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It's getting to be a running joke. Ahead of Sunday evening's game against Chicago (7:30 PM EDT, on NBCSN) and this week's games against Toronto (on Tuesday), Pittsburgh (on Thursday) and back-to-backs against Minnesota (next Saturday and Sunday), if a Red Wings fan and a Blackhawks fan were to have a conversation about the team's respective personnel issues, it'd be painful to listen to.
Blackhawks fan: "Hey, we're getting Hossa back for the game! Are you guys ready?"
Red Wings fan: "Uh, sure. Yeah, we can shut him down."
Blackhawks fan: "You guys'll have Datsyuk and Zetterberg ready for Hossa, right?"
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"They're hurt, they're hurt," he said. "Helmer would have been in a week ago if it was up to me. That's why I'm not allowed to be involved in that. But getting ready for summer isn't a priority. We need guys back. So how can we get them back? Well a guy with a broken foot and broken rib, they're not coming back. The head one, you never know. We could use anybody available."
more from after practice today...
added 3:32pm, Release of Tootoo recall is below...
All players who played last night practicing today except Bertuzzi.
Helm skated but left when practice started.
Gustavsson sharing a net with Mrazek.
Wings made a first line switch during the game last night, putting Franzen, Nyquist and Legwand together and that line practiced today.
added 12:59pm, Per Khan tweet, Holland says Bertuzzi is out, Tootoo being recalled.
Bertuzz is day-to-day.
The Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers was the LIVING EMBODIMENT of an ugly win, but in a month, it could be a beautiful, beautiful thing for a team that's now -20 in terms of goal differential in the 3rd period and managed to fire more pucks wide or into Oilers players (35) than it did on Viktor Fasth.
With nine players injured, the lines shaken up a bit (Nyquist with the "Kid Line" until Abdelkader replaced him in the 3rd period) and Teemu Pulkkinen playing in limited action during a superb NHL debut (2 shots, 3 more attempts, and a hit in 7:36 played), the Red Wings played...
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"In our league, when you win, everything is OK," coach Mike Babcock said after today’s morning skate. "It doesn't matter what your record is. We need to have some success here, and not just from how-we-play point of view but on the points, on the board, because of the standings, the way they are.
"We're right there in the race. The standings aren't an issue for us. We've just got to make sure we're mentally strong enough to play for 60."
The Wings are 3-3-1 since the Olympics, when Babcock said, "We talked about it, after the Olympic break, we've got to win two out of every three. We got off to a good start, and then we lost two in a row. We've got to bounce back."
Updates from the morning skate will be posted here as needed.
added 10:36am, via Khan tweets,
Wings skating with these lines: Abdelkader-Legwand-Franzen, Nyquist-Sheahan-Tatar, Bertuzzi-Glendening-Alfredsson, Miller-Emmerton-Pulkkinen
Helm is skating but not taking part in line rushesadded
added 10:44am, More Khan,
Same power play units they practiced with yesterday: Pulkkinen at left point alongside DeKeyser with Legwand, Tatar and Sheahan on 2nd unit.
First power play unit has Franzen, Nyquist and Bertuzzi up front and Kronwall and Alfredsson at points.
Gustavsson skating as third goalie, not ready to dress yet. Mrazek will back-up Howard tonight vs. Oilers.
added 11:23am, via Khan,
Following his first skate with team in more than a week Helm said he's hoping to return next week but hard to put time frame on concussion.
from Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News,
If there’s one thing Teemu Pulkkinen can do, it’s fire the puck.
“He has an unbelievable shot,” said Cory Emmerton, who was a linemate of Pulkkinen’s in Grand Rapids. “Probably one of the best I’ve played with. I don’t know if he’s scored a fluke goal all season.
“They’ve been slap shots, just blowing it past the goalie.”
Pulkkinen, a 2010 fourth-round draft pick, makes his NHL debut Friday when the Red Wings host Edmonton. Pulkkinen replaces Tomas Jurco (broken rib) in the lineup.
“It’s going to be fun,” said Pulkkinen, who was skating on a line with Emmerton and Drew Miller during Thursday’s practice. “I’m not nervous. It’s one game. It’s a different game, but you have to have fun.”
I will post any practice updates in this posted as needed...
added 11:00am, Beat writers report Gustavsson started practice with the team but left early, Alfredsson not skating.
added 11:05am, via Chuck Pleiness tweets,
Looks like Abdelkader will play alongside Legwand and Franzen, while Nyquist will play with Tatar and Sheahan.
Pulkkinen playing on what looks like the fourth line with Drew Miller and Cory Emmerton.
added 11:09am, via Ansar Khan tweet,
Emmerton skating with Pulkkinen and Miller. Glendening skating with Bertuzzi. Miller filling in on that line, looks like in Alfredsson spot.
added 11:35am, via Pleiness tweet,
Pulkkinen looks like he's playing the point on the Wings' second power play unit, along with DeKeyser, Legwand, Tatar and Sheahan.
added 12:16pm, Below, video of Pulkkinen talking about playing his 1st NHL game tomorrow night.
FYI, the Red Wings' charitable donut is on sale at local Tim Horton's locations this week...
And amongst the Wings' press releases, tomorrow is "High School Journalism" day at the Joe...
I'm not fond of the Columbus Blue Jackets, nor am I fond of Blake Comeau, who's apparently broken some of Tomas Jurco's ribs via that nasty cross-check in addition to having been suspended two games for boarding Brendan Smith...
But I've got to say that Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen's reaction to Comeau's suspension, as noted by the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline, was the most eloquent, "I didn't like it" I've heard this side of, "I disagree with the suspension but I respect the league's decision and the review process":
"I’ve had this principle that I’m not going to comment or complain on the process (the league) takes," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "They try to be through and consistent and they do a good job. It was a hard hit and they said he was tracking the target for a while. I heard their logic. As much as I want to support our players, we have to suffer the consequences."
Kekalainen said assistant GM Bill Zito spent the day preparing a defense for Comeau.
"We did research on hits that were similar, and we argued our case," Kekalainen said. "(Zito) did a good job presenting the case to Shanahan and his crew. I don’t know if it helped or not. It’s two games, but I don’t know what it might have been or what effect it had on it."
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