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From the Red Wings:
MARCHENKO ASSIGNED TO GRIFFINS
… Detroit Places Johan Franzen on Injured Reserve …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defenseman Alexey Marchenko to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and placed right wing Johan Franzen on seven-day injured reserve.
Marchenko, 23, is in his third season in North America and seventh season of professional hockey. In 2014-15, he skated in 13 games for the Red Wings and tallied two points (1-1-2) and two penalty minutes, while appearing in three postseason games during the team’s first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Marchenko also played 51 regular-season games for the Griffins, notching 20 points (3-17-20) and a plus-22 rating. He also logged four assists in 11 postseason games for Grand Rapids. In 100 career AHL games since 2013-14, the former 2011 seventh-round pick (205th overall) of the Red Wings has recorded 38 points (6-32-38), 40 penalty minutes and a plus-33 rating. Marchenko also represented the Griffins at the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Marchenko spent several seasons with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) prior to arriving in North America. From 2009-13, he appeared in 82 KHL games for the club and registered 11 points (4-7-11). He also tallied 78 points (18-60-78) in 84 games for the team at the junior level, winning a league championship in 2011 and leading all defensemen in scoring.
From MLive's Brendan Savage's game-day article, this is pretty darn impressive:
• Jeff Blashill will be trying to do something tonight no Red Wings coach has been able to accomplish in 43 years – win four straight games at the beginning of his first full season behind the Detroit bench. The last Red Wings coach to win at least four straight to begin his first full season as the club's head coach was Johnny Wilson, who started 6-0 in 1972-73 after replacing Doug Barkley 11 games into the previous season. The Red Wings finished 37-29-12 in '72-73 and missed the playoffs. Mike Babcock won his first three games with the Red Wings in 2005-06 before losing 4-2 to Vancouver. But the Red Wings followed that loss with nine straight victories for a 12-1 start en route to a 58-16-8 record and a club-record 124 points before losing in the first round of the playoffs to Edmonton. In case you were wondering, Scotty Bowman lost his first game with the Red Wings during a 1-5 start in 1993-94.
Updated 4x at 1:38 PM: The Red Wings' morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes (7:30 PM EDT start on FSD/FS Southeast/97.1 FM) revealed that Luke Glendening will play this evening, that Jimmy Howard will start tonight (with Petr Mrazek starting against the Canadiens tomorrow, at 7 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), that Darren Helm and Danny DeKeyser are "close" and that the Red Wings are embracing the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Night:
CarolinaHurricanes.com's Brad Smith reports that the Hurricanes should employ the following lineup...
The Red Wings have posted a two-part set of videos chronicling the Red Wings' journey toward their home opener against Toronto:
Updated 8x at 12 PM: Glendening, Howard are in tonight.
The Detroit Red Wings begin a set of back-to-back games as they host the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Southeast/97.1 FM; tonight is Breast Cancer Awareness Night at the Joe) and then head to Montreal tomorrow (7 PM EDT on FSD/City/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).
The Wings may boast a 3-and-0 record, but they're very wary of the Hurricanes after last weekend's rope-a-dope 4-3 win, but the Wings weren't focused on business alone prior to today's morning skate:
From the Toledo Blade's Toledo Walleye Season Preview section:
First, the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe discussed the expectations placed upon the Walleye as a team...
Uncertain speculation has transformed into high expectation for a Walleye organization that produced a record-setting season last year.
The team is coming off an ECHL regular-season championship and the most successful season in franchise history.
The Walleye captured the Brabham Cup by producing a 50-15-7 record and were the first ECHL team since 2007-08 to win at least 50 games.
Unknown first-year coach Derek Lalonde took over a struggling franchise and led the team to the greatest turnaround in ECHL history, going from 49 points to 107. The team broke 44 records along the way.
Lalonde said he will stick to the same game plan to attempt to exceed those lofty accomplishments. He has brought back eight contributors and has a good blend of veterans and newcomers. He focused on recruiting speedy players that fit into his quick, transitional system. He also looked for leaders who are versatile, smart, and have a team-first attitude.
“The expectations are high, and rightfully so, with the success we had and the type of players we attracted,” Lalonde said. “It’s not going to be easy. It will still be a challenge to do it correctly. But I am very confident this is going to be a very competitive team.”
And the Toledo Blade's Dave Hackenberg penned a profile of Walleye coach Derek Lalonde:
MLive's Ansar Khan answered questions from readers in an "Ask Ansar" feature:
Q: What's the latest on Pav (Datsyuk)? Where do you see him playing once he gets back? How will the Wings manage the roster and cap when he comes back? – Benson
A: Datsyuk goes through high-intensity workouts in the hallway outside the dressing room on a regular basis. He's skated a little on his own but hasn't started practicing. He's projected to return in mid-November following ankle surgery in late June.
When Datsyuk is ready to play, the Red Wings will probably put Franzen on long-term IR. That would solve their cap space issues. If all of the other forwards are healthy, they would have 15 and would need to trim someone. Joakim Andersson probably would be the player most susceptible to being waived.
I could see Datsyuk centering a line with Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm, enabling them to keep intact the Justin Abdelkader-Henrik Zetterberg-Dylan Larkin line, and Brad Richards centering Gustav Nyquist and either Riley Sheahan or Teemu Pulkkinen.
But, who knows. It's a nice "problem" to have.
The Grand Rapids Press posted a via-photo gallery set of roster previews of the Grand Rapids Griffins ahead of Friday and Saturday's home openers against San Antonio, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner also posted a video of coach Todd Nelson discussing any nerves that he might feel ahead of Friday's tilt:
The Red Wings kick off a set of back-to-back games against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM) before heading to Montreal to battle the [edit: undefeated] Canadiens on Saturday (7 PM on FSD/City/TVA Sports/NHL Network U.S.).
You may think that the Canes game is the undercard, but the Canes are kicking off a 7-game road trip with an 0-and-3 record, having most recently dropped a 4-1 decision to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, and the Raleigh News & Observer's Chip Alexander reports that Carolina's looking at their road trip as a means by which to jump-start the team:
When Brendan Smith takes the ice for warm-ups Friday night with his pink-wrapped hockey stick, he'll be thinking of his grandparents.
Friday is the Red Wings' ninth annual Breast Cancer Awareness night and it is personal to Smith.
"Both my grandmother and my grandfather (Joyce and Lester Smith) had breast cancer," Smith said. "My grandmother ended up passing away from it, unfortunately. My grandfather, he found a way to overcome it. So obviously, it hits pretty close to home. Not even just breast cancer, cancer in general. It's a thing that takes away a lot of our loved ones."
Many people are unaware that men can also get breast cancer as Smith's grandfather did, so this is another opportunity for him to help get that message out.
"There is a very small number but there is a number," Smith said. "There's a lot of people that have struggled with either their father or their brother have had breast cancer and you want to create that awareness for everybody. By creating this awareness, you can get some of these young men or women going and getting checked early and see if you can nip it in the bud early."
Early detection can make all the difference.
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