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I wandered into a Red Wings locker room FULL of legends after the Wings' "B Team" took Game 1 5-4...And kind of sort of accidentally didn't see the sign that said that after Game 1, the room was closed. Walking amidst the Fedorovs and Yzermans and Chelioses and Holmstroms and Lidstroms, I just did what I do--I made a beeline for someone I know, in this case Jiri Fischer, and we talked for three minutes before I was delicately told I'd made a boo boo (sorry Wings!)
The Good news is that the Wings made Red Berenson, Dallas Drake and Jiri Fischer available to the media for 11 minutes, and I got the last question in:
After the rights-holders do their thing, hopefully I won't step on any toes during the second game, but as I told Fischer before our interview was cut short, you don't see these kinds of groups of players together unless it's for a funeral these days, so seeing them all together for a joyous, FUN celebration of their time together--and their FOUR CUPS TO ONE 1993 LEAF PLAYOFF WIN--is beautiful.
The Red Wings' and NHL's beat writers were Tweeting the heck out of Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's post-Wings practice presser, and Babcock did indeed deliver a command performance while speaking for nearly 8 minutes:
Here's the transcript of his presser:
I will update this post as needed.
added 12:18pm, via Khan tweet,
Tomas Jurco isn't practicing. Might have been sent down and replaced by Glendening. No word yet from the team.
Also, Gustavsson was just on the ice for a team picture, not practicing.
added 12:34 PM from George, Khan confirms that Jurco's been sent down:
As the Winter Classic Alumni Showdowns approach (1 PM and 3:30 PM on FSD and the CBC, 1 PM and 4 PM on NBCSN)...
Per Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will, at least in theory, play before 105,000 fans at Michigan Stadium tomorrow (1 PM EST, NBC/CBC):
Guinness World Records will be in attendance to verify the number (no Guinness though...I may be allergic to alcohol, but even I'll risk a couple of sips of that stuff).
Leafs TV presents a live pre-game show before the 2 alumni games.
I did my best to summarize the principals, times and TV schedules for today's Alumni Showdowns in something of an overight report, and within about 25 minutes I need to brush the snow off my car and head downtown for said event.
If you missed it: In terms of what's happening today, here's what you need to know: The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs are playing a pair of Alumni Showdown games at Comerica Park at 1:00 and 3:30 PM EST. They will air on Fox Sports Detroit, NBCSN (with the second game airing at 4 for some reason) and the CBC, and DetroitRedWings.com''s Bill Roose revealed the alumni games' rosters and formats:
Tuesday’s games will be played in equal halves. Game 1 will consist of 20-minute running time and the clock will stop in the last five-minutes of each half. Game 2 will be 25-minute running time with the clock stopping in the final 10-minutes of each half.
In terms of both today and tomorrow's events, there is good news in the weather department: this morning, the predictions of 3-5 inches of snow tomorrow and tomorrow night were revised to half an inch to an inch tonight and 1-3 inches on Wednesday (per the National Weather Service), as MLive's Kyle Feldscher noted--and the cloudy skies mean that we'll have a low of 10-ish degrees instead of near zero, which is good:
For a blogger who prides himself on grinding out long days and long nights trying to cover as much as I possibly can--i.e. as much "stuff" as other people create as I possibly can--gigantic NHL events including the team I cover are exercises in futility, and absolute nightmares for my OCD.
The honest-to-God truth is that there is no way in hell that I could cover everything written about the Winter Classic even if I stayed here at the home office in South Lyon and pulled 24-hour work days, and there's certainly no way in hell that I'll be able to get through attending the Alumni Showdown and Winter Classic itself, never mind actually enjoy attending the events, if I try to snag everything.
As someone who's a little bleary-eyed starting a recap at 2:40 AM after having gotten up at 7 and having worked all day--part of it at Comerica Park (which was awesome even though the Griffins lost)--eschewing a media hobknob to watch the Wings drop an ugly 6-4 decision to the Nashville Predators, this is by far the best news that came out of Nashville on Monday that has anything to do with the Red Wings, at least in my opinion:
"Korben, sweetheart...What was that? IT WAS BAD! It had nothing, no fire, no energy, no nothing! You know I have a show to run here, hm, hm? And it must POP POP POP! So tomorrow, from five to seven, will you please act like you have more than a two-word vocabulary? It must be green, mmkay?"
When you're getting ready to survey the exploits of the Red Wings' prospects (including a certain team of Grand Rapids Griffins who played at Comerica Park on Monday), and your answer as to which ones both played well and received favorable scoreboard results is, "Well, Anthony Mantha was great again at the World Juniors" (and Canada takes on Team USA at 11 AM EST on TSN and the NHL Network), and Trevor Parkes had a good night in Toledo...
You know that a significant number of players came up short.
In the case of the Grand Rapids Griffins, who did indeed battle the Toronto Marlies at Comerica Park on Monday evening, Grand Rapids rallied from a 2-1 deficit and regrettably lost 4-3 in a shootout--with the Griffins having every chance to earn some instant redemption as the teams tangle again tonight at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids (6 PM start)--but I haven't been in a palpably angrier locker room (or clubhouse, as it were) in a long, long time.
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