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Updated 3x at 6:54 PM: A significant slate of catch-up articles = I ran out of room in the Red Wings-Hurricanes game-day update post, so, ahead of tonight's tilt between the teams (7:30 PM EDT on FSD Plus/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), here's the Red Wings' Game Day Preview...
And as so much of today's Wings talk, radio interviews (now including Ken Holland on WDFN), Nyquist talk, discussion of Holland's take on player development, etc., Wings coach Mike Babcock's comments to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness may have been overlooked...
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reports that Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay is recovering from major surgery:
The 88-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer underwent surgery to replace his aortic valve Wednesday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. It is the same hospital that his foundation donated $1 million to help children with autism and their families last week.
Known as a tough-as-nails competitor during his 17-seasons in the NHL, Lindsay had known for several weeks that he needed to have the procedure.
The aortic valve separates the heart's left ventricle from the aorta, allowing blood to flow into the aorta from the heart. This blood is usually rich in oxygen and is carried by the aorta to the rest of the body.
Lindsay was walking ICU floor Thursday night and even enjoyed a Popsicle. It’s possible that he will be moved out of the Intensive Care Unit today, and if his recovery continues to go as planned he could be sent home by early next week.
“I cannot begin to tell you how great dad is doing,” his daughter Lynn LaPaugh wrote in an email. “They want him up a couple of times walking today and then resting.”
As noted in the game-day update thread, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reported that Red Wings back-up goaltender Jonas Gustavsson may be nursing some sort of shoulder injury.
So, as reported in the game-day update post (which is still being updated--so prepare for more Wings news in that post), the Red Wings chose to bring up Jared Coreau to take part in today's morning skate, and as Petr Mrazek played for the Grand Rapids Griffins as they dropped a 3-0 road decision to the Charlotte Checkers, the team chose to allow Mrazek to get some sleep before Mrazek was recalled to back up Howard today--and probably Sunday:
The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned goaltender Jared Coreau to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.
Updated with more from Nyquist at 1:48 PM: The Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno delivers a different take on Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist's offensive flourishing this morning, snagging comments from Nyquist's teammates as to why #14's taken the league by storm:
"He made a splash right away: first game, two goals, when he came up, so I don't know if it's a surprise," [Daniel] Alfredsson said. "Maybe a surprise he's been able to keep up that pace. We hadn't seen him in the NHL as much. He's made a name for himself, a reputation for himself."
"It feels like he's one step ahead sometimes, knowing where the puck's going to end up, and that's how he scores a lot of goals," [Jonas] Gustavsson said on a recent trip to Toronto. "He's going to the right spots. I'm not surprised that he has been scoring a lot for us. Maybe he's scored more than I thought right now."
"Sometimes in the NHL if you're playing with great players, you're going to find a way to put that in, and he's done that," defenceman Brendan Smith said. "It's been huge for our club."
Whyno continues with more from Alfredsson, Gustavsson, Smith, and this superlative from coach Mike Babcock:
I know KK's readers may be a little annoyed with the onslaught of Red Wings posts this morning (I needed to take yesterday off, sorry), but I think that Ken Holland's interview with the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness is absolutely essential reading, so I'm going to post it in a separate entry (it's already in the Wings-Canes game-day update post) because Holland delivers a one-paragraph answer as to why the Wings don't promote young players "early":
"Establish yourself as a legitimate premier minor league player and then you prove it at the next level,” the Wings’ general manager said during a phone interview Thursday. “That’s how you get to the American League from juniors, or college or Europe. When you’re an established, top notch player, we sign you to a contract to the next level.”
Updated 6x at 1:25 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will hold "Fan Appreciation Night" when they play their regular season finale at Joe Louis Arena this evening, entertaining the Carolina Hurricanes (7:30 PM EDT on FSD Plus/FS Carolnas/97.1 FM).
With the Columbus Blue Jackets wrapping up their regular season with back-to-backs in Tampa tonight and Florida tomorrow, the Wings need to take both tonight's game and Sunday's 12:30 PM EDT-starting tilt in St. Louis to finish ahead of Columbus in the Wild Card standings:
Carolina played its last home game of the 2013-2014 season on Thursday, dropping a 5-2 decision to Washington, and they've lost 3 straight games. NHL.com's John Kreiser posited a preview of tonight's action:
The Detroit Red Wings' prospects were relatively busy on Thursday, and the most significant game involved a player who didn't register a point in defenseman Ben Marshall, whose University of Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the University of North Dakota 2-1 in the NCAA's Frozen Four semifinal.
The Gophers scored a literal last-second goal, and the team will now battle Union for the NCAA Division I championship on Saturday (at 7:30 PM EDT, on ESPN). Marshall looked solid and played significant minutes for Minnesota.
In other playoff action, in the OHL, Andreas Athanasiou registered 2 assists as his Barrie Colts defeated the North Bay Battalion 7-4, tying the teams' second-round series at 2 games apiece.
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Petr Mrazek and defenseman Adam Almquist on Thursday were named to the 2013-14 American Hockey League Second All-Star Team.
Mrazek, 22, ranks first among AHL goaltenders with a 2.03 goals against average and a 0.927 save percentage, while owning a 22-7-1 record through 30 games. In addition, Mrazek boasts a 4-1 shootout record, a 0.750 shootout percentage, 1,711:36 minutes in net and has allowed only 58 goals on 790 shots faced. The Ostrava, Czech Republic, native has posted both an eight-game winning streak from Feb. 22-March 22 and a 10-game winning streak from Oct. 30-Feb. 1.
Updated with a Ken Holland interview at 1:19 PM: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spoke with The Fan 590's Darren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean yesterday afternoon, and here's the interview:
And Fox Sports Detroit's Mickey Redmond spoke for a considerably longer period of time with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Drew Lane a little later on Thursday:
from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,
To wrap up the Super 16 for the 2013-14 season, here's a look at players who surprised and disappointed, and those who proved to be the most valuable for the best teams in the League.
10. Detroit Red Wings (38-27-15) LW: 13
MVP: When the NHL took its annual holiday break, Gustav Nyquist had four goals in 14 games. He now has nine more than anyone else on the team, and has carried the offense with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk missing through injury.
Surprise: Of all the players who have contributed after starting the season in the American Hockey League, Luke Glendening is the one who has risen furthest up the organizational depth chart. Nothing about his play or his numbers really stands out, but the best coach in the NHL trusts him to play legitimate minutes in this League. For a player on an AHL-only contract last season, that's a pretty big deal.
Disappointment: Ken Holland had too many players and wasn't able to offload the ones necessary for Nyquist to spend the entire season in the NHL. If it weren't for all the injuries, there would have been some hard choices to make this season.
read on for the other teams in the Super 16...
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