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Amongst this evening's crop of Red Wings-related stories:
The Grand Rapids Griffins' playoff slogan is Defend the Cup--a slogan which the NHL's players may or may not want to take to heart--but at present, the Griffins' status as having dropped both of this past weekend's games in Texas means that it's more like, "Holy crap, we need to avoid elimination."
As the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner notes, the Griffins have given up 9 goals in 2 games, and that had coach Jeff Blashill sounding downright Babcockian regarding his team's play on Monday:
On Sunday, the Detroit Free Press's John Gallagher penned an article about Ilitch Holdings' need to fill at least 51% of the construction jobs for the follow-on rink and its surrounding economic development with Detroit residents, with discussions of job-training and recruiting programs necessary as the skilled trades don't employ young people these days, and then I saw this and went, "Huh, oughta post this," because it's rare to basically see a want ad for a $650 million construction project:
The Red Wings' players taking part in the World Championships had a case of the Mondays.
Before I shut down due to thunderstorms and lightning booming causing my internet to get herky-jerky, I watched part of Slovakia's 5-3 loss to France. It'd be charitable to say that the Slovaks played down to the level of their opponent--in all honesty, the Slovaks looked like they were mailing it in at best, and Tomas Tatar's -1 in 15:54 of ice time, with 4 shots taken, reflects a lone bright spot for a team that just got out-worked.
France has now beaten both Canada and Slovakia...
Via RedWingsFeed, this is definitely...Different. The Red Wings posted a "Day in the Life" video chronicling Justin Abdelkader, and it's a few months old (and sponsored by Nutrilite), but it offers a slightly more casual 24/7-style look into a player's daily routine:
I'm guessing that this video was posted today as Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser and Team USA will face off against Russia at 1:45 PM EDT on NBCSN. Abdelkader is Team USA's captain, of course, as Mr. Smith reminded us a little earlier on Twitter:
Four Red Wings players will be taking part in World Championship action today:
At 9:45 AM EDT, Tomas Tatar's Slovaks will battle France;
And at 1:45 PM, Jakub Kindl's Czechs will tangle with Canada.
This morning's crop of Red Wings news focuses on the Wings' prospects, however, and as noted a little bit earlier, those who are still playing include Anthony Mantha, whose Val-d'Or Foreurs will play in a winner-take-all Game 7 of the QMJHL's President's Cup championship tomorrow, and the Grand Rapids Griffins, who open a set of back-to-back games tomorrow night against a Texas Stars team who they trail 2 games to none.
Red Wings scoreboard-watching news: Mantha, Val-d’Or force Game 7; Griffins down 2-0; Worlds updates
I've been battling a bug of late, and this past weekend involved a significant amount of scoreboard-related Red Wings news, so let's catch up:
In the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha had an assist as his Val-d'Or Foreurs defeated Baie-Comeau 6-3 on Sunday, forcing a 7th and deciding agme in the QMJHL's championship series.
Mantha now has 23 goals, 12 assists and 35 points registered over the course of 35 games played. RDS posted a pair of highlight clips from the game, the Canadian Press posted an English-language recap and L'Echo Abitibien and the Abitibi Express posted French-language recaps.
Game 7 takes place on Tuesday in Baie-Comeau.
In the AHL, as Paul noted, the Grand Rapids Griffins are in trouble.
from the Grand Rapids Griffins,
Two-goal nights from Brendan Ranford and Justin Dowling and 30 saves by Cristopher Nilstorp propelled Texas to a 4-0 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday at the Cedar Park Center, giving the Stars a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Semifinals.
The shutout was the first suffered by the Griffins in the postseason since the first game of their 2013 run to the Calder Cup, when Houston’s Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves in a 3-0 decision on April 26 before Grand Rapids took the best-of-five series by winning three of the next four contests.
After the AHL’s regular season champions held serve with a pair of home wins, the defending champs will now have as many as three straight chances to do the same. The Griffins will host Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday at Van Andel Arena, along with a potential Game 5 on Friday. All contests will start at 7 p.m.
continued and watch the video highlights below...
Today's going to be a busy day for the Red Wings' players and prospects still playing hockey. The World Championships continue with Gustav Nyquist's Swedes battling Denmark at 9:45 AM EDT; Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser and Team USA will battle Switzerland at 1:45 PM EDT (on NBCSN); Tomas Tatar's Slovaks, who's ticked off about his team blowing a 2-1 lead and losing 3-2 to the Czechs on Friday, will battle a Canadian team coming off a stunning 3-2 loss to France at 1:45 PM, too...
And over on this side of the pond, the Grand Rapids Griffins will attempt to rebound from Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Texas Stars as the teams' second-round series resumes in Austin, Texas tonight at 8 PM EDT.
Amidst the news of potential coaching changes in Detroit not involving Mike Babcock (though the Canadian media remains insistent that Babcock's the Maple Leafs' choice after Randy Carlyle's not retained next spring [???]) and Jimmy Howard's charitable endeavors, the Wings have snuck a fast one on us, posting 2 videos and 25 minutes' worth of footage emphasizing the Wings' youth movement.
Two days ago, the Wings posted an 11-minute video discussing Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan's return to Grand Rapids after strong rookie campaigns...
The Red Wings' pair of Major Junior Hockey-playing prospects experienced vastly different results on Friday night.
In the OHL, Tyler Bertuzzi didn't register a point, but his Guelph Storm won the Ontario Hockey League's Robertson Cup via a 4-3 win over the North Bay Battalion--rallying from a 3-1 deficit to win the game, no less--winning the series in 5 games.
Bertuzzi (who's registered 10 goals, 7 assists and 17 points in 18 games played) and his teammates will now take part in the Memorial Cup tournament, which takes place in London, Ontario starting on May 15th;
In the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha did his best to help his Val-d'Or Foreurs teammates, registering a game-tying goal and an assist (he now has 23 goals, 11 assists and 34 points in 22 games played), but Val-d'Or lost 6-5 to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, who now lead the QMJHL's President's Cup championship series 3 games to 2. Val-d'Or must win on Sunday to force a Game 7.
In terms of recaps, we'll start with Bertuzzi's Storm. The Canadian Press posted a Battalion-Storm recap...
The Red Wings' players taking part in the World Championships experienced thoroughly mixed results on Friday.
Tomas Tatar had an assist, a shot and played 17:21 in Slovakia's 3-2 OT loss to Jakub Kindl and the Czech Republic. Tatar looked superb in all situations, including the penalty-kill, but the Slovaks fell victim to poor goaltending as Jaromir Jagr tied the game with just over 3 minutes in regulation, and Jan Laco gave up an absolute stinker in overtime.
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