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Updated 4x at 11:52 AM: The Red Wings host the San Jose Sharks this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM; tonight is Military Appreciation Night at the Joe). The 8-6-and-1 Wings hope prey upon the 7-8-and-0 Sharks as San Jose's lost 8 of their past 11 games, and Pavel Datsyuk's return to the lineup should bolster Detroit's cause.
According to the Free Press's George Sipple, Brad Richards skated alone before the morning skate began...
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And it appears that Jimmy Howard will start this evening, per DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...
The Detroit Red Wings kick off a stretch of 6 games played over the course of 9 nights against the San Jose Sharks on Friday evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM), and this would be a good time for the Wings to bite down upon the Sharks.
The Sharks have gone 3-and-8 over their past 11 games, and are beginning a 6-game road trip having lost 2 straight and 3 of 4, including Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Islanders, Patrick Marleau trade rumors are swirling as the Sharks falter, and the team's without Logan Couture, who's recovering from a broken leg.
All of that sounds like a recipe for an easy win, and as you and I both know by now, the Red Wings and "easy win" have yet to meet.
Just as importantly, as the Mercury News's Curtis Pashelka notes, the Sharks believe that they'll be able to steady themselves on the road...
Of prospect-related note:
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played all of 1:36 in SKA St Petersburg's 5-3 win over Vityaz;
In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 12:48 in TPS Turku's 5-1 win over HPK;
And in the QMJHL, Adam Marsh finished at -2 in the Saint John Sea Dogs' 5-0 loss to Moncton.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness penned an article about Justin Abdelkader's extension:
“I know the person, I know his passion and I know his commitment,” [Ken] Holland said Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. “I’m with him every day. If you’re outside the organization you might have some hesitation but I know what he’s all about. So I think at the end of the day if it’s too long, you worry about it six years from now. The most important thing was to get him signed up.
“I know I’ve talked to some people in the industry that think it’s a fabulous deal for us,” Holland added. “I think it’s a fabulous deal because we’ve found a way to keep him signed and we couldn’t afford to lose him.”
The deal with Abdelkader, who would have been an unrestricted after this season, has an annual salary cap hit of $4.25 million.
“I wanted to make it clear in negotiations that I wanted to stay here and be here long term,” said Abdelkader, who’s in the final year of a four-year deal with a salary-cap his of $1.8 million. “I’m gonna keep fully committing myself to this team, this organization on and off the ice, and do what I can to be a leader.”
2. MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Brad Richards about his recovery from a back issue:
Via RedWingsFeed, WXYZ posted a 4:55 video of Red Wings GM Ken Holland speaking with the media about the Justin Abdelakder contract:
Update: WXYZ posted an evening report on Abdelkader as well:
via Hope_Smoke tweets,
McKenzie on TSN Radio "the reaction on twitter have not been kind to Abdelkador & Det"
McKenzie "the Wings like Abdelkador and, while he's probably a 3rd liner, he can play up in their lineup and didn't want to lose him"
McKenzie "there is a bit of an overpayment but you always do for UFA & they didn't want to lose him."
Mckenzie "Wings may not like final few years of deal but looking more at next 4 years & they didn't want to lose him"
Mckenzie "Abdelkador would get same on open market"
Mckenzie "the Wings are paying a premium to make sure Abdelkador doesn't walk out the door and leave a hole in their lineup"
from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,
It's one of the most famous events in world history, the day that Western allies invaded northern France, landing on the beach in Normandy.
D-Day happened on June 6, 1944, and Justin Abdelkader's great-uncle, Garrett Bass, was among the troops that landed there that day.
Abdelkader said he once did a school project on Bass for a ninth-grade class.
"I got to interview him.," Abdelkader said. "I want to say he shook hands with General (George) Patton at one point when they moved forward to Normandy on the beach. Obviously it was a touchy subject so he didn't like talking about all the details but just pretty special. It was neat I got to bring his uniform and everything in."
Most people have seen the iconic photos taken that day when the troops arrived on the beach.
"It's truly amazing, one of the biggest events in the last 100 years, for the whole world," Abdelkader said. "For him to be a part of it, for him to go and fight for the freedom of our country and allies, it's pretty special."
Brad Richards' grandfather also fought in World War II.
Updated 6x at 3:20 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
Practice was chock full of news regarding Pavel Datsyuk, Brad Richards, Kyle Quincey and a little dust-up between Teemu Pulkkinen and Brendan Smith. The Free Press's Helene St. James covers all the bases in her practice report:
The Wings are posting videos about their Michigan-made Red Wings, and here's their feature on Drew Miller:
The Wings have also posted videos spotlighting Luke Glendening and Danny DeKeyser:
This is not good news:
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