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Articles from practice: On injuries and Hicketts
The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena for an optional practice on Sunday, preparing for a 3-games-in-4-nights stretch which will begin against a similarly-banged-up New Jersey Devils team tomorrow night. After practice wrapped up, Wings coach Jeff Blashill updated the team's injury situation: Injury update,…
Posted by George Malik on 01/21/18 | Comments 2

Tweets from practice: Wings ‘take an optional’; Jersey banged-up; Sunday features
Updated at 12:47 PM: Hicketts will play tomorrow vs. New Jersey, per Khan: The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena the day after a difficult loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, with the Wings preparing for a 3-games-in-4-nights slate which will take them to New Jersey…
Posted by George Malik on 01/21/18 | Comments 1

Red Wings recall Joe Hicketts
As insurance... The Detroit #RedWings today recalled defenseman Joe Hicketts from the AHL’s @griffinshockey. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/FjgfEfSanL — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 21, 2018 Here's the Wings' press release: JOE HICKETTS RECALLED FROM GRAND RAPIDS … 2017 Calder Cup Champion Has 42 Points in 116 Career AHL Games … DETROIT…
Posted by George Malik on 01/21/18 | Comments 7

Prospect news: Griffins beat IceHogs; Walleye lose in KC; Gallant, Pearson score goals
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins rallied from a 1-0 deficit and withstood a 2-2 tie as the Griffins ultimately out-gunned the Rockford IceHogs, winning 4-3. Eric Tangradi, Matt Puempel, Dominik Shine and Robbie Russo scored goals, Axel Holmstrom had 2 assists and Jared Coreau stopped…
Posted by George Malik on 01/21/18 | Comments 0

The overnight report: Red Wings-Hurricanes wrap-up—mistake-prone Wings pounced upon by Hurricanes
The Detroit Red Wings lost an incredibly frustrating 3-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night, kicking off a 4-games-in-6-nights stretch with a flat, uninspired effort against a Canes team coming off its Bye Week. The Wings' penalty-kill continued to struggle, giving up 2 power play goals to Elias…
Posted by George Malik on 01/21/18 | Comments 2

Red Wings-Hurricanes quick take: Wings lose a frustrating game to Carolina
The Red Wings opened up a series of 4 games to be played over the course of 6 nights against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday evening, and as the Wings sat 5 points behind the Hurricanes in the NHL's Wild Card standings, the Wings needed to pick up their game.…
Posted by George Malik on 01/20/18 | Comments 17

St. James’ Q and A with Chris Chelios
The Free Press's Helene St. James engaged in a Q and A with Red Wings ambassador Chris Chelios: What are your duties at the Olympics? CC: “I’m assistant coach on the bench in charge of the penalty killing and defense. I’ve been assistant coach at World Juniors with Ron Wilson…
Posted by George Malik on 01/20/18 | Comments 1

Red Wings-Hurricanes game-day updates: Pre-game remarks from Tatar, Green and Canes coach Peters
Updated 2 at 1:27 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to make up ground against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (7:00 PM on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), with the Wings sitting 5 points in arrears of Carolina in the Wild Card standings. Neither team's morning skate was particularly eventful: the Red…
Posted by George Malik on 01/20/18 | Comments 0

Griffins’ Great Skate, NTDP’s Star Wars Night taking place this evening
There are a pair of non-Wings charitable events that are worth your time should you choose to forego the Wings-Canes game this evening: 1. The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding their annual Great Skate after tonight's game vs. Rockford, with the details thereof available here: We're back at the Van…
Posted by George Malik on 01/20/18 | Comments 0

Red Wings-Hurricanes morning skate Tweets: Ouellet in for Jensen, injury news; Great Skate reminder
The Detroit Red Wings face a team that lies in the way of the Wings' late-season push for a playoff spot in the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:00 PM on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM). Detroit sits 5 points behind the Hurricanes in the Wild Card standings, and as the Wings wrap…
Posted by George Malik on 01/20/18 | Comments 12

Prospect news: Griffins beat Milwaukee; Walleye defeat KC; Holway scores, Fulcher stands tall
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins got 2 goals from Eric Tangradi, a goal and an assist from Matthew Ford, two assists from Robbie Russo and 29 saves from Tom McCollum en route to a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals. The Griffins' website posted a…
Posted by George Malik on 01/20/18 | Comments 0

Red Wings-Hurricanes set-up—Wings face a crucial game against Canes
The Detroit Red Wings will open their pre-All-Star Break crunch against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday evening (7:00 PM EST on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), with the Hurricanes representing the first of 4 opponents that the Wings will play over the course of the next 6 nights. The 18-19-7 Red Wings…
Posted by George Malik on 01/19/18 | Comments 2

