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from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Forwards Tomas Nosek and Andrej Nestrasil were two of the Detroit Red Wings unknown commodities entering the preseason.
Nosek is new to North America after playing in the Czech Elite League the last three seasons while Nestrasil hadn't appeared in an NHL exhibition game during his first three pro seasons in the Red Wings' organization.
But the two Czechs took a step in the right direction Thursday night, getting a goal and an assist apiece in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.
"Nosek was really good, and Nestrasil is getting better," said coach Mike Babcock. "Those guys in particular were really good. (Nosek is) a man. He's smart, he's confident, he's a good player, he's got skill, he does good things. Big body, I really like him a lot.
"Nesty's a guy that struggled when he first started here and he's really got himself in shape and looks like he's going to be a player. Nosek is a player."
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
"We look forward to it," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, noting how the project will connect to everything that is in place currently. "It's pretty cool. The arena itself will be amazing, just everything surrounding it. Obviously we'll be excited to go.
"But at the same time, we'll miss this place."
Joe Louis Arena doesn't have the amenities newer arenas have. But it's a hockey only facility that has seen a tremendous amount of success from the Red Wings over the years.
"For us players, you just go out there and look up in the rafters and see all the history you have in here," Zetterberg said. "It's basically the only hockey, hockey arena we have left. Most of the new buildings, they're built for more than just hockey. This one basically, it's a hockey arena and when you come in here, you feel it and smell it.
"It's a special place."
more plus Babcock on Datsyuk...
Stream is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm ET and can be watched below...
Roster for tonight's game is below...
The Red Wings open their slate of four home exhibition games tonight against Chicago (7:30 PM EDT; no TV, The Game 88.7 in Chicago will stream audio; tonight is the first of two Zetterberg smoke detector collection nights; I'm heading home from Traverse City today, so Paul will be manning the blog).
As noted in the overnight report, we might find out more about the statuses of Darren Helm, Ryan Sproul, Pavel Datsyuk and even Daniel Alfredsson today, but this morning's set of Red Wings-related news articles mainly focuses upon the groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Wings' new rink, which will be streamed on Fox Sports Detroit at 1:30 PM and will involve a "Block Party" this evening (and a synthetic ice rink thereafter).
Updated 2x at 12:50 AM: So the Red Wings' rink-groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday (1:30 PM) will be streamed online on FoxSportsDetroit.com, I know that all of the TV, radio and print/web outlets that are able to attend will report on it, and of course there's the "Block Party" scheduled to take place that evening and going into this upcoming weekend...
But what we're most likely to hear on Thursday will involve a whole ton of, "When we build it, they will come" chatter about the rink-and-entertainment "District Detroit" being a transformative project, and it sounds like Olympia Entertainment president and CEO (and Red Wings CEO) Tom Wilson was preparing for the main event at the Big Ten Hockey Media Day at Joe Louis Arena.
Among the comments he made to the Detroit News's David Goricki...
Updated 4x at 12:54 AM: It's time for the Final Traverse City Post Or Something Like it (yay!). I'm still going to be very quiet over the next two days (finally driving home tomorrow and hopefully resting on Friday), but if it's OK with you, I'd like to weigh in on the "news of the day."
You already know by now that Pavel Datsyuk's going to be out anywhere between 2 and 5 weeks with a separated shoulder (way to blame the victim and then ramble on about "rebuild time," the Hockey News's Ken Campbell; Rob Scuderi's the idiot that ran him into the glass/bench stanchion, and yes, 8 exhibition games in 13 nights is loony, but you can't just not play veterans), you know that we may or may not find out that Daniel Alfredsson's skating at the Joe tomorrow, and you know that the Wings signed Joe Hicketts to an entry-level contract that was earned.
After tomorrow's rink groundbreaking ceremony, the Red Wings have an actual game to play tomorrow evening--though they did not practice today. They host the Blackhawks (7:30 PM, no TV, no radio save Chicago's The Game 88.7; the annual Zetterberg smoke detector collection begins tomorrow), and after the Hawks took a 2-1 OT decision from the Wings on Tuesday evening, it sounds like the Hawks will be bringing a slightly-less-stacked lineup to the Joe (with no possibility of a Teuvo Teravainen vs. Teemu Pulkkinen reunion, either):
Hello, George here up for a moment. The Red Wings are breaking ground on their new arena tomorrow. In terms of fan-friendly activities, the team's hosting a "block party" that will take place on Thursday and during this upcoming weekend, and if you want to see the ceremony, Fox Sports Detroit will live stream it:
FOX Sports Detroit will televise the groundbreaking ceremony for the Detroit Red Wings new arena, titled "The Launch," on Thursday, Sept. 25 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The hour-long coverage will also stream live on foxsportsdetroit.com.
The Launch will replay at 5 pm on Thursday as well as 8 am on Friday, Sept. 26.
"We are ecstatic for this new Sports and Entertainment District and for what it will bring to Detroit," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager of FOX Sports Detroit. "The Ilitch family's commitment to the Red Wings and Detroit continues to inspire us to bring our best effort each and every night."
Oh hey, there's a season preview in the works, too:
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The Datsyuk injury, which looks as though it will keep him out of the first two weeks of the season, is disturbing. Four minutes left in a meaningless pre-season game and Datsyuk is on the ice and gets taken into the stanchion. Now the Red Wings, who face an uphill climb even with Datsyuk in the lineup, will have to try to get through the first two weeks without him. Making matters worse is the fact that the Red Wings play seven games in the first 14 days of the season.
(If I were running an NHL organization, I’d keep my star players out of these money-grab games and play them in perhaps the last one or two of the pre-season. Let the third- and fourth-line guys fill out the quota of NHL players each team must ice for these games. Sure, fans don’t get to see the stars in the exhibition games and they might grumble about that, but you’d have to think Red Wing fans would have rather seen Datsyuk suit up for the start of the season instead of playing in a meaningless game in September.)
Datsyuk has never before missed the start of the season and has, with the exception of last season, been a pretty durable player for them. Even when you factor in the fact that he missed 37 games last season, he has still played in 75 percent of the Red Wings games over the past four seasons.
added 4:17pm, Press release is below....
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