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Updated 5x at 5:44 PM: The Red Wings practiced on Monday ahead of a Tuesday night showdown with the Dallas Stars, and after practice, the Wings' beat writers revealed that both Brendan Smith (MCL sprain) and Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle sprain) will miss 3-5 weeks due to their injuries.
Updated 3x with Bertuzzi (ankle sprain) and Smith (MCL sprain) news at 12:31 PM: After placing Tyler Bertuzzi and Brendan Smith on the IR and recalling Tomas Jurco, the Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena for practice on Monday morning, and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji reported that Jurco was already back in town:
MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed that Dylan Larkin is OK...
Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus Tweeted this article from the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association, in which Red Wings nutritionist Lisa McDowell discusses her role in keeping the Wings in tip-top physical condition:
McDowell wants all athletes, not just her Red Wings, to watch what they are putting into their bodies. A good diet is crucial for everyone – especially a young hockey player who is still developing on and off the ice.
“If you’re sleeping well and eating well and hydrating well, then you really start to see a synergy with those and you become I guess the best version of your genetic potential is what I would say,” McDowell said. “We know that God-given talent will get you so far, but how do you become the best version of your genetic potential? Without proper nutrition, sleep and hydration, you just can’t. There’s lots of studies that look at performance gains with nutrition. Part of my role with the Detroit Red Wings is making sure that we don’t have any deficiencies, that we’re paying close attention to the little details and hard-wiring them into the players’ routines because they do become successful when their habits are successful.”
And just so all the youth hockey players (and their parents) reading this know – even the Red Wings struggle to consume the food doesn’t exactly taste like candy. For captain Henrik Zetterberg, vegetables are Public Enemy No. 1, but he and the Wings get creative on how he can consume them because veggies are crucial to his diet.
Of prospect-related note, from Sunday evening:
In the Swedish J20 league, Filip Larsson served as the back-up in Djurgardens IF's 5-1 loss to Timra;
Alfons Malmstrom didn't register a point in Orebro HK's 4-0 win over Rogle;
In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Mattias Elfstrom didn't register a point in IK Pantern's 4-0 win over Bjorkloven;
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 8:50 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 2-1 win over Salavat Yulaev;
In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh scored a goal in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 6-5 loss to Sherbrooke;
In the OHL, Givani Smith scored a goal and took 7 shots in the Guelph Storm's 4-2 loss to Filip Hronek's Saginaw Spirit. Hronek took 2 shots for Saginaw;
Update: regarding Smith, from ESPN's Corey Pronman:
Per MLive's Ansar Khan:
Update: In cheerier news:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness notes that the Wings felt that even Saturday's loss against Montreal was a "step in the right direction":
“I thought Wednesday we won ugly, which you have to do when you’re coming out of a slump,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I thought (Friday) we took a real step forward and I thought we continued that step (Saturday). We weren’t perfect but I’ve yet to see a perfect hockey game.
“I think we took steps forward,” Blashill added. “That’s our focus. Now we’ve got to go to work Monday and get better.”
During the Wings’ four-game losing streak they were outscored 13-5 and were shutout in two of those losses.
In their last three games they’ve outscored opponents 8-7.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch this week:
The Red Wings finish the week in Brooklyn Sunday with a matchup against the reeling New York Islanders (6 p.m., FSD), who are tied for last in the league with 16 points (6-10-4).
It'll be a homecoming for Frans Nielsen, who spent the first 10 years of his career with the Islanders.
Nielsen, after a bit of an adjustment period with the Red Wings, has played better lately. He has four points in the past two games.
Coreau to debut soon?
Back-to-back games next weekend might prompt the Red Wings to start Jared Coreau in goal Sunday for what would be his NHL debut.
The Red Wings are high on the 6-foot-6 free agent signee from Northern Michigan, who has been strong in Grand Rapids since the start of the 2014-15 season, following a rough first year as a pro.
Coreau is no longer waiver-exempt next season, when he was projected to be the back-up in Detroit.
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
He already is distinguishable by the way he moves on the ice.
You can tell, without benefit of number or sight of face, that he is Anthony Mantha.
There is the size, of course. Last season, he was tall. Now, he is big and tall. The upper body went from kid to man, thickened by a dietary regimen he described as eating “maybe seven or eight times a day.”
He is huge....
And the simple fact is Mantha looks capable of significant contributions, and he did not with consistency, albeit in short time, last year.
While praising the Wings brass these days for anything is only occasionally warranted, and fraught with the risk of targeting on social media, the fact of the matter is Holland and Devellano were right about Mantha’s performance and wise to make it plain to the player, perhaps even in publicly prominent ways.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
During a stretch that has seen heavy traffic in sick bay, one player at last is ready to check out.
Tomas Jurco is expected to play Tuesday when the Detroit Red Wings host the Dallas Stars, which would be Jurco’s first NHL game in seven months.
He underwent back surgery in the off-season and was sent to the minors this past week to play a couple of games as part of his comeback process.
He complained of tightness after Friday’s game, but was checked out by team doctors.
“We expect Jurco to be cleared for Tuesday,” Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Sunday.
Jurco’s availability stands in contrast to that of a couple of other players. Forward Tyler Bertuzzi appeared to hurt his left leg/foot when he fell after being hit by Montreal’s Alexei Emelin during Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss. Defenseman Brendan Smith appeared to injure his right leg/knee after a run-in what Phillip Danault.
Holland said both players need to undergo tests, which might not come until Monday. Dylan Larkin also got nicked by Emelin, but Holland said Larkin is fine.
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
It took almost a quarter of the season but the Detroit Red Wings might have finally figured out the proper recipe for success.
Although the Red Wings' two-game winning streak ended Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena, they managed to get at least a point for the third straight game by reaching overtime against the powerful Montreal Canadiens....
Captain Henrik Zetterberg, who has been playing on a line with Tomas Tatar and Anthony Mantha, likes the way the Red Wings have blended together the past three games.
"We almost had the same lineup for three games now," Zetterberg said. "We're starting to get some chemistry.
"It was a good week for us. You look back on the last three games and ... we're pretty happy. We wanted to get two points here tonight. We were that close but they found a way and we didn't."
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