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Aside from Mike Smith's James Brown concert reenactment and Shane Doan attempting to smash opponents' knees into the boards and then twist/stomp to snap knee ligaments--and watching the officials sort of shrug the Smith-started-it-with-a-stick-to-Helm's-face, dude-humps-Helm's-stick and all the clutching and grabbing go--because the new "standard of officiating" is just hideously poor on all sides of the puck (and Mike Smith is nothing less than a disgusting actor who consists of 3-day-old human squaline)...
Taking in last night's Wings-Coyotes game as a fan was an incredibly frustrating experence, and that frustration didn't just stem from Jimmy Howard's crappy goaltending.
It was a game where the Wings simply played dumb hockey against a team that probably came into its road trip hoping to beat a Wings team it still despises (that was quite evident in the level of physicality last night, even if the personnel is different, the remaining Coyotes from the playoff series [plural] between the teams let the new guys know that this game was for all the marbles), it was a game in which the Wings took nearly 40 shots but refused to attack the net, it was a game where Niklas Kronwall's absence, Erik Cole having to duck out and Luke Glendening leaving for a short period of time seemed to paralyze the team...
And it was a game in which the Wings got the point they needed to make it very hard for the Senators or Bruins to gain ground, but in every other facet, the Wings laid several eggs on ice.
Updated 5x at 3 PM: Oh boy. Per the Free Press's George Sipple...
Update #2: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and MLive's Ansar Khan confirm that Erik Cole will be out until Tuesday at the earliest and that Kronwall and Datsyuk are "closer":
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl made the most of his opportunity to play Tuesday night, with a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
Kindl had been scratched for 10 consecutive games. He got the chance to play because Niklas Kronwall was a late scratch with a lower-body injury.
The Wings are taking today off, and it's unclear whether Kronwall will miss Thursday's home game against the San Jose Sharks (7:30 p.m., FSD).
"I thought he did a good job," Wings coach Mike Babcock said of Kindl. "He could have closed tighter on the guy (who scored) the first goal of the game, but he got a goal and assist."
Babcock said Kindl made a "big-time pass" to set up a breakaway goal by Justin Abdelkader.
"You have to give the kid credit, he hasn't played since (Marek) Zidlicky arrived and came in and had an impact on the game," Babcock said.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings haven't gained any momentum this month.
They're coming off their worst 10-game segment this season (3-6-1), a stretch in which they failed to win back-to-back games.
"There's always concern, but when I look at our last little bit of games here I like how hard we played," coach Mike Babcock said.
That includes Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the lowly Arizona Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings controlled most of the play and outshot the Coyotes 37-22, but Jimmy Howard, who's lacked consistency since returning six weeks ago from a groin injury, wasn't sharp, particularly on Mark Arcobello's winning goal at 3:08 of OT.
"We came out, we were organized, we came after them," Babcock said. "They scored. We didn't score as (much). I thought (Coyotes goalie Mike) Smith made some real good saves for them."
Below, watch Mike Babcock post-game and their is no update on the injuries to Kronwall and Cole.
added Darren Helm's slash on Mike Smith below....
added 10:06am, Hit on Glendening is below...
Arizona defeats Detroit 5-4 in OT.
This game had 'that' feel to it after Detroit started out strong but could not score.
Goals are below and feel free to give your thoughts.
George was at the game and may or may not have a complete summary later tonight.
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Michigan freshman forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin has a big decision to make in the next week.
U-M coach Red Berenson would like Larkin to return for his sophomore season. The Wolverines could have one of the best teams in college hockey next season, and Larkin, the Big Ten freshman of the year, would be a serious candidate to win the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in the country.
The Red Wings apparently are going to let Larkin decide whether he wants to begin his pro career now or later. Larkin was chosen 15th overall by the Wings in the 2014 draft.
Larkin, 18, could leave and immediately play for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League or wait and start fresh in Wings training camp next season. It's unlikely that he would be able to make an immediate jump from college to the NHL.
Updated 4x at 4:49 PM:
The Red Wings' mostly optional morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Arizona Coyotes (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Arizona/97.1 FM) revealed very little other than a "no lineup changes" message, though Darren Helm issued quite the baby-birthing story.
"If you missed it," here were the articles and Tweets of note from the morning skate news cycle:
Updated 6x at 4:27 PM:
So this is a real story, from MLive's Ansar Khan...
Helm told amazing story of how his new daughter was delivered in the car on way to hospital. Baby and mother are good. Dad a little frazzled
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
#RedWings Darren Helm told story of his second daughter being born in his car on the side of I-96 freeway at 2:15 Monday morning.
And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
Babcock says same lineup tonight as it was Sunday...also, quite the story from Darren Helm regarding his new born...baby was...
born in the back seat...Said the entire experience was much more nervous and exhilarating than any hockey game.
Update: Kulfan penned an article about Helm's adventure:
The Red WIngs can either take advantage of the 29th-place Coyotes to earn two "gimme" points or turn tonight's tilt against Arizona into a "trap game" (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Arizona/97.1 FM) that allows the Senators (4 points behind Detroit) and Bruins (5 points behind Detroit) to close in upon the Wings' 3rd and final Atlantic Division playoff spot.
As MLive's Ansar Khan noted in his "5 Things to Watch," the Coyotes haven't exactly been world-beaters this year:
2. Coyotes in the hunt for top pick: Arizona is in a three-way battle with Buffalo and Edmonton for the worst record in the NHL; don't count out the Coyotes, who've lost six consecutive games in regulation, eight in a row overall (0-7-1), are 1-17-1 in their past 19 and seem determined to bring Connor McDavid to the Desert.
The team with the fewest points gets the most balls in the draft lottery, with the best chance to secure the No. 1 pick, which is certain to be McDavid.
The Coyotes visit Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday (7:30). The teams have split six games since the start of the 2013 season.
In theory, the Wings should be able to earn 2 points over Thursday's opponent, the San Jose Sharks, pretty easily, too, but those pesky Senators aggravated the Sharks by defeating them 5-2 last night.
Anyway, the Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena for their morning skate shortly after 10:30 AM, and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa was the first beat writer to check in...
From the Red Wings:
RED WINGS TO HOLD ‘WINGS FOR WISHES’ GAME ON THURSDAY
… Mystery Puck Draw, Online Fundraiser to Benefit Make-A-Wish® Michigan …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host their third annual ‘Wings for Wishes’ night to benefit Make-A-Wish® Michigan on Thursday, March 26 when the team takes on the San Jose Sharks at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket). In its first two years, ‘Wings for Wishes’ night has raised more than $30,000, which has helped Make-a-Wish® Michigan grant the wishes of six Michigan children.
The team’s wives and girlfriends will hold a mystery puck draw on the concourse behind Section 126 when doors open at 6:00 p.m. For $35, fans will have the opportunity to purchase from an assortment of 300 hockey pucks signed by members of the 2014-15 team and packaged in a black box to conceal the autograph. Each puck has been signed by a Red Wings player and comes with a certificate of authenticity. One in three pucks available at Thursday’s game has been signed by Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist. The fan who purchases and opens the puck signed in gold by Nyquist will meet him after the game.
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