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The Detroit Red Wings' 4-0 Opening Night win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday night saw a 56-percent increase in viewership over last season's home opener.
FOX Sports Detroit, simulcast with WJBK, had an 8.7 household average, peaking at 9:15 p.m. with a 10.17 household average.
"The passion of Detroit fans is incredible. There's been a lot of anticipation for the start of Red Wings hockey," said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president and general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. "This team is exciting to watch, and we can't wait to share the stories on and off the ice all season long."
Friday's game was the highest-rated season and home opener for at least the last 10 years on any network. The previous high was a 6.5 HH for the 2013-14 season and home opener on NBCSN. It was also the highest-rated FSD season opener since at least 2006; the previous high was 5.8 HH for the 2012-13 season. It was the highest-rated FSD home opener since at least 2006; the previous high was 5.9 HH for the 2009-10 season.
From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:
Firefighting is a job that Henrik Zetterberg says he couldn't do but he is thrilled to be able to support those who do.
After Monday's practice, Zetterberg presented local fire departments with 2,500 smoke detectors that will be installed in the homes of seniors and low-income families.
In addition, Zetterberg matched donations Red Wings fans made during the preseason and will present a check for $8,800 to purchase more smoke detectors before Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"I can't say enough," captain Christopher Dixon of the Detroit Fire Department said. "We love his commitment to the city of Detroit. He gives of himself every year. This is probably my sixth year of doing this. I come out every year to help collect the smoke detectors, the money, he matches it. It's unbelievable."
Representatives of fire departments from Detroit, Flint, Clinton Township, Macomb Township, Saginaw, Southfield, Taylor and Springfield Township helped pass the collection boot around before preseason games Sept. 24 and 26 at Joe Louis Arena.
Both DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan penned practice notebooks which discuss Tuesday's Red Wings-Lightning match-up, and Kulfan's conversation with Justin Abdelkader regarding the Wings' playoff series against the Bolts last April stands alone as an "afternoon line":
"It's never easy to lose like we did in Game 7 (2-0), and see Tampa do as well as they did hurts that much more," said Justin Abdelkader, who was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for his four goals in two games last week. "We know we're close. We have work to do, maintain the level of play throughout the year and give yourself a chance in the playoffs.
"They're a team that won the conference; they have a big target on their chest. We took them to seven games and we feel we match up real well with them. We play similar type of hockey and systems and it should be a lot of fun."
A year ago at this time, I first reviewed Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract, and try as I may, I couldn't wrap my head around it.
I knew that Rob was at the forefront of the hockey analytics movement. I appreciated the scope, breadth and depth of Hockey Abstract--which has turned out to be as seminal and fundamental work as I assumed it would be--but I was still wrapping my head around the "analytics" movement.
It took a full season for me and several rinks' worth of people to digest the concepts beyond counting up shot attempts and having a good feeling that the team that attempted more shots was carrying play.
Hockey Abstract itself is a fine gateway leading one toward an analytics-based look at hockey, and Hockey Abstract's 2015 Update, I might argue, is a better way to start one's journey along the analytic route, because it's simply not as literally or figuratively a "heavy read" as Hockey Abstract provided.
Updated 4x at 4:17 PM: The Red Wings' returned to practice today ahead of tomorrow night's NBCSN-aired game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (who play a Columbus Day matinee against the Boston Bruins at 1 PM), and two news items of note were revealed:
First, Jimmy Howard will be starting against Tampa Bay, and second, Darren Helm may or may not be activated to play. If Helm plays tomorrow, the Wings' decision to not place anyone on waivers = Alexey Marchenko would have to be temporarily sent down to Grand Rapids to make room for Helm on the 23-man roster.
MLive's Ansar Khan has confirmed the Wings' options to place Helm (who practiced in Landon Ferraro's spot on the fourth line) back on the roster:
Via RedWingsFeed, Fox Sports Detroit must have listened to the fan requests for this one, because FSD posted the 7-minute interview that Mickey Redmond conducted with Jeff Blashill and Mike Babcock on Thursday evening (the interview aired during Friday's Wings-Maple Leafs game). It's an intriguing "watch" to say the least:
As Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea notes, the Wings and Tigers' new deal with CBS Radio includes some self-promotional programming for both organizations...
As part of the deal, CBS-owned WWJ 950 AM will add two, hourlong shows touting the Red Wings’ massive hockey arena project: “Inside The Arena” is about the 20,000-seat venue now under construction on 12 acres at Woodward Avenue and I-375, and “Inside District Detroit” focuses on all things related to the expansion of 45-block mixed-use development anchored by the new arena.
“The fans in Hockeytown and throughout the state of Michigan have come to know 97.1 The Ticket and its extended radio network as the broadcast home for Red Wings action and we’re excited to extend the relationship as we celebrate our final two years in Joe Louis Arena and transition into the new Detroit Events Center,” Olympia Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson said in a statement.
A new one-hour Tigers show called “Inside The Ballpark” will include the latest news and information about the upcoming season, CBS said.
And while we're talking about broadcasting, from the Alternative Press's Kyle McCaskey:
Via the Red Wings...
And per NHL.com:
ABDELKADER, LINDBERG AND SMITH NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2015) – Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader, New York Rangers center Oscar Lindberg and Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 11.
FIRST STAR – JUSTIN ABDELKADER, LW, DETROIT RED WINGS
Abdelkader shared the League lead with four goals and tied for second in the NHL with five points as the Red Wings (2-0-0, 4 points) opened the season with a pair of victories. He recorded his second career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 4-0 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 9, becoming the third player in franchise history to notch three goals in Detroit’s opening game of the season (also Adam Brown in 1945-46 and Brendan Shanahan in 2001-02). Abdelkader then posted 1-1—2, as well as the decisive goal, in a 4-3 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 10. The 28-year-old Muskegon, Mich., native has 65-72—137 in 400 career NHL games, all with the Red Wings. He set career highs in goals (23), assists (21) and points (44) last season (71 GP).
Updated 6x at 12:32 PM: Howard starts Tuesday, Helm still on IR:
The Red Wings returned to practice on Monday after taking Sunday off, and MLive's Ansar Khan reported good pre-practice news:
Danny DeKeyser skating before practice. He is estimated to be out 3-4 weeks from time of injury (strained ligament in foot) on Sept. 30.
Helm no longer in gray (non-playing) jersey. Might be ready. Ferraro wearing gray jersey along with Jurco and Andersson.
They would need to trim someone from roster before activating Helm.
DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji took note of the change as well:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. The Free Press's Helene St. James took note of Teemu Pulkkinen's 2-goal performance against the Carolina Hurricanes in light of the Wings' roster crunch:
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