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The Detroit Red Wings hope to salvage a win out of a three-game home stand as the Wings wrap up a slate of 9 games played over the course of 16 nights000preceding a now once-yearly 4-games-in-6-nights Western Canadian swing--during tonight's game against the struggling New York Rangers (7 PM, FSD/MSG/NHL Network U.S., Center Ice/GCL blackout included/97.1 FM).
The more important stuff that's happening off the ice probably takes precident given that it's Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Joe, and that the team's holding a bone marrow registry drive in Shawn Burr's memory during the game...
But the Wings would b wise to put a decent product on the ice for their paying customers and those at home, and when the highest-water mark of the past week's on-ice endeavors comes in the form of a 1-0 shootout loss to San Jose, sandwiched between a 5-2 collapse to Phoenix and a 6-1 drubbing by Ottawa, your team needs to get its act together.
And at this rate, they may want to ask the schedule-maker to keep them away from Van Andel Arena until a proper exorcism is held there. The Griffins dropped a 3-2 decision to Milwaukee in their home opener, and on Friday, they laid an egg, losing 5-0 to the Charlotte Checkers, opening a slate of 3 games in 3 nights (in 3 different cities) on a low note.
The Griffins provide a recap...
Updated 5x at 2:06 PM: The Red Wings returned to practice in search of more scoring ahead of tomorrow night's game against the Rangers (7 PM, FSD/MSG/NHL Network U.S., 97.1 FM, and tomorrow's the Wings "Hockey Fights Cancer" game/Shawn Burr bone marrow drive game), and it's not exactly surprising that the Wings made some changes to kick-start its offense:
The Wings are winless (0-2-and-1) in their last 3 games, having lost to Phoenix, San Jose (via a shootout) and Ottawa, but they sit at the halfway point in NHL.com's Corey Masisak's "Super 16" power rankings:
From the Red Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS TO HOLD BONE MARROW REGISTRATION DRIVE AT HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER NIGHT THIS SATURDAY
… Drive Held in Memory of Red Wings Alumni Shawn Burr on Oct. 26 …
DETROIT– The Detroit Red Wings will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Van Andel Institute - Purple CommunitySM this Saturday, Oct. 26, when the Wings face off against the New York Rangers at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket).
When doors open at 5:30 p.m., the Red Wings encourage fans to visit the bone marrow registration drive done in partnership with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS behind Section 126 on the concourse. By doing a quick cheek swab, fans will have the opportunity to be added to the Be The Match Registry®.
The Detroit Red Wings will resume practicing after an "off day" on Thursday, and a team that's dropped successive games to Phoenix, San Jose (albeit by a shootout decision) and then Ottawa on Wednesday needs to get its offensive and defensive acts together as soon as possible if the team hopes to improve upon a suddenly-middling 6-4-and-1 record.
The Wings' task in terms of salvaging 3 out of 6 points on their 3-game home stand will be difficult: the New York Rangers come to town on Saturday (7 PM, FSD/MSG/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM, and Saturday is the Wings' Hockey Fights Cancer game) with a 2-and-6 record, and they'll have Cam Talbot in net instead of the mysteriously-injured Henrik Lundqvist, but the Rangers are angry after having dropped a 2-1 decision to the league-worst Flyers on Thurdsay, having been denied a game-tying goal in the third period, as the New York Daily News's Pat Leonard noted...
I got into something of a Twitter tiff regarding the play of one Stephen Weiss, because I'm with the Free Press's Helene St. James regarding the fact that we've all ignored Weiss's status as having neither played in more than 17 games nor probably having returned to full strength--or confidence--regarding his surgically-repaired left wrist (perhaps exacerbated by the broken pinky he's apparently playing trough)--as factors in Weiss's incredibly slow and bumpy adaptation to the Red Wings' system of play...
But I cannot deny that Weiss, who's admittedly struggled to find his stride while learning Mike Babcock's incredibly strenuous-on-centers defensive system (as well as the Wings' puck possession system as opposed to the Panthers' dump-and-not-chase system from age 18-30), has struggled. Weiss has 2 goals, 2 penalty minutes and is a -6 over the course of 11 games played with the his second NHL employer, and the "by comparison" stats to the players he's succeeded aren't pretty:
I wouldn't normally post this in a Red Wings blog, but Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle and Red Wings coach Mike Babcock may be "brothers in arms" in one respect--now that HBO's released the details of its Winter Classic lead-up coverage, the coaches know that they're going to be protagonists in the series...
And both of the coaches are only participating in a public dissection of their coaching techniques and sharing of some of their trade and scouting secrets because they have to, as Carlyle told the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran:
“I’m just dying for this to happen,” said Carlyle, his voice dripping with irony.
Boudreau, formerly coach of the Washington Capitals, became a bit of a cause celebre for his profane language when the HBO crew filmed the Caps dressing room for the 2011 Winter Classic. So as he prepares for his closeup, Carlyle says he’ll watch his language.
“In the environment that’s created within the room, I hope that I have enough patience and enough wherewithal when those times come to not embarrass myself,” said Carlyle.
I don't think that Babcock's going to five a flying *#$%@& about what people have to say about his *#$%@& swearing, but he has all but literally recoiled when discussing the concept of laying his coaching style plain for international critique.
NHL Chief Operating Offcier John Collins doesn't believe the HBO's 24/7 (which the NHL will also air on Sportsnet in Canada) is a "necessary evil," however...
I've been pretty vocal about a) the concept that the civil suit between Steve Moore and a list of defendants which includes Todd Bertuzzi, Marc Crawford, Brian Burke, Orca Bay Sports and the NHL will continue to be delayed until the Red Wings forward retires; b) that I don't believe his early-season play or on-and-off-ice importance to the team indicate that the 38-year-old's retiring anytime soon; and c) that I'm not exactly thrilled with the way that one of the most prominent lawyers in Canadian legal history, one Tim Danson, is handling the case--willingly delaying it to put the whole dang league on trial and to maximize the payout...
So I'm not surprised that the Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit's "current" trial date was recently changed to September 8th, 2014, with the CBC's Michael Drapack reporting that the trial will take three months before it goes to a jury...
Today, the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons, who's covered the legal wrangling from the outset, spoke with Danson about the news, the delays and the aims of the $38 million lawsuit:
Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Detroit Sports Radio 105.1 FM's Matt Dery show earlier this afternoon, and they both posted Dery's interview with Ken Holland on their webpage and made the MP3 of the interview available to KK and TMR.
Holland discussed the Wings' struggles to find secondary scoring, their loss to the Senators and the progress of the team thus far, ad he addressed the statuses of Darren Helm, Patrick Eaves and their soon-to-be-made-necessary roster moves, which Holland hopes will allow the team to recall Gustav Nyquist, who's currently sidelined in Grand Rapids due to an undisclosed injury:
Per the Red Wings' community relations department:
RED WINGS FORWARD DREW MILLER TO VISIT CANTON CHARTER ACADEMY ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON
... Wings School Assembly Program Set to Make 115 Visits During 2013-14 Season ...
DETROIT - Red Wings forward Drew Miller will visit Canton Charter Academy in Novi, Mich., on Friday, Oct. 25, as part of the Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Kroger Company of Michigan. The program will take place from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
Miller and the Red Wings School Assembly Team will introduce more than 750 students to the sport of hockey through a youth street and floor hockey initiative. The Wings will provide equipment and hands-on instruction to familiarize kids with the sport of hockey and to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.
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