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Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Tomas Tatar's going to kick off a series of GoPro-themed programming called "NHL After Dark" on the NHL Network starting on Wednesday, February 3rd. Here's the pertinent part of the press release...
Each episode of NHL After Dark™ will feature NHL stars on the ice in training sessions with hockey luminaries Mike Murphy and Mike Johnson. The debut episode, which will launch on Wednesday, Feb. 3, will feature the dazzling stickhandling skills of Detroit Red Wings forward Tomáš Tatar as he's put through the paces.
And here's the trailer for the series:
The Red Wings' 4-2 win over the New York Islanders was less than an elegant affair, but Detroit made a little magic here and there:
The Islanders were frustrated with their effort, and they felt that their long break due to Saturday's canceled game played against the team's momentum for the first two periods, as they told Newsday's Arthur Staple...
The Red Wings entered their final game of the pre-All-Star break schedule facing a team that they'd never defeated as members of the Eastern Conference, and faltering in the standings as the 50-game mark approached. The New York Islanders had won 3 out of 4 heading into tonight's game, and were running on all cylinders as the Wings skated at the Barclay's Center for the first time.
The Red Wings played a bit of a rope-a-dope game against the offensively-explosive Islanders, but the Wings, beleaguered pair of Jonathan Ericsson and Alexey Marchenko included, earned full marks for a hard-fought 4-2 victory over the Islanders on Monday night.
Detroit did what it's been unable to do thus far in scoring not only a go-ahead goal, but also an insurance goal--a 2-goal margin for error--and the Wings needed Danny DeKeyser's goal to count when Mikhail Grabovski raced in on a breakaway that Petr Mrazek wasn't able to stop (one of the few times that Mrazek was unable to absolutely dominate in the net).
The Wings gave up that late 3rd period goal but held on, got an empty-netter to salt it away, and the Wings go into the All-Star Break with a very well-deserved and well-earned victory.
From the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Update: From St. James in text form:
Kris Draper told the Free Press Monday evening that Mickey Redmond has been confirmed to run the bench for the Feb. 26 outdoors game at Coors Field against Colorado Avalanche alumni.
Draper tried to recruit the legendary Scotty Bowman, but he had prior commitments. "He would have loved to coach us, he said," Draper said.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
2. Among MLive's Brendan Savage's game-day stats and notes:
From the Detroit News:
Red Wings great and NHL Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman will participate in the alumni game ahead of Detroit's outdoor game vs. the Avalanche at Coors Field in February.
Yzerman's participation in the Friday, Feb. 26 Wings-Avalanche alumni game was confirmed to The Detroit News by Kris Draper.
Yzerman, general manager of the Lightning, played for Detroit in the Wings-Maple Leafs alumni game at Comerica Park as part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival on Dec. 31, 2013.
Draper, special assistant to Wings general manager Ken Holland, also is participating in the alumni game, which will begin at 7 p.m. at Coors Field.
Updated 2x at 1:52 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the New York Islanders in their final pre-All-Star break game this evening (7 PM EST start on FSD/MSG Plus/Sportsnet Ontario/Sportsnet Pacific/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed that the Wings will probably keep Eric Tangradi and Nick Jensen in the press box this evening. MLive's Ansar Khan Tweeted the following morning skate lines:
#RedWings lines at skate:
#RedWings defense pairs at skate:
Petr Mrazek will oppose Jaroslav Halak in the nets this evening, as Khan confirmed after the skate:
This article is a little "different" in terms of its Red Wings-related status, but I'm going to throw it out there anyway: the Wall Street Journal's Rachel Bachman reports that pro sports teams are focusing very heavily on players' vitamin D levels as there's a correlation between vitamin D and soft tissue injuries, and the Red Wings' nutritionist was quoted in Bachman's article:
Pro and college sports engage in “smack talk,” about maintaining healthy vitamin D levels in their athletes, says Lisa McDowell, sports dietitian for the Detroit Red Wings and a member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association. “It’s a source of pride when your team checks in with a good level.”
Some teams also test athletes for other nutrients such as iron and magnesium to make sure deficiencies aren’t slowing them down.
Ms. McDowell aims to get her hockey players’ vitamin D levels between 40 and 80 nanograms per milliliter. Many players show up to training camp with vitamin D levels in the teens, she says.
An adequate vitamin D level for the average person is between 20 and 50 ng/ml, with a level over 50 potentially producing adverse effects, according to the IOM. But some experts have said the bottom end of that range is too low, and the Endocrine Society recommends maintaining a level between 40 and 60 ng/ml.
Red Wings players get little sun due to the team’s Midwestern locale. Ms. McDowell encourages players to spend time outside when the team plays in California so they can soak up vitamin D.
The Wings, like me, take vitamin D supplements as well...I happen to have a vitamin D deficiency (my initial blood test results had a vitamin D level of 6, which my doctor had never seen before), but I'm not posting this for that reason:
I'm posting this article because it's a reminder that players' nutrition and even bloodwork are monitored like never before in the NHL, with every team employing nutritionists to make sure that the players are eating well, taking the right supplements and taking care of their bodies in terms of rest and recovery from games. The Wings have spoken with a sleep specialist as well, and you may have seen some of the Tweets/Instagram pictures of the players sitting down with compression sleeves pumped up around their legs or arms to facilitate muscle recovery.
It ain't eating pizza and having a Coke and a couple cigarettes after a game any more.
Sports Illustrated's Alex Prewitt spoke with NHL players of all stripes regarding the prized status of a Hockey Night in Canada interview towel, and Kyle Quincey addressed the phenomenon as only Kyle Quincey can, discussing Don Cherry's status as must-see TV, and, well...
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey remembers high school parties screeching to a halt whenever intermission arrived. Music off. TV to full blast. Everyone silent, listening to Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner segment, then the intermission interview. “Three minutes later, boom, party’s back on,” Quincey says.
As for the towel? Quincey never really noticed it until he reached the NHL. He still remembers his first Hockey Night in Canada interview. He didn’t know players could keep their towel. He gave it to his parents. They still have it at home.
“I think it was, like, holy s--- I’ve made it,” Quincey says.
Prewitt continues, and somehow I'm imagining Quincey hanging out at a high school party in his denim suit...
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