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The Red Wings will return to practice today after taking Sunday off, and subsequent to their 2-1 win over Boston last Thursday and the defensive-gaffe-filled 3-2 loss to Anaheim on Saturday, the Wings have some work to do--from the goaltender on out--before the schedule gets "interesting."
The Wings will host the Bruins this Wednesday (in one of those damn "NBC Rivalry Night" games) and then head to Toronto on Friday to begin a set of home-and-home games with the Maple Leafs.
Given that Montreal's off to a 3-and-0 start, that the Bruins head into today's Columbus Day matinee against Colorado with an
0-and-2 1-and-2 record (and David Krejci possibly returning to the lineup), and given that the Leafs 6-3 win on Sunday and Tuesday's home tilt against the Avs could yield a 2-and-2 record for a team that won't play again until they host the Wings on Friday...
Sunday's crop of Red Wings prospect news isn't particularly large, but consistency = separating the prospect news from NHL team news, so:
The most interesting development of the past weekend involves Jake Paterson and the OHL's Saginaw Spirit. Paterson not did not play in Saginaw's 3-2 OT loss to London on Saturday or Sunday's 6-3 win over Peterborough, but he also didn't dress, with rookie David Ovsjannikov and pre-Paterson-demotion starter Nikita Serebryakov dressing instead.
More than a few pundits have suspected that Paterson will be traded from Saginaw to another team that can more easily accommodate Paterson's status as a 20-year-old "overager" (there's a 5-man limit on "overagers" for most of the regular season, but that shrinks to four "overagers" during the stretch run), and as Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager reported, the Spirit are in a "rebuilding year," so Paterson's time in Saginaw may be at an end.
The Detroit Free Press has published a second excerpt from Chris Chelios's forthcoming memoir, Made in America (cowritten with USA Today's Kevin Allen). Given that Sunday's excerpt involved the trauma that Chelios endured in being traded from his hometown team to Detroit in 1999, the Free Press wisely chose to publish Chelios's tale of the people who made playing for the Red Wings fun along the way to the Wings' 2002 Stanley Cup championship is fascinating:
It shouldn't have come down to this, but it did, and while most assume it was a "judgment call," Niklas Kronwall stated pretty plainly that Ryan Getzlaf slashed his hands before Kronwall tripped into the boards, Getzlaf stated that he did indeed "lift" Kronwall's stick before Getzlaf assumed that Kronwall "toe-picked"...
And, of course, Getzlaf took the puck and scored the game-winning goal in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 win over the Red Wings. Even the Ducks' announcers were surprised that Getzlaf got away with what he did:
The play was certainly a microcosm of the game. Franzen's attempt to pick off Getzlaf yielded a lost stick (which Franzen protested as he tried to skate back into play to check Getzlaf), Zetterberg and Nyquist, who were also on the ice for Getzlaf's first goal, were nowhere to be seen, Ericsson looked just as lost attempting to stop Getzlaf as he did throughout both this game and Thursday's win against Boston, and Jimmy Howard got beaten high...
But Franzen also registered his third assist of the campaign, Nyquist scored the would-be go-ahead goal early in the 3rd, Zetterberg looked to be finally shaking off his, "I basically haven't played in eight months" rust, and despite his gaffes below the goal line, Howard kept the Wings in the 2nd period for a long time while the team was down by 1.
Chris Chelios has had an up-and-down relationship with the media, so the Red Wings' current player mentor and part-time assistant coach to the Grand Rapids Griffins' defensemen...Walks past and through any sort of group of media members with the same urgency that he cut through Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley during a Bruins telecast last November (and he did it to Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, too)
He's a prickly sort, but that happens when you cut your teeth in Montreal in the 80's and head home to Chicago to get played up as a "hometown boy." I'm a little surprised that the Detroit Free Press reports that Chelios is about to release a memoir co-written with USA Today's Kevin Allen (who also co-wrote Darren McCarty's memoir) called Made in America. It comes out on November 1st.
The Free Press posted an excerpt from said memoir this morning, and the first of two "clips" involves Chelios's trade to Detroit in 1999:
The Grand Rapids Griffins have won exactly one of their past four meetings with the Lake Erie Monsters, but 1-for-4 is a little more excusable when 2 of those losses happened during the preseason.
The Griffins' website posted a recap thereof:
What is now "Sportsnet on the CBC's" Hockey Night in Canada did a sort of "Satellite Hotstove" in which Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox dispensed hockey knowledge, and the indispensible Chris Nichols summarized it. I'm hoping that the segment is posted on Sportsnet, but Paul alerted me to this little tidbit from Friedman:
Friedman: "Another name that has been in the news has been Tyler Myers. One story from the summer is that Buffalo was asked about Detroit, 'We'd be interested in Tyler Myers.' The Sabres' ask back was Anthony Mantha. The Red Wings stopped there. That gives you an idea of what the price might be for Buffalo's defenseman."
Edit: Via Paul:
The good: the Red Wings rallied from another 1-0 deficit, Jimmy Howard steadied himself after giving up a poor goal and the Red Wings were all of 24 seconds from taking the Ducks to overtime via out-shooting, out-hustling and out-working a mean, nasty Anaheim team.
The bad: with 27 seconds left in the game, Ryan Getzlaf very blatantly hooked/tripped Niklas Kronwall, skated toward the net, and as Jonthan Ericsson, who had a terrible game, stood and watched (and forced Howard to remain in his crease), Getzlaf roofed it.
No call. Ducks win 3-2, Babcock stands at the end of the bench after the game and the refs refuse to talk to him. Textbook hooking penalty yields a goal, negates a staggeringly good performance by Gustav Nyquist, Kyle Quincey of all people and what was at least a make-up-for-his-awful-stickhandling performance by Howard.
Prospect news entries usually wait for the evening, especially given that they tend to derail game-day update posts' momentum (and today's game-day post has been updated six times).
Ahead of an evening in which the Grand Rapids Griffins play at Lake Erie (7 PM on AHLLive.com), the Toledo Walleye play an exhibition game in Kalamazoo (against the K-Wings) and the vast majority of the Wings' OHL, WHL and NCAA-playing prospects are skating and/or tending goal, there's quite a bit of prospect news already worth noting, so:
I had to smile when reading this note from ESPN's Katie Strang, who points out that Andrej "Nesty" Nestrasil, who will play in his second consecutive game this evening against Anaheim, is among a quartet of surprising opening-night rookies:
Updated 8x at 2:24 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Anaheim Ducks tonight (7 PM EDT on FSD/Prime Ticket/97.1 FM; tonight is Breast Cancer Awareness Night) hoping to build upon Thursday's 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins, while the Ducks hope to rebound from a 6-4 loss to Pittburgh.
As Paul noted, the Wings won't be making any changes to their lineup this evening.
MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Pavel Datsyuk's still recovering from his separated shoulder and isn't sure when he'll return to the lineup...
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