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Is a 48-game season a ‘sprint?’ Yes, but it’s also an attention-to-detail-oriented demolition derby!
Scotty Bowman now works as a senior advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks, but the man who won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings pushed the team to its first Stanley Cup Final appearance under his tenure during the abbreviated 1994-1995 season.
So Scotty definitely knew what he was talking about when the New York Times' Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel asked Bowman to discuss the nature of the 48-game NHL season to come, and Scotty seems to agree with his former colleagues in Detroit--Wings GM Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock--in suggesting that teams are not facing a "sprint" to the playoffs, but, instead, a full-contact demolition derby of 48 games over the course of all of 99 nights.
Injuries, call-ups, trades, fatigue and short shifts, oh my? Damn straight:
“The teams that have guys playing on their farm teams who can come up and play on the fourth line at the N.H.L. level will have an advantage,” Bowman said. His club was spared injury problems in ’95, and he says he expects teams to use four offensive lines as often as possible rather than three, to keep the forwards fresh.
In 1995, Bowman made sure his Red Wings took quicker shifts by drilling them on one of the game’s subtleties, changing on the fly.
Updated 2x at 10:24 PM: The Detroit Red Wings' second day of training camp produced:
1.The first nagging groin injury in the form of one Mikael Samuelsson being held out of practice;
2. News regarding Fox Sports Detroit's broadcast schedule (which begins with Tuesday night's Red vs. White game at 6 PM; the Wings also practice at 9:30 AM, and both events will be open to the public and free to attend), confirmation of Center Ice and Gamecenter Online's pricing ($49.99);
3. A scheduled press conference which may or may not involve naming Henrik Zetterberg captain;
4. And discussions regarding both Zetterberg's imminent captaincy and the Wings' need to win back fans by both the team and organization's collective and individual actions, on and off the ice.
This evening's news roundup will begin the Red vs. White game, which Pavel datsyuk may or may not participate in. Datsyuk returned to Detroit at 7:30 PM EST after completing an over-24-hour travel odyssey from Chelyabinsk, Russia...
From the Red Wings' public relations department...
RED WINGS SCHEDULE PRESS CONFERENCE FOR TUESDAY, 4:45 P.M. AT COMPUWARE ARENA
The Detroit Red Wings have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, beginning at 4:45 p.m. ET at the Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth, MI. Participants at tomorrow’s press conference will include Red Wings Executive Vice President & General Manager Ken Holland, Head Coach Mike Babcock and the entire Red Wings team.
Following the press conference, the Wings will hold a special Red vs. White Game at 6:00 p.m., as the Detroit’s American Hockey League-affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, will combine with the Wings NHL players. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Doors to Compuware Arena will open at 5:00 p.m.
The Red vs. White contest also will be carried live by both Fox Sports Detroit, with Ken Daniels, Mickey Redmond and John Keating, and on 1270 AM with Ken Kal and Paul Woods.
Gee, I wonder if it has anything to do with somebody who endorses Swedish snowballs being named captain?
Update: As you might imagine, the Associated Press, the Free Press's Helene St. James, MLive's Ansar Khan, Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji, the Detroit News's Ted Kuflan, WXYZ's Brad Galli and the rest of the known universe are confirming.
Red Wings training camp day 2, post 2: on Datsyuk, Zettercaptain, goalies and winning back fan trust
Updated 5x at 4:23 PM: Aside from news that Mikael Samuelsson has a sore groin and did not skate today for precautionary reasons, and that Darren Helm won't skate until Thursday at the earliest, day 2 of the Red Wings' training camp did not include too many surprises, and now quips and quotes are starting to roll in.
MLive's Ansar Khan reports that those of you who plan on showing up for tomorrow's 9:30 AM practice or tomorrow night's scrimmage against the busy Grand Rapids Griffins (6 PM EDT, ON FSD and 97.1 FM, and get there early as the rink will be packed) may or may not see Pavel Datsyuk, who spent the vast majority of the last 24 hours flying back to Detroit from sunny Chelyabinsk, Russia (sorry for the inline update, Twitter's embed code is being doofy)...
