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So the Red Wings are without Niklas Kronwall for 2-4 weeks and Drew Miller for 4-6 months, both due to knee surgeries. Where do they go from here?
Up front, the Wings are swapping out players and shifting their lines in an attempt to generate more offense, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:
Updated 4x @ 2:50 PM: Okay, to summarize the news from the Red Wings' practice on Tuesday:
1. Niklas Kronwall will miss 2-4 weeks after having his knee scoped;
2. Drew Miller will miss 4-6 months after having both a meniscus repair and an ACL reconstruction in his knee;
3. Alexey Marchenko will replace Kronwall for now (d-pairings uncertain) and Petr Mrazek will start behind some re-adjusted forward lines when the Wings play St. Louis on Wednesday night. MLive's Ansar Khan reported that the Wings iced the following lines in practice...
#RedWings lines in practice:
And readjusted the power play as well:
It has taken me six years, but I completed my bachelor’s degree in Business Management this summer. I won’t lie to you, it was pretty difficult to stay motivated — especially writing those term papers. But I found a way to make it relevant to my current career. My last assignment was a 22-page research paper on the emergence of advanced analytics in hockey, which was really interesting, because I was able to use statistics to prove some of my gut reactions about the players I go up against in real life. I used metrics like High Danger Zone Scoring Chance and CORSI Differential to get a deeper look at some of my NHL colleagues.
It was a grind. But whenever I wanted to give up, I kept thinking about all the hours I spent doing Excel spreadsheets after hockey practice at Michigan State. There was no way I was throwing away three years of hard work for nothing. As a pro, you see the reality all the time. Guys come and go. Hockey doesn’t last forever.
It’s a great feeling knowing that I didn’t just go to college — I graduated.
I’m a Spartan for life. Now I just have to get that degree framed.
From MLive's Ansar Khan...
Miller out 4-6 months major surgery. ACL
The Free Press's Helene St. James...
Blashill says Drew Miller knee surgery worse than thought, out 4-6 months. #RedWings
DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...
#RedWings Miller had reconstruction of ACL in addition to meniscus, out 4-6 months.
Update: From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
The #RedWings also announced that Drew Miller will miss the next 4-6 months following surgery to reconstruct his left ACL.
Bad news from MLive's Ansar Khan:
Kronwall out 2-4 weeks. Had knee scoped
The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...
Knee scope for Niklas Kronwall, out 2-4 weeks per Jeff Blashill. #RedWings
As does DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
The #RedWings will be without Niklas Kronwall for 2-4 weeks after having his knee scoped earlier today.
Ditto for DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...
#RedWings Kronwall had knee scoped, out 2-4 weeks. Used All-Star break as part of plan.
And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
Kronwall out a month after knee surgery this morning
Philadelphia Flyers forward Ryan White wasn't suspended for his hit on Tomas Jurco on Sunday, and White made comments to the media on Tuesday morning, stating that the NHL didn't hold a hearing regarding his hit in Sunday's Red Wings-Flyers game.
Among White's comments about his "clean hit": "It wasn't a blindside hit, because he was cutting through the middle, and he should've had his head up..."
Updated 5x at 1:35 PM: Mrazek starts Wednesday;
The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena just after 12 PM, preparing for Wednesday's "NBCSN Rivalry Night" match-up against the streaking St. Louis Blues (who defeated Pittsburgh 5-2 last night, and have won 4 of their past 5 games), per Fox 2 Sports:
DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. MLive's Brendan Savage penned a story noting that Pavel Datsyuk's producing at a point-per-game pace of late:
"For us, he's always good, whether he's putting up points or not," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall. "If he's not, it's just because the goalies are standing on their head. But he's been playing out of his mind here as of late. Obviously lucky to be having him on our side."
As Kronwall said, Datsyuk has been playing perhaps his best hockey of the season in the past couple of weeks. He has 13 points in the past 11 games and has had a hand in all six Red Wings' goals during their last three outings.
Via RedWingsFeed, WXYZ's Brad Galli attended the Toast of Hockeytown, and he duly noted that the most popular person in the rink couldn't, well, toast:
People kept asking the 19-year-old the same question.
"How did they let you in here when you're underage?" Larkin recited.
"I didn't have any drinks," he promised. "I'm gonna head home now and get some sleep."
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