The Malik Report
Hello. Still on "sabbatical," may or may not continue on Saturday. As you might imagine, when you've worked for 200 hours and you come home, the "crash" is not exactly pleasant, but I'm grateful to Paul for lending a hand--and it has been busier than hell today.
Anyway, the Wings sent out a press release detailing the parking options available to those who are attending Saturday's game against Boston (7 PM, no local or Boston TV, AM 1270 only), and it's gonna be...A frickin' mess, so their "Guests Should Arrive Early" header's very appropriate--because some awful comedian will be performing at the Fox Theatre, the Tigers will be playing the White Sox at 7 PM, and there's going to be construction at my favorite parking spot, the Cobo Roof:
Ansar Khan of Milve with a feature on Danny DeKeyser,
DeKeyser, 23, is preparing for his first full NHL season, an 82-game grind, plus playoffs, unlike anything he experienced at Western Michigan.
The Red Wings have every reason to believe he'll handle it well. Adding seven pounds to his lanky 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame should help.
“He put on lots of muscle and got stronger and looks real confident and is good with the puck out there,'' coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s just got to keep getting better on the nuances of the game, when to have one hand on the stick, when to have two hands on the stick, where to stand in his own zone, how to be more evasive on the breakout, how to get the puck through from the point, lots of stuff.
“He just skates so good and he’s so smart. One day he might be 210 (pounds), but right now it’s still a great advancement for him.''
Ken Holland was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central today and discussed Alfredsson and the rest of the team.
17 forwards fighting for 14 spots, both Sameulsson and Bertuzzi are healthy. Wings need to score more, all per Holland in the interview.
Update: If you want to listen to the interview instead, here it is:
from Bill Roose at the Wings' website,
It’s possible that the Wings could extend its current list of commitments to 50 individuals, said Holland, who still hopes to wrangle Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman for the New Year’s Eve festivities.
The problem with both former Detroit stars is that they are general managers for pro hockey teams elsewhere, with Yzerman in Tampa Bay and Fedorov in Moscow.
“Sergei is interested. I think depending on how his team is doing as we get closer … he’s interested,” Holland said. “At some point I’m going to reach out to Steve. Obviously, Steve knows the game is going on. He knows everyone wants him to play. I haven’t officially asked him. I’ve sort of, on occasion, cracked some jokes, but at some point and time here, once we get out of training camp and the season gets up and running, I’ll officially reach out and see what he’s thinking.”
more alumni talk and injury updates...
from The Hockey News,
X-FACTOR: Still recovering from the retirement of all-time great Nicklas Lidstrom, the development of Detroit’s young defense corps will be a key to watch this season. The back end started to solidify by playoff time with the ascension of Danny DeKeyser and Brendan Smith, so the promise is there. But these guys are still in their youth as NHL players and will have hiccups from time to time. Jonathan Ericsson still needs to bring more to the table. Niklas Kronwall has stepped up as a capable leader of the blueline – but how strong will the depth be over 82 games?
PERIPHERAL PREDICTION: At least one of Detroit’s young forwards (Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson) brings way more to the table than anyone guesses – because that’s what Red Wings do.
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more on the Wings...
As reported by the beat writers...
Alfredsson and Franzen on the ice, Helm left after drills and no update on Eaves, who is not skating.
I will update this post as needed.
added 1:30pm, Chuck Pleiness with a video of Babcock talking briefly about last night's game and a few injury updates.
Watch it below...
Detroit, MI... Four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nick Lidstrom has committed to play in the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Comerica Park. Lidstrom joins many former teammates who will take part in the contest, which is part of a series of games that leads up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Detroit coach Mike Babcock and the rest of the Wings braintrust brought a pretty loaded training camp roster with them to Boston: Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader led the parade of NHL players that were in the lineup. That was in sharp contract to a Bruins lineup that included 19-year-old Malcolm Subban in his first NHL starting spot along with such immortals as Rob Flick, Craig Cunningham and Nick Johnson among others.
Needless to say Babcock felt like he saw the 8-2 final score coming when he looked at the players suiting up for both teams, and didn’t feel like his Wings got much accomplished in spite of the landslide victory.
“They got a young kid in net. It didn’t go the way [Subban] wanted. The other thing is, Claude [Julien] chose the lineup tonight. I brought more than he had in the lineup. He had no [Patrice] Bergeron’s line. He had no [Chris] Kelly’s line,” said Babcock. “To be honest with you, I’d rather the score be 4-2 and it was a regular game, right? Things got away on the young guy. One of the things as a young player in this league, you get lessons. That was a lesson night tonight.”
Hopefully George is resting and will do so through at least Saturday morning.
I am not going to give you all the details on the game and I probably will not be doing a post-game blog either, but that should not stop you from discussing the game tonight.
All I know about the game is the Bruins plan to play Malcom Subban the full game in goal and if you are in the Boston area, you can watch a live stream here.
Otherwise, the game is on FoxSports Detroit and the puck drops just after 7:00p, ET.
Of course, I will return if something major happens, but I need a bit of rest too. So see you tomorrow unless events call for another post tonight.
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