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The Red Wings flew to New York after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, a game in which the Wings played worse than Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo but earned no points due to a lack of structured, spirited and/or attentive/gritty/determined play.
Tonight, the Wings play the New York Rangers in a lovely NBCSN Rivalry Night game (8 PM EDT on NBCSN), with Jonas Gustavsson slated to oppose Henrik Lundqvist, and the undermanned Rangers are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to St. Louis on Monday, so they're going to be in a swell mood, too.
The weirdest post-game story unfolded on Twitter after the game (the best story was the statement Gordie Howe's family released), and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan tried to explain what did or did not happen:
On a night when the United States has begun to elect the Dumpster Fire vs. the Steaming Pile of Poop, the Red Wings displayed all the qualities of our elected officials in stand-around-itis, a complete and total inability to pay attention to details and a general lack of interest in doing much more than yelling at each other and expecting things to change en route to a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators...
Updated 2x at 10:39 PM: I was forwarded this email from @howehattrick, and it's good news:
One of the families in our neighborhood is related to Gordie Howe, and posted this on our subdivision website. I thought you'd like to see her note:
So many neighbors have asked and sent well wishes. I've been getting some updates from Texas and can share that Mr. Hockey continues to amaze and break records.
Last week, we were fully expecting to say goodbye, this week he is talking, using his right hand, and walking as much as 40 steps at a time.
Gordie is nearly 87, and his health is not good, but he is not hanging up his skates just yet. He is truly humbled and cheered by the support he has received.
Also, Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji reported this email was sent to Hockeybuzz by Mark Howe:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings center Stephen Weiss' latest injury isn't long-term, it appears.
Weiss might return to practice this weekend. He was forced to leave after two periods during his first game of a conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins last Wednesday due to a groin issue.
"He's feeling better every day. It appears nothing more than a groin strain," general manager Ken Holland said. "We'll be conservative because of what's happened in the last year and what happened two periods into his conditioning stint."
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
... Remember, too, that Nyquist did his damage last season largely while Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were out of the lineup with injuries. That gave him first-line minutes. That put him on the first power play. He and his teammates weren’t deferring to Datsyuk and Zetterberg, and though he faced top competition, his opponents didn’t know him well. Now Datsyuk and Zetterberg are back, and Nyquist is no secret anymore.
The Wings have shuffled their lines often this season, but if everyone is healthy, Nyquist probably won’t play a first-line role. He has been bumped from the first power play once already. As coach Mike Babcock told reporters, when Nyquist plays with Datsyuk and Zetterberg, he “never gets the puck.” The Wings thought he would get more touches playing with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar. When Nyquist was hot last season, he was averaging 3.03 shots per game. Now he’s averaging only 2.18.
“I’m hoping these young guys, just because Pav and Hank are back, that they’re not going to take a backseat and say, ‘OK, now I don’t want to be seen too much, because now it’s their team,’ ” Kronwall said. “We need them to keep developing and keep pushing, keep scoring, keep playing hard just the way they did last year.”
As for Nyquist losing his sleeper status, Kronwall said: “I’m sure guys will have scouted him, teams will have scouted him. They’ll know more about him and his tendencies, and that’s going to be a good challenge for him.”
The Red Wings are preparing to battle the Ottawa Senators this evening, and one beat writer was conspicuously absent from the Wings' morning skate--for good reason. The Free Press's Helene St. James was penning an article about the status of one Anthony Mantha, who she reports is 2-3 weeks from playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins as he slowly but surely works his way toward contact practices...
The 20-year-old Detroit Red Wings prospect saw a highly anticipated training camp crash when he fractured a tibia in mid-September, and injury from which he's only just started to recover. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press Tuesday that Mantha "has been given clearance to partake in some practice drills this week. Barring setbacks, sometime in the next couple of weeks, we hope we're talking about dressing him for a game."
Updated 9x at 3:16 PM: The Detroit Red Wings kick off a set of back-to-back games against the Ottawa Senators this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/TSN5/RDS2/97.1 FM; Wednesday's opponent, the New York Rangers, dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to St. Louis on Monday night), and the Senators' website set the scene for tonight's action:
The Sens are coming off of a 4-2 road loss at the hands of the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad scored the Senators' goals while Robin Lehner made 26 saves in the loss. The Senators now have a record of 5-3-2 through 10 games.
The Red Wings are coming off of a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo on Sunday. Tomas Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk scored the goals for the Red Wings while Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots in the loss. Detroit is 6-2-3 in their 11 games.
This is the first meeting between the two this season.
The Senators took to the ice first at the Canadian Tire Centre this morning, as noted by the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch...
The Detroit Red Wings will kick off a set of back-to-back games against the Ottawa Senators this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/TSN5/RDS2) and the New York Rangers on "Wednesday Night Rivalry Night," with tomorrow's game completing a 3-games-in-4-nights stretch.
The 5-3-and-2 Senators aren't going to be particularly welcoming at the Canadian Tire Centre this evening as they last dropped a 4-2 decision to Boston this past Saturday and are 1-2-and-2 over the course of their last 5 games; the 5-4-and-2 Rangers are severely undermanned, but they dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to St. Louis on Monday (Cam Talbot started, so Henrik Lundqvist will "go" Wednesday), and they've lost a pair of shootout decisions, so they're hoping to jump on a tired Wings team tomorrow.
Given that the Senators are embarking upon a 4-games-in-6-nights stretch and given that the Wings are amidst a 4-in-6 stretch of their own, the beat writers for both sides went for a little stick-to-the-predictable-angle stories on Monday--and they didn't offer much in the way of new content overnight, so...PREPARE FOR REPETITION!
This morning's crop of prospect news isn't particularly big. However:
If you live in Saskatoon, SK, Brandon, MB, Peterborough, ON or Kingston, ON, you will have the opportunity to watch what are essentially "All-Star" teams of WHL, OHL (and in Bathurst, NB and Rimouski, QC, QMJHL) players taking on Russian stars in the Subway Super Series, and their ranks include some Red Wings prospects.
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