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by George Malik on 01/21/13 at 06:17 PM ET
Things one learns that surprise them: apparently, it is possible to get hypothermia while attempting to burrow under the covers in your bed. I learned that one thanks to a significant power outage in South Lyon, when it got down to the high 40's in TMR headquarters, and I'm still practically shivering--which is incredibly rare for this polar bear.
So that's why I was absent on Sunday and for part of Monday. As such, I missed a chunk of Red Wings news, and here's a summary of the MSM's articles from the past 20-something hours, posted in bullet-point form as there's a game taking place tonight (Detroit vs. Columbus, 7:30 PM on Fox Sports Detroit, the NBC Sports Network and 97.1 FM, and you can find practice and personnel updates here), given that tomorrow night, the Wings hold their home opener vs. Dallas (7:30 PM, FSD/97.1) and given that the team has officially announced that there will be a presser at 4:30 PM tomorrow in which a certain Tomas Holmstrom will make his retirement official:
- After the team practiced on Sunday, they told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan that they were very dissatisfied with their effort against St. Louis;
- Kulfan reported that the Wings lost Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder), Jonas Gustavsson (groin) and Jan Mursak (shoulder) to injuries, with Mursak's being the most significant;
- The News posted a photo gallery from Saturday's drubbing;
- And Kulfan noted that Patrick Eaves will make his 2013 season debut tonight.
Detroit Free Press:
- Helene St. James took part in a chat with Freep.com users today;
- St. James spoke to Damien Brunner both prior to and after his NHL debut;
- Drew Sharp profiled Brendan Smith for a Sunday notebook;
- It was assumed that Todd Bertuzzi would be out for a significant period of time with mononucleosis;
- St. James noted that the Wings suffered injuries to Ericsson and Gustavsson on Sunday;
- Which she repeated while setting up tonight's game;
- And Jamie Samuelssen insisted that one game does not a season make.
- Chuck Pleiness took note of the injuries on Sunday, Jan Mursak's status as having a collarbone injury...
- And he noted that Mike Babcock felt that his team gave up "freebies" against the Blues.
- Ansar Khan wondered aloud whether the Wings' struggles against St. Louis are a sign of things to come for the team's patchwork defensive corps;
- He noted the doofy injuries suffered at practice on Sunday;
- He spoke to the players about their desire to rebound tonight against Columbus;
- And Brendan Savage has a game-day post up.
Detroit Red Wings:
- The Wings have a game-day blog up;
- Bill Roose spoke to the team about its desire to play much better against Columbus;
- And Jan Mursak's absence looks like it's going to be a "several week" one;
Grand Rapids Griffins:
- The Griffins and IceHogs' websites did post both recaps and photo galleries from Saturday night's tilt;
- The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner penned a recap from Saturday night's tilt, and pointed us toward videos of the brawl that took place during the game;
- The Rockford Register-Star's Reed Schreck offered the IceHogs' take on the game;
- The Red Wings recalled both Thomas McCollum and Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids;
- On Monday, Joakim Andersson was named the AHL's player of the week;
- And the team has officially signed Mike Knuble to a pro try-out contract.
- The Toledo Walleye defeated the Evansville Icemen 2-1 on Saturday, with Jordan Pearce stopping 22 shots. The Walleye's website provides a recap, and Pearce headed to Grand Rapids to replace McCollum.
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