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added 11:32am, via Khan tweets,
Babcock confirms Nyquist will play with Zetterberg and Franzen. Datsyuk will play with Bertuzzi and Cleary.
Orher lines are Helm with Tatar and Abdelkader; Andersson with Miller and Samuelsson.
Nyquist will play on the power play, too.
The defense pairs are Kronwall-Ericsson, Quincey-Smith, Lashoff-Kindl. Howard starting in goal.
added 11:46am, Official release on Nyquist is below...
from Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press,
Losing streaks are like snowflakes. Every one is different. And this has been a strange one for the Wings because they are still getting points. If the Wings were mediocre in shoot-outs instead of being horrendous, things would look pretty good right now.
So for everybody who views life as being a Cup that is half-full, consider this: Once a team comes out of a losing streak, once the coaches make needed adjustments (welcome back, Gustav Nyquist!) and the players relax and start winning, the floodgates seem to open.
In 2011-12, after the Wings went six games in a row without a win early in the season, they snapped out of it and won four in a row.
In 2010-11, after the Wings lost four straight in March, they won four in a row.
In 2008-09, after losing five in a row in January, they ripped off six straight wins.
“Anytime you go through a rough stretch, you have to pull together as a team,” Niklas Kronwall said. “That just brings the team closer together.”
So how does a team snap out of a losing streak? You pour a bunch of clichés over it.
added 8:53am, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
from Bill Roose at the Wings' website,
“They’ve had (DeKeyser) higher than me in the pecking order,” Smith said. “It’ll be a little bit of a door for me, try to step into it and play a little more minutes. It’ll be nice. Hopefully I can prove I can play more specialty teams and more minutes.”
“I got to still play my game. There’s going to be some situations where I’m going to be able to get those chances. I just have to attack them head on and don’t get too anxious or excited and just play.”
more on the topic...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have been terrific together for most of the season, but with the Detroit Red Wings struggling, coach Mike Babcock figures it’s time to spread the wealth.
So Datsyuk and Zetterberg were split up during Wednesday’s practice. They’re likely to be on separate lines when the Red Wings host the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday at Joe Louis Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit). Detroit will try to end its seven-game winless streak (0-2-5), an eight-game slide at home (0-2-6).
The Red Wings will recalled forward Gustav Nyquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins for Thursday's game. Putting defenseman Danny DeKeyser (separated left shoulder, 3-to-6 weeks) on long-term injured reserve clears enough salary-cap space.
Nyquist leads the Griffins with 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 15 games. Once he plays two more NHL games, he is here to stay, because he would then need to pass through waivers to be sent back to the AHL.
added 2:09pm, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Instead of me giving you the highlights of the Ken Holland interview on Detroit Sports 105.1, just listen, it is not your normal Ken Holland interview.
Thanks to Tom Mazawey and Matt Dery of 105.1 for the audio.
The beat writers report Weiss is wearing black, normally meant for dmen while skating today.
Quincey not on the ice, Alfredsson skated earlier plus lines have switched: Datsyuk with Bertuzzi and Cleary, Zetterberg with Franzen with an empty wing since the Wings are short on forwards.
added 12:40pm, Holland on 105.1 just said it is possible Nyquist could be recalled for tomorrow's game.
If you find yourself in Windsor on Saturday, November 30th, the Windsor Star's Don Lajoie reports that Gordie Howe has been named the Grand Marshal of Windsor's "Winter Fest Holiday Parade":
Mr. Hockey, he of the legendary elbows, originator of the Gordie Howe hat trick, author of 801 goals and 1,850 assists in the NHL and still considered by many “the greatest of them all” has agreed to serve as grand marshal for this year’s Windsor Winter Fest Holiday Parade.
The announcement that former Red Wing superstar Gordie Howe will lead the annual parade, and also be available for a meet and greet the evening before the event, was made Tuesday by a trio of downtown business leaders, including Larry Horwitz, chairman of the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association.
“This is one of the greatest things we’ve done for downtown, and the future of downtown,” enthused Horwitz, at a news conference at the Investors Group offices on Riverside Drive. He predicted the chance to meet the 85-year-old hall-of-famer would not only draw thousands of hockey fans from Windsor and Essex County but possibly from as far as “Toronto and Chicago.”
Howe will preside over the parade Saturday, Nov. 30, from Giles Boulevard down Ouellette Avenue — starting at 3 p.m. But you may have a better chance to get that Gordie throwback sweater signed by No. 9 at the VIP reception, to be held Nov. 29 between 6 and 9 p.m., at the Boom Boom Room in downtown Windsor.
Tickets for that event, which will also feature food and drinks, can be purchased through the DWBIA offices, 419 Pelissier St., at Bob Reaume Sports, 4275 Tecumseh Rd. E., or online at Eventbrite.ca. Tickets are $50 each, though Horwitz suggested packages might be made available for families.
If you're interested, the Hockey Writers' Ross Bonander also penned a review of Mark Howe's book: "Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey," and the Utica Observer-Dispatch's Don Lailbe promises that another review is coming.
The Red Wings have a busy schedule ahead of them today:
The team will reveal the details of their Hockeytown Winter Festival's "Coke Zero Fan Experience"--or at least whatever hasn't been leaked already, and the vast majority of the details are public knowledge--at an 11 AM presser today;
Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood will engage in a Q and A on the Free Press's website at 1 PM;
Several players, the coach and GM will take part in a fundraised for injured CC player Matt Sorisho at Compuware Arena in the evening;
And it is entirely possible that, over the course of the day, we should find out more about Danny DeKeyser's shoulder injury (separated shoulder, out for 1-2 weeks, click on the link for player/coach commentary), as well as Jonathan Ericsson's looming contract extension, during the course of the day.
The Wings' players will also practice at Joe Louis Arena, but they won't be able to offer the kinds of answers the team needs to issue after Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to Nashville--the Wings' seventh straight loss and eighth straight at home--until the Wings host the Hurricanes on Thursday. At this point, talk is pretty bloody cheap, and when your team hasn't won in eighteen days, it's cheaper still.
Red Wings prospect news: Griffins to host Milwaukee; Bertuzzi, Athanasiou score; Wheaton has a scare
Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha will be in the national spotlight when the second game of the Subway Super Series resumes tonight in Sherbrooke, Quebec (with the QMJHL playing a team of Russian stars at 7 PM EST Sportsnet, TVA Sports and the Fan 590 in Canada; Mantha scored the game-winning goal for the Q on Monday).
On a more local basis, the now-veteran-overloaded Grand Rapids Griffins will host the Milwaukee Admirals in their only home game of the week, so their weekly press release earns precedence this morning:
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