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Sportsnet's David Amber produced a report telling Ken Holland's "Hometown Hockey" story, from Penticton to Vernon, British Columbia, and on to the NHL:
Jeff Blashill just announced Petr Mrazek starts tonight.
The Wings did not have a morning skate so the news today has been pretty slow.
added 12:22pm, St, James again...
Red Wings not calling up d-man today, have Alexey Marchenko to use against Toronto. Might tomorrow, definitely will for FLA-TB trip.
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill wanted his team to take more shots and put more pressure on the opposing net in Saturday's matinee against the New York Rangers.
Darren Helm listened and it paid off.
Helm scored the Red Wings' first goal in the third period and then bagged the game winner in overtime of a 3-2 victory at Joe Louis Arena that gave Detroit it's second straight midway through a three-game homestand.
Helm had a game-high eight shots on goal.
"I always want to get pucks to the net," Helm said. "Anything can happen when you're shooting from any angle. Rebounds, sneaky goals. Just trying to create opportunities and the guys I'm playing with right now are doing a great job forechecking and finding the pucks and getting them to me.
"We're just making an effort to put pucks on the net and create chaos."
From the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:
Former Toledo Walleye forward Alden Hirschfeld has opted to undergo brain surgery in the hopes of curing a condition that has led to seizures for the Sylvania native.
Hirschfeld will have the procedure on Monday at a Grand Rapids-area hospital. The 28-year-old Northview High School graduate has been meeting with neurologists and other specialist for nearly two months.
Hirschfeld suffered a seizure during a game while playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League on Jan. 8.
Hirschfeld said doctors plan to remove a malformation in his brain that is a tangle of arteries, muscles, and veins.
“It's a tough situation and a tough decision to make, but we're looking at the long picture, even outside of hockey,” Hirschfeld said. “I could potentially live the rest of my life seizure free. This is one step toward getting there. But I still want to play hockey and if everything goes well, I hope to be back at it next year.”
Continued, and Monroe reports that Hirschfeld will need about six months to recover...
Damen Cox on Sprtsnet just reported Kronwall had an MRI and it shows a sprain.
Cox says 2-4 weeks and Xavier Ouellet will be recalled on Monday.
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The Red Wings faced a healthy and hale Rangers team on Saturday afternoon, and with the Flyers sitting 2 points behind the Wings and Carolina 5 points behind the Wings in the Wild Card race, Detroit needed to win Saturday's game to keep pace and remain in control of their own fate.
The Red Wings needed to rally in the form of a 3rd period goal by Darren Helm, in the form of a last-minute goal by Brad Richards, and then take the lead for the first time in over time, with Darren Helm tipping home a Datsyuk shot to give the Red Wings a 3-2 OT victory that the Red Wings desperately, desperately needed.
Henrik Lundqvist was a little more spectacular than Petr Mrazek, the Rangers were a physical, punishing and sometimes vicious opponent, Dan O'Halloran reffed the game like only Dan O'Halloran can, but the Wings continued to attack and attack and attack the Rangers' net, and they were rewarded for out-shooting New York 43-25 and out-attempting them 77-45.
Sometimes the rope-a-dope effort wins, and in this case, attack-all-the-time aggressiveness was a far better approach to defeating an elite Rangers team.
Now the Wings are 4 points ahead of the Flyers and Hurricanes with Toronto coming to town tomorrow.
This is bad:
The Red Wings were dealt a serious blow Saturday afternoon when veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall suffered what appeared to be a knee injury.
The 35-year-old Kronwall left the game against the New York Rangers midway through the second period after catching his left leg underneath goalie Petr Mrazek and falling backwards to the ice.
Kronwall, who was helped off the ice by teammates Brad Richards and Andreas Athanasiou, missed 15 games earlier this season after undergoing successful arthroscopic knee surgery.
He will not return to the game.
In his 12th NHL season, Kronwall is currently second among Wings’ defensemen with three goals and 20 points in 52 games.
Update #2: FYI:
Of note regarding today's Red Wings-Rangers game, from DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...
And the New York Rangers:
Translated: Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal will play for the Rangers today. Derick Brassard is out.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
- Andreas Athanasiou started Thursday's game on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar but logged only 8:51. "I didn't think he was quite as sharp defensively," Blashill said. "Certainly the four-on-four goal against (by Tyler Myers) was at a time where it gave him an opportunity to be in a big moment and he didn't execute to the level he needs to execute at. He did some good things, too, set up Tats on a back-door play. He's got to make sure with added minutes come added opportunities and not added negatives. He's been one of those players that in seven to 10 to 12 minutes can create lots of opportunities but then when it gets higher than that do you still continue to create more opportunities or do you give up more? There were moments of good and moments he needs to be better."
- Teemu Pulkkinen logged 3:04 on the power play Thursday but managed only one shot in the game. "He's got a weapon as a shot, he's got to make sure he gets himself open and shoots the puck and hits the net," Blashill said. "If he hits the net he's going to have opportunities to score goals. He's somebody I've seen as a weapon in the past, in the American League. He hasn't had tons of opportunity here; when he has he hasn't gotten the shots on net the way he needs to. He needs to get open, shoot the puck and hit the net."
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