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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“I’m excited to get back in,” Helm said. “I’ve done this (return from injury) a few times. I want to get back out there and get going with the team.
“A bunch of good skates, cleared by the doctor, did my concussion test; did well on that and I feel good and ready to go.”
Helm described his season as painful, not physically but mentally. He has missed a total of 40 games with four separate injuries (14 due to his groin/back, then 11 due to his shoulder, then seven due to his groin and then the concussion).
He has seven goals and 12 points in 29 games. He is anxious to help during the team’s playoff drive.
“I’ve been watching this team do a lot of good things,” Helm said. “Last night, the night before, last couple games I really wanted to be a part of seeing what the guys did, how they laid it on the line, how excited everybody was with those wins, myself included.
“Felt a little left out, but get a chance to be a part of it now and hopefully keep a good thing going.”
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via Chuck Pleiness tweets,
All the Wings that dressed in Thursday's 5-4 win over Pittsburgh are on ice for practice. Haven't heard that in awhile.
Andersson. Helm. Cleary. Also at practice. No Weiss or Datsyuk.
added 12:07, via Pleiness,
Helm appears like he's close to returning. He's on a line with Emmerton with Farrero and Pulkkinen subbing for each other.
added 12:28pm, Khan tweet,
Helm practicing on the PK with Glendening, another good sign that his return is near.
added 12:52pm, via Khan,
Helm confirms he is playing tomorrow at Minnesota.
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
Learning a trade on the plant and shop is difficult enough. But when it is done live in front of 20,066 folks and one intense coach, and on television, where replays reveal mistakes made shaving let alone while playing the game on the huge white sheet. It might unnerve some.
Confidence, however, is one of Smith’s strengths.
Asked about a whirlwind of a week, he said, “It’s been a little bit of a roller-coaster, but I think I can do that just because of my versatility.
“I’m a good skater.”
Asked for a self-evaluation of the season, Smith said, “I think it’s been picking up, I think just continuing to get better. Every year it’s continued to get better.
“And, yeah, you could use that thing as ‘the young defenseman,’ or whatever, what a young defenseman needs is just to get better.”
Via Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji, I'm a bit bushed, so here's my "evening line":
Enjoy the videos and stuff in the quick take and the Legwand entry. Trying to get healthier but depression is a pain in the ass. See you tomorrow--and yes, I did promise on Twitter that if the Wings make the playoffs, someone will film me jumping up and down and giggling like a little girl, like I did after the Wings won tonight. I will indeed do just that.
Update: Here's Alfredsson speaking with Fox Sports Detroit:
I would love to keep things positive after the Red Wings' 5-4 OT win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, but this play by David Legwand has to be at least reviewed by the league, despite Legwand getting a 5-minute major for butt-ending and Evgeni Malkin being okay. It's a gutless, cheap-ass butt-end, and it has no place in the game.
Update: Mind you, Chris Neal's cross-check to Luke Glendening's face was also awful, but hitting a superstar is different of course...
Updated with an assload of videos and some other stuff at 11:43 PM: DISCUSS THE RED WINGS' 5-4 WIN OVER PITTSBBURGH WILL POST GOALS SHORTLY
I JUST LITERALLY JUMPED UP AND DOWN LIKE A LITTLE GIRL AND GIGGLED THE WHOLE TIME.
The Red Wings took a 2-0 lead, dropped down 3-2 in stunning fashion, rallied to go up 4-3, gave up the game-tying goal, David Legwand should be suspended for this...
And the Wings won because Alfredsson scored with less than a second left in overtime:
Sometimes you've got to play, "Why the *#$%@& not?" hockey, and that's what the Wings did.
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Five of Detroit’s 12 forwards – Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendenning, Landon Ferraro and Temmu Pulkkinen – all began the season with the Griffins.
Tomas Tatar played there most of last year and Cory Emmerton spent most of the season there after being waived by the Wings at the start of this season.
“Glendening played basically second-line center minutes (Tuesday) night,” Babcock said. “Sheahan plays a ton. Those opportunities aren’t available to you otherwise. Cory Emmerton is in the league, Pulkkinen’s in the league. Ferraro’s in the league. Those are all opportunities for the guys. Make good on your opportunity. You never know what can happen.
“Those guys are in the individual point of their career,” Babcock continued. “They’re trying to find a job and stay in the league, so be confident and play hard and make it good for yourself.”
Media reported both Andersson and Cleary skated before practice.
Gustavsson has one net, Howard the other with Mrazek standing along the boards.
via Khan tweets,
Franzen-Legwand-Alfredsson, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Miller-Glendening-Bertuzzi, Ferraro-Emmerton-Pulkkinen.
Helm skating but not taking part in line rushes.
On defense it's Kronwall-Smith, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Kindl. Almquist rotating in on third pair.
More will be posed as needed.
added 10:42am, via Khan,
No. 1 power play has Franzen, Nyquist and Bertuzzi (net front) with Kronwall and Alfredsson at points.
No. 2 power play has Legwand, Tatar and Sheahan (net front) with DeKeyser and Pulkkinen at the points.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings have lost defenseman Jonathan Ericsson for at least the remainder of the regular season.
The club announced Wednesday that Ericsson will miss four-to-six weeks after undergoing successful surgery on his broken finger. It was needed to stabilize the fracture and repair a partially torn tendon....
Smith played forward for the first two periods in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Toronto before moving back to defense in the third, after Ericsson was injured.
“He’s just got to compete hard and make good decisions with the puck,” Babcock said. “Smitty’s got the competitive nature you need, he’s got the skating you need, the skill you need. His decision-making with the puck gets him in trouble at times and his decision-making being active, so those are things you grow with, you become a better player.
“Do more by doing less, make the simple play, don’t force things. Lots of shifts are 50-50, nothing happens.”
Babcock said he’ll keep the Danny DeKeyser-Kyle Quincey pairing intact.
The third pairing would be Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl.
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