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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings navigated through rough seas without Pavel Datsyuk, winning four consecutive games.
Now they must keep their heads above water without their two-best players, as Henrik Zetterberg is out at least two weeks with a herniated disc.
How will they manage? By continuing to get production from Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson, Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist and others.
“We are missing our two-best players; the good thing is we’re been playing a lot better lately and everyone is playing with a lot more confidence,” Franzen said. “So, hopefully we can ride this out without him.
“We’ve got so many lines going right now, so I think we’ll be fine.”
Wings have an optional skate this morning, Datsyuk and DeKeyser both participating.
from Bill Roose of the Wings' website,
It’s believed to be the first time in their careers that the Red Wings will be without both of the Euro Twins concurrently.
“It affects us, they’re good players, but other players are good players, too, so if you haven’t liked your share of the pie, grab some,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re a team, it’s a team sport. Are those guys important? No question. (Danny) DeKeyser’s a star for us as well. Those are three important pieces. We don’t have them. What are we going to do about it? Let’s get ready to play tomorrow. Philly doesn’t care if they’re playing or not.”
For years, Zetterberg has taken increased measures to protect the discs in his lower back through exercises meant to strength his core and stabilize the lumbar region. Now it’s a matter of rest to cool down the inflamed nerve.
“Once you have issues with your back you always will and you learn to live with it and play with it,” Zetterberg.said. “But at the same time you know when it’s worse than normal. That’s how it is right now.
“Sitting is the worst. I think anyone with back issues knows that.”
The pain resurfaced last week, Zetterberg said, but he managed to play through it before it became intolerable and he went for an MRI on Monday.
Plus, Datsyuk is not skating today.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductions took place on Monday at Detroit's MotorCity Casino, with Bill Guerin, Cindy Curley and a quartet of inductees with Michigan ties in Doug Weight, Ron Mason, Peter Karmanos and USA Today's Kevin Allen.
Kukla's Korner's own Monica McAlister attended the ceremonies, and they were all but live-Tweeted by Monica, by ESPN's Craig Custance, by Michigan Hockey, by the Free Press's Helene St. James and by USA Hockey's Twitter account.
Gary Bettman, Chris Chelios and other hockey luminaries were in attendance to pay tribute to the inductees, and USA Hockey posted a short video of the ceremonies...
Red Wings overnight report: on team-building, prospects, depth scoring, Kronner & olympic conspiracy
This entry's going to be "all over the place," and we're going to start with something of a bombshell that isn't necessarily a bombshell.
As the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa notes, while the NHL's newly-signed $5.2 billion TV deal with Rogers Sportsnet should be a "game-changer" in terms of raising the salary cap's upper limit to the level at which teams were spending money to build star-studded rosters prior to the salary cap--i.e. around $75-80 million and beyond, as the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle reported--the deal doesn't take effect until next season, and its trickle-down effect on the salary cap, well...
It doesn't take effect until next season (when the cap should return to at or near the $70 million mark), and as such, the cap won't really rise in a dramatic fashion until the 2015-2016 season at the earliest.
In the interim, Krupa reports that Red Wings GM Ken Holland plans on sticking with the team's current overarching operating policy, which involves drafting and developing players instead of simply attempting to fill "holes" via free agent signings:
This afternoon produced another entry-worthy crop of Red Wings-related news, and we'll lead things off with yet another bit of recognition for Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha, who was named to Canada's World Junior Selection Camp roster today (as was Jake Paterson). Per the QMJHL, and via RedWingsFeed:
Monday, December 2, 2013 - Émile Poirier, Domenic Graham and Anthony Mantha were name the TELUS three stars of the week today for November 25 to December 1st.
In 3 games on the road with the Val-d’Or Foreurs, Anthony Mantha is the third star of the week. He scored 5 goals and added an assist, while maintaining a +5 rating. Friday in the first of three straight wins this weekend, the Foreurs had 5-3 victory in Saint John. Mantha made 10 shots on goal including his 26th goal of the season. Saturday in a 6-2 win against Moncton, he scored what proved to be the winning goal, completing the game with 2 points. Finally on Sunday, he got his fourth 3 goal game of the season in a 6-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst. His point production this season is now 30 goals and 32 assists in 28 games, making him the leading point getter with 62 points; a 15 point lead over his nearest rival Jonathan Drouin (HAL | 47 ).
Sticking with "future Wings," HockeysFuture's Adam Schnepp posited a list of the best Red Wings prospects not yet playing professional hockey, and this trio of prospects has really stood out to me over the course of the last six-or-so months:
Updated 3x at 5:10 PM: Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories:
To summarize earlier "stuff':
The Red Wings' PR department has announced a new charitable initiative, and this one's particularly timely:
RED WINGS TEAM UP WITH MARINE CORPS RESERVE FOR ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION
… Team to Collect New Children’s Toys at Dec. 4 and 7 Home Games …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are kicking off the holiday season with the team’s annual Toys for Tots collection. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals) to home games this week on Wednesday, Dec. 4, against Philadelphia at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, versus Florida at 7:00 p.m.
Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be on hand at each entrance of Joe Louis Arena to collect toys, which will then be distributed to needy children in Metro Detroit around the holidays. All monetary donations will be used to purchase additional toys.
TSN and Hockey Canada just revealed the 25 players who will take part in Canada's World Junior Selection Camp between December 12th and 15th in Toronto, ahead of the World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, and two names are familiar to Red Wings fans:
Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
Jake Paterson L/G 6'0" 185 5/3/1994 Mississauga, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) DET '12 (3, 80)
Anthony Mantha L/G 6'5" 204 9/16/1994 Longueuil, Que./Qc Val-d'Or (QMJHL) DET '13 (1, 20)
Update: Yahoo Sports' junior hockey correspondent, Neate Sager, weighed in on both players' selections...
Not good news at all on the Pavel Datsyuk front. The Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings' most important player will probably miss his own "bobblehead night" at Joe Louis Arena this Wednesday against Philadelphia as Datsyuk's real bobbling head is still dealing with the after-effects of Jared Cowen's elbow:
The Wings play 12 games between Wednesday the 4th and Monday the 23rd, and I get the feeling that those missed games due to what was supposedly an "accidental" and non-suspension-worthy elbow are going to pile up.
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