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The Red Wings can't seem to get their positives to outnumber the negatives dogging them lately, and that has Detroit fighting for its playoff life as the scene shifts to Nashville on Sunday.
On Thursday night, the Red Wings were able to eke out a point of a 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose--in a game that they didn't play very well--and despite a much, much better effort in terms of intensity, attention to detail, actually playing puck possession hockey and not only taking shots, but chasing pucks, retrieving rebounds, going to the opposing team's net to cause havoc while generating secondary and tertiary scoring opportunities, and really bearing down defensively after a lackluster first period...
The Detroit Red Wings cannot score three goals, and they are dooming their own playoff chances because of it, having dropped 3 of 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks and following up last night's 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose with a 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago.
For the second night in a row, the Red Wings gave up the first goal, a bizarre back-door-tap-in by Viktor Stalberg.
For the second night in a row, the Wings tied things up, getting a power play tip-in by Johan Franzen off a Carlo Colaiacovo shot, and for the second night in a row, the Wings took a 2-1 lead quickly, with Cory Emmerton banging home a rebound for a top-shelf goal. But the Wings seemed to trip over themselves when the Hawks were given a too-many men penalty with 1:31 left in the 2nd. They stopped moving forward. They seemed content to guard a 2-goal lead.
Updated 8x at 3:26 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face a must-win situation tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 PM EDT, FSD Plus/CSN Chicago/NHL Network, with the requisite Center Ice/GameCenter Live blackout/97.1 FM), and the Blackhawks' morning skate was a routine affair...
Updated 3x at 12 PM: Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related news:
If there's anyone who needed to hear that the Red Wings are officially committed to holding their summer prospect development camp, their prospect tournament and the big club's main camp in Traverse City, it was the venue that lost at least half of its operating income when the lockout canceled last year's prospect tournament and training camp. Centre Ice Arena's Anne Reaves spoke to the Traverse City Record-Eagle's James Cook about the news (and estimates suggested that Centre Ice lost somewhere between $1.5 and $2 million and that the Traverse City area may have lost out on $4 million in ancillary spending):
"It was one of the most frustrating situations to not know the outcome and then to watch everything fall to the wayside," Reeves said. "Our challenge is to kick the moss off the rock and get it rolling downhill again. We've got to build that momentum. It's a challenge, but I'm confident we'll be able to get our crowds back. There's no question."
The Detroit Red Wings couldn't take Red Bird III to Chicago as the plane just ferried the Tigers to San Jose, so it's my (and Jones36 on Twitter's) best guess that the Wings took a Delta charter to the Windy City facing a must-win situation against the Blackhawks this evening (8:30 PM EDT, FSD Plus/CSN Chicago/NHL Network U.S. w/ blackout of Center Ice/GameCenter Live included/97.1 FM) after dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
The Wings gained a point--and a point is good--but the Wings' point gives them all of 2 points of breathing room over the Coyotes and three over the Stars and Blue Jackets--and regardless of whether you or I are thrilled with the lineup on a given night, it's the fact that the horses the Wings do have in their stable aren't getting the job done that worries me.
They just can't score. I don't know how else to put it. The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the San Jose Sharks, and with four straight road games coming up, starting with tomorrow night's tilt against Chicago (8:30 PM EDT, FSD Plus), the Wings...
Either couldn't or wouldn't score. Despite a sterling performance by Howard, shootout excluded, and the Wings rallying from a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead 2:29 into the 3rd period, the Wings couldn't hold onto their lead, and really, aside from a 14-to-8-shot leading second period, they continue to struggle so incredibly mightily to score goals that it's infuriating, never mind frustrating.
I don't know what to say. I really don't. This could be truly devastating. It's not that the coach isn't doing enough (see: line and defensive changes), it's not that the goalie isn't doing enough...It's that the horses aren't getting the job done, and going 2-4-and-1 over the last seven is simply unacceptable.
Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist hasn't been playing in the AHL for almost a month now, but he was still named to the AHL's First All-Star Team. From the Griffins' PR department, here comes the tip of an iceberg worth of Red Wings pre-game stories:
NYQUIST NAMED TO AHL FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Griffins right wing Gustav Nyquist on Thursday was named to the 2012-13 American Hockey League First All-Star Team.
Nyquist, 23, leads the Griffins with 60 points (23-37—60) in 58 games and ranks among the team’s leaders with 37 assists (1st), nine power play goals (1st), 25 power play points (1st), a plus-10 rating (7th), two game-winning goals (T5th), three shootout goals (2nd) and 169 shots (2nd). Despite missing 12 of Grand Rapids’ last 13 games while with the parent Detroit Red Wings, Nyquist still sits eighth in the AHL in scoring, as he was leading the league in scoring at the time of his recall. He also has 18 multipoint games, the most of any Griffins player, and had four three-point games over his last nine contests with the club (Feb. 23-March 19).
The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau has announced the dates for the Detroit Red Wings' 2013 training camp, the prospect tournament which proceeds it and the Wings' summer development camp, too:
The Detroit Red Wings will be returning to Traverse City, MI to host their annual prospects tournament and training camp at Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, Mich. Additionally Centre I.C.E. will also host the Wings annual prospect development camp July 12th through the 20th.
Training camp will begin Sept. 12 and run through Sept. 18 with ticket prices expected to run between $10 – $30. Camp begins with morning practices on September 12th, 13th, and 14th. The red-and-white game will be held Sept. 15th. At the conclusion of the Red and White game, the Wings will then divide into two teams prior to the preseason games against the Pittsburgh Penguins on the 16th and the Chicago Black Hawks on the 17th. Players not involved in those games will remain in Traverse City for morning scrimmages on those days.
Continued with many, many more important dates and information, including news about an alumni game taking place at Centre Ice Arena. It might be wise to follow Lindenau and Red Wings Camps on Twitter for more updates regarding the summer development camp, prospect tournament and main camp...
Update: The Wings simultaneously issued a press release regarding training camp:
Updated 9x at 2:14 PM: The Detroit Red Wings are preparing for what is essentially a must-win game against the San Jose Sharks tonight (7:30 PM EDT, FSD/CSN CA/97.1 FM), and while I don't expect to hear much of anything regarding TSN's Aaron Ward's report that the Wings may be close to re-signing Jimmy Howard, I will say this: until it's done--and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff tossed some cold water on the report--all we can do is speculate, and sometimes that's counter-productive, especially given that the beat writers are saying, "Hold your horses there, folks."
Anyway, regarding tonight's game...Comcast Sportsnet California's Kevin Kurz has already penned a game preview...
Via RedWingsFeed, this is the kind of stuff that gets me a little teary-eyed: Vladimir Konstantinov is still "in there" despite suffering a severe traumatic brain injury sixteen years ago, and the Livonia Observer's Ken Abramczyk reports that Konstantinov spends most of his week continuing to recover from his injuries at the Recovery Project in Livonia, MI. I can't quote the whole article, but Konstantinov's mobility continues to improve, and, most importantly, so does his cognitive functioning, even if it's only a little bit at a time:
Konstantinov has developed a level of acceptance for what has happened, Swingle said. “He enjoys watching hockey,” Swingle said. He attends occasional games and visits with players. He enjoys going to restaurants with family and friends. “He knows what is going on,” Swingle said. “He definitely keeps up. The quality of his life has tremendously improved. He can walk by himself.”
After discussion of his recovery, here's...Well, the heartwarming part:
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