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from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,
To wrap up the Super 16 for the 2013-14 season, here's a look at players who surprised and disappointed, and those who proved to be the most valuable for the best teams in the League.
10. Detroit Red Wings (38-27-15) LW: 13
MVP: When the NHL took its annual holiday break, Gustav Nyquist had four goals in 14 games. He now has nine more than anyone else on the team, and has carried the offense with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk missing through injury.
Surprise: Of all the players who have contributed after starting the season in the American Hockey League, Luke Glendening is the one who has risen furthest up the organizational depth chart. Nothing about his play or his numbers really stands out, but the best coach in the NHL trusts him to play legitimate minutes in this League. For a player on an AHL-only contract last season, that's a pretty big deal.
Disappointment: Ken Holland had too many players and wasn't able to offload the ones necessary for Nyquist to spend the entire season in the NHL. If it weren't for all the injuries, there would have been some hard choices to make this season.
read on for the other teams in the Super 16...
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Jared Coreau from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.
Coreau, 22, signed with the Red Wings last summer after a three-year career with Northern Michigan University of the CCHA. In 76 games with the Wildcats from 2010-13, he compiled a 32-31-8 record, a 2.74 goals-against average, a 0.919 save percentage and two shutouts. A native of Perth, Ontario, Coreau has appeared in 19 games with Toledo as a first-year pro, posting a 1-12-5 record, a 4.10 goals-against average and a 0.873 save percentage. The 6-foot-5, 235-lb., netminder has also made five appearances for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins with an 0-4 record, a 4.39 goals-against average and a 0.873 save percentage.
from rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
The last time the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs…
• Gustav Nyquist was less than one year old. Today, he leads the Red Wings with 28 goals.
• Wayne Gretzky had just completed a 40-goal, 142-point season in his second year with the Los Angeles Kings.
• Teemu Selanne, who missed most of the season with a leg injury, had just finished scoring 12 points in 11 games with Jokerit. He would play two more seasons in Finland before coming over to play in the NHL with Winnipeg. Meanwhile, Jaromir Jagr scored 50 points in 51 games for Kladno in Czechoslovakia (yes, it was still called that) and would make his NHL debut the following season.
• Alexander Mogilny had just completed his rookie NHL season and Martin Brodeur wouldn’t be drafted by New Jersey until after the playoffs.
• The following players also made their debuts: Rob Ray, Donald Audette, Rob Blake, Andrew Cassels, Vyacheslav Fetisov, Curtis Joseph, Tie Domi, Igor Larionov and Olaf Kolzig.
This little ditty was included in the Wings-Penguins wrap-up, but the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness's recap of the Wings' 4-3 shootout loss to Pittsburgh offers both new comments and one quote that bears repeating and highlighting given the Wings' lineup back on October 2nd:
“For sure, no question,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said when asked if the play of the former Grand Rapids Griffins saved their season. “We couldn’t have done it without them. They came here and took jobs, they’re not going anywhere.
“They’re real good players that keep getting better and will be part of us for a long time,” Babcock continued. “What I liked is Jimmy Nill and his staff, before Jimmy moved on, did a real good job because we have these kids. (Jeff Blashill) did a real good job in the minors with them.”
Daniel Alfredsson sounded pretty dang pumped about making the playoff cut, too:
“We’re a good group, we have fun and we know how to work for each other,” Alfredsson said. “It’s kind of contagious when you see everybody going. Everybody kind of drags along and now they pull their share as well.”
Pleiness continues at length...
Red Wings-Penguins wrap-up and overnight report: Wings back into the playoffs, lose Wild Card ground
Quite frankly, the headline says it all for Team Runs With Scissors:
Quickie Red Wings prospect news: Mantha shut out as Val-d’Or loses; Wheaton, Tvrdon, Rockets advance
Three Red Wings prospects took part in playoff action on Wednesday night, and they experienced mixed results.
In the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha was held off the scoresheet and finished at -2 as his Val-d'Or Foreurs dropped a 3-2 decision to the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Drummondville's win ties the teams' second-round series at 2 games apiece. Mantha still has 7 goals, 4 assists and 11 points registered over the course of 8 playoff games played;
In the WHL, things went better for Mitchell Wheaton, Marek Tvrdon and the Kelowna Rockets. Tvrdon had a goal and an assist as Kelowna defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-2, sweeping Seattle and advancing to the WHL's Western Conference Finals, where the Rockets will probably play the Portland Winterhawks. Tvrdon has 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points in 9 playoff games played, and Wheaton, who finished at +1, has 4 assists in 9 playoff games played.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings clinched a spot in the 2014 Stanley Cup® Playoffs for the 23rd straight season by taking a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Red Wings currently sit in the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference standings with 91 points (38-27-15) and two games remaining in the regular season.
Detroit’s streak of 23-straight playoff appearances (1990-91 – present) is the longest active streak in all of North American major professional sports and is the fifth longest of its kind in NHL history. Among NHL teams, the next closest active playoff streak is 10 seasons, currently held by the San Jose Sharks.
Despite a franchise-record 406 man-games lost due to injury this season, the Red Wings push for a 23rd straight playoff appearance has featured the team in the midst of a 9-4-2 run in its last 15 games. Wednesday’s shootout defeat comes only one night after head coach Mike Babcock collected his 414th victory in Detroit, making him the all-time winningest coach in franchise history.
The only goal that mattered tonight...
George just lost his internet connection so you have me with a very brief game recap.
No more goals, saves, etc., just knowing the Wings are once again in the Stanley Cup playoffs should be the topic tonight.
George will get back to work as soon as his cable company fixes the outage.
From the Red Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS HOST ‘FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT’ ON FRIDAY
... Every Fan in Attendance Has a Chance to Win an On-Ice Photo with a Red Wings Player + Autographed Stick ...
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will thank the fans of Hockeytown by hosting its annual ‘Fan Appreciation Night’ on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. when the Red Wings take on the Carolina Hurricanes in the final regular season home game of the 2013-14 campaign.
Fans in attendance at Joe Louis Arena for Friday’s game, along with those tuning in to the exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports Detroit and following the Red Wings social media channels (Facebook, Twitter), will be eligible to win hundreds of exciting giveaways, prizes and unique Red Wings experiences. In addition, fans who subscribe to the team’s text alerts (Text “WINGS” to 21732) are also eligible to win prizes.
SI's Sarah Kwak gave Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar quite the set of compliments today:
With old, reliable names out of the lineup, new ones began to emerge. Before this season, Nyquist and 23-year-old left-winger Tomas Tatar had nine goals in 67 games between them. Now they lead the Red Wings with 28 and 19 goals, respectively, and are being called the team's next generation of stars.
It might be too early to hand the keys to the franchise to this dynamic duo, but there are reasons to believe that they're more than a flash in the proverbial pan. Their profiles have skyrocketed, but not altogether surprisingly. Both Nyquist and Tatar were perhaps overripe by the time they stuck with the Wings. As is the case with most Detroit prospects, breaking into the lineup is often the hardest part. Since signing in March 2011, Nyquist, a fourth-rounder in 2008, was sent down to the minors 11 times. Tatar has made nine such trips since he was drafted 60th overall in 2009.
Such is the plight of playing for a deep, talented, and well-managed organization. When success is as longstanding and commonplace as it has been at the Joe, there isn't much room for learning on the job. Particularly up front, rookies come in as veterans. So to go with his impressive speed, Nyquist has developed a hockey IQ that is already "off the charts," in the words of Detroit coach Mike Babcock. And Tatar has shown no quit in his play as he continues to make those around him better.
And she continues...
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