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The Red Wings are indeed watching the Detroit Tigers' playoff run with great interest, and it's definitely intriguing to hear professional athletes speak as "fans" instead of "players." Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner took note of Jimmy Howard and Mike Babcock's takes on the Tigers' run...
“It was a blast," said Howard, who was at Comerica Park on Tuesday. "Let me tell you, in those situations, it’s fun being a fan. Just sitting there cheering and not the one being in that situation, it was just fun cheering them on. That game was awesome to be a part of last night. It was amazing to watch (Max) Scherzer pitch out of that jam.
“For me, being in Game 7s and in overtimes, I just don’t get nervous. It’s a lot tougher to watch. Just being in the stands and sitting in the stands, I think it’s more nerve-wracking watching than it is playing."
The Red Wings are holding one "Hockey Fights Cancer" promotion when they host the New York Rangers on October 26th, partnering with the Van Andel Institute for a "purple" game. The Wings are also holding a promotion to raise awareness of and funds for breast cancer research this weekend, which is why Jimmy Howard was sporting a special mask and a pink trapper and blocker at Wednesday's practice.
From the Wings' Community Relations department:
RED WINGS PINK THE RINK FOR SEVENTH ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT PRESENTED BY TEAM REHAB
… Fans Encouraged to Wear Pink on Oct. 12 for Chance at Team-Signed Jersey …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings will host their seventh annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night presented by Team Rehab on Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Philadelphia Flyers visit Joe Louis Arena at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket).
And again, this commercial's airing on local TV stations:
Given that the Detroit Tigers are facing a winner-take-all game against the Oakland A's today, the Red Wings have taken something of a backseat to the Tigers in terms of Detroit's sports spotlight, and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness had a conversation with Wings coach Mike Babcock about one Tigers manager Jim Leyland:
“It’s way more nerve wracking to watch them play than to coach us I can tell you that,” Babcock said. “(Anibal) Sanchez started the night before and then I had to laugh when they asked (Jim) Leyland and it’s, ‘well he’s my guy.’ When Howie’s getting bombed 6-1 in the playoffs what do you do? He’s our guy. And I thought it was awesome bringing (Max Scherzer) off the bench yesterday because if you don’t win Game 4 forget about saving a starter for Game 5 then you have (Justin) Verlander. To me it was exciting stuff.”
For the last two years, I've been suggesting that former Red Wing and current CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov would make some sort of "curtain call" appearance for CSKA to help drum up support for the team--and to play his final professional games for the team with which he "turned pro"--and Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov reports that the 43-year-old will indeed take to the ice for the Red Army Club:
I wouldn't be surprised if Fedorov played for the balance of the year with CSKA.
Via Paul, Sportsnet's Gare Joyce offered several observations regarding the QMJHL, and several of his ponderings involved Red Wings prospects:
Updated 5x at 3:34 PM: The Red Wings returned to work this morning after a welcome "off day" on Tuesday, preparing to play four games over the course of six nights, starting with Tomorrow's tilt against Phoenix (7:30 PM, FSD/97.1 FM) and continuing with games against Philadelphia (7 PM on Saturday the 12th), Boston (1 PM on Monday the 14th) and Columbus (7 PM on Tuesday the 15th), as well as a quick trip out West (to Colorado on Thursday the 17th and Phoenix on Saturday the 19th)...
We'll begin with some historical notes...
Novi Detroit Catholic Central athletic director Aaron Babicz said senior hockey player Matt Sorisho is in good spirits at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills after the team’s leading scorer last season severely injured his spinal cord while playing for a Michigan Development Hockey League all-star team Friday.
Sorisho hit the boards back-first during a game at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena. Sorisho’s team was facing a travel squad out of Chicago. Published reports said Sorisho was skating at full speed toward the goal when he was hit by defenseman, lost his balance, and spun around backward before hitting the wall.
Shamrocks coach Doug Itami wasn’t at the game but said the collision shattered a lumbar vertebra (between the rib cage and the pelvis) in Sorisho’s back. He also suffered a concussion.
According to Farrell, Sorisho, who's 17, can move just fine from the waist up, but his legs are....a work in progress:.
Itami said the family has heard from Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and the NHL.
“Mike Babcock has been awesome,’’ Itami said. “They’ve been very supportive, and the hockey community always wraps their arms around you when something like this happens.’’
Per the Red Wings:
How many times can one reiterate the same points?
Based upon Justin Abdelkader, Brendan Smith, Jordin Tootoo, Dany DeKeyser and Jakub Kindl's Tweets, the Wings spent Tuesday golfing and watching the Tigers play during a CBA-mandated day off, and that's very important given that Thursday's game against Phoenix marks the start of a slate of 5 games in 8 nights--again, "And 6 in 10, 7 in 12 and 8 in 14, including back-to-backs in Boston and against Columbus, and then a road trip to Denver and Phoenix."
While it would be a gross oversimplification to suggest that the Wings' dissatisfaction with their 2-for-3 start to the regular season is much ado about a start that "doesn't matter" given the premium on small margins of points over the course of even an 82-game regular season, it is still very early, and regardless of whether you're playing a 48-game season or an 82-game one, over-practicing early is a recipe for players tuning out and suffering in-practice injuries.
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