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More on Gordie Howe’s recovery

As noted earlier this evening, the Canadian Press reported that Gordie Howe's son Marty, who was in Calgary today to announce the sponsor of a pro-vs-amateur hockey tournament, stated that his father's improved so much since undergoing stem cell therapy that Gordie is likely to undergo the procedure again.

The Canadian Press's Donna Spencer flushed out her story with slightly later-filed quotes, and Marty explained both his hopes for his father...

“He is doing so much better,” Marty said Tuesday in Calgary. “It’s a joy to have him with us still. Hopefully, in my mind, we’re going to have another treatment of this probably within two months. I’m actually hoping if he keeps doing what he’s doing he’ll be able to travel again and maybe get to five or six events a year so people can see him another time."

(Howe will appear at the Kinsmen's Club of Saskatoon's Sports Celebrity Dinner, with his family and Wayne Gretzky, on February 6th; the City of Saskatoon's renaming the Kinsmen's arena after Howe, too)

And the realities of his father's situation (and you can watch Marty's comments made to TSN and Sportsnet as well):

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Panthers: Six in a row, top of the Atlantic, but the win was scary & weird

[edit/note: Yes, I know, the title of this entry is odd, but consider it the only 50 Shades joke I'll make /end edit]

Yes, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Florida Panthers 5-4, negating a 2-1 first-period deficit, pushing the Panthers 15 full points behind Detroit in the Atlantic Division and leapfrogging the Tampa Bay Lightning, who lost 4-2 to Carolina, to take 1st in the Atlantic, and this win was the Wings' 6th in a row.

Detroit leads Tampa by a point (65-64) despite having fewer wins (28 to 30) and ROWs (26 to 28), and Detroit has a game in hand on Thursday's opponent. Detroit is also tied for 1st in the Eastern Conference with the New York Islanders, Saturday's opponent, and only the Anaheim Ducks have more points than the Wings, Isles and Nashville Predators.

Just as importantly, the Wings' "secondary scorers" led the way on Tuesday, with Luke Glendening scoring 2 goals, Stephen Weiss scoring 1 and adding 2 assists, Riley Sheahan registering 2 assists and the DeKeysers, Quinceys and Ouellets playing quite solidly on defense...

But watching this game was nothing less than *#$%@& terrifying. Detroit showed up late and left early, just as they did in their 5-4 shootout win over Minnesota a week and an All-Star break ago, the Wings' goaltender gave up at least two "squeakers," the Wings gave up 3 power play goals on 4 PKs, and the Wings' game was about as convincing as the frozen octopus thrown onto the BB&T Center ice surface is a solid indicator of any sort of responsible octopus-throwing (it ain't):

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TSN: Mike Babcock speaks out about reducing stigmas surrounding mental illness

I'm pretty floored by this:

Quoting TSN's summary of a non-geoblocked video:

Bell Let's Talk: Babcock joins the fight

It's not often an NHL coach will open the doors of his family home to a member of the media, but after watching an episode of Off the Record, Mike Babcock picked up the phone and called TSN. He wanted to do more and invited Michael Landsberg to his home during the NHL all-star break and opened up. Mark Masters was also there and has more in this report.

The coach ain't kidding, and he talks about suicide, the stigma of mental illness...It's...As somebody who deals with severe depression and anxiety, I'm impressed, I'm really impressed.

Edit/update: And if you were wondering about the timing or are unfamiliar with the "Bell Let's Talk" campaign:

Update #2: And from TSN 1200 in OTtawa...

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Mad dash: On Weiss, Cleary, Kindl, Chelios’s thoughts and Griffins/prospect news

Several items of Red Wings-related note popped up while I ferried the mom to the family doc, and as they don't necessarily fit in the game-day entry, I'm dedicating a second entry to said articles/videos.

