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Also, Engelland suspended for five games (video) for the hit on Abdelkader.
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
With the Wings slumping of late, going 0-4-2 in their last six, Babcock had thought about cancelling this outdoor activity.
“When you plan it initially it’s just part of your team building process you go through with your team,” Babcock said. “We’re having a family thing here after for guys that want to use it. After last night’s game I was going to cancel it to be honest with you because we had fans coming we didn’t. It’s always good not to react to those situations. It was good, we had a good practice, a good meeting, we have to get things right.”
The Wings, who lost 5-2 to Anaheim on Tuesday, host Calgary on Thursday.
“You try to do enough team building throughout the year to change things up to break up the monotony,” Babcock said. “It’s always fun to be outside. It’s something special. When I walked out a Wrigley (Field) that’s what it felt like walking out there today.”
more on the Wings including Abdelkader talking about his health...
Elliotte Friedman was on 105.1 Detroit Sports with Matt Dery today and talked Wings, all Wings.
From what is the problem to what should the Wings do...
The Wings are scheduled to skate at Comerica Park at noon today.
Watch it below...
update 12:54pm, Practice is over, stream complete.
I understand that the Red Wings had eight "regular" players absent and nine once Kyle Quincey boneheadedly boarded Ryan Getzlaf, but watching Tomas Jurco's first NHL goal give way to five Ducks goals--after Mike Babcock went out of his way to state that the Wings couldn't race Anaheim to 5 goals--yielded what I would argue is the lowest point of the Red Wings' season, and what I hope remains as such, in the form of a 5-2 loss to the Ducks.
Plain and simple, the Wings were awful. They killed 3:25 of the Quincey major and killed every other Ducks penalty, but Gustavsson (who was ran by Selanne prior to the first goal; it was uncalled) gave up 3 ugly goals in which he received no help whatsoever from a Wings defense corps standing around as the Ducks cycled it down low and slid pucks into the net, and Mrazek surrendered what ended up being the dagger on his first shot against.
Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey received a major penalty for this hit on Ryan Getzlaf, and every Red Wings fan agreed that this was stupid and unnecessary:
The Red Wings are predictably down 2-1 to the Anaheim Ducks at present, but the Wings blew a 1-goal lead because Tomas Jurco scored his first NHL goal--and it was a beauty:
Coke Zero Fan Zone line-up announced
Top local musical acts, local restaurants and interactive activities to enhance the five-day, 122,000-square-foot hockey fan event in conjunction with the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ and the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®
DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment revealed today the line-up and stage times for the local music acts and fun-filled family entertainment; participating Metro Detroit-area restaurants; winter- and hockey-themed interactive activities including photo opportunities with the Stanley Cup taking place at the Coke Zero Fan Zone. The five-day, 122,000-square-foot hockey fan event outside of Comerica Park December 27-31, will take place in conjunction with the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ inside Comerica Park leading up to the highly anticipated 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Michigan Stadium New Year's Day.
Updated 11x at 7:09 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will have their hands full when they welcome the 23-7-5 Anaheim Ducks to Joe Louis Arena this evening (7:30 PM, FSD/Prime Ticket/97.1 FM)--as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan noted, the Wings have won 2 of their past 15 games at home--and the Red Wings' Game Day Blog also reminds us that yesteray night and this morning's plethora of
pinatas, I mean good injury news doesn't change the fact that it would be more accurate to suggest that this is a Wiffins-Ducks game:
Detroit has center Pavel Datsyuk back from a seven-game absence following a concussion, but the Red Wings are still without captain Henrik Zetterberg (back), goalie Jimmy Howard (sprained knee), defenseman Danny DeKeyser(shoulder) and three other forwards, including Johan Franzen and Justin Abdelkader (concussion protocols). Franzen left Detroit's game Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning early in the second period after being hit in the face by defenseman Radko Gudas.
Rookie Tomas Jurco, Detroit's second-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft, made his NHL debut against the Lightning and the Red Wings have called up center Riley Sheahan from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League to replace Franzen.
"Normally, and I say this all of the time, someone else gets an opportunity," coach Mike Babcock said. "We’re running out of guys to get opportunities."
As the Wings' morning skate got underway, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported that Mikael Samuelsson's likely to draw back into tonight's lineup--and i doing so, he delivered further bad injury news:
The weather outside is frightful — so much in fact that officials have been forced to cancel some of Tuesday’s open skating sessions at Comerica Park.
The first two skating sessions Tuesday morning will no longer take place due to icy conditions. Organizers say the cold temperatures aren’t good for the ice because it can shatter. However, the rink will be up and ready for open skating, beginning at 11 a.m.
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