Babcock said it will be up to Datsyuk whether he wants to play in Red/White game Tuesday night after arriving from Russia tonight.
And Niklas Kronwall spoke to Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji about the imminent announcement that Henrik Zetterberg will be named the team's captain (expect that tomorrow, probably for the scrimmage as well, and don't forget that there will be a Wings-vs-Wings scrimmage on Thursday at the Joe, and that's open to the public, too)--as well as proving the team's doubters wrong:
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Grand Rapids Griffins are preparing to head to Detroit to take part in Tuesday and Thursday's "Red vs. White" scrimmage, and as they're slated to play several games immediately after the scrimmage, the Wings are giving the Griffins an assist by chartering Red Bird III to fly them to both Charlotte, NC and Rockford, IL:
[The scrimmage] will, in a small way, make up for the lost joint training camp held each September in Traverse City. But it is another game, too, for the Griffins during an already busy period.
“With not having the camp, it will be a nice opportunity to show them what you have,” said forward Gustav Nyquist, who has attended the past two camps. “But at the same time, they know how we’ve been playing and have watched a lot of games have a good idea what we can do. But it will be fun to mix up with the Wings and play with some really good NHL players.”
FOX Sports Detroit will televise a minimum of 41 regular-season games and one preseason scrimmage during its coverage of the 2012-13 Detroit Red Wings.
Regular-season coverage begins Saturday with the season opener at St. Louis. The preseason schedule includes a scrimmage against the Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League affiliate. The Wings home opener is set for Jan. 22 vs. Dallas.
Among the 41 games produced by FOX Sports Detroit, six are slated to air on FOX Sports Detroit Plus.
All 48 regular-season games will be available on television with four games on NBC and three games on NBCSN.
ESPN's Sean Allen has penned a fantasy hockey column noting intriguing personnel moves by NHL teams which may help you in your fantasy hockey pool, and he offers an unconventional observation regarding Red Wings try-out Mike Knuble...And a more conventional observation regarding Damien Brunner:
Mike Knuble is apparently headed to camp with the Detroit Red Wings. His numbers dropped off significantly with the Washington Capitals least season after he strung together nearly a decade of 20-goal seasons. But, to be fair to Knuble, the Capitals were not the place to be to score goals last season and it's likely his one-dimensional offensive game was not being used effectively by former coach Dale Hunter. Knuble certainly would have 25 goals left in his tank if he is used on a scoring line by the Red Wings. However, things are getting a little crowded for the Wings on offense.
Updated 3x at 1:53 PM: Day 2 of the Red Wings' abbreviated training camp is underway, and I'll be updating this post with Tweets and news from said event.
There is some slightly worrisome news at present, as noted by the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
Via RedWingsFeed, and in the middle of the night: the Red Wings posted a really slick slate of video highlights from the first day of training camp on their YouTube channel. It's nice to see the Wings receiving warm applause as they take to the ice, working out under strength and conditioning coach Pete Renzetti in the Plymouth Whalers' gym, and taking part in drills. This video "touches all the bases" in making sure fans see new faces--including associate coach Tom Renney--as well as the fan favorites, with everybody getting back to the business of playing hockey:
The Detroit Red Wings' abbreviated training camp, which will continue at Comuware Arena today (click here for all the details) with practices from 12-12:45 PM and 1-1:45 PM (again, the doors open at 11, admission and parking are free, concessions stands will be open, and there will be a scrimmage on Tuesday at 6 PM, which will also be free to the public, and aired on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 the Ticket)...
Opened to a predictable amount of fan support on a rainy Sunday afternoon, with about 2,000 fans appearing at the 3,400-seat rink on a little over twelve hours' of official notice, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan noted:
The numbers weren't as big as some other cities, but the level of fan animosity regarding the lockout was and continues to be very high in Metro Detroit, and to put it bluntly, the Wings' "Thanks For Sticking With Us" policy of open practices is very new.
That being said, the most important people in the rink on Sunday told the Free Press's George Sipple that they were happy to see their beloved Wings back on the ice...
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