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Updated 10x at 2:37 PM: The Red Wings' morning skate prior to tonight's game against Carolina (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM) revealed good news in that Petr Mrazek will start and that Tomas Jurco will return to the lineup (despite starting on the fourth line), but there was some bad news in that Kyle Quincey reported that he's feeling concussion symptoms after being hit (blind-sided) by Sam Bennett in Saturday night's game against Calgary.
The Free Press's Helene St. James took note of Quincey's remarks:
Quincey finished the game, which, in retrospect, maybe he should not have.
"It was adrenaline," Quincey said. "It didn't feel that bad until after the game."
Concussion protocol is a minimum of a week. It is an injury that defies timelines because of its unpredictability.
Via RedWingsFeed, this is amusing. The NHL posted a clip promoting the Stadium Series game between the Red Wings and Avalanche in February, and it sanitizes the Wings-Avs rivalry to an astonishing extent:
Update: FYI from the NHL and the Red Wings:
TSN's Travis Yost is more than willing to suggest that 8 games = time for Red Wings fans to panic about the loss of dear Mike Babcock:
Perhaps the biggest bet the Toronto Maple Leafs have made since overhauling the entire organization has been on new head coach Mike Babcock. His $50-million contract speaks for itself, but it’s hard to argue it’s anything but earned. He’s arguably the best coach in the National Hockey League, and has been for some time.
The bet anticipates that the “Mike Babcock Effect” will percolate throughout the organization, with the biggest impact obviously coming in the area of player performance. Great expectations will come as the roster is built out, but at least for year one, the hope is that some degree of progress will be realized.
It’s not manifesting in the standings just yet, but the team has shown signs of improvement. Even with a makeshift roster they rank top 10 in both possession and scoring chance differential. The wins may not materialize until the individual talent is built out, but at the very least, Babcock’s turning his ragtag group into a competitive bunch.
What’s much more interesting is what has happened to the team that Babcock left behind.
The general consensus at the time of his departure was that the Red Wings organization would mostly be fine – it hurts to lose a great coach, but the system has relentlessly turned out talent at every single level, coaching included. Jeff Blashill would steer the ship towards a 25th consecutive postseason appearance, rendering the turnover little but a memory.
But the early signs in Detroit are troubling. A 4-3-1 start might be a bit kind to a Red Wings team that simply hasn’t looked the part of a playoff-calibre club, a shocking development when you consider how consistently great this team has been for years.
Updated 4x at 11:42 AM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Carolina Hurricanes in the teams' final meeting of the season this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD Plus/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), and the Red Wings have stated that they're quite wary of the Hurricanes given their dominance in the first two games of the season series.
CarolinaHurricanes.com's Michael Smith reports that the Hurricanes aren't selling Detroit short, either:
“We want to continue to play well,” head coach Bill Peters told the media after practice in Detroit on Monday. “I think it will be similar to both games in the fact that there won’t be a lot of room, so you have to make sure you’re managing the puck properly.”
Of historical note from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...
Twenty years ago, hockey took a major step in its evolution when the Detroit Red Wings put five Russian players together as one unit of three forwards and two defensemen for the first time.
The "Russian Five," as the deployment of forwards Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov and Vyacheslav Kozlov, and defensemen Vladimir Konstantinov and Viacheslav Fetisov became known, debuted Oct. 27, 1995, against the Calgary Flames and helped the Red Wings score the final three goals.
Kozlov and Larionov each scored in Detroit's 5-2 victory against Calgary, but hockey ended up being the biggest winner, as the game changed for the better in response to the transcendental nature of the Russian Five, the brainchild of Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman.
Together, the Russians helped Detroit to a historic 1995-96 season, when it set the NHL record with 62 wins and finished one point short of tying the record for most points in a season (132), set by the Montreal Canadiens in 1976-77. More importantly, the Russian Five was a big part of the Red Wings' first Stanley Cup championship in 42 years.
"My main trick was not to unite all five Russians every time," Bowman said. "I was worried that the opponents would be able to figure out how to play against them. Often, I would wait until the second or even third period to get them out on the ice together. It always got other teams confused."
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"I think it's a fun set-up." Henrik Zetterberg said. "Obviously, puck possession is huge."
Said Nyquist: "Obviously, it's exciting; you've got a lot of open space out there, a lot of chances."
Even goaltenders, who will be hung out to dry often, like it.
"It was fun, wide open," Jimmy Howard said. "Exactly what you thought was going to happen."
The Red Wings have quickly realized the importance of timely changes. An inability to change cost them in Calgary and a bad change by the Canucks benefited them in Vancouver.
"At some point, you have to get off the ice because the last thing you want to do is get tired out there when you're only three (skaters)," Nyquist said. "I think that's what happened in Calgary. We got some guys out there on the winning goal that had been out there for so long. You're just so tired out there you can't even think. You got to get off at some point and it was nice to take advantage of that (on Saturday)."
According to NHL.com, the Russian 5 debuted on October 27th, 1995 against the Calgary Flames, and NHL.com found a PASS Sports feature on the quintet's 2-goal performance that evening:
The 4-3-and-1 Red Wings wrap up a stretch of 4 games in 7 nights as they host the 2-and-6 Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM).
As we learned on Monday, the Wings won't have the services of Mike Green (shoulder), Kyle Quincey (concussion) or Brad Richards (back), but the Red Wings were already very wary of the Hurricanes, who out-shot Detroit 47-19 in the Wings' 4-3 victory over Carolina on October 10th and out-shot Detroit 36-20 in Carolina's 5-3 win on October 16th.
The Hurricanes come into tonight's game having dropped a 5-2 decision to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday and a 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings last Friday, but we'll say that the mood is bright as the Canes shift into the 5th of 6 straight road games.
added 6:23pm, And you probably know this...
added 6:36pm, Sipple tweet,
Barring an injury, Holland not planning to call anyone up. GR plays in Toronto on Fri. so could get someone to Ottawa for Sat. game easily.
From the Red Wings:
JUSTIN ABDELKADER AND LUKE GLENDENING SET TO APPEAR AT METRO DETROIT MEIJER LOCATIONS
... Abdelkader to Appear at First “Red Wings Day at Meijer” on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in Allen Park …
DETROIT– Detroit Red Wings forwards Justin Abdelkader and Luke Glendening are set to appear individually at six Meijer locations throughout the Metro Detroit area, signing free autographs and interacting with the fans of Hockeytown. Abdelkader, a Muskegon, Mich., native and former Michigan State Spartan, will make the first appearance of the campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in Allen Park (3565 Fairlane Dr.), while Glendening, a Grand Rapids, Mich., native and former Michigan Wolverine, will appear at the Meijer in Warren (29505 Mound Rd.) on Thursday, Oct. 29. Abdelkader and Glendening will each make two additional stops this season in Lincoln Park, Roseville and Detroit. All events will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with player signings to occur from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The season-long schedule can be found below.
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