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Compliments Flying In Columbus

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.’


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It’s An New Day Tomorrow

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.''


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Today’s News On The Detroit Red Wings

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.

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At least the Grand Rapids Griffins had some fight in ‘em

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:

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Red Wings-Blues quick take: if you’re gonna get your butt kicked, do it thoroughly?

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.

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Red Wings lose another player as Mursak suffers an ‘upper body injury’

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.

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Red Wings-Blues game-day updates:Todd Bertuzzi has mononucleosis, will miss ‘weeks’

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:

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Red Wings-Blues set-up and overnight report: now the Red Wings will write their own narrative

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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Accentuating the positive as the Red Wings prepare to open the 2013 season against the Blues

Updated 2x at 9:30 PM: This afternoon's Red Wings news cycle hit "pause" pretty early as the Red Wings hustled to Metro Airport to board Red Bird III and flew to St. Louis almost immediately after wrapping up their final pre-season practice at Joe Louis Arena. This evening, a combination of Wings-Blues tidbits (tomorrow's game starts at 8 PM EST, and will air on Fox Sports Detroit, with a season preview airing at 7 PM, and 97.1 FM--and if you checked out the Wings' combined radio and TV broadcast schedule, you'll notice almost half their games will air on WXYT AM instead of the Ticket's FM station), Wings personnel notes and NHL previews and prognostications merit an evening post, so here it is.

Starting at the beginning, with player personnel news, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms that Darren Helm (back), Jakub Kindl (groin) and Todd Bertuzzi (flu) will miss tomorrow night's season-opener, with Helm and Kindl slated to miss multiple games due to their injuries:

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What Al Sobotka (and other non-player NHL luminaries) did during the lockout

Sports Illustrated's Brian Cazeneueve took an intriguing tack in terms of "catching up" with famous hockey names by speaking to Boston Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt, Philadelphia Flyers PA announcer Lou Nolan, Nashville Predators play-by-play annoncer Pete Weber, Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates and somebody whose name Cazeneueve spells as "Al Sabotka" about a certain Joe Louis Arena's building manager's activities when the Detroit Red Wings weren't skating on the ice Al Sobotka tends to so meticulously. Here's what Al did during the lockout:

The Zamboni Driver: Al Sobotka, Detroit Red Wings

Al Sobotka, 59, is the building operations manager at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena and the Zamboni driver at Red Wings' games. During his 41 years with the team he has become as essential to the games as the ice he manages,

but he is most often recognized for cleaning up and then twirling overhead the many octopi that fans hurl onto the ice at playoff time. "It's become part of the show," he says modestly.

The show has endured, despite the lockout. Without NHL hockey, the Joe hosted youth tournaments, events for season-ticket holders, corporate parties, and scheduled concerts and college hockey games. Sobotka oversees arena details from painting to seat repair and also cooks monthly barbecues for the team. Each meal requires 36 slabs of ribs with his spice rub, 25 pounds of burgers, eight chickens and 40 links of Cajun chicken sausage. With a full plate of responsibilities, Sobotka remained a full-time employee along with a dozen of the Wings' building staff, including electricians and engineers. "I felt bad for the (part-time) concession workers and cleanup guys," he says. "They are like family."

Sobotka earned high praise when the 1994-95 lockout forced a late start to the Stanley Cup Final in Detroit, where outside temperatures hit 98 degrees. "We used de-humidifiers and supplemental air on both ends of the arena," he says. "The players were surprised at how well the ice held up. We can do the same this year if we have to."


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