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From the Red Wings:
RED WINGS BEARD-A-THON® ENCOURAGES fans to grow PLAYOFF beards for charity
… Proceeds to Benefit the Detroit Red Wings Foundation …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are inviting fans to join players in growing out their playoff beards for the annual Beard-A-Thon® to benefit the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, as the Red Wings embark on their historic 25th straight playoff appearance – the longest active playoff streak in North American major professional sports.
By joining the Red Wings Beard-A-Thon® team, fans can pledge to maintain a beard throughout the Red Wings playoff run. Participating fans are encouraged to share beard progress pictures online and have friends and family support the cause by donating throughout the playoffs. Fans who are unable to grow a beard can still participate in Beard-A-Thon® by pledging to support a beard grower.
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
GRIFFINS SIGN GLOBKE TO CONTRACT FOR 2016-17 SEASON
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday signed forward Alex Globke (GLOBE-key) to a standard player’s contract for the 2016-17 season.
A native of Waterford, Mich., Globke spent the last three seasons competing for the Lake Superior State Lakers (WCHA), where he appeared in 100 games and accumulated 49 points (21-28—49). The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder contributed eight points (4-4—8) in 28 games during his 2015-16 junior season and helped the Lakers reach the WCHA playoffs for the second consecutive year.
During his freshman campaign in 2013-14, Globke was named the WCHA’s Rookie of the Year while leading the WCHA in rookie scoring with 31 points (12-19—31) and tying for seventh nationally. Majoring in economics and finance, he was a two-time selection to the WCHA All-Academic Team (2014-15, 2015-16).
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning begin their Eastern Conference First Round series on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports, FS-D, FS-F). Here are five keys for Game 1:
1. Goaltending: It's always key, but it will be especially so in this series, with each team struggling to score. Ben Bishop defeated the Red Wings in the first round last year and took the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final, and he likely will be a Vezina Trophy finalist again this season. Petr Mrazek started for the Red Wings in this series last season, but Jimmy Howard is back in net.
2. Marquee matchup: The Red Wings will reunite Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on their top line, and that should draw the Lightning's top defensive assignment. The Lightning must keep Datsyuk from working his magic and Zetterberg from building confidence after finishing the regular season with one goal in 24 games.
"They do seem to provide a spark," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said.
added 4:11pm, from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
Of Red Wings-Lightning Game 1 programming note, from Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford:
The Players Tribune's Mike Rupp and Ryan Whitney are picking the Tampa Bay Lightning to defeat the Red Wings' "perimeter players" in 6 games, but before they got down to previewing the Wings-Bolts series, both waxed poetic about Pavel Datsyuk:
Whitney: I’m so sad that this looks like it’s Datsyuk’s last run before heading back to Russia. I’ll never forget playing against him in the ’08 finals with Pittsburgh. Going into the series, we had our matchups all planned out, and the coaches wanted the Rob Scuderi and Hal Gill pairing on Datsyuk at all times. I was on a pairing with Kris Letang at the time.
So a few shifts into Game 1, I’m on the ice and I see Datsyuk hop over the boards. All of a sudden, I hear our assistant coach Mike Yeo screaming — I’m talking screaming at the top of his lungs — “Whitney! Whitney! Get the *#$%@& off the ice! Get the *#$%@& off the ice!”
It was total panic.
Rupp: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. Yeah, I’ve been there. Whenever we would play the Wings, it was like, “Hey Rupp, be sure to cheer the boys on real good tonight.” I wasn’t playing much when Datsyuk was in town.
It’s funny because — I don’t know if this is a great comparison — but Datsyuk almost reminds me of Eli Manning. You know how Eli always kind of looks like he’s a little down? Kind of slumped shoulders. Datsyuk looks like that sometimes. You underestimate him, and he makes you look like a fool. You try to lift his stick — nope. It’s cemented to the ice. He’s so ridiculously strong and nobody realizes it.
Updated 7x at 2:31 PM: There were no surprises at the Red WIngs or Lightning's morning skates ahead of tonight's Game 1 (7 PM EDT on FSD/FS Florida/NBCSN/CBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).
It appears that Tyler Johnson will play for the Bolts, as the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith noted...
The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/FS Florida/NBCSN/CBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM) for Game 1 of the teams' first-round series.
The Lightning hit the ice first at Amalie Arena, or some of them did, per the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith...
Sounds like an optional skate for #tblightning
Tyler Johnson on ice for #TBLightning optional skate. Will be game time decision
Fourteen players on ice for skate. Vasilevskiy the only goalie. #TBLightning
NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned an article in which Pavel Datsyuk's Tampa Bay opponents weigh in on the Magic Man's dominance:
"His edges are ridiculous," Boyle said. "His strength on his skates is off the charts. He makes it look like he's going that way and he goes the other way. … His legs and his upper body are completely independent, and then you have his hands, the third part."
Roman Josi is on [his highlight reel]. The Nashville Predators defenseman once held the puck behind the net. He thought he could use his body as a shield as Datsyuk approached from behind. Nope. Datsyuk put his stick to the left of Josi's body, then the right. He lifted Josi's stick, stole the puck and stuffed it into the net before goaltender Pekke Rinne could recover. Rinne had been looking the other way.
"Whenever I'm going into the corner or along the boards going in for a puck and he's on me, you have to be pretty smart with that, because he's very dangerous at lifting your stick or tying your stick up and getting the puck," Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison said. "He doesn't stop. He's deadly with his stick."
Logan Couture is on it. Datsyuk once held the puck in the corner to the right of the San Jose Sharks net facing the opposing center. He put the puck between Couture's stick and his feet, then yanked it back and stepped into the circle. Couture was so discombobulated, he fell on his butt.
Ken Holland joins Prime Time Sports to discuss the Detroit Red Wings making the playoffs for a 25th straight season, the coaching of Jeff Blashill and Pavel Datsyuk.
I can only blame this mess on having one optic nerve that's larger than the other (which apparently OK; it just took a while to figure out why my eyeglass prescription suddenly changed), and the first real grocery shopping run that the mom and I were able to do in two months (for reasons beyond our control).
Long story short, Tuesday was "Playoff Preview Day" (and evening, and night), and the local and national media provided so many Red Wings-Lightning previews that our blog software wasn't able to accommodate both the game set-up and a digest of all of the Wings-Bolts previews out there.
What follows is a survey thereof, and I apologize that it's not all in one neat digest, but it still took me two-and-a-half hours to put this together and another hour to put the game summary together, so I hope you enjoy what follows. Some notebooks are sprinkled in as necessary.
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