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Per the Troy, MI Patch's Jessica Nunez, here's a pretty solid reason to keep your phone in your pocket when you're driving:
AT&T and the Detroit Red Wings are teaming up this season to promote the “It Can Wait” campaign and spread awareness about the dangers of texting and driving.
From today through Oct. 24, Detroit Red Wings fans can enter AT&T’s Why I Pledge contest through the website http://www.WhyIPledge.com/hockey to submit personal stories about their decision to never text while driving. Winners will be announced on Oct. 30.
Via Paul, the Ted Lindsay Foundation is holding a "Beerfest" on Saturday, October 12th at the Freedom Hill Ampitheatre in Sterling Heights--with 200 beers on tap--with the proceeds benefiting autism research.
Lindsay spoke with Fox 2's Deena Centofanti spoke with Lindsay about the event this morning:
The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa reported that Lindsay will bring some hardware along:
Updated 11x at 3:10 PM: The Red Wings begin a difficult stretch of 5 games in 7 nights against an angry Phoenix Coyotes team this evening (7 PM EDT, FSD/FS Arizona/NHL Network/97.1 FM), and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa reports that the Wings took to the ice early for their morning skate:
Normally I'd leave this in the game-day post, but DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose offered a very significant update regarding Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves' status via Twitter, and given the Wings' cap situation, this is worth its own entry:
Update: MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Jonas Gustavsson's getting better, too:
Gustavsson, who pulled his groin in his lone preseason appearance on Sept. 21, has been practicing as the third goalie for the past several days, pushing himself 100 percent, he said, without any pain
“I’ve been feeling good the last 5-6 days, so progress has been great; it’s just a matter of days before I’m in the lineup,’’ Gustavsson said. “I feel like I’m going 100 percent. It’s just a matter of getting your timing back. It’s just a matter of getting a few practices in before I’m ready to go.’’
Once Gustavsson, who is on short-term injured reserve, is cleared, Petr Mrazek can be reassigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Mrazek has not appeared in any games.
Former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov has signed a remainder-of-the-year contract with CSKA Moscow, playing for what Sovetsky Sport reports is a league-minimum 3 million rubles ($92,650), and the 43-year-old center will begin his comeback soon.
He told Championat's Maria Rogovskaya that he's feeling healthy and hale despite having battled back issues in the past, but he does not anticipate playing tomorrow against Metallurg Magnitogorsk;
And Sports.ru reports that Fedorov will platoon his managerial duties between Ildar Muhometov, Alexander Kharlamov and Almaz Garifullin.
Update (and the KHL's English-language website is confirming): per Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov:
But the schedule-making computer is a twisted beast, and in exchange for four days off, the next couple of weeks are going to hurt. The Red Wings resume their 2013-14 campaign against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight (7:30 PM, FSD/FS Arizona/NHL Network U.S. 97.1 FM);
Then the Wings will host the Philadelphia Flyers for their "Pink the Rink for breast cancer awareness" game on Saturday (7 PM, FSD/CSN Philly), and then the Wings head to Boston for a Columbus Day matinee (1 PM start).
Detroit return home to play the vexing Blue Jackets on Tuesday the 15th, and then the Wings head West for road games in Colorado on the 17th and Phoenix on the 19th before returning home to play the Sharks on the 21st and host Daniel Alfredsson's former employer on the 23rd.
The Red Wings are indeed watching the Detroit Tigers' playoff run with great interest, and it's definitely intriguing to hear professional athletes speak as "fans" instead of "players." Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner took note of Jimmy Howard and Mike Babcock's takes on the Tigers' run...
“It was a blast," said Howard, who was at Comerica Park on Tuesday. "Let me tell you, in those situations, it’s fun being a fan. Just sitting there cheering and not the one being in that situation, it was just fun cheering them on. That game was awesome to be a part of last night. It was amazing to watch (Max) Scherzer pitch out of that jam.
“For me, being in Game 7s and in overtimes, I just don’t get nervous. It’s a lot tougher to watch. Just being in the stands and sitting in the stands, I think it’s more nerve-wracking watching than it is playing."
The Red Wings are holding one "Hockey Fights Cancer" promotion when they host the New York Rangers on October 26th, partnering with the Van Andel Institute for a "purple" game. The Wings are also holding a promotion to raise awareness of and funds for breast cancer research this weekend, which is why Jimmy Howard was sporting a special mask and a pink trapper and blocker at Wednesday's practice.
From the Wings' Community Relations department:
RED WINGS PINK THE RINK FOR SEVENTH ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT PRESENTED BY TEAM REHAB
… Fans Encouraged to Wear Pink on Oct. 12 for Chance at Team-Signed Jersey …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings will host their seventh annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night presented by Team Rehab on Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Philadelphia Flyers visit Joe Louis Arena at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket).
And again, this commercial's airing on local TV stations:
Given that the Detroit Tigers are facing a winner-take-all game against the Oakland A's today, the Red Wings have taken something of a backseat to the Tigers in terms of Detroit's sports spotlight, and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness had a conversation with Wings coach Mike Babcock about one Tigers manager Jim Leyland:
“It’s way more nerve wracking to watch them play than to coach us I can tell you that,” Babcock said. “(Anibal) Sanchez started the night before and then I had to laugh when they asked (Jim) Leyland and it’s, ‘well he’s my guy.’ When Howie’s getting bombed 6-1 in the playoffs what do you do? He’s our guy. And I thought it was awesome bringing (Max Scherzer) off the bench yesterday because if you don’t win Game 4 forget about saving a starter for Game 5 then you have (Justin) Verlander. To me it was exciting stuff.”
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