The Malik Report
Updated 2x at 6:36 PM with Gustavsson talk: Oof, well that was an adventure. On Monday, I took my laptop in to have a screw replaced...On Tuesday, I was informed that my computer was a write-off due to heat damage, and that my hard drive could probably be saved. Wednesday, the computer repair shop took a snow day (seriously), and I had neither a computer nor the budget to replace mine...
But the story has a happy ending due to several people who shall remain nameless per their request, and after a day's worth of setting up a TV tray-sized laptop, I'm back at work. I've been out of the loop for the better part of the week due to freakage outage (person w/ anxiety/depression + losing their "voice" = bad) and trying to figure out what the hell to do, but I'll catch up as much as I am able on my own, and for the next day or three, I'll try to get my sea legs as missing four-and-a-half days of a 99-day season is quite a chunk of time.
Anyway, the Red Wings didn't practice after playing back-to-back games in California--they didn't even get back to Metro Airport until 6:55 AM this morning--and they'll get back to practicing tomorrow before welcoming the as-yet-unbeaten Chicago Blackhawks (who play in Columbus this evening) to town on Sunday for an NBC matinee game.
Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned this in last night's "Three Periods" column, but given that Ian White may very well be out of a job, and Carlo Colaiacovo may or may not join him as the suddenly-healthy Red Wings' defense consists of Niklas Kronwall and a cast of under-30 players in Jonathan Ericsson, Brian Lashoff, Kyle Quincey, Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith, I thought this was particularly pertinent:
Already thinned by personnel losses, the Wings have been thinned further by injuries. They have lost more than 120 man-games even though they have played only 20 games. Divide 120 by 20. That’s six players out of the lineup per game.
As a result, they have played six rookies – and that doesn’t count Damien Brunner, who came over from Switzerland and had never played a pro game in North America at any level, even in the preseason. He has 10 goals but is ineligible for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year because he turned 26 before Sept. 15, the cutoff date.
“Obviously, the Detroit Red Wings at this time in our existence, we’re in a bit of a transition,” said Wings GM Ken Holland.
Holland talked about how Scotty Bowman loved veterans as a coach because he knew what they would do. He listed players like Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios. He could have gone on and on.
“Well, those days are gone,” Holland said.
From the Red Wings' community relations department:
RED WINGS PINK THE RINK FOR SIXTH ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT PRESENTED BY TEAM REHAB
… Fans Encouraged to Wear Pink on Mar. 5 for Chance to win Team-Signed Jersey …
Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings will host their sixth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night presented by Team Rehab on Tuesday, Mar. 5, when the Colorado Avalanche visit Joe Louis Arena at 7:30 p.m.
When doors open at 6:00 p.m., the Joe Louis Arena concourse will be home to a variety of activities, including a silent auction, mystery puck draw, 50/50 raffle and a special sale of soccer-style scarves with all proceeds benefiting the Karmanos Cancer Institute (Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills) and St. John Providence Health System (Liggett Breast Center in Grosse Pointe).The funds raised will help alleviate the costs of breast cancer screening and treatment for uninsured and underinsured women in the Metro Detroit area.
Paul here again, George has a new laptop and should be back today at some time.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Mike Babcock is wary of plans because they so often go awry, but nearly halfway through the Detroit Red Wings' season, it appears he's found a defense corps that can make things happen.
Babcock again praised the group of six that helped deliver a 2-1 shootout victory Thursday at HP Pavilion against the Sharks. It was the same suspects that Babcock saw much good during Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Los Angeles: Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Brendan Smith, Kyle Quincey, Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl.
"I liked our D tonight," Babcock said. "I thought it was the best group we've had all year. We looked like a hockey team at times."
continued and watch the highlights of last night's SO win over the Sharks below...
Brad Stuart on tonight's game and other topics of interest.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Daniel Cleary was cut by a high stick, Brendan Smith was dazed by a blindside hit, and the Detroit Red Wings felt they were burned by the officiating Wednesday.
The Red Wings played a strong defensive game against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, holding a one-goal lead much of the night.
But, they took one penalty too many, and it cost them, as the Kings scored twice in the final 10 minutes to pull out a 2-1 victory at Staples Center.
Kyle Quincey with one of the stranger goals this season. Puck is comes off of the glove hand of Bernier, hits him in the back of the head and directs into the back of the net.
I can't pull a Malik and stick around for the end of the game, so feel free to use this post for post-game too.
George does need a new laptop and will be shopping early tomorrow for one, so hopefully he shall return soon after the purchase.
Filppula is out tonight just in case you were unsure...
added 3:54pm, from Ansar Khan,
via LA Kings Insider,
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
To Wings GM Ken Holland, there is a simple reason why players such as Brunner go undiscovered for so long: The NHL is the best men’s league in the world, and players become men at different ages. Some are men at 18. Most grow into men later – some much later, some in out-of-the-way places.
Brunner is listed at 5-foot-11 and 184 pounds. Now. How much smaller was he at draft age? And how many scouts saw him playing in Switzerland? And who could project how he would develop in the Swiss league, let alone how he would play in the NHL one day?
Consider how all this came together. The Wings didn’t know about Brunner until Holland received a tip over email.
He went way back with a guy named Stacy Roest. Holland knew him from the Medicine Hat Tigers, when Roest was playing in junior and Holland was scouting in western Canada. He had signed Roest to his first pro contract and later promoted him to the NHL. They live on the same British Columbia lake in the offseason.
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