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[Edit: Written by George while my internet was out, sorry for the lack of clarification there, folks]
When you don't have an internet connection and you've been typing online in some way, shape or form since 1999, the concept of not typing during a Red Wings game seems as foreign as can possibly be, but that's where I found myself ahead of Tuesday night's game between the Wings and Senators.
To keep myself from going crazy, I decided to keep a “game diary.”
Obviously the first thing you think when you hear that Daniel Cleary and Stephen Weiss are BOTH in the lineup is, “OH SHIT.” If Pavel Datsyuk's still battling that “lower-body injury,” at this point in the season, all I want him to do is heal, and the same is true for Riley Sheahan, but the drop-off is just so immense...I mean Cleary is a glorified practice player getting $2.5 million to “be professional.” Weiss has at least registered about a point every other game, but he's also been as inconsistent as his ice time.
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
“We’ve consulted with the doctors and all that stuff,” said Cole, who has three goals and six points in 11 games since his March 1 trade from Dallas.
“I went and got some therapy from a guy that I’m familiar with in Toronto that I’ve worked with in the past on the weekend,” Cole added. “So I’m feeling really good, especially getting worked on Saturday, Sunday and having a little skate here yesterday and again here today with the guys. Probably a few more practices and get all my ducks in a row and I’ll feel a little bit better about everything.”
Asked if he thought Thursday’s home game against the Bruins is possible, Cole said, “I wouldn’t rule it out, hopefully. It’s just tough because there aren’t enough practices to be had this time of year.
“I feel good, close to 100 percent. I was off the ice for almost all of last week, so I need to get back on the ice and be skating and make sure my legs are good.”
more on the Wings...
From the Red Wings:
TED LINDSAY WISHES A VERY
HAPPY 87TH BIRTHDAY TO GORDIE HOWE
“I would like to wish Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, the greatest hockey player to ever play the game, a very Happy 87th Birthday. No one to this day can play the game with the same combination of toughness and skill that Gordie displayed for 25 years in a Red Wings uniform. He was a great teammate and I’m thrilled at the progress he’s made in his recovery. I wish him all the best as he continues his battle. Happy Birthday, Gordie!”
-Ted Lindsay, Mar. 31, 2015
Update: Via RedWingsFeed, Wayne Gretzky discussed Mr. Hockey as well:
Updated 10x at 2:24 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Ottawa Senators this evening (7:30 on FSD/TSN 5/RDS/97.1 FM), and Petr Mrazek and Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond will square off in the net as Riley Sheahan returns to the Wings' lineup for this "four-point game."
The Free Press's Helene St. James was first out of the article chute, discussing Petr Mrazek's possible status as the interim starter...
Asked about his decision, [Red Wings coach] Babcock said, "I did the same thing last week. I thought Howie had a couple of good games, he had a tough one, and I went right back to him. I thought Pete's done a good job for us. Didn't do as good a job the other night against the Islanders, so I'm giving him the same opportunity.
"We're in the winning business. It's a huge game for us here tonight, and it's exciting to have the opportunity, and we're giving Pete the opportunity."
Mrazek tends to be either very good or very bad (Sunday was the fourth time he has been pulled this season, in 25 appearances). One of his assets is an unshakable confidence, summed up by Mrazek as: "You've got to stay positive, believe in yourself."
Updated repeatedly: Mrazek starts, Sheahan returns: The Detroit Red Wings face the first of two "playoff-style" games as they hope to vanquish the Ottawa Senators this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/TSN 5/RDS/97.1 FM) in order to keep Ottawa ouf of the "can leapfrog Detroit" sweepstakes, and the Wings promptly hit the ice at 10:30 AM...
Though TSN's Dean Brown is not happy about his work enviroment for today:
Wings hit the ice for their morning skate here at the smelly old Joe Lewis arena.
This much, from MLive's Ansar Khan, is good and not smelly at all:
Cole and Sheahan on the ice as Wings prepare for morning skate.
The Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan reported for duty explaining...The "smelly" line?
Despite the "stat that tells the story" and Monday's chatter about the Red Wings' goaltending, we (as in you and me, Red Wings fans) find ourselves exactly where we were after Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders as you, I and the Red Wings prepare for tonight and Thursday's really-really-really-close-to-must-win games against the Ottawa Senators (tonight at 7:30 PM EDT on FSD/TSN 5/RDS/97.1 FM) and Thursday's affair vs. the Boston Bruins:
The Red Wings sit three points ahead of the Boston Bruins, who come to town on Thursday and play the Florida Panthers this evening, and the Wings sit six points ahead of the Senators, and the Wings hold advantages in terms of wins and standings-tie-breaking Regulation-or-Overtime Wins.
Ottawa comes into tonight's game having dropped a 4-2 decision to the Florida Panthers and having dropped 3 straight games after a 7-game winning streak, but their March record is 10-3-and-2 as opposed to Detroit's 5-8-and-1.
As Paul noted, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned an article about Gordie Howe's 87th birthday, which is tomorrow, and Krupa reports that the Howe family continue to take things "day by day" with their dad...
The first 7,500 fans entering Joe Louis Arena for the game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday between the Red Wings and Senators will receive a bobble-head doll that commemorates Howe.
The family, friends and a caregiver went out for a birthday dinner last week, his son said. And, if his father is up to it, a barbecue or something similar might be on tap for today, down in Texas.
"We're just trying to treat every day as special," [Mark] Howe said, "not just because it's his birthday."
And that's what the Free Press's Helene St. James reports, too:
The Red Wings' beat writers received their injury update a little late in the afternoon/early evening, so:
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