The Malik Report
Updated by an insomnia-battling blogger at 6:44 AM: The Detroit Red Wings will get back to practice today ahead of a busy two weeks--the team hosts the Predators on Tuedsay the 19th, the Hurricanes on Thursday the 21st (many Wings players, coaches, front office and alums will take part in a fundraiser for paraplegic Catholic Central player Matt Sorisho [a former teammate of coach Mike Babcock's son] at Compuware Arena on Wednesday the 20th, so a few Canes players may chat with the Wings before they tangle the next day)--the Wings will attempt to assuage their 6-1 loss to Ottawa when they host Daniel Alfredsson's former employer on Saturday the 23rd, and they're going to head to Buffalo for a 5 PM-starting Sunday game on the 24th, all before hosting the Bruins on Thanksgiving Eve and playing a 4 PM matinee on Long Island on Black Friday...
The Free Press's Larry Fleischer reports that Brendan Smith is highly likely to return to the lineup on Tuesday as his injured shoulder's healed, but he doesn't believe that Daniel Alfredsson will return until Thursday or Saturday given the "Mike Babcock rule" regarding groin injuries. Smith could've played on Saturday, but the trainers held him out of the game:
Sunday's crop of prospect news, save Andreas Athanasiou's signing, isn't particularly deep, but I'm sticking with the, "Prospect news in one place, Wings in the other" split.
The ECHL's Toledo Walleye are having an up-and-down season, but Red Wings prospects are doing their part to aid the Walleye's cause. Martin Frk scored 2 goals, Trevor Parkes had a goal and an assist (and now has 8 goals, 6 assists and 14 points registered over the course of 12 games played), Max Nicastro was a -2 and Jared Coreau stopped 21 of 26 shots in the Walleye's 5-4 loss to the Reading Royals on Sunday evening.
The Walleye's website recounts the game's events...
Amongst the day-after-the-Red Wings-lost again news stories found by this still-sleepless blogger:
Via Paul, TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie reports that Red Wings have inked their third prospect of the fall to an entry-level deal, following up the team's signings of 2013 draft picks Anthony Mantha and Zach Nastasiuk by signing 2012 4th rounder Andreas Athanasiou to a 3-year deal on either Saturday night or Sunday morning:
In news of a very different kind of investment made to secure the use of one sports team's facility at the "expense" of another: Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reports that Comerica Park no longer has grass on its playing surface, and that's because the NHL's had the grass removed to accommodate the Winter Classic's Hockeytown Winter Festival:
If you were wondering why Gordie Howe was attending the Sharks-Canucks game on Thursday, he was highly likely to be attending the game as a guest of the Vancouver Giants' ownership (Howe was once a part-owner of the team), and the Vancouver Province's Ian Austin reports that Vancouver happens to be hosting a ScotiaBank Pro-Am to help raise funds for Alzheimers' research:
Hockey fans are always quick to point out when one of those NHL wingers blows a scoring chance — in their minds, of course, they woulda buried it. So Saturday, thanks to the Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s Tournament, I got to find out just how it feels to get one of those great National Hockey League passes — actually, two, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
The teams in the tourney get to draft bonafide NHL stars, and with the fifth pick The Province Sports “Go Big” team landed Dave Babych — a member of hockey’s royalty of yesteryear as the No. 2 overall pick back in 1980.
Along with NHL fourth-rounder Larry Melnyk, it gave the hard-partying Province team a fighting chance in an early-morning game.
“No puking on the ice — there’s a bucket at the end of the bench,” said one helpful team member.
“Does anyone have a morphine drip for my headache?” moaned another.
Continued, and the tournament's website is here. Scotiabank happens to hold Pro-Ams across Canada--in Vancouver, in Calgary (this year; it alternates between Calgary and Edmonton from year to year) and in Toronto--from November to April, and Howe and Alzheimer's research are its cruxes. He was a passionate advocate for Alzheimers research when he was better, and he remains inolved in the tournaments despite battling dementia himself. I don't know what to add to that but it's pretty special.
The Red Wings headed back to Metro Detroit ahead of a windy, stormy Sunday, having dropped their sixth straight game, a 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders, and I have good news for Red Wings fans everywhere:
The team won't play for two days.
I also have some bad news: starting on Tuesday, the Wings will play 4 games over the course of six nights--with three straight scheduled to take place at Joe Louis Arena--and they play seven more times this month, with 4 of 7 taking place at the Joe.