Galli, Woodriffe report in from the Toast of Hockeytown
The Red Wings held their Toast of Hockeytown last night to benefit the Detroit Red WIngs Foundation, and a couple videos from the event popped up over the course of the evening. WXYZ's Brad Galli filed a report from Little Caesars Arena... As did Fox 2's Woody Woodriffe...
Posted by George Malik on 01/19/18 | Comments 0

Prospect news: Gallant scores; European, OHL round-up
Of prospect-related note: In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin took 3 shots in goal in 15:17 played but did not register a point in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 6-5 OT win over Severstal; In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo won 72% of his faceoffs in 11:23 played as Jukurit lost 2-1 in overtime…
Posted by George Malik on 01/18/18 | Comments 1

Articles from practice, late version: Wings concerned with power play; the schedule is weird, man
The Detroit Red Wings held a brief practice prior to the Toast of Hockeytown on Thursday, and before the Wings hob-knobed with their fans, the Wings' beat writers report that the team attempted to address its struggling power play. MLive's Ansar Khan wrote an article about the Wings' power play…
Posted by George Malik on 01/18/18 | Comments 4

Tweets from practice: Bertuzzi, Zetterberg ‘take maintenance days’ per Khan
The Red Wings' Thursday afternoon practice preceded the Toast of Hockeytown event, so it wasn't covered intensely. MLive's Ansar Khan posted the only Tweet from practice... #RedWings Blashill said Bertuzzi and Zetterberg had maintenance days today but are expected to play Saturday vs. @NHLCanes — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 18,…
Posted by George Malik on 01/18/18 | Comments 15

Prospect news: Grifins lose to Milwaukee; ECHL ASG set for 2019 in Toledo; Cholowski posts 2A
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins gave up 3 3rd period goals en route to a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday. Matt Puempel and Ben Street had a goal and an assist apiece and Jared Coreau stopped 24 shots in the Griffins' loss.…
Posted by George Malik on 01/18/18 | Comments 12

Red Wings’ Alums to hold two important games on Friday and Sunday
The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association is playing a pair of games of charitable note this week. The Wings' Alums will take part in a game to benefit the City of Novi Police and Fire Departments on Friday... Lineup for 1/19/18 vs. @ChiefMolloy squad to benefit #novipolice & #novifire. Puck…
Posted by George Malik on 01/18/18 | Comments 0

The Athletic: Grand Rapids Griffins captain Matt Ford leading by example
From The Athletic's Emily Waldron: GRAND RAPIDS — Matt Ford has a consistent pregame routine, honed over the years of playing in the American Hockey League. This routine, which consists of the veteran right wing skating a round of sprints to accelerate his heart rate has, until this year, normally…
Posted by George Malik on 01/18/18 | Comments 0

Talking about a Mike Green trade
My bad for missing this one. The Fourth Period reports that the Red Wings would be willing to retain some of Mike Green's salary to facilitate a trade deadline move: Green, 32, comes with a $6 million salary cap hit and a full no-trade clause – while the Wings have…
Posted by George Malik on 01/18/18 | Comments 65

Bruins, City Of Boston Honor Willie O’Ree
As Sportsnet illustrates, the Boston Bruins honored Willie O'Ree prior to the Bruins-Canadiens game on Wednesday... And, per the Associated Press: Hockey pioneer Willie O'Ree was honored in Boston on Wednesday, the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Bruins forward breaking the NHL's color barrier. At a news conference…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 0

Corey Crawford Has Post-Concussion Syndrome
From Sportsnet: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is likely suffering from post-concussion syndrome, not vertigo, according to Scotty Bowman, a senior adviser with the club. On Tuesday multiple reports claimed that the 33-year-old Crawford could miss the remainder of the season with vertigo-like symptoms. “It’s not what they’re reporting,” Bowman…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 0

Mike Babcock, ‘The Decider’
From NHL.com's Mike Zeisberger: Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on Wednesday responded to the second guessing of his recent roster and lineup tactics. "This is how I look at it: They hired me to decide," Babcock sternly told reporters after practice. "You get to decide what you react to.…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 0

Tyler Bertuzzi’s earning his praises
Both the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji took note of Tyler Bertuzzi's performance of late. Bertuzzi has fit right in with the Red Wings' top nine forward corps after being recalled permanently from Grand Rapids. Per Kulfan: Tyler Bertuzzi is continuing to make quite an impression with…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 1

Upper Body/Lower Body
The Washington Post's Curtis Rush and Isabelle Khurshudyan wrote an excellent article about the NHL's inconsistent injury disclosure policy: Ken Hitchcock was tired of the dance. In his 22nd year behind an NHL bench, the Dallas Stars head coach decided he would break from the prevalent, league-wide trend of referring…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 0

