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Upated 8x at 4:05 PM: The Detroit Red Wings begin a particularly challenging set of 3 games over the course of 4 nights when they tangle with the Calgary Flames this evening (9 PM EDT, FSD Plus/Sportsnet West/
97.1 FM 1270 AM).
We already know that the Wings will do so without the services of Jonas Gustavsson as he's got a sore neck--meaning that it's entirely possible that Petr Mrazek will either start against Edmonton on Saturday (the Oilers are lying in wait after having dropped a 4-0 decision to Toronto on Tuesday) or Winnipeg (they play a Saturday matinee against Chicago) on Monday--and that Jonathan Ericsson won't return from his shoulder injury until at least November 15th as he will be placed on the LTIR to carve out the cap and roster space necessary to accommodate Darren Helm's return to the lineup tomorrow evening.
In noting Gustavsson's status, the Free Press's Helene St. James also took note of the Wings' shaken-up lines thanks to Johan Franzen's return from an "unspecified" injury this evening...
Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha was named the QMJHL's First Star of the Month for September and the CHL's Player of the Week in mid-October, so it should come as little surprise that Mantha's continued dominant play for the Val-d'Or Foreurs has yielded another First Star of the Month honor (via RedWingsFeed):
Anthony Mantha, Emile Poirier and Etienne Marcoux were named today the TELUS three stars for the month of October.
The first star is awarded to Val-d’Or Foreurs forward, Anthony Mantha. First round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in June 2013, Mantha had a total of 25 points in 10 games, an average of 2.5 points per game scoring 11 goals in all. Two of his goals were scored on penalty kills and he shot 53 times at the opposing team’s net, an average of more than 5 shots per game. He played two consecutive games of 5 points on October 11th and 12th against the Sherbrooke Phoenix and Drummondville Voltigeurs with 6-4 and 6-5 wins. In total he registered 7 games of 2 points or more. His performances in the past 31 days allowed him to increase his first place lead of QMJHL scorers. With 39 points, he’s already scored 19 goals.
According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings will finally welcome Darren Helm back to the lineup tomorrow night in Edmonton, but the team will also delay an inevitable pair of moves to make roster and salary cap space by placing Jonathan Ericsson on the long-term injured reserve list, which will mean that Ericsson can't return from his partially dislocated shoulder issue for 10 total games--which would leave him out of the lineup until the Wings' November 15th game against Washington:
Khan confirms both Helm's status and Jonas Gustavsson's status as "day to day" with a strained neck:
From the Red Wings' PR department:
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek has appeared in five games with Grand Rapids this season, posting a 2-2-1 record with a 3.14 GAA and 0.891 save percentage. The 21-year-old netminder has played in two career NHL games, winning his Red Wings debut last season with 26 saves in a 5-1 win at St. Louis on Feb. 7. He has a 1-1 record with Detroit, alongside a 2.02 GAA and 0.922 save percentage.
As a first-year pro in 2012-13, Mrazek posted a 23-26-2 record with a 2.33 GAA and 0.916 save percentage in 42 regular-season appearances. He helped Grand Rapids to a Calder Cup championship, playing every minute of the team’s 24 playoff games with a 15-9 record, 2.31 GAA, 0.916 save percentage and four shutouts.
Update: St. James confirms in text form...
The Red Wings will be running a gauntlet starting tonight when they battle the Calgary Flames (9 PM EDT, FSD+/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM) this evening.
As the Wings' road trip shifts from 4 games over the course of 6 nights to 3 in 4, the 5-5-and-2 Flames await the Wings this evening, having lost 3 of their past 4 games, though Calgary fired 43 shots on Jonathan Bernier in their 4-2 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
After tonight's game, the Wings will head north to face Edmonton on Saturday (10 PM EDT, FSD/CBC), and while the Oilers' 3-9-and-2 record isn't exactly intimidating, the Oilers will be looking to snap a 4-game losing streak having rested and practiced since their 4-0 loss to Toronto on Tuesday, and Hockey Night in Canada's going to be in the house for Saturday's game...
Metro Detroit's in the middle of a nasty rain-and-wind storm that's drenching us with over an inch of rain and wind gusts in excess of 25-35 miles an hour, but Pavel Datsyuk is wishing everyone a happy Haloween, even if it's rainy, via posting a picture of his Halloween costume from 2011:
Stay safe out there amidst the rain and winds, folks.
Updated 7x at 6:43 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to build upon their 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks when they tangle with the Calgary Flames on Friday night (9:30 PM EDT, FSD Plus/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM), and the Wings certainly discussed their win as something of a bedrock-worthy stepping stone after the game.
With Johan Franzen ready to return from his "unspecified injury," the Wings demoted Luke Glendening, and we'll find out whether Darren Helm is good to go over the course of the next two days--which might necessitate placing Jonathan Ericsson on the LTIR to make room and cap space until the team's able to move Jordin Tootoo and/or Patrick Eaves.
#flames Mikael Backlund back in lineup vs Wings. Hartley says Joey MacDonald will be in goal
The Detroit Red Wings may or may not hold an optional skate today given that the team a) defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Wednesday and b) given that the Wings' second, third and fourth games of their 4-games-in-6-nights slate take place over the course of 3 evenings, battling the Flames on Friday, the Oilers on Saturday and the Jets on Monday.
That being said, the Wings have a significant number of "moving parts" in play:
This is actually a good sign, because it means that Johan Franzen's good to go tomorrow vs. Calgary. Per the Red Wings' PR department:
DETROIT ASSIGNS GLENDENING TO GRAND RAPIDS
… Red Wings Continue Western Canada Swing with Calgary on Friday, Edmonton on Saturday and Winnipeg on Monday …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Luke Glendening to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Glendening has appeared in six games with the Red Wings this season after his making his NHL debut on Oct. 12 versus Philadelphia. The 24-year-old forward has averaged 9:18 of ice time with Detroit, recording two penalty minutes and seven shots on goal. He’s also played in five games with Grand Rapids, registering three points (1-2-3) and a plus-three rating.
I don't disagree with some of the Canucks' assessments of the game. It was definitely won and lost in the trenches, and the first period at least wasn't elegantly-played, especially on what was just wretched ice at the Rogers Centre.
Something tells me that Red Wings fans who witnessed their team drastically cut down its turnovers, motor through the neutral zone efficiently and speedily and hem the Canucks in their own end via sustained possession and control of the puck might argue that board battles playing out 150-200 feet from Jimmy Howard are in fact a beautiful thing.
The Canucks let their frustrations be known while speaking with the Vancouver Sun's Brad Ziemer:
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