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by George Malik on 01/15/13 at 09:37 PM ET
Updated 4x at 10:24 PM with more multimedia, and FYI: After Thursday's 7 PM practice, there's going to be an open skate on JLA's ice from 8-10 PM: The Red Wings' Red vs. Whtie scrimmage just wrapped up, concluding their training camp activities at Compuware Arena.
Wings coach Mike Babcock told Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond that the team would have a full day off tomorrow--no practice and no workouts--due to worries about sore groins or backs popping up, but the team will finish up training camp with what appears to be one practice at Joe Louis Arena scheduled for Thursday, at 7 PM (there were originally two scheduled as open to the public, one at 10 AM and one at 7 PM, and now the Wings have only the 7 PM one listed), and one on Friday at 12 PM.
Admission and parking will be free at the Joe, and the Wings are asking fans to "Pack the Joe" for the Thursday night practice.
As for Tuesday's scrimmage, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose has already penned a succinct recap of the Red team's 4-2 win...
The Red Wings used Tuesday night as their lone dress rehearsal for the upcoming NHL season, where they will play a compressed 48-games in 99 days. Detroit opens the short season this Saturday in St. Louis.
The Wings and players from their AHL-affiliate in Grand Rapids mixed squads to play a Red-White scrimmage before a jam-packed Compuware Arena in suburban Detroit.
On goals by forward Drew Miller, newly minted team captain Henrik Zetterberg (game-winner), and two Griffins’ players, the Red Team coasted to a 4-2 victory.
Through two periods, Miller was the only Wings’ player to score, giving the Red Team the equalizer early in the second period. Griffins players Trevor Parkes (White), Jeff Hoggan (White) and Louis-Marc Aubry (Red) also tallied in the first two periods.
The White Team grabbed a 1-0 lead when Parkes scored in the final minute of the first, picking the pocket of center Riley Sheahan in the neutral zone before cruising in alone on goal and beating goalie Jonas Gustavsson through the pads.
Miller scored the equalizer for the Red Team, beating Jimmy Howard on a rebound off a shot by new Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo. The two squads exchanged goals in the middle of the second period. Hoggan, the Griffins captain, gave the White Team a 2-1 lead when he knocked in a rebound off of Kyle Quincey’s shot.
Aubry’s tip in goal off of Jonathan Ericsson’s shot from the point, tied the game at 2-2. Zetterberg’s goal gave the Red Team a 3-2 lead when he punched a rebound past Howard, who made the initial save on Swiss rookie Damien Brunner.
The lone goal in the third period came when Griffins defenseman Nathan Paetsch, who has NHL experience with Buffalo and Columbus, scored for the Red Team.
And the Windsor Star's Bob Duff offers a very necessary update regarding the Red Wings' injury situation:
Forwards Darren Helm (back) and Mikael Samuelsson missed the game via injury, while forward Pavel Datsyuk was given the night off after arriving from Russia, where he played in Sunday’s KHL All-Star Game. Following the team’s off day Wednesday, Datsyuk will be back on the ice Thursday, but the other two are less certain as to when they will once more suit up. Helm doubts he’ll be back in time for Detroit’s NHL season opener Saturday at St. Louis against the Blues.
“It’s getting better,” Helm said. “Each day has been a little bit better, so I really don’t know when I’ll be on the ice. It’s just day by day, play it by ear. I’ve never had a back injury, so I’m just kind of listening to what they’re saying and trusting them, like I’ve done before. We’re just being really cautious with it and when it’s ready, it’s ready. It’s a short season. Obviously, I want to get back quickly, but I can’t rush it and be out for another 3-4 weeks.”
Samuelsson hoped to be back on the ice Thursday when the team returns to Joe Louis Arena.
“It’s my groin,” Samuelsson said. “It’s a minor, minor thing, so I’ll take today off and go from there.”
He expects to be available for the season opener.
“It’s not a big deal,” Samuelsson said. “I don’t want to start like this, but at the same time I will be ready for Saturday if the coach wants me.”
Datsyuk will also be ready and we’re guessing that yes, Wings coach Mike Babcock will want him in the lineup.
“Awesome to be home,” Datsyuk said. “I’m sorry I’m a little bit late, but it is what it is.”
Update: The Detroit News's David Guralnick and Michigan Hockey have posted photo galleries from the game (Guralnick's covers the Zetterberg presser as well, and you can see Michigan Hockey's Zetterberg presser gallery here);
Via RedWingsFeed, NHL.com posted a clip of Todd Bertuzzi's shootout goal...
The Windsor Star has posted videos of Jimmy Howard's post-scrimmage comments...
As well as a different-perspective video of Jonas Gustavsson's comments...
And the Red Wings' website has posted videos of post-game comments from Henrik Zetterberg...
And Damien Brunner:
Update #3: The Detroit Free Press posted a photo gallery from Tuesday's events as well.
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