The Malik Report
Updated 10x at 6:44 PM: I'm a little late to the party, but as Paul noted, the Red Wings skated at Joe Louis Arena today, after defeating the Boston Bruins 2-1 last night and prior to tomorrow's game against Anaheim (7 PM EDT on FSD/97.1 FM; Saturday is Breast Cancer Awareness Night, and Anaheim lost 6-4 in Pittsburgh on Thursday).
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose posited an interesting note...
The #RedWings begin season with 3 straight at home, first time they start a season with this much home cooking since 1994-95 (5 straight).
And MLive's Ansar Khan posted some very brief practice notes:
via Scott Cullen of TSN,
Detroit locked down defensively, holding the Bruins to 17 shots on goal (and a total of 23 shot attempts, 16 attempts during 5-on-5 play). Red Wings defencemen Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey and Jakub Kindl were were all on for better than 75% of the shot attempts at even strength.
Bruins C Patrice Bergeron scored his team’s only goal, but also missed time after being elbowed by Detroit LW Johan Franzen, and ended up playing 14:26. Franzen also assisted on both Detroit goals.
The winning goal was provided by Red Wings RW Gustav Nyquist, who played 12:46; only Joakim Andersson (12:08) played fewer minutes for Detroit.
More: Bruins D Torey Krug led Boston with 22:39 time on ice… Bruins C Ryan Spooner wasn’t on the ice for a shot attempt for (but 10 against) during 5-on-5 play…Red Wings C Stephen Weiss a healthy scratch.
Per Ansar Khan tweets, the Wings are skating at practice today with the same lines and defensive pairings.
Datsyuk not on the ice.
If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it!
It would figure that I overdid it on night 1. I ran out of room in the recap, but I hope that the "overflow"--mostly what I would have posted during a quick take--is useful to you. Here are my player assessments and "napkin notes" from the Red Wings' 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins:
*Looks at computer clock: 1:24 AM. Well this is going to be fun.* You see, I'm about two-and-a-half hours behind to start, but I can't blame the moose entirely. He invited my best pal Michelle and I to the party, and we had no idea that the mushrooms were...
Okay, so in fact ,there was a slight post-game delay and a long drive home--to Michelle's, north of frickin' Pontiac--and then back to South Lyon, so that's why I'm starting a recap of a game that ended around 10:45 PM at 1:29 AM.
And yes, the Red Wings did in fact defeat the Boston Bruins 2-1, and I was there thanks to the very kind folks at Flagstar Bank. And in person, it was...
The ECHL's Toledo Walleye open their 14-15 campaign with a pair of exhibition tilts against the Kalamazoo K-Wings tonight, and in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins hold their regular season home-opener against Lake Erie this evening, kicking off a set of back-to-backs...
But Thursday's prospect action was both scattershot and took place mostly in Europe.
In Russia, in the KHL, Adam Almquist had an assist, finished at +2 and played 19:56 in Severstal Cherepovets' 4-3 loss to Vityaz;
In Sweden's SHL, Axel Holmstrom had an assist and played 12:44 in Skelleftea AIK's 5-4 shootout loss to Orebo;
And Mattias Janmark had an assist and played 16:07 in the Frolunda Indians' 2-1 win over Vaxjo.
DRW Prospects on Twitter took note of the Wings Swedish prospects' progress thus far:
Paul here for George who attended the game tonight so he should be around a bit later tonight.
In the meantime I have no videos to show since there seems to be a delay in receiving the feeds.
So let's wing it and get your opinion of the game.
My thoughts are the Wings played a good first game, started out slow but picked it up as the game progressed.
I would have liked to see a little more action in the the Boston's defensive end in the third period, but other than that, all is good.
Updated 4x at 4:00 PM: Prior to tonight's game against the Boston Bruins, Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery, discussing the would-be tiff between himself and Mike Babcock over Xavier Ouellet (Holland suggested that the Windsor Star's Bob Duff's article insisting that Babcock "threw Holland under the bus" was overblown), his take on the Wings' 23-man roster as it stands, the fact that Andrej Nestrasil is playing while Stephen Weiss is not, and well...
I posted a Twitlonger entry (now without ads!) summarizing Holland's interview to the best of my ability:
1. The game-day post has been updated 11 times.
2. I am headed to the game so my Twitter/blog presence will be minimal between 4 PM and 11:30 PM;
3. If you are also headed to tonight's game (Detroit vs. Boston, 7:30 PM EDT on FSD/TVA Sports/NESN/97.1 FM), you may not be aware of the Wings' new handbag policy, as noted by DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen and @Saraneuie on Twitter (click to embiggen):
And speaking of items brought into Joe Louis Arena...
From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
The Grand Rapids Griffins will host their seventh annual “Pups and Pucks” Fall Walk-a-Thon on Monday, Oct. 13 at Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary in Lake Odessa, Mich.
Griffins players, coaches and front office staff will walk rescued dogs for pledges made by fans online at http://www.PupsandPucks.com The f.estivities are set to begin at 5 p.m. and will feature a variety of family-friendly activities before and after the event.
Fans are encouraged, but not required, to register and collect their own pledges in the time leading up to the Walk-a-Thon. Upon registering, fans can easily personalize their fundraising page by uploading photos before emailing it to friends and family.
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