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Scott Burnside of ESPN is in the middle of an online chat, here is one Wings related question...
What do you make of the Red Wings? On paper and vs. some top teams like Boston, we look like a Cup contender. Then other nights like last night vs. Ottawa or Phoenix, we look lost. Whats you take?
Scott Burnside Yes, weird up and down start for the Wings. Injuries continue to dog them and for a team that relies on a kind of blue line by committee it doesn't take much to upset the rhythm there. Not sure Stephen Weiss is completely comfortable yet - I remain skeptical he'll be the kind of point-producer the Wings expect him to be - combined with a completely new conference of teams and different style of play from the west and I think it adds up to uneven results. Lots of time though for Mike Babcock to get this team into a groove.
In case you missed the news at the KK Hockey section, here is some information on HBO's 24/7.
The Detroit Red Wings have a league-mandated "off day" on Thursday, and while Mike Babcock questioned its use, given that the Red Wings have successively dropped games to Phoenix, San Jose (at home, via a shootout) and now a 6-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators, after all the hype and lead-up to Wednesday night's affair...
One could very successfully argue that the Wings rather desperately need to get away from the rink after wrapping up a slate of 8 games played over the course of 14 nights--with 6 played over the course of 10 evenings--and get refreshed given that the winless-in-three and now 6-4-and-1 Wings rather desperately need to take Saturday's game against the Rangers to salvage three out of six points on their home stand, and especially given that the team hits the road for a 4-game Western Canadian swing starting on October 30th.
The Wings got off to a great start against Buffalo and Carolina, they sagged against Boston and Phoenix, rebounded via 4 straight wins, and now the team seems to be back to square one, unable to screen any goalies save the ones they employ and unwilling to play as a team in any or all zones as the Wings have gone back to attempting to pass the puck into the net, from Pavel Datsyuk on down.
The Grand Rapids Griffins have a very busy weekend ahead, and the team posted its weekly press release on Wednesday night:
This Week’s Games
Fri., Oct. 25 Charlotte Checkers at GRIFFINS 7 p.m. WOOD 106.9 FM/1300 AM/ AHLLive.com
Sat., Oct. 26 GRIFFINS at Chicago Wolves 8 p.m. WOOD 106.9 FM/1300 AM/ AHLLive.com
Sun., Oct. 27 GRIFFINS at Iowa Wild 6:05 p.m. WOOD 106.9 FM/1300 AM/ AHLLive.com
Last Week’s Results
Fri., Oct. 18 Milwaukee Admirals 3 at GRIFFINS 2 2-1-1-0, 5 pts. (T2nd, Midwest Division)
Sat., Oct. 19 GRIFFINS 4 at Rockford IceHogs 5 SO 2-1-1-1, 6 pts. (T2nd, Midwest Division)
Three in Three: The Griffins will play the first of this season’s six three-in-threes this weekend, hosting the Charlotte Checkers on Friday at 7 p.m. before paying their first visits of the season to the Chicago Wolves on Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT and the Iowa Wild on Sunday at 6:05 p.m EDT.
Ottawa Senators defeat the Detroit Red Wings 6-1.
This wasn't right.
From my perspective as both a fan and as someone who's going to rack up over 30 hours over two-and-a-half days covering this game, and especially as someone whose favorite non-Wing is now wearing #11...
The Red Wings went from what could have been 7-3-and-1 to 6-4-and-what-the-*#$%@&-was-that? in a hurry. They did so by simply not showing up in front of Jimmy Howard--who, again, surrendered multiple goals that he did not see until they went past him because the Wings can only seemingly screen their own goaltender...
And I'd mentioned this as soon as the Wings-Coyotes game was over, but I guess I have to do it again:
As if one couldn't leave well enough alone, via Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker, suspended Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod weighed in on his 5-game sit while speaking with the Denver Post's Mike Chambers, insisting that Red WIngs defenseman Niklas Kronwall's admission of culpability absolves him of some culpability:
"I can see where the NHL is coming from," McLeod said in his first public comments about the incident. "They want to get rid of the injuries and I respect that, but I don't necessarily agree with the length of time. But it's out of my hands and we'll just move on."
McLeod was pro-active in reaching out to Kronwall, who suffered a concussion after cutting back against the wall — and the grain — when McLeod was on the forecheck. McLeod visited Kronwall during the game at the Pepsi Center.
Interesting news from the Free Press's James Jahnke:
Former Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace has been hired as a college hockey analyst for Fox Sports Detroit for the 2013-14 season, the network announced today.
Legace won the 2002 Stanley Cup with the Wings and also spent time with the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Carolina Hurricanes during an 11-year NHL career.
Among the storylines immediately leading up to tonight's game between the Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators (7:30 PM, FSD/TSN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM):
Via RedWingsFeed, there's good news regarding Niklas Kronwall...
Updated with "five reasons why Daniel Alfredsson made the right choice when he left the Senators" at 2:03 PM: I'm trying to keep as much of the hubbub surrounding tonight's "reunion game" between the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings (7:30 PM, FSD/TSN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM) in the game-day entry and the Ouellet recall entry, and I'd prefer to not post every dang Alfredsson story on its own given that Monday night, Tuesday afternoon and evening and even this morning have been littered with Alfredsson stories.
That being said, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned an Alfredsson story that stands on its own, discussing the Wings' "free agency wining and dining period" wooing of Alfredssson, the Alfredsson family's acclimation to a new hometown in Birmingham and a new experience entirely in living in the U.S. for the first time, and especially Alfredsson's in-progress "fit" with the Wings on the ice--in both present and future tenses:
Niklas Kronwall took a puck to his chin and teeth this morning, and as such...
RED WINGS RECALL DEFENSEMAN XAVIER OUELLET
… 2011 Second-Round Pick Has Played One Game with Detroit This Season …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Ouellet, 20, logged 17:15 of ice time against the San Jose Sharks during his NHL debut with Detroit on Monday. A native of Bayonne, France, Ouellet has also played in five games with the Griffins this season, showing two assists and a plus-one rating. Prior to turning professional, Ouellet skated in four QMJHL seasons with the Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, registering 160 points (41-119-160) and 177 penalty minutes in 223 games. In 2012-13, he finished ninth on his club with 41 points (10-31-41) in 50 games during the regular season and ranked second among QMJHL defensemen with 16 points (7-9-16) in 15 postseason games. He represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia, notching three points (1-2-3) in six games.
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness all report that Ouellet was recalled as insurance in case Kronwall cannot play:
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