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Red Wings fans are literally cheering this move, but it comes thanks to Deryk Engelland's shoulder to Justin Abdelkader's chin, which will result in a little chat with the Department of Player Safety and at least a weekend's worth of missed games for Abdelkader.
Per MLive's Brendan Savage:
Forward Tomas Jurco will make his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, general manager Ken Holland told MLive Saturday night.
Jurco will be recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL after Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was knocked out of Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Abdelkader was hit in the head by Pittsburgh's Deryk Engelland late in the first period and won't return until he's examined for a possible concussion.
Jurco is Grand Rapids' leading scorer with 11 goals and 16 assists in 26 games.
Update: This explains it. Also: Sit, Mikael Samuelsson, sit:
Spoiler alert: This is full of 'em:
I was the son of a probation officer who worked in Detroit in the 70's, 80's and early 90's (was, as in my dad passed away 21 years ago), I also happen to have to write up a wrap-up of tonight's Wings loss and the Wings' prospects Saturday outings, and I know that the Wyshynskis of the world do a abso-*#$%@&-loutely fantastic job of breaking down the 24/7 phenomenon (no BS on my part--Wysh and company do a wonderful job), so I'm not going to get you an HBO: 24/7, Red Wings-Maple Leafs, Episode 1 recap (though I will note that MLive's Brendan Savage posted the alternate showings thereof)...
But I can assure you that you won't be disappointed with the episode if you missed it and want to watch it--and if you're a Canadian who has to watch until tomorrow's 7:30 PM EST airing on Sportsnet, you're not going to hear many bleeps, save one f-bomb from Mike Babcock, Daniel Alfredsson wondering whether it was the *#$%@& puck or whether he's *#$%@& old, Daniel Cleary complaining about the goal that was waived off because Tim Thomas flopped in Florida, Stephen Weiss complaining about being penalized, a few from Randy Carlyle and a significant amount of "*#$%@& your shit you *#$%@& shit *#$%@& *#$%@& shit *#$%@& shit!" during Joffrey Lupul's fight with Slava Voynov.
Update: This is not a good sign:
Update #2: It's very bad for Engelland given that the NHL's already listing the rules he broke:
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: rule 46.2, aggressor and rule 46.15, match penalty. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Well okay then. Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader left Saturday's 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh after Deryk Engelland elbowed Abdelkader in the head (after the game, Wings coach Mike Babcock told the media that Abdelkader would not play tomorrow, though Fox Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported that Abdelkader was up and about), and the NHL's Department of Player Safety quickly issued the following Tweet:
That means the following...
Here's the hit...
SIGH. Update: double sigh:
The Detroit Red Wings' 4-1 loss to the Penguins was a situation in which the Red Wings were out-worked, out-performed severely on special teams (the Penguins scored 2 power play goals and the Wings blew the 5-minute major assessed to Deryk Engelland when he knocked Justin Abdelkader out of the game), out-goaltended (Gustavsson was fine--the Penguins were just much better in front of Detroit's net and Jeff Zatkoff played out of his mind as the Wings blew opportunities in front of him) and were out-lucked on calls like this:
The Red Wings honor an active and/or retired military servicemember during every game, and this time around, well...Watch the video:
Update: DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson tells the story...
Update: No surprise here:
Update #2: FTR:
Update #3: Not playing tomorrow:
Via the CBC's Elliotte Friedman, The Score's Thomas Drance posted a .gif of the shoulder Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland delivered to Justin Abdelkader's jaw, resulting in a match penalty for Engelland and possibly a concussion for Abdelkader, who first hunched over and then nearly fell over:
The Detroit Red Wings have essentially listed a single group of players taking part in both Alumni Showdown games against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, December 31st (at 1 PM and 3:30 PM, with the games airing on FSD, the CBC and the NHL Network), but the CBC snagged a split list of players taking part in games 1 and 2 from Toronto, and the following Leaf rosters were just revealed on Hockey Night in Canada:
In the Red Wings alumni department...
Via Joe Kocur, WRIF's Meltdown posted a superb 7-minute video which chronicles the Red Wings alums' attempts to prepare for New Year's Eve's Alumni Showdown games...
And Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus spoke with someone who really did grow up playing outdoors in one Tomas Holmstrom, who accompanied the NHL's ice-making truck to Michigan Stadium on Thursday, regarding the concept of suiting up outdoors again (Pitea, Sweden did indeed once possess a "snowmobile-through" McDonald's)...
No surprise here, from the Red Wings' PR department:
BABCOCK AND HOLLAND DEFEND BELL RINGING TITLE LAST NIGHT
… Red Wings Competition Raised $12,891 for The Salvation Army on Dec. 13 …
DETROIT– Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock along with Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland successfully defended their bell ringing title on Friday evening, as the four duos of Red Wings players and personnel brought in a grand total of $12,891.48 for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
During a two-hour span of bell ringing at Hiller’s Market in downtown Northville, Babcock and Holland raised $6,852.95 for the nonprofit to win the bell ringing competition for the seventh time in eight years.
Updated 7x at 1:38 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to claw into their clunky 5-6-and-6 home record when they battle the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening (7 PM, FSD/Root/NHL Network U.S. with the usual Center Ice and GameCenter Live blackouts/97.1 FM), kicking off a slate of 6 pre-Christmas games to be played over the course of 10 pre-Christmas nights and 5 of 6 pre-Fa-Ra-Ra games at the now-endangered Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Tampa Bay on Thursday and found out that a) Jimmy Howard will miss at least 2 weeks with a sprained MCL and that b) Danny DeKeyser, Darren Helm and Henrik Zetterberg should return during or around the Wings' December 28th game in Florida; the Penguins defeated New Jersey 3-2 on Friday and have won four straight games, but they gave up 30 shots over the course of the 2nd and 3rd periods, nearly blowing a 3-0 lead.
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose offered a morning skate quip related to the Wings' HBO 24/7 close-up this evening (the first episode leading up to the Wings-Leafs Winter Classic airs at 10 PM EST)...
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