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The rematch! The time for revenge! Okay, maybe not so much, but the Carolina Hurricanes came into tonight's game at 0-and-3 partially because of the Red Wings' rope-a-dope 4-3 win this past weekend, and Detroit seemed to have learned absolutely nothing from that game, because the Wings were out-Winged--as in out-skated, out-puck-possessed, out-executed and out-played in general--en route to a 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes that wasn't even as close as the score indicated.
The Wings' defense and goaltending weren't great, the Wings' forwards kept getting bottled up by running into themselves, if not Hurricanes players at the Canes' blueline, and nobody managed the puck or managed their player personnel assignments decently all night long.
Here are three Grand Rapids Griffins game previews ahead of tonight's home opener vs. San Antonio. The First comes from the Griffins...
WZZM also posted a Griffins preview video...
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. The Red Wings posted a game-day preview video:
2. WXYZ posted a video about the "trash talk" between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University alumni in the locker room...
So I take my pre-game nap and this happens:
Here's what Cleary told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
"I just needed some time to think about things," said Cleary, 36, who was waived at the end of the exhibition season and didn't immediately report to the Griffins. "Once I thought about it, had some time, I want to keep playing. I love the game, you don't love the game if you don't play this long, and I want to keep playing. We'll see where it goes from here."
Cleary believes he can make a difference on the Griffins, where a long list of the Red Wings' top prospects are playing.
"I want to go down there, be a good pro and be a mentor," Cleary said. "There are a lot of good, young players down there. I want to help them become good pros."
And the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness spoke with Ken Holland about the situation...
From the Red Wings:
MARCHENKO ASSIGNED TO GRIFFINS
… Detroit Places Johan Franzen on Injured Reserve …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defenseman Alexey Marchenko to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and placed right wing Johan Franzen on seven-day injured reserve.
Marchenko, 23, is in his third season in North America and seventh season of professional hockey. In 2014-15, he skated in 13 games for the Red Wings and tallied two points (1-1-2) and two penalty minutes, while appearing in three postseason games during the team’s first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Marchenko also played 51 regular-season games for the Griffins, notching 20 points (3-17-20) and a plus-22 rating. He also logged four assists in 11 postseason games for Grand Rapids. In 100 career AHL games since 2013-14, the former 2011 seventh-round pick (205th overall) of the Red Wings has recorded 38 points (6-32-38), 40 penalty minutes and a plus-33 rating. Marchenko also represented the Griffins at the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Marchenko spent several seasons with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) prior to arriving in North America. From 2009-13, he appeared in 82 KHL games for the club and registered 11 points (4-7-11). He also tallied 78 points (18-60-78) in 84 games for the team at the junior level, winning a league championship in 2011 and leading all defensemen in scoring.
From MLive's Brendan Savage's game-day article, this is pretty darn impressive:
• Jeff Blashill will be trying to do something tonight no Red Wings coach has been able to accomplish in 43 years – win four straight games at the beginning of his first full season behind the Detroit bench. The last Red Wings coach to win at least four straight to begin his first full season as the club's head coach was Johnny Wilson, who started 6-0 in 1972-73 after replacing Doug Barkley 11 games into the previous season. The Red Wings finished 37-29-12 in '72-73 and missed the playoffs. Mike Babcock won his first three games with the Red Wings in 2005-06 before losing 4-2 to Vancouver. But the Red Wings followed that loss with nine straight victories for a 12-1 start en route to a 58-16-8 record and a club-record 124 points before losing in the first round of the playoffs to Edmonton. In case you were wondering, Scotty Bowman lost his first game with the Red Wings during a 1-5 start in 1993-94.
Updated 4x at 1:38 PM: The Red Wings' morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes (7:30 PM EDT start on FSD/FS Southeast/97.1 FM) revealed that Luke Glendening will play this evening, that Jimmy Howard will start tonight (with Petr Mrazek starting against the Canadiens tomorrow, at 7 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), that Darren Helm and Danny DeKeyser are "close" and that the Red Wings are embracing the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Night:
CarolinaHurricanes.com's Brad Smith reports that the Hurricanes should employ the following lineup...
The Red Wings have posted a two-part set of videos chronicling the Red Wings' journey toward their home opener against Toronto:
Updated 8x at 12 PM: Glendening, Howard are in tonight.
The Detroit Red Wings begin a set of back-to-back games as they host the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Southeast/97.1 FM; tonight is Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the Joe) and then head to Montreal tomorrow (7 PM EDT on FSD/City/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).
The Wings may boast a 3-and-0 record, but they're very wary of the Hurricanes after last weekend's rope-a-dope 4-3 win, but the Wings weren't focused on business alone prior to today's morning skate:
From the Toledo Blade's Toledo Walleye Season Preview section:
First, the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe discussed the expectations placed upon the Walleye as a team...
Uncertain speculation has transformed into high expectation for a Walleye organization that produced a record-setting season last year.
The team is coming off an ECHL regular-season championship and the most successful season in franchise history.
The Walleye captured the Brabham Cup by producing a 50-15-7 record and were the first ECHL team since 2007-08 to win at least 50 games.
Unknown first-year coach Derek Lalonde took over a struggling franchise and led the team to the greatest turnaround in ECHL history, going from 49 points to 107. The team broke 44 records along the way.
Lalonde said he will stick to the same game plan to attempt to exceed those lofty accomplishments. He has brought back eight contributors and has a good blend of veterans and newcomers. He focused on recruiting speedy players that fit into his quick, transitional system. He also looked for leaders who are versatile, smart, and have a team-first attitude.
“The expectations are high, and rightfully so, with the success we had and the type of players we attracted,” Lalonde said. “It’s not going to be easy. It will still be a challenge to do it correctly. But I am very confident this is going to be a very competitive team.”
And the Toledo Blade's Dave Hackenberg penned a profile of Walleye coach Derek Lalonde:
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