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Snow day Red Wings gnus and notes

If the Detroit Red Wings had planned on holding practice today, it’s highly likely that the players received a welcome day off due to the absolutely brutal driving conditions subsequent to eight-to-ten-inches of wet, fine-grain snow which is still sticking to Metro Detroit’s roads like Krazy Glue. Given the number of accidents and general insanity I witnessed while out this morning going to an appointment which couldn’t be postponed, if the Wings did hold practice, I’d suggest that there’s at least half a dozen Beemers or Land Rovers spun out or kissing a railing somewhere between Novi and Joe Louis Arena.

As such, here’s a scattershot set of updates and general wings gnus complimenting this morning’s tidbits

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Wings grades, a Lidstrom quip and Pistons squabbling

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

The Wings have played approximately 72% of their schedule, so the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness posted a slate of “third quarter” Red Wings grades that are ever-so-slightly early and based upon the Wings’ contributions over games 42-59 (and he seems to be marking players down for missed attendance):

Pavel Datsyuk (A-/A-/A) – 17 goals, 31 assists. Despite playing just 40 games this season, Datsyuk is second on the team in scoring.
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Tomas Holmstrom (B/B-/C+) –12 goals, 13 assists. On the fourth line since returning from a broken hand, but does see his normal power play time.
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Jonathan Ericsson (C/C+/C+) –3 goals, 11 assists. Has a career-best 14 points this season, but more impressive is his plus-13, which is third best on the team.

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Red Wings-Wild wrap-up in progress: attaboy, Bert

Updated at 4:48 with a full recap, injury news and overnight updates: The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in a shootout thanks to a stellar goaltending performance from Jimmy Howard, who matched Niklas Backstrom save for save, and a superb shootout goal from Todd Bertuzzi, who registered the unofficial game-winner while playing in his 1,000th game. Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien provides a solid and sound quickie recap which worked superbly as neither the Detroit or Minnesota papers actually posted their recaps until Monday morning:

The mere fact that it was Todd Bertuzzi’s 1,000th game made this afternoon’s contest against the Minnesota Wild special enough. Yet Bertuzzi was able to script a great ending to his milestone, as the surging power forward scored a nice backhand goal to cap a 2-1 shootout win for the Detroit Red Wings.

The divisive power forward received boos when he touched the puck (unless it was actually one of those “Boo-urns”-style chants that sounded like boos?), but he made some nice plays in a well-played if offensively limited contest.

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Red Wings-Wild set-up: Win one for Bert vs. win one for Mikko

As the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild prepare to face off in a “brunch game” to accommodate NBC’s Hockey Day in America activities (11:30 AM local time, 12:30 PM EST, NBC/WXYT/streamed on NBCSports.com for those of you out of regional coverage), the Wild find themselves in a much more precarious position than the Wings, currently sitting in tenth place in the Western Conference, amidst a playoff pack where the Wild’s 67 points are three ahead of 12th place and only 5 behind the 3rd-place Coyotes. 

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Todd Bertuzzi making the most of his second go-round with the Red Wings

Updated at 4:30 AM with more from St. James: When the Detroit Red Wings traded Shawn Matthias and a mid-round draft pick in 2007 to the Florida Panthers for one Todd Bertuzzi, they acquired a player in conflict with himself. Two years after a horrific incident that we all remember, Bertuzzi remained pretty angry at just about everyone, himself included, and he continued to employ a style of play that he very simply couldn’t afford to utilize in the post-lockout NHL. Bertuzzi’s offensive dominance during the early 2000’s was predicated upon the kind of clutching, grabbing and an out-of-control physical game that the league deemed illegal, especially as Bertuzzi became a very marked and closely-watched man.

Wings coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland asked Bertuzzi to play a more controlled and conservative game, Bertuzzi balked, and despite his modicum of success with the Wings as they reached the Western Conference Finals, he chose to sign with Brian Burke’s Anaheim Ducks. Under Randy Carlyle, the classic Todd Bertuzzi remained a player whose giveaways and obstruction penalties were equally divided between reputation calls and honestly earned ones, and after a similarly unsuccessful and injury-marred season with the Calgary Flames, Bertuzzi decided to take up Ken Holland’s offer to re-sign with the Red Wings in the summer of 2009.

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Wings fans out of regional coverage for Sunday’s NBC game will have to scramble to find game

Update 11:17 PM, yaay, PTM’s Lepore says all games will be streamed on NBCSports.com: Bummer news: Per Puck the Media’s Steve Lepore and The 506, NBC’s swiping of the Sunday’s Red Wings-Minnesota Wild game doesn’t just mean a strange 11:30 local time start (the game starts at 12:30 PM EST):

it also means that if you’re outside of the geographical zone that NBC’s chosen to designate as Wings-Wild territory, you’re going to have to find another legal (cough) means to watch the game as

it won’t be available on the NHL’s Center Ice or GameCenter Live packages.  Per The 506, here’s Sunday’s coverage map (and the Wings game is in blue):

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