The Malik Report
Ahead of tonight's tilt between the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins (7:30 PM, FSD/NESN/NBCSN "out of market" as it's a "Wednesday Night Rivalry Game"/97.1 FM), I can only summarize the state of the Wings as Henrik Zetterberg did while speaking with the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
[Pavel] Datsyuk suffered a concussion when hit Saturday by Ottawa defenceman Jared Cowan and will also miss his second straight game.
“It’s tough to see him when he wants to go but knows he can’t go,” Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said of Datsyuk. “When it is your head like that, you’ve got to be cautious and wait it out.”
Angered that the NHL took no disciplinary action for the shot against Datsyuk, Zetterberg took his own shot at the league.
“He gets an elbow to his chin, he goes down, gets a concussion, and there’s no suspension,” Zetterberg said.
The Red Wings aren't saying that Datsyuk's got a concussion, but they're definitely saying that he "can't go," and that a) sucks and b) is ridiculous, NHL, seriously. The Wings won't have Todd Bertuzzi's services due to an upper-body ("It's Not My Back!") injury, but they're coming off a win against the Sabres and having won...Two of their past three games?...
The Red Wings visited Children's Hospital on Tuesday as part of an annual pre-Thanksgiving-or-Christmas tradition, and this video from WXYZ explains why the visit matters so much:
Alicia Yon was excited the Red Wings were visiting her at DMC Children's Hospital. What unfolded next was beyond her wildest dreams.
WXYZ photographer Thom Pavlichek handed Alicia the microphone, and sent her to interview her hero, Henrik Zetterberg.
Tom Leyden has the story, which aired on WXYZ.
The Red Wings' prospects weren't particularly busy on Tuesday--in the SHL, Mattias Backman played 19:51 and finished at +2 in Linkopings HC's 5-4 OT loss to Vaxjo, and as far away from Sweden as one can get, in the BCHL, David Pope had an assist in the West Kelowna Warriors' 3-2 loss to Penticton--but the ECHL's Toledo Walleye play a home game this evening (featuring a...Turkey Hat Drop? For real?), the Grand Rapids Griffins will play in a home-and-still-at-home series on Friday and Saturday, and there is no "American Thanksgiving" break in the CHL, so the vast majority of the Wings' prospects are working this weekend.
RedWingsCentral's prospect report for this week focuses on Riley Sheahan's maturation into something other than a scoring forward--as suggested by Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright:
The Red Wings made their annual pre-holiday visit to Children's Hospital today, and DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson penned an article about the team's trip:
[Coach Mike] Babcock and the Red Wings make their annual visit to the hospital to bring holiday cheer to the children and families, but often leave with smiles on their faces as big and genuine as the ones they inspire.
“It’s like when you give presents to somebody on Christmas or on their birthday, their whole face, their whole heart lights up and just for them to see us, it’s like that same reaction so it’s unbelievable actually,” [Brendan] Smith said. “It’s quite an experience and I love how we set it up like this. It’s pretty impressive.”
The organization’s support of Children’s Hospital of Michigan over the years is greatly appreciated by everyone at the Detroit Medical Center.
“I can tell you that there is no team, no community organization, no group of human beings that have been more supportive, more kind to the children of this hospital than the Ilitch family and the Detroit Red Wings,” said Herman Gray, president of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “And we are really grateful for it. You have stood up when things were going great, you have stood up when things were going not quite as great but you’ve always been there for us.”
Detroit's City Council remains...The City Council. The Detroit News's Louis Aguilar reported that the Council was supposed to consider expanding the Downtown Development Authority's footprint to help fund the economic development through property taxes, but the City Council passed the buck until at least December, with the commensurate amount of screaming and yelling:
“This deal I feel is completely revolting,” said Jerry Belanger, owner of the Park Bar, a downtown building that also houses Cliff Bell’s jazz club. “There is no economic benefit to Detroit.”
The council will hold a special session on Dec. 17 to continue discussions on the proposal. It’s unclear if the panel will vote at the December meeting. The expansion is needed for state-approved tax revenue for the project, which includes bonds for construction. Since the tax dollars are not part of the city’s general revenue fund, they are not affected by the city’s bankruptcy filing.
