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Mike Babcock was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon today and discussed topics like rule changes, the play of the Wings and more.
Listen/watch the 12 minute interview:
Update: Here's a downloadable audio clip if you're not interested in click-and-watch:
Updated 3x at 2:43 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to win their first home game in seven tries and rebound from Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg when the Wings host the 9-8-and-1 Washington Capitals visit the Joe on Friday (minus Mike Green, according to NHL.com). The Capitals defeated Columbus in a 4-3 OT decision on Tuesday (they won't play again until Friday's game, just like the Wings), and RedWingsFeed noted that Capitals coach and former Red Wing Adam Oates comes to town...
Bearing compliments galore for a former adversary in Chris Chelios. Oates praised Chelios's
legendary status as a mean, vicious pain in the ass, I mean competitiveness, while speaking with Comcast Sportsnet Washington's Chuck Gormley:
“For me, during my career because we overlapped, he was the hardest guy ever to play against,” Oates said Tuesday. “I was a right-shot center and I went down the left side and he was always there. He was really difficult to play against, a fantastic player.”
I'm going to do this Red Wings prospect-related entry a little backwards. I usually lead whatever entry coincides with the Grand Rapids Griffins' press release with the...Grand Rapids Griffins' press release.
On Tuesday evening, however, RedWingsCentral posted its slate of fall prospect rankings, and these rankings tend to be pretty influential, so here's a small sampling thereof (RWC actually lists 21 prospects in its Top 20, and its bluntness about Martin Frk is intriguing):
Updated with some telling quotes from Babcock at 3:12 AM: Something tells me that today's Toast of Hockeytown might be a slightly tense affair given the Red Wings' performances at Joe Louis Arena of late.
The Red Wings may have lost five of their past six games at Joe Louis Arena in overtime, but they've still lost six straight at the Joe, and having been swept by the Winnipeg Jets via a 3-2 shootout decision complimenting the Wings' 4-2 loss in Winnipeg ten days ago, the team's record speaks for itself: 3 wins in their last 11 games, a 3-4-and-4 record, and...
Well, a lack of results despite what really was a dominant performance minus results.
This is getting old. The Red Wings absolutely dominated possession and control of the puck against the Jets, they out-shot Winnipeg by a wide margin (43-21), the Wings' power play went 2-for-3, and save some bad back-passes from Daniel Alfredsson and a deke that both Kyle Quincey and Jimmy Howard bit upon, the Wings all but out-classed a clutchy-grabby-happy (and rewarded for it) Jets team...
But only Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Alfredsson and now Franzen can score for the Wings, and the Wings still managed to trail the game two times...
So the Jets were able to play for a shootout--really since the last 5 minutes of regulation--and the Wings dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Winnipeg, dropping their sixth straight at the Joe (albeit via an 0-1-and-5 record) because their goalie and scorers are in the shootout what they are not in regulation or overtime: plain old awful.
I'm sick, I'm tired, and this one has me baffled.
Ahead of toight's game between the Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets (7:30 PM, FSD/TSN Jets/1270 AM), Red Wings GM Ken Holland made some noise of the non-personnel variety, as noted by the Canadian Press...
Overtime was one of many of topics discussed at Tuesday's annual general managers meeting after Hockey Hall of Fame induction night, along with fighting, hybrid icing and the playoff format that was introduced for this season. No formal rule changes came about, though the purpose of this get-together is more to set up the next meeting in March.
Forty of the first 262 games this season have gone to a shootout. GMs have been discussing making overtime 10 minutes to cut down on shootouts "to some degree," according to Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings. Holland proposed five minutes of four-on-four and then three minutes of three-on-three, while Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and others want simply 10 minutes of four-on-four.
Updated 7x at 2:04 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face a surprisingly stiff task in battling the Winnipeg Jets this evening (7:30 PM EST, FSD/TSN Jets/1270 AM; tonight is Military Appreciation Night at Joe Louis Arena) because the Wings are mired in a 5-game home losing streak, a 4-game losing streak and a 3-4-and-3 record over the Wings' past 10 games.
This will go on top as I forgot it: The Toast of Hockeytown takes place on Wednesday, and Nicklas Lidstrom will be in attendance. If you're interested in getting dressed up and meeting your favorite Wings (including Chris Chelios), rock on with your bad self, because the event raises funds for the Red Wings foundation.
Anyway, the Detroit Red Wings flew to Toronto to take in Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan's inductions into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday afternoon, but they returned to Detroit with a stiff task ahead of them:
Absent Jonathan Ericsson (at least until Friday), Brendan Smith (for another week or two?), Stephen Weiss (7-10 days?) and with Daniel Cleary possibly benched due to a lack of production (I would argue that he looks like he's still trying to remember that he's a Wing after looking like someone who'd saved a marriage at the last minute during training camp) the offensively-challenged and turnover-prone Red Wings hope to break their 5-game home losing streak and turn around a 3-3-and-4 record over their past 10 games when they tangle with the 8-9-and-2 Winnipeg Jets this evening (7:30 PM EST, FSD/TSN Jets/97.1 FM).
The Wings' latest trio of losses have involved dropping a trio of 1-goal leads, including a 2-1 lead in the Wings' 4-2 loss to Winnipeg on November 4th, and the Jets have won two of three games since defeating the Wings a week ago Monday.
I was a little late to the party, but I'm pretty sure that I snagged about 90% of the pre-Monday-evening Hockey Hall of Fame stories in Monday's practice post (no Chelios-P.K. Subban comparisons or Randy Carlyle talking an ex-roommate in Shanahan, but I did an OK job), and if you want to watch their induction speeches...Well, hell, they're worth re-posting...
But the Red Wings were there, and I'm pretty sure that when I say that, I mean the entire team, because the Wings took Red Bird III to Toronto to take in the event.
Brendan Shanahan spoke for 12 minutes...
The general rule for a blogger who's missed time is, "Don't play catch-up," but I make an exception in the case of the Wings' prospects.
So, on a league by league basis, and very briefly, here's a summation of what took place over the past...five evenings.
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