Penguins’ Matt Murray To Miss Time After Passing Of Father
Via Sportsnet: The Pittsburgh Penguins offer our deepest condolences to Matt Murray and his family on the passing of Matt's father, James Murray, yesterday in Ontario. Matt is returning home from the west coast and will miss an indefinite period of time to be with his family. — Pittsburgh Penguins…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 0

Rene Rancourt To Retire At End Of Season
From the Associated Press: Rene Rancourt, the tuxedoed troubadour who has sung the national anthem before Boston Bruins games for more than 40 years, announced on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the season. The 78-year-old trained opera singer began singing the "Star-Spangled Banner" at Red Sox…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 0

On The Hapless Hawks
From the Chicago Tribune's Steve Rosenbloom: If Corey Crawford’s “upper-body” injury keeps him out the rest of the season, which was a possibility indicated by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, then the Blackhawks will have a “lower-standings” issue. No, wait. They already do. They’re already three points out of the playoffs, and…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 2

Willie O’Ree Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of NHL Debut
From NHL.com's Amalie Benjamin: It was 60 years ago this week when [Willie] O'Ree got the call from the Boston Bruins, notifying him that they would like to bring him up for a pair of games against the Montreal Canadiens, the first on Jan. 18 at the Montreal Forum, a…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 0

New Hurricanes Owner Charles Dundon Discusses Realities of Sports Team Ownership
Among Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's "31 Thoughts" is an interview with new Carolina Hurricanes co-owner Thomas Dundon: It is a common observation from sports owners. You can run a huge billion-dollar business and stay anonymous. But, buy a professional team and prepare for a newer, more intense level of scrutiny. “That’s…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 0

Grand Rapids Griffins to hold ‘Great Skate’ on Saturday, January 20th
From the Grand Rapids Griffins: GREAT SKATE WINTERFEST IS BACK AT ROSA PARKS CIRCLE THIS WEEKEND GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Griffins players, the Calder Cup, sled dogs, ice sculptors, horse-drawn carriages, winter sport athletes, museums, other community partners and local celebrities will all be part of the 2018…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 0

Should the Wings consider trading Jimmy Howard?
The Detroit News's John Niyo believes that the Red Wings should be as aggressive as possible ahead of the NHL's trade deadline, and Niyo suggests that the Wings' management ought to consider trading Jimmy Howard: Why not seriously offer up Jimmy Howard? It's an idea that’s been tossed around the…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 44

Luke Witkowski’s penalties vs. Dallas vexed the Wings
The Free Press's Helene St. James noted that the Red Wings were very upset with the penalties called on Luke Witkowski during last night's 4-2 loss to Dallas: The Wings fell, 4-2, Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena, with two of Dallas’ goals coming during power plays. In the first period,…
Posted by George Malik on 01/17/18 | Comments 5

Red Wings-Stars stars quick take: Wings can’t out-score Stars’ grind, grit
The Red Wings started slow, shot selectively and struggled to create offense against the Dallas Stars, losing 4-2. The Wings struggled to muster shots on Ben Bishop, finishing with only 15 shots (though the Wings had 45 attempts) on the Stars' goal. To Dallas' credit, Ken Hitchcock's team committed to…
Posted by George Malik on 01/16/18 | Comments 34

Double-barreled health issues
I regret to inform you that both Paul and I are experiencing health issues that will prevent us from manning the blog for this evening. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Posted by George Malik on 01/16/18 | Comments 10

Grand Rapids Griffins preparing for ‘Great Skate’ this upcoming Saturday
The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding their annual "Great Skate" this weekend at Rosa Parks Circle, after Saturday night's home game against Rockford, and the Griffins are raising funds for the Griffins' Youth Foundation as part of the event:
Posted by George Malik on 01/15/18 | Comments 0

Tweets from practice: Wings prepare for Dallas, work on special teams play
The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena just before 11 AM on a snowy Monday in Metro Detroit, preparing for Tuesday night's game against the Dallas Stars (Dallas is starting Kari Lehtonen today for their 1 PM matinee vs. Boston). The Wings will be looking…
Posted by George Malik on 01/15/18 | Comments 6

Morning news: Trade deadline talk; ‘Take our GM, please’; looking ahead and multimedia
Of Red Wings-related note this morning: 1. In trade deadline-related news, TSN's Frank Seravalli examined each Eastern Conference's trade deadline needs, and Seravalli believes that the Red Wings need to make Mike Green the belle of the ball: DETROIT Top priority: Make Mike Green 2018’s Martin Hanzal Scoop: Ken Holland…
Posted by George Malik on 01/15/18 | Comments 37

Prospect news: Walleye defeat Cyclones; Cholowski assists in Portland Winterhawks win
Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye beat an arch-rival--while playing for the 3rd time in 3 nights. Toledo defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 2-1 on Sunday night; Kyle Bonis and Davis Vandane scored goals for Toledo, and Pat Nagle stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Walleye. The…
Posted by George Malik on 01/15/18 | Comments 0

