The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/29/11 at 03:38 PM ET
According to Red Wings social media director Jake Duhaime, the Wings have arrived at the HP Pavilion, “birthday boy” Mike Babcock included, so here’s a selection of bullet-pointed articles, audio and videos that didn’t make it into my game set-up but are worth your time as we wait for game-day skate updates:
• First and foremost, MLive’s Ansar Khan broke down the Red Wings-Sharks match-up, suggested that the Red Wings have grown into a team that’s at least even with the Sharks, and he noted that the Wings are indeed very concerned about the standard of officiating going into tonight’s game.
All three articles are worth a full read.
• The Oakland Press’s Pat Caputo posted a series preview in which he suggests that the Wings and Sharks are not mirror images of each other;
• The New York Times’ Karen Crouse posted a plain old cool article about the legacy of the Grind Line as Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader take the “grinders” mantle on;
• Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz posted a slate of game notes in a points-of-emphasis format;
• Sharkspage’s PJ Swenson also posted an incredibly thorough series preview;
• Empty Netters’ Seth Rorabaugh posted a superb series preview, and NHL.com’s Ken Baker pondered whether Antti Niemi, Jimmy Howard and the other six remaining goaltenders in the playoffs can be “difference-makers”;
• The Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek is picking the Sharks in seven;
• For the record, part 1: The Petoskey News’s Matt Wenzel notes that the “skate fenders” the Wings’ players are wearing are made in Gaylord, MI by a company with ties to Lake Superior State University (where Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer got his start);
• For the record, part 2: Per the Griffins’ website, Sergei Kolosov (Belarus) is the only current member of the Wings’ organization—unless you consider Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (Norway) a Wing—that’s taking part in the World Championships. Jan Mursak (Slovenia) and Tomas Tatar (Slovakia) remain with the Wings as “Black Aces,” and Joakim Andersson didn’t make Sweden’s cut;
• Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Sportsnet’s Hockeycentral at Noon today, and if you want to watch the video of his appearance, you may do so here:
But the Fan 590 also posted an audio clip of Holland’s full interview:
• Also in the audio department, per the Wings’ Twitter account, Ken Kal spoke to Henrik Zetterberg…
• On video, part 1: Via RedWIngsFeed, NHL On the Fly previews tonight’s games:
And Bill Clement and Deb Placey make Wings-Sharks predictions:
• On Video, part 2: The Wings’ website posted a recap of the team’s sweep of Phoenix…
And a slate of game-day conversations between Ken Kal and Holland, Niklas Kronwall and Danny Cleary:
Quickie update: Versus’ John Forslund spoke to WDFN’s Ryan Ermanni today:
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