The Malik Report
Updated 5x at 4:11 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will embark upon their final "West Coast" swing of the season after today's practice, and tomorrow night's game against Dallas (8 PM EST, FSD, and yes, the start conflicts with HBO's final 24/7 episode's 10 PM start) kicks off almost two weeks' worth of games away from the Joe--with the WIngs' four-day break between the Dallas game and next Thursday's affair against San Jose (and then Los Angeles, Anaheim and...the Rangers?) extending the trip's length considerably.
With the Winter Classic having dropped the Wings behind the Leafs in the Atlantic Division standings, the team wants to straighten its still-listing ship, and as Paul noted and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose Tweeted, the Wings will have to kick off their five-game trip shorthanded:
via Chuck Pleiness tweets,
Eaves on ice at practice.
Helm not on ice at City Arena for practice
Franzen not practicing either
via Pleiness tweet,
Datsyuk not at practice. Per GM Ken Holland he'll be playing in Dallas on Saturday.
added 12:26pm, Khan tweets,
Lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Alfredsson, Abdelkader-Samuelsson (holding Datsyuk's spot)-Bertuzzi, Miller-Andersson-Tatar
Cleary-Glendening-Eaves. The way he's skating it looks like Eaves is playing tomorrow.
Marchenko is paired with Quincey, also Kronwall-Smith, Lashoff-Kindl
from the IIHF,
Brilliant performance under historic pressure as well as long-lasting excellence is recognized as the IIHF Hall of Fame inducts players Vyacheslav Bykov, Andrei Khomutov, Nicklas Lidström, Ruslan Salei, Steve Yzerman and builder Murray Costello.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defenseman Alexey Marchenko from the Grand Rapids Griffins. He presumably will make his NHL debut Saturday night against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
The Red Wings apparently have an injury on defense but general manager Ken Holland declined to reveal who, if anybody, is out.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound right-handed shooting Marchenko has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 33 games and is tied for the Griffins’ team lead with a plus-15 rating in his first AHL season.
added 10:45am, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Defenseman Danny DeKeyser won’t be at practice Friday listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
The injury could be a groin which means day-to-day could mean a couple of weeks.
Helene St. James tells us what most of us know, Jimmy Howard and most of the Wings need to be better,
If the Wings continue at their current pace of accumulating points, they would finish with 90 points, probably not enough to make the playoffs even in the weaker Eastern Conference.
The loss to Toronto — Detroit’s seventh in eight shoot-out attempts this season — left the Wings clinging to a wild-card spot.
A few players have had big first halves: Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall. Jonas Gustavsson has been a bailout presence while Jimmy Howard has struggled.
Howard was a somewhat controversial choice for Team USA given his numbers this season, but from the Wings’ perspective, the selection can only boost his confidence.
Howard is far from the only guy looking to bounce back from a poor first half. Stephen Weiss was ineffective. Johan Franzen lacked in effort for stretches. Daniel Cleary has six points in 41 games. Kyle Quincey is minus-14.
It’s dangerous to need to win so much during the second half; every team’s goal is to bank points in the first half to ease the pressure going into the playoff stretch.
My early favortie piece..
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will have a disciplinary hearing Friday with the NHL following his cross-check to the neck of Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves Wednesday during the Winter Classic.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday that he had no update on Eaves, who had tests done to determine if he has a concussion. Holland said nothing appears to be broken and they'll see how Eaves feels on Friday when the team returns to practice.
Let's take a look how Elite Prospects describes Mantha...
Mantha is a brilliant skater with great speed. He is a dangerous scorer with a very good shot and quick release, which he loves to use. Mantha has very good size and reach and knows how to hold on to the puck. While receiving criticism for insonsistancy, he has improved his defensive play and physicality. Once he adds some grit aggressiveness into his play, Mantha has the tools to become a solid top-six NHL forward. (Matias Strozyk, 2013)
Here is his penalty shot goal (user submitted) from today which put Canada up 2-0 against the Swiss.
Canada won the game 4-1.
TSN talked with Mantha post-game if you would like to watch.
Katie Baker of Grantland wraps up the Winter Classic,
They arrived in waddling droves, bundled in their winter warmest so that they all looked twice their size. They hopped off yellow school buses and emerged from SUVs dusty with salt and snow and trudged toward a college football stadium, in the heart of bowl season, for a professional hockey game.
These hundred thousand hockey fans had waited almost two full years to make this walk. The NHL first announced in February 2012 that the next Winter Classic would feature the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. In November of that same year — thanks to the lockout — the league's much-trumpeted event was officially postponed.
But that all seemed like a distant memory on a cold and snowy New Year's Day that Detroit coach Mike Babcock, even in defeat, would later call "a home run for hockey." Before a reported 105,491 in attendance and beneath photogenically inclement conditions, the Maple Leafs edged the Red Wings in a shootout, 3-2.
FYI, George is taking care of getting a rental car, checking on the repair of his car after sliding into a ditch yesteday while driving to the Winter Classic.
He will return tomorrow.
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