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Amongst the storylines ahead of tonight's very late-starting (8 PM, Fox Sports Detroit/FS Ohio/1270 AM) Red Wings-Blue Jackets game, in which Jonas Gustavsson will start in Jimmy Howard's stead against a to-be-determined Blue Jackets lineup:
The Red Wings posted Ken Kal's Game-Day Preview video, including a double-announcer-wowing recap of the Datsyuk-to-Zetterbeg deke, dangle, pass and goal, as well as game-day comments from Wings coach Mike Babcock:
The Wings' Game-Day Blog offers notes of note...
The Grand Rapids Griffins' "Between the Benches" series chronicling the team's Calder Cup Championship run offered fans over 2 hours' worth of behind-the-scenes footage, and today, the team's Twitter account posted a much shorter but no less important video, this one explaining how the Griffins' Calder Cup Championship rings were made:
Via RedWingsFeed, the Griffins' weekly press release sets up their home-opener tilt against Milwaukee as well:
Former goalie Chris Osgood on his transformation to the booth as Wings analyst, wonders how Jimmy Howard could hurt himself in warmups, has some advice for the struggling Devan Dubnyk, and more.
I listened to the interview live and probably one of the best Osgood interviews to date...
Listen/watch below, about 11 minutes long...
Via Paul, ESPN's Craig Custance offered significant praise for Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk during an ESPN.com chat:
Mike (Kalamazoo): Pavel Datsyuk is an alien. How else can you explain him doing what no human should be able to do and make it look routine? And not just once or twice. This stuff happens EVERY game. Even considering his late bloom (everyone in the Wings organization gets a later start than lousy teams that cant afford to let their players get "over-ripe" will he make the HHoF? Cups, Selkes, Byngs and more intangibles than most any other player in the NHL tells me he should get in... but I'm a Wings fan. What say you?
Craig Custance: I can't confirm that he's an alien but he's definitely a Hall of Famer. He'll go down as one of the best players of his generation. Just ask anyone who plays against him. As well-rounded a star as there is in the game today and has the overwhelming respect of his peers.
The Wings kind of had to do this given that Jonas Gustavsson's starting this evening because Jimmy Howard is "day to day" with a bruised hand, but to make it official...
DETROIT RECALLS GOALTENDER PETR MRAZEK
… Second-Year Pro Will Back Up Jonas Gustavsson Tonight …
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Mrazek, 21, made 21 saves on 24 shots in his season debut with the Griffins in a 4-3 shootout win last Saturday at Hamilton. In his rookie campaign with the team, he helped lead the Griffins to its first-ever Calder Cup championship with a 23-16-2 record, a 2.33 GAA and a 0.916 save percentage in 42 regular season games and a 15-9 record, a 2.31 GAA, a 0.916 save percentage and four shutouts in 24 postseason contests. The Ostrava, Czech Republic, native also appeared in two games for Detroit, sporting a 1-1 record, a 2.02 GAA and a 0.922 save percentage, as well as three games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, posting a 2-1 record, a 2.02 GAA and a 0.944 save percentage.
Mrazek will back up Jonas Gustavsson tonight when the Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 8 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit/WXYT 1270 AM).
Updated 12x at 2:49 PM:The Red Wings host an annoyingly dominant-over-Detroit opponent tonight in the Columbus Blue Jackets (8 PM, FSD/FS Ohio/97.1 FM), with the Wings hoping to build upon yesterday's 3-2 win over Boston, and in case you've forgotten about the late start...
In an odd twist, the Blue Jackets provided lineup notes first.
Via RedWingsFeed, Red Wings prospect and 2013 draft pick Zach Nastasiuk has been lauded as a player with strong leadership qualities, and the OHL's Owen Sound Attack believe that he's ready for "prime time" in the leadership department:
The Owen Sound Attack is pleased to announce that forward Zach Nastasiuk has been named Captain of the Hockey Club. The veteran forward is in his 3rd Ontario Hockey League season and will take over the vacant Captaincy that was left by graduate Keevin Cutting. Nastasiuk is the 20th Captain in Franchise history and the first 18 year old Captain since Bobby Ryan wore the “C” from 2005-2007.
The Barrie native was a 2nd Round Pick of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and is coming off his first 20 goal campaign. The 6’1 power forward was also a member of the Gold Medal winning team at the 2013 World Under 18 Hockey Championships. Nastasiuk, the Attack’s 1st Round Pick in 2011 was also the teams 2013 Playoff MVP after posting 11 points in 12 games.
“Zach leads by example with his incredible work ethic.”, said Head Coach Greg Ireland. “He does things right at both ends of the rink and is a great ambassador for our hockey club both on and off the ice.”
The club also named its Assistant Captains yesterday. Veteran forward Kurtis Gabriel and defenseman Chris Bigras.
This is quite the...different...press release from NHL.com:
2014 NHL Winter Classic Prohibited Items
- Aerosol or spray cans
- Alcohol or illegal substances
- Apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language
- Audio recording equipment
- All Bags (including purses)
The Red Wings hope to build upon their 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in a Columbus Day matinee when they face an opponent that nearly doomed last spring's playoff appearance in the surprisingly plucky Columbus Blue Jackets this evening (8 PM EDT--note the late start to accommodate the Tigers-Red Sox game--FSD/FS Ohio/97.1 FM).
The Blue Jackets come into town having played two fewer games than the Wings (having gone 2-and-2 versus the Wings' 4-and-2 record), and they somewhat ironically dropped a 3-1 loss to Boston on Saturday--during a matinee game.
The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline penned a recap of that game, reporting that the Bruins checked and trapped their way to a predictably Bostonian win...
The Detroit Red Wings looked like they were punching above their weight class when they dropped a 4-1 decision to Boston three games into their 13-14 campaign.
Ten days, three games and a disappointing loss (vs. Phoenix) and power play-driven win (over Philadelphia) later, a Jimmy Howard-less Red Wings team hoped to earn some redemption. After channeling some Datsyukian magic, the Wings killed five Bruins PP attempts--including 1:51 of a 5-on-3--and received a shockingly superb goaltending performance from Jonas Gustavsson(!), who stopped 28 shots en route to a 3-2 Wings win, earning a matinee victory that may have been more important to the Wings' collective psyche than it was in terms of points.
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