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The Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Chicago Blackhawks at 5 PM today (on FSD and the NHL Network U.S., and WXYT AM after the Tigers game), and despite the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa's best efforts, didn't really know the lineups for tonight's game (and there was no clarification regarding Jonas Gustavsson's groin and whether he's got a two-day tweak or a Babcockian two-week owie) until the Blackhawks' press corps leaked 'em:
Via RedWingsFeed, it looks like we've got the lineups for today's Red Wings-Blackhawks game (5 PM EDT, FSD/NHL Network U.S./1270 AM after the Tigers game)
The Red Wings' announcement that the team had assigned 27 players--including some of the team's brightest prospects in Calle Jarnkrok, Tomas Jurco, Martin Frk, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul--to the Grand Rapids Griffins yielded raised eyebrows from Wings fans who expected the team to allow the "almost ready for prime time" players to remain with the Wings for a longer period of time (keep in mind that Teemu Pulkkinen will probably be demoted when his suspension's served after Wednesday's game, and that Willie Coetzee remains with the Wings because he's injured and can't be sent down until he's healthy) instead of the Griffins' most-likely-to-be-called-up players...
But for the Grand Rapids Griffins themselves, the cuts allow Griffins coach Jeff Blashill to prepare six AHL rookies-to-be and the core of the Griffins' roster to defend their Calder Cup championship, with a week-long--and open-to-the-public--training camp kicking off tomorrow at Griffs IceHouse.
The Griffins will hold two pre-season games this upcoming weekend in Plymouth and Windsor, entertaining the Lake Erie Monsters at Compuware Arena in Plymouth on September the 28th and WFCU Arena in Windsor on September the 29th, respecively, but in the interim, the Griffins open camp tomorrow, and again, the Griffins report that a significant portion thereof will be open to the public:
As far as I can tell, the Chicago Blackhawks' press didn't accompany the team to Detroit ahead of today's game between the Hawks and Red Wings (5 PM EDT, Fox Sports Detroit/NHL Network U.S./AM 1270), and ChicagoBlackhawks.com's Brad Boron's game preview indicated that the Blackhawks' lineup would not be released early...
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today assigned 17 players to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. With the moves, the Red Wings’ roster currently stands at 38 players.
PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO GRAND RAPIDS ON 9/22/13
Updated 3x, and pretty substantially so, at 12:57 AM: In attending my first Wings game since Nicklas Lidstrom retired (yes, it's been that long), I witnessed an unfocused and disjointed effort from a "discomboobled" Red Wings team that dropped a 2-0 decision to a much more star-studded Boston Bruins lineup (the game summary and event summary are available but don't necessarily tell much of the game's "story" save the 8-2 disparity and takeaways and the fact that the Wings fired 18 shots on Chad Johnson and 20 wide or into Bruins players)...
And then I got from the Cobo Roof to I-96 and Wixom Road in 25 minutes, and spent the balance of my journey to the vicinity of the South Lyon High School at Pontiac Trail and 11 Mile Road...Sitting in traffic for 45 minutes due to unscheduled construction at 10:45 PM, and then a police incident yielded a road closure on Pontiac Trail required going the "long way"...Yielding another hour to make the 10-or-so minute trip "home."
So I'm in a bad mood.
The worst part of the loss involved Jonas Gustavsson pulling his groin as he moved laterally in the last minute of the 2nd period--after what was honestly a heroic performance in front of a young and downright ditzy Wings lineup--and MLive's Ansar Khan is reporting that Gustavsson's dinged up pretty badly, though Babcock may or may not have overstated the nature of his injury:
Just in case you want to discuss the game- Tthe only way to follow it is either listen to Ken Kal on 1270am or stream the audio (tested and working) or follow the Wings or Bruins official twitter feeds for updates.
George is at the game too so he may be tweeting here and there.
I will update this post if needed and George may put up a short post-game blog when he returns from the Joe.
This is...different....From the Red Wings (via RedWingsFeed), but you'll find out about some of the rides that the Wings' players take to the rink. Let's just say that the gents tend to have more than one "fall/spring" car and a winter SUV.
No word as to whether Jakub Kindl's annoyed that the "Boys in the Parking Lot" used his Range Rover to moosh cones.
Update: the Wings just released their pre-season in-rink game opening video as well:
The Red Wings' home exhibition opener against the Boston Bruins this evening (7 PM) won't be televised, but Ken Kal and Paul Woods will be doing play-by-play on AM 1270 (online as well as on the radio), and Kal posited a game-day preview on the Red Wings' website:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Stephen Weiss will be centering the top line tonight as the Detroit Red Wings make their home preseason debut against the Boston Bruins (7 p.m., no TV).
It'll be Weiss' first game (exhibition) at Joe Louis Arena as a Red Wing. He'll be flanked by Johan Franzen, who is making his preseason debut after missing a couple of games due to a hip flexor, and Daniel Cleary.
Daniel Alfredsson, who started training camp on the second line with Weiss and Franzen, remains idled with a sore groin.
“It's always special to play here as a visiting team,'' Weiss said. “To do it with a Red Wings jersey on is going to be even more special. I'm really looking forward to it. Got the butterflies going this morning when I woke up.''
continued inlcudes expected lineup...
There is not TV or radio coverage from the Bruins, so Ken Kal (1270am) is your only choice tonight to catch the game.
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