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Updated 9x at 7:01 PM: I don't know why the Red Wings didn't practice until nearly 3 in the afternoon, but after taking Sunday off, that's what they did. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reported that the Wings skated with the same lines they did during Saturday's loss to Anaheim:
Looks like no change to Wednesday's lineup for Wings. Cleary, Weiss and Datsyuk all in gray.
The Wings host the Bruins (who lost 2-1 to Colorado on a literal-last-second goal, and are now 1-and-3) in an NBCSN "Wednesday Night Rivalry Game" before heading to Toronto to open a home-and-home series on Friday; the team has to maximize its practice time to work out the kinks as the schedule is just as tough after the 3-games-in-4-nights stretch, with the Wings visiting Montreal on the 21st, Pittsburgh on the 23rd, Philadelphia on the 25th and Washington on the 29th.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed the no-change practice lineup...
Wings on ice for late afternoon practice. Everybody is skating. Datsyuk. Cleary and Weiss in gray jerseys reserved for scratches.
But Pleiness noted that the in-game line changes have taken effect:
The Red Wings lost 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday due to a goal that even had the Ducks' announcers shocked given that they could see Getzlaf hook Niklas Kronwall prior to skating in on Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Ericsson...
And while the Red Wings dealt with the goal and moved on, their fans, myself included, remain incensed about the hook, but TSN's Kerry Fraser agrees with Getzlaf's assessment of the situation, suggesting that Kronwall "toe-picked" into the boards, and that Kesler's hook on Kronwall's stick essentially didn't excuse Kronwall from responsibility for tripping himself:
The Red Wings held smoke detector collections during the preseason for Henrik Zetterberg's charitable initiative, and the Wings' PR department sent out a press release stating that Zetterberg will distribute the smoke detectors collected on Tuesday:
ZETTERBERG TO DISTRIBUTE SMOKE DETECTORS TO LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AFTER PRACTICE ON TUESDAY
… Fire Department Representatives and Comerica Cares Volunteers to Watch Practice …
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will distribute more than 2,700 smoke detectors to local fire department representatives following the team’s 11 a.m. practice on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The fire departments will then, in turn, donate and install the smoke alarms to low-income residents throughout Metro Detroit who could otherwise not afford smoke detectors.
During the team’s 13th annual Smoke Detector Collection presented by Comerica Bank, fans donated smoke detectors and made monetary contributions at two in-game collections on Sept. 25 and Sept. 27. The Zetterberg Foundation will also match the fans’ donations with a $9,700 donation to purchase additional smoke alarms. Zetterberg, who is in his ninth year as spokesman for the Smoke Detector Collection, will then present a check on behalf of the Zetterberg Foundation during a ceremony prior to the Red Wings game on Wednesday, Oct. 15 against the Boston Bruins.
Updated 2x at 2:41 PM: Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related...Stuff...And happy Canadian Thanksgiving and/or Happy Celebration of Christopher Columbus' Gigantic Navigational Error, too...
Via RedWingsFeed, the Wings are now playing this particularly slick video as the, "open video for the In-Arena show," and it's pretty dang slick:
I've done my part in playing up the Wings' need to work the kinks out of their team game ahead of Wednesday's "Rivalry Night" game against Boston and Friday and Saturday's home-and-home series against Toronto (as well as the balance of October's schedule).
After watching the Wings surrender turnover-based goals against Boston (
0-and-3 1-and-2 going into today's 1 PM EDT matinee against the Avs) and Anaheim, MLive's Joe Lapointe suggests that practice job #1 involves closing the Wings' turnover bakery, and he feels that the Brendan Smith turnover yielding Matt Beleskey's goal was particularly damning:
The Red Wings will return to practice today after taking Sunday off, and subsequent to their 2-1 win over Boston last Thursday and the defensive-gaffe-filled 3-2 loss to Anaheim on Saturday, the Wings have some work to do--from the goaltender on out--before the schedule gets "interesting."