With 21 games down, sporting a 9-5-and-7 record (9-and-13? Really?), having not won in 2 weeks and owning an 0-1-2 (OT losses) and 3 (shootout losses) record of late, I can't deny that the results have either become borderline comical...
Even the Grand Rapids Griffins "were due" for a loss, but I'm sure they're not happy about the way Saturday night's 4-3 loss to the Chicago Wolves transpired. The Griffins rallied from a 3-1 deficit only to surrender a shorthanded goal 5:01 into the 3rd period--their second "shorty" of the night--and they couldn't overcome their errors. The Griffins website's recap recounts the game's events:
Capgeek reported that the Red Wings brought Luke Glendening up as a cap-exempt "roster emergency" player (as Daniel Alfredsson couldn't play on Long Island due to a groin injury), so they had to send #41 back down after the game, at least on paper. Per the Wings' PR department, even if he's going to crash on a Wings teammate's couch or in their guest bedroom tonight, Glendening's rights have been sent back up I-96:
RED WINGS ASSIGN GLENDENING TO GRIFFINS
… Detroit Set to Begin Three-Game Homestand on Tuesday versus Nashville …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Luke Glendening to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Glendening, 24, has skated in nine games with the Red Wings this season, recording four penalty minutes and averaging 9:50 of ice time, including a season-high 12:54 in Detroit’s 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native has also played nine games for the Griffins this season, registering six points (3-3-6) and 14 penalty minutes. In 60 career games with the Griffins, he has 32 points (11-21-32), a plus-18 rating and 64 penalty minutes. He also spent four seasons (2008-12) at the University of Michigan, tallying 70 points (31-39-70) in 165 collegiate games.
Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels has mentioned this twice already, but nobody's put out a press release, so:
We've been told that most of the Red Wings' players, their coaches, the management and some alumni will be at Compuware Arena in Plymouth this Wednesday, November 20th, from 6-10 PM.
They'll be there to raise funds for Matt Sorisho, the Catholic Central player who was paralyzed from the waist down in October.
The websites we've been directed to are http://www.hockeyhasheart.com/ and https://cloud.bidpal.net/Portal/bpe177558/main/home.html
Here is their flyer:
Well, yesterday evening it was all about how Howard was so subpar, and tonight I'm sure it's going to be all about Babcock and Holland...
But the Red Wings' 6-5 SO loss to the New York Islanders, despite mostly superb and in spite of sometimes shaky goaltending from Jonas Gustavsson, serves as the Wings' sixth straight game going "winless," it's the second night in a row that Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Bertuzzi were "minuses" (-1 instead of -2 tonight), it's the second night in a row where the Wings didn't score the game's first goal, and then took and surrendered 2 one-goal leads, it's a goal where the Wings' special teams were...actually, they were frickin' superb...And the Wings SOMEHOW tied the game despite being out-shot FIFTEEN TO FOUR in the 3rd period and SIX TO ONE in OT...
What's going on here? Aside from a devastating inability to win shootouts?
Well *#$%@&, despite the fact that the Wings earned a point, isn't there enough blame to go around?
I've been trying to figure out whether Sergei Fedorov is actually coming out of retirement to play for CSKA Moscow or the KHL--as a general manager-turned player at 43 years of age--or whether his signign of a one-year, KHL-league-minimum with the team was a publicity stunt.
First, Fedorov was supposed to return to the team in the middle of October, but it didn't happen. He kept practicing with the team, and the Russian press speculated that Fedorov would finally return to action when CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg, the two Red Army Sports Clubs, tangled at the end of October. That didn't happen, and as CSKA's half-dozen injured players began to return from their injuries, Fedorov kept practicing with the team, but coverage of his activities waned, and a few pundits wondered whether Fedorov was waiting until the KHL resumed play after taking a break for the Euro Hockey Tour's Karjala Cup.
Well, the Karjala Cup came and went, and Fedorov has yet to do more than practice with his team. His playing status has become murkier and murkier, with the Russian press simply turning away from the story, but Sportbox.ru's Alexey Shevchenko managed to get Fedorov to speak on the record about his comeback, and while my Google and Promt-translated Russian isn't spectacular (two online translators are better than one), I believe that Fedorov dodged the question...Mostly...
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