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Updated 2x at 6 PM: As noted in the practice Tweet post, the Red Wings may be without the services of Jonathan Ericsson (upper-body) and Henrik Zetterberg (lower-body) against the Calgary Flames tomorrow night (7 PM EDT on FSD/Sportsnet). Either way, the Red Wings will be recalling a forward and a defenseman from Grand Rapids after the Griffins' game against Texas tonight as the NHL's Christmas roster freeze hits at midnight.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirms in text form:
"(Ericsson) might be out tomorrow. We'll evaluate it tomorrow," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Happened late in the third. I didn't know about it until after the game. Right now it's day-to-day, but it might change. When I was told this morning, it was day-to-day for now. I think those things change depending on how he reacts."
Blashill said of Zetterberg: "We hope he's good to go tomorrow but I don't know that for sure."
If Ericsson can't play, Jakub Kindl will get his opportunity to shine:
The Wings hit the ice for practice at Joe Louis Arena just after noon, hoping to rebound from last night's shootout loss to Vancouver.
MLive's Ansar Khan reported slightly distressing news...
#RedWings on ice for practice. Ericsson only player who played last night who isn't skating.
Kindl playing tomorrow? He's practicing on the power play on unit with Green, Datsyuk, Richards and Tatar, though there's no net front guy.
Marek Tvrdon has been incredibly unhappy in the ECHL, and he's made his comments known to the Slovak media. It appears that the Red Wings are going to cut ties with Tvrdon and allow him to return to Europe to continue his professional career:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Adam Oates regarding his long weekend consulting with the Red Wings:
Oates watched Friday's 4-3 shoot-out loss to the Vancouver Canucks from the press box, afterwards making his way down to the coaches' offices. Oates will also be at Sunday's game against Calgary.
Oates told the Detroit Free Press the seed was planted when the Wings were in St. Louis last month. Oates said he ran into Wings general manager Ken Holland, and that led to this weekend.
Oates declined to say if he is being asked to observe anything specific, but the power play makes sense, given his expertise. The Wings went 0-for-3 with four shots during the 4-3 shootout loss to the Canucks.
2. St. James also noted this comment from Henrik Zetterberg, made after the Wings' 4-3 shootout loss to Vancouver:
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that Griffins forward Mitch Callahan's had jaw surgery after taking a puck in the face again:
The Grand Rapids Griffins' fifth-year right winger was struck in the mouth during a light practice Friday and will be out for an undetermined amount of time.
"One of my teeth went flying out and it was bleeding pretty heavy," Callahan said in a text message Saturday morning. "But I'm about set to leave the hospital and be back in my own bed."
Callahan underwent surgery Friday night and had a metal plate inserted and his jaw wired shut. It occurred on the opposite side of where he was hit in 2014, he said.
Callahan said a shot was deflected off a stick and hit him in the lip and lower jaw.
As for how long he might be out, Callahan said in a text, "it's looking like four to six weeks, with my mouth wired shut for two."
The Red Wings managed to earn a point in Friday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks despite themselves--and they played really, really badly for the vast majority of the game, so a point out of the mess that Detroit made...
It sure as hell didn't feel like a victory, but getting anything out of Friday was a sort of "win."
Both teams were feeling self-reflective after the game, and for the Canucks, salvaging their first win out of 4 games was a figurative and literal relief, as they told the Vancouver Sun's Iain MacIntyre:
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins pulled a rabbit out of their hats, rallying from repeat deficits and scoring 3 3rd-period goals along the way toward a 5-4 win over the Texas Stars, their franchise-best 13th straight win. Xavier Ouellet and Robbie Russo had a pair of assists apiece, Jared Coreau stopped 27 shots and 5 different players, including Martin Frk and Anthony Mantha, scored for the Griffins.
Grand Rapids' website posted a recap...
The Detroit Red Wings faced a bit of an unknown in the Vancouver Canucks, a middling Western Conference team on a 3-game losing streak, on Friday night, and in theory, the Wings had every opportunity to utilize their 3-day break to pounce upon a Canucks team playing their 3rd road game in 4 nights.
Put bluntly, although the Wings did have the opportunity to win this one in OT...
The 4-3 shootout loss was perhaps the best point the Wings have gotten playing the worst hockey I've seen them play in a long, long time.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
The Canucks made an injury-related announcement an hour ago:
Linden Vey will replace Henrik in the lineup, and he spoke with Vancouver's News 1130's Ann Schmaltz regarding his call-up:
Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on TSN 1040 in Vancouver this afternoon, discussing Dylan Larkin as a potential "face of the franchise" during a 10-minute interview:
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