The Wings will host the Bruins this Wednesday (in one of those damn "NBC Rivalry Night" games) and then head to Toronto on Friday to begin a set of home-and-home games with the Maple Leafs.
Given that Montreal's off to a 3-and-0 start, that the Bruins head into today's Columbus Day matinee against Colorado with an
0-and-2 1-and-2 record (and David Krejci possibly returning to the lineup), and given that the Leafs 6-3 win on Sunday and Tuesday's home tilt against the Avs could yield a 2-and-2 record for a team that won't play again until they host the Wings on Friday...
Sunday's crop of Red Wings prospect news isn't particularly large, but consistency = separating the prospect news from NHL team news, so:
The most interesting development of the past weekend involves Jake Paterson and the OHL's Saginaw Spirit. Paterson not did not play in Saginaw's 3-2 OT loss to London on Saturday or Sunday's 6-3 win over Peterborough, but he also didn't dress, with rookie David Ovsjannikov and pre-Paterson-demotion starter Nikita Serebryakov dressing instead.
More than a few pundits have suspected that Paterson will be traded from Saginaw to another team that can more easily accommodate Paterson's status as a 20-year-old "overager" (there's a 5-man limit on "overagers" for most of the regular season, but that shrinks to four "overagers" during the stretch run), and as Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager reported, the Spirit are in a "rebuilding year," so Paterson's time in Saginaw may be at an end.
The Detroit Free Press has published a second excerpt from Chris Chelios's forthcoming memoir, Made in America (cowritten with USA Today's Kevin Allen). Given that Sunday's excerpt involved the trauma that Chelios endured in being traded from his hometown team to Detroit in 1999, the Free Press wisely chose to publish Chelios's tale of the people who made playing for the Red Wings fun along the way to the Wings' 2002 Stanley Cup championship is fascinating:
It shouldn't have come down to this, but it did, and while most assume it was a "judgment call," Niklas Kronwall stated pretty plainly that Ryan Getzlaf slashed his hands before Kronwall tripped into the boards, Getzlaf stated that he did indeed "lift" Kronwall's stick before Getzlaf assumed that Kronwall "toe-picked"...
And, of course, Getzlaf took the puck and scored the game-winning goal in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 win over the Red Wings. Even the Ducks' announcers were surprised that Getzlaf got away with what he did:
The play was certainly a microcosm of the game. Franzen's attempt to pick off Getzlaf yielded a lost stick (which Franzen protested as he tried to skate back into play to check Getzlaf), Zetterberg and Nyquist, who were also on the ice for Getzlaf's first goal, were nowhere to be seen, Ericsson looked just as lost attempting to stop Getzlaf as he did throughout both this game and Thursday's win against Boston, and Jimmy Howard got beaten high...
But Franzen also registered his third assist of the campaign, Nyquist scored the would-be go-ahead goal early in the 3rd, Zetterberg looked to be finally shaking off his, "I basically haven't played in eight months" rust, and despite his gaffes below the goal line, Howard kept the Wings in the 2nd period for a long time while the team was down by 1.
Chris Chelios has had an up-and-down relationship with the media, so the Red Wings' current player mentor and part-time assistant coach to the Grand Rapids Griffins' defensemen...Walks past and through any sort of group of media members with the same urgency that he cut through Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley during a Bruins telecast last November (and he did it to Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, too)
He's a prickly sort, but that happens when you cut your teeth in Montreal in the 80's and head home to Chicago to get played up as a "hometown boy." I'm a little surprised that the Detroit Free Press reports that Chelios is about to release a memoir co-written with USA Today's Kevin Allen (who also co-wrote Darren McCarty's memoir) called Made in America. It comes out on November 1st.
The Free Press posted an excerpt from said memoir this morning, and the first of two "clips" involves Chelios's trade to Detroit in 1999:
The Grand Rapids Griffins have won exactly one of their past four meetings with the Lake Erie Monsters, but 1-for-4 is a little more excusable when 2 of those losses happened during the preseason.
The Griffins' website posted a recap thereof:
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