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Updated with no-Helm-till-weekend news @ 12:28 PM: The Red Wings have rebounded from the first consecutive regulation losses of their 2014-15 campaign with a tighter-than-the-scoresheet-indicates 5-2 win over Edmonton, the Grand Rapids Griffins are surging and their various graduates will get the opportunity to gain ground upon the Lightning and Canadiens as the Wings prepare to play 3 games in 4 nights, battling the Blue Jackets on Thursday and the Flyers and Penguins on Saturday and Sunday.
After taking Tuesday off, the Wings returned to Joe Louis Arena to prepare for their 3-games-in-4-nights stretch, and MLive's Ansar Khan reported that the straw that stirs the drink skated with the team for the first time since injuring an oblique muscle a week-and-a-half ago:
Wings on ice for practice. Helm practicing with team for first time since injury on 2-28.
Edit/update: I HAS A SAD:
Helm left midway through practice, so it's safe to assume he's not ready for tomorrow.
Nyquist-Datsyuk-Tatar, Sheahan (net front), Zidlicky
Cole-Zetterberg-Pulkkinen, Weiss (subbing for 8, who's on PK) Kronwall.
It's apparently a very special day at the Joe, too, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:
@DetroitRedWings on ice, practice. Smells like Mr. Sobotka has the grill going.
This stat from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose is surprising, too:
from the Grand Rapids Griffins,
The Grand Rapids Griffins lit the lamp in each period in a 3-2 win over Charlotte Checkers at Time Warner Cable Arena Tuesday. With the win the Griffins extended their point streak to 16 games, equaling a franchise record set between 10/25/02-11/30/02. Grand Rapids sports a record of 13-0-3-0 during its current run compared to 11-0-3-2 during the 2002 streak.
Charlotte scored first at 7:05 of the opening period when Ben Holmstrom got past the Grand Rapids defense and passed the puck to Brock McGinn after a shot fake that resulted in a goal between Tom McCollum’s legs.
Charlotte’s lone power play goal of the night on two chances snapped a streak of 25 consecutive penalties killed on the road, dating back to Jan. 17 at Hamilton.
Grand Rapids defensemen accounted for two of the three goals scored, with the first coming from Scott Czarnowczan at 18:03. Czarnowczan passed the puck to Kevin Porter, who got the puck back and fired a low wrister that beat Drew MacIntyre through traffic in front of the net for his second goal of the season.
Andreas Athanasiou gave the Griffins the lead at 13:44 of the middle frame when he stole the puck, streaked into the offensive zone and fired a backhander under the crossbar following a deke around a defender for his 13th goal of the season.
Watch the Athanasiou goal below...
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
This still wasn't a perfect piece of work, but at this point the Red Wings just needed a victory, no matter how it looked.
That, they were able to earn.
Overcoming a sluggish start, the Red Wings rallied for a 5-2 victory Monday over the Edmonton Oilers.
Teemu Pulkkinen gave the Red Wings some breathing room, then Justin Abdelkader and Pavel Datsyuk scored empty-net goals to seal the win.
Niklas Kronwall (power play) and Riley Sheahan scored second-period goals to help the Red Wings overcome a 1-0 deficit.
"That's how you want to play," coach Mike Babcock said of his team's performance after a ragged opening 20 minutes. "Just because you want to play that way doesn't mean you'll get to all the time.
"The emotional well, sometimes you just don't have it, and there's no gas station to fill it up. That's the truth. It fills up when it fills up and sometimes you're just 'blah'. We've been 'blah' for a bit but hopefully we'll get some energy and get playing."
Jimmy Howard stopped 36 shots to earn the victory.
Below, some videos...
George is ill and I have had a long day so this post is for you.
Feel free to discuss the Wings 5-2 win over the Oilers.
I will have a full recap in the morning.
Here are the highlights:
Beat writers report Howard starts in goal.
added 6:09pm, Ken Holland tells the assembled media Jonas Gustavsson isn't feeling right after taking a hit from Milan Lucic yesterday.
He has concussion-like symptoms and as of this point is day-to-day.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The Oilers have lost eight straight games to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, going back to December 3, 2009. It’s never been a favourite building except for their stunning playoff win over the Red Wings in April 2006 when current GM Craig MacTavish was head coach and brought out the trap to clip the powerful Wings in six games in round one en route to the Stanley Cup final.
Truth is, home or away the Oilers have been a mere speed bump for the Wings, losing 14 of the last 15, including a 6-3 walloping at Rexall Place in January. That doesn’t bode well for Monday night’s game at the Joe .
The Oilers only have one win (2-1 in Minnesota) in their last seven games overall, and the fewest wins (18) in the league. In Raleigh on Sunday, the No. 1 defence pairing of Justin Schultz and rookie Oscar Klefbom that had been doing a nice job had a very rough outing. They had trouble with young Swede Elias Lindholm, who had three goals and two assists, becoming the youngest player to do that in a game, according to the good folks at the Elias Sports Bureau, since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had five assists against Chicago in November of 2011. Let’s see how they do with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg in Detroit.
Here are five things to consider:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Since he was assigned to Grand Rapids on Feb. 17, Mrazek has not suffered a regulation loss, going 6-0-1 with a 1.13 goals-against average, a 0.962 save percentage and three shutouts. The 23-year-old netminder is 9-2-1 overall in 13 games with the Griffins this season, sporting a 2.06 goals-against average and a 0.927 save percentage. A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek has made 20 appearances for the Red Wings this season and is 13-5-1 with a 2.55 goals-against average, a 0.909 save percentage and one shutout. In 31 career NHL games since 2012-13, he has a 16-10-1 record, a 2.29 goals-against average, a 0.914 save percentage and three shutouts.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
I will update this post if more information comes out of the morning skate.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden marked the first time this season the Red Wings have dropped consecutive games in regulation. And they weren't sharp the game before that but escaped with an overtime win over the New York Rangers.
"It's interesting to me; we added depth to our lineup and we play worse," coach Mike Babcock said. "So we obviously got to get that fixed because we haven't been anything close to what we were prior to (the trades).
"Today we didn't compete hard enough. You got to give them credit. They were light years better than us."
The Red Wings' special teams were a mess. The Bruins, battling for their playoff lives, scored two shorthanded goals on breakaways created by Stephen Weiss turnovers and added a pair of power-play goals.
via the Detroit Free Press,
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