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The Detroit Red Wings now sit a point behind the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks and find themselves in a dogfight with the nearly unbeatable St. Louis Blues again. The Blues sit two points behind the Wings because Detroit has dropped 3 straight games, to Chicago, Vancouver and on Saturday, their second at home in what’s become an all-too-predictable case of hanging one’s goalie out to dry and then delivering too little, too late in terms of energy, effort, work ethic and attention to detail in a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Wings also lost Jonathan Ericsson for a month with a broken wrist, but it also hurts to read what Wings coach Mike Babcock and the Wings’ players had to say before a game in which the Wings were down 2-0 before the 3-minute mark of the first period (sorry: I missed the pre-game due to my pal Steve’s wedding), as noted by NHL.com’s Brian Hedger...
The Orange County Register’s Jeff Miller penned a column about former Anaheim Ducks and Red Wings defenseman Ruslan Salei, and it’s…It’s a difficult one to read, but it’s worth your time:
In one of his last acts on this Earth, Ruslan Salei made out his will. He and Bethann began planning his estate, setting up a trust for the kids. They talked about where he’d be buried. The couple had been together for 14 years and married six, had produced three beautiful children, had a gorgeous home here and a second one built to Ruslan’s specifications in his homeland of Belarus. So busy with what was happening, they hadn’t thought about what could happen.
He had accumulated plenty in collecting professional paychecks for 14 seasons, the first nine of which came with the Ducks. Yet, until that day in July, sitting in some attorney’s office, not entirely sure why they were even there to begin with, the Saleis never had time for what if, never pondered just in case.
Now, for some reason, they even were deciding to get their new baby, Ava, barely 5 months old at the time, a passport. Then, just before he left for Russia and training camp with his new team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Ruslan had the cameras installed. Throughout the house, inside and out, he could watch his family, be with his family, something as small as a mouse click having the power to shrink 6,000 miles into nothingness.
He could be gone and home, at the same time, home with the loved ones for whom he left in first place. He was doing this for them. Being a good husband and father, chasing a more secure future for his kids because the money was guaranteed.
Via my search engine monkeys, NHL.com has finally posted the episode of NHL: 36 chronicling two tightly-edited days in the life of Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, and it’s done so in four parts:
Here’s Part 2…
As noted earlier this evening, the Detroit Red Wings will have to give Jakub Kindl and Mike Commodore at least a few weeks’ worth of attempts to regain their jobs—alongside the newly-acquired Kyle Quincey—as Jonathan Ericsson was lost to a broken wrist, as reported by MLive’s Ansar Khan...
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will be out one month with a chipped fracture in his left wrist.
Ericsson was injured early in the second period, apparently when he was hit by the puck while killing a penalty. It apparently happened before his right wrist was hit by Gabriel Landeskog’s stick on the follow-through of a shot in front of the Detroit net.
And NHL.com’s Brian Hedger:
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who’d been paired with Quincey since his arrival on Thursday, fractured his left wrist less than a minute into the second period of a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena and will miss at least the next four weeks.
“He’s going to be out a month,” coach Mike Babcock said. “Bit of a chipped fracture in his wrist, so he’ll be about a month.”
I’m writing this from a wedding where two Plaza brothers danced with two separate women at the same time, so my mind’s already blown by the improbable coming true…And from what I gather, the Red Wings are in the process of letting the Blues back into the Central Division race by dropping their third straight game despite a furious third period comeback attempt, losing by a 4-3 tally.
Add in an “upper-body injury” to Jonathan Ericsson [Edit/update: make that a God-damned chipped bone in his wrist for a MONTH ] and the frustration that is the Wings “not getting started on time” while Jimmy Howard stands alone for far too long…
Now as I’m gonna go home, watch this one and stay up till 5 or six writing a wrap-up, I can only suggest that the vents are having a rough patch to try and lobby for a little scoring help, but by all means, please vent some frustration on my behalf.
