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The good: the Red Wings rallied from another 1-0 deficit, Jimmy Howard steadied himself after giving up a poor goal and the Red Wings were all of 24 seconds from taking the Ducks to overtime via out-shooting, out-hustling and out-working a mean, nasty Anaheim team.
The bad: with 27 seconds left in the game, Ryan Getzlaf very blatantly hooked/tripped Niklas Kronwall, skated toward the net, and as Jonthan Ericsson, who had a terrible game, stood and watched (and forced Howard to remain in his crease), Getzlaf roofed it.
No call. Ducks win 3-2, Babcock stands at the end of the bench after the game and the refs refuse to talk to him. Textbook hooking penalty yields a goal, negates a staggeringly good performance by Gustav Nyquist, Kyle Quincey of all people and what was at least a make-up-for-his-awful-stickhandling performance by Howard.
Prospect news entries usually wait for the evening, especially given that they tend to derail game-day update posts' momentum (and today's game-day post has been updated six times).
Ahead of an evening in which the Grand Rapids Griffins play at Lake Erie (7 PM on AHLLive.com), the Toledo Walleye play an exhibition game in Kalamazoo (against the K-Wings) and the vast majority of the Wings' OHL, WHL and NCAA-playing prospects are skating and/or tending goal, there's quite a bit of prospect news already worth noting, so:
I had to smile when reading this note from ESPN's Katie Strang, who points out that Andrej "Nesty" Nestrasil, who will play in his second consecutive game this evening against Anaheim, is among a quartet of surprising opening-night rookies:
Updated 8x at 2:24 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Anaheim Ducks tonight (7 PM EDT on FSD/Prime Ticket/97.1 FM; tonight is Breast Cancer Awareness Night) hoping to build upon Thursday's 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins, while the Ducks hope to rebound from a 6-4 loss to Pittburgh.
As Paul noted, the Wings won't be making any changes to their lineup this evening.
MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Pavel Datsyuk's still recovering from his separated shoulder and isn't sure when he'll return to the lineup...
Multiple reports from morning skate say same lineup as Thursday and Datsyuk is skating with the team today.
added 11:32am, via Krupa,
babcock says no changes i lineup. franzen and abdelkader must play hard against sizeable anaheim scorers. d-men must COMPETE hard.
The Red Wings' early-season schedule is particularly difficult, but the Wings also play 8 of October's 10 games between the 15th and 31st (that's 8 games in 17 nights), and things don't really get ugly until November, whose first full week of action includes 4 games in 6 nights (as part of 5 in 8) and then a game every other night between the 14th and 30th (that's 9 of the month's 14 games).
After tonight's game against the Ducks (7 PM on FSD/Prime Ticket/97.1 FM; tonight is Breast Cancer Awareness Night), the Wings will have 3 days off prior to their 3-in-4-nights slate against the Bruins (on Wednesday the 15th) and Leafs (twice, in Toronto on Friday the 17th and at home on Saturday the 18th); they have another 2-day break before their 4-game road trip against Montreal (21st), Pittsburgh (23rd), Philadelphia (25th) and Washington (29th)--which includes a 3-day break as well--and the team closes the month on the 21st...
The Grand Rapids Griffins hosted the Lake Erie Monsters to open their 2014-15 campaign, and after having dropped 5-2 and 6-3 losses to Lake Erie during the teams' only preseason tilts, you'd think the Griffins would flip the script on the Colorado Avalanche's AHL affiliate.
Instead, the Griffins head to Cleveland hoping to win one of their first four meetings with the Monsters after Lake Erie pitched a 4-0 shutout, and did so despite being out-shot 37-25.
The Griffins' website posted a recap...
The Canadian Press posted in intriguing set of notes ahead of the release of Red Wings legend Gordie Howe's memoir, "And ... Howe!: An Authorized Autobiography"...
In an afterword from Marty, Mark and Murray Howe and Cathy Purnell, the Howe children cite Gordie's cognitive impairment, a form of dementia, the past few years.
"It has been a very slow decline over many years, although it has become more noticeable recently," they write. "His memory just isn't what it once was.
"At 86, Gordie is becoming frail for the first time in his life. It is sad to see him struggle at things we all take for granted, things he wouldn't have given a second thought only a short time ago."
Howe lives with his kids, rotating from one house to another.
Howe has the sole writing credit, although in his acknowledgments he thanks Paul Haavardsrud "who helped to take the thoughts in my head and put them down on paper."
And the Canadian Press also posted an article in which Howe "Answers Gretzky's 20 Questions":
From the Red Wings' community relations department:
FANS ASKED TO WEAR PINK SATURDAY FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT PRESENTED BY TEAM REHAB
… Fans Wearing Pink to Saturday’s Game can Enter to Win 2014-15 Team-Signed Jersey …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are asking fans to wear pink this Saturday, Oct. 11, when the team hosts the Anaheim Ducks for the eighth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night, presented by Team Rehab, at Joe Louis Arena at 7:00 p.m. Any fan who wears pink to the game can enter to win a 2014-15 team-signed Red Wings jersey by picking up a raffle ticket on the concourse behind Section 126.
Fans can also participate in a variety of activities to win prizes while raising funds to help alleviate the costs of breast cancer screening and treatment for uninsured and underinsured women in the Metro Detroit area. When doors open at 5:30 p.m., the Joe Louis Arena concourse will feature a silent auction, mystery puck draw, 50/50 raffle and a special sale of Red Wings winter knit hats, with all proceeds benefiting the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
BCA Night activities include:
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.
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