We start with DetroitRedWings.com's Ken Kal's Game-Day preview setting up tonight's game between the Wings and Panthers (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM):

Also regarding tonight's game:

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Gordie Howe likely to undergo second stem cell treatment

The Canadian Press has filed an early "sans-quotes" story about Gordie Howe, and it mostly treads upon information that we already know about, but the first line is important:

Gordie Howe is doing so well after stem cell treatment that his son would like the hockey legend to undergo the treatment again.

Gordie Howe suffered a pair of strokes late last year.

Marty Howe says his father did not have long to live when the family decided to take him to Mexico last month for stem cell treatment.

He adds that his father can now walk again and his speech is improving.

The CP will post a with-quotes story within the next 2 hours, and I'll update this entry accordingly.

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Red Wings-Panthers game-day articles: Panthers harbor Wild Card ambitions; Cleary returns (again)

The Red Wings will tangle with a team that's had a surprising amount of success in Detroit in the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and while the Panthers sit some 13 points behind Detroit (with 3 games in hand), the team sounds incredibly confident about defeating the Wings, per a FloridaPanthers.com video...

And NHL.com's Alain Poupart's game-day article, which notes that the Panthers are only 5 points behind the Wild Card-slotted Bruins:

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Wings Ready To Go

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"We should be fresh and ready to go," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the morning skate. "Obviously, in these games taking care of the puck is going to be key because we don't seem to be quite as smooth as you like but that's always a priority when you first come back. Keeping your shifts short and trying not to get caught in your own zone so you don't get worn out, especially early in the game."

The Red Wings have only one lineup change from their previous game, as Daniel Cleary is in for Teemu Pulkkinen, who was reassigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins following last Tuesday's 5-4 shootout victory over Minnesota. Pulkkinen played in Monday's AHL All-Star Game.

Tomas Jurco (lower back pain) skated again but isn't quite ready.

"I like putting Jurcs in but the trainers won't let him go," Babcock said. "I'm hoping he's ready to go Thursday, so Cleary will go in the lineup."

This will be Cleary's first game since Jan. 7 and just the second time he has played in the past 14 games.


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Detroit Red Wings Skating In Sunrise

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Based on the skate this morning at BB&T Center, looks like Cleary is in tonight. Jurco (back) still out. They're not calling up Pulkkinen.


Lashoff (scratch)-Kindl (IR, elbow)

Updates as needed..

added 11:49am, via Khan,

Power-play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg=Weiss, Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall

Datsyuk-Tatar-Sheahan, Jurco (net front), DeKeyser.

Jurco didn't take part in line rushes, so he might be in power play practice just holding the spot for Cleary, who's practicing on PK.

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Red Wings-Panthers morning skate Tweets: Luongo starts for FLA; waiting on Jurco

The Red Wings open the "stretch" against the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and the Panthers took to the ice first in Sunrise, as noted by the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Filakov:

Thornton still not ready.but close #flapanthers


Petr Mrazek will be in net for Red Wings tonight with Howard injured #flapanthers


No sign of Trocheck Guess he's staying in minors esp with Thornton close to return #flapanthers

Of text-related note:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers set-up; Stadium Series talk; Fetisov, Lidstrom & Pulkkinen

The Red Wings begin their "second half" and/or "stretch run" campaign with a pair of games in the Sunshine State--tonight, the Wings battle the Florida Panthers (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM) and Thursday, the Wings take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Over the next 5 days, the Wings play a trio of games against teams the Wings have historically had particular difficulty defeating this week in the Panthers, Bolts and Saturday's opponent, the New York Islanders.

The Wings' 63 points and 27-11-and-9 record are good for 2nd in the Atlantic Division (one behind Tampa; Detroit's also tied in points with the Islanders and sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference), tonight's game is of particular significance: the Panthers have 3 games in hand on Detroit's 47, but the Panthers also sit 13 points behind the Wings, and carving out a 15-point lead would at least give Detroit a nearly unassailable margin for error...Against the Panthers, anyway.

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