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It would behoove the Red Wings to take advantage of any possibility that the New Jersey Devils take as much note of the first day of Martin Brodeur's tenure as a St. Louis Blues try-out as their media corps are at present.
On Thursday, the Wings tried to maximize their American Thanksgiving home time before taking a 6 PM flight to Newark, where tonight, the 12-5-and-5 Wings hope to earn their 3rd straight win for the 1st time this season, building upon Wednesday night's 4-2 win over Philly as they take on the 9-10-and-3 Devils (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM).
The Devils most recently dropped a 2-0 decision to Vancouver on Tuesday, wrapping up a 5-game West Coast swing in which they went 1-3-and-1, and the Devils are 3-7-and-1 in their past 11 games, so there's quite a bit of concern about New Jersey's fortunes, as the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti noted:
Prospect and alumni news: Kadeikin breaks through with SKA; on McCrimmon, Howe, Chelios and Shanahan
The prospect catch-up post of doom had to wait for sleep and turkey on Thursday, and I apologize for that, but it's coming sooner than later. In the interim, two of the three Red Wings prospects who played on Thursday had big games, the Wings' AHL affiliate was queried regarding an article about the AHL's 3-on-3 OT tweak, and three alumni stories of note popped up.
First, in game action: In Russia, Alexander Kadeikin, who's been bouncing in and out of SKA St. Petersburg's lineup, scored the 3-1 and 6-1 goals in SKA's 6-1 win over Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Kadeikin/Kadeykin (depending upon how you transliterate Cyrillic phonetic letters) scored his 2nd and 3rd goals, took 4 shots, and won 8 of 9 faceoffs in 11:51 of ice time.
If you want to watch 6-and-a-half minutes of Russian highlights, the KHL's YouTube channel provides for your needs:
This is as close to, "I'm officially retiring on December 4th" as it gets:
Update: The Senators posted a video confirming the event:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Two games is a small sample size, but the Detroit Red Wings are encouraged by what they have seen from Stephen Weiss.
Jimmy Howard called him a great addition. It's like adding a potential top-six forward one-quarter of the way through the season without relinquishing anything.
"Once he gets his confidence and game shape ... you have to remember he hasn't played that many games in the last year or so," Howard said. "Right now it's baby steps, but he's doing a great job for us. Hopefully he can keep going and then slide over to that center spot."...
"It's a lot easier with (Datsyuk) in the middle," Weiss said. "He can take care of mistakes that Helmer and I make. But certainly as a first game together it wasn't anything spectacular in terms of possession. But we got some bounces. It was nice to contribute."
Oh, in case you keep track of early rankings, Sportsnet has the Wings at 18th in their power rankings.
added 4:51pm, Nicholas J. Cotsonik of Yahoo takes a look at Weiss too...
The more I think about the Red Wings' 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, and the more that I look at the standings with interest for the first time this season, the more I think that being 12-5-and-5 on American Thanksgiving--a.k.a. Ken Holland's, "If you're in the playoff picture now you're probably going to make it, and if you're not, you're probably not" mark--the more I think that the Wings are where they should be.
I'm still a believer in the concept that the Red Wings needed two full seasons to realize their full post-Nicklas Lidstrom potential and forge an identity as a younger, faster, more potent and yet slightly "thinner" team, and on Wednesday, I thought that the Wings' performance was reflective of a team in the process of finding its edge.
The fact that the Wings took advantage of the struggling Flyers and their absolutely dreadful road record, at this point in the year at least, felt more like something that had to be done as opposed to something to hang one's hat upon.
Wings coach Mike Babcock made a particularly intriguing set of comments after the game, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan...
The Red Wings' AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, is spending American Thanksgiving engaging in a "road-and-still-on-the-road" series against the Rochester Americans, and Grand Rapids got off to a good start on Wednesday, defeating the Amerks 3-1.
The Griffins' website posted a game recap...
The Detroit Red Wings' 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers was sometimes dominating, sometimes scary and sometimes a whole lot of watching gravy grow skin in between moments of individual and team greatness.
