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When you're coming into the third game of a Western Canadian road swing hoping to salvage the trip with your first win, and you're entering the game minus Mike Green, Kyle Quincey and Brad Richards, all is not well, but the Wings just needed a win in Vancouver to at least take half of the points available to them on this trip.
Detroit got it done, despite a lackluster first 40 minutes of play, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Canucks 2-2 mostly on the strength of Petr Mrazek's play as much as the goals from Teemu Pulkkinen and Tomas Tatar, and so it was fitting that Petr Mrazek had the primary assist on Gustav Nyquist's OT game-winner as Detroit out-competed and out-hustled the Canucks to win 3-2 in OT.
This win could be HUGE given the magnitude of the turnaround and the juncture of the season.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Red Wings' game-day preview video:
2. I'm going to come out and call the Hockey News's Jared Clinton's suggestion that the Red Wings will have a hard time making the playoffs as of game 7 what it is--click bait (via RedWingsFeed), especially given that it's based entirely upon shot differential:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Jurco was scheduled to be scratched for the fourth game in a row Saturday in Vancouver. He will have played in only two of the first eight games.
"I think Jurcs is right there with other guys. He could easily go in," Blashill said. "I think Jurcs' high-end ability is real high, but we think he's got to get better at some stuff before he gets himself back in that spot."
Jurco has decent size (6-1, 203) and speed to go along with his skills. But Blashill would like to see him skate better.
"I'd say we have a long-term plan with Jurco," Blashill said. "I think Jurcs is somebody who has done some real good stuff for me in the past. I believe lots in Jurcs. I think there's still another level with Jurcs, but what we're trying to do is give him some stuff, get him to where he's skating at the level I think he needs to skate at in order to be effective out there."
from Chuck Pleiness at the Oakland Press,
The depth within the Detroit Red Wings organization is about to get tested....
Kyle Quincey and Mike Green both missed Saturday night’s game at Vancouver, which forced the Wings to recall Alexey Marchenko from Grand Rapids.
Quincey is on concussion protocol after getting hit by Calgary’s Sam Bennett midway through the third period, Friday night.
“As (Quincey) got on the bus we had some inclination that … he just said he didn’t feel totally right,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “So that’s why we got Marchenko in.”...
“I looked at it, there’s no doubt it was interference,” Holland said of the Bennett hit.
Green is listed as day-to-day according to Wings general manager Ken Holland after suffering what appeared to be a shoulder injury on a hit by the Flames’ Josh Jurris late in the first period, Friday.
“We don’t know how bad (it is),” Holland said of Green’s injury. “We’ll get back and see how he feels.”...
To make room for Marchenko on the roster, the Wings placed Brad Richards on short-term injury reserved with a sore back.
“His back’s bothered him all of camp and just felt progressively worse, so we want to be proactive,” Holland said. “He’s going to go see a doctor. Hopefully it’s nothing more than a little bit of time off. We’ll know more on Monday or Tuesday.”
Updated 4x at 4:30 PM: The Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks took optional morning skates ahead of tonight's game between a team that's 0-2-and-2 at home and a team that's 0-3-and-1 over their past four games (10 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/97.1 FM), and in the Red Wings' case, this penalize-able hit from Josh Jooris = Mike Green is out and Alexey Marchenko has been recalled...
And this penalize-able hit by Sam Bennett = Kyle Quincey is out with a concussion
Updated 5x at 2:51 PM: The Kyle Quincey-less Red Wings hope to rebound from last night's loss to Calgary when they face the Vancouver Canucks this evening (10 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/97.1 FM), and as MLive's Brendan Savage notes, the Wings are attempting to avoid an inauspicious start...
• The Red Wings' four-game skid is their longest this early in the season since 1993-94, when they dropped four in a row and had a 1-5 record after six games during Scotty Bowman's first year behind the bench. They finished 46-30-8 that season. The Red Wings have had other similar early slumps during the last two decades but finished with at least 100 points each time. In 2011-12, they won their first five before dropping six in a row for a 5-5-1 mark after 11 games. They finished 48-28-6 that season. They went 0-4-1 during a five-game stretch in 2003-04 that left them with a 5-6-1 mark after 12 games before they finished 48-21-11. The Red Wings have been outscored 7-2 after the second period during their current skid.
As are tthe Canucks:
• Vancouver is still searching for its first home victory of the season after posting a 0-2-2 record in its first four at Rogers Arena. Calgary was 0-4 at home before beating the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome. Vancouver's home start is its worst since 1994-95, when the Canucks started 0-2-3 on home ice. ... The Red Wings are 1-2-1 on the road. ... Detroit and Vancouver split two games last season, when each team won at home.
Also of note from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Well this sucks, per the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness, and it explains why Brad Richards is on the IR:
Update: Khan confirms in text form:
The Red Wings have placed Brad Richards on IR, according to the roster on their site.— DetroitHockey.Net (@detroithockey96) October 24, 2015
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
The Wings and Canucks have yet to take part in their morning skate, but the Canucks website's Daniel Fung has penned a preview of tonight's game (10 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/97.1 FM):
Keys to the Game
Canucks: The bottom-9 has to produce. Coach Desjardins has admitted his reluctance to reunite the Sedins and Vrbata was because he didn't want to be a one-line team. Vrbata and the twins delivered on Thursday night but the onus is on the rest of the forwards to produce as well so opponents have to worry about something other than shutting down the Sedin line.
Canucks: Build on Thursday's PP success. After bumping their long man-advantage slump against the Capitals, Vancouver's power play figures to get another boost with the return of Weber to the line-up. Weber was tied for second on the team with five power play goals last season and provides a right-shot, one-timer option that has sorely been missing for most of this season.
Red Wings: Get the early jump. Visiting teams have gotten off to strong starts in every game so far this season at Rogers Arena and the Red Wings will want to follow that same formula to success. Considering all three of Detroit's wins this season have come when they've opened the scoring, the opening goal tonight will be a critical one.
VanCityBuzz's Ian Lusher also notes that the Canucks are 0-2-and-2 at home this season...
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