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Updated 4x with a list of best “42-and-older” NHL’ers at 1:13 PM: As an addendum to The “early overnight report”: the closest thing to a team of Red Wings is running into the injury bug at the World Championships. Sweden, which employs a little under half of the Wings’ participants at the Worlds, lost Fredrik Petersson‘s services thanks to a broken wrist during the Swedes’ first game; Jonathan Ericsson left the game with what is now a bruised SI joint as well, and this morning, the Tre Kronor found out that Joel (brother of Henrik) Lundqvist will miss the rest of the tournament with a fractured orbital bone.
And Ericsson? Aftonbladet’s Hans Abrahamsson and Erik Karlsson report that Ericsson did not practice today, and won’t return to action until next week:
After the better part of a week’s worth of doing double time to follow Red Wings news on both sides of the Atlantic, and thanks to my yearly spring battle with insomnia, I’m more than a little bit bleary-eyed, so I’ve penned an early overnight report. I hope you don’t mind too terribly.
May 8: 1:15 p.m. – Finland vs. Switzerland; [2:15] p.m. – Russia vs. Germany
So only Valtteri Filppula (Finland) and Pavel Datsyuk (Russia) will be taking part in games today.
Here’s hoping that the team I cover, the Red Wings, are learning from the Philadelphia Flyers’ Winter Classic missteps regarding both the treatment of their alumni and the treatment of their fans and season ticket-holders, as noted by this Associated Press story:
Lawyers representing a group of Philadelphia Flyers season ticket-holders have sued the team’s owner over its policy for tickets to the outdoor Winter Classic. The owner calls the lawsuit frivolous.
Jenkintown, Pa.-based Stern & Eisenberg filed the suit against Comcast-Spectacor in New Jersey’s Mercer County Superior Court. The lawsuit says team owners breached the contract by forcing season ticket-holders to purchase tickets to the Jan. 2 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park separately and at a higher price.
The suit says fans who bought a 44-game season ticket package for 2011-2012 got only 43 tickets. The plaintiffs say those who bought season tickets were told they would have to purchase Winter Classic tickets separately.
The Legal Intelligencer reports that thousands of ticket holders could be affected. Comcast-Spectacor says in a statement that the claim is frivolous and that it will “vigorously defend” itself.
There was that and the whole, “If you want Winter Classic tickets, you have to buy tickets to the alumni game and the Phantoms-Bears outdoor AHL game” issue…
Updated 8x with Franzen gabba and a cool Nicklas Lidstrom picture at 7:15 PM: Team USA lost 4-2 to Slovakia; Sweden defeated Denmark 6-4: “Getting it wrong” stinks when you’re in the business of not doing so whenever possible, so it is with annoyance that I must state that while the U.S. and Slovakia started playing at 1:15 PM, as advertised, Stockholm time and Helsinki time are an hour apart, so the Swedes actually face off against Denmark at 2:15 PM EDT (minus Jonathan Ericsson; both games were listed as starting at 20:15, but that translates into 1:15 PM in Helsinki’s EET and 2:15 PM CET). I’m doing my best to try to get this stuff right, so I’m sorry about the error.
In terms of the in-progress U.S.-Slovakia game (airing on the NBC Sports Network), DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose is keeping track of its score and personnel as such news applies to Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader (both playing for the U.S.) and Tomas Tatar (Slovakia)—and as I’m writing this, Howard’s been left out to dry while facing 15 shots in the 1st period, with the 2nd period underway with Mike Babcock in attendance:
#RedWings G Jimmy Howard is in starting lineup for @USAHockey vs. SVK. Abdelkader on third line w/ #Bluejackets Atkinson & #Ducks Palmieri.
The turnover that led to Granak’s goal was made by #Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty. Now four-minutes gone and SVK leads #USAHockey, 1-0.
SVK goes up 2-0 when Branko Radivojevic beats #RedWings G Jimmy Howard with a wrister over the goalie’s glove.
It’s back to a one-goal game when 37-seconds later #Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk scores for #USAHockey. SVK leads 2-1 in 1st period.
SVK’s Sekera buries a rebound on #RedWings G Jimmy Howard to take a 3-1 lead over @USAHockey with 6.3 seconds left in first period.
