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Beat writers report Pavel Datsyuk is on the ice before the Wings start practice.
Also, Mitch Callahan has been returned to Grand Rapids which may mean Jurco will play tomorrow.
Updates will be added to this post as needed.
added 12:24pm, Yes it is true...
I have to admire what Niklas Kronwall and Mike Babcock had to say to MLive's Ansar Khan about the absolutely bizarre and--as it turns out--non-reviewable goal "scored" by Cam Atkinson en route to Columbus's 4-2 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday night, complicating the East's Wild Card race significantly...
“I don’t think any of us knew that was the rule; we can’t blame the refs either,” Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “They went to Toronto and they made the call. I guess that’s the rule. We got to live with it.”
Said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock: “It doesn’t matter what I think. They made a decision. I thought when the net was off the goal didn’t count, but they evidently think our guy pushed their guy in and so it’s a goal. There’s no sense disputing that. We had to get one more goal.”
But I do adore what Jimmy Howard had to say to the AP's Rusty Miller about the kerfuffle:
I will grant you that the Red Wings were just dreadful early, that their penalty-killing blew, that they were not picking up rebounds but instead watching the Blue Jackets chip them down the ice all game long, and that Howard--let's all say it again, as usual--was stellar but didn't get nearly enough support...
But the Red Wings did rally from a 2-goal deficit, and whether you believe Cam Atkinson scored a legitimate goal or not, officiating was most certainly a farce on both sides en route to a 4-2 Red Wings loss that leaves the Wings and 3 other teams with 80 points and the Wings with 28 regulation-or-OT wins to the Blue Jackets' 32.
Columbus currently leads the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 because this goal by Cam Atkinson was deemed legal...
Here's the NHL's ruling:
It's somewhat ironic that MLive's Ansar Khan is reporting the following about Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco just ahead of tonight's game against Blake Comeau's Blue Jackets:
After skating by himself a few times, Tomas Jurco practiced with the team Tuesday for the first time since suffering a broken rib March 11 on a cross-check by Columbus’ Blake Comeau.
“It feels better and I think I’m really close to being ready to play,” Jurco said. “I hope for Thursday.
“It doesn’t bother me to breathe, but it’s still sore. I guess it’s just going to go away in the next few days. It’s not that bad that I can’t play so I think I’ll be good.”
He’ll be wearing a protective jacket.
Khan continues with more Datsyuk talk.
Detroit's City Council has until April 1st to determine whether they will approve the new lease for Joe Louis Arena which happens to include a down-payment against any possible liabilities owed, and while WWJ reports that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Strategic Fund have approved $6 million to cover Joe Louis Arena's demolition, the AP reports that the City Council plans on milking the "old" rink's dramatics for all they're worth by meeting not this week, but instead, on the last day of March:
The Detroit City Council has scheduled a special meeting March 31 to vote on a new lease for Joe Louis Arena, which is slated to be replaced as venue for the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings.
Councilwoman Brenda Jones announced the meeting Monday at a meeting of the council's Health and Safety Standing Committee.
The proposed lease with Olympia Entertainment would expire on June 30, 2015. It would be retroactive to 2010 when the old lease expired.
As the Free Press and MLive reported, the 39-block land transfer previously approved by the City Council doesn't happen without a new JLA lease, so the City Council's acting like...Itself.
Here's more about Tuesday's events from the Free Press's John Gallagher:
As Paul noted, Pavel Datsyuk's begun skating on his own, which is good news, and the Red Wings issued a particularly intriguing press release about 55 minutes ago:
RED WINGS CAPTAIN HENRIK ZETTERBERG AVAILABLE TO THE MEDIA ON MARCH 26
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will address the media tomorrow (Wednesday, March 26) in the Red Wings dressing room at Joe Louis Arena for the first time since back surgery. Zetterberg, who underwent a successful procedure on his back on February 21 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, will be available to the media at the conclusion of the team’s 12:00 p.m. practice.
Also from the Wings, part 1:
from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
“Sometimes you get wrapped up in it all,” Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert said. “But that doesn’t matter. It’s a battle from here on out. We battled with these guys last year and they beat us out. Now, it’s our turn to take that playoff spot.”...
Nyquist scored more goals than all of the Blue Jackets combined last week. The Jackets have six goals in their past five games and have failed to convert their past 36 power plays.
“We have to find ways to score and get pucks and bodies to the net,” Richards said. “This team isn’t going to allow you to make tic-tac-toe plays. It’s going to be getting pucks to the paint and getting some bodies there, getting second and third opportunities.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Mitch Callahan, a physical, agitating forward, will become the eighth player to make his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings this season tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit)....
Callahan, a right-handed shooter who’s collected 25 goals, 40 points and 51 penalty minutes in 66 games with the Griffins this season, will skate on a line with Darren Helm and Joakim Andersson.
“It’s pretty surreal, seeing a lot of my old teammates from the Calder Cup team last year,” Callahan, 22, said. “It’s nice to get reunited with these guys, but at the same time it’s the NHL, couldn’t be happier right now.”
Said coach Mike Babcock: “He’s got some goals in the minors, he’s a tough kid, seems to know how to play, he’s a good penalty-killer. I’m going to watch him, give him an opportunity and see how he does.”
Bill Roose of the Wings website on Datsyuk,
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