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added 12:25pm, More from Khan...
Could Franzen be ready? He's skating in place of Cleary on a line with Helm and Alfredsson.
Fourth line still has Glendening with Miller and Eaves. Andersson and Cleary are alternating in.
added 12:35pm, Khan again say Datsyuk not participating in all the drills plus this...
Looks like players just alternating on top 2 lines: Nyquist, Abdelkader, Sheahan, Tatar, Jurco, Bertuzzi, Samuelsson and Datsyuk.
added 12:52pm, Khan one more time,
Franzen said he's felt good for three days in a row. Hopes to play tomorrow but will be a game time decision.
"The first few times I got called up, I wasn't really taking advantage of the opportunity and now I feel a lot more comfortable and confident."
"I think I've just been going out every day and trying to work my hardest. My spot here isn't solidified. I think I'm going to have to spend more time in Grand Rapids but I'm trying to make the most of my opportunity here. (Coach Mike Babcock) always says take your piece of the cake so I think that's what I'm trying to do.
"I'm just trying to make plays and use my size to my advantage and things like that. It's nice he feels confident putting our line out there and I think we're performing pretty well. With the injuries, they know they need some help and I think the guys in Grand Rapids have been doing a good job with that."
That's Riley Sheahan after last night's game. More from Brendan Savage of Mlive.
There's been a significant amount of chatter--well, let's be honest, there's been a significant amount of passionate and sometimes downright viciously vindictive debate--about what the Red Wings need to do roster-wise when Andersson, Datsyuk, Franzen and Howard return to the lineup.
Wings fans haven't been talking very much about the team's effort not just since the Winter Classic, but especially during and after the team's clutch and more than slightly lucky win over a very physical and very nasty Los Angeles Kings team this past weekend.
While the Wings most definitely laid an egg and a half against the Blues, and they needed an eight-round shootout to dispatch the Blackhawks, following all of that up with a gigantic 4-1 win kicking off four games of an Atlantic Division rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens seemed to hammer home a point: regardless of the names on the backs of the jerseys, this Red Wings team is starting to play like itself again.
Shocking news regarding what was most certainly the biggest hockey game ever held, from Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika:
I've been nursing a bad noggin today so I'm about to listen to this interview for the first time myself.
This strikes me as very, very odd, but "On Frozen Blog" reports that there may be more to the Red Wings' decision to scratch Todd Bertuzzi than we know:
I don't believe that the Wings want to "shop" their nuclear deterrent--he's just had a rough couple of games since the Winter Classic and needs a kick in the pants.
Update: Well who the hell knows:
I don't believe it. Not for a second. The boss and I tried to get on top of this one and it turned out to be bologna.
The Montreal Canadiens website posted a preview on tonight's game,
“They’re a team that has their own unique style. I have a lot of respect for them; that’s a team that made the playoffs for 22 consecutive seasons and that’s not easy to do,” explained Therrien, who was at the helm of the Penguins squad that lost to Detroit in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals. “That shows what a great job their management and coaching staff is doing over there. It’s an accomplishment to make the playoffs the way the league is now and they’ve managed to consistently earn their spot. They’re strong on the puck and they’re a fast team. The game tonight will be an important one for us and it won’t be an easy one.”
Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front after the morning skate today,
“He’s playing tonight so that’s good for us, good to have him back,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We just have to keep him healthy.”
Alfredsson has missed the last six games with lower-back inflammation.
“It feels great I mean it’s always frustrating to be out and now be able to skate like I have and have no issues it feels great actually,” Alfredsson said after practice. “You work yourself in, definitely keep it simple and short shifts to get into it. You can skate as much as you want in practice but it’s a different pace in game, more physical as well so trying not to get caught out there too long is definitely going to help.”...
“He’s a smart player, knows how to play,” Babcock said. “Helmer’s line struggled last game, so this gives him a chance.”
Alfredsson replaces Todd Bertuzzi in the lineup.
“Why don’t we just talk about the guys that are playing,” Babcock said when asked what he needs to see more out of Bertuzzi.
Howard on the ice in full geat, working with Bedard, Andersson on the ice after 8 days and Weiss is skating too.
Alfredsson wearing a red jersey, may be playing tonight.
added 10:31am, Khan says...
Howard is facing shots, which obviously is a good sign since he said on Tuesday his knee would be re-assessed in a week.
added 10:41am, More Khan,
Based on how they're skating it looks like Alfredsson is back tonight, on line with Helm and Cleary.
Other lines at the skate: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Eaves.
Based on how they're skating it looks like Bertuzzi might be scratched. Datsyuk and Franzen are skating but not ready to play.
added 11:05am, MSM report Kindl still skating, looks to be out again.
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