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The Red Wings will take to the ice shortly at Joe Louis Arena, preparing for Wednesday night's "Rivalry Night" game against the now-Simon-Gagne-employing Boston Bruins (8 PM on NBCSN), as well as a pair of back-to-back games against Toronto. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose issues some interesting trivia about the Wings' early-season schedule...
And while it's a little too early to go into full-on worry mode regarding the Red Wings' season, Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave isn't sure that the Wings' likely middle-of-the-pack finish is a good thing over the long haul, possibly prohibiting the Wings from accessing the top-of-the-draft talent he feels is necessary for the team to become truly dominant again:
Around midnight, I was shaking off the cobwebs ahead of a very busy Tuesday away from the computer (Wal-Mart Incursion imminent!), and all of a sudden, Asia's "Heat of the Moment" popped into my head (could be because Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' new single has the same name, but still).
Lucic's coming. I can feel it in my groin.
Lucic's Boston Bruins are going to be in a sour mood after dropping a last-second 2-1 decision to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, and the Avs not only dropped the Bruins to 1-and-3 ahead of Wednesday's "Rivalry Night" game (oh joy, NBCSN shows highlights from last spring + 8 PM EDT start; David Krejci's back, and the B's play in Montreal on Thursday and Buffalo on Saturday), but the Avs could also drop the Leafs to 1-and-3 this evening, and Toronto won't play another game until they host Detroit on Friday in the opening of a home-and-home series.
Meanwhile, back in Southeastern Michigan, the several-day break definitely feels like a season reset given that we're all talking about Tyler Myers rumors again, and it seems that USA Today's Kevin Allen couldn't resist reminding everyone that this will involve a significant amount of Toronto sports talk radio shows (and online print outlets) discussing, "The next coach of your Toronto Maple Leafs, Mike Babcock."
Allen put things a little more delicately in stating that, "Mike Babcock's return to Detroit [is] anything but a done deal":
Among a surprising number of prospect-related Red Wings stories:
In game action, in the KHL, the great part of being traded from Atlant Mytishchi to SKA St. Petersburg means that you've been sent from a team that hopes to "compete for a playoff spot" to the KHL's flagship team, but the bad part is that you might not play as much.
Alexander Kadeikin (or Kadeykin, depending on how you transliterate it) plain old didn't play in SKA's 3-1 win over Dynamo Riga, and he's going to have to grab a lineup spot;
And in the OHL, Tyler Bertuzzi had an assist and finished at +2, but his Guelph Storm lost 6-5 to Kitchener in a (Canadian) Thanksgiving matinee.
TSN's Darren Dreger appeared on TSN 1050 in Toronto on Monday evening, discussing the Tyler Myers rumors, at the 5:50 mark of the following interview:
And Chris Nichols offered a transcription thereof:
Updated 9x at 7:01 PM: I don't know why the Red Wings didn't practice until nearly 3 in the afternoon, but after taking Sunday off, that's what they did. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reported that the Wings skated with the same lines they did during Saturday's loss to Anaheim:
Looks like no change to Wednesday's lineup for Wings. Cleary, Weiss and Datsyuk all in gray.
The Wings host the Bruins (who lost 2-1 to Colorado on a literal-last-second goal, and are now 1-and-3) in an NBCSN "Wednesday Night Rivalry Game" before heading to Toronto to open a home-and-home series on Friday; the team has to maximize its practice time to work out the kinks as the schedule is just as tough after the 3-games-in-4-nights stretch, with the Wings visiting Montreal on the 21st, Pittsburgh on the 23rd, Philadelphia on the 25th and Washington on the 29th.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed the no-change practice lineup...
Wings on ice for late afternoon practice. Everybody is skating. Datsyuk. Cleary and Weiss in gray jerseys reserved for scratches.
But Pleiness noted that the in-game line changes have taken effect:
The Red Wings lost 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday due to a goal that even had the Ducks' announcers shocked given that they could see Getzlaf hook Niklas Kronwall prior to skating in on Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Ericsson...
And while the Red Wings dealt with the goal and moved on, their fans, myself included, remain incensed about the hook, but TSN's Kerry Fraser agrees with Getzlaf's assessment of the situation, suggesting that Kronwall "toe-picked" into the boards, and that Kesler's hook on Kronwall's stick essentially didn't excuse Kronwall from responsibility for tripping himself:
The Red Wings held smoke detector collections during the preseason for Henrik Zetterberg's charitable initiative, and the Wings' PR department sent out a press release stating that Zetterberg will distribute the smoke detectors collected on Tuesday:
ZETTERBERG TO DISTRIBUTE SMOKE DETECTORS TO LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AFTER PRACTICE ON TUESDAY
… Fire Department Representatives and Comerica Cares Volunteers to Watch Practice …
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will distribute more than 2,700 smoke detectors to local fire department representatives following the team’s 11 a.m. practice on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The fire departments will then, in turn, donate and install the smoke alarms to low-income residents throughout Metro Detroit who could otherwise not afford smoke detectors.
During the team’s 13th annual Smoke Detector Collection presented by Comerica Bank, fans donated smoke detectors and made monetary contributions at two in-game collections on Sept. 25 and Sept. 27. The Zetterberg Foundation will also match the fans’ donations with a $9,700 donation to purchase additional smoke alarms. Zetterberg, who is in his ninth year as spokesman for the Smoke Detector Collection, will then present a check on behalf of the Zetterberg Foundation during a ceremony prior to the Red Wings game on Wednesday, Oct. 15 against the Boston Bruins.
Updated 2x at 2:41 PM: Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related...Stuff...And happy Canadian Thanksgiving and/or Happy Celebration of Christopher Columbus' Gigantic Navigational Error, too...
Via RedWingsFeed, the Wings are now playing this particularly slick video as the, "open video for the In-Arena show," and it's pretty dang slick:
I've done my part in playing up the Wings' need to work the kinks out of their team game ahead of Wednesday's "Rivalry Night" game against Boston and Friday and Saturday's home-and-home series against Toronto (as well as the balance of October's schedule).
After watching the Wings surrender turnover-based goals against Boston (
0-and-3 1-and-2 going into today's 1 PM EDT matinee against the Avs) and Anaheim, MLive's Joe Lapointe suggests that practice job #1 involves closing the Wings' turnover bakery, and he feels that the Brendan Smith turnover yielding Matt Beleskey's goal was particularly damning:
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.
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