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Today is going to be...Interesting...For the Red Wings. While the team attempts to build upon its 3-2 OT win over Calgary, and hopes to welcome some players back from injuries tomorrow against Toronto (tomorrow's Hockey Night in Canada meets 24/7 game will be hyped as much as the lead-up to the Winter Classic should be, I suppose...) while Stephen Weiss finds out whether he needs surgery to fix his ailing groin...
Downtown, as the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar notes, the Detroit City Council will decide whether to approve the expansion of the Downtown Development Authority's "footprint" to include the 45-block area where the Wings' follow-on rink and "economic development" will be built pursuant to the DDA and the Ilitches coming to an agreement regarding the construction and management of the new rink (as well as the demolishing of Joe Louis Arena).
According to Aguilar, the Council's approval of the deal would trigger a massive "land swap":
As I try to get back up to speed after the Red Wings' 3-2 OT win over the Calgary Flames, the Free Press's Helene St. James delivered superb news regarding Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Jimmy Howard, Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg...
Lost amidst Daniel Alfredsson's 3-point performance...
MLive's Ansar Khan noted that Niklas Kronwall personally thanked the fans at the Joe for sticking with a struggling team...
The Detroit Red Wings played what seemed like an incredibly predictable game against the Calgary Flames, save perhaps the finish, in a 3-2 OT win over the Calgary Flames.
Daniel Alfredsson scored a slick goal right off the hop, chipping the rebound of Pavel Datsyuk's shot past Karri Ramo only 26 seconds in...
But as has become so predictable, the Red Wings' top line and top defensive pair got caught standing around as Mikael Backlund chipped the rebound of a Red Wings-like bounce off the end boards past a swimming Jonas Gustavsson 5 mintues later...
Rob Kerr of Sportsnet via theFlames website with a report from Joe Louis Arena, looking at the Flames/Wings matchup.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (separated shoulder on Nov. 19) hoped to be cleared by the doctor Thursday evening. He didn’t rule out returning Saturday in Toronto or Monday.
“I feel great,” DeKeyser said. “Some stuff is going to come back to me when I start playing as far as maybe being in game shape and that kind of thing, but I’m skating well and moving the puck well; I’m shooting well, so I feel really good.”
He added, “The strength has come back, and range of motion’s fine; even when I’m winding up to shoot slappers it’s been feeling very good so as far.”
The Red Wings have no salary cap issues when DeKeyser returns because Zetterberg is on LTIR. And when Zetterberg comes off LTIR, there's a chance Weiss will go on LTIR.
more on the Wings, basically a recap of the morning skate...
added 2:10 p.m.
Abdelkader said he had headaches and dizziness for two days after the hit by Engelland, but is symptom-free now. Return close. #RedWings— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) December 19, 2013
All via tweets from Ansar Khan,
Zetterberg skating with team for first time in more than 2 weeks. Had skated on his own a few times.
Abdelkader skating again. Franzen and Nyquist are not skating. Howard was on ice earlier but not ready to practice yet.
Wings skating with these lines: Jurco-Datsyuk-Alfredsson, Miller-Andersson-Tatar, Cleary-Glendening-Eaves, Bertuzzi-Sheahan-Tootoo.
Samuelsson appears to be a healthy scratch. Eaves takes his place at right point on 2nd PP unit. Sheahan up front on 2nd PP unit.
added 11:45am, More Khan tweets, this time updates on the injured...
First up Mike Babcock after the Wings practiced at Comerica Park today.
Below a few of the players talked with NHL.com after their skate.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled right wing Jordin Tootoo from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Tootoo, 30, has skated in 50 games with the Red Wings over the last two seasons, recording eight points (3-5-8) and 83 penalty minutes. In 536 career NHL contests since 2003-04, Tootoo has totaled 133 points (49-84-133) and 808 penalty minutes in 536 games between Nashville and Detroit. The Churchill, Manitoba, native has skated in 12 games with Grand Rapids since joining the team on Nov. 14, tallying four points (1-3-4) and 23 penalty minutes. He has appeared in 112 career AHL games with the Milwaukee Admirals and Griffins, registering 53 points (24-29-53) and 422 penalty minutes.
Also, Engelland suspended for five games (video) for the hit on Abdelkader.
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
With the Wings slumping of late, going 0-4-2 in their last six, Babcock had thought about cancelling this outdoor activity.
“When you plan it initially it’s just part of your team building process you go through with your team,” Babcock said. “We’re having a family thing here after for guys that want to use it. After last night’s game I was going to cancel it to be honest with you because we had fans coming we didn’t. It’s always good not to react to those situations. It was good, we had a good practice, a good meeting, we have to get things right.”
The Wings, who lost 5-2 to Anaheim on Tuesday, host Calgary on Thursday.
“You try to do enough team building throughout the year to change things up to break up the monotony,” Babcock said. “It’s always fun to be outside. It’s something special. When I walked out a Wrigley (Field) that’s what it felt like walking out there today.”
more on the Wings including Abdelkader talking about his health...
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