Funds from the Downtown Development Authority, an entity separate from the city of Detroit, can only be used for economic development within its boundaries. The new district spans from around Grand Circus Park to Charlotte between Woodward and Grand River avenues.
Resident Dawn DeRose told the council there are too many unanswered questions.
“It should be made more public. A lot of people don’t know what’s happening,” she said. “I think that Detroit is being taken advantage of.”
I cannot deny that it feels more than a little "weird" to be a Red Wings fan knowing that the great Daniel Alfredsson Returns to Ottawa Game is imminent. With the Canadian media maelstrom already beginning to simmer and boil, the Most Important Game On The NHL Schedule Ever Thus Far Anyway's already casting a long shadow.
Grantland's Sean McIndoe delves into the psychological aspect of the imminent reunion affair by pondering how Senators fans should react to Alfredsson's return to the team from which he divorced himself this past July, and something tells me that "Option 5" will win out:
Option 5: We are not sure how we feel right now (i.e., the Mats Sundin)
The backstory: By 2008, Sundin had spent 13 seasons in Toronto and made a strong case for himself as the best player in franchise history. But the Leafs were drifting badly in the salary-cap era, and when general manager John Ferguson Jr. was fired in February, it was clear that the team planned to hold a fire sale at the trade deadline.
Updated 14x at 5:19 PM: Okay, so the Red Wings will be without Pavel Datsyuk when they play against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday as the NHL is on the "Rob Ford Plan" when it comes to supplemental discipline (i.e. they're on crack).
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk will miss a second straight game as a result of experiencing concussion symptoms.
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Datsyuk will not play Wednesday, when the Wings host the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m., FSD, NBCSN). Datsyuk didn't practice today but did ride a stationary bike.Datsyuk has been held out since being hit in the head by Ottawa's Jared Cowen on Saturday. Datsyuk remains day-to-day. The Wings are treating Datsyuk as if he has a concussion and "until he is symptom-free for a few days, he won't play," Holland said.
Forward Todd Bertuzzi will also miss Wednesday's game because of an upper-body injury.
St. James Tweeted more news from practice...
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock received an honorary doctorate in law at McGill University's Fall Convocation on Monday, and as you might expect, the McGIll Reporter's Neale McDevitt reports that Babcock delivered a...Babcockian message:
Over three years of my undergrad [in Education at McGill] I had a professor who cared for me. I visited him regularly. He was a great man.” Babcock told the audience that filled Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, as he accepted his honorary Doctor of Laws. “When I went to his office to get my final grade he said to me ‘Mike I’m going to give you the highest grade I’ve ever assigned. That means you’ve got potential but… potential is a dirty word unless you do something with it.’
“Life for me is about squeezing every ounce out of yourself, out of your potential. It’s a journey. It takes time,” said the Detroit Red Wings’ head coach “When you embrace what McGill stands for, when you embrace lifelong learning there’s lots of room for growth.
Babcock received his Doctor of Law, honoris causa in the afternoon Convocation ceremony. Calgary philanthropists and McGill benefactors Richard A. Walls and Carolina J. Walls each received a degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa at the morning ceremony.
McDevitt continues, as did Babcock:
Updated 6x at 1:47 PM: This is about the worst news I can deliver you this morning regarding one Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, from MLive's Ansar Khan...
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...
The Detroit Red Wings took an "off day" after playing back-to-back games over the weekend (losing to Ottawa on Saturday and winning against Buffalo on Sunday), and no practice meant a little trip to Montreal for Wings coach Mike Babcock, who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by McGill University (and fielded a few Canadian Olympic team roster queries) but no practice meant little to nothing in the way of updates regarding Pavel Datsyuk's status.
The Wings will get back to work today, preparing to spend Thanksgiving Evening battling a Boston Bruins team that surrendered a literal last-second game-tying goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins but took a 4-3 OT decision on Monday.
The Wings will also make their annual pre-Christmas trip to Children's Hospital today, and after Wedneday night's game and an "American Thanksgiving" spent in Metro Detroit, the Wings will play a Black Friday matinee on Long Island (4 PM EST start), and they'll then head into the media maelstrom ahead of Daniel Alfredsson's return-to-Ottawa game on Sunday.
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