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I've been a little busy with my own "Pacifica-body injury" (thank Gord I drive that car...It's saved my ass repeatedly) over the past couple of days, but I've been thinking about this for a long time, and between Darren Helm's inability to play in the Winter Classic due to a groin injury, Jonas Gustavsson's inability to play in the Winter Classic due to a groin injury and Danny DeKeyser's status as the latest groin-injured Wing...
Maybe the Wings need to do an audit of their fitness, nutritional and training programs, from the workouts the Wings engage in during "off-days," before and after during games, their warm-up and cool-down procedures, the supplements and nutrition intakes, the way the trainers treat them, you name it, everything.
Between the groins, the shoulders, the back injuries, players pulling themselves out of warm-ups, the fact that the injuries aren't confined to the team's high-mileage players, and especially given the fact that the Wings have played perhaps a handful of games with a fullly healthy lineup over the past three seasons, it's time to review and attempt to implement "best practices."
Updated 5x at 4:11 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will embark upon their final "West Coast" swing of the season after today's practice, and tomorrow night's game against Dallas (8 PM EST, FSD, and yes, the start conflicts with HBO's final 24/7 episode's 10 PM start) kicks off almost two weeks' worth of games away from the Joe--with the WIngs' four-day break between the Dallas game and next Thursday's affair against San Jose (and then Los Angeles, Anaheim and...the Rangers?) extending the trip's length considerably.
With the Winter Classic having dropped the Wings behind the Leafs in the Atlantic Division standings, the team wants to straighten its still-listing ship, and as Paul noted and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose Tweeted, the Wings will have to kick off their five-game trip shorthanded:
via Chuck Pleiness tweets,
Eaves on ice at practice.
Helm not on ice at City Arena for practice
Franzen not practicing either
via Pleiness tweet,
Datsyuk not at practice. Per GM Ken Holland he'll be playing in Dallas on Saturday.
added 12:26pm, Khan tweets,
Lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Alfredsson, Abdelkader-Samuelsson (holding Datsyuk's spot)-Bertuzzi, Miller-Andersson-Tatar
Cleary-Glendening-Eaves. The way he's skating it looks like Eaves is playing tomorrow.
Marchenko is paired with Quincey, also Kronwall-Smith, Lashoff-Kindl
from the IIHF,
Brilliant performance under historic pressure as well as long-lasting excellence is recognized as the IIHF Hall of Fame inducts players Vyacheslav Bykov, Andrei Khomutov, Nicklas Lidström, Ruslan Salei, Steve Yzerman and builder Murray Costello.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defenseman Alexey Marchenko from the Grand Rapids Griffins. He presumably will make his NHL debut Saturday night against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
The Red Wings apparently have an injury on defense but general manager Ken Holland declined to reveal who, if anybody, is out.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound right-handed shooting Marchenko has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 33 games and is tied for the Griffins’ team lead with a plus-15 rating in his first AHL season.
added 10:45am, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Defenseman Danny DeKeyser won’t be at practice Friday listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
The injury could be a groin which means day-to-day could mean a couple of weeks.
Helene St. James tells us what most of us know, Jimmy Howard and most of the Wings need to be better,
If the Wings continue at their current pace of accumulating points, they would finish with 90 points, probably not enough to make the playoffs even in the weaker Eastern Conference.
The loss to Toronto — Detroit’s seventh in eight shoot-out attempts this season — left the Wings clinging to a wild-card spot.
A few players have had big first halves: Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall. Jonas Gustavsson has been a bailout presence while Jimmy Howard has struggled.
Howard was a somewhat controversial choice for Team USA given his numbers this season, but from the Wings’ perspective, the selection can only boost his confidence.
Howard is far from the only guy looking to bounce back from a poor first half. Stephen Weiss was ineffective. Johan Franzen lacked in effort for stretches. Daniel Cleary has six points in 41 games. Kyle Quincey is minus-14.
It’s dangerous to need to win so much during the second half; every team’s goal is to bank points in the first half to ease the pressure going into the playoff stretch.
My early favortie piece..
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will have a disciplinary hearing Friday with the NHL following his cross-check to the neck of Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves Wednesday during the Winter Classic.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday that he had no update on Eaves, who had tests done to determine if he has a concussion. Holland said nothing appears to be broken and they'll see how Eaves feels on Friday when the team returns to practice.
Let's take a look how Elite Prospects describes Mantha...
Mantha is a brilliant skater with great speed. He is a dangerous scorer with a very good shot and quick release, which he loves to use. Mantha has very good size and reach and knows how to hold on to the puck. While receiving criticism for insonsistancy, he has improved his defensive play and physicality. Once he adds some grit aggressiveness into his play, Mantha has the tools to become a solid top-six NHL forward. (Matias Strozyk, 2013)
Here is his penalty shot goal (user submitted) from today which put Canada up 2-0 against the Swiss.
Canada won the game 4-1.
TSN talked with Mantha post-game if you would like to watch.
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