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Sportsnet's Luke Fox is compiling a "Top 10" list of players that Fox believes will stand out in HBO's 24/7 series spotlighting the Red Wings and Maple Leafs as the teams prepare for the Winter Classic. I can tell you for a fact that the player occupying Fox's #9 spot has and perhaps has earned a bad reputation, but he is in fact remarkably thoughtful, articulate and genuine:
Todd Bertuzzi is something of a mystery these days.
The Red Wings winger has, of course, already secured everlasting notoriety for his ugly 2004 attack on Steve Moore, which ended the Avalanche forward’s career, cost Bertuzzi a 17-month suspension (though the 2004-05 lockout meant he missed only 20 NHL games) and about half a million in salary and, of course, lost him the benefit of the doubt for the rest of his time in the league.
But that was a long time ago, and Bertuzzi’s a different player now. A combination of age, back problems and a no-doubt fervent desire to steer far clear of any further league discipline long ago took the dangerous edge out of his game. He’s now a slow winger with a nose for the net and a fine set of hands that are often on display as one of the Red Wings go-to shootout options.
Red Wings fans who've watched Bertuzzi register the bulk of his 5 goals, 4 assists and 9 points whileplaying alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg--after challenging himself to essentially "earn a spot" on the team's crowded roster at 38 years of age--might disagree with the "slow" quip, and Bertuzzi's presence alone serves as something of a "nuclear deterrent" to cheap shots and intimidation:
The Red Wings will be busy attempting to snap a seven-game home ice losing streak when they host the Nashville Predators this evening (7:30 PM, FSD/FS Tennessee/1270 AM), but a significant chunk of the roster will be heading to Compuware Arena in Plymouth tomorrow to take part in a fundraiser for Matt Sorisho, the Catholic Central forward who was paralyzed from the waist down after taking a hit during a high school hockey game on October 13th.
DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson spoke with several members of the Red WIngs'
MLive’s Khan offers info regarding Red Wings’ Hall of Fame-honoring ceremonies for Chelios, Shanahan
This is a "last-minute notice" blurb, but MLive's Ansar Khan took note of the Red Wings' plans to recognize Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan's Hockey Hall of Fame inductions during the Wings' home games tonight (against Nashville) and on Thursday (against Carolina):
Before the game, the Red Wings will honor Chris Chelios for his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They will give away 22,000 posters, show his induction speech on the scoreboard from 6:43 to 6:58 and have artifacts from his career on display from the Hockey Hall of Fame on the concourse.
Chelios will take part in the ceremonial puck drop.
The club will honor fellow Hall of Fame inductee Brendan Shanahan Thursday before the Carolina game.
Red Wings-Predators game-day updates: 11 & 7 hope to snap 7-game home losing, 6-game winless streaks
Updated 11x at 3:48 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to snap a six-game losing streak and a seven-game losing streak when they face off against the Nashville Predators this evening (7:30 PM, FSD Plus/FS Tennessee/1270 AM). The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that the Wings' roster plans set out during yesterday's practice appear to be playing out as Mike Babcock expected them to play out.
DeKeyser and Weiss both on ice. No Alfredsson which means he's out tonight.
Plan Monday was to dress 7 defenseman and 11 forwards. Weiss doesn't appear to be ready to return. Smith appears to be seventh D-man.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirms:
97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland recently (I believe this interview aired during Saturday's game against the Islanders), and Riger addressed some hot-button issues in asking Holland about the team's middling record...
As to how Holland feels about his team at the quarter mark…
“We haven’t been consistent enough” Holland said. We’re still talking about the same things that we did last year, secondary scoring.”
Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have a combined 21 goals this season, the rest of the team have 33. That pretty much says it all.
As well as the team's inability to recall a certain Gustav Nyquist, who's registered 7 goals, 14 assists and 21 points over the course of 15 games played for the Grand Rapids Griffins:
On Wednesday, the NHL will reveal the details of the "Fan Zone" they're placing outside of Comerica Park for the Hockeytown Winter Festival, and on Thursday, the University of Michigan's Board of Regents will vote on a measure allowing fireworks to be used during the Winter Classic itself, which MLive's Kellie Woodhouse revealed is expected to yield $14-15 million in fan spending in the Ann Arbor area...
And if you plan on staying in Ann Arbor prior to the game, the Ann Arbor Chronicle reports that you will be able to ring in the New Year with the dropping of a...Puck?
Two events scheduled for New Year’s have received approval for their associated street closings from the Ann Arbor city council: The Puck Drops Here and the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic Game. Council action came at its Nov. 18, 2013 meeting.
