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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Tuesday's prospect news is superceded, or you might say "trumped" by a nearly inevitable press release from the fledgling sports network MES, posted on the Grand Rapids Griffins' website.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!
Updated 8x at 3:50 PM: Paul took note of the main points from this morning's Red Wings practice, and here's the Twitter play-by-play ahead of tomorrow's "Rivaly Night" game against Boston (8 PM EDT on NBSN) and Friday and Saturday's back-to-back games in Toronto and against Toronto.
MLive's Ansar Khan posited the following...
Wings on ice for late afternoon practice. Everybody is skating. Datsyuk. Cleary and Weiss in gray jerseys reserved for scratches.
Nyquist and Abdelkader switched lines. Nyquist with Zetterberg and Franzen. Abdelkader with Helm and Nestrasil.
The Wings skated with the same lines as yesterday.
Howard will start tomorrow, Datsyuk still out.
added 1:00pm, via Chcuk Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Pavel Datsyuk has ruled himself out for Wednesday’s home game against the Boston Bruins and it doesn’t seem look like, at least from his response, he’ll be available for the home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday and Saturday.
Datsyuk was expected to miss roughly four weeks from the time he suffered a separated shoulder on Sept. 22.
He skated in gray with Stephen Weiss and Daniel Cleary, both of whom were healthy scratches the first two games.
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.
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