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Both the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs are dressing relatively prospect-laden lineups when the teams battle in Toronto this evening (7 PM, CBC/NHL Network U.S.), with Petr Mrazek and Jared Coreau slated to split duties (per MLive's Ansar Khan) opposite James Reimer. The Leafs hope to gain a measure of revenge for their 5-2 loss to the Wings on Friday night.
The NHL Network claims that it's going to air tonight's game, but we have yet to find out whether they'll "flip the switch":
Th CBC's gearing up for its regular season "dress rehearsal"...
From the Red Wings:
The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Jake Paterson on a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Originally selected by Detroit in the third round (80th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Paterson has spent his entire career with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. In 100 career games with the club since 2010, the 6-foot-1, 183-pound netminder has compiled a 47-38-10 record, a 3.45 goals against average, a 0.904 save percentage and two shutouts. He also sports a 6-10 postseason record alongside a 3.64 goals against average and a 0.890 save percentage.
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Paterson also represented his country at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, but he did not appear in game action. Prior to entering the OHL full-time, Paterson spent most of the 2010-11 season with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, posting a 10-2-1 record in 13 appearances with a 2.95 goals against average and two shutouts.
Updated 6x at 6:20 PM: The Detroit Red Wings are sending a gaggle of Griffins to Toronto to play the Maple Leafs tonight (7 PM EDT, CBC/NHL Network U.S.; the Griffins are also playing the Lake Erie Monsters in Plymouth tonight at 7, and the teams will play in Windsor on Sunday night), and the Fan 590's David Alter reports that the Leafs may dress soething of a "B Team" as the Leafs hope to rebound from the Wings' 5-2 drubbing on Friday night:
The Wings already had defensemen Adam Almquist, Xavier Ouellet, forward Tomas Jurco and goaltender Petr Mrazek on their roster, and they inked defenseman Nathan Paetch and forward Jeff Hoggan to pro try-outs and then recalled defenseman Ryan Sproul, forwards Teemu Pulkkinen, Calle Jarnkork, Mitch Callahan and Riley Sheahan, as well as goaltender Jared Coreau.
Given the Red Wings' call-ups from Grand Rapids, Detroit's taking a "B Team" up the 401 to Toronto to battle the Maple Leafs this evening (7 PM EDT, CBC/NHL Network U.S.), and minus both stars and a precautionarily-sat Stephen Weiss, the Wings' youngsters will face an NHL-heavy roster and an agitated Leafs team after dropping Toronto 5-2 on Friday night at the Joe.
Looking ahead to get it out of the way (I guess this is your "set-up"), I'm sure that the Grand Rapids Griffins' exhibition games against the Lake Erie Monsters tonight in Plymouth and tomorrow in Windsor will be entertaining affairs, and the Hockeytown BrewHaHa at the Joe might interest the beer-and-street-food enthusiast, but given that the Wings' lineup will largely consist of Luke Glendening, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Mitch Callahan and Jeff Hoggan up front, and Xavier Ouellet, Adam Almquist, Ryan Sproul and Nathan Paetsch on defense, with Petr Mrazek scheduled to start and Jared Coreau backing Mrazek up...
I would generaly include this in the overnight report, but as Red Wings fans have become so very accustomed to preseason injuries mounting, and as Stephen Weiss suffered a tweaked groin in the Wings' 5-2 win over Toronto, MLive's Ansar Khan provides some reassurance regarding the state of #90's groin:
Detroit Red Wings center Stephen Weiss said he is “100 percent'' certain he will be ready for the regular season opener on Wednesday, after sitting out the third period of Friday's 5-2 preseason victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“I feel pretty good,'' Weiss said. “Just a little something going on there, decided to shut it down in the third and make sure we're ready for Wednesday.''
If you're heading to the Air Canada Centre to watch the Red Wings take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night (7 PM, CBC/NHL Network U.S.), you might want to know that the Red Wings' lineup that dominated Toronto en route to a 5-2 victory won't necessarily be the one skating at the Air Canada Centre...
