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Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related stories:
In the overnight report I suggested that the Red Wings looked "very young" during last night's shootout loss to Boston, and ESPN's Katie Strang offered a similar take regarding the Wings' sophomore players--focusing upon Gustav Nyquist's strong performance thus far--in ESPN's "Pucks Central" round-up:
The Detroit News's Robert Snell, David Shepardson and Christine Ferretti report that the Red Wings' soon-to-be former home will play a role in the City of Detroit's bankruptcy settlement [edit: though the Joe was always scheduled to be demolished under the Wings' follow-on rink deal]:
The last major holdout creditor in Detroit's bankruptcy case will get to redevelop the Joe Louis Arena site under terms of a deal struck early Thursday aimed at speeding the city's exit from bankruptcy court.
Under the deal, holdout bond insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. will replace the longtime home of the Detroit Red Wings with a hotel, riverfront condominiums and retail. The development, which includes the Joe Louis Arena parking garage, has the potential to transform a stretch of the riverfront west of Cobo Center and complement earlier redevelopment efforts along the Detroit River.
"This will be hopefully another turning moment for this area of Detroit," Detroit bankruptcy attorney Corinne Ball said.
The deal flips FGIC from being the last major creditor fighting Detroit's debt-cutting plan into a partner in the city's revitalization. Another partner includes a fellow bond insurer, Syncora Guarantee Inc., which reached an earlier development deal with Detroit involving the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, cash and a parking garage in Grand Circus Park.
Pardon the lack of filter (yes, I have a filter, it's just not very good) at almost 4 AM, but it's late and this is something I realized didn't belong in the overnight report:
Now I'm resigned to the fact that the next three days will involve chasing down coverage of not only the Red Wings as they head to the Centre of the Hockey Universe, but also several days' worth of "Coach Boner" scuttlebutt from the Toronto media in "print," "on video" and on Toronto's all-hockey-all-the-time sports talk radio stations.
When a goaltender does things like this during the final minute of play, one really shouldn't suggest that a "shitty shootout performance" prevented someone who stopped 37 shots "didn't deliver," but despite his heroic play from minutes 0 to 65, especially given that the Wings were out-shot 14-4 in the 1st period alone...
Jimmy Howard got lit up during the shootout, surrendering easy goals on 2 easy shots by David Krejci and Reilly Smith because he barely got off of the goal line, never mind "out of the blue paint," and the Red Wings dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Boston Bruins as a result.
As I really expected, the Wings are now 1-1-and-1 going into Toronto for a home-and-home series against the team whose media has a serious "Coach Boner" for Mike Babcock.
After Friday and Saturday night's games, the Wings will then head to Montreal on Tuesday the 21st, before playing a strange end-of-month schedule (hosting Pittsburgh on the 23rd, then heading to Philly on the 25th, coming home, then heading to Washington on the 29th, and wrapping up the month hosting the Kings on Halloween), and at this point, each and every one of the next three within-division games really are "4-point" affairs.
In addition to the prospect news reported on Wednesday:
In game action Wednesday night, in the WHL, Mitch Wheaton didn't play in the Kelowna Rockets' 6-4 win over Kamloops;
And Joe Hicketts did score a goal in the Victoria Royals' 3-2 loss to Edmonton, but the goal was scored with 2 seconds left in the game.
Most importantly for Red Wings fans, the Walleye chose to end their dual affiliations with Detroit and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill told the Blade's Jon Sicotte that the Walleye's single-affiliation status should help both detroit and Grand Rapids...
Prior to the shootout, I was going to say that, "Nobody had a good game but Jimmy Howard," but after Howard gave up 2 goals on 2 shots--his usual dreadful, dreadful shootout performance--and the Boston Bruins defeated Detroit 3-2, well...
Nobody on the Red Wings' roster had a good game, including the guy who stopped 37 of 39 shots but couldn't deliver after earning the Wings 1 point over and over again but surrendering the second without much of a fight (especially given Nestrasil [poke checked] and Nyquist's [high and wide] shootout attempts).
Howard earned the Wings a point and probably deserved better, but no one in front of him was decent for a full 65 minutes.
This was an incredibly mediocre game all around, and now the 1-1-and-1 Wings will practice on Thursday and prepare for an away-and-home series against a Maple Leafs team that's 2-and-2, starting in Toronto on Friday and concluding in Detroit on Saturday.
Updated at 11:55 PM: In the WHL, Mitch Wheaton remains sidelined but the Kelowna Rockets defeated Kamloops 4-2, and Joe Hicketts' last-two-seconds goal couldn't help the Victoria Royals complete a comeback. They lost 3-2 to Edmonton.
One Red Wings prospect will be in action tonight as Joe Hicketts' Victoria Royals play the Edmonton Oil Kings tonight at 10 PM EDT, and Mitch Wheaton ("upper-body injury") remains sidelined as his Kelowna Rockets battle Kalmoops at 10 PM EDT, but there's enough prospect news out already that there's just no point in "sitting on it."
In Sweden's J20 SuperElit league, Christoffer Ehn had an assist and centered the Frolunda Indians' J20 team's first line as Frolunda lost 5-4 to Farjestads BK in a shootout;
Of afternoon-and-or-evening-related note ahead of tonight's game bewteen the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings (8 PM EDT on NBCSN/TVA Sports/Sportsnet 1/97.1 FM):
First, here's the Red Wings' game-day preview video:
There are no lineup changes for Detroit, though Mike Babcock spoke at length about the need for the "Riley and the Slovaks" line to improve, and Paul noted that the news on Daniel Alfredsson isn't good.
MLive's Ansar Khan reported that Ken Holland spoke with Alfredsson regarding his inability to practice due to back pain...
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
More and more signs are pointing to Daniel Alfredsson retiring rather than returning to the Detroit Red Wings.
Afredsson, less than two months shy of his 42nd birthday, is no longer skating at Joe Louis Arena, and last week told general manager Ken Holland that there wasn't much of a chance that that would change.
"He was feeling pretty good but was getting frustrated because he wasn't getting over the hump," Holland told the Free Press today. "He would feel good, push it and have a setback. He was frustrated because he was not able to get to the point where he wants to be at to tell me he wants to practice with us."
Updated 5x at 1:46 PM: The Red Wings host the Boston Bruins tonight (8 PM EDT start on NBCSN, TVA Sports, Sportsnet 1 and 97.1 FM) in one of those dang NBCSN "Rivalry Night" games, and as the Bruins are 1-and-3, they're seeking to both bounce back and earn a measure of revenge for last Thursday's 2-1 loss.
The Wings head to Toronto after Thursday's practice to play the 2-and-2 Maple Leafs, who defeated Colorado 3-2 in OT last night, and the Leafs will simply watch the Wings and Bruins duke it out and practice tomorrow before hosting the Wings on Friday and head to Detroit on Saturday.
MLive's Ansar Khan reported that the Wings' morning skate was uneventful...
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