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Update: The Wings' gear auction to benefit breast cancer-related charities is still up and running on NHL.com, too.
The Detroit Red Wings will battle Daniel Alfredson's previous employer minus #11's services this evening (7 PM, FSD/CBC/1270 AM), and this press release from a few days ago is more than worth repeating:
Wings to collect winter gear for homeless
Fans who donate can win a Franzen autographed puck and photo at the Nov. 23 game
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and the DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital are asking fans to bring new or gently-used cold weather wear to the home game on Saturday, Nov. 23, as part of the 20th annual Motor City Mitten Madness (MCMM) program.
Volunteers from the DRH Burn Center will collect adult and children’s winter clothing wear and monetary donations at each of the four entrances of Joe Louis Arena to make this holiday season a little warmer for Detroit homeless shelters.
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
“We’re going to put the best team we can on the ice every night and as we have decisions to make on the cap we’ll make them,” Holland said. “We’ve done it in the past. We put (Jordin) Tootoo and (Patrick) Eaves on waivers. With the injury to (Danny) DeKeyser it allowed us to bring up Gus. We know he’s an NHL player.”...
“With Nyquist here we’re slowly looking like we’re going to put four lines together,” Holland said. “Hopefully we can get some scoring up and down the lineup. We haven’t had that.”
I will update this post as needed.
via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
If Nyquist plays one more game in the NHL, he would have to be put on waivers if sent down again, and the Wings aren’t risking that. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press after the game that “we are talking options.”
via Bill Roose of the Wings' website,
“He's obviously got skill, knows how to play and he can be an important guy going ahead,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “That's what I would have done if I was him. We'll see what happens. It's called money.”
The shortest recap of the season...
A three point night from Zetterberg (
1g, 3a), 2 goals from Nyquist, one by Franzen, Kronwall and the other by Helm as the Wings get a mucn needed 4-3 win.
Nyquist certainly gives the offense a little more balance and here is my suggestion, move Tatar up to the line with Datsyuk and Bertuzzi.
Here is the game winning goal by Nyquist.
“Well, his job, and no different tonight if I were him, he’s still allowed to go back to the minors, is be so good, tonight you put so much pressure on the coach and the manger that they have to do something about it,” Babcock said. “That’s what he’s done. That’s the only thing you can do as a player. The best players in the end get to play, they decide who gets to play because they play well enough to make it happen and he’s done a good job.”
-Mike Babcock on Nyquist, via Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front were you can read more on this topic.
WXYZ in Detroit filed a report on the benefit for Matt Sorisho (Twitter) last night. By the way, Matt returned home today.
You can watch it below...
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,
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