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Updated 7x at 2:04 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face a surprisingly stiff task in battling the Winnipeg Jets this evening (7:30 PM EST, FSD/TSN Jets/1270 AM; tonight is Military Appreciation Night at Joe Louis Arena) because the Wings are mired in a 5-game home losing streak, a 4-game losing streak and a 3-4-and-3 record over the Wings' past 10 games.
This will go on top as I forgot it: The Toast of Hockeytown takes place on Wednesday, and Nicklas Lidstrom will be in attendance. If you're interested in getting dressed up and meeting your favorite Wings (including Chris Chelios), rock on with your bad self, because the event raises funds for the Red Wings foundation.
Anyway, the Detroit Red Wings flew to Toronto to take in Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan's inductions into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday afternoon, but they returned to Detroit with a stiff task ahead of them:
Absent Jonathan Ericsson (at least until Friday), Brendan Smith (for another week or two?), Stephen Weiss (7-10 days?) and with Daniel Cleary possibly benched due to a lack of production (I would argue that he looks like he's still trying to remember that he's a Wing after looking like someone who'd saved a marriage at the last minute during training camp) the offensively-challenged and turnover-prone Red Wings hope to break their 5-game home losing streak and turn around a 3-3-and-4 record over their past 10 games when they tangle with the 8-9-and-2 Winnipeg Jets this evening (7:30 PM EST, FSD/TSN Jets/97.1 FM).
The Wings' latest trio of losses have involved dropping a trio of 1-goal leads, including a 2-1 lead in the Wings' 4-2 loss to Winnipeg on November 4th, and the Jets have won two of three games since defeating the Wings a week ago Monday.
I was a little late to the party, but I'm pretty sure that I snagged about 90% of the pre-Monday-evening Hockey Hall of Fame stories in Monday's practice post (no Chelios-P.K. Subban comparisons or Randy Carlyle talking an ex-roommate in Shanahan, but I did an OK job), and if you want to watch their induction speeches...Well, hell, they're worth re-posting...
But the Red Wings were there, and I'm pretty sure that when I say that, I mean the entire team, because the Wings took Red Bird III to Toronto to take in the event.
Brendan Shanahan spoke for 12 minutes...
The general rule for a blogger who's missed time is, "Don't play catch-up," but I make an exception in the case of the Wings' prospects.
So, on a league by league basis, and very briefly, here's a summation of what took place over the past...five evenings.
Griffins post a best-of-October video, announce the return of ‘Tip a Griffin’ event on November 18th
The Grand Rapids posted a must-watch video of their "Best of October" on Monday...
And they announced the return of their "Tip a Griffin" charitable event on Monday, November 18th:
The NHL hasn't posted all of the induction speeches from tonight's Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies, but here's Chris Chelios's 10:13 induction speech...
Here's NHL.com's Corey Masisak's summation of Chelios's speech...
Three Stanley Cups, 656 goals, 1,354 points in 1,524 games played and the "Shanahan Summit" under his belt.
"Meh?" Maybe, per NHL.com's Dan Rosen:
While praising the five new members who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman singled out his own employee as his "personal favorite." Brendan Shanahan is the League's Senior Vice President in charge of Player Safety.
"Obviously my personal favorite is Brendan Shanahan, because I think his contributions to the game based on what he's doing now will even exceed what he did in the 21 years he played," Commissioner Bettman said. "He's making a real mark on how the game is played, making it safer for current players and generations to come."
Asked how long he thinks Shanahan will last in his current position, Commissioner Bettman replied, "You'll have to ask Brendan, but hopefully a very long time."
He gave Shanahan credit for staying true to his values and beliefs despite receiving criticism on a daily basis.
"Listen, he's probably endured more criticism in the last few years than he did in 21 years that he played," Commissioner Bettman said, "but he's smart, he's passionate, he's thoughtful, he's articulate and he's strong-willed, which are all important elements in doing what is the most thankless job."
I guess we'll call this a, "Kinder, gentler" interview: former Red Wing and Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman all but definitively ruled out skating for the Red Wings' Alums at the Winter Classic while engaging in something of a tense media availability prior to Saturday's Wings-Lightning game, so Fox Sports Detroit's Mickey Redmond took a different tack in a second-intermission interview that Fox Sports Detroit just posted on their website:
Red Wings Monday practice post: lines shaken up (Cleary scratched?) HHOF inductions & Yzerman’s ‘no’
Updated 15x at 4:12 PM: The Detroit Red Wings need to get their shi...I mean "stuff" together in short order, especially after their humbling losses to Dallas and Tampa Bay. They resumed practice today having dropped 5 straight games at home and 7 of their last 10. But there's good news! Sort of! Per the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
#redwings winless in five at home. Last time they were winless in six at home was 1996-97. Went on to win Stanley Cup.
The Wings hope to avenge last week's loss to Winnipeg when the Jets come to town tomorrow (7:30 PM, FSD, and tomorrow night is Military Appreciation Night, and the Jets defeated San Jose 5-4 in a shootout on Sunday); after shifting gears and hosting the Toast of Hockeytown on Wednesday, they'll welcome the high-powered Capitals to town on Friday, they'll head to Long Island for a Saturday tilt.
I don't know what to think about the Red Wings right now. The team's 3-2 OT loss to Tampa Bay certainly got this reluctant, "Let's be patient, the coach and GM know more than we do"-leaning Wings fan on the, "For *#$%@&'s sake, if you've got no secondary scoring up here and Gustav Nyquist tied for 5th in AHL scoring with 17 points in 12 games, why is he down there?" bandwagon, and I woke from a couple grams' worth of Amoxicillin to say, "This may be the antibiotics talking, but I fully believe that the Wings *desperately* miss Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson" on Twitter.
The way the NHL keeps records is...let's call it "nuanced." Its record-keeping methodology states that the Wings are 3-3-and-4 over their last 10 games, or, very technically speaking, 3-3-3-and-1.
That translates into the Wings have earned points in 7 of 10 games...But it also means that the Red Wings have lost 7 of their past 10 games.
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