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from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
"Everyone is a little relieved to have the cameras out of their face," said Jimmy Howard, who will start in goal tonight vs. the Dallas Stars. "It was good, it was exciting while it was here but at the same time it's also good to have it behind us, not having to worry about tickets and getting everything together and everything like that.
"It's good to have that behind us. It really is. Enough with the side stuff. Let's just concentrate on hockey now."
Brendan Smith, one of the Red Wings' most outgoing players who was interviewed by HBO along with parents Lester and Dierdre, has as much fun as anyone.
But he's glad it's over.
"For sure," Smith said. "There was a lot of hoopla and rah rah and everything going on around it. But it was an absolute blast. There's nothing I'm going to say was wrong with it. It was amazing. One of the best moments of my life.
"But it's nice to get back to normal, reality, what we're trying to come and do every day."
MSM report Datsyuk on the ice today, no sign of Gustavsson and Eaves is wearing a full shield/ football type style.
Updates will continue in this post as needed.
added 12:45pm, Brendan Savage tweets,
lines at the skate 13-8-44; 11-40-14; 20-21-18; 71-17-41
added 1:21pm, via Gregg Krupa tweet,
when asked about dastyuk and eaves, who both skated, babcock said, "we'll see who plays?"
added 1:35pm, Savage tweet,
Datsyuk a game time decision Eaves to play
For what it's worth, from the NHL:
2014 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® WATCHED BY RECORD 8.2 MILLION VIEWERS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
More Than 3.5 Million Viewers in Canada Watched CBC’s Coverage of Toronto’s 3-2 Shootout Win Over Detroit, an Event and Network Record
U.S. Broadcast on NBC Attracted Second-Biggest Audience For a Regular-Season NHL Game in 39 Years
NEW YORK (January 3, 2014) – The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® followed its hockey attendance record by re-writing the record book for regular-season North American television viewership as well.
Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves was cross-checked in the mouth by Toronto Maple Leas forward Joffrey Lupul during the Winter Classic, and Eaves told the media that he suffered a dislocated jaw but no concussion today.
As a result, perhaps...
Here was the hit:
Here's the NHL's official release:
I've been a little busy with my own "Pacifica-body injury" (thank Gord I drive that car...It's saved my ass repeatedly) over the past couple of days, but I've been thinking about this for a long time, and between Darren Helm's inability to play in the Winter Classic due to a groin injury, Jonas Gustavsson's inability to play in the Winter Classic due to a groin injury and Danny DeKeyser's status as the latest groin-injured Wing...
Maybe the Wings need to do an audit of their fitness, nutritional and training programs, from the workouts the Wings engage in during "off-days," before and after during games, their warm-up and cool-down procedures, the supplements and nutrition intakes, the way the trainers treat them, you name it, everything.
Between the groins, the shoulders, the back injuries, players pulling themselves out of warm-ups, the fact that the injuries aren't confined to the team's high-mileage players, and especially given the fact that the Wings have played perhaps a handful of games with a fullly healthy lineup over the past three seasons, it's time to review and attempt to implement "best practices."
Updated 5x at 4:11 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will embark upon their final "West Coast" swing of the season after today's practice, and tomorrow night's game against Dallas (8 PM EST, FSD, and yes, the start conflicts with HBO's final 24/7 episode's 10 PM start) kicks off almost two weeks' worth of games away from the Joe--with the WIngs' four-day break between the Dallas game and next Thursday's affair against San Jose (and then Los Angeles, Anaheim and...the Rangers?) extending the trip's length considerably.
With the Winter Classic having dropped the Wings behind the Leafs in the Atlantic Division standings, the team wants to straighten its still-listing ship, and as Paul noted and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose Tweeted, the Wings will have to kick off their five-game trip shorthanded:
via Chuck Pleiness tweets,
Eaves on ice at practice.
Helm not on ice at City Arena for practice
Franzen not practicing either
via Pleiness tweet,
Datsyuk not at practice. Per GM Ken Holland he'll be playing in Dallas on Saturday.
added 12:26pm, Khan tweets,
Lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Alfredsson, Abdelkader-Samuelsson (holding Datsyuk's spot)-Bertuzzi, Miller-Andersson-Tatar
Cleary-Glendening-Eaves. The way he's skating it looks like Eaves is playing tomorrow.
Marchenko is paired with Quincey, also Kronwall-Smith, Lashoff-Kindl
from the IIHF,
Brilliant performance under historic pressure as well as long-lasting excellence is recognized as the IIHF Hall of Fame inducts players Vyacheslav Bykov, Andrei Khomutov, Nicklas Lidström, Ruslan Salei, Steve Yzerman and builder Murray Costello.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defenseman Alexey Marchenko from the Grand Rapids Griffins. He presumably will make his NHL debut Saturday night against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
The Red Wings apparently have an injury on defense but general manager Ken Holland declined to reveal who, if anybody, is out.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound right-handed shooting Marchenko has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 33 games and is tied for the Griffins’ team lead with a plus-15 rating in his first AHL season.
added 10:45am, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Defenseman Danny DeKeyser won’t be at practice Friday listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
The injury could be a groin which means day-to-day could mean a couple of weeks.
Helene St. James tells us what most of us know, Jimmy Howard and most of the Wings need to be better,
If the Wings continue at their current pace of accumulating points, they would finish with 90 points, probably not enough to make the playoffs even in the weaker Eastern Conference.
The loss to Toronto — Detroit’s seventh in eight shoot-out attempts this season — left the Wings clinging to a wild-card spot.
A few players have had big first halves: Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall. Jonas Gustavsson has been a bailout presence while Jimmy Howard has struggled.
Howard was a somewhat controversial choice for Team USA given his numbers this season, but from the Wings’ perspective, the selection can only boost his confidence.
Howard is far from the only guy looking to bounce back from a poor first half. Stephen Weiss was ineffective. Johan Franzen lacked in effort for stretches. Daniel Cleary has six points in 41 games. Kyle Quincey is minus-14.
It’s dangerous to need to win so much during the second half; every team’s goal is to bank points in the first half to ease the pressure going into the playoff stretch.
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