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Helm says he's playing tonight.— Chuck Pleiness (@wingsfrontman) January 20, 2014
Darren Helm's return to the line up tonight could be the energy boost that the Detroit Red Wings have missed. Coming off of a game of bizarre puck luck the addition of Helm will be another step in the right direction for Detroit.
Update: Make that 2-and-1...
More than a few Red Wings fans readily agreed that Niklas Kronwall's game-tying goal en route to the Wings' 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles shouldn't have counted...
But instead of lamenting the off-the-net-and-in goal as a disgrace to the league (believe me, Tomas Holmstrom's former employer's fan base tends to strongly support the concept of making every "discretionary" call on a scoring play reviewable by the NHL's War Room, and we wish that the GM's and Board of Governors agreed with us), we thought, "Huh, now we're even."
Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels remembered the play immediately, stating that it happened against the Sharks in 2008; my friend Brian did some digging and found the exact incident--February 29th, 2008--and Paul and SYF dug up the clip of Devin Setoguchi scoring the 3-1 goal in what would end up as a 3-2 San Jose Sharks win over the Wings on Leap Year Day, as well as the larger reaction to the goal.
The highlight clip isn't fantastic, but fewer bloggers had their DVR's hooked up to their laptops back then:
I said after the last game that I didn't know how ot describe what transpired between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, but by damn luck, the Red Wings' 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles...
Was utterly bizarre.
After a scoreles and grab-y and grope-y first period, the Kings scored the game's first goal, surrendered the game-tying goal 41 seconds later, and were stupid enough to do this...
I'm not the only Red Wings fan who's suggested that the team's status as injury-plagued for the past three or four seasons should necessitate some sort of audit of the Wings' training, strength and conditioning and nutritional staffs, and many Wings fans have been calling not for Mike Babcock's head of late, but for Piet Van Zant's.
As such, it's at least comforting to hear the Red Wings' coach tell the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that the Wings have been there and done that already:
“We’ve been through all that, right through our medical room to our strength and training to how we condition our guys, the whole thing,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said when asked if they have been able to pinpoint why the rash of injuries this season. “The interesting thing is when we were old we never got hurt and now that we’re young we get hurt all the time. So why is that? Lots of things don’t add up in the short term.
“In the long term, when you try to be scientific and solution based, that’s how I try to coach and that’s how we try to run our team,” Babcock continued. “In the short term you can say we’re over-training our guys, spending too much time in the weight room, we don’t got it going in the medical room, I don’t buy any of that crap.”
I'm a little wary of Ye Olde No-Author Trade Rumor, but the Fourth Period seems to have leaned very hard on Mike Babcock's Friday interview with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM and looked hard at the spate of injuries up front before offering a Wings trade deadline outlook which suggests that Ken Holland and company will leave adding a top-four defenseman for another time as the decimated forward ranks could use some outside assistance:
It's little surprise with the list of top-six players on the injured list the Red Wings are in the bottom third of the NHL in scoring. Even before his groin injury, Stephen Weiss was the clubhouse leader for the award of "Most Disappointing Free Agent Signing."
The rumor that Edmonton Oilers right wing Ales Hemsky could land at the Joe is about to take its usual March flight and it's always made sense given his game a fit for this offense.
added 1:29pm, Khan tweet...
Daniel Alfredsson hasn’t been on the ice for a week due to inflammation in his lower back, Holland said. No time frame for his return.
from Bob Duff of The Windsor Star,
Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg believes the Wings have simplified their game in recent outings and thinks maintaining that frame of mind will eventually get them over the hump and back in the win column.
“We’re doing a lot of good things,” Zetterberg said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find a way to get some pucks in.”
The result is that the Wings have slid to 12th overall in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, out of the playoff picture.
“I don’t think you ever should panic,” Zetterberg said. “I think we can play better.
“We’ve got to improve in some spots, but we’ve still got lots of games here.”
read on to read about Tatar returning...
added 1:22pm, Helene St. James with quotes from Babcock on the state of the team...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
They face the Los Angeles Kings Saturday in the start of a season-long and eminently crucial five-game homestand. As they slide further down the pack of tightly grouped teams battling for playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, it’s time for the Red Wings to get their house in order.
Detroit is 6-10-7 at home, for a .413 winning percentage. This club hasn’t finished below .500 at home since 1985-86 (10-26-4).
“Look at the standings -- we’re in dogfight,” defenseman Kyle Quincey said. “If we want to be in the playoffs we’ve got to start winning, especially at home. We owe it to the fans. We feel we’re playing pretty solid and close to winning all these games. We need to stay the course and hopefully a few goals start going in.
“It’s a huge point of the season; we’re fighting for our lives right now.”
Andrea Wilson at the Wings' website with an update after today's practice,
The Red Wings won’t have to worry about leaving The Joe again anytime soon, as they will play their next five games at home after completing a five-game road trip in New York Thursday night. The team hopes its recent break from the JLA will help it improve on its 6-10-7 home record.
“I think that can help,” defenseman Danny DeKeyser said. “Anytime you can, you’re struggling somewhere and you get away for a while and then you come back it kind of refreshes you a little bit and clears things up so hopefully that’s the case and we need to come out here and play hard and just get wins and get points.”
Currently sitting in 11th place in the Eastern Conference behind 50 points and a 20-17-10 record, the cross-conference game against Los Angeles Saturday is an important game to kick off a pivotal home stand.
“Well the game against LA is huge,” coach Mike Babcock said. “We don’t win enough so I thought our team played hard the last couple games but we didn’t win. We gotta find a way to get some points. As you can see in the standings we’re not in a good situation. We gotta get some traction and get going. We had a lot of kids play real well last game and in the end we still found a way not to win so we gotta find a way to win.”
Mike Babcock was on 105.1 with Matt Dery around 2:30pm ET today.
You can listen here and some topics were discussed the lack of goal scoring or as Babcock said, "we don't score there's no question about it."
He also said "don't get me wrong, I like kids but I like winning, I like that a lot more."
The interview is a little short of four minutes.
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