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Contrary to what I'm sure will be suggested over the next 24 hours, the Detroit Red Wings' 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes was not the result of a team collectively and individually choosing to "screw the pooch" to "send a message" voicing their dissatisfaction with the team's management.
The Red Wings did not lose because the ghosts of Jay Bouwmeester, Jaromir Jagr, Jason Pominville or Robyn Regehr were haunting them.
Via Puck Daddy's Harrison Mooney, the Toledo Blade's Rachel Lenzi wrote a wonderful profile of Mr. Hockey's non-hockey-playing son, one Murray Howe, and the youngest of Mr. Hockey's son took a very different path to success in a tangentially hockey-related profession:
Though he hails from the first family of hockey, Murray Howe chose his own path. As the chairman of Toledo Hospital’s department of radiology, he helps solve a few medical mysteries involving sports medicine radiology and imaging. In his line of work, the pictures tell a deeper story.
“There’s a lot of things that X-rays don’t show, a lot of injuries,” said Dr. Howe, who also is the team radiologist for the Toledo Walleye at its imaging facility, Toledo Radiological Associates. “An X-ray may show that everything looks normal, but what you’re dealing with now and the mechanism of injury, it’s quite possible that it could be problem ‘X,’ and let’s consider an MRI to show something better,” Howe said.
Like his father, he is helpful in his own way.
“He’s very helpful, but he is not afraid to make a call,” said Dr. Roger Kruse, the medical director of sports care with ProMedica. “Murray will make the call and say, that’s it. But he’s always willing to look at someone else’s MRI, and he won’t get paid a cent for it. Even more so, he’s always willing to look at other people’s studies and he is always willing to learn. He understands that it’s teamwork.”
Continued, and the rest of the article's worth your time both for Lenzi's profile of Murray and Murray's statement that while his father may be suffering from dementia-induced memory loss, he remains "very much himself."
Updated 7x at 4:57 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will begin a two games-in-two-nights slate of games against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight (10 PM EDT, FSD/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), and while the Wings possess a pretty dang solid record against the Coyotes, the Wings' remaining games aginast Phoenix (tonight's tilt and the teams' April 22nd meeting) have the potential to adversely impact Detroit's playoff chances, so the Wings can't overlook an opponent they'll play against for a sixth of their remaining 12 games.
The Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan reports that the Coyotes may receive a significant addition to their lineup in the form of goaltender Mike Smith returning from his "lower-body injury"...
The Red Wings won't take to the ice to prepare for tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes (10 PM EDT, FSD/NHL Network U.S. and the Center Ice/GCL blackouts that come with an NHL Net game/97.1 FM) until around 2 PM EDT, but the Red Wings' website and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose area already in game-day mode...
Pursuant to Sportsnet's John Shannon's statement that the 2014 Winter Classic will be officially awarded to Detroit on Sunday, I received this little tidbit in my inbox this morning (and I've removed the media RSVP part because it's not relevant):
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT & HOST UNVEILING
AT JOE LOUIS ARENA IN DETROIT SUNDAY, APRIL 7 AT 10:30 A.M. ET
WHAT: NHL Special Event Press Conference, Jersey Unveiling & Media Availability
WHEN: Sunday, April 7 10:30 a.m. ET
WHERE: Joe Louis Arena
Television networks planning any live content from the arena must indicate those plans on RSVP.
Update: Whoops, I just got up (long couple of days), so I didn't know that MLive's Ansar Khan beat me to the punch.
And yes, as the Detroit News notes, it's very convenient that the Wings and Blues will tangle in an NBC game at 12:30 PM on Sunday. Free infomercial!
Update #2: The Wings will stream the presser.
The Detroit Red Wings find themselves in a particularly delicate situation heading into tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes (10 PM EDT, FSD/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM) and tomorrow's tilt against the Colorado Avalanche (9 PM EDT, FSD/97.1 FM).
The 18-13-and-5 Wings sit in 7th place in the Western Conference, with 41 points and 12 games to go, which places them only 3 points behind the 4th-place Wild and Canucks...But also only five points ahead of the 12th-place(!) Coyotes, who, despite selling off Raffi Torres, Matthew Lombardi and Steve Sullivan at the trade deadline, have no intention of wanderig into the haze of yet another possible springtime relocation saga easily.
The Wings defeated Phoenix 3-2 back on March 25th, but given the razor-thin margin for error in terms of playoff positionioning and the fact that the Wings will host the Coyotes on April 22nd, Phoenix can do quite a bit to play the playoff-spoiler's role if the Wings don't take their opponent seriously.
The Detroit Red Wings boarded Red Bird III and headed to Phoenix after a team-signature "spirited but brief" practice at Joe Louis Arena, preparing for back-to-back games against the Coyotes on Thursday and Avs on Friday.
The only people taking connecting flights to Phoenix to join the team were Brian Lashoff, who the team recallled after he played in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 5-1 win over Houston, and GM Ken Holland.
The Wings signed goalie Jared Coreau and, per Ansar Khan, demoted Joakim Andersson, Danny DeKeyser and Gustav Nyquist to Grand Rapids "on paper" so that the trio were eligible to play for the Griffins in the AHL playoffs if necessary, but other than that, the team made no trade deadline additions, and both Wings coach Mike Babcock and Holland told the Free Press's Helene St. James that they were okay with not making a move:
The Grand Rapids Griffins' wonderful video crew has posted another set of near-first-person-perspective videos giving fans an inside look at life as a professional hockey player, chronicling the team's back-to-back games against the Lake Erie Monsters on March 22nd (in Grand Rapids) and March 23rd (in Cleveland). The trilogy's more than worth 20 or so minutes of your time (and I really wish that the Wings would do something like this, hint hint):
Via RedWingsFeed, this was a nice little tidbit to wake up from a nap to reading:
I will say this: several Red Wings season-ticket holders have already told me that the prices have gone up for the 2014 version of the Red Wings vs. the Maple Leafs at the Big House, and that sucks.
If ever you needed a reminder that the Red Wings were not only completely committed to their youth movement this year, but are working toward a younger, bigger roster all the way around...
Here's the Wings' press release:
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