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I'm still getting up to speed, so you'll have to pardon a little catchy-uppy stuff this morning. First and foremost:
The Plymouth Whalers are hosting the Kingston Frontenacs (and Sam Bennett) on Saturday, November 1st in their annual "Pink Out!" game, and the Whalers do an astonishing amount of work for breast cancer charities (of course the Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute is dedicated to Mr. Karmanos' first spouse), and this week's activities involve open practices, working as waiters at Compuware Arena's in-rink restaurant and the players even got their hair dyed pink on Monday.
So it's very hard to suggest that you shouldn't spend a Saturday that doesn't include a Wings game heading to Plymouth:
Okay. A little insomnia equals it's time for the prospect catchy-uppy post.
If you missed it (and I did), aside from Monday evening's notes about the Subway Super Series, Under-20 Four Nations Cup and Karjala Cup...
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins only played one game this past week, on Friday, and it didn't go well. The Griffins rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits but couldn't hang on as the Lake Erie Monsters defeated Grand Rapids 5-4. The Griffins' website posted a recap...
Evening news: prospect news; Red Wings alums in halls of fame; on DeKeyser, Abdelkader & the Slovaks
The vast majority of today's off-day news involved the Red Wings' power play (and of course Wednesday's exciting "Rivalry Night" game between the Wings and Capitals), so let's switch it up via some prospect news:
A couple days ago, the OHL announced that Tyler Bertuzzi (1 game) and Zach Nastasiuk (both games) will take part in the OHL's pair of Super Series games against Russian junior players; Joe Hicketts will represent the WHL, and the WIngs have no QMJHL-playing prospects at present, so 3 total Wings prospects will play in the Super Series.
In Europe, DRW Prospects on Twitter has good news regarding Axel Holmstrom, Christoffer Ehn and Julius Vahatalo, who will all take part in the Under-20 Four Nations Cup in the Czech Republic...
The Red Wings didn't practice on Monday (after skating the Sunday morning after their 4-2 loss to Philadelphia), and the Capitals didn't skate today (per CSN Washington's Chuck Gormley) after losing 4-2 to Vancouver, in Vancouver, on Sunday, but both teams will take to the ice tomorrow to prepare for what NBCSN calls, "The Night You Love to Hate" (which is quite amusing). Per an NBC Sports press release:
ALEX OVECHKIN AND WASHINGTON CAPITALS HOST JIMMY HOWARD AND DETROIT RED WINGS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY
Capitals Host Red Wings on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Coverage Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live
(Because the Capitals will never forgive Detroit for 1998. Obviously)
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 27, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage features three matchups this week on NBCSN, highlighted by a Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown between Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals and Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings, this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage on Wednesday begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live.
Over the course of my 36 years I've spent a year of my life in total in Grand Marais, Curtis and traveling around the U.P., and I know how remote Houghton feels from the rest of the world, so:
ABC 10 has more details:
Sportsnet posted Mike Babcock's appearance on Sportsnet's "Hometown Hockey" Sunday, and Babcock showed an incredible amount of emotion regarding representing his hometown of Saskatoon at the 2010 Olympics:
And Sportsnet noted that Saskatoon is the hometown of a certain Gordie Howe:
Updated 6x at 1:50 PM: The Red Wings will continue to try to get their power play in order ahead of Wednesday's "NBCSN Rivalry Night" match-up against the Capitals (who are traveling back to Washington after dropping a 4-2 decision to Vancouver in British Columbia on Sunday; as you know, the Wings out-played but didn't out-defend the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4-2 loss this past Saturday).
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan reported that the team will not be practicing today, however, so my first entry in a while will be a bit repetitious (my apologies for my absence, but suicide is a touchy topic for me, so last week was difficult; other than a prospect catchy-uppy post, I'm going to try and move forward coverage-wise).
I had to smirk when reading this quip from the Vancouver Sun's Elliott Pap regarding "scouts in the building" in Vancouver--given continued trade talk regarding the mythical unicorn that is the right-shooting offensive defenseman...
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"We've got to attack more," Zetterberg said. "Just shoot, that will help. We're too careful. We're afraid of losing the puck, so we're not shooting. We've got to shoot, and if the goalie makes the save, we've got to retrieve the puck."
Echo that, said Babcock. "We've got to attack the net. But in order to attack the net, you've got to trust that you'll get it back, you've got to trust that you'll win faceoffs. So we've just got to start attacking the net."
The Wings are a respectable 4-2-2 after eight games, but this past week exemplifies how much better off they might be if they had a potent power play . Three power plays wasted in Montreal, after which Niklas Kronwall said if they'd gotten one, they'd have won the game. Another three wasted against Pittsburgh, necessitating a late rally. Another three wasted in Philadelphia, and then the Flyers win the game by converting on one of theirs.
"It's no good," Babcock said. "We've got to fix it. We're going to go through all the details on the power play, we're going to get a fresh start. I think we've got 74 games left, don't we? So let's make sure it's top of the league."
added 4:25pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Paul forwarded me this email, and there's no time to post it like the present. From Stonehands78:
I saw a post on Jen MacRostie's, aka jennyquarx (of the 19), FB page that her family had a house fire this week and they're staying at relatives until the adjusters come and things get fixed. I posted on the tonight's LB that maybe the 19 could help, then messaged Jen to ask aboot her PayPal address. Told her it may not be much but let us help if we can. And this was here reply (below).
She did A LOT of work for H2H and H2H2 and last year's Winter Classic get together, not to mention all she did for organizing contributions for the Children's Hospital.
I'm not sure where to go with this but will mention her PayPal on tonight's LB; then maybe you can post something, too? Just a thought.
*#$%@& yes. Jen's one of the nicer human beings I've met, and she, her husband and son are good eggs.
Paypal. jennyquarx at gmail.com. Get 'er done.
Update: There's a GoFundMe page, too. http://www.gofundme.com/gaxz08
A power play that couldn't put a golf ball in the ocean from a dighy in the middle of the Pacific. A set of stand-and-stare plays at both ends of the ice that doomed Jonas Gustavsson (yeah, he gave up a couple squeakers, but he got NO support) and Detroit's offensive players, a stunning lack of jam from players who seemed afraid to skate the puck to the net instead of passing it around the perimeter and a power play that absolutely must abandon a "diamond" formation that's encouraging more passing around the perimeter.
And yes, in the 3rd period, especially when the Flyers got the lead, Grossmann tossed a broken stick at Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist was hog-tied and held down by the same player, Wayne Simmonds hacked Datsyuk in the face and another half-dozen plays were ignored.
But it's about *#$%@& scoring goals here, and the Red Wings' confidence is so fleeting that a team that's very inexperienced looks incredibly young far too regularly in front of both nets. So the Wings blew a 1-0 lead, had to rally to tie things 2-2 in the 3rd and then blew that lead, losing 4-2 to a team they out-shot 37-17 and out-attempted SEVENTY-FIVE to forty-two.
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