings today, and after taking part in the morning skate, he spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James regarding his recovery from chronic knee issues:
“It’s been feeling really good here as of late, so hopefully in the near future I will be practicing full-out with the team,” Kronwall said. "I’ve been skating with our strength coach for some time. It’s time I start practicing with the team and get in real hockey condition and make sure I can tolerate all the battling stuff.”
Finding practices is itself a bit of a rub as the Wings were off Friday after a late night coming home from St. Louis. Sunday is an afternoon start and not conducive to a morning skate, and in general the compactness of the NHL schedule means limited practice opportunities.
“It makes it really hard for a guy like Kronwall to get the type of practice time you want to get in order to get yourself ready to play,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “In his case, it's the battling, and he hasn't had an opportunity to do a lot of battling, and the battling is going to be the biggest thing.
“When you are out at the beginning of the year with injuries it’s hard. You don’t have that same base to rely back on. And this is something that he is going to have to continue to battle the rest of his career. There’s no quick fix to this. It’s going to be a matter of maintenance and handling it the right way.”
St. James posted a video of Kronwall and Blashill speaking with the media, and WXYZ's Brad Galli asked Kronwall how much he "has left" in the tank:
Updated 5x at 1:50 PM: The morning skate ahead of tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings (7 PM EDT on FSD/NESN/97.1 FM; tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Joe) revealed two important personnel decisions for the Wings and Bruins, respectively:
The Wings are holding Thomas Vanek out of the game as his "mid-body injury" is still bothering him, but the Bruins are going to get Tuukka Rask back between the pipes, where he will oppose Jimmy Howard.
Probably, anyway, as NESN's Jack Edwards noted...
And the Bruins confirmed...
This time around, nobody claimed Teemu Pulkkinen off waivers...
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