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My apologies for my 16-hour absence. Dealing with difficult news + dealing with depression and anxiety can yield physical symptoms, and sometimes your body says, "Dude, you're dealing with some heavy shit and so am I, so we're shutting down" (my reply was of course, "*#$%@&, I just want to do my *#$%@& job!"). It sucks but it's part of the deal.
Please let me know whether you want me to offer some sort of quickie Wings-Canes recap or whether you want me to catch up on the Bruins' "morning skate" news.
Given that the Griffins opened their 2013-2014 campaign with an 8-1 drubbing of the Rochester Americans, and given that
they're tied 3-3 with lost 4-3 in OT to the Toronto Marlies, there will be a prospect catch-up post--and given that Mattias Janmark scored 2 goals in AIK Stockholm's 6-2 loss to Lulea yesterday and another goal in AIK's 5-2 win over Leskands IF today, there's news from elsewhere to catch up on as well.
A few of the Boston Bruins, includeing Coach Julien, talked Wings after their morning skate today.
Howard will start tonight in case anyone is asking.
The Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 OT win to the Carolina Hurricanes was initially case of a team making too many mistakes and playing just "too cute" to get the job done on bad ice with bad bounces and...Scatterbrained efforts by the Wings' secondary and tertiary scorers not named Alfredsson, Andersson or Miller.
I'd argue that Jimmy Howard was partially at fault for both goals against--despite the fact that Brendan Smith and Kyle Quincey illustrated exactly how defensemen should NOT approach a 3-on-2, with Smith taking himself out of the play and Quincey waving at the puck that Radek Dvorak shoveled over Howard, Howard should NOT have committed to the poke check that allowed Dvorak to flick the puck over his shoulder...
Amongst your pre-game reading and watching ahead of tonight's Red Wings-Hurricanes game, the Wings posted a video game-day preview...
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I grew up playing street hockey, not ice hockey, as the massive expansion of rinks in Metro Detroit occurred during my hockey-playing days, and I started out using Mylec gear. As such, this press release from Mylec Hockey (via RedWingsFeed) is pretty spiffy...
Winchendon, MA, October 04, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Mylec President Ricky Laperriere announced today that 2008 Stanley Cup Champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Henrik Zetterberg will endorse and promote Mylec Hockey's Street and Ball Hockey products in a multi-year agreement. All royalties will be donated to the Zetterberg Foundation.
Updated 14x at 2:39 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to spoil the Carolina Hurricanes' home opener this evening (7 PM EDT, FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1, preceded by a Wings season preview at 6 on FSD), and while we wait for the Red Wings to hit the ice in Raleigh, a few stories popped up between the overnight report and this morning's skate:
The Detroit Red Wings headed to Carolina to battle the Hurricanes this evening (7 PM EDT, FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM, preceded by a Wings season preview at 6 PM on FSD) literally preparing to tangle with a team that's been sitting and waiting for them.
Well, practicing and waiting for them, but pretty dang close. While the Red Wings defeated Buffalo on Wednesday, and are kicking off a slate of back-to-back games tonight (the Wings play in Boston on Saturday night), the Hurricanes open their 2013-2014 campaign with tonight's home opener, and the Raleigh News & Observer's Chip Alexander reports that Canes owner Peter Karmanos will be in attendance tonight:
The Grand Rapids Griffins begin their 2013-2014 season this evening in Rochester, NY, and the Griffins' PR department sent out a press release offering news, notes and "get-to-know-you" bios of the revamped Griffins' players. The Griffins won't play at home until October 18th, when they'll raise their 2013 Calder Cup Champions banner against the Milwaukee Admirals, but they'll play three games before their home opener.
GRIFFINS BEGIN DEFENSE OF CALDER CUP THIS WEEKEND
This Week’s Games
Never Just a Game: The Griffins will commence their 2013-14 campaign and their defense of their 2013 Calder Cup title by facing the Rochester Americans at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Grand Rapids enters its 18th season overall, 13th in the AHL and 12th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
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The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.