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Red Wings overnight…reminder type thing…

This is more of a "reminder post" than anything else. However, in terms of Red Wings players taking part in hockey games today:

At the World Championships, the Justin Abdelkader-less Americans will battle Finland at 9:45 AM EDT (on NBCSN), and at the same time, Gustav Nyquist's Swedes will battle Canada (on TSN);

At 1:45 PM, Jakub Kindl's Czechs will battle Norway;

And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins will attempt to stave off elimination and "Defend the Cup" as they battle the Texas Stars at 8 PM EDT (on WOOD Radio and the AHL Live).

Grand Rapids trails Texas 3 games to 2, and both tonight's game and tomorrow's possible Game 7 take place in Austin.

The Detroit Free Press's George Sipple took note of the Griffins' precarious situation after losing on Friday:

The Griffins lost Game 5 to the Texas Stars, 3-2, in overtime, on Friday night at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. The Stars will be looking to clinch the series at home tonight in Game 6. Game 6 starts at 8. Game 7, if necessary, would be at 8:30 Monday night in Texas.

The Stars are the last American Hockey League team to win Games 6 and 7 after losing Game 5 after being tied at 2 in the series. They did it in 2010 against Hamilton. In AHL history, the team that lost Game 5 after a 2-2 tie in a best-of-seven series has lost about 80% of the time.

Petr Mrazek gave up goals on the fourth and fifth shots he faced Friday. He then made 20 consecutive saves before giving up the winner 3:18 into overtime, a slap shot by Chris Mueller.

“We are down, 3-2, but it’s not over yet, we’re going there to win both games,” Mrazek said.

The Griffins have never lost an elimination game under coach Jeff Blashill, going 2-0 in those situations.

“We look at we gotta go to Texas and win Sunday,” Blashill said Friday night. “So, that’s the first thing we’re looking at. How do we deal with it? It’s 3-2. You don’t win series at 3-2. You win them by winning four. Let’s go win Sunday.”

In terms of Saturday's World Championship action, Kindl scored a goal as the Czechs dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Denmark, and Tomas Tatar had a goal and an assist as Slovakia defeated Italy 4-1, but he botched a penalty shot attempt.

This Google-translated bit of Slovakian garble from Hokejportal.sk may explain Tatar's take on his shootout attempt better than any sort of description that I could give to the play:

Tomas Tatar (Forward, Slovak Republic): "We won a lot since the beginning of the match, we did not let the opponent into the lead, we had pressure, we were shooting. Progress duel was very acceptable to us. "

"The first time I escaped the raid, the penalty shot, I had ended, I was not round, then gave me the keeper concrete and not knowing what I already do. After the raid I laughed to myself that I had not score and inventing crap. I'm sorry, I had a lot of chances."

"In result, the team won, but it would be more important match, then I took it on himself. Play on those points and we have. "

Yup. Garbled mess. And I'm glad he laughed at the end of it (the recap includes pictures, too, including Tatar's whiff, as does a photo gallery form Hokej.sk).

For the upcoming week, it's cross-your-fingers about a Griffins game on Monday the 19th...

But in terms of guaranteed hockey action on Monday, Italy will battle Sweden at 1:45 PM EDT on Monday, and Anthony Mantha's Val-d'Or Foreurs will batle Tyler Bertuzzi's Guelph Storm at the Memorial Cup at 7 PM EDT (on Sportsnet and the NHL Network);

On Tuesday, May 20th, the World Championships' round-robin play will conclude with Germany vs. Team USA at 5:45 AM EDT (on NBCSN), Denmark vs. Slovakia at 9:45 AM EDT, and the Czechs vs. France at 1:45 PM EDT.

Mantha's Foreurs will battle the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7 PM EDT (etc. etc.), too.

On Wednesday, May 21st, Bertuzzi's Storm will play the London Knights at 7 PM EDT (etc. etc.)...

After that, the World Championships' quarterfinals take place on Thursday, the Memorial Cup's quarterfinals begin on Thursday, and Nicklas Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman and Ruslan Salei will be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 24th, when the Worlds' bronze game takes place.

Both the World Championship final and the Memorial Cup's championship game take place on Sunday, May 25th.




Otherwise...Team Sweden assistant coach Tommy Boustedt is live-Tweeting from the Swedes' morning skate...

And the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa posited two tidbits of Red Wings-related note--sort of--in his Sunday notebook:

San Jose GM Doug Wilson announced on Thursday that Dan Boyle will not be re-signed. The Sharks will compensate for Boyle’s departure by moving Brent Burns, once Joe Thornton’s righthand man, back to defense. The Sharks could still get an asset for Boyle by trading his rights before he reaches the market. If so, expect Detroit to be in the mix. The Red Wings need a right-shot, puck-rushing defenseman such as Boyle. Boyle would be the equivalent of Brian Rafalski — a small but smart, mobile, experienced, and offensive-minded defenseman.


At this point, Barry Trotz is probably happy he was turfed by the Predators. Trotz will be in even higher demand once Pittsburgh’s job opens up. He’ll be able to call his destination and his price.

One can hope.

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