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Paul here filling in for George who is under the weather.
You won’t get update after update from me, but below you can find some of the highlights of the game between the Ducks and Wings with the Wings winning in a shootout.
Detroit will attempting to tie the NHL record of 20 consecutive home wins when the
my mistake, the Flyers visit Joe Louis Arena on Sunday night.
Red Wings legend and Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman supposedly put his skates in his garage shortly after he retired, and hasn’t skated on that cartilage-free right knee since, so as I begin to delve into what’s going to be a late evening’s worth of work relating the MSM’s news from today’s Red Wings-Maple Leafs Winter Classic pressers, let’s get this out of the way: Yzerman does not plan on taking part in the alumni game, as he told MLive’s Ansar Khan...
“It will be a fantastic event with two great organizations at a storied venue. The perfect location and matchup, this is wonderful for the NHL. At this time, I don’t plan on participating in the alumni game but hope to watch the Outdoor Classic on TV.”
And the Detroit News’s Eric Lacy, who reports that Kris Draper—who just happens to be taking part in his first game as a member of the Wings’ Alumni Association this weekend in Muskegon—plans on at least attempting to convince Yzerman to lace up his skates for one more game:
Slightly belated and not-so-super news in the injury department, though it’s not surprising, per MLive’s Ansar Khan: Due to the Wings’ lack of practices and the early 14-day prognoisis for Jimmy Howard’s broken index finger to stabilize, Howard won’t be taking shots until next week—if Holland has his way—and the Wings will be without Danny Cleary’s services for at least the weekend as well:
“It’s a four-to-six week injury to heal, the longer we can wait the less risk you take,’’ Holland said today at Michigan Stadium, during the Winter Classic news conference. “He’s been practicing, it’s really up to him. Does he feel any pain. Probably not this weekend. I’m assuming by next week he’ll be practicing and we’ll see where he’s at.’‘
The soonest Howard is likely to return is Tuesday at home against Dallas. Howard said he is day-to-day.
“Hopefully Friday I’ll be able to take some shots,’’ he said. “Every single day it’s feeling better and better. I can’t stand watching the games. I get too nervous. I can’t wait to get back out there. I just love competing and stopping pucks for the guys.’‘
Updated 9x with more chatter at 1:18 PM: Howard will be back within 7-10 days and Cleary’s out for at least two games and there’s an official site, http://www.2013winterclassic.com (which may or may not work), as well as a sign-up website for Priority access to Winter Classic tickets:: The Red Wings and the NHL will shortly make an announcement regarding the 2013 Winter Classic in the first of 2 press conferences to be held today. The NHL will make an announcement at Comerica Park today at 10:30 AM and at Michigan Stadium at 1:15 PM. This live stream should work:
Despite the Red Wings and NHL’s insistence that an announcement to be made at Comerica Park at 10:30 AM this morning—which NHL.com and the Wings will happen to stream online—and a parallel announcement to be made at Michigan Stadium at 1:15 may or may not have to do anything with slate of outdoor games to be played at Comerica Park and Michigan Stadium, the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents approved a $3 million rental (not including some sort of donation to the U’s scholarship fund) of the Big House by the NHL on Wednesday, and we all know that the NHL is going to confirm that the Detroit Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2013 Winter Classic when this mysterious “major announcement” is made.
The Detroit News’s Joanne C. Gerstner gets down to brass tacks regarding the event’s details as conveniently discussed by University of Michigan athletic director David Brandon (and I’ve added some known details in parentheses)...
It is expected that an outdoor rink will be built at Comerica Park, and games and events would take place there leading up to the Jan. 1 Wings game. The only event at Michigan Stadium would be the Wings game; Brandon said the game would begin at noon.
A source told The Detroit News that the Comerica Park schedule would include:
Thursday, Dec. 27: AHL game [between the Toronto Marlies and Grand Rapids Griffins]
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28-29: Great Lakes Invitational games [between the University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, Michigan State University and Western Michigan University]
Sunday, Dec. 30: OHL game[s between the Windsor Spitfires and Saginaw Spirit, and the Plymouth Whalers and London Knights]
Monday, Dec. 31: Wings-Maple Leafs alumni game
For some mysterious reason which has something to do with parallel announcements at Comerica Park (which will be streamed online at NHL.com and DetroitRedWings.com) at 10:30 AM on Thursday and Michigan Stadium at 1:15 PM on Thursday, the Detroit Red Wings won’t practice on Thursday, but they earned the day off to promote the 2013 Winter Clas…I mean engage in a “major announcement” via a slightly sloppy but no less effective 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.
