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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Detroit is currently on a remarkable streak of 22 straight appearances that have yielded four Stanley Cups and two more unsuccessful bids in Cup finals — 2008-09 under Babcock, 1994-95 under Scotty Bowman.
That’s seven appearances shy of the record 29 consecutive of the Boston Bruins, from 1967-68 through 1995-96.
Should Babcock, in his ninth season as head coach, get his Red Wings into the playoffs to make it 23 in a row, he will do so with smoke and mirrors and Scotch tape and baling wire.
It might well be the greatest work the McGill graduate has ever done, Stanley Cup and double Olympic gold included, and surely his magic and his team’s refusal to roll over when it had every reason to will make him a strong contender for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s outstanding coach.
DETROIT – The start time for the Detroit Red Wings’ upcoming road game against the St. Louis Blues has been moved up to accommodate NBC Sports’ national broadcast of the Game of the Week. The Red Wings and Blues will now meet at 12:30 p.m. EDT (original start time – 3:00 p.m.) at Scottrade Center on Sunday, April 13, the final day of the NHL’s regular season.
.. or at least until George gets online...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
He has not been given a more specific timeline for a return.
“It is too soon; you take it day by day,” Zetterberg said. “You just get stronger and better every day. The only timeline we have is that eight weeks before contact. After that, just got to re-evaluate and hopefully I’m good enough to do some contact drills and we’ll see how fast it goes.”
Zetterberg, who has dealt with back issues for several years, said it’s difficult to explain what he was going through to anyone who hasn’t experienced it.
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
“I’ve never saw or felt that before,” Zetterberg said. “When I was lying there in Russia, I knew what Bert went through. It was tough. It was hard. The first 3-4 days was not good at all, but after that we found a way to make things better. I think maybe day five or six it happened, I kind of turned the corner and finally felt good enough to fly.”
There is still no timetable yet on when he’ll be back on the ice skating.
“I’ve been moving a lot more the last two weeks,” Zetterberg said. “I’ve just got to take it step-by-step and so far no hiccups. It’s just got to stay that way.”
Basically everything is on schedule. If no setbacks before the eight week period, next step is contact drills and see how it goes.
added 2:35pm, Watch Zetterberg meeting with the media below...
Beat writers report Pavel Datsyuk is on the ice before the Wings start practice.
Also, Mitch Callahan has been returned to Grand Rapids which may mean Jurco will play tomorrow.
Updates will be added to this post as needed.
added 12:24pm, Yes it is true...
I have to admire what Niklas Kronwall and Mike Babcock had to say to MLive's Ansar Khan about the absolutely bizarre and--as it turns out--non-reviewable goal "scored" by Cam Atkinson en route to Columbus's 4-2 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday night, complicating the East's Wild Card race significantly...
“I don’t think any of us knew that was the rule; we can’t blame the refs either,” Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “They went to Toronto and they made the call. I guess that’s the rule. We got to live with it.”
Said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock: “It doesn’t matter what I think. They made a decision. I thought when the net was off the goal didn’t count, but they evidently think our guy pushed their guy in and so it’s a goal. There’s no sense disputing that. We had to get one more goal.”
But I do adore what Jimmy Howard had to say to the AP's Rusty Miller about the kerfuffle:
I will grant you that the Red Wings were just dreadful early, that their penalty-killing blew, that they were not picking up rebounds but instead watching the Blue Jackets chip them down the ice all game long, and that Howard--let's all say it again, as usual--was stellar but didn't get nearly enough support...
But the Red Wings did rally from a 2-goal deficit, and whether you believe Cam Atkinson scored a legitimate goal or not, officiating was most certainly a farce on both sides en route to a 4-2 Red Wings loss that leaves the Wings and 3 other teams with 80 points and the Wings with 28 regulation-or-OT wins to the Blue Jackets' 32.
Columbus currently leads the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 because this goal by Cam Atkinson was deemed legal...
Here's the NHL's ruling:
It's somewhat ironic that MLive's Ansar Khan is reporting the following about Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco just ahead of tonight's game against Blake Comeau's Blue Jackets:
After skating by himself a few times, Tomas Jurco practiced with the team Tuesday for the first time since suffering a broken rib March 11 on a cross-check by Columbus’ Blake Comeau.
“It feels better and I think I’m really close to being ready to play,” Jurco said. “I hope for Thursday.
“It doesn’t bother me to breathe, but it’s still sore. I guess it’s just going to go away in the next few days. It’s not that bad that I can’t play so I think I’ll be good.”
He’ll be wearing a protective jacket.
Khan continues with more Datsyuk talk.
Detroit's City Council has until April 1st to determine whether they will approve the new lease for Joe Louis Arena which happens to include a down-payment against any possible liabilities owed, and while WWJ reports that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Strategic Fund have approved $6 million to cover Joe Louis Arena's demolition, the AP reports that the City Council plans on milking the "old" rink's dramatics for all they're worth by meeting not this week, but instead, on the last day of March:
The Detroit City Council has scheduled a special meeting March 31 to vote on a new lease for Joe Louis Arena, which is slated to be replaced as venue for the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings.
Councilwoman Brenda Jones announced the meeting Monday at a meeting of the council's Health and Safety Standing Committee.
The proposed lease with Olympia Entertainment would expire on June 30, 2015. It would be retroactive to 2010 when the old lease expired.
As the Free Press and MLive reported, the 39-block land transfer previously approved by the City Council doesn't happen without a new JLA lease, so the City Council's acting like...Itself.
Here's more about Tuesday's events from the Free Press's John Gallagher:
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