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Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, Colin Campbell scored twice, Matt Lorito registered a goal and an two assists, Tyler Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist and Jared Coreau stopped 26 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Texas Stars 6-3.
The Griffins' website filed a recap:
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Griffins coach Todd Nelson and Bertuzzi himself about the recall:
He scored a power-play goal and added an assist in a 6-3 win against Texas. The call up came about an hour after the game.
"They all go on Twitter, they all watch the games and know what's going on up there, and so that's why there were such good efforts out there tonight," coach Todd Nelson said. "But they're hockey players. They work hard every night."
Thomas Vanek (strained hip) is expected to return when the Red Wings play Sunday against Calgary, so the call up could be brief. Anthony Mantha, the Griffins' leading goal scorer, has been up with the team since Friday.
Bertuzzi returned and jumped right in on the Griffins' power play. He said the experience helped his confidence in his return. He was not thinking about a quick return to Detroit.
"I tried not to think about it that much," he said. "Everyone has a chance to go up. But we have a game to play here and you worry about that first and then if you get a call, you get a call."
Nelson thought Bertuzzi didn't miss a beat.
"He did come down with a little bit extra confidence and that's part of his growth," Nelson said.
Jeff Blashill was one of many NHL coaches and players to speak with USA Today's Kevin Allen about the proliferation of Corsi and Fenwick stats as the preferred ways to judge team success, and I may get in trouble for this, but I agree with Blashill here:
Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said he has not noticed players developing any ill-advised habits to inflate their Corsi. But he has his own cautionary tale about advanced statistics.
“I don’t think we have found a good measurable,” Blashill said.
He said he believes Corsi and Fenwick, which counts unblocked shot attempts, can predict success, but not for the reasons people think.
“Shots are more of a byproduct of how you play rather than a driver of performance,” Blashill said.
Blashill said the teams that have good Corsi are those that are outplaying their opponents. That’s why they have more attempts. In other words, teams aren’t dominating because they generate more shot attempts. They have more shot attempts because they are dominating.
He believes it’s an important distinction.
“I want to find things that are an indicator of performance,” Blashill said. “I think we have to dig way deeper.”
And while Red Wings certainly haven't played well enough this season--their 8-8-and-1 record is the most telling stat in that regard--and while their Corsi and Fenwick have to improve, I don't necessarily believe that those stats are THE predictors of team success. There's more to the story--that's why teams keep their own shot numbers, and in the Red Wings' case, emphasize scoring chances and zone time over plain old shots-and-shot-attempts.
The Wings need to improve in all aspects of their game if they are to become a playoff team, but I'm not going to freak out if their Corsi remains below-average. They've got to generate shots, scoring chances and spend more time in the offensive zone than theyr opponent, and mostly, they've got to start out-scoring and out-competing their opponents.
‘Three Things’: A Griffins Game-Day Preview video; on Military Appreciation night and Axel Holmstrom
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' Game-Day Preview ahead of tonight's tilt against Texas:
2. DetroitRedWings.com's Josh Berenter penned a write-up of Tuesday's Military Appreciation Night at the Joe:
On the heels of the news that Darren Helm will miss at least 6 weeks with a dislocated shoulder, the Red Wings issued a few more injury updates:
Watch the hit below which caused the injury.
From MLive's Ansar Khan:
FYI from the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith:
13. That brings us to Dougie Hamilton. Nick Kypreos mentioned the rumours last weekend. Hamilton’s name has been in and out of NHL whispering circles since the draft, but Calgary GM Brad Treliving has always denied them. What no one can dispute is Hamilton’s minutes per game: 17:07 as a rookie, then 19:06, a career-high 21:20 in his third year, 19:46 and 18:26 so far in season five — fifth among Flames blueliners. He’s been above 20 minutes once since Oct. 20. His last three games saw him play 16:24, 14:39 and 15:56. If you trade him now, you might be selling low, but I think there are teams who believe they can make a better player out of him yet. He’s 23. Wonder if Detroit, having struck out so far on Cam Fowler and Jacob Trouba, would have interest.
Problem: The Wings have no cap space, and Hamilton has a $5.75 million cap hit (per CapFriendly). The Flames would want both a defenseman and prospects in return, but the Wings would have to move commensurate salary to acquire Hamilton, and that's a tough fit.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Darren Eliot, John Keating and Chris Osgood weighed in on the Wings' 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay in a "Digital Post-Game" feature:
2. The Free Press's Helene St. James posted a late-breaking recap of last night's game:
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