By holding off Sam Gagner and the Oilers, the Red Wings reclaimed a 3-point lead over the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference standings and 5-point leads over the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues, they extended their home-ice winning streak to 18 games, and, mostly, they overcame heavy legs and heavy brains in a gritty effort which allowed the Wings to shake off their 5-game road swing while snapping a two-game losing streak.
Of very important charitable Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins-related note over the next few weeks:
The Grand Rapids Griffins are hosting a special game to benefit cancer research on February 16th:
Nothing rhymes with “purple,” but nearly everything at Van Andel Arena will be in sync with the color associated with cancer survivors on Saturday, Feb. 18, when the Grand Rapids Griffins host their first-ever “Purple Game” to benefit the Van Andel Institute (VAI).
When fans arrive for the 7 p.m. contest against the Peoria Rivermen, they’ll notice a host of purple touches that will create awareness and unique experiences throughout the night, including:
Updated with lots of evening reading at 11:13 PM: The Detroit Red Wings’ 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers was anything but pretty, at least in terms of the mistakes made by both teams.
Perhaps it was a case of heavy road legs and slightly distracted brains given tomorrow’s “important announcements” at Comerica Park and Michigan Stadium, but the Wings managed to take seven penalties, blow a 2-0 lead, lose Danny Cleary to a lower-body injury (Mike Babcock said Cleary will have his cortisone shot tomorrow to alleviate the issues in his left knee, and Jan Mursak will play on Friday: edit/update MLive’s Ansar Khan is confirming this as well) on a hit by Ben Eager which so preoccupied the Wings that the Oilers were able to score on the resulting play…
But at home, anyway, when the Wings stagger, they dust themselves off, get right back up and slowly but steadily right their ship, and they earned their 18th straight home win because, as the gentleman in a commercial most of you are too young to remember used to say, “They earned it.”
This is pretty spiffy: ESPN’s Craig Custance (story link via RedWingsFeed delved into the rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks in a multi-page picture spread in the February 20th issue of ESPN the Magazine:
ON NOV. 24, 1926, Detroit beat Chicago 1-0 for its first-ever win—and the Blackhawks’ first loss. Since then, the two clubs have played each other more often (718 regular-season games) than any other NHL pairing. The Wings are up 92 games and have lifted 11 Cups to Chicago’s four, but the Blackhawks hold the playoff series lead 8-7. On Jan. 14, we spent a Saturday in Detroit documenting the passion of the rivalry. If they meet in this year’s playoffs, expect a fresh set of heroes, fights and hits. As their fans know, there’s history between these two.
THE HEROS: A true rivalry isn’t great without great players, and the Blackhawks and Red Wings have featured some of the best to ever don a hockey sweater. Gordie Howe retired with 801 career goals—166 of which came against the Hawks. Bobby Hull scored 610 times, including 97 on the Wings. Every era has its superstars: Lindsay. Mikita. Yzerman. Savard. Lidstrom. Toews. But often it’s been the lunch-pail guys who have created the most lasting memories. It’s winger Mush March clinching Chicago’s first Stanley Cup with the only goal in a double-overtime win over the Wings in 1934. Or Darren Helm’s series winner over the Hawks in Game 5 of the 2009 Western Conference finals, the last time the two met in the playoffs. You don’t need a big name to impact the rivalry—but you can definitely make one.
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Updated 8x with charitable donut news at 7:14 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to tangle with the Edmonton Oilers tonight (7 PM EST, FSD Plus, not FSD/TSN/71.1 FM), MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that Joey MacDonald will get the nod in goal…
Everyone is skating at Wings practice: 93-13-44, 51-40-26, 20-43-11, 48-8-96 (39); 5-18, 55-23, 52-4/22; 31-29 (35)
MacDonald is starting for Wings tonight. Mursak and Commodore scratched.
And the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that Danny Cleary will indeed play for the Wings tonight:
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