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by George Malik on 08/19/13 at 11:53 AM ET
Updated 10x at 4:54 PM: Today marks the first official "back on the ice" day for many NHL'ers. Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski is at Munn Ice Arena in Lansing to cover Michigan State University's pro camp, which includes several Red Wings players...
I spy Drew Miller...
And the event is apparently open to the public:
In Ottawa, a surprising face is skating with the Senators' players...
Wings prospect Tyler Bertuzzi reminded us that the Wings' OHL, WHL, QMJHL and NCAA-playing prospects are all of a week removed from their traning camps...
And ahead of the start of the Red Wings selling single-game tickets to the public this Saturday, TMR reader Stephen Brooks reports that those of us who were hoping to snag tickets to the Nicklas Lidstrom jersey retirement ceremony on March 5th will be sorely disappointed:
Otherwise...In the numerical vein, the Detroit Free Press reports that
Bodog's Bovada's updated Stanley Cup odds have the Wings...Well having a little less than a one-in-playoff-qualifying-team's chance of winning the Stanley Cup...
16-TO-1: RED WINGS: The Eastern Conference newcomers have the third-best odds out of their conference, plus 17-to-2 odds to represent it in the finals.
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose looked back at Henrik Zetterberg's 2013 season "numbers"...
37: Number of assists that he had to lead the Western Conference, as well as the Red Wings for the second time in the last three seasons. His eight playoff assists also led Detroit in the postseason.
10: Number of points (two goals, eight assists) he produced in the last four games of the regular season, helping propel the Red Wings into the Stanley Cup playoffs.
173: For the seventh straight season, he led the Red Wings in shots on goal, finishing sixth in the league. Only Minnesota's Zach Parise (182) had more SOG among Western Conference players.
And MLive's Ansar Khan "scouts" one of the Wings' new Eastern Conference opponents in the New York Islanders:
Islanders' strengths: They boast a trio of gifted offensive forwards who, for the most part, fly under the radar because of where they play. John Tavares, 22, is a budding superstar, a sniper with a terrific shot and a strong playmaker. Matt Moulson quietly scored 30 or more goals for three consecutive seasons before averaging nearly a points a game in 2013 (44 points in 47 games). Michael Grabner is a terrific skater with a finishing touch, scoring 34 goals in his first full season in 2009-10 and coming close to that pace last season (16 goals in 45 games). At 38, Evgeni Nabokov continues to provide decent goaltending.
Islanders' weaknesses: They have a lot of question marks on defense, where they're led by 37-year-old puck-mover and power-play quarterback Lubomir Visnovsky and young two-way defender Travis Hamonic. Beyond that, they're thin. If Nabokov is injured or falters, they'll have to turn to inexperienced Kevin Poulin.
Islanders outlook: They were a surprise playoff team that ended a five-year postseason drought and battled the Penguins hard in the first round. Jack Capuano wasn't a finalist for coach of the year but he got the most out of this roster. The Islanders haven't won a playoff series since 1993 and probably won't win one this season. In fact, they're likely to take a step back and miss the playoffs in a conference that gained the Red Wings and improving Blue Jackets and lost the Jets.
Update: Oh yes, as you'd imagine, the Senators' media pounced on the Alfredsson thing. The Ottawa Citizen's James Gordon adds his two cents:
There was a bit of an odd scene at the Sensplex Monday as a group of NHLers hit the ice for some pre-training camp skating.
Embedded in the group of regulars — guys like Marc Methot and Chris Neil have been skating there for weeks — was none other than erstwhile Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, whose messy breakup with the Ottawa Senators dominated the news last week.
It’s not unusual that he was skating. It was a bit strange seeing him in a Senators jersey, however, given the fact he signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings this summer.
Peace offering or Team White just needed an extra guy?
From my experience, anyway, players don't place jerseys in their hockey bags when they pack up for the end of the season, so many players end up wearing whatever they can get for at least the first couple of days back on the ice.
Alfredsson's still wearing Ottawa-colored gloves and pants, too, and that's going to change if he can chat with a Bauer Hockey representative.
And oh hey:
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The winner will be announced on Friday. Good luck and have fun!
1. Who was the first non-Canadian captain of the Red Wings?
2. How heavy was the Octopus that was thrown onto the ice by Bob
Dubisky and Larry Shotwell in the 1995 playoffs?
3. Who was the first ever Detroit Red Wings draft pick? (BONUS:
What amateur team did he play for?)
4. Name all five players in franchise history whose last name
started with the letter ‘Z’.
5. Name the three players in DRW history to wear #13.
6. Who did Manny Legace once call “the toughest guy I’ve ever played with”?
7. In the 2007-08 season opener, what Red Wing scored the
game-winning shootout goal?
8. In Johan Franzen’s first career regular season four-point game,
who’d we play and what was the final score?
9. With a 5-2 win against Chicago in 2005, Manny Legace became the
first goalie in NHL history to accomplish what?
10. What historic event happened on August 24, 1972?
11. What Red Wings Hall of Famer was born on September 28, 1911?
12. Name both of the Red Wings current minor league affiliates.
13. How many Swedes are currently on the Red Wings roster?
14. Who is the youngest current Red Wings prospect?
15. Name the three franchise leaders in plus/minus.
BONUS: Who was the last Red Wing to record 4 assists in a playoff game?
BONUS 2: Who is the only Red Wing to record two PPG in the same period
of a playoff game?
BONUS 3: What OTHER Detroit hockey team won the championship in 1996-97?
This is good news, too:
Update #9: According to Sport-Express, the Russian Olympic orientation campers won't skate in Sochi on Friday or Saturday. However (and here's some garbled Google-translated Russian)..
The exact scenario is a two-day gathering staff team has not been developed. Perhaps he will now - after a meeting with the head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov and general manager Alexei Kasatonov. However, the "SE" has learned some details of the plans of the national team.
In Sochi, Malkin and to arrive on Friday morning. Further schedule does not depend on the intentions of Bilyaletdinov with Kasatonov. The fact that the players of Olympic planning to Vladimir Putin. Levee should be the only event of Friday's gathering of Sochi. Only now the president of Russia will be able to include in their schedules a meeting with the national team? Finally, it will be known later.
On Saturday, the team headquarters, along with its main stars will meet with the media. After that the team will be more organized tour of the Olympic facilities in Sochi. And the players are planning to introduce not only the arena in which, in February 2014, the first matches of the main tournament will be held every four years, but also bring their mountain cluster in the capital of the White games.
It should be noted that the preparation for the reception hockey team started in the Black Sea city yesterday.
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