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The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena just before 11 AM to prepare for Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
This is good news, from the Free Press's George Sipple...
Green and Datsyuk out early skating. #Wings
And MLive's Ansar Khan:
From the Red Wings:
RED WINGS ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL VIEWING PARTY SCHEDULE FOR 2015-16 SEASON
... 19 Viewing Parties Scheduled Throughout Michigan Set to Feature Alumni Appearances, Food & Drink Specials and Contests to Win Red Wings Tickets and Prizes …
DETROIT –The Detroit Red Wings are proud to announce another year of Red Wings Official Viewing Parties for the 2015-16 season. Red Wings fans will have the opportunity to connect and cheer on the team with their peers, meet Red Wings Alumni and win great prizes during the season at a variety of locations throughout Michigan.
The fun begins on Monday, Nov. 16 with the first of four Red Wings Official Viewing Parties at Applebee’s locations throughout Metro Detroit. While cheering on the Red Wings during their game against the Ottawa Senators, fans in attendance can play Hockeytown Trivia, enjoy great food and drink specials and enter for the chance to win autographed memorabilia and tickets to upcoming Wings games at Joe Louis Arena.
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
The Grand Rapids Griffins are looking for an alternate jersey for the 2015-16 season and we want your help! We’re partnering up with Hockey Jersey Concepts to host a jersey design contest and we want to see your best design ideas. The winning design will be worn by the Griffins at a game this season and the winning designer will receive a personalized version of their jersey.
Continued, and the contest ends on November 23rd.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch this week:
Zetterberg's hot, Abdelkader's not
Henrik Zetterberg has points in nine of 11 games and is among the league's scoring leaders with 14 points. He needs one goal to reach 300 for his career, after picking up his 500th assist and 800th point on Saturday.
Justin Abdelkader, who's played every game on Zetterberg's line, has gone nine games without a point, after collecting four goals and an assist in the first two games, which earned him the NHL's No. 1 star honors for the opening week. Despite not scoring, Abdelkader has played physical (team-leading 31 hits) and had provided a net-front presence on several goals.
Maple Leafs in a free-fall
Mike Babcock expected rough times in Toronto after taking over behind the bench, but he probably didn't anticipate the disaster the Leafs appear to be.
Toronto (1-7-2) has lost four in a row, is winless in six (0-5-1) and is well on its way to missing the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons. Its lone win came on Oct. 16 against Columbus, which is 2-10.
The Red Wings visit Air Canada Centre on Friday. Detroit beat Toronto 4-0 in its season opener Oct. 9 at JLA.
The Maple Leafs rank 29th in goals per game at 2.00, ahead of only the puzzling Anaheim Ducks, and 28th in goals against per game (3.30). They are last on the power play at 7.4 percent and 28th on the penalty kill.
The Red Wings get back to work today ahead of a November schedule in which they play 13 games in 27 nights.
Ahead of Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning---who snapped a 4-game losing streak via a 4-3 win over Carolina on Sunday--the Free Press's Helene St. James duly noted that the Wings felt that they established something of a blueprint in their win over the Ottawa Senators.
Part of the Wings' success came from the 2 goals scored by and 5 points generated by their defensemen...
"It makes a big difference," Henrik Zetterberg said. "We worked on that a lot in camp, to get the D involved. Somewhere along the line we forgot to get them involved in games. We talked about it before our last game at home, we wanted to get the D more involved."
The seed was replanted Friday, and blossomed Saturday when two goals and three assists came from blue liners. Offensive involvement from the back end should get even stronger in another week, as defenseman Mike Green is expected to be ready to return from an upper-body injury.
Zetterberg celebrated 500 career assists and 800 career points during the game, but he has been productive since the season began. The difference in the past two Saturday games versus the ones in between, has been the production of Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist.
Getting "O from D" and generating some secondary scoring necessitate the Wings to succeed on their special teams as well:
Of prospect-related note:
Updated at 10:21 AM: I curled up and headed to bed around 3 PM EDT last night (i.e. 4 AM), and some videos relating to the Red Wings' 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators popped up overnight.
First, SomeHockeyVideos posted a clip of Chris Neil losing his shit trying to intimidate Jonathan Ericsson at the end of last night's game:
In happier news, the Wings posted a set of post-game comment videos (via RedWingsFeed), including comments from Dylan Larkin...
You don't see this every day, so here are Henrik Zetterberg's assists 500 and 501 and points 799 and 800, respectively, from AWood40:
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