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Updated 10x at 2:51 PM: The tightly-packed Wild Card standings have really turned tonight's game against Buffalo (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/MSG B and 1270 AM) into a must-win situation. As Paul noted, Daniel Alfredsson skated with the Wings at the morning skate, per the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...
Alfredsson on the ice for the Wings pre-game skate. Possible sign he plays tonight against Buffalo. He hasn't skated since Sunday.
Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Alfredsson appear to be out tonight against Buffalo. Both aren't taking part in line drills. #RedWings
Beat writers report Daniel Alfredsson is on the ice this morning which means it is possible he plays tonight.
Updates from practice will be posted here when available.
aded 10:34am, via Chuck Pleiness tweet,
Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Alfredsson appear to be out tonight against Buffalo. Both aren't taking part in line drills
added 10:37am, via Ansar Khan tweets,
Datsyuk skating with Helm and Abdelkader again.
Other lines: Nyquist-Legwand-Franzen, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Alfredsson.
added 10:43am, via Khan,
Different look on first power-play unit. Kronwall on D, Datsyuk and Franzen at half-walls, Legwand at net front and Nyquist roaming.
The Detroit Red Wings continue a stretch of 3 games in 4 nights (technically speaking, the season ends with 6 games in 10 nights) as they battle the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7:30 PM, FSD Plus/MSG-B/97.1 FM; the ice at the Joe may be sketchy as we're supposed to have thunderstorms today), and the Wings were done no favors in terms of the out-of-town scoreboard on Thursday evening, as DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa noted:
In plainer English, the Leafs ain't dead after defeating Boston 2-1 in OT (though they lost Jonathan Bernier in the process), those Damn Blue Jackets beat Philly 2-1, and now the Wild Card standings look like this:
This is an entry about several current and several former Red Wings prospects, including one who's contributing to the NHL roster. I'm not quite sure whether it will mesh together, but I'm gonna give it a go.
If you missed the earlier Mitchell Callahan post, the Grand Rapids Griffins made an announcement regarding the young man's surgery for a broken jaw and somewhere between 10 and 12 missing teeth (as Fox 17's Steve Amorose noted, it's not certain whether the physicians who operated on Callahan knew that he'd lost his two front teeth long ago)...
This is a bummer to read but I guess you can't keep the good ones around forever. From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
ANASTAS ACCEPTS HEAD COACHING POSITION WITH UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday announced that assistant coach Spiros Anastas has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. He will remain with the Griffins through the conclusion of the team’s 2014 Calder Cup Playoff run.
Red Wings Thursday practice post: Datsyuk to return Friday; Alfredsson still out; Wings-B’s tailings
Updated 9x at 3:16 PM: The Red Wings took to the ice some 13 hours after defeating the Boston Bruins in rope-a-dope fashion on Thursday night, and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness delivered a mixed bag of good and bad news on the injury front...
From the early looks at Wings practice, Datsyuk is a go for Friday against Buffalo. The kid line is in White.
Looks like Datsyuk will play on a line with Helm and Abdelkader. Legwand centering other top line with Nyquist and Franzen.
Alfredsson once again not at practice. He's out with a lower-body injury.
As did MLive's Ansar Khan:
Updated 4x at 4:13 PM: Yesterday night, Red Wings prospect and Grand Rapids Griffins forward Mitchell Callhan lost ten teeth (on top of his two front teeth), needed 9 stitches and surgery to repair a broken jaw after taking a Ryan Sproul slap shot to his face, but his incredibly bloody and gruesome "selfie" (it's everywhere, it's graphic and I would rather not post it, but you have been warned if you wish to click here--it's "nightmare fuel" and then some) went "viral"...
And now Callahan has something of a challenge on his hands. He's become an online sensation, but now the scrappy and surprisingly talented forward has to prove that his career will amount to more than a moment of online infamy.
Callahan's coach wasn't happy with his player's indiscretion, as the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner noted...
Coach Jeff Blashill said he heard about Callahan's in-game tweet and was not pleased.
Asked if he approved of it, Blashill said, "No."
"Shame on me for not having a more direct statement on that," Blashill said, "but I just think we have to be real careful what we put out on social media."
And the Free Press's Helene St. James is reporting that Callahan will need more oral surgery to stabilize his injuries, which may very well mean that his season is over:
DETROIT– The 11-time Stanley Cup® Champion Detroit Red Wings announced today that tickets for the 2014 Stanley Cup® Playoffs will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. Red Wings fans will be able to purchase tickets for each of the team’s first two potential opening-round home contests against a to-be-determined opponent.
The Red Wings are seeking a playoff berth for the 23rd straight year (1991-present), which is the longest active playoff streak in all of North American major professional sports. In comparison, the longest active playoff streaks in the three additional major professional sports leagues are 17 years for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, five years for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots and three years for MLB’s Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Wings currently sit in the first Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference standings with 86 points (36-26-14) and six games remaining on the regular season schedule.
When Luke Glendening took to the ice during Wednesday's game against Boston alongside Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader, I asked the Twitter world for line names as a pair of Spartans were being centered by a Wolverine, and then I made my own up: "Two Spartans, One Wolverine, NO HANDS."
Abdelkader tends to score goals with parts of his body not including his stick; Miller is a penalty-killer, and I was going to leave DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's tale of the former Michigan captain's search for his first goal in the overnight report until I read this:
“I think I talk about it more because I want to score,” said Glendening, who played in his 50th NHL game Wednesday night. “I’ve never been known as a goal-scorer but it’s still frustrating when the goal never goes in. I get a lot of Grade-A opportunities and to not be able to find the net is frustrating. So it’s on my mind obviously, hence the reason I talk about it a lot.
“It’s hard to always be like, ‘Yeah, well I’m playing really well’ when your point production is so low. You really have to concentrate on other parts of your game.”
Nearly two weeks ago, Glendening established a new little known franchise record for rookie forwards when he surpassed Cummy Burton who had held the drought mark, playing his entire 43-game Detroit career without scoring a goal in the late 1950s.
The team record for going without a goal to start his Red Wings career is held by former defenseman Jim Watson (1963-70), who played 77 games without a goal.
Roose continues, and well, wow.
I guess we have to start here, so we will: this is what the Eastern Conference's Wild Card standings look like after the Red Wings won one hell of a rope-a-doping 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night (and yes, I know that KK and TMR's commenters are among the most passionate Howard-dislikers in the world, but this slightly weirder-every-time-I-need-time-off blogger wants you to know that I have no problem defending the guy given that his rebound control is never going to be anything better than Chris Osgood's "juicy tomato, here for your stick!" pucks, but dammit, the Wings were out-*#$%@&-shot 35-20)...
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