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Red Wings-Predators wrap-up: was this a belief-builder or just another case of not gettin’ ‘er done?
The Detroit Red Wings may very well look back on Tuesday night's 4-3 overtime loss to Nashville, a game which they trailed 2-0, started without Mikael Samuelsson (broken hand?), finished without Jimmy Howard (Blurry vision? Concussion?) and nearly finished without Niklas Kronwal (hit from behind) and Cory Emmerton (blocked a shot with his face), and almost lost 3-2 until Pavel Datsyuk decided that the team was going to earn a point, and that was that...
And say that the team's fourth "loss" in a row (the Wings are 0-2-and-2 since having defeated the Los Angeles Kings on February 10th) was in fact a game that taught the Wings how to believe in themselves again, how to play with poise, jam, moxie, effort, attention to detail and the plain old kind of puck possesison play that's supposed to be the reason this team can transcend its personnel issues and continue to at least make the playoffs on a year-by-year basis.
I didn't like it. To me, rallying from a 2-0 deficit (and laughable penalty disparity) to tie the game at 2-2, surrender another go-ahead goal 1:21 after your team's tied it, and then to not build off of Datsyuk's beating-six-players effort, and instead, give up a bizarre overtime goal that was, depending on your point of view, either a case of two Wings defenders checking each other or Andrei Kostitsyn delivering moer than "subtle" interference...
Updated w/ injury news, again, at 11:32 PM: The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Nashville Predators, despite Pavel Datsyuk's brilliance and some incredible efforts by Henrik Zetterberg, Danny Cleary of all people, Jordin Tootoo and even Jonathan Ericsson, but I'm left angry after this one.
Despite the Wings rallying from a 2-0 deficit, a late scratch for Mikael Samuelsson (broken hand?), an injury to Jimmy Howard (upper body?) and nearly losing Niklas Kronwall (chest or something thanks to a dirty hit from behind) and Cory Emmerton (blocked shot with his face)...The Red Wings' will, skill, and during an 11-Wings-shots-to-4 Preds shots third period that actually looked like Red Wings hockey being played for the first time since the team's win against Edmonton...
The Detroit Red Wings did not prevail against the Nashville Predators tonight, but Pavel Datsyuk did his best to ensure that the wounded Wings at least earned a point:
Update on top at 11:31 PM:
Biggy update at 11 PM:
Awful. Bridgestone Arena must be cured or something. According to MLive's Ansar Khan, Jimmy Howard left after 11:22 of play due to an "upper body injury," and Cory Emmerton's still getting stitched up after taking a puck in the face...and the Wings may or may not have lost Mikael Samuelsson to what may or may not be a broken hand.
Bad news from Fox Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson: Red Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson took a puck off a hand during the morning skate,
and while nothing's broken, scratch that, Fox Sports Detroit is reporting that Samuelsson's left hand may be broken after taking a slapper from Ian White, and that he's going to have x-rays tomorrow, Samuelsson's not going to play tonight vs. Nashville:
Game-day post was also updated very late w/ game-day videos of Tootoo and Babcock from the Wings.
Update: Urgh. Confirmation:
Update #2: Khan mit text:
I don't know where to begin with this one. The Grand Rapids Griffins continue their series of, "Who would win?" videos with...Uh...Something different for Griffins scrapper and Wings prospect Mitch Callahan:
Updated 9x with game day videos at 7:16 PM: As Paul already noted, the Red Wings received something of "cold comfort" in finding out that Minnesota Wild forward Devin Setoguchi was fined $8,108.11 for the "high stick" which yielded 20+ stitches for Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey during Sunday's loss to Minnesota...
And as the Red Wings prepare to face off against the Nashville Predators tonight (8 PM EST, FSD/FS Tennessee/1270 AM), we're actually going to start off with news from the opposing team as Fox Sports Tennessee's John Manasso reports that the Predators will play without Paul Gaustad this evening...
From the Red Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS SUPPORT TROOPS THIS THURSDAY ON MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT PRESENTED BY APPLEBEE’S
… Team Hosts Military Members, Holds Care Package Collection on Feb. 21 …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings will host their annual Military Appreciation Night presented by Applebee’s this Thursday, Feb. 21, when the team takes on the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket).
“We are excited to be a part of Military Appreciation Night with the Red Wings,” said Mark Schostak, owner of 65 Michigan Applebee’s locations, “and we are proud to continue to honor servicemen and servicewomen year-round with Military Monday, when veterans and active duty military will receive 30 percent discount on their food purchases all day every Monday at Applebee’s.”
97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger spoke with former Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom at this past weekend's SportsFest, and he'd posted both a portion of the interview in text form and five minutes' worth of discussion with Lidstrom as audio:
Question: How does the defense look with without you being a part of it?
Nicklas Lidstrom: “I think it’s hard to replace two top four defenseman. Both (Brad) Stuart and I had a lot of experience and it’s hard to ask a young player to come in and play those kinds of minutes and have the experience to play against all the other guys in the league. It’s a learning curve for the defenseman too. We added some new guys from other teams and they have to adjust to our system, to new players and a new coach and I think that takes time.”
Question: What’s your advice to Henrik Zetterberg about being a captain?
The Detroit Red Wings have a particularly stiff test on their hands as they begin a two-games-in-a-week slate against the Nashville Predators (8 PM EST, Fox Sports Detroit/FS Tennessee/AM 1270, and the Wings welcome the Predators to the Joe on Saturday) this evening. The Wings will be facing the team that bested them last April while attempting to rebound from losses against St. Louis (technically an OT loss), Anaheim and Minnesota with an 0-for-the-road power play, no Johan Franzen (or Todd Bertuzzi, or Darren Helm, or Brendan Smith, or Carlo Colaiacovo, but Jonas Gustavsson's healthy and Jan Mursak has recovered from his shoulder injury)...
And the currently 9th place Wings, who sit three points behind the Predators (19 points to 16 points) in the Central Division standings, will be facing a particularly pissed off opponent this evening. The 5-2-and-3-for-February Predators have lost two straight games, dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to Anaheim on Saturday and a 6-5 loss in Colorado on Monday that was marred by one of the worst non-called off-sides goals I've seen since the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. Via Puck Daddy and Hockey WebCaster on YouTube, here's Avs winger Matt Duchene, offsides by a mile:
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