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I don't know what to say about this, but Fox Sports Detroit just revealed its details on-air:
WHO HAS THE BEST HOCKEY CITY?
FOX Sports Detroit Girls Angela and Stephanie are taking on the FOX Sports North Girls Angie, Kaylin and Kendall in the quest for the best hockey city in America. The two FOX Sports regions will encourage fans to join the hashtag tug-o-war by using #Hockeytown for Detroit and #StateOfHockey for Minneapolis.
"The pride, passion and potential of our city is unmatched," said Angela. "Detroit is Hockeytown for so many reasons: our 11 Stanley Cup Championships, the names hanging in the rafters like Gordie Howe, Sid Abel, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Terry Sawchuk and Steve Yzerman and the way fans get behind our team whether in the stands at the Joe, at home or on the ice themselves. We are an Original 6 Team. We are Hockeytown."
Red Wings prospect news: Paterson may have won Canada’s WJC starting job; Grifins post weekly releas
Today's crop of Red Wings-related prospect news isn't exactly massive, but it is important:
In a World Junior Championship exhibition game, Jake Paterson stopped 21 of 23 shots and Anthony Mantha had an assist in Canada's 3-1 win over Switzerland.
And TSN's Mark Masters suggests that a pair of strong performances from Paterson may have earned him the starting job over Montreal Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale:
Joe Louis Arena itself is open for operations after suffering a partial power outage this morning, but the Red Wings' PR department reports that the JLA garage is still without power:
JOE LOUIS ARENA PARKING GARAGE AND PEDESTRIAN TUNNELS LIKELY TO BE CLOSED TONIGHT DUE TO POWER FAILURE
Joe Louis Garage pre-paid customers’ parking passes will be honored at any one of the Cobo Center Parking Facilities
DETROIT – As of 4:00 p.m. today,the Joe Louis Arena Parking Garage and pedestrian tunnels will likely be closed tonight due to a power failure in downtown Detroit. If power is restored and the facilities can be opened, they will operate.
Alternate parking options include the following Cobo Center Parking Facilities (http://cobocenter.s3.amazonaws.com/doc/DowntownParking-2.pdf):
Equal parts amusing, hilarious and cheesy:
Updated 15x at 2:27 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to keep the good times rolling as a team that snapped a six-game losing streak can extend its winning streak to three games against the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM, FSD Plus/MSG Plus/1270 AM).
MLive's Ansar Khan reported both lineup notes and reported that Detroit Power and Lighting's up to its usual tricks:
From the NHL's PR department...
Zac Brown Band leads Winter Classic entertainment
Members of the Grammy-Award winning band to perform U.S. national anthem
The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the New Year's Day outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House® on the University of Michigan campus (1:00 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), will feature performances by members of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, singer/songwriter Mayer Hawthorne and Juno Award-winning recording artists The Tenors; the announcement of the rosters for the 2014 U.S. Olympic men's and women's ice hockey teams; a flyover of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) CF-18 fighter jets and a Canada-United States color guard; and appearances by Ann Arbor and Detroit-area youth hockey players.
I believe this article falls into the, "It's hearsay, but I believe his story" department.
The Detroit Red Wings spent a considerable amount of time, energy, effort, money and literal personal risk whisking players out from under the Iron Curtain, smuggling Petr Klima out of the Czech Republic in a trunk, whisking Sergei Fedorov away from the Soviet National Team's hotel at the the Goodwill Games in Seattle, convincing doctors to release Slava Kozlov to the team for temporary treatment in North America after a car accident and faking a cancer diagnosis for Vladimir Konstantinov in a caper that involved bribing doctors with money and a Chevrolet Caprice.
If we are to believe Fox Sports Detroit's Mickey Redmond (and there is no reason not to), the Red Wings will play their last game on Joe Louis Arena's current ice surface tonight against the New York Islanders (7:30 PM EST, FSD Plus/MSG Plus/AM 1270).
Between the fact that the Wings' post-Christmas break games will involve two road affairs (on Saturday the 28th in Florida and on Monday the 30th in Nashville), the Winter Classic, and then a 5-game road trip that begins on January 4th and ends on January 16th (with the Wings' first January home game taking place on the 18th against Los Angeles), it makes logical sense to take the ice out to make way for the pre-New Year's and early-year concerts and events taking place at the Joe, including the auto show car reveals and media previews scheduled to be held at the Joe during the 2nd week of January.
Tonight, the Wings will attempt to carve into their crappy 6-9-6 home record while building upon last Thursday's 3-2 OT win over Calgary and Saturday's 11-game-shootout-losing-streak-snapping 4-3 shootout win over the Ample Fleas...I mean Maple Leafs...And as Paul noted on Sunday, the Wings have a pleasant CBA problem on their hands as they may or may not be able to activate Gustav Nyquist because the NHL's holiday roster freeze only allows teams to make roster swaps to accommodate activating players off the LTIR.
In case you were wondering... via the NHL CBA (page 102),
For all Players on an NHL Active Roster, Injured Reserve, or Players with Non-Roster and Injured Non-Roster status as of 11:59 p.m. local time on December 19, a roster freeze shall apply through 12:01 a.m. local time December 28, with respect to Waivers, Trades and Loans; provided, however, that Players may be Recalled to NHL Clubs during this period and, provided further, that if a Player is placed on Regular Waivers prior to the roster freeze period and is claimed during such roster freeze period, the roster freeze period shall not apply and the Player shall immediately report to the claiming Club. However, during the roster freeze period a Club can make any Player transactions necessary for the Club to come into compliance with Article 50 as a result of a Player being removed from the Bona-Fide Long-Term Injury/Illness Exception.
Now I am no CBA specialist and I know Nyquist was not on LTIR, so I am not sure how this will play out.
If I have any advice for those of you who are attending the Winter Classic in person, at least if you're not attending on foot, it's this: plan an extra half hour to hour to find a decent place to park and/or to get to the "rink."
With much of campus on holiday break and many of the open-ground parking lots closed due to the fact that it's winter, it's going to be a pain in the ass to find somewhere within a mile of Michigan Stadium to park, and the Free Press's George Sipple posted an extensive and very necessary article for both U of M fans who attend every "football Saturday" and first-time visitors to Ann Arbor:
Parking within a half-mile of the stadium is expected to cost $50 to $60, according to NHL officials.
There is expected to be more congestion for the event than a normal U-M home football game, with 107,000 people expected to attend, so fans are being encouraged to arrive early for the 1 p.m. game. Many fans are coming from Canada and might not be familiar with the parking options around Michigan Stadium or how to navigate the local roads.
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