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via Ken Campbell tweets last night,
For those who ridiculed me for saying Moore should be suspended for hit on Larkin, you'll notice Larkin is injured tonight.
Larkin was sent for x-rays after NJ game Tuesday night. Obviously something wrong.
John Moore playing tonight, so obviously, NHL's player safety dept saw nothing wrong with hit. As Chief Wiggum wold say, "Good work, boys."
Watch a GIF of the hit below if you need to review it...
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
“It’s early in the season, it’s not even halfway done, but we have to keep going and hope we see the end result at the end of the season,” goalie Petr Mrazek said.
Luke Glendening’s goal at 6:45 broke a 2-2 tie and carried the Red Wings to the victory.
Goalie Petr Mrazek made 24 saves, and the Red Wings began a stretch of nine of 10 road games with an impressive victory.
“We found a way to win what was a close game,” Blashill said.
And in came after three days off for the holiday break, flying to Nashville the day of the game, and they found a way to swipe a hard-fought victory.
“That’s the toughest part, to go on the road and try to get some points,” said Brendan Smith, who scored a goal and had an assist. “We did a good job tonight. It’s a nice time to get away and kind of recharge the batteries and then come back to hockey.
“The biggest thing was to get mentally prepared after you spend time relaxing and putting back the work boots on.”
On the winner Glendening, uncontested in the crease, deflected Brendan Smith’s shot from the high slot past goalie Pekka Rinne for his second goal.
“Our net front has been real good,” Blashill said. “It’s such a big part of hockey today and certainly a big part of what we want to do. Glenny was in a good spot and got a good tip.”
Below, watch the game highlights plue Jeff Blashill post-game...
George is under the weather tonight and me, I've been up since 6:00am this morning and I am feeling it right about now.
So feel free to discuss the Wings' 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators tonight.
Goals are below...
Ken Kal speaks with Justin Abdelkader and Tomas Nosek.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
“We’re not going to put him out there if he’s not healthy and can’t play,” said general manager Ken Holland, who hopes Larkin can still return to the lineup during this current trip of three games in four days. The Wings are in Minnesota on Monday and in Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Still, Holland would not put a timetable on Larkin's return.
“Right now, we’re saying day-to-day,” Holland said. “It could be tomorrow, it could be more days than that.”
more on the Wings....
The Wings are indeed skating in Nashville, they need to at least shake-off some rust before tonight's game.
I will update as needed.
also from a Bill Roose tweet,
The #RedWings Dylan Larkin will not be in lineup tonight vs @PredsNHL. The rookie is day-to-day with undisclosed injury.
added 1:02pm, Defensive pairing via Roose tweet,
The Red Wings hope to open their road-heavy post-Christmas schedule on a positive note as they battle the Nashville Predators this evening (8 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Tennessee/97.1 FM).
The Wings probably won't hold a morning skate as they traveled to Nashville this morning:
The 17-10-and-7 Detroit Red Wings begin a particularly brutal part of their 2014-15 schedule Saturday against the 17-11-and-6 Nashville Predators this evening (8 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Tennessee/97.1 FM), kicking off a stretch of 3 games in 4 nights, 5 games in 8 nights and a total of 6 games played over the course of 10 nights, with exactly one of those games to be played at Joe Louis Arena.
Long story short, the post-Christmas schedule is most nasty early on, with the Wings playing in Nashville, Minnesota and Winnipeg over the course of 4 nights. The Wings are 1-2-and-2 over their past 5 games, the Predators have won 2 straight.
Neither team practiced on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, and the Wings will be flying to Nashvile on Saturday morning, so the Wings probably won't hold a morning skate.
As such, we'll be working backward to find the pulses of the respective teams.
Our friends in Nashville most recently defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 on Monday, and it's also quite possible that Mike Fisher (lower-body injury) will return to the Preds' lineup for tomorrow's game.
NashvillePredators.com's Brooks Bratten provides a recap of Monday's game...
Starting tomorrow, the Red Wings play a stretch of 5 games in 8 nights, and they begin a stretch in which they'll play 9 of 10 games away from Joe Louis Arena.
1. That's a gnarly schedule, but the Wings were able to squeeze in some family time over the past three days, and the coach and players told MLive's Ansar Khan that their time spent with family is invaluably important:
"Lots of holidays we don't get to spend together. Christmas is the one where you always have time off and it's extremely important to us," Blashill said. "We'll go to church Christmas Eve and we'll spend the night as a family. We'll go check out Christmas lights. We'll do lots of things. It's such a special time for me personally. It makes me think of family."
As the father of two young boys, goaltender Jimmy Howard can't imagine being away from home on this day, like several NBA teams are.
"It's way better than opening up presents, that's for sure," Howard said. "Seeing their expressions and how excited James gets going from present to present it is truly a joy. And I think Henry just enjoys making a mess, ripping open the presents. It's going be a lot of fun and seeing the different reactions that they have. I can't believe this is James' fourth Christmas already and Henry's second, so it should be fun."
2. As you probably know by now, 6 Red Wings prospects will be taking part in the World Junior Championships starting tomorrow, and Joe Hicketts spoke with the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran about the immense pressure the Canadians face to repeat as champions this year:
I know that for some of you, Christmas is heavenly, for some of you, Christmas is dealing with the hell of familial and gifting obligations, and I know that for some of you, this is just another day on the calendar, but wherever you fall on the Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa-Festivus spectrum, you have a safe, happy day, and that you do your best to refrain from killing, maiming or otherwise harming your relatives
To me, secular Christmas is a day to spend with the people you love and a day to be grateful for the traditions you've made together.
This is my favorite scene from A Christmas Story not because it plays up a stereotype, but because it illustrates that one person's Christmas disaster can become a fond memory of "Chinese turkey."
Merry Christmas. Be safe, try to stay sane and roll with the punches.
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