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Updated at 12:19 PM: The Red Wings will attempt to win their
3rd straight game for the first time second straight game when they host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/CSN Philly/NBCSN/97.1 FM), and the Courier-Post's Dave Issac offered a superb set of "5 Things to Watch" regarding tonight's game:
The Red Wings laid an egg when they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers on October 25th, but--in theory--tonight's NBCSN-televised "rematch" (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/CSN Philly/NBCSN/97.1 FM) between an 8-9-and-3 Flyers team and the strong-on-home-ice 11-5-and-5 Wings should yield a strong opportunity for the Wings to extend their winning streak to three games for the first time this season (the Wings did go "unbeaten" in 3 via 2 wins and a shootout loss at the end of October).
In practice, the Wings are a team that tends to do a fine job of goofing up when "the odds are in their favor," and while the Flyers have lost 5 straight games, including a 1-0 shootout decision to the Islanders on Monday, Steve Mason stopped 46 shots in that effort, Jakub Voracek is always good against the Wings and is tied for the league lead in scoring...
And this is one of those, "The underdog is due" games that scares me (for lack of a better term).
The Flyers' scribes didn't cover Tuesday's practice (Michael Raffl gave an interview to the Flyers' website, but he's got a "lower-body injury"), and as NJ.com's Randy Miller noted, the Flyers theoretically might be preoccupied with this weekend's games...
I've thought about putting these articles in the overnight report--I was quite frankly not up to an evening entry as this whole physical endurance thing is affected by depression, and I'm still coming up for air as it were--but they don't belong in a Wings-Flyers spiel, not even a rambly one.
This is the best part of my job, reporting on the kind of things that remind us that the players who chase pucks for a living make their biggest impacts off the ice. The Red Wings' Community Relations Department posted several Instagram photos from the Wings' annual pre-Holiday Season visit to Children's Hospital on Tuesday evening...
Updated 3x at 12:28 AM: Because TSN's geo-blocked its "Insider Trading" segment and all its other videos from outside-of-Canada viewing, I guess we've got to go with Bruce:
Last week, Internet reports claimed Daniel Alfredsson has chosen to retire instead of trying to overcome lower-back pain that has plagued him for months.
But Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg says everyone should tap the brakes over those unconfirmed reports.
“So far it’s just rumors,” he said. “I know he’s trying to get his back better, doing his rehab part, skating a little bit. I won’t say that its over until it’s over.”
Update #2: Here's more from Garrioch in article form:
After one game playing for the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that's likely to give the Buffalo Sabres a run in the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel Race to the Bottom, it's not exactly fair to suggest that scoring a goal in his first game with Carolina = the Hurricanes "fleeced" Detroit by snagging 6'3," 200-pound Andrej Nestrasil on waivers.
As much as I absolutely adore Nestrasil as a player and person, the reality of his "skill set" is that he projects to be what Tomas Kopecky played like in his first season with the Chicago Blackhawks, i.e. a big, dependable 3rd-line forward who can score on occasion, and as much as it sucked that the Canes snagged him off waivers, the Wings will survive without him.
All of that being said, it's good to read the News & Observer's Chip Alexander report that Nestrasil's happy in Carolina (thus far):
Updated 5x at 3:31 PM: As Paul very kindly noted, the Red Wings practiced subsequent to their 4-3 win over Ottawa today, and Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reported that the team was a "winner" in the Forbes list of NHL team valuations.
The Wings were also in the news for real estate-related reasons, as the Free Press's Joe Guillen reported...
This story was an, "If you missed it" of possibly Plymouth Whalers-moving proportions, as noted by Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:
USA Hockey announced today that they have an agreement in place that could result in the USA Hockey Foundation acquiring Compuware Arena in the first half of 2015.
The Plymouth, Mich., ice facility, currently home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, was built and owned by Peter Karmanos. It has been in operation since 1996.
The opening statement of the press release, a joint statement from the USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena, reads as follows:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo./PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena have an agreement in place, that subject to due diligence, could result in the Foundation acquiring the Plymouth, Michigan, facility by the first half of 2015.
from Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit Business,
The Detroit Red Wings, who plan to move into a state-of-the-art arena in 2017, saw a 21 percent increase in value to $570 million, according to annual estimates released today by Forbes.com.
That ranks Detroit ninth in the 30-team National Hockey League, the same spot at last year.
The rate of value growth for the Red Wings actually slowed in the current Forbes estimates. From 2012 to 2013, the growth rate was 36 percent to $470 million.
Chuck Pleiness tweets,
Babcock has team running through a short-sided 3 on 3 drill. Interesting line combo is Datsyuk with Weiss and Helm.
Tomas Jurco could be the odd man out Wednesday against Philadelphia if Datsyuk can play.
Brendan Smith (hand infection) returned to practice today. He's eligible to come off IR tomorrow but probably needs more practice time.
Updates as needed will be added to this post.
added 12:14pm, Khan tweet,
added 12:40pm, Khan tweets,
We all know Stephen Weiss has had a tough thirteen months with the Wings, but if he can remain healthy, he could be a huge factor for Detroit moving forward.
Here is Weiss post-game...
Below, Mike Babcock post-game...
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