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Whoops, proof that it was a very late night and long day for me. I posted this in KK Hockey instead of The Malik Report:
I've got some good news and some bad news.
The bad news first: The Detroit Red Wings kick off a slate of 4 games in 4 Western Canadian cities over 6 nights starting this evening against the Vancouver Canucks (10:30 PM EDT, FSD/TSN/97.1 FM), who possess an 8-3-and-1 record, and have rattled off 4 straight wins, with their most recent coming in the form of a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
The Canucks have been receiving stellar scoring from Henrik and Daniel Sedin, as well as Ryan Kesler, and John Tortorella's riding his big dogs so hard that the Hockey News's Ken Campbell wondered whether playing the trio 22+ minutes per night will burn them out early, and in the practice post, the Globe and Mail's David Ebner noted that Roberto Luongo's 7-3-and-1 record is one win short of setting a career best for a historically slow-starting goaltender.
Update: If you missed it, Slava Kozlov told Sports.ru that he's hoping that his current employer, Spartak Moscow, will let him play in the Alumni Showdown, so it's possible that the Russian 5 will be reunited on December 31st.
Update #2: Via Sports.ru's Igor Eronko:
#Spartak confirms Slava Kozlov, still active player in #KHL, will take part in #WinterClassic alumni game #RedWings #TMLeafs
From the Wings' PR department:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that three-time Stanley Cup Champion and 1994 Hart Memorial Trophy winner Sergei Fedorov has been added to the team’s alumni roster for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, as part of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. Fedorov rejoins his fellow countrymen that comprised the Red Wings’ famed “Russian Five” line, which he centered between right wing Igor Larionov and left wing Vyacheslav Kozlov, with Viacheslav Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov, who is slated to appear as a special guest, manning the blueline.
This is...Different...Per the Grand Rapids Business Journal's David Czurak:
The AHL defending Calder Cup champions are offering what the franchise calls the "Hat Trick," which has been described as “a three-pronged gastronomic test.”
It consists of three jumbo hot dogs with a choice of toppings, a three-patty burger and fries.
The Hat Trick will sell for $20, and whoever can eat the whole thing in 20 sure-to-be-memorable minutes will win a T-shirt and the personal satisfaction of “having consumed an unthinkable number of calories to fuel them as they cheer on the Griffins.”
The Griffins will offer the Hat Trick at every non-Friday home game, with the first one coming up on Wednesday, when they host the Charlotte Checkers.
The delicacy can be ordered at the guest services desk, behind section 104, and picked up at concession stand No. 2, behind section 110.
Continued, with news about the food and beverage choices offered by the Griffins' concessions service, SAVOR, as well as their inspiration for the "Hat Trick" in the West Michigan Whitecaps' sports-related eating challenges...
Updated 2x at 7:17 PM: The Grand Rapids Griffins won two of three games last weekend, which was pretty darn impressive that they played at home, in Chicago and then in Des Moines, Iowa over a 36-hour period (and AHL teams ride ye olde iron lung).
This week, the Griffins will play 2-out-of-3 on the road, just as they did last weekend, but they'll hope to earn a measure of revenge for last Friday's 5-0 home-ice drubbing by the Charlotte Checkers when they welcome Rick DiPietro (seriously) and company to town tomorrow, as noted by the Griffins' weekly press release:
The Wings flew to Vancouver on Monday afternoon, choosing to make the four-and-a-half-hour trip west ahead of a four-games-in-six-nights slate of Western Canadian games (Wednesday against Vancouver, Friday in Calgary, Saturday in Edmonton and Monday, November 4th in Winnipeg).
As such, the Vancouver Sun's Elliott Pap reports that at least three members of the organization watched the Vancouver Canucks rattle off their fourth straight win, a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals:
Red Wings early overnight report: Babcock dissects Wings’ problems; on hockey bios & Star Wars Night
Updated 3x at 2:16 AM: Some of this will be a bit repetitious, but there's a reason for it: it appears that no one captured what Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had to say after the Red Wings' practice on Monday, and that's disappointing--because Babcock very bluntly critiqued both his players and his coaching staff's performance over the past four games, essentially outlining a) what he believes his team's doing wrong and b) what the team needs to do to snap its 4-game winless streak.
The Detroit News's David Goricki captured the vast majority of Babcock's comments...
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff rarely mixes sports metaphors, but he does so this evening as he feels that Metro Detroiters of all nationalities should appreciate a "triple threat's" worth of sublimely-talented athletes (and if you're not from "around here," you might not know that Windsor, Ontario is located due south of Detroit, and tends to be split 50-50 between those who cheer for Detroit sports teams and those who look up the 401 Highway to Toronto's teams):
It was a performance for the ages, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or maybe not, if you happen to live in the Detroit area.
In terms of the chance of seeing greatness in action, currently no fans in sports are as lucky as those who live around here.
They can go to Ford Field and see the NFL’s best receiver Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. Up the street at Comerica Park is where during baseball season, the game’s best hitter, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, sends balls into orbit. Across town at Joe Louis Arena, centre Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings is a dazzling magician with the puck, operating as hockey’s best two-way performer.
DETROIT –The Detroit Red Wings® today announced that tickets for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Comerica Park will go on sale Monday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. The event marks the final day of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ in Detroit, leading up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between Detroit and Toronto on New Year’s Day at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Each ticket is good for both games of the New Year’s Eve doubleheader (1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) and provides free access to the Coke Zero Fan Zone in the parking lots just outside Comerica Park. Tickets can be purchased at www.DetroitRedWings.com/2014WinterClassic or by calling 313-471-7575.
As noted in the practice post, the Detroit Red Wings recalled Luke Glendening because Johan Franzen's suffering from some sort of unspecified injury that the beat writers report will sideline Franzen for Wednesday's game, but the Griffins also sent a pair of players to the ECHL's Toledo Walleye to receive more playing time.
Per the Griffins' PR department:
GLENDENING RECALLED, TWO TO TOLEDO
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled center Luke Glendening from the Grand Rapids Griffins and reassigned defenseman Richard Nedomlel and left wing Marek Tvrdon to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye from their AHL affiliate.
Glendening, a 24-year-old native of East Grand Rapids, made his debut with the Wings on Oct. 12 versus Philadelphia, when he became the 133rd Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward has appeared in five games with the Wings, posting six shots on goal and two penalty minutes. Glendening has also skated in five games with the Griffins in his second professional season, producing three points (1-2—3) and eight penalty minutes.
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