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It's time to hit the antilock breaks and stop this skid, but they need to do so after coming down from the high that was this unbelievable acid trip of a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.
This game, in picture form, looked like this:
There were thrills, chills, TERRIBLE play by the Red Wings, TERRIBLE calls AND non-calls BOTH WAYS and a just...baffling...standard of officiating.
Tthe Red Wings, who were playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, 4th in 6th and 5th in 8 (and their 3rd NBCSN Rivalry Night game over their season's first four weeks) didn't know how far they could push and when they were pushing too far, and that yielded even more uncertainty, passed-up shots and ever-so-slightly indecisive play than we saw in Ottawa last night.
The Wings are going home with a 6-4-and-3 record and an 0-0-and-2 record over the past two games as a result.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock spoke with the media around 5:45 PM this afternoon, and he had this to say to DetroitRedWings.com's inserting Daniel Cleary into the lineup ahead of tonight's "Rivalry Night" game against the New York Rangers (8 PM EST on NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet One/97.1 FM), which Paul noted first:
"A big part of what Dan Cleary is supposed to provide here is leadership and helping young guys be better. I'm sure he can do that,” Babcock said. “Here’s his opportunity, right? So what do you do with it? I’m going to watch just like you. I’m going to see what happens tonight. I’m about winning. When you win, I don’t make many changes. I think he’s one of these guys who can help people around him be better.”
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
Daniel Cleary will make his season debut for the Detroit Red Wings tonight against the New York Rangers.
Cleary has been a healthy scratch during the Red Wings first 12 games but after back-to-back losses to start their three-game road trip that concludes tonight, coach Mike Babcock tweaked his lineup as Detroit tries to snap a four-game losing vs. the Rangers.
Cleary and rookie Andrej Nestrasil, who sat out the last two games, are in the lineup while Tomas Jurco and Joakim Andersson will be healthy scratches.
Gordie Howe's family released a statement regarding Mr. Hockey's progress made in recovering from a stroke last night, and the Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with the Wings' director of pro scouting, a certain Mark Howe, about his father's condition:
Speaking en route to Wednesday's game between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, Mark told the Free Press just how much progress Gordie, 86, has made over the past 10 days. Gordie remains in Lubbock, Texas, with his daughter, Cathy, and her husband, and a rotation of sons Mark, Marty and Murray.
"Murray told me the other day that he stuck a pen in Dad's hand, and he was able to write his number, 9," Mark said. "Considering that a week ago his right hand didn't function at all, he's doing well, but he's still got a long way to go. He was able to take a step, with Murray and Marty holding him up, he was able to lift his right leg, take a step, and then take another after a few minutes."
The Grand Rapids Griffins have yet to win at home, and they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Chicago Wolves during the team's annual matinee game for school-age kids. Here's the Griffins website's recap:
If you happen to live in Port Hurton or St. Clair County, this sounds pretty cool, per the Port Huron Times-Herald:
The YMCA of the Blue Water Area will host a “Night of Champions” in celebration of the Y’s 125th Anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 20.
Stanley Cup-winning former Detroit Red Wings, including members of the famed “Grind Line” - Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty and Joe Kocur, are scheduled to attend. WXYZ-TV’s Brad Galli will serve as master of ceremonies.
The “Night of Champions” will be at McMorran Arena in downtown Port Huron. The Hockeytown-themed event will feature pregame festivities, fun hockey activities, food from local Port Huron establishments and silent and live auctions.
Updated 10x at 3:32 PM: The Red Wings need to rebound from their 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators when they battle the New York Rangers this evening (8 PM EST on NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet One/97.1 FM), and the Rangers' morning skate preceded the Wings' skate, as NHL.com's Dan Rosen noted:
Kevin Klein, Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan on the ice this morning. Zuccarello is likely to play tonight. Stepan not likely. Klein? No clue.
Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien penned a game preview...
I don't like setting up back-to-back games, and this is going to be...scattershot.
Sometimes Flightaware reveals intriguing things about professional sports teams' machinations. The Red Wings' team plane got into Newark airport at 12:54 AM, and you can assume that the team made its trek from Newark to downtown New York City (20-30 minutes in the middle of the night). The Wings' flight crew, however, took off again and made a 12-minute flight to LaGuardia, landing at 2:11 AM.
The 6-3-and-3 Red Wings' players and coach were likely asleep by then, but Detroit's coming into tonight's "NBC Rivalry Night" game against the New York Rangers (8 PM EST on NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet One/97.1 FM) having dropped a 3-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
Given that Jimmy Howard stopped 16 of the 32 shots he faced in the 1st period, the mysterious stretcher may have visited the Wings' room to give Howard an IV; Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating confirmed that Jonas Gustavsson will start opposite Henrik Lundqvist this evening;
It did appear that we might see a new set of lines tonight as these were the Wings' 3rd period forward lines:
Red Wings prospect news is a little sparse today, however:
In the ECHL, the South Carolina Stingrays out-shot the Toledo Walleye 38-25, but Jared Coreau stopped 35 shots and four shootout shooters as the Walleye defeated South Carolina 4-3 in a shootout (no points for Marek Tvrdon or Richard Nedomlel, who finished at -1).
The Walleye's website posted a recap...
The Red Wings flew to New York after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, a game in which the Wings played worse than Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo but earned no points due to a lack of structured, spirited and/or attentive/gritty/determined play.
Tonight, the Wings play the New York Rangers in a lovely NBCSN Rivalry Night game (8 PM EDT on NBCSN), with Jonas Gustavsson slated to oppose Henrik Lundqvist, and the undermanned Rangers are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to St. Louis on Monday, so they're going to be in a swell mood, too.
The weirdest post-game story unfolded on Twitter after the game (the best story was the statement Gordie Howe's family released), and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan tried to explain what did or did not happen:
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