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The Red Wings won't have Todd Bertuzzi's services for any of their four West Coast games over the next week, including tonight's game against Anaheim (10 PM EDT, FSD/NHL Network U.S. and Canada/1270 AM), but Bertuzzi is on the road trip, attempting to slowly but surely round back into game shape after receiving four injections on his ailing back. Bertuzzi told the Free Press's Helene St. James that he's somewhat optimistic about returning in a couple of weeks...
"Just have to keep getting better every day, maybe try skating near the end," Bertuzzi said. "I can't afford any setbacks."
Bertuzzi has just seen how easily recovering from a sore back can derail; his right-hand man and understudy, Darren Helm, didn't even make this trip, after suffering a setback just as it appeared he might be days from playing. "If anything," Bertuzzi said, "that's made me more cautious."
Hockey’s a game of sacrifice and dedication, and goalie Florence Schnelling’s dedicated to her craft
Hockey's not an easy sport to play. It's expensive, it involves learning how to master playing a game and learning how to master said game while playing on ice, and it involves physical, mental and financial sacrifices--and serious-ass dedication to the sport--even for the average beer-league player.
But I don't believe that there's any doubt that female players attempting to maintain a high level of skill between competing for spots on Olympic teams place "sacrificing to play hockey" on a professional level, and the Globe and Mail's Rachel Brady reveals that Swiss national team goalie Florence Schnelling's dedication to hockey involves finishing her college degree in Boston and flying to Ontario to play hockey because there's simply nowhere else for someone who's used up their NCAA eligibility to play at a professional level:
Schelling was inspired to take her play even further, and accomplish more success in international play by training with the best. She had just used up her four years of NCAA eligibility, but she had a fifth year of studies to finish toward her business degree at Northeastern. The Montreal Stars of the CWHL drafted her last spring, but she lost out for playing time to Canadian Olympic goalies such as Kim St-Pierre and Charline Labonté. Schelling refused to sit on the bench, despite having already started a business internship in Montreal. She agreed to be traded to Brampton, determined to earn meaningful hockey experience to take home to Switzerland.
Red Wings-Ducks set-up and overnight report: earlier-season gaffes make wins against Ducks essential
The Detroit Red Wings begin a strange of road-and-still-on-the-road games against the Anaheim Ducks tonight (10 PM EDT, FSD/Prime Ticket/NHL Network U.S., NHL Network Canada, Center Ice-GCL blackout included/1270 AM) in more than a bit of a pickle.
The Ducks 22-3-and-4 Ducks sit all of 3 points behind the league-leading Blackhawks (after defeating Chicago 4-2 on Wednesday night), they'll welcome Corey Perry back into the lineup tonight as he's finished serving a 4-game suspension, and then there's this lovely stat to deal with...
But the Red Wings, who negated the progress made during their Western Canadian road trip by dropping a 4-2 decision to Minnesota on Wednesday, are essentially out of games to "blow"...
My apologies for the lateness of this one: I was feeling under the weather today.
Anyway, the Red Wings flew from Detroit to Anaheim on Thursday afternoon, and instead of resting their legs, they practiced ahead of an incredibly challenging pair of games against the Ducks on Friday (10 PMEDT, FSD Plus/NHL Network U.S.) and Sunday (8 PM EDT, FSD):
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
This potential goal was just one inch away from being placed under video review once Referee Dave Jackson deemed that the puck was struck with a high stick by Red Wing forward Drew Miller. Given the perspective that Jackson had on this play I can absolutely understand how he felt the puck was struck by the stick of Miller when in fact it was Dany Heatley's 'swinging glove' that made contact with the puck and caused it to travel toward the open corner of the Minnesota goal.
The 'gloved puck' was about to enter the net by virtue of its own momentum when Jordin Tootoo contacted the puck on the goal line and pushed it into the net with his stick. Since Tootoo touched the puck prior to it crossing the goal line, Referee Jackson deemed that a high stick pass violation had resulted and play would be stopped immediately, thereby nullifying the goal. An Officials decision made on a puck that has been passed to a teammate with a high stick cannot be placed under video review.
If on the other hand, had the puck crossed the goal line prior to being touched by Tootoo, video review could have been utilized to confirm or overturn Referee Jackson's initial call on the ice to disallow the goal. The Referee would have still waved the goal off thinking that Miller had put the puck directly into the net with a high stick but video review would overturn that decision with the knowledge that Miller did not make contact with the puck.
You can watch a slo-mo, ,zoomed-in video of the play here...
Ansar Khan of Mlive with a few tweets stating the Wings will probably go with the same lineup as last game, Babcock doesn't think Eaves will be ready.
He also stated Helm not on the 4 game trip but Bertuzzi is, not practicing, just riding the bike.
Updated 2x w/ trade talk at 11:36 AM: Doubly redirected: Via RedWingsFeed and Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford, Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall's ill-timed hit on Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle apparently won't receive an NHL review. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo reports that the hit was deemed to be aimed at Coyle's body, not his head:
The Detroit Red Wings fell into an all-too-familiar trap in dropping their first (and in this case "only") game back from a Western Canadian road swing against a team that had made the same trip, dropping a 4-2 decision to the Minnesota Wild in a game that wasn't nearly as close on the ice as it was on the scoreboard.
While the Wings weren't particularly thrilled with the Jordin Tootoo goal that was waved off because Drew Miller may or may not have touched the puck with a high stick, and Niklas Kronwall's hit on Charlie Coyle, which was mis-identified as a high-sticking penalty having drawn blood, didn't help the Wings' cause, either, but the Wings still out-shot Minnesota by a wide margin (38-19) and had five power plays, so the now 7th-place Wings could have bettered their fortunes by not giving up a goal 2:04 in and by converting with the man advantage.
Instead, the Wild are heading back to Minnesota having won four straight games, and they puffed out their chests while speaking to the Pioneer Press's Brian Murphy...
Updated with video stuff at 10:48 PM: I'm well aware of this fact...
But, regardless of the waved-off Tootoo goal, regardless of Kronwall's hit, the Detroit Red Wings' 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild was both a case of the Wings falling into a classic "trap game" and a case of bad habits and plain old disinterested play surfacing at the worst time possible--and that's why tonight's loss is so infuriating.
If we are to believe NBC Sports' Eddie Olczyk, Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall's dirty hit to the head of Charlie Coyle--and it was ill-timed--was a hideous and egregious offense for which no one should stand. Kronwall received a double-minor for high-sticking and the Wild scored on their power play.
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