Updated 2x with a Franzen interview at 5:56 AM: SVT.se’s Marie Lehmann reports that Jonathan Ericsson will not play today, and Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros reports that he barely skated at all before leaving the ice in pain: After a “light” day at the World Championships on Sunday, the Red Wings’ Worlds participants will take part in a very, very busy day of games today, with Wings coach Mike Babcock taking in the Helsinki games
From the scheduling post (again, many thanks to MLive’s Brendan Savage for putting the “master plan” together) and adding in some new details, here’s today’s agenda, with all starts listed in Eastern Daylight TIme:
May 7: 9:15 AM—Canada vs. France; 10:15 AM—Czech Republic vs. Norway; 1:15 p.m. – USA vs. Slovakia (live on the NBC Sports Network); 1:15 p.m. – Denmark vs. Sweden
Ahead of a very busy day for the Red Wings’ participants at the World Championships—Kyle Quincey and Canada will tangle with France at 9:15 AM, Petr Mrazek probably won’t play in the Czechs’ tilt with Norway at 10:15 AM, but Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader will face off against Tomas Tatar when the U.S. and Slovakia battle at 1:15 PM (on the NBC Sports Network), and every Swede but Jonathan Ericsson (back/hip issue) is likely to take part in Sweden’s tilt against Denmark at 2:15 PM (all starts listed in Eastern Daylight Time)...
With a dozen Red Wings players or prospects in action at the World Championships (Tomas Tatar, Valtteri Filppula and Pavel Datsyuk took part in games earlier today) and more than a few potential draft picks and/or free agents available for viewing in Helsinki and Stockholm over the next two weeks, there’s no doubt that the Detroit Red Wings’ pro scouts, amateur scouts and braintrust are all taking turns taking in games, and the Canadian Press’s Chris Johnston reports that the Red Wings’ coach visited Team Canada on Sunday while taking part in something of a fact-finding mission:
As the Canadian team was put through its paces deep in the underground practice rink at Hartwall Arena on Sunday afternoon, Mike Babcock carefully charted everything happening on the ice. With his Detroit Red Wings making an early exit from the NHL playoffs, Babcock decided to travel to the IIHF World Hockey Championship to keep tabs on the Canadian team. It raised the obvious question: Is he in line to reprise his role as Olympic coach in 2014?
“I wouldn’t read too much into that,” said Babcock.
He’s already publicly stated an interest in the job, telling The Canadian Press in a March interview that he would “relish the opportunity” to try and add another Olympic gold to the one he won in Vancouver.
But that’s not the only reason Babcock was taking notes on the Canadians, who the PostMedia News agency reports will need Kyle Quincey’s services as P.K. Subban got hurt in the Canadians’ first game, and now Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s been ruled out for the rest of the tournament:
Updated 7x at 4:04 PM: Two of the Red Wings’ three Sunday-playing participants in the World Championships faced off this morning, and the result was…Less than scintillating. Valtteri Filppula and Finland defeated Tomas Tatar’s Slovaks 1-0, with the Finns executing their trapping style to perfection while nursing the hell out of Janne Pesonen’s goal scored all of 7:32 into the 1st period.
Tatar skated hard, hit everything in sight and elegantly deked and dangled when the puck was on his stick, he went scoreless and finished at a -1 with one shot in 12:24 of ice time; Filppula skated strongly as well, but looked a little lost on the big ice at times, finishing with no shots in 18:08 of ice time.
Updated #2: Now Ericsson’s injury is being described as a “sore hip,” according to Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros: After two very busy days at the World Championships (see last overnight report and Saturday post for news and, surprisingly enough, mysterious links to web streams that just might help the geo-blocked watch the Worlds…how did those get in there?) the Red Wings’ participants—which now number an even dozen players with Kyle Quincey joining Team Canada—will receive something of a “slow day” as the six-game slate only includes two Wings players participating in games in Valtteri Filppula (Finland) and Pavel Datsyuk (Russia).
From the schedule post, here are today’s games, with their starting times updated and translated to Eastern Daylight Time:
May 6: 9:15 a.m. – Finland vs. Slovakia; [10:15 AM] – Russia vs. Norway
The Swedish press came down hard upon the World Championship’s organizers on Friday as the Globen Arena in Stockholm and Hartwall Arena in Helsinki were essentially half-full—if that—because even games like the Sweden-Norway and Finland-Belarus openers were not exactly barn-burners, though the Wings’ Swedes readily admitted that prices between about $45 and $195 per ticket in U.S dollars made less than smart financial sense in terms of bringing families to games, especially given that ticket prices are likely to increase for marquee match-ups.
So the tournament’s organizers addressed the “fiaskot” (you can guess what that translates into in English) on Saturday morning, as IIHF.com’s John Sanful reports—and I hate to say it, but they did so in a really half-assed manner:
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