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Updated 10x at 334 PM: The Detroit Red Wings are back on the ice today, preparing for a grudge match and-a-half against an ornery St. Louis Blues team tomorrow evening (7:30 PM EST, NBCSN/97.1 FM, and, via RedWingsFeed, Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy expertly explored the Blues' issues), and it sounds like the Wings will have to continue playing without a pair of players battlng back ailments:
NHL.com's Dan Rosen spoke to Red Wings goaltending mentor/scout/part-time goalie coach/consultant Chris Osgood recently, asking Osgood "Five Questions" about his post-playing career and his take on Jimmy Howard's performance thus far:
Do you like the role you have with the Red Wings as a goalie consultant, and has it been a difficult adjustment after playing for so long?
"Yeah, I like it. I think I was still half-playing and half-coaching last year because I missed it so much and probably acted like a player more than I should have. Now I think I have transferred over into just coaching, distanced myself from when I was a player. I still miss playing; it's not easy, especially because I played with a lot of the guys that still play. But this year it has been easier because now it's been a longer period of time that I haven't played, so I feel like I'm more of a coach now than a player, for sure."
The Detroit Red Wings took Monday off to rest up as the team had played four games in six nights and a pair of weekend games, including Sunday's 3-2 win over Los Angeles, but the Kings made the Wings' lives a little more difficult on Monday night.
When the Wings return to practice today, they'll know that the St. Louis Blues will be coming into town in an awful mood thanks to a 4-1 loss to Los Angeles that left the Blues winless in February and possessing an 0-3-and-1 record on a four-game home stand. The Blues were all but predictably speaking in tongues and speaking of conspiracy theories regarding the dangers of individualism and "cookie-giving" after the game.
Given that the Wings have authored two of the Blues' February losses (a 5-3 win at the Joe on February 1st and a 5-1 win in St. Louis on February 7th) and will be meeting St. Louis for the fourth time this season on Wednesday evening (7:30 PM, and it's an NBC Sports Network-only, "Rivalry Night" game, so Mike Emrick, "Subtle Interference" Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will be in town)...
I would've left this in the morning/afternoon entry, but this strikes me as meriting its own post because it answers a question: if you remember the first time that the Red Wings began to prepare for the 2012-2013 season, way back in late August and early September, Henrik Zetterberg spent one day shooting a commercial for Warrior Hockey as he worked out at a local gym.
Via RedWingsFeed, Stack Media posted a video clip of Zetterberg working out in Madison Heights and discussing his beginnings in hockey and his progression as a hockey player when he and we Wings fans thought that the announcement of his captaincy was imminent instead of subject to a four-month delay, and, mostly, there's a bunch of gratuitous footage of him working out and getting sweaty, which I assumed that those of you who don't mind admitting that you find Wings players attractive might enjoy watching.
So this is "fo da ladeez":
Update: Whoops, wrong blog! Sorry! The CBC's Elliotte Freidman's penned another excellent "30 Thoughts" column, and he leads the affair off by duly noting that the rumors of the New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise-less demise were at least slightly exaggerated:
The New Jersey Devils lost Zach Parise for nothing and we were quick to write them off. Boy, do we look dumb.
"Part of it is the history of the organization," Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said minutes after the defending Eastern Conference champions finished a weekend sweep of the the Pittsburgh Penguins. "They've done this a half-dozen times and the mandate is always the same: fill the holes as best you can and continue moving forward. It's not even an option to feel sorry for yourself. One thing about the Devils, there are no irreplaceable parts. We do it by committee."
Since 2000, they've lost Scott Gomez, Bobby Holik, Alexander Mogilny, Scott Niedermayer, Brian Rafalski and Parise to free agency (Don't forget Scott Stevens to retirement, too).
Updated 4x at 1:51 PM: I'm a bit stunned. According to MLive's Ansar Khan, Joey MacDonald did not clear waivers: the Calgary Flames claimed him as they've got goaltending issues with Miikka Kiprusoff battling a knee issue:
The Calgary Flames have claimed goaltender Joey MacDonald off waivers today.
MacDonald, 33, was cleared to play today after being out since March 14 due to a bulging disc.
The Flames needed a goalie after started Mikka Kiprusoff injured his groin last Tuesday in a game against the Red Wings.
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms...
As does the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Update: TSN's Bob McKenzie explains why the Flames snagged MacDonald:
Updated 4x at 2:00 PM: Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related news: I'm not sure whether I would ask Jordin Tootoo about SI's Alan Muir's suggestion that Tootoo's the 8th-most-hated active player, but MLive's Brendan Savage did just that, and Tootoo told Savage that such a comment is in fact a compliment:
"Part of my job is to create havoc out there and get under people's skin," Tootoo said after Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit's third straight win. "You're bought into this league to do a certain thing. It just goes to show that I'm doing my job."
The Red Wings' 3-2 victory over Los Angeles yielded the vast majority of the Wings media's coverage for the day by mid-evening, so I penned the wrap-up knowing that I wouldn't have an incredibly substantial overnight report.
Given that the Wings have played four games over the last six nights and afternoons, and given that today and Tuesday's "off" days before Wednesday's grudge match against St. Louis mark the team's last two-day break until February 25th and 26th, the team's taking today off completely (though we should expect updates regarding the status of injured Wings like Todd Bertuzzi and the obvious news that Joey MacDonald will clear waivers and head to Grand Rapids), and I'm guessing that the media plans treading lightly today. I do, too.
This morning's focus involves the Red Wings' pair of "best players," Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, because the team that Wings coach Mike Babcock has so very consciously deemed a "work in progress" at the 12-game mark, or the "quarter pole" of a 48-game season (all of 24 days into this 99-night demolition derby), has very clearly wrapped its emerging identity around the on and off-ice examples set by its pair of veteran leaders and superstars.
The Detroit Red Wings won their fourth agme played over the course of six "nights," third in four 24-hours periods of time and second game in 22 hours in less than convincing fashion, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 mostly thanks to the fantastic goaltending of Jimmy Howard, who stopped 45 of the 47 shots he faced.
Given the comments in the quick take, I wasn't the only person who expected the Wings to be absolutely gassed today, but the manner in which the Wings simply allowed the rested and very gritty Kings (who'd had two days off) come at them in waves was a little bit disconcerting, especially given that the Wings seemed to willingly exhaust themselves trying to place an exclamation point on their 2-1 win over Edmonton on Saturday.
Updated 2x w/ stats and highlights at 3:58 PM: The Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings was anything but a thing of beauty, at least if you're not a fan of watching Jimmy Howard getting peppered with 47 shots...
But the Red Wings managed to find a way to earn two points while playing their 4th game in 6 "nights," their 3rd game in 4 "nights" and their second game over the course of less than 24 hours because their goalie stood on their head, and, somewhat ironically, the Wings ended up "stealing" a point from the Kings.
In doing so, the Wings displayed the ability to win in three different ways--the team out-ground the Blues to earn a blue-collar win on Thursday, the Wings out-skilled as well as out-willed the Oilers on Saturday, and today, and on Sunday, they rope-a-doped their way through a game in which no one had much energy save the goaltender who got Thursday evening off.
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