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You figure this one out. The Red Wings absolutely dominated in the 1st period of their 4-1 loss to Columbus, out-shooting the Blue Jackets 18-8, but after they went scoreless on a trio of first period power plays--thanks to a lack of execution by the players on the ice, not anything that a certain assistant coach does or does not do--and the Blue Jackets tied it up as Petr Mrazek was spun around, the Wings were out-shot 14-10 in the 2nd and between Cory Emmerton's soft work on the 2-1 goal and Matt Calvert literally grabbing Jonathan Ericsson's stick and holding him down as he passed the puck to Brandon Dubinsky...
Among more than a little bit of goonery that Columbus successfully executed against the Wings (see: Tomas Jurco cross-checked in the ribs and leaving the game, a ridiculous amount of interference allowed to stand), Columbus both emerged with the victory and a trump card and a half as the Wings' playoff climb becomes a near-vertical one.
So Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau went to hackin' and whackin,' and he took out another Red Wing:
Terrible news, confirmed by the Saginaw Spirit:
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that late this afternoon we were informed by the Michigan State Police that the body of Terry Trafford has been found.
Our deepest condolences are with Terry’s family and his friends both in Ontario and Michigan. Terry played on our team and was a member of the Spirit family for the last four years and he will be missed.
We have reached out to Terry’s parents and will look to provide them with support over the coming days. In addition, we met with team players and staff this evening, along with our Team Chaplain.
On behalf of the Spirit we would like to thank the police who were looking for Terry, the media for providing updates and all who provided information. The coming days will be difficult and we will endeavor to keep the community and media apprised of arrangements and other details.
Oh, boy. The Red Wings play in an essential-to-win tilt against Columbus shortly (7 PM, FSD Plus), and this happens:
As Paul noted, Jiri Fischer spoke with ESPN's Pierre LeBrun about Rich Peverley's collapse yesterday evening, and he also addressed the issue in a 12-minute interview with TSN 1050's Dave Naylor (and Fischer talks about his new role as well, though he did not confirm freelance reporter "Stormin Norman's" Tweet that the Wings may bring Anthony Mantha into the mix once the Val-d'Or Foreurs' playoff run ends, and I cannot confirm that either):
The Red Wings prepare for one of their most pivotal and important games of the season this evening (at Columbus, 7 PM EDT, FSD Plus) minus Joakim Andersson, Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Jonas Gustavsson, Darren Helm, Mikael Samuelsson, Stephen Weiss, Henrik Zetterberg,all due to injuries.
The Wings will wrap up a series of 5 games in 8 nights this evening with David Legwand, Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendening and Cory Emmerton as their centers--not exactly a world-beating bunch--having gone 1-1-and-2 over their first four games of the 5-game stretch, and after a two-day break on Wednesday and Thursday, the Wings will play on an every-other-night basis for the balance of March (playing 10 games over the course of 17 days and nights).
With Andersson out for at least two weeks due to a broken foot suffered on Sunday, Datsyuk (knee) not even on the,"He can try to practice" horizon for two or three more weeks, Zetterberg (back) out until any possible playoff run and Cleary and Samuelsson's statuses murky, MLive's Ansar Khan reports that "The Monster" is probably the closest to actually returning, with Helm (concussion?) and Weiss (lingering groin issues after surgery) a ways away...
via Ansar Khan tweet,
Wings lines at skate in Columbus: Franzen-Legwand-Nyquist, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Abdelkader-Emmerton-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Bertuzzi.
Updates coming as needed.
added 11:47am, Khan again...
First power play: Bertuzzi-Nyquist-Franzen up front, Kronwall-Alfredsson at points; 2nd: Legwand-Sheahan-Jurco up front, Tatar-DeKeyser back
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Babcock said he was surprised at what unfolded following Friday’s season-high output in a 7-4 victory over New Jersey.
“But that’s the thing about this business,” he said. “Every time you think you got ’er going, you don’t. Just stay scared and life’s good.”
The Red Wings’ top line of David Legwand, Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist, which accounted for 11 points less than 48 hours earlier, had trouble getting through the neutral zone, as did everyone else in red and white. Getting clean entries also was a problem on the power play, which went 0-for-3, with three shots in 5:24.
“They trap good, but I thought we were too cute,” Nyquist said. “We tried to dangle our way through instead of chipping it in and getting on their D. Way too many turnovers.”
more reaction to today's game...
The Red Wings played their fourth game in five-and-a-half days...As you might expect, displaying a fragile sense of confidence, a mediocre attack, poor team play on defense and an inability to generate or sustain any sort of forecheck against a New York Rangers team that was quite happy to grind out a 2-0 win over the Wings on Sunday--despite some stellar goaltending from Jimmy Howard (until the 3rd goal, which was terrible) and an infomercial for "Subtle Interference" by Eddie Olczyk.
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