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Do you start Howard tomorrow?
For those of you who believe in the "hockey gods," this may have been the "even-up" for the Red Wings' last-30-seconds, off-the-netting-and-in goal against Los Angeles: en route to Sunday night's 5-4 shootout loss against the Florida Panthers, Brian Campbell accidentally but rather flagrantly got his stick up under Tomas Tatar's visor, causing a nasty gash and a decent amount of bleeding.
Instead of awarding the Red Wings a 4-minute power play with about 15 seconds left in regulation, however, neither referees nor linesmen saw the event, and Tatar was absolutely furious as he confronted the referee prior to overtime, very bluntly asking how the ref didn't notice what happened.
Squeamish be warned: there be blood in this clip from, ironically, We All Bleed Red:
I don't want to talk about this one. The Red Wings blew a 4-2 lead and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Florida Panthers via a shootout decision because they played a horrible first period and a horrible third period against the team that has their number--and got both a shorthanded goal against the Wings, got a break when Daniel Cleary may or may not have been pushed into Thomas, who sold a third no-goal-against-Detroit call, and definitely got a break when Tomas Tatar was high-sticked under the visor but neither ref nor linesman saw Brian Campbell do it.
This definitely qualifies as entry-worthy: According to Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating, FSD will air the entirety of their Alumni Showdown coverage from 7 PM EST until 12 AM EST on Tuesday, February 4th. I hope they don't bleep out Mickey Redmond and Chris Osgood's cursing, but that's just me.
Per Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating, the Red Wings are going to sit Henrik Zetterberg against Florida as his "upper-body injury" is acting up, and with Franzen returning, the team's going to hold Zetterberg out for precautionary reasons.
So much for scratching Cleary.
As Paul noted, the Red Wings made one expected move on Sunday, assigning Mikael Samuelsson to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and they made one surprising move as coach Mike Babcock chose to scratch both Todd Bertuzzi
and Daniel Cleary (edit: It turns out that Cleary will play with Henrik Zetterberg sidelined) today against Florida (5 PM EST, FSD Plus).
Going forward, especially given Ken Holland's statement to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness yesterday...
“I told Mike (Babcock) ‘dress the 12 forwards you think gives us the best chance to beat Florida,’” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “That means if one of the kids isn’t in the lineup he’ll be sent to Grand Rapids instead of Samuelsson. I don’t want the kids here if they’re not in the lineup.”
And Babcock's take on the statuses of Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening yesterday...
Wonder who will sit or be sent to Grand Rapids before Tuesday's game, of course as long as there are no injuries tonight.
Ken Holland told the beat writers Samuelsson cleared waivers and has been assigned to Grand Rapids, plus Johan Franzen has been activated.
Now the question is will Samuelsson report? If he wants to get paid, he will.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
“I haven’t had any issues, so hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow and it’s the same way,” Franzen said. “I hope to play.”
Franzen skated on a line with Darren Helm and Daniel Alfredsson during practice.
The fact he’s missed 16 games because of the concussion baffles Franzen, who didn’t think this would be a long-term problem.
“I thought it would be a five-day kind of thing,” Franzen said. “It wasn’t much of a hit, and usually it takes that long before you get rid of the headaches and everything’s working properly.
“But it just hung in there, and it wouldn’t go away. I’ll cross my fingers and hopefully it’ll stay away.”
more including Datsyuk hoping to play next week...
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