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In theory, the Detroit Red Wings and their fans should be happy as clams this morning. The Wings handed the Ducks back-to-back losses, took out the Coyotes, and, aside from Johan Franzen's "lower-body injury," mostly avoided the injury bug (see: Jakub Kindl taking a knee-on-knee hit and not getting seriously hurt) during their West Coast swing. The Wings took 6 of 8 points on their West Coast trip and did a fine job of separating themselves from the playoff pack.
But the Wings' 2-0 loss against San Jose leaves the Wings' twitchy fan base feeling bummed out as the Wings head home for a pair of games against Chicago (on Sunday) and Colorado (on Monday) before heading right back out West again, mostly because the Wings were shut down by a trap-happy and clutchy-and-grabby (got away with it, too) team, playing East-West hockey against a North-South team....
An FYI for those of you who will be attending Sunday's Easter matinee between the Red Wings and Blackhawks:
According to Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels, the Wings will wear #9 jerseys with special commemorative patches to be auctioned off for charity (Gordie Howe Foundation) during warm-ups Sunday.
Sorry, I've been watching the game so this is making the rounds, but here's Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk dangling and dekeing Logan Couture out of his shorts on his birthday:
Thanks to HockeyVideoHD on YouTube for posting.
As we close in upon tonight's game between the Sharks and Red Wings (10:30 PM EDT, FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM), I'm posting a second game-day update post because it sounds like I'm going to have a very long night (10:30 EDT starts mean 5-6 AM EDT bedtimes) and a very early-by-those-standards morning (Tweets from RedWingsFeed and MLive's Ansar Khan):
Very interestingly, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports that Wings GM Ken Holland
chose to neither go back to Detroit nor make the cross-country trip to San Jose only to join the Wings on a flight back East on what the beat writers reported would be a Friday morning-to-afternoon trip. Holland went to Chicago instead to take in tomorrow's Hawks-Ducks tilt, and along the way was either back in Detroit or en route to San Jose this evening, and Holland had quite the chit-chat with Hedger:
Darren Dreger of TSN was just on the NHL Network and mentioned, as has Bob McKenzie in the past, the Wings would be very interested in Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames.
Bouwmeester has one year left on his contract which pays $6.6M.
Any interest if the Wings have to give up one of those prospects?
added 6:05pm, One thing I forgot to mention, Dregger said there is some thought the Flames may also move Mark Giordano too but did not mention any Detroit interest with him.
Giordano makes $4M as season thru the 2015-16 season according to CapGeek.
Updated 4x at 4:24 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to sweep their Western U.S. road trip when they face off against the San Jose Sharks (10:30 PM EDT, FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM) tonight, but they face a particularly difficult task as the Sharks have handed the Ducks back-to-back losses, are desperate to improve their place in the Western Conference standings and plan on making good on game #2 of a 7-game home stand.
Judging by the fact that this was the only Tweet coming from the Sharks' beat reporters during what would have been their morning skate, I'm guessing that the Sharks, who will be playing their 2nd game in 2 nights and their 3rd in 4, didn't hold a morning skate:
As for the Wings, their morning skate was a speedy affair as well, and there's going to be a 17-for-22 lineup change tonight:
I don't believe that the Red Wings were a "fit" for Jarome Iginla, and they never were.
First and foremost, Iginla's "list" of teams to which he'd accept a trade didn't include the Wings, and second, adding someone like Iginla would've totally messed up the Wings' cap situation with the team looking to:
From the Red Wings' PR department:
HOCKEYTOWN BREWHAHA STREETEATS & CRAFT BEER FEST TAPS INTO JOE LOUIS ARENA ON APRIL 20
... Tickets on Sale now for Special Event Featuring Gourmet Food Truck Fares as Well as Local and Regional Craft Brews …
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings, under the Hockeytown BrewHaHa brand, are poised to bring another outstanding culinary and craft beer event to Downtown Detroit as the Hockeytown BrewHaHa Street Eats and Craft Beer Fest, presented by Cheli’s Chili, taps into Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, April 20 from 1-5 p.m. Back by popular demand after the wildly successful inaugural Hockeytown BrewHaHa Craft Beer Dinner last December, the current version focuses on a hot new trend in the culinary industry – street eats!
Influenced by the street food culture in places such as Western Europe and Southeast Asia, the Hockeytown BrewHaHa Street Eats and Craft Beer Fest will feature samples of cuisine presented by Detroit’s own gourmet food truck companies including the Mac Shack, El Guapo, Treat Dreams, Corridor Sausage Co., Ned’s TravelBurger and Green Zebra.
The Detroit Red Wings and several other teams wished Gordie Howe a happy 85th birthday on Wednesday, but Howe's health is up and down, and he's dealing with a "mild cognitive impairment," so Mark and Marty Howe told the Canadian Press that they're just hoping for the best regarding Howe's birthday on Sunday:
"We're hoping this will be a nice birthday, and we'll have a good time with Dad and all," son Mark said in a recent interview. "His memory loss is getting to the point where it's almost becoming difficult to do a lot of interaction with Dad. I'm sure this [birthday] will go well, but a year from now, I don't know what life's going to bring. So we're going to make the best of it."
Howe's family revealed just over a year ago that the hockey legend has a mild form of dementia.Despite his health issues, Howe began celebrating his milestone birthday in early March when he attended a ceremony at a Vancouver Giants game.
The Detroit Red Wings face quite the task in attempting to both sweep their Western U.S. road trip against the San Jose Sharks tonight (10:30 PM EDT, FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM) and keep the Sharks off their backs for a simple reason: while the Wings spent Tuesday relaxing and Wednesday getting back to work, the Sharks did the exact same thing to Anaheim that the Wings did on Friday and Sunday:
The Sharks walked into Anaheim on Monday night and defeated the Ducks 5-3, and on Wednesday evening, San Jose began a 7-game home stand by handing the Ducks their fourth straight loss, dropping Anaheim by a 4-0 tally. The 15-11-and-6 Sharks now sit only 3 points behind the 5th-place, 17-11-and-5 Red Wings with a game in hand on Detroit.
Little did the Wings know when they flew to San Jose on Wednesday that they'd be facing yet another one of those pesky "statement games," at a rink that's nothing less than a house of horrors, no less, but that's what tonight's game is.
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