“They’ve won their last two games total and they’re playing well. They beat a good team in L.A. and beat a team that’s desperate for their own jobs in Columbus.
“They play fast, and they’ve got some skill up front. Their back end is young, but they’ve got some good skill. They’re going to be a test.’‘
-That my friends is Mike Babcock talking about the Avs via Khan of Mlive
Paul here for George who is either at a wedding or shopping at Walmart, I forgot what he told me.
Khan also said same lineup as last game and has an update on Pavel..
When the Vancouver Canucks snapped the Detroit Red Wings’ 23-game home-ice winning streak, Alexandre Burrows celebrated his shootout winner in rather demonstrative fashion…
And, in a late-breaking notebook, Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner reports that Jimmy Howard was not particularly amused by what Burrows did:
“I don’t even pay attention,” Howard said of the Canucks. “They’ve got a bunch of idiots over there. There are only several good guys on that team, and they know who they are.”
The Canucks are a very cocky team, but even as a Wings fan, I can’t say that the Canucks did anything less than back up their boast that they would be the ones to finally defeat the Wings at the Joe, and to some extent…I think Burrows earned the right to do whatever the hell he wanted after scoring the game-winner.
Updated 2x at 11:05 AM: Giguere will start for the Avs opposite Jimmy Howard: The Detroit Red Wings, now the Western Conference’s second-place team, hope to break a two-game losing streak (cue Chicago on Tuesday and Vancouver on Thursday) as the Wings take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight (7 PM EST, FSD/Altitude/97.1 FM) with the Wings concerned about far more important things than the now-probably-addressed squabble between Kyle Quincey and his former employer and/or its media corps.
The Wings very simply need to, as they said on Friday, get back to the basics of playing winning hockey against an opponent which is making a desperate dash to become the Wings’ or Canucks’ first-round opponent. The Avalanche sit two points out of 8th place in the Western Conference because they’ve won three of their past four games and boast a 5-2-and-2 February record including their 5-0 thrashing of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
As it turns out, Red Wings GM Ken Holland isn’t necessarily done making moves after having surrendered a first-round draft pick to Tampa Bay for Kyle Quincey. Holland told the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness that he’d like to add a depth forward as well but because so many teams still harbor some sort of playoff aspirations thanks to tightly-packed standings that they’re still not sure whether they’re going to sell off assets prior to the trade deadline at 3 PM EST on Monday, he doesn’t expect any discussions with opposing teams’ GM’s and/or player agents to take on any sort of urgency until Sunday at the earliest:
“We don’t really have anything going on, but I do expect the phone to be ringing Sunday night and Monday,” Holland said. “Will we do anything … I think things are going to happen on Monday.”
Holland said he’s talked to a couple teams, but most of them are waiting until after Saturday to decide what they will be doing at the deadline.
“You just have to look at the standings in the West,” Holland said. “I hear lots of rumors of players with the potential of being unrestricted free agents being in negotiations with their teams. I still think Monday, some things will happen around the league. I think the standings and the opportunity for negotiations (with teams’ own players) have things in a holding pattern.”
Holland also spoke to MLive’s Ansar Khan about his plans
Updated 8x with more trade talk at 6:10 PM: The Detroit Red Wings tried to regroup after their 4-3 shootout loss to Vancouver on Thursday night via a spirited practice on Friday afternoon, and after they were finished skating, the Wings spoke to MLive’s Ansar Khan about fact that his team looked gassed in its own building....
“Your energy levels go up and down as the year goes and sometimes you get on a real roll energy-wise and sometimes you come off it,’’ Babcock said. “We’ve been able to win some games without maximum energy. That doesn’t mean your guys don’t work. What I’m saying is we don’t seem to have the kind of energy or the emotion in us right now. It’s unfortunate that when I was driving in this morning I saw no gas station where you could go in and there’s a whole bunch of that energy and emotion pumping in the guys. So we need to skate in practice and get ourselves going and get energized and get feeling good about ourselves so we can get back on another roll.’‘
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