In connection with the NHL Winter Classic Game to be played on New Year’s Day, the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a New Year’s Eve event called The Puck Drops Here, which will mimic the dropping of the lighted ball in Times Square, but with a 6-foot diameter lighted “puck” that is being fabricated by METAL.
The name of the event is a play on words. In the game of ice hockey, the start of action is marked with an official dropping of the puck between two opposing players – the puck drop. It’s similar to the tip-off in basketball. The name of the event also plays on the expression popularized by U.S. President Harry Truman: “The buck stops here.”
The Chronicle also lists all of the street closures expected for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day (and it states that "lawn parking" will be allowed in the neighborhood surrounding the stadium), and the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors' Bureau has more information about the "puck drop":
Anthony Mantha registered a goal and an assist in the first game of the "Super Series" between what are essentially all-star teams representing the Canadian Hockey League's three respective major junior-playing branches in the QMJHL, OHL and WHL, and the Red Wings have already signed the 20th overall pick in the 2013 draft to an entry-level contract for a simple reason:
Mantha would've been way more expensive to sign later, even though he already has what Capgeek states is the highest-cap-hit contract of any Wings prospect at $925,000 per season for his first three years (with a $70,000 AHL salary and a $92,500 signing bonus for his first three years as a pro, and that $925,000 isn't an averaged number; it's the NHL salary he'd earn).
The Detroit Red Wings' six-game winless streak provoked the following comment from TSN's Scott Cullen in his latest set of power rankings:
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Winless in six sounds worse than it really is, since the Wings have accumulated points in five of those six games, but a seven-game home winless streak is a problem for a team that had hopes of being a contender.
I don't buy the concept that the Red Wings have to turn in some sort of membership in the, "We've earned the right to be taken seriously" card because they've amassed an ugly 1-2-and-3 record over their past six games and two weeks' worth of play, especially given the progress made in the team's losses to Washington and the Islanders.
That being said, as the Wings embark upon a slate of 4 games played over the course of 6 nights starting this evening against Nashville (7:30 PM, FSD Plus/FS Tennessee/AM 1270), owing all of an 0-1-and-6 home record of late and 3-2-and-6 record at the Joe for this season, heading into three straight home games (Nashville this evening, Carolina on Thursday and Ottawa on Saturday; the Wings will head to Buffalo for Sunday's game), the Wings have most certainly burned their margin for error over the next month or so.
The Subway Super Series got underway on Monday night in Gatineau, Quebec, with a team of QMJHL stars battling a...middling-on-paper Russian team. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin stole the show via a 3-assist performance in the QMJHL's 3-2 win over Russia, and Montreal Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon got talked up for his 2 goals-and-1-assist perforance in La Belle Province, but NHL.com's Adam Kimelman notes that a certain Red Wings prospect scored the game-winner:
Anthony Mantha's goal with 4:07 left in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League a 3-2 win against Russia on Monday in the opening game of the Subway Super Series, palyed in Gatineau, Quebec.
The line of Mantha, Charles Hudon and Jonathan Drouin supplied all the offense for QMJHL. Hudon had two goals and an assist; Drouin had the primary assist on all three goals.
Mantha, taken by the Detroit Red Wings with the 20th pick of the 2013 draft, scored the winner at 15:53 of the third. Hudon carried the puck into the Russia end and dropped it for Drouin. His shot was blocked, but Mantha grabbed the loose puck in front of the Russia net, kicked it his backhand in the crease and scored.
Strong play in front of the net is nothing new for Mantha. Last season he was the only 2013 draft-eligible player in the Canadian Hockey League to score 50 goals, and this season he leads the QMJHL with 24 goals and 54 points in 23 games.
Last weekend, Ken Daniels and Fox Sports Detroit revealed that the Red Wings are taking part in a fundraiser for the family of Matt Sorisho this Wednesday, November 20th at Compwuare Arena in Plymouth (from 6-10 PM), and today, the Red Wings' community relations department fleshed out the team's participation. Per DetroitRedWings.com's Christy Hammond:
Detroit Red Wings players Danny DeKeyser, Jimmy Howard, Mikael Samuelsson and Stephen Weiss will be joined by head coach Mike Babcock along with alumni Ted Lindsay, Kris Draper, Chris Osgood and Kirk Maltby at a benefit held on the covered ice at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich., on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m.
This event will raise money for medical, home modification and mobility equipment expenses that Matt Sorisho, a senior at Detroit Catholic Central High School, faces after suffering a serious injury during a hockey tournament that left him with life-changing spinal cord injuries, which are estimated to be over $500,000 in the first year.
Tickets are still available to the event for $100 and can be purchased online by visiting http://bidpal.net/matt18 The e.vent will feature a large assortment of auction items, including packages donated by the Red Wings:
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