Red Wings-Blackhawks wrap-up: sweet road Chicago
The Detroit Red Wings assuaged their difficult loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday by coming out and out-working, out-hustling, out-executing and generally out-playing the Chicago Blackhawks, winning 4-0 in the United Center on Sunday afternoon. The Wings received goals from Dylan Larkin, MIke Green, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi…
Posted by George Malik on 01/14/18 | Comments 23

Red Wings-Blackhawks quick take: take Bertuzzi and call me in the morning
The Detroit Red Wings tend not to win in Chicago, and the Wings caught a bit of a break as the Blackhawks did not have Wing-killer Corey Crawford in the lineup for Sunday's "brunch matinee," but the Blackhawks remained a stacked team without their starting goalie, so the Red Wings…
Posted by George Malik on 01/14/18 | Comments 20

Prospect news: Griffins lose to Cleveland; Walleye rout Kansas City; Pope posts 2 more assists
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a rough go on Saturday, surrendering 2 3rd-period goals as Joonas Korpisalo held the Griffins off the scoreboard for 59:40, only surrendering a very late goal to Matt Puemepel en route to a 2-1 Cleveland Monsters win. Tom McCollum…
Posted by George Malik on 01/14/18 | Comments 1

Red Wings-Blackhawks set-up: teams desperate for Wild Card spots prepare for a ‘brunch game’
The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to rebound from Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh as the Wings head to Chicago to play the Blackhawks at a strange time. With playoff NFL games scheduled for 1 PM and 4 PM on networks that are not NBC, NBC has re-scheduled tomorrow's originally-7-PM-starting game…
Posted by George Malik on 01/13/18 | Comments 2

Red Wings-Penguins wrap-up: Wings fall short due to bad power play, execution
The Red Wings dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, and the Wings also lost Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm to lower-body injuries during the course of the game, so the Wings will look a little different against goaltender Jeff Glass and the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday…
Posted by George Malik on 01/13/18 | Comments 5

Red Wings-Penguins quick take: Wings lose Abdelkader, Helm and a 4-point game
The Detroit Red Wings hoped to catch the Pittsburgh Penguins at a vulnerable moment minus goaltender Matt Murray, but the Pittsburgh Penguins would present a stiff challenge on Saturday afternoon. The Red Wings seriously needed to knock off the Pens to keep hope alive in the team's quest for a…
Posted by George Malik on 01/13/18 | Comments 13

Anthony Mantha, Luke Witkowski to sign autographs at SE MI Meijer locations
Here's an FYI from the Red Wings: ANTHONY MANTHA AND LUKE WITKOWSKI TO APPEAR AT METRO DETROIT MEIJER LOCATIONS ... Mantha to Appear at First “Red Wings Day at Meijer” on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in Madison Heights … DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings players Anthony Mantha and Luke Witkowski are…
Posted by George Malik on 01/13/18 | Comments 0

Prospect news: Griffins defeat Monsters; Walleye beat Fort Wayne; Pope posts 5 points for UNO
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, Ben Street and Eric Tangradi had a goal and an assist apiece, Filip Hronek and Dominic Turgeon scored goals and Jared Coreau stopped 18 of 20 shots in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 4-2 victory over Lake Erie. The Griffins' website posted a recap:
Posted by George Malik on 01/13/18 | Comments 2

‘Three Things’: On Mike Green, Dennis Cholowski and more mid-season grades
Of Red Wings-related note this morning: 1. Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff duly noted that Mike Green may be the Red Wings' disposable All-Star as he may be traded at or before the trade deadline: Green is also experienced enough to understand the realities of the game. He’s in the last year…
Posted by George Malik on 01/11/18 | Comments 10

Prospect news: OHL/WHL trade deadline round-up; Griffins sweep 2-game series with Moose
Of prospect-related note: In the OHL and WHL, Red Wings prospects were on the move ahead of the Canadian Hockey League's trade deadline: In the OHL, Defenseman Jordan Sambrook was traded from the Erie Otters to the Soo Greyhounds; Defenseman Reilly Webb was traded from the Hamilton Bulldogs to the…
Posted by George Malik on 01/11/18 | Comments 1

Off-day news: More grades, ‘reasons for optimism,’ Holland on the Hot Seat and AHL/ECHL news
Of disparate Red Wings-related note this morning: 1. Both MLive's Ansar Khan and The Athletic's Craig Custance have filed "midseason player grade" articles, and Custance uses outside sources to determine whether players exceeded their preseason expectations or fell short thereof: Andreas Athanasiou Average rating: 73.7 Key quote: “His speed —…
Posted by George Malik on 01/10/18 | Comments 29

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