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Update: Ugh (although...Petr Mrazek's Winter Classic pads are cute, yay?):
The Detroit Red Wings, due to injuries at least, have brought up Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Petr Mrazek and Luke Glendening, and have been giving Tomas Tatar, Joakim Andersson, their young defense and players like Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves just as many chances to score as they've given Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi...
But a team whose roster is constantly in flux due to injuries--see Justin Abdelkader's status as "out for a bit" and Johan Franzen's undisclosed injury--is still struggling with the "kids" who were supposed to be brimming with confidence and game-breaking abilities playing prime-time minutes (and Mikael Samuelsson sitting in the press box), with players like Datsyuk and Bertuzzi hitting a conditioning wall as they attempt to get their game legs back, and especially with Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and even Jimmy Howard absent.
As such, the Wings looked absolutely awful in dropping their second consecutive home game and both of their first pair of games of six-of-ten, this time in the form of a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Update: Oh joy:
Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was punched in the face by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Radko Gudas in the 2nd period of the Wings-Bolts game, and Franzen smashed his stick as he went off the ice...taking a 2-minute misconduct penalty as a result.
Franzen apparently had a good reason to be pissed off:
My best guess is that Franzen is being held out of the game for precautionary reasons given head injury concerns. He was chirping at the officials and looked OK in terms of his eye, where I thought he got scratched.
Update: Via RedWingsFeed, here's Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji's take:
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop didn't have the puck frozen at all when Todd Bertuzzi poked home a rebound, but the Wings can't seem to score against Florida teams without the refs waiving goals off, this time due to "intent to blow":
Last night/this morning did my best to sum up my take as well as the media's takes on the Red Wings and Maple Leafs' HBO 24/7 debut last night--the episode airs in Canada at 7:30 PM EST tonight on Sportsnet, and as MLive's Brendan Savage notes, it's going to air on HBO again...
Sunday; 5:30 p.m. Monday; 2:25 a.m., 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday; 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wednesday; midnight Thursday; 11:45 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.
It will also air on HBO2 at midnight Sunday; 9 p.m. Friday; and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 30.
And as the episode is totally not uploaded to YouTube (warning: there are totally swear words for those of you who find an f-bomb or five offensive) or available for viewing (wink wink nudge nudge), RedWingsFeed found that the Toronto Star's Damien Cox gave episode 1 a ho-hum review before listing the "Toronto scenes that matter"...
The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning hope to rebound from Saturday losses (Detroit lost 4-1 to Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay lost 3-0 to New Jersey) when the teams tangle today (5 PM EST, FSD Plus/Sun/1270 AM).
The Lighning have made a predictable choice in goal, as noted by TampaBayLightning.com's Missy Zielinski:
Ben Bishop will start the second of back-to-back games for the #Bolts today vs. Detroit.
For the Wings, Petr Mrazek will start (and MLive's Brendan Savage ponders whether the Wings should alternate Mrazek and Jonas Gustavsson), and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reports that Wings coach Mike Babcock's chosen to throw Tomas Jurco right into the fire, as it were:
A little irony given the Downtown Development Authority's agreement with Olympia Entertainment and the whole demolishment of Joe Louis Arena on the horizon thing: the Free Press's Zlati Meyer offers the following "This Week in Michigan History" article:
The Red Wings played their last regular game at Olympia Stadium on Dec. 15, 1979, before moving to their current home — Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit.
The sold-out game against the Quebec Nordiques ended with a 4-4 tie. The Nordiques scored three goals in the first period and one in the second. The Wings came back with one goal in the second period and three in the third.
Some 15,609 fans attended the game, the 1,790th at the Old Red Barn, so named for its brick exterior.
The Nordiques coach at the time, Jacques Demers, would later serve as the Wings’ head coach in 1986-90.
No sleep for George, but a nice pair of articles about the prospect who has some Wings fans wondering if the cat ate the canary and got away with it at the 2013 draft.
The Wings have signed both players to entry-level contracts, and while Paterson, who plays for the Saginaw Spirit, seems destined to back up Montreal Canadiens draft pick Zachary Fucale, the QMJHL's leading scorer--who will still be leading the Q in scoring when he returns to the Val-d'Or Foreurs in January as his 72 points sit 21 ahead of the only Q player who will be active over the holiday season--is drawing rave reviews as someone who is more than just a flash-in-the-pan in Canada's highest-scoring Major Junior league.
Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager isn't easily impressed, but both he and two of the best prospects in the other CHL leagues in Windsor Spitfires winger Kerby Rychel and Edmonton Oil Kings center Curtis Lazar believe that Mantha's up to snuff as a superb power forward...
Sanjay Sharda likes to post stuff that involves "hockey IQ" and subtle stuff--and sometimes not-so-subtle stuff like this...
And AWood40 is more about "at length" (you may be familiar with his 10-to-14-minute game highlight compilations). His latest oodles-of-highlights clip is 56 minutes' worth of Sergei Fedorov highlights given the fact that Sergei turned 43 on Friday:
Let's try to sort things out here, as I have an appointment with a parking lot full of 55-and-up condo dwellers, a snowplow and moving my and my mother's vehicles down the block (we have no garages in our condo complex's shared lot, so we have to brush off and move our cars so the lot canbe plowed) in a couple of hours...
And the Red Wings will hope to avenge Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay and rebound from Saturday's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh when the Lightning, who lost 3-0 to New Jersey on Saturday, when Tampa comes to town this afternoon (5 PM EST, FSD Plus/Sun/1270 AM) without the services of Justin Abdelkader, who's "going through the concussion protocol" after taking Deryk Engelland's shoulder to his chin--with Mr. Engelland preparing for a Wednesday in-person meeting with Sheriff Shanny (yielding a 5+ game suspension on tap) and the Wings placing Darren Helm on the IR (no biggie as he won't be back until the 28th anyway) and recalling Tomas Jurco from Grand Rapids as a result, and all of that occurring after the Red Wings revealed very little of themselves on HBO's 24/7 debut (being "straight shooters" and a little vanilla does not make you "boring"--I had simply hoped that the HBO folks would let the characters tell the story instead of Liev Schreiber).
Right, so, let's get to the hit first--and of course I must mention that the Penguins lost Evgeni Malkin to an unspecified injury, too. The hit looked like this...
It is indeed, in the words of my friend Courtney, all sunshine and happiness in Grand Rapids, with perhaps the exception of the lake effect snow. The Grand Rapids Griffins won their second game in as many nights as the 19-5-1-and-1 Griffins defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 5-0.
The follow-up to last night's fisticuffs-filled 4-2 decision offered no less than three scraps, but it also included a 4-point performance from Cory Emmerton (2 goals and 2 assists), 2-point performances from Landon Ferraro (1G, 1A) and Teemu Pulkkinen (2 assists) as well as a 31-save shutout for Tom McCollum.
The Griffins' website provides a recap...
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