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Updated 9x at 1:32 PM: The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena after last night's 3-2 win over Carolina, and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reported that the Wings were "taking an optional":
Looks like it'll be an optional skate this afternoon at Joe Louis Arena. Just 9 skaters and 3 goalies on the ice so far.
Erik Cole has just stepped on ice. It's his first time on ice with teammates in eight days.
Door is closed so it looks like just 10 skaters today.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed:
Optional practice today for Wings. Only 13 players skating but Cole is on the ice for first time in a week.
Abdelkader (hand) not skating.
There's one bit of prospect news to pass along: Dominic Turgeon registered an assist in the Portland Winterhawks' 5-4 OT win over Seattle last night, and that win advances the Winterhawks to the 2nd round of the WHL playoffs;
If the Red Wings do in fact qualify for their 24th consecutive playoff appearance, the Ottawa Senators have ensured that the ride is going to be bumpy, and the Red Wings' 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes gave us every indication that it's going to be...Touchy-feely.
The Red Wings most certainly rallied in clutch and/or playoff fashion against Carolina, but the manner in which they did so was less than elegant, from Gustav Nyquist's, "Khubodin could'a had that one" tying marker to Datsyuk's while-falling winner, and those are the kinds of slightly mucky goals that the Wings are going to need to score, for two reasons:
1. When you see this team in person, twice, without three healthy forwards, you start realizing that just as Pavel Datsyuk's irreplaceable even playing with a sore left ankle, when you stack up Justin Abdelkader (hand), Tomas Jurco (upper-body), Erik Cole (????) and Johan Franzen (concussion), even given Franzen's reputation among Wings fans, this team is missing a line of talent, a line of size and a line of goal-scoring potential that makes Detroit's game absolutely mucky without them.
Zids to Zetts to Dats goal!
The play was going to be icing on Carolina but the puck hit the linesman and bounced to Zidlicky who started the play.
Goals are below and the Pens/Sens game is in OT.
added 10:15pm,Senators win4-3 in OT.
Ottawa sits at 80 games played, 95 pts. and ROW is 35.
The Bruins play in Washingtom tomorrow.
Red Wings-Hurricanes game-day articles: Zetterberg under pressure, Howard starting, Datsyuk playing?
Updated 14x at 4:08 PM: Okey dokey, so the beat writers' morning skate Tweets told us that the Red Wings will start Jimmy Howard against the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), and that Pavel Datsyuk is likely to play alongside Henrik Zetterberg (and take note: the Hurricanes won't hold a morning skate, so we won't know who's starting for Carolina, which dropped a 4-3 decision to Buffalo last night, until 5:45 PM this afternoon).
We also learned that the Wings won't be facing Max Pacioretty when they tangle with the Canadiens on Thursday, and that in terms of Wings injuries, Erik Cole (???), Justin Abdelkader (hand), Tomas Jurco (upper-body) and Johan Franzen (concussion), who took a twirl at the end of practice, are all out, which is very bad news for a Red Wings team whose goaltending has been OK and whose scoring has been shitty.
In terms of game-day articles, Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave was first out of the chute with a set of questions for Henrik Zetterberg and Mike Babcock, who attempted to address the reasons why the Wings have gone 3-9-and-2 since returning from their 4-1-and-1 West Coast Swing in late February:
The heavy equipment's ready to begin "vertical construction" on the Red Wings' follow-on rink, but the City Council is being the City Council, per the Free Press's Joe Guillen:
The Detroit City Council had been expected to vote today on an extensive rezoning proposal to build the new Red Wings arena, culminating months of discussions between the council and the developer about parking plans, traffic flows around the arena and the demolition of a nearby historic hotel.
But documents required for the approval are not ready, so the vote was put off - again.
This story is still developing, so I'll update the entry based on the 12 PM news stories from the local newscasts.
Update: Oh, City Hall...
Updated 12x at 11:38 AM: The Detroit Red Wings play the first of their must-win-or-nearly-so regular season games when they host the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM; Chris Lee and Dan O'Rourke are scheduled to referee tonight's game).
While the Wings can clinch a playoff spot if they win this evening and the Ottawa Senators lose to Pittsburgh, Detroit doesn't want to back into the playoffs--and the Hurricanes don't plan on "tanking" during the two-game series against Detroit, either.
Carolina isn't holding a morning skate after dropping a 4-3 decision to Buffalo last night (a 4-3 decision in which Carolina out-shot Buffalo 52-25 and nearly completed a rally from a 4-0 deficit); the Red Wings took Monday off, so they held a morning skate at the Joe.
MLive's Ansar Khan didn't deliver good news:
Datsyuk, Abdelkader and Cole not skating today. Jurco is skating
Howard in the net usually occupied by the starter.
And in case the Wings have driven you to drink, drink well, per Ken Kal:
And now things get complicated. The Detroit Red Wings host the Carolina Hurricanes in the final home game of the 2014-15 regular season this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), and with three total games remaining for the Red Wings, the Wild Card race looks like this--including goal differential...
And here is the Atlantic Division playoff picture:
Exactly one Wings prospect played playoff hockey on Monday, as noted by DRW Prospects on Twitter:
Christoffer Ehn is taking part in the Frolunda Indians' SHL semifinal series, and I plain old assumed that he'd been assigned to the J20 team. Ehn and Frolunda do indeed trail the Vaxjo Lakers 3-2 despite Frolunda's 1-0 win on Monday, and Game 6 will take place on Tuesday.
Things became clearer for other Wings prospects taking part in second-round playoff series in Major Junior Hockey, too:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch this week:
1. Could Abdelkader return soon?
General manager Ken Holland said on Monday that Justin Abdelkader is doubtful for Tuesday but might play before the end of the regular season, so his injury apparently is not long-term. He injured his hand blocking a shot during overtime in Saturday's 3-2 shootout victory at Minnesota.
It's a significant loss. Abdelkader is having a breakout season with career highs in goals (23) and points (44) and fills many roles: net-front presence on the power play, kills penalties, plays physical, agitates opponents.
2. Zetterberg in lengthy scoring slump
Henrik Zetterberg hasn't had nearly the same jump since the All-Star break. He is mired in possibly the worst goal-scoring slump of his career, with just one goal (along with 16 assists) in his past 27 games, during which time he is averaging 2.67 shots per game.
He was averaging nearly a point a game (15 goals, 30 assists) in his first 48 games, when he was averaging 3.13 shots per game.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled right wing Landon Ferraro from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Ferraro, 23, ranks third on the Griffins with 42 points, including a career-high 27 goals (27-15-42), in 70 games this season. He is also tied for fourth in the AHL in that category, while sitting second with 235 shots on goal. A fourth-year pro, Ferraro has skated in 270 games with the Griffins since 2009-10, notching 140 points (75-65-140) and 204 penalty minutes. He’s also appeared in 33 postseason games, logging 19 points (6-13-19) and helping the Griffins to a Calder Cup championship in 2013. Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Ferraro skated in four games for the Red Wings in 2013-14, making his NHL debut on March 18, 2014 versus Toronto. Prior to turning professional, the Trail, British Columbia, native skated in 220 Western Hockey League games with the Red Deer Rebels and Everett Silvertips, registering 152 points (76-76-152) and 270 penalty minutes.
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