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I'm just getting back into the swing of things after dealing with a severe anxiety attack a couple of days ago (I tend to talk about my depression more regularly, but my anxiety's more debilitating, and yes, 36 on a one-to-ten scale can indeed leave you in need of sensory depravation), but even having been out of the loop for a bit...
Assets: A polished two-way performer, he displays both offensive acumen and shutdown capability. Can play wing if need be and has tremendous determination. Has the size teams crave at the center position. Gets under opponents' skin. Is money standing in front of the opposing goal on power plays.
Flaws: Is a little inconsistent when it comes to both producing points and playing the body. Will occasionally cross the line in his attempt to get opponents off their game, and has become increasingly reluctant to drop the gloves. Injuries have crept up due to his rugged style of game.
I believe Kesler's statements suggesting that he wants to remain a Canuck, and as he grew up an Avs fan and went to Ohio State while turning down scholarships from U of M and MSU (Hometown ties for the Livonia boy? Not so much), I'm going to defer to JJ from Kansas on Winging it in Motown regarding what a certain Ken Holland had to say to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun about his trade deadline priorities:
From the Griffins...
GRIFFINS TO HOST PURPLE GAME ON MARCH 7
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Purple will literally be the name of the game on Friday, March 7 when the Griffins host their third annual Purple Community ® Game to benefit Van Andel Institute (VAI) and cancer research.
When fans arrive for the 7 p.m. battle against the Iowa Wild, they will step into the battle against cancer as nearly everything at Van Andel Arena will be in sync with the color associated with cancer survivors, including:
From the Red Wings' PR department:
START TIME FOR RED WINGS-RANGERS GAME ON MARCH 9 MOVED TO 12:30 P.M.
… Detroit Set to Battle NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden for NBC’s Game of the Week …
DETROIT – The start time for the Detroit Red Wings’ upcoming road game against the New York Rangers has been moved up to accommodate NBC Sports’ national broadcast of the Game of the Week. The Red Wings and Rangers will now meet at 12:30 p.m. (original start time – 7:30 p.m.) on Sunday, March 9, at Madison Square Garden.
With 22 games left in the regular season, the Red Wings currently hold a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, with a 28-20-12 record overall. Detroit will visit New Jersey on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and host back-to-back home games against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. and the Devils on Friday at 7:30 p.m. prior to the March 9 game against the Rangers.
George here. I'll be back here a little today, but for the moment, here are a few Red Wings-related tidbits regarding the Wings' 6-1 rout of the Ottawa Senators:
1. Regarding Pavel Datsyuk, from MLive's Ansar Khan:
Pavel Datsyuk did not play in the third period for precautionary reasons. He’s still bothered by an inflamed knee. He had no points but posted a plus-3 rating. He and his teammates will have four days to rest. The Red Wings’ next game is Tuesday at New Jersey.
2. Regarding Chris Neil's decision to rip off Johan Franzen's helmet and attempt to fight a forward just recovering from a concussion like a cheap piece of *#$%@&...I mean as Neil is wont to do, from the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch...
The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their two game road trip with a 6-1 win over Ottawa.
The game was basically over in the first period with the Wings scoring 4 goals.
Franzen looked engaged and had three goals, Datsyuk sat out the 3rd period for precautionary reasons.
Detroit will return home, get some rest before heading to New Jersey to play the Devils on Tuesday.
I will update this post with who is replacing Betuzzi and any other lineup changes. Gustavsson is starting in goal too.
from Graeme Nichols of Senators Extra,
Now that the Olympic break is over, the race for a playoff spot is on.
Entering last night’s action, the Senators were one point behind the Red Wings in the Eastern Conference’s wild card standings.
Following Detroit’s 2-1 overtime win in Montreal last night, Ottawa now sits three points back of the second wild card seed. Given the circumstances, an Ottawa loss would move them five points back and be devastating for their playoff chances.
Moreover, with only three more games (including tonight) before the NHL’s trade deadline on March 5, Ottawa’s proximity to a playoff position will inevitably affect Bryan Murray’s deadline philosophy....
In the last two Olympic years, no team has been better after the Olympic break than the Detroit Red Wings. In fact, they were the only team in the NHL to have a point percentage higher than .800 in either season following the break.
Probably the shortest post every in The Malik Report, but I've been working since 7:00am and need some sleep.
Just when you think the Wings had the game, Montreal scores late with their goalie pulled.
Then in OT, it is good Nyquist! Wings win 2-1.
Feel free to discuss...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
A source said they also have interest in defenseman Andrew MacDonald of the New York Islanders, who leads the NHL in blocked shots. He is certain to be dealt as a rental; he’s in the last year of a deal earning just $550,000.
“We’re set in goal,” Holland said. “With the development of (Tomas) Jurco, (Gustav) Nyquist, (Tomas) Tatar, (Riley) Sheahan, -- if you have a healthy (Johan) Franzen, (Pavel) Datsyuk, we expect to get (Stephen) Weiss back next week – we feel up front (they’re set).
“Tonight (at Montreal) we’re going to sit out veteran players who could play in the NHL. I don’t know that I can make a deal that there’s many players out there that are better than those forwards.”
added 1:58pm, via Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press,
“He’s good to go,” general manager Ken Holland said this morning.
Datsyuk, 35, has been battling a left knee issue that kept him out of action with the Wings for more than a month before the Olympics but didn’t keep him from starring for the home team in Sochi. He tallied six points — including three goals — in five games.
“He was very good,” Holland said. “I thought he was very good. I think the issue he’s got is something he’s just going to have to play through.”
via Khan tweets,
Holland said Grand Rapids defenseman Alexey Marchenko out 6-8 weeks, will need ankle surgery.
Lines at skate at Bell Centre: Franzen-Datsyuk-Bertuzzi, Abdelkader-Helm-Alfredsson, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Andersson-Nyquist.
Looks like Eaves, Cleary and Glendening are out based in how they're skating but that's not confirmed.
If Franzen is cleared they'll be one over limit believe. Will need to send down a player. Maybe Sproul, who it appears isn't in tonight.
Defense pairs are Ericsson-Kronwall, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Smith
added 12:01pm, Khan tweet,
Babcock said he thinks Franzen is good to go but it will be game time decision. Bertuzzi is playing for sure. Sproul is not. Howard starts
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