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Neither the Red Wings nor the Tampa Bay Lightning have had particularly good times since the Wings' 3-1 win over Tampa Bay way back on October 12th. Tonight, the teams tangle for the final time in Detroit this season (7:30 PM EST on FSD/Sun Sports/97.1 FM) and the last time until February.
Tampa Bay may sit atop the Wings and in second place in the Atlantic Division standings, but they do so with a 6-5-and-2 record, and win number 6, a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, snapped a 4-game losing streak. As you know by now, the Red Wings' 5-3 win over Ottawa on Saturday snapped a streak in which the Wings lost 5 of 6 games.
In Tampa Bay's case, Sunday's win came in the back half of a back-to-back set of games, and the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports that the Lightning changed up their lines, breaking up the "Triplets Line" to shake up the team's offense:
We've dealt with this before, but the Ottawa Senators and their press corps remain pretty close to enraged about this hit:
The first piece of structural steel has been put in place that will form a portion of the skeleton of the Detroit Red Wings’ $532.5 million arena.
The piece is a 41-foot, 4-inch I-beam that is part of a $50 million contract awarded earlier this year to Detroit-based Midwest Steel Inc. for more than 9,500 tons of steel, according to a statement Monday from project manager Olympia Development of Michigan.
Midwest Steel also has a contract for structural precast concrete for $7.7 million.
The massive excavation that moved 488,000 cubic yards of soil to create the area of the ice rink and seating bowl 40 feet below street level was completed in August, and hundreds of deep pier foundations were drilled and filled with concrete through September.
And MLive's Ian Thibodeau:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
The fact that "Nyquist" won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Race last weekend yielded questions to Gustav Nyquist about the horse with his name, as noted by the Free Press's George Sipple...
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
As Paul posted, MLive's Ansar Khan penned a practice article that discussed Mike Green and Pavel Datsyuk's health. Khan also posted the Wings' practice lineup, and it involves a few tweaks:
Justin Abdelkader-Henrik Zetterberg-Dylan Larkin
Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Gustav Nyquist
Joakim Andersson/Tomas Jurco-Darren Helm-Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-Landon Ferraro
Niklas Kronwall-Brendan Smith
Danny DeKeyser-Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl-Alexey Marchenko
Kyle Quincey (concussion) and Brad Richards (back) did not skate.
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose took note of the presence of assistant coach Chris Chelios, who was on the ice with the team for the first time on Monday:
Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin took part in a Twitter-based Q and A via the Red Wings' Twitter account, and here's a Tweet-by-Tweet play-by-play of said Q and A:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"It was just good to be out there with the guys in a structured practice," Green said. "I've been skating here the last few days with Pavel (Datsyuk), but it's not the same once you get back into practice, so today was good."
He said the next step is being involved physically in practice.
"Just battling, making sure it's strong enough to do so and once that's the case then I think it's a green light to go," Green said.
Regarding a possible return this weekend, Green said: "Today was a starting point to lead up to that. We'll see how the next few days go."...
Datsyuk, who started practicing with the team last week after skating on his own for some time, took part in battle drills Monday. He's probably still 1-2 weeks away from returning, following off-season ankle surgery.
"He's out there and involved," Blashill said. "And he was involved a little more today than he was the last week and more last week than he was the week before. So he's taking steps in the right direction.
"But I haven't had a conversation with Pav to say how close are you. I think Pav has to feel like he's 100 percent ready to go before he's going to go, as he should. Our goal ultimately is when Pav comes back, that we have him back for the season, so hopefully we can get him to 100 percent."
Patrick Burke explains...
Update #2: Senators coach Dave Cameron had this to say to the Ottawa Sun's Garrioch...
Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron defended Mark Stone for his hit on Landon Ferraro this past Saturday...
And Cameron made sure to ride his, "Zetterberg gave a head shot to Pageau" line...
It should be noted that Stone insisted that he didn't intend to hit Ferraro, either, and that he was glad that Ferraro wasn't more significantly injured, per Garrioch...
“I think I was leaning for the puck and when he got around me I knew he was going to get around me and it was just one of those bad instinct plays by me and it’s something I’m not proud of,” said Stone. “I’m glad he’s okay.”
The Red Wings practiced at the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe today, so they had to drive to and from Joe Louis Arena to dress and then take off their hockey gear. That resulted in a slight delay between practice and the post-practice Tweets and articles.
With Mike Green and Pavel Datsyuk skated with the team,
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose led off the post-practice Tweets with this bit of trivia:
Only nine active NHL players have reached 300 goals, 500 assists and 800 points in their careers. The #RedWings Zetterberg will be the 10th.
In case you're wondering who is in 300/500/800 active club, it's Jar, Iginla, Hossa, Marleau, Lecavalier, Doan, Thornton, D. Sedin & Crosby.
Then DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji weighed in...
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