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from Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider,
The Kings are 0-5-1 in their last six trips to Detroit, an interesting and at times excruciating record that has interestingly coincided with the club’s ascendance to contending for (and winning) Stanley Cups.
There was, of course, Niklas Kronwall’s tie-breaking “goal” on January 18, 2014, which came off assists from Jonathan Quick’s back and the protective netting. Jonathan Ericsson provided a tiebreaking dagger with 4.5 seconds remaining after a late Alec Martinez equalizer in a February, 2013 game, and a pair of Red Wings goals in the final five minutes earned the home team a one-goal victory shortly before a six-game Los Angeles win streak in March, 2012.
The Kings haven’t won in the building since March 9, 2011, having been outscored 26-12 over that stretch. Obviously, the Red Wings have consistently been very good during and well before the beginning of this current stretch.
“It’s something that’s really hard to build, and they’ve made the playoffs for 20-something years in a row, and that’s probably one of the more staggering feats when you look around the league,” Dustin Brown said. “I don’t know how many teams have made it ten straight years, so it’s just a credit to what they’ve built over the last couple of decades.”
Updated 11x at 2:29 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to win their seventh straight home-ice game against the Los Angeles Kings this evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/FS West/97.1 FM), and the morning skate yielded no changes from yesterday's anticipated lineup (which includes Brendan Smith), nor any changes in the Kings' lineup.
Per MLive's Ansar Khan, that means we'll see the following players skate for Detroit...
Updated 3x at 11:56 AM: The Red Wings face a stiff task in attempting to defeat the Los Angeles Kings this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS West/97.1 FM), and with the Wings playing their 5th game in 8 nights, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reports that the Wings "took an optional" this morning.
It's an optional skate this morning for the #RedWings with 17 players on ice here at JLA. Puck drop tonight vs. @LAKings is 7:30 p.m. EDT.
The #RedWings not skating this morning are Richards, Tatar, Nyquist, Datsyuk and Helm.
DetroitRedWIngs.com's Dana Wakiji reported in...
From NHLPA.com's Chris Lomon:
A two-year-old horse that bears the name of the Red Wings forward is also turning heads, fashioning an unblemished record and a victory at the prestigious Breeders’ Cup World Championships in early November.
Owned by longtime Wings fan Paul Reddam, Nyquist, the player, joins a stable of Detroit players who have had horses named in their honour.
Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, Peter Mrazek, Henrik Zetterberg and 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Nicklas Lidtsrom have also received the same homage.
“I’ve never really kept track of horse racing, but this has made me get into it a lot more,” said Nyquist. “It’s cool, but also really weird when you watch the race and your name in a different place than the ice. Of course, he’s my favourite horse.”
Boasting five wins in as many starts, Nyquist, the horse, could be a prominent player in next year’s Kentucky Derby, one of racing’s premier events, the first event in the U.S. Triple Crown.
From the Red Wings:
16TH Annual Toast of Hockeytown TICKETS NOW ON SALE
… Annual Event Takes Place on Monday, Jan. 18 on the Covered Ice at Joe Louis Arena …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings Foundation today announced that tickets to the 16th Annual Toast of Hockeytown are now on sale. The exclusive event is set for Monday, Jan. 18 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the covered ice at Joe Louis Arena. Benefitting the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Toast of Hockeytown has sold out in each of its first 15 years. Only 550 tickets are available for this exclusive event and all ticket purchases are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Fans can look forward to mingling with the entire Red Wings team and coaches, alumni and other local celebrities while enjoying live entertainment, delectable foods, drinks and desserts. Numerous local restaurants will once again participate as strolling food station partners. The event will also feature various wines from across the globe, along with craft beer and spirit options hailing from the state of Michigan. Additionally, each guest will receive a commemorative Red Wings gift for attending.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Q: Mike Green seems to struggle more in the defensive zone with decision making. He also hasn't been great on the power play either. What now?
A: Patience. Green got off to a slow start, then missed six-plus games with a shoulder injury. He's played six games since returning and seems to be improving. The best defense is a good offense for Green. He's been more active, joining the rush and creating scoring chances.
He's not the offensive force he was earlier in his career but he'll get his points. Like the rest of the team, he's not hitting the net enough, averaging just 1.46 shots per game (his career average before this season was 2.38).
Q: Very good game played by the Wings (last Tuesday vs. Washington), but (Niklas) Kronwall again made a bad error and caused another 'heart in the throat' moment. Why he keeps getting a free pass is beyond me. And it is not all his fault. It started with (former coach Mike Babcock) and now Jeff (Blashill) is continuing it. He needs to come off the power play and be allowed to concentrate on defense.
A: Kronwall's off to a shaky start (no goals, seven assists, minus-7 in 19 games) but taking him off the power play is not an option. Green is the only other full-time point option on the power play among defensemen (Jakub Kindl and Danny DeKeyser see spot duty).
Like Green, Kronwall has a proven track record. Just give him some time.
more Q & A...
The 9-8-and-2 Red Wings reach the 20-game mark against the 12-and-6 Los Angeles Kings on Friday evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/FS West/97.1 FM), and the Wings spent Thursday's practice emphasizing the team's need to generate offense, while the Kings...didn't practice.
Los Angeles last skated on Wednesday in Philadelphia, the site of their 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers this past Tuesday, and LA took the Thursday off while traveling to Detroit.
The Kings have won 3 straight games and 7 of 10, so Detroit's facing LA at an inopportune time, but the Wings need to rebound from Wednesday's 2-1 OT loss to the Capitals on Wednesday as best they can, and the schedule affords Detroit no quarter.
Friday's game represents the Wings' 5th in 8 nights, and Saturday's game against the Blues will be the Wings' 6th in 9 nights, so the Wings will have to battle through physical and mental fatigue against two very big, very physical teams.
The Red Wings have produced two videos chronicling Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom's experiences during their Hockey Hall of Fame induction weekend, and you can watch them below:
Update: Evgeny Svechnikov scored 2 goals and was named the 2nd star of the game in Team QMJHL's 6-4 win over Svechnikov and Team Russia in the final game of the CHL Canada-Russia series.
Of prospect-related note:
There's one more game to be played tonight--as Evgeny Svechnikov and Team Russia will close out the Canada-Russia series against the QMJHL tonight in Halifax--but most of the Red Wings' prospects have already played today, so there's no point in waiting for later this evening to file this entry.
In the ECHL, Jake Paterson stopped 28 of 30 shots and Marek Tvrdon was held off the scoresheet as the Toledo Walleye dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Kalmazoo K-Wings in an exhibition game. The Walleye's website posted a recap...
DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with Niklas Kronwall, Tomas Tatar and Justin Abdelkader regarding the NHL and NHLPA's decision to shift the All-Star Game to a 3-on-3 tournament format:
The NHL likes the 3-on-3 overtime format so much that it's changing the All-Star Game to it. There will be three 20-minute games played 3-on-3 and the teams will be by division.
"The idea of 3-on-3 is great," Niklas Kronwall said. "Now in the games, you can see how exciting it is. Not just to play but I think the fans really enjoy it, too. You get to see even more skill come out with these fantastic guys that we have."
Fans will vote for a player for each division and that player will captain his respective team, which will have six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.
The NHL Hockey Operations Department will choose the other 40 players and every team will have at least one representative.
"It’s going to be a little bit different," Tomas Tatar said. "I think the All-Star Game should be something that the people like because it’s for them. I feel that they should somehow be involved with what they’d like to see because we are playing it for the fans. I’m not sure who came up with the idea, but if people like it I don’t have a problem with that, but it’s up to them."
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