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This has been a weekend of embracing the insanity that is the great Maple Leaf Hype Machine, so let's get the most insane parts of the Red Wings' 1-0 OT win over Toronto and the past three days' worth of nonsense out of the way.
Nick Kypreos said this to George Strombolopolous during the second intermission, and I'm paraphrasing his comments suggesting that the Red Wings may or may not be comfortable with the concept of paying a coach more than they pay their GM:
After the game, Henrik Zetterberg did speak with Fox Sports Detroit's Lindsey Hayes, but Fox Sports Detroit cut off the end of his message, so did he say his "heart" was to his wife in the stands, or his wife and son?
We'll have to wait and see, I suppose. In any case, it was Sweetest Day on Saturday, and Zetterberg delivered a present for every Wings fan:
The Red Wings' prospects continue to experience high highs and low lows.
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins swept their weekend series against the Charlotte Checkers, taking Friday's game 2-1 and defeating the Checkers 4-1 on Saturday. The Griffins' website posted a game recap:
Amongst this evening's pre-game coaches' presser comments ahead of tonight's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings (7 PM on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S. with the requisite Center Ice blackout/97.1 FM):
Updated 5x at 1:08 PM: The Red Wings did not hold a morning skate ahead of tonight's game against Toronto (7 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), but the injury bug fairy apparently visited Detroit during last night's 4-1 win. Jimmy Howard must have tweaked something, because the Wings have recalled Petr Mrazek to back up Jonas Gustavsson:
I'm not sure what happened to Jimmy Howard, but Mrazek has indeed been recalled:
Updated at 12:10 PM, FYI:
The Detroit Red Wings hope to sweep their home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight (7 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S. with the usual Center Ice/GCL blackout/97.1 FM).
Updated substantially at 4:48 AM: I've been to cities much larger than Detroit was during its heyday, but when I've visited Toronto, Washington D.C., Chicago or anywhere else that makes even Metro Detroit's 4.5+ million population look like a postage stamp, I've always had the same feeling toward the end of my trip: "I want to go home, where it's not this nuts." I will take the desolate buildings and Metropolitan Area spread out over an area larger than Rhode Island any day.
My feelings are similar in a professional sense every time the Red Wings travel to Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia or of course Chicago; even with Tuesday's game in Montreal in the offing, I think I'll breathe a sigh of relief after the Wings wrap up their home-and-home series with the Centre of the Hockey Universe [a.k.a. Toronto and its Maple Leafs] and the Centre of the Hockey Media Universe this evening (7 PM EDT, FSD/CBC/NHL Network with the requisite Center Ice/GCL blackout/97.1 FM).
Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up and Wings-Leafs set-up: Zetterberg dominant, Leafs media still Babsing
The Red Wings flew back to Metro Detroit having rebounded from Wednesday's loss to Boston in fine fashion, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in what may have been the Wings' most complete performance of their 4-game-old 2014-15 campaign.
Tonight, the teams tangle again at what's likely to be a split Joe Louis Arena (7 PM on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S. with the usual Center Ice blackouts/97.1 FM) and a front office that's pretty pissed off at Bob McCown, with Jonas Gustavsson playing goal for the Wings and Johan Franzen "possible" after suffering leg spasms subsequent to tumbling as he scored his second goal of the game.
Franzen had this to say about his issue to the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno:
Red Wings prospect news: Griffins defeat Charlotte; Bertuzzi, Turgeon score 2, Hicketts w/ 2 assists
The Red Wings' prospects had a pretty solid Friday night, and the headliners were the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, who defeated the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 despite a 41-save performance from former Griffin Drew McIntyre.
The Griffins' website posted a recap of the game:
Teemu Pulkkinen scored his second goal of the season 46 seconds into the third period and Petr Mrazek made 18 saves as the Grand Rapids Griffins (2-1-0-0) defeated the Charlotte Checkers (1-3-0-0) Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.
In the Checkers’ home opener, it was the Griffins who controlled the flow of the game as 10 penalties were called against Charlotte, which led to nine power play opportunities for Grand Rapids.
Mostly good, very, very little bad, including denials from Ken Holland and Jimmy Devellano regarding the Wings' supposed sale possibilities.
The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night, taking game 1 of the back-to-back series by a 4-1 margin, and from Kyle Quincey playing well to Jimmy Howard looking strong when the Wings were out-shot in the 2nd to some superb play by...Jakub Kindl...Almost everything went well:
Regrettably, after scoring his second goal, Johan Franzen left the game with what was deemed a "lower-body injury," and we got a post-game sigh of relief via RedWingsFeed:
The teams go back at 'er on Saturday at 7 PM (on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), and aside from Andrej Nestrasil and the Riley and the Slovaks line not finding their hands yet (though Tomas Tatar has the "Joe Hicketts my center of gravity is several feet below the ice" thing going), the Wings played a superb overall game, rebounding from Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Boston and witnessing a command performance by a Henrik Zetterberg who seems to be "finding his wind."
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