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The Red Wings headed back to Metro Detroit ahead of a windy, stormy Sunday, having dropped their sixth straight game, a 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders, and I have good news for Red Wings fans everywhere:
The team won't play for two days.
I also have some bad news: starting on Tuesday, the Wings will play 4 games over the course of six nights--with three straight scheduled to take place at Joe Louis Arena--and they play seven more times this month, with 4 of 7 taking place at the Joe.
With 21 games down, sporting a 9-5-and-7 record (9-and-13? Really?), having not won in 2 weeks and owning an 0-1-2 (OT losses) and 3 (shootout losses) record of late, I can't deny that the results have either become borderline comical...
Even the Grand Rapids Griffins "were due" for a loss, but I'm sure they're not happy about the way Saturday night's 4-3 loss to the Chicago Wolves transpired. The Griffins rallied from a 3-1 deficit only to surrender a shorthanded goal 5:01 into the 3rd period--their second "shorty" of the night--and they couldn't overcome their errors. The Griffins website's recap recounts the game's events:
Capgeek reported that the Red Wings brought Luke Glendening up as a cap-exempt "roster emergency" player (as Daniel Alfredsson couldn't play on Long Island due to a groin injury), so they had to send #41 back down after the game, at least on paper. Per the Wings' PR department, even if he's going to crash on a Wings teammate's couch or in their guest bedroom tonight, Glendening's rights have been sent back up I-96:
RED WINGS ASSIGN GLENDENING TO GRIFFINS
… Detroit Set to Begin Three-Game Homestand on Tuesday versus Nashville …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Luke Glendening to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Glendening, 24, has skated in nine games with the Red Wings this season, recording four penalty minutes and averaging 9:50 of ice time, including a season-high 12:54 in Detroit’s 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native has also played nine games for the Griffins this season, registering six points (3-3-6) and 14 penalty minutes. In 60 career games with the Griffins, he has 32 points (11-21-32), a plus-18 rating and 64 penalty minutes. He also spent four seasons (2008-12) at the University of Michigan, tallying 70 points (31-39-70) in 165 collegiate games.
Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels has mentioned this twice already, but nobody's put out a press release, so:
We've been told that most of the Red Wings' players, their coaches, the management and some alumni will be at Compuware Arena in Plymouth this Wednesday, November 20th, from 6-10 PM.
They'll be there to raise funds for Matt Sorisho, the Catholic Central player who was paralyzed from the waist down in October.
The websites we've been directed to are http://www.hockeyhasheart.com/ and https://cloud.bidpal.net/Portal/bpe177558/main/home.html
Here is their flyer:
Well, yesterday evening it was all about how Howard was so subpar, and tonight I'm sure it's going to be all about Babcock and Holland...
But the Red Wings' 6-5 SO loss to the New York Islanders, despite mostly superb and in spite of sometimes shaky goaltending from Jonas Gustavsson, serves as the Wings' sixth straight game going "winless," it's the second night in a row that Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Bertuzzi were "minuses" (-1 instead of -2 tonight), it's the second night in a row where the Wings didn't score the game's first goal, and then took and surrendered 2 one-goal leads, it's a goal where the Wings' special teams were...actually, they were frickin' superb...And the Wings SOMEHOW tied the game despite being out-shot FIFTEEN TO FOUR in the 3rd period and SIX TO ONE in OT...
What's going on here? Aside from a devastating inability to win shootouts?
Well *#$%@&, despite the fact that the Wings earned a point, isn't there enough blame to go around?
I've been trying to figure out whether Sergei Fedorov is actually coming out of retirement to play for CSKA Moscow or the KHL--as a general manager-turned player at 43 years of age--or whether his signign of a one-year, KHL-league-minimum with the team was a publicity stunt.
First, Fedorov was supposed to return to the team in the middle of October, but it didn't happen. He kept practicing with the team, and the Russian press speculated that Fedorov would finally return to action when CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg, the two Red Army Sports Clubs, tangled at the end of October. That didn't happen, and as CSKA's half-dozen injured players began to return from their injuries, Fedorov kept practicing with the team, but coverage of his activities waned, and a few pundits wondered whether Fedorov was waiting until the KHL resumed play after taking a break for the Euro Hockey Tour's Karjala Cup.
Well, the Karjala Cup came and went, and Fedorov has yet to do more than practice with his team. His playing status has become murkier and murkier, with the Russian press simply turning away from the story, but Sportbox.ru's Alexey Shevchenko managed to get Fedorov to speak on the record about his comeback, and while my Google and Promt-translated Russian isn't spectacular (two online translators are better than one), I believe that Fedorov dodged the question...Mostly...
Red Wings-Islanders game-day updates: Nabokov vs. Gustavsson in the nets, Vanek out, Alfredsson iffy
Updated 8x at 2:34 PM: The Detroit Red Wings need to rebound from their latest home setback against the Washington Capitals when they tangle with the New York Islanders this evening (7 PM EST, FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM), and the Islanders report that the Wings won't have to battle Thomas Vanek this evening, but they will have to solve an alumnus of a sort:
#Isles forward @T_Vanek26 is on the ice for morning skate. Game status update to come shortly from HC Jack Capuano.
Capuano: Nabokov in goal tonight. Same #Isles skaters as the last game meaning Vanek remains day-to-day.
NHL.com's John Kreiser reminds us why the Wings needed to get away from Joe Louis Arena so very desperately...
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Luke Glendening from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Glendening made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on Oct. 12 vs. Philadelphia. In eight games with Detroit, he has recorded eight shots on goal and averaged 9:28 of ice time. The 24-year-old forward has also skated in nine games with the Griffins this season, notching six points (3-3-6), a plus-6 rating and 14 penalty minutes.Last season, he tallied 21 points (14-7-21) in 28 games with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye before being recalled by his hometown Griffins, where he helped lead the team to their first-ever AHL championship. He registered 26 points (8-18-26) in 51 regular-season games and 16 points (6-10-16) in 24 postseason contests.
It can't be this *#$%@& complicated.
I would really love to be more eloquent or offer a better, "Let's rally the troops, it's gonna be okay" message this morning, but the Red Wings' fifth loss in five games (though the Wings are 1-and-4) and seventh straight home loss have me as frustrated as anyone else with the Red Wings' inability or unwillingness to close out opponents.
And at the 20-game mark, 9-5-and-6 plain old isn't good enough, regardless of the team's personnel changes, injuries or its status as a "young team" by Detroit standards.
While the Detroit Red Wings continue to struggle, their developmental affiliates and top prospects continue to roll along.
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins took a 5-3 decision over the Rockford IceHogs, and Tomas Jurco posited his first professional hat trick, Gustav Nyquist registered 3 assists and points 18, 19 and 20 over the course of only 14 games played, Calle Jarnkrok had 2 assists, Teemu Pulkkinen had a goal and an assist and the Griffins have won eight of nine, as the Griffins website's recap notes:
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