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Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader and Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand were involved in a plain old weird collision this past Saturday, and while Marchand wasn't hurt, the collision received a review and an, "It was accidental" ruling from the Department of Player Safety.
According to the Boston Herald's Steve Conroy, Marchand doesn't exactly plan on plowing Abdelkader into the boards in retaliation when the Wings and Bruins tangle again in a Columbus Day matinee (Monday's rematch starts at 1 PM EDT):
Brad Marchand said he had no problem with the high hit he took from the Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader on Saturday night.
In the second period of the Bruins 4-1 win over the Wings, Abdelkader collided with Marchand in the slot in the Bruins' zone. At first it looked like a bad hit because Abdelkader left his feet and hit Marchand up high. Marchand stayed down on the ice for a while before leaving under his own power and going to the dressing room briefly. He missed one shift and then finished the game.
Late Saturday night, the NHL ruled that the hit was accidental – and Marchand had no beef with that.
“He was coming through the slot and saw me at their last second,” said Marchand. “He was trying to protect himself and I have no hard feelings.”
Take two, per the Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin:
Red Wings mid-day news: Wings taking a day off, but they’ll get back to work emphasizing ‘structure’
Updated 2x at 2:24 PM: The Red Wings are apparently enjoying their CBA-mandated off-day, which is good given that they'll embark upon a 4-games-in-6-nights stretch on Thursday...
It's highly probable that more than a few Red Wings players will be in attendance for today's Tigers-A's game, and the team will resume practicing tomorrow, with the team hoping to kick-start its power play and find a way to give its third line a kick in the offensive pants (it would be nice if the team could stem the significant amount of gaffes committed by its second and third defensive pairs, too).
The Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Wings spent Monday night hobknobbing with season ticket-holders, but their overriding on-ice concern involved and will involve reestablishing the fundamentals of Wings hockey regardless of the number of skaters on the ice:
The MotorCity Casino will host the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductions on December 2nd, with former Compuware chairman and Compuware hockey/Plymouth Whalers founder Peter Karmanos, Warren's Doug Weight, Michigan State University legend Ron Mason, Cup champ Bill Guerin and US women's Olympic team star Cindy Curley being inducted at that time.
USA Hockey's press release regarding the event also indicated that the Lester Patrick Trophy, which honors "outstanding service to hockey in the United States," would be awarded at the US HHOF inductions, and the Professional Hockey Writers' Association revealed that its Ann Arbor-based president would receive the award, adding more "Michigan flavor" to the event:
Update: the NHL posted a press release regarding Allen:
The NHL's schedule-maker giveth, and the NHL's schedule-maker taketh away, and as such, the Red Wings are going to "pay" for their CBA-mandated day off today and their 4-day break between Saturday's loss to Boston and Thursday's home game against Phoenix.
Starting with the Coyotes game, the Wings play a nasty stretch of 4 games in 6 nights (including tilts against Philly on Saturday, a Columbus Day matinee in Boston and a back-to-back tilt against the pesky Blue Jackets), then 6 in 8 (throw in a road trip to Denver and Phoenx), 8 in 14 (add in home games against San Jose and Ottawa) and a total of 10 games over the final three weeks of October--with 8 of them scrunched into a 2-week period of time.
The NHL sprung a handful of rules upon its players at the beginning of the season, including the "jersey tuck" (and don't-cut-your-pants) rule and insistence that fighters keep their helmets on, lest they incur a 2-minute penalty for doffing them pre-fight.
Goaltenders at least received advanced warning regarding the fact that they were going to lose a significant chunk of their thigh rises thanks to a reformulation of goalie pad sizing rules, there was some warning regarding the redesigned "shallower" nets, and the goalies were at least able to stave off further restrictions regarding their knee pads...
But InGoal Magazine's Kevin Woodley reports that the NHL sprung a nasty surprise upon their goaltenders--and a surprise that will make a much bigger difference than you might think.
Via Paul, Sports Illustrated was in town to take in the Tigers-A's game, and SI Now happened to stop by Cheli's Chili to speak with Red Wings executive Chris Chelios about the ways that the game of hockey changed over the course of his Hockey Hall of Fame-caliber career, and he adds some present-day observations as well:
Via RedWingsFeed, the Red Wings posted three videos today, and two of them are up on the team's YouTube channel.
Some of you might find this commercial starring Mike Babcock a little ironic given that one Gustav "I'm in Grand Rapids" Nyquist makes an appearance in the "Growing Pains" spot (it's okay, the Wings' roster will continue to evolve over the course of the season)...
The Wings also posted their in-rink nod to the historical shaping of the team's present...
Updated 6x at 5:24 PM: Thanks to their disappointing effort against Boston this past Saturday, Detroit Red Wings have a laundry list's worth of "to-improve-upon" issues (see: better special teams play, getting "on the inside" and sustaining offensive pressure via rebound retrieval and screening goaltenders, a better transition game, smarter play in their own end) to work on during their three "off days."
The Wings will need to get their collective and individual games in order soon, because the Wings' Sunday-to-Wednesday break is their longest until January, and Thursday and Saturday's games against Phoenix and Philly, respectively, precede a Columbus Day rematch with Boston and, in total, a slate of 4 games played over the course of 6 nights, 6 in 8, and a total of 10 more October games, two road trips included.
If I've learned anything about the Wings during my tenure as a blogger, it's that they always begin practice early:
Henrik Zetterberg teamed up with a coalition of police and fire departments from across Southeastern Michigan to collect smoke detectors at the Wings' final pair of preseason home games.
The Wings' PR department reports that Zetterberg will hand out his donations on Thursday, and the Wings state that over 3,000 smoke detectors and $22,800 were raised during the charitable initiative--with half of that $22.8K donation coming out of Zetterberg's pocket:
ZETTERBERG TO DISTRIBUTE SMOKE DETECTORS TO LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS AFTER PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAY
… Fire Department Representatives and Comerica Cares Volunteers to Watch Practice …
Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will distribute more than 3,200 smoke detectors to local fire department representatives following the team’s 11 a.m. practice on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The fire departments will then, in turn, donate and install the smoke alarms to low-income residents throughout Metro Detroit who could otherwise not afford one.
The Red Wings return to practice today after taking Sunday off, and they find themselves in the middle of the longest break between now and January. The Wings won't play until they entertain the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday--with those games kicking off a slate of 4 games in 6 nights, 6 in 10 (two-game road trip to Denver and Phoenix included) and, in total, 8 games played (and 11 in total) before the Wings receive their next multiple-day break near the end of the month.
Having defeated the Sabres pretty handily during the home opener, needing to count on late-game and overtime heroics to steal two points from the Hurricanes on Friday, and then having been soundly beat by the Boston Bruins, the both the Wings and their fans have just enough information about the 2013-14 team's ability to compete, its special teams play, its depth and overall "health" as an organization (no injury puns intended) to either agree that the team has much to improve upon but at least a solid enough performance that there's nothing to stay up nights worrying about...
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