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Updated 21x at 5:25 PM: The Red Wings got back to work at the Joe today, hoping to solve their scoring issues ahead of tomorrow night's game against the Washington Capitals.
As one might expect of a team that's winless in four and hasn't won a home game in six tries, personnel tweaks are on the way, as reported by MLive's Ansar Khan...
Wings on ice for practice. This time Tatar is in gray, usually worn by players scratched next game. Tootoo and Eaves also in gray.
Cleary back in white jersey, skating with bottom six. Looks like he'll be back in lineup Friday vs. Washington.
The CBC's Elliotte Friedman reports that the Red Wings are waiving Patrick Eaves, and it's hard to imagine that he won't be picked up with an an at-least-not-terrible-to-snag $1.2 million salary...
Does Eaves being waived pave the way for Gustav Nyquist's recall, or does it mean that Ken Holland's statement about the team needing to alleviate a cap crunch by waiving Eaves to simply make room for Ericsson and Smith by waiving both Tootoo and Eaves is more accurate? I have no *#$%@& clue.
I happen to believe that the best thing one can greet fans with when one's sports team is losing is silence, and I sort of assumed that the Red Wings would just take the "off day" to practice (which they didn't) and attend the Toast of Hockeytown, which they did (yay charitable function + fan interaction!)...
And DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson reports that the Wings did indeed appreciate mingling with their fans while raising $27,000 for the Red Wings Foundation, the team's charitable arm:
The Grand Rapids Griffins faced an old nemesis in the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday, and they earned what's become a typical result against Milwaukee--a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators' AHL affiliate, which is essentially the Griffins' version of facing kryptonite.
The Griffins' website provides a recap of the festivities, noting that the Griffins' record to this point has been what its parent club had hoped for and then some...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Nyquist, 24, might be recalled at some point this season. But he can’t come up as a temporary replacement for an injured player; the move must be permanent. That’s because Nyquist will be out of AHL options once he plays two more NHL games and would need to clear waivers to be sent back down.
As it is, the Red Wings will need to make a couple of moves to accommodate the return of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who is expected to come off long-term injured reserve and play Friday against the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena.
Jordin Tootoo, who cleared waivers last week, likely will be assigned to Grand Rapids. Patrick Eaves might be waived.
The Red Wings, winless in their past six home games (0-1-5), are tied for 21st in the league in goals per game (2.47). Datsyuk scored both of their goals in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Winnipeg. Zetterberg did likewise in Saturday’s 3-2 OT loss to Tampa Bay. This team has gone four games without a goal from any forward not on the top line.
[Red Wings GM Ken] Holland said the solution must come from within.
“That’s it, that’s the team,’’ Holland said. “We’re not the first team in the league to have struggles. There is no hockey store. It’s got to be done internally.’’
added 5:41pm, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
The Wings simply don’t have a roster spot or salary-cap space to recalled Nyquist.
“It’s complicated,” Holland said.
more, basically the same information as the Khan story, with Holland stating that the Wings would already exceed the salary cap with Tootoo demoted and Ericsson and Smith healthy:
Mike Babcock was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon today and discussed topics like rule changes, the play of the Wings and more.
Listen/watch the 12 minute interview:
Update: Here's a downloadable audio clip if you're not interested in click-and-watch:
Updated 3x at 2:43 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to win their first home game in seven tries and rebound from Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg when the Wings host the 9-8-and-1 Washington Capitals visit the Joe on Friday (minus Mike Green, according to NHL.com). The Capitals defeated Columbus in a 4-3 OT decision on Tuesday (they won't play again until Friday's game, just like the Wings), and RedWingsFeed noted that Capitals coach and former Red Wing Adam Oates comes to town...
Bearing compliments galore for a former adversary in Chris Chelios. Oates praised Chelios's
legendary status as a mean, vicious pain in the ass, I mean competitiveness, while speaking with Comcast Sportsnet Washington's Chuck Gormley:
“For me, during my career because we overlapped, he was the hardest guy ever to play against,” Oates said Tuesday. “I was a right-shot center and I went down the left side and he was always there. He was really difficult to play against, a fantastic player.”
I'm going to do this Red Wings prospect-related entry a little backwards. I usually lead whatever entry coincides with the Grand Rapids Griffins' press release with the...Grand Rapids Griffins' press release.
On Tuesday evening, however, RedWingsCentral posted its slate of fall prospect rankings, and these rankings tend to be pretty influential, so here's a small sampling thereof (RWC actually lists 21 prospects in its Top 20, and its bluntness about Martin Frk is intriguing):
Updated with some telling quotes from Babcock at 3:12 AM: Something tells me that today's Toast of Hockeytown might be a slightly tense affair given the Red Wings' performances at Joe Louis Arena of late.
The Red Wings may have lost five of their past six games at Joe Louis Arena in overtime, but they've still lost six straight at the Joe, and having been swept by the Winnipeg Jets via a 3-2 shootout decision complimenting the Wings' 4-2 loss in Winnipeg ten days ago, the team's record speaks for itself: 3 wins in their last 11 games, a 3-4-and-4 record, and...
Well, a lack of results despite what really was a dominant performance minus results.
This is getting old. The Red Wings absolutely dominated possession and control of the puck against the Jets, they out-shot Winnipeg by a wide margin (43-21), the Wings' power play went 2-for-3, and save some bad back-passes from Daniel Alfredsson and a deke that both Kyle Quincey and Jimmy Howard bit upon, the Wings all but out-classed a clutchy-grabby-happy (and rewarded for it) Jets team...
But only Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Alfredsson and now Franzen can score for the Wings, and the Wings still managed to trail the game two times...
So the Jets were able to play for a shootout--really since the last 5 minutes of regulation--and the Wings dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Winnipeg, dropping their sixth straight at the Joe (albeit via an 0-1-and-5 record) because their goalie and scorers are in the shootout what they are not in regulation or overtime: plain old awful.
I'm sick, I'm tired, and this one has me baffled.
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