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Of afternoon-and-or-evening-related note ahead of tonight's game bewteen the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings (8 PM EDT on NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet 1/97.1 FM):
First, here's the Red Wings' game-day preview video:
There are no lineup changes for Detroit, though Mike Babcock spoke at length about the need for the "Riley and the Slovaks" line to improve, and Paul noted that the news on Daniel Alfredsson isn't good.
MLive's Ansar Khan reported that Ken Holland spoke with Alfredsson regarding his inability to practice due to back pain...
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
More and more signs are pointing to Daniel Alfredsson retiring rather than returning to the Detroit Red Wings.
Afredsson, less than two months shy of his 42nd birthday, is no longer skating at Joe Louis Arena, and last week told general manager Ken Holland that there wasn't much of a chance that that would change.
"He was feeling pretty good but was getting frustrated because he wasn't getting over the hump," Holland told the Free Press today. "He would feel good, push it and have a setback. He was frustrated because he was not able to get to the point where he wants to be at to tell me he wants to practice with us."
Updated 5x at 1:46 PM: The Red Wings host the Boston Bruins tonight (8 PM EDT start on NBCSN, TVA Sports, Sportsnet 1 and 97.1 FM) in one of those dang NBCSN "Rivalry Night" games, and as the Bruins are 1-and-3, they're seeking to both bounce back and earn a measure of revenge for last Thursday's 2-1 loss.
The Wings head to Toronto after Thursday's practice to play the 2-and-2 Maple Leafs, who defeated Colorado 3-2 in OT last night, and the Leafs will simply watch the Wings and Bruins duke it out and practice tomorrow before hosting the Wings on Friday and head to Detroit on Saturday.
MLive's Ansar Khan reported that the Wings' morning skate was uneventful...
Red Wings executive Chris Chelios appeared on The Fan 590's Brady and Walker show this morning, discussing his memoir, Made in America, as well as his take on a certain Maple Leafs president who wore #14 in Detroit:
Sportsnet's Luke Fox took note of Chelios's comments:
Updated 2x with Myers talk at 11:06 AM: Of Red Wings-related note from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts":
2. If the Oilers think Jeff Petry is not good enough to dress in Los Angeles, it is time. He’s unrestricted at the end of the year. He’s not going to stay; there is no point in keeping him. Get what you can, end the distraction and move on. Detroit is the obvious candidate, but I can see Anaheim wanting a shot at him, too. Both are looking for right-shot defencemen.
Petry happens to be from Michigan, he happens to have gone to Michigan State University and he happen to be former Tiger Dan Petry's son, but Jeff's 26, he's only posted 59 points in 238 NHL games, and the Sports Forecaster offers the following take on Petry's pluses and minuses:
The Red Wings are about to increase their "sample size." Seven days into the Wings 2014-15 campaign, the team has only played in two games, but they're about to tangle with a particularly motivated opponent in the Boston Bruins this evening (8 PM EDT on NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet 1/97.1 FM) and will play an old-school home-and-home series with Toronto on Friday (in Toronto) and Saturday (in Detroit).
Our friends in Toronto sit at 2-and-2 thanks to a 3-2 OT win over those same Avs on Tuesday, and the
Ample Fleas, I mean Maple Leafs won't play again until they host Detroit on Friday (I give the Leafs' scribes and sports talk radio types until Thursday morning before their Babcock "coach boner" takes flight, and let's be honest, that's what it is).
The Wings also play the Canadiens next Tuesday, so DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose took note of what is both a schedule of historic proportions and a huge opportunity for the Wings to win four straight "four-point" and/or "measuring stick" games:
Tuesday's prospect news is superceded, or you might say "trumped" by a nearly inevitable press release from the fledgling sports network MES, posted on the Grand Rapids Griffins' website. MES won't be televising any Grand Rapids Griffins games for the 2014-15 season:
From the Plymouth Whalers:
Plymouth Whalers Annual Pink Out Coming Nov. 1
People fortunate enough to meet the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers discover the team is polite in nature and cheerfully helpful in disposition.
To that end, the Whalers are gearing up for their seventh annual Pink Out! For Breast Cancer Awareness on Sat. Nov. 1 at 7:05 pm at Compuware Arena against the Kingston Frontenacs.
The Whalers will be wearing specially designed, limited edition pink jerseys for the game. The jerseys will be part of a silent auction with the proceeds donated to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
The ice surface for the game at Compuware Arena will be pink, courtesy of Plymouth Whalers corporate sponsor Hines-Park Lincoln. That’s a first for the arena, which opened in 1996 and a first for the Whalers Pink Out!, which started in 2008.
The pink ice at Compuware Arena is scheduled to be ready by Monday Oct. 27.
Henrik Zetterberg handed out the smoke detectors collected in two preseason games as well as a big monetary donation to Southeastern Michigan fire departments earlier afternoon...
And Zetterberg discussed his charitable commitment with MLive's Brendan Savage....
NBC commentator Pierre McGuire spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery on Tuesday, discussing the Red Wings, tomorrow's Wings-Bruins game, Mike Babcock's future and more in a 9-and-a-half minute interview, and he was nothing less than incredibly charming, engaging, thoughtful and funny. Seriously!
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