Jimmy Howard was incredibly solid early, late and overall, the Wings were dreadful for the first 10 minutes of the 1st period and the first 10 minutes of the 3rd period, and just as half the damn crowd was gone by the 3rd period to enjoy Thanksgiving Eve, the Wings had mentally checked out to the point that one was worried that it'd be another "Ottawa game," if not a carbon copy of the Wings' blow-it game vs. Philly back in October...
But the Wings got their shit together in time to ensure that the Flyers never got any closer than 4-2 in the 3rd, Pavel Datsyuk scored 2 goals in his return from a groin injury, Jakub Kindl of all people had two assists, Stephen Weiss had a goal and an assist, Darren Helm had two assists, the PK was 3-for-4 and the PP was 1-for-3 on a night that the Wings needed to persevere against both the Flyers and the bad habits they're still trying to shake on "American Thanksgiving" eve.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun just penned an article confirming that Daniel Alfredsson will announce his retirement from the NHL next Thursday, and that's yielded some stupidity from Darcy Tucker and what I'd delicately describe as an overly-optimistic set of expectations for December 4th's festivities from the Ottawa Citizen's Wayne Scanlan:
Alfredsson, the longtime captain of the Ottawa Senators, returns to the fold next Thursday, Dec. 4, to announce his retirement from the NHL during a media conference at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Fittingly, it’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ at the rink, a night for Senators heritage jerseys and now, a Senators legacy player: No. 11, the man affectionately known throughout the community as “Alfie.”
In town for a game that night will be the New York Islanders, a team the Senators used to toy with back in Alfredsson’s tenure (times have changed, the Islanders are a juggernaut, go figure). Expect numerous game night interruptions for chants of “Alfie!” Expect the crowd to monitor the time of each period, counting down the seconds to that moment when the clock shows 11:11.
Knowing Alfredsson, he didn’t ask [Bryan] Murray to “go for a drive” just to talk about himself and his retirement. He wanted to speak to his former GM in the wake of the revelation that Murray’s cancer was incurable. It wasn’t their first conversation in recent weeks, but it was an important face-to-face meeting.
The result – Alfredsson is to be a Senator for life, with a future place in the organization if he so desires. As you were. All is right with the world again.
Alfredsson will be remembered as a Senator, but he lives in Birmingham, Michigan now, and while the ailing Bryan Murray "went for a drive" with Alfredsson last week, I'm sure that Ken Holland, Ryan Martin and Kris Draper will lobby #11 to begin his post-hockey career learning the ropes in Detroit.
That, and he may want to go back to Sweden, too. It's up to Alfredsson, and a year-and-a-half doesn't necessarily mend all wounds.
I don't have a problem with Chris Chelios's take on Brendan Shanahan--given that Chelios, whose book tour for his Memoir, Made in America, will resume in suburban Chicago on December 2nd, was a staunch advocate for the NHLPA during two lockouts, while Shanahan not only reached out to the NHL during the 04-05 lockout but also ended up working for the league...
But Chelios appeared on TSN 1050's Leafs Lunch today, and his suggestion that the Maple Leafs' president is a "politician" of course rankled some feathers:
Hall of Fame defenceman Chris Chelios joined Leafs Lunch to discuss his autobiography “Overtime” sharing some stories from the book and why it was time to write it. He also discussed some candid comments he made about his relationship with Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan in the book, and whether Shanahan is suited for the Leafs job.
As far as I understand the situation, Shanahan left the Red Wings in the summer of 2006 because he felt that Mike Babcock gave veteran players no deference and because he wanted to further his post-playing career, which probably was going to be helped by playing in Montreal or New York instead of Detroit, but that was his prerrogative, and it's Chelios's prerrogative to suggest that his former teammate isn't his favorite human being.
And it's Toronto Sports Talk Radio's prerrogative to turn this into an international incident, I suppose:
Updated 4x at 4:23 PM: The Red Wings will attempt to win their
3rd straight game for the first time second straight game when they host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/CSN Philly/NBCSN/97.1 FM), and the Courier-Post's Dave Issac offered a superb set of "5 Things to Watch" regarding tonight's game:
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