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from Bill Roose of RedWings.com,
Not since his days with the Vancouver Canucks has Todd Bertuzzi made such as impact on the power play as he did Saturday night for the Red Wings.
“I’ve been off and on sparingly, so when I’m on there I have to make sure to take full advantage when I’m out there,” he said. “Do the little things, be strong on the faceoff for the guys, get the puck back to them and get in front of the net.”
Bertuzzi led a parade of power-play goals as the Red Wings recovered from two straight losses to beat the listless Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, at Joe Louis Arena.
Bertuzzi was on the ice for four of the Wings’ goals, scoring one on the power play and raising havoc as a net-front presence on power-play tallies by Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk, who also had two assists each.
Bertuzzi’s goal was his first on the power play since he accounted for the Wings’ lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Nov. 24, 2010.
I am not Malik but here are the Detroit goals.. And your thoughts on the game are always welcome.
With changes to the lineup in Detroit after a loss to the Phoenix Coyotes at home Michigan Native Luke Glendening wouldn’t take long to see action in his NHL debut.
With a hooking call to fellow Michigan native Danny DeKeyser Glendening would see time on the Red Wings penalty kill early in the game.
Hooking would become a theme for the night as the Flyers took a call of their own.
Tonight the Red Wings will try to shake it up a bit as they host the Philadelphia Flyers at Joe Louis Arena.
Up Front the Wings projected lines:
Pavel Datsyuk-Henrik Zetterberg-Todd Bertuzzi
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with right wing Anthony Mantha on a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Mantha, 19, was selected by Detroit this past June in the first round (20th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-5, 204-pound forward has gotten off to a fast start this season with the Val d’Or Foreurs, leading the QMJHL with 23 points (13-10-23) in only eight contests. Last season, he was the league’s only 50-goal scorer, tallying 89 points (50-39-89) in 67 games and ranking 10th overall in scoring. He also added 12 points (5-7-12) in nine postseason contests. A native of Longueuil, Quebec, Mantha has compiled 158 points (83-75-158) in 139 major junior games
Changes coming to Detroit's blueline tonight as Brendan Smith will sit.
added 1:34pm (Paul), Smith not sure why he is not playing..
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
MLive's Ansar Khan penned a story about the Wings' faceoff woes, noting that the Wings haven't finished lower than 10th place in faceoffs since the 97-98 season...
“When you get beat like we did the way we did, I’ve been here a long time, but if you can dig up a game when we’ve been that bad at home (in the faceoff circle), … ’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “I understand sometimes in the first period you get fed your lunch and you respond, but it was like that all night long. We lost the first seven draws in own zone. To me, that’s intensity and being prepared. As a coach you didn’t do a very good job. It’s up to you to get your team ready to play. We weren’t ready to play, we didn’t play hard enough, we were foolish in the way we played, we weren’t relentless. Go through the whole thing and it was a tough day.’’
Very briefly, as the groom's trying to sleep in one bed and I'm typing on the other:
There is good news and some bad news regarding tonight's game between the Red Wings and Flyers (7 PM EDT, FSD/CSN Philly/97.1 FM and the game is the Wings' "Pink the Rink" outing to raise funds for breast cancer research):
As I prepare to enjoy and/or endure my dear friend's wedding, here's a slate of press releases and Red Wings-related notes to fill up a Friday night.
You already know that the Wings demoted Cory Emmerton and Petr Mrazek (with Jonas Gustavsson getting healthy just in time for the Wings' stretch of 5 games in 8 nights), recalled Luke Glendening and significantly shook up their lines in anticipation of tomorrow's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, who are tangling with the Phoenix Coyotes right now (again, somewhat ironically, Tuesday's now 8 PM-starting home game's opponent, the Blue Jackets, will be "warming up" the Wings' Columbus Day matinee foe in the Boston Bruins tomorrow afternoon).
Tomorrow night is the Red Wings' "Pink the Rink" game, and the community relations department posted a press release regarding activities at a game in which Jimmy Howard's going to don pink gear and a pink mask to help raise awareness for breast cancer research:
Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond mentioned this on last night's broadcast, but I was surprised that no one else mentioned it. Per Regina, Saskatchewan's News Talk 980 CJME's Lisa Schick, Red Wings legend Metro Prystai passed away on Thursday.
You may remember Prystai because the three-time Stanley Cup-winner was absolutely gobsmacked when Mike and Marian Ilitch ensured that all living Red Wings alums would receive rings for their respective Stanley Cup wins in 2008, and Prystai received his ring in the mail. Schick notes that Prystai had a helluva career:
Metro "Meatball" Prystai made it to the Stanley Cup series three times in his career and also played in three all-star games. He spent 11 years in the NHL but it all started in Saskatchewan. The Yorkton native first played with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the SJHL before entering the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1947.
He was with the Red Wings for all three Stanley Cup runs.
"It was terrific," Prystai recalled in an interview recently posted online by the author of a forthcoming book about his life. "If I could do it all over again I would," he laughed.
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