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Updated 3x at 5:32 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight (7:30 PM, FSD/NBC Sports Network/97.1 FM) as something of a mess. As you probably already know by now, Jakub Kindl (groin) and Darren Helm (back) are on the mend, but Jan Mursak (collarbone) joined Todd Bertuzzi (mononucleosis) on the IR, Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) is iffy for tonight's game, and so is Jonas Gustavsson (groin).
The Free Press's Helene St. James updates us on the Wings' injury issues...
A lineup already hurt by injuries or illnesses to forwards Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi and backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson may take another dent, as Ericsson is questionable because of a sore right shoulder.
Ericsson hurt himself when he crashed into the boards during Sunday's practice, after stepping on a loose puck. He went through the morning skate but didn't sound enthusiastic about his health.
"Not as good as I hoped," he said when asked how he felt. "It's better than it was last night, but it just hurts."
From the Red Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS RECALL DEFENSEMAN BRIAN LASHOFFFROM GRAND RAPIDS OF THE AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
... Rearguard Jakub Kindl Placed on Injured Reserve to Make Room on 23-Man Roster …
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today announced that defenseman Brian Lashoff has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Lashoff, 22, has appeared in 36 games for Grand Rapids this season, tallying six points (2G-4A) in addition to 23 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +4.
In order to make room for Lashoff on their 23-man roster, Detroit has placed blue-liner Jakub Kindl (lower body injury) on the team’s IRL. The Red Wings are currently on a two-game, season-opening road trip and are scheduled to face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets later tonight at Nationwide Arena (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Detroit, NBC Sports Network and 97.1 The Ticket).
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
"They're going to be a lot better tonight, and everybody knows it," Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said. "Everybody is making a big deal out of losing Lidstrom, and it is a big deal. He's the best defenseman to ever play the game. That's a huge loss. But there's a lot of other proven, excellent players over there, too. They're still a real good team."
The Blue Jackets have undergone sweeping changes, too. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was asked if he quite knew what to expect of his Central Division neighbor.
"Obviously no Nash," Babcock said, referring to ... well, ya know. "But by moving Nash they acquired depth.
"They’ve been a team on the rise, even though people on the outside don’t see that. They’ve been a team getting better each and every year. They had injuries last year and things got off kilter. But they’re a team that’s been getting better and better. Their top four D with Johnson, Wisniewski, Tyutin and Nikitin – suddenly they have a top 4 D that you look at and say ‘Geez, that’s a top-4 D.’
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“The sun came up. Let’s get at 'er,'' Babcock said Sunday, after practice at Nationwide Arena. “We met today and went through our game, technically and from a physical standpoint and from a compete standpoint. We went on the ice for 35 minutes and tried to get tempo going off the start, work on a couple of things, and she’s a new day tomorrow.''
“We have to be way more competitive than we were,'' Babcock said. “We didn’t have much structure and much battle in us. It was disappointing. It was pretty easy to see and it didn’t feel very good to be a player or a coach, a manager, probably an owner.''
George is sitting in the dark today until his power is restored. His area has been without power since about 4am or so, high winds caused the damage this time.
So, let's go all Teddy today...
added 3:54pm, added and update below via Ansar Khan of Mlive.
The Detroit Red Wings had a rough outing on Saturday night, dropping a 6-0 loss to St. Louis, but the team's AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, defeated the Rockford IceHogs 11-6...And if you look at the box score, they had an "interesting" evening.
Via the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau, here's a video of a bench-clearing brawl at the 11:58 mark of the 2nd period, which resulted in game misconducts to Wings prospects Gleason Fournier, Brian Lashoff, Tomas Tatar and goaltender Petr Mrazek in an old-school bench-clearing brawl.
It's a little fuzzy, but it's also probably the only video of the brawl we'll find. For now:
Update: Via RedWingsFeed:
I usually try to write something up after a game like this, but after enduring a 6-0 Red Wings loss to the St. Louis Blues, one in which the Wings were out-shot by a ridiculous margin, out-chanced, out-skated, out-hit and plain old out-played to such an extent that I can only hope that this was a, "Okay, we're going to play one preseason game, get our asses kicked incredibly thoroughly and leave our rust, our shakiness and our utter fear of playing without Lidstrom behind us, all in one game and one city!" type game...
I might as well let you vent. Jimmy Howard was valliant despite giving up 5 goals on 28 shots. Three of 'em were just breakaways (Kyle Quincey left his brain in Detroit), and he may have had a chance on Tarasenko's second goal, but that was about it.
The power play stank. The penalty kill stank. The Wings looked intimidated by the Blues--as has become usual over the past couple of years at the Scottrade Center--and looked plain old lost.
Not good, from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Fox Sports Detroit showed an excellent replay of what happened: early in the first period, David Backes launched himself into Mursak at the Wings' bench, and the tip of Mursak's shoulder hit the top of the boards. He managed to finish the first, but did not return.
More as it comes in.
Updated 10x at 4:27 PM, and again, Bertuzzi has mono: The Detroit Red Wings will begin their 2013 season against the St. Louis Blues tonight (8 PM EST, FSD with a one-hour preview, beforehand, 97.1 FM), and the Blues have completed their morning skate, as noted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford...
The Belleville News-Democrat's Norm Sanders:
And NHL.com's Lou Korac:
The Detroit Red Wings begin their 2013 season against the St. Louis Blues tonight (8 PM EST, FSD w/ a 1-hour preview starting at 7/97.1 FM, and ohyeahbytheway, Center Ice is holding a free preview until the end of January), and as we a) won't know the final shape of the Wings' or Blues' rosters for tonight's game until the morning skate at about noon ET today (okay, we know the Wings' lines and we know that Jimmy Howard will face Jaroslav Halak in the nets), and b) the Friday evening post sort of serves as a Wings-Blues preview in itself...
I'd like to restate the, "Sometimes it's better to not give f*** about what other people think" theory with a little more poise this time.
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