The Malik Report
by George Malik on 10/09/13 at 12:13 PM ET
Updated 5x at 3:34 PM: The Red Wings returned to work this morning after a welcome "off day" on Tuesday, preparing to play four games over the course of six nights, starting with Tomorrow's tilt against Phoenix (7:30 PM, FSD/97.1 FM) and continuing with games against Philadelphia (7 PM on Saturday the 12th), Boston (1 PM on Monday the 14th) and Columbus (7 PM on Tuesday the 15th), as well as a quick trip out West (to Colorado on Thursday the 17th and Phoenix on Saturday the 19th)...
We'll begin with some historical notes...
It's apparently a busy day at JLA...
All present and accounted for?
At least the Wings have already been accommodating his cap hit...And...
When Eaves is good to go, that's when things get messy. Gustavsson and Mrazek will be swapped out. Eaves coming back = problems. Ditto for Helm.
Update #0.5: For the record, the Phoenix Coyotes lost 6-1 to the Islanders on Tuesday, so they'll be coming into Detroit "fresh," but Phoenix and Philly play in Philadelphia on Friday, so the Wings will catch the Flyers on the back half of back-to-backs.
"It was a blast," said Howard of the epic baseball game. "It's fun being just a fan and sitting there and cheering, and not being in that situation. That game was awesome to be part of. It was amazing to watch (Max) Scherzer pitch out of that (bases loaded) jam in the eighth."
Zetterberg didn't understand baseball when he first came to North America but now considers himself a fan.
"I enjoy it a lot, especially this time of year it's fun to watch," said Zetterberg, who attended both Games 3 and 4. "It took me a few years, but now I'm really getting it. I really like going to the park and watching the games and spending time with friends. Anything can happen. You can be up five or six runs and suddenly it can be tied. The playoffs are so tight."
Everyone agreed it's a lot more difficult watching these types of games than participating.
"Way more nervous to watch them than to coach us," coach Mike Babcock said. "It was exciting stuff. Attitude is contagious, work ethic is contagious, hitting is contagious and scoring is contagious. Once they got a couple of hits and the guys got confidence, it's exactly the same as our game. It's the same thing. You get going and you get the feeling and you have some swagger back.
"That's what I'm watching. They're all the same, a bunch of guys competing and the other team is competing, too."
It was a lot easier, said Howard, goaltending Game 7 against Chicago last spring in the playoffs.
"When you're out there, not much is going through your mind," he said. "Speaking for myself, when I'm out there I just play and whatever happens, happens. I don't know what mindframe they took into the game, but I'm sure they weren't thinking anything other than going out and playing baseball."
Howard will don a mask that features large pink ribbons in recognition of breast cancer awareness month. His blocker and glove also will be accented in pink. His new pink and white pads haven’t arrived yet, however, so he doubts he’ll be able to break them in in time for the game against the Flyers at Joe Louis Arena.
“My way to try and help out,’’ Howard said. “There have been women I’ve known that have been (affected by the disease), so it means a lot to be able to do something like this.’’
Howard said he is planning to wear the pink equipment in two games this month, though not in Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Joe (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
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