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Updated 11x at 3:59 PM: The Detroit Red Wings snapped a 7-game losing streak when the Nyquist-powered Wings defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night, a.k.a. "Influenza Night at the Joe" (given that Jimmy Howard and Brian Lashoff succumbed to the flu prior to and during the game, respectively), and the Wings will battle Daniel Alfredsson's former employer this evening (7 PM EST, FSD/CBC in Windsor/1270 AM) hoping to sustain a winning track...
But the Wings will be collecting cold-weather clothing and distributing Alfredsson bobbleheads minus #11 himself. So the main event in terms of media coverage will--barring some sort of morning skate miracle--have to wait until the Wings and Alfredsson head to Ottawa on Monday, December 1st.
The Wings are kicking off a slate of back-to-backs, with the Senators visiting the Joe tonight and the Sabres hosting the Wings tomorrow (a 5 PM start), and the Wings will have a pair of "off days" prior to a big barometer game against the Sabres on Thanksgiving Eve, but we're at a point where the Wings have to earn a win and at least another "one-point victory" over the next two games for the 10-6-and-7 Wings to be doing anything more than skating uphill going into American Thanksgiving.
All of that being said, tonight's about proving that the Wings' 6-1 loss to Ottawa a month ago was an anomaly and not "the new normal" that we've all become far too accustomed to and annoyed with over the course of the past three weeks.
The Red Wings' ECHL affiliate will be holding their Teddy Bear Toss this evening, when Louis-Marc Aubry and Nick Jensen join Max Nicastro, Mark Tvrdon, Martin Frk, Trevor Parkes and Jared Coreau on a very Red Wings-prospect-heavy lineup when the team tangles against the Evansville IceMen tonight (and tonight honors first responders as well).
From the Walleye's PR department:
Be 'bear-y' generous on Saturday, November 23 and bring a teddy bear to toss on the Huntington Center ice after the Walleye score their first goal! The annual Teddy Bear Toss, presented by BCSN, is a can't miss, feel good, holiday event! All teddy bears will be donated to Lucas County Children Services and the Toledo Police Department.
Fans can bring their own Teddy Bears to the game, or they can purchase a ticket & teddy combo package for $20 each. If you already have a game ticket, teddy bears are just $6 each through the Swamp Shop.
The Grand Rapids Griffins tend to send this stuff out to their media list instead of posting promotional tidbits as dedicated webpages, but I can tell you that this part of their latest slate of promotional emails, which direct us toward their promotion-related page, caught my eye:
TEDDY BEAR TOSS AND CALENDAR GIVEAWAY ON TAP
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 vs. Texas Stars
Time: 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena (doors open at 6 p.m.).
Teddy Bear Toss: The annual Teddy Bear Toss benefitting Hug-A-Bear of Kent County is back. Fans are asked to bring a new store-tagged teddy bear or stuffed animal to throw on the ice when the Griffins score their first goal. All stuffed animals collected will be donated to Hug-A-Bears of Kent County. Hug-A-Bears serves the community to donate teddy bears to children and families in crisis. Approximately 3,500 bears have been given to those in need, serving local schools and organizations such as the Kent County Adoption Court and Spectrum Health’s Bereavement Center, Camp Compass, Burn Camp and outpatient surgical centers.
While he won't take part in tonight's game, Daniel Alfredsson's commitment to charitable endeavors remains very strong in the Ottawa area, and on Friday, DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson reported that Alfredsson's established an official charitable footprint in Southeastern Michigan (though you can be assured that he,the vast majority of his Wings teammates, is doing more behind the scenes):
Many Detroit babies received their first “wings” today as the Red Wings launched their brand new Baby Wings program in partnership with FirstMerit Bank.
Forward Daniel Alfredsson helped launch the program, which delivers a special goody bag to families who come to one of three hospitals in Metro Detroit for the birth of their child during the hockey season. The effort’s goal is to help foster lasting memories for local families, an experience Alfredsson, a father of four, is familiar with.
“I have been part of four births myself, I have four boys at home and it’s a very emotional and a very, if everything goes well that is, it’s probably the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Alfredsson said. “It’s one of feeling until you meet something that’s gone through it, you can’t explain it and I’m looking forward to obviously seeing the emotions of the new partners and share my story and congratulate.”
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spoke with WBBL's Bill "Huge" Simonson on Friday, and while his interview wasn't as revelatory as Ken Holland's recent discussion on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, Babcock addressed Nyquist's recall, the Wings' slump-snapping win over Carolina on Thursday, the Wings' attempts to deal with the injuries to Stephen Weiss, Daniel Alfredsson and Danny DeKeyser, and his unwillingness to blame "the cap" for Nyquist's time spent in Grand Rapids, simply stating that the Wings had to make hard decisions in demoting three players who played for the Wings into the second round last spring.
Babcock seems to feel that the more stable the roster is going forward, the better the team will be.
Mickey Redmond also spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Drew Lane on Friday, but the audio's not embeddable.
Update: The Wings' gear auction to benefit breast cancer-related charities is still up and running on NHL.com, too.
The Detroit Red Wings will battle Daniel Alfredson's previous employer minus #11's services this evening (7 PM, FSD/CBC/1270 AM), and this press release from a few days ago is more than worth repeating:
Wings to collect winter gear for homeless
Fans who donate can win a Franzen autographed puck and photo at the Nov. 23 game
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and the DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital are asking fans to bring new or gently-used cold weather wear to the home game on Saturday, Nov. 23, as part of the 20th annual Motor City Mitten Madness (MCMM) program.
Volunteers from the DRH Burn Center will collect adult and children’s winter clothing wear and monetary donations at each of the four entrances of Joe Louis Arena to make this holiday season a little warmer for Detroit homeless shelters.
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
“We’re going to put the best team we can on the ice every night and as we have decisions to make on the cap we’ll make them,” Holland said. “We’ve done it in the past. We put (Jordin) Tootoo and (Patrick) Eaves on waivers. With the injury to (Danny) DeKeyser it allowed us to bring up Gus. We know he’s an NHL player.”...
“With Nyquist here we’re slowly looking like we’re going to put four lines together,” Holland said. “Hopefully we can get some scoring up and down the lineup. We haven’t had that.”
I will update this post as needed.
via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
If Nyquist plays one more game in the NHL, he would have to be put on waivers if sent down again, and the Wings aren’t risking that. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press after the game that “we are talking options.”
via Bill Roose of the Wings' website,
“He's obviously got skill, knows how to play and he can be an important guy going ahead,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “That's what I would have done if I was him. We'll see what happens. It's called money.”
The shortest recap of the season...
A three point night from Zetterberg (
1g, 3a), 2 goals from Nyquist, one by Franzen, Kronwall and the other by Helm as the Wings get a mucn needed 4-3 win.
Nyquist certainly gives the offense a little more balance and here is my suggestion, move Tatar up to the line with Datsyuk and Bertuzzi.
Here is the game winning goal by Nyquist.
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