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The NHL has suspended Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod five games for hitting Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall from behind in last Wednesday's Wings-Avs game:
Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod has been suspended for five games, without pay, for boarding Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall during NHL Game No. 107 in Denver on Thursday, Oct. 17, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 2:13 of the first period. McLeod was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, McLeod will forfeit $29,487.20. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
via TSN Power Rankings,
This Week 17 - Last Week 13 - Detroit Red Wings 6-3-0
Had a four-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Phoenix, but the bigger concern (when it comes to the rankings) for the Red Wings is the health of D Niklas Kronwall, clearly their best on the blueline.
Key Injuries: D Niklas Kronwall (concussion).
Very cool, from NHL.com:
Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 20.
FIRST STAR – JONAS GUSTAVSSON, G, DETROIT RED WINGS
Making his first three appearances of the 2013-14 season, Gustavsson posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .953 save percentage in helping the Red Wings (6-3-0) move into first place in the Atlantic Division. He recorded victories on consecutive days for the first time since Jan. 23-24, 2012, posting 28 saves in a 3-2 triumph over the Boston Bruins Oct. 14 and 36 stops in a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 15. Gustavsson then handed the Colorado Avalanche their first loss of the season, making 38 saves – the fourth-highest total of his NHL career and most since Nov. 19, 2011 (with Toronto) – in a 4-2 victory Oct. 17. The 28-year-old native of Danderyd, Sweden, has played in 117 games during his five-year NHL career, compiling a 44-47-16 record with a 2.94 goals-against average, .901 save percentage and five shutouts.
I posted this press release way back on October 4th, but the Wings re-posted it, as did Michigan Hockey, so it's worth repeating: the Red Wings and the Van Andel Institute are partnering for a "Purple Game" on Saturday against the New York Rangers, and they're trying to spread awareness of and funds for cancer research:
AN ANDEL INSTITUTE PARTNERS WITH DETROIT RED WINGS FOR PURPLE COMMUNITYSM HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT OCTOBER 26
Van Andel Institute is proud to partner with the Detroit Red Wings for a Purple CommunitySM Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Saturday, October 26. Tickets can be purchased for $100, with a portion going to support Van Andel Institute. The ticket price also includes a Purple Community t-shirt and the opportunity to join other supporters and Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl on the ice for a group photo following the game.
Hockey Fights Cancer Night activities include:
Updated 15x at 2:23 PM: As Paul noted, the Red Wings hit the ice very early ahead of tonight's game against the San Jose Sharks (7:30 PM, FSD/Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area/97.1 FM), and the Wings recalled Darren Helm and Xavier Ouellet for a good reason:
NEW YORK (Oct. 21, 2013) – A limited number of tickets to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will go on sale via Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster.ca, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL, at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 1, when the Detroit Red Wings® will host the Toronto Maple Leafs® at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Darren Helm and defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned center Luke Glendening to the Griffins.
Helm, 26, returns to the Red Wings after a two-game conditioning stint with the Griffins, recording three shots and a minus-one rating in Grand Rapids’ home opener versus the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday along with one shot and a plus-one rating on Saturday against the Rockford IceHogs. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native has appeared in 249 games for Detroit, recording 83 points (32-51-83) and 54 penalty minutes. He has also played in 65 career postseason games, notching 16 points (10-6-16) and 18 penalty minutes. The seventh-year pro played in just one game with Detroit last year while battling a back injury.
This evening, the Wings kick off their final week at home before a Halloween-and-election-day-spanning trip through Western Canada, and they'll have their hands full--both on the ice and in terms of a crowded locker room full of story-hungry beat writers--as the team will wrap up a slate of 8 games played over the course of 14 nights when they battle the 9-0-and-1 San Jose Sharks this evening (7:30 PM, FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM), Daniel Alfredsson's former employer on Wednesday and the struggling New York Rangers on Saturday.
On Fox Sports Detroit's "Wingspan," prior to the Red Wings-Coyotes game on Saturday, there was a 30-second blurb that stunned me: according to the narrator, single-game tickets for the Winter Classic are to go on sale to the general public on Tuesday at 10 AM on Ticketmaster.
The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle is confirming that news from the Canadian/Maple Leafs side of the border:
So if you plan on attending the Winter Classic and are not a season ticket-holder or don't want to purchase tickets on the secondary market, get ready to head to Ticketmaster or call the Joe Louis Arena box office at 313-471-6611 on Tuesday morning. It's going to take a lot of luck for you to get your hands on tickets as at least 80,000 and probably much closer to 100,000 of the 110,000+ seats are spoken for.
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