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I'm not sure how to take this, but MLive's Brendan Savage reports that the Red Wings' coach suggests his possibly-concussed player is doing solidly enough given that he took an unpenalized and un-league-disciplined hit to the jaw last night:
[C]oach Mike Babcock made contact today with Datsyuk, who remained behind in Detroit while his teammates traveled to Buffalo for an afternoon game with the Sabres.
Datsyuk was elbowed in the head by Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen with 7:48 left in the third period and played just three more shifts before calling it a night.
"I just texted him and he seems to be doing just fine," Babcock said before faceoff at the First Niagara Center. "So we'll see if he's available the next game."
Update: For the record, it appears that the "Turdburger Jersey" is indeed real:
Update: No surprise here:
Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk did not accompany his teammates to Buffalo for today's game against the Sabres (5 PM EST, FSD/MSG Buffalo/1270 AM) because Datsyuk was hit in the jaw by Senators defensman Jared Cowen with about 7:50 left in the 3rd period of the Wings' 4-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday evening (and again, thanks to Puck Daddy for the video)...
And the Free Press's Helene St. James both reports that the NHL's reviewing the hit....
I don't know how this is going to come out, but the fact that the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's recap...
“After the first 10 minutes, when we didn’t play very well, I thought the guys really picked it up,” said Lehner. “We have to be a little bit more disciplined. We had a few too many penalties, some of them were soft. It’s tough on the (officials). I don't think it's their fault. It’s like there was water out there with how much they were diving. I think we’ve just got to take the positives and go to the next game.”
And Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika's Tweet...
And this video...
The Vancouver Sun's Jim Jamieson asked Red Wings GM Ken Holland about "fancystats," and I believe this is as close to, "We read Winging it in Motown's CSSI's just like everybody, but we also chart our own faceoffs for a reason" as we're going to get:
“We’re not doing hockey analytics, per se,” said Detroit GM Ken Holland earlier this month when the Wings were in town. “We’ve had companies present to us. I would say the analytics we use are probably the same ones other teams use.”
Holland, the dean of NHL GMs, said he believed analytics is more suited to a fixed-event sport like baseball — though it has some value in hockey.
“Baseball is a lot of one-on-ones — a pitcher and a batter,” he said. “Those players meld together to form a team. Analytics in hockey, it’s a little more difficult, because you rely on four other people. You can be doing your job every time, but if someone else is not doing their job, you might get a minus. I think there’s a place for analytics. I think it’s a tool that you use along with your pro scouts, along with the statistics, along with your gut instincts. We’re looking at it, trying to figure out how it can help.”
The Wings seem to fall in line with the teams who won't dismiss the stats, but--as you keep on seeing the Wings' goalies do--attempt to match possible statistical bias for statistical bias, suggesting that not everything can be quantified, at least not yet:
The Red Wings' prospects were particularly busy over the past three-and-a-half days, and the first event that took place was more or less a formaltiy--confirming news reported by TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie this past Sunday--per the Wings:
The Red Wings today agreed to terms with left wing Andreas Athanasiou on a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Athanasiou, 19, has appeared in 22 games with the OHL’s Barrie Colts, leading the club with 26 points (9-17-26). A fourth-round pick (110th overall) of Detroit in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Athanasiou has appeared in 206 career OHL games with Barrie and London, totaling 152 points (71-81-152), a plus-27 rating and 103 penalty minutes. He was third on the Colts during the 2013 postseason with 25 points (12-13-25) in 22 games, reaching the OHL finals for the second straight year after winning a championship with the London Knights in 2011-12.
Also on Wednesday, the Red Wings' other "marquee attraction" of the week, Anthony Mantha, didn't disappoint in the second game of the Subway Super Series. Mantha scored another goal en route to the QMJHL's 4-3 win over Russia (and Mantha scored the game-winner in the first QMJHL-Russia tilt).
So much for the CBC's insistence that the elbow Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk took to the jaw thanks to Senators forward Jared Cowen was a "dive." MLive's Ansar Khan reports bad news for Wings fans:
Update: Via Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski, here's the hit:
Khan is confirming the news in article form...
I'm going to let you guys figure this one out. The Detroit Red Wings out-shot Ottawa 17-7 in the 1st period, surrendered two goals, one assisted by Quincey's foot and another scored by Smith's skate, and then it turned into a *#$%@& lumber yard--including a Smith-Chris Neil fight and the CBC accusing Pavel Datsyuk of diving after he got elbowed in the jaw--and the "young" Wings allowed themselves to be distracted by the stupidity committed by both teams (but mostly the Senators: see also Darren Helm and Johan Franzen being hacked on unprotected legs, no calls, dives alleged)...
And the Wings lost the special teams battle, surrendering what was the gamer to Bobby, "I'll dive when I want to" Ryan 3:51 into the 3rd, after a long set of late-second-period-and-early-3rd 5 on 3 time that involved neither butts in front of Robin Lehner nor shooting from anyone not named Kronwall as a power play with absolutely no confidence did what it tends to do in endlessly deferring to its defense.
As such, the Wings lost 4-2, and are 1-for-9 and 1-for-10 at the Joe, too.
Bad news regarding Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi:
As an FYI, from the Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS START HOLIDAYS OFF WITH VISIT TO DMC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN ON NOV. 26
… Coach Babcock and Entire Red Wings Team to be in Attendance Tuesday …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will start off the 2013 holiday season by visiting the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m. The entire Red Wings team, along with head Coach Mike Babcock, is expected to be in attendance.
The visit will begin with a 15-minute meet and greet in the Red Wings Play Zone, a special area in the Children’s Hospital of Michigan lobby for patients and families featuring a home-ice replica seating area and interactive educational games on the wall resembling a Zamboni. Media will have the opportunity to speak with players and Coach Babcock while they interact with patients, signing autographs and taking photos. The entire team will then divide into small groups to make room-to-room visits throughout the hospital[.]
HBO's posited an official "24/7" preview/teaser commercial, and it's...Spare.
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