The Malik Report
Two Red Wings prospects took part in playoff hockey on Sunday, and their respective teams experienced mixed results:
In Sweden's SHL, Mattias Backman didn't register a point but played 21:16 in Linkopings HC's 1-0 win over AIK Skellefetea, but LHC is still in trouble--they trail the teams' second-round series 3 games to 1;
And in North America, in the OHL, Andreas Athanasiou registered a goal, but his Barrie Colts lost a 4-1 decision to North Bay, who leads the teams' second-round series 2 games to 0.
In regular-season action, in the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye are currently battling the Fort Wayne Komets, and Toledo leads 1-0 with Hannu Toivonen in goal and only Richard Nedomlel representing Wings prospects on the ice as Jared Coreau's sitting this one out. I will update the score of said game later.
And in "catchy-uppy news," Hockey's Future's staff posited their list of the top 50 NHL prospects in 5 installments. Two Wings prospects made the "30's"...
We have to start here:
The Detroit Red Wings' prospects had a very solid night on team-wide bases, though their individual performances were up and down.
In playoff hockey, in the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha's Val-d'Or Foreurs tied their second-round series with the Drummondville Voltigeurs at 1 game apiece thanks to a 4-3 OT win, but, remarkably, Mantha was held off the scoresheet and finished at -1 the night after he scored 2 goals en route to a 3-2 OT loss.
Mantha still has 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points in 6 playoff games played, but one hopes that Mantha played well enough to "be an asset" despite not scoring;
And in the WHL, the Kelowna Rockets have taken a 2-0 lead in their second-round series with the Seattle Thunderbirds thanks to a 6-3 win on Saturday, and Marek Tvrdon posted an assist and finished at +2. Mitchell Wheaton didn't register a point.
In regular season play, in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins assuaged for Friday night's 4-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs--the Monrtreal Canadiens' AHL affiliate--with Grand Rapids taking a TEN-round shootout decsion 2-1. The Griffins website's recap recounts the game's events...
What a *#$%@& unbelievable load of shit.
[edit/update: Here are the standings, and Babcock didn't bite at all on controversy on FSD, saying that the Wings weren't good enough in giving up 5 goals and that Gustavsson didn't get breaks but has to be better, Babcock said that the Wings have to regroup and get back at 'er, that was it:
The Detroit Red Wings pulled a game out of their asses, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to tie the Montreal Canadiens in the third period, and the game was absolutely GIVEN to the Canadiens thanks to a play in which Brian Gionta was probably offsides skating into the zone, and then the 5-3 goal..
Amongst your Red Wings-Canadiens pre-game reading (the game starts at 7 on FSD, the CBC in limited areas, the NHL Network U.S., RDS and 1270 AM):
As Paul noted, it Daniel Alfredsson and Pavel Datsyuk will probably play tonight, as MLive's Brendan Savage noted...
Babcock says Datsyuk and Alfredsson will be game time decisions after taking warm ups
Babcock on @Datsyuk13 : "I talked to him on the plane last night and he said he was going to be ready to go today and be better today."
And NHL.com's Apron Basu offered a no-game-day-skate update:
That pre-morning skate slate of Red Wings news may have to suffice as your "game-day update" ahead of tonight's game between the Red Wings and Canadiens (7 PM EDT on FSD, the CBC, the NHL Network U.S., RDS and AM 1270). According to the Montreal Gazette's Dave Stubbs, the Canadiens are holding a very optional morning skate after having rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Ottawa 7-4 on Friday (and the Candiens' website duly noted that Montreal's a scary 7-1-and-1 in the back half of back-to-back games)...
And the Red Wings simply aren't holding a skate after defeating Buffalo 3-2:
Amongst this morning's pre-morning-skate Red Wings news stories (the Wings will take to the ice in Montreal to prepare for tonight's tilt against the Canadiens shortly [7 PM on FSD, the CBC, NHL Network U.S. and RDS, as well as 1270 AM; Montreal rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Ottawa 7-4 last night, and they're 7-1-and-1 in the back half of back-to-back games]):
I'd been wondering about Luke Glendening's waiver-exempt status given that the Red Wings will have quite the roster crunch at forward next season, even if Daniel Alfredsson and David Legwand don't return, and RedWingsCentral answered my question about a certain #41:
Update: Here's the dollar amount:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed center Luke Glendening to a three-year contract extension. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Red Wings-Sabres wrap-up and Wings-Canadiens set-up: Wings outlast Sabres, have hands full with Habs
We're at the point where the standings and out-of-town scoreboard have become so overridingly important that even Mike Babcock told the Red Wings' press corps that the first thing Piet Van Zant did after Detroit's slightly sloppy 3-2 win over Buffalo was update the team's whiteboard to account for the Wings' win, Columbus and Washington's losses, and possibly tonight's opponent's 7-4 romp over Ottawa (Detroit plays Montreal at 7 PM on FSD, the CBC, RDS, the NHL Network U.S. and WXYT AM)...
So here we are:
The Red Wings took what I'm sure was a bumpy flight to Montreal to face a Canadiens team that's won six of its past seven games, including a very ugly 5-4 decision over Detroit just over a week ago last Thursday--and they're an insane 7-1-and-1 in the back half of back-to-back games!
Depending on who or whom you believe, the Wings either did so having played quite solidy en route to their win over the Sabres, or the youngsters and veterans alike learned a hard lesson about underestimating your opponents.
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