Because the Wings, who already have Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening, Xavier Ouellet and Petr Mrazek on their roster, called up 9 players to play at the ACC:
RED WINGS RECALL EIGHT FROM GRAND RAPIDS
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today recalled forwards Mitch Callahan, Calle Jarnkrok, Teemu Pulkkinen and Riley Sheahan, defenseman Ryan Sproul and goaltender Jared Coreau from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings signed forward Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Nathan Paetsch to professional tryouts. With the moves, the Red Wings’ roster now stands at 40 players. The team will wrap up the preseason with the second game in a home-and-home set against the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road tomorrow (7 p.m.).
Updated 3x with video and good news about Weiss and Babcock's presser and stats and stuff at 10:49 PM: There was a wee bit of bad news during the Red Wings' 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it involved ye olde precautionary pull as opposed to anything major (hopefully, anyway)...
Update: From WXYT: Babcock to St. James: They hope Weiss's not hurt, they yanked him as soon as he was sore, they think he'll have a good start/be good teammate. So the emphasis on Weiss is "precautionary." That's good news.
Update #2: Good news again:
The Detroit Red Wings will be dressing the vast majority of their NHL roster when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs this evening (7:30 PM EDT), but unless you happen to live in Ontario and subscribe to Leafs TV, you won't be able to see the game...Legally.
Fox Sports Detroit isn't airing the game against the Tigers-Marlins tilt, and Ken Kal and Paul Woods' call of the game can only be heard over-the-air as WXYT 1270's audio stream does not broadcast Wings games in the preseason.
Tomorrow's game in Toronto (7 PM EDT)--which will likely ice the Wings' "B Team" against the Leafs' NHL roster--will air on Hockey Night in Canada and the NHL Network U.S., but I also know that those of you who won't be watching the Grand Rapids Griffins play the Lake Erie Monsters at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, or won't be attending the Hockeytown BrewHaHa don't all have access to the CBC or the NHL Network U.S. (I can access the former but not the latter)...
This isn't necessarily hockey-related, but as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and as cancer is a truly terrible illness, this story from the Macomb Daily's Debbie Komar made me smile, and when talking about fighting cancer, smiles rarely result:
Your autograph is requested. On a bra. Soon.
You’ll be in good company: Kid Rock. Taylor Swift. Lady Antebellum. Uncle Kracker. Sheryl Crow. Jason Aldean. Carrie Underwood. Detroit’s own Fun. Luke Bryan. Miranda Lambert. Scotty McCreery. Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk. Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.
This note from ESPN's Paul Lukas, who penned a "Uni Watch" article discussing all the tweaks and changes in team uniforms, does indeed always arise during training camp and the preseason:
• The Red Wings will be wearing these gorgeous throwbacks for the annual Winter Classic on Jan. 1. Additional photos and info here. Meanwhile, in an annual rite of September, the Uni Watch inbox has been flooded with alarmed emails from fans who've noticed that the Wings have been wearing straight, block-lettered nameplates for their preseason games instead of their usual vertically arched lettering. Don't worry, people -- the Wings do this every preseason, so their equipment manager doesn't have to go through the trouble of making the vertically arched names for all the players who don't end up making the final roster cut. The arched lettering will return when the regular season starts. Promise.
In the days of hand-cut letters, where the "arch" was literally made by hand, the block-font was incredibly necessary to reduce time, energy and effort when making jerseys for 60+ prospect camp and training camp attendees...These days, I'm sure that it's easier to sew the block-font letters, but most places that customize jerseys use CNC machines and computer software to get things right, so in the present moment, the tradition is about tradition more than saving time.
It's about the privilege of earning your name in arched letters on a Wings jersey via a regular season appearance, and it may or may not be about selling unique training camp jerseys. That, and whatever the Wings' equipment manager wants to do, it's his workload, so Paul Boyer gets what he wants.
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