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I don't know how this is going to come out, but the fact that the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's recap...
“After the first 10 minutes, when we didn’t play very well, I thought the guys really picked it up,” said Lehner. “We have to be a little bit more disciplined. We had a few too many penalties, some of them were soft. It’s tough on the (officials). I don't think it's their fault. It’s like there was water out there with how much they were diving. I think we’ve just got to take the positives and go to the next game.”
And Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika's Tweet...
And this video...
The Vancouver Sun's Jim Jamieson asked Red Wings GM Ken Holland about "fancystats," and I believe this is as close to, "We read Winging it in Motown's CSSI's just like everybody, but we also chart our own faceoffs for a reason" as we're going to get:
“We’re not doing hockey analytics, per se,” said Detroit GM Ken Holland earlier this month when the Wings were in town. “We’ve had companies present to us. I would say the analytics we use are probably the same ones other teams use.”
Holland, the dean of NHL GMs, said he believed analytics is more suited to a fixed-event sport like baseball — though it has some value in hockey.
“Baseball is a lot of one-on-ones — a pitcher and a batter,” he said. “Those players meld together to form a team. Analytics in hockey, it’s a little more difficult, because you rely on four other people. You can be doing your job every time, but if someone else is not doing their job, you might get a minus. I think there’s a place for analytics. I think it’s a tool that you use along with your pro scouts, along with the statistics, along with your gut instincts. We’re looking at it, trying to figure out how it can help.”
The Wings seem to fall in line with the teams who won't dismiss the stats, but--as you keep on seeing the Wings' goalies do--attempt to match possible statistical bias for statistical bias, suggesting that not everything can be quantified, at least not yet:
The Red Wings' prospects were particularly busy over the past three-and-a-half days, and the first event that took place was more or less a formaltiy--confirming news reported by TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie this past Sunday--per the Wings:
The Red Wings today agreed to terms with left wing Andreas Athanasiou on a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Athanasiou, 19, has appeared in 22 games with the OHL’s Barrie Colts, leading the club with 26 points (9-17-26). A fourth-round pick (110th overall) of Detroit in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Athanasiou has appeared in 206 career OHL games with Barrie and London, totaling 152 points (71-81-152), a plus-27 rating and 103 penalty minutes. He was third on the Colts during the 2013 postseason with 25 points (12-13-25) in 22 games, reaching the OHL finals for the second straight year after winning a championship with the London Knights in 2011-12.
Also on Wednesday, the Red Wings' other "marquee attraction" of the week, Anthony Mantha, didn't disappoint in the second game of the Subway Super Series. Mantha scored another goal en route to the QMJHL's 4-3 win over Russia (and Mantha scored the game-winner in the first QMJHL-Russia tilt).
So much for the CBC's insistence that the elbow Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk took to the jaw thanks to Senators forward Jared Cowen was a "dive." MLive's Ansar Khan reports bad news for Wings fans:
Update: Via Greg "Puck Daddy" Wyshynski, here's the hit:
Khan is confirming the news in article form...
I'm going to let you guys figure this one out. The Detroit Red Wings out-shot Ottawa 17-7 in the 1st period, surrendered two goals, one assisted by Quincey's foot and another scored by Smith's skate, and then it turned into a *#$%@& lumber yard--including a Smith-Chris Neil fight and the CBC accusing Pavel Datsyuk of diving after he got elbowed in the jaw--and the "young" Wings allowed themselves to be distracted by the stupidity committed by both teams (but mostly the Senators: see also Darren Helm and Johan Franzen being hacked on unprotected legs, no calls, dives alleged)...
And the Wings lost the special teams battle, surrendering what was the gamer to Bobby, "I'll dive when I want to" Ryan 3:51 into the 3rd, after a long set of late-second-period-and-early-3rd 5 on 3 time that involved neither butts in front of Robin Lehner nor shooting from anyone not named Kronwall as a power play with absolutely no confidence did what it tends to do in endlessly deferring to its defense.
As such, the Wings lost 4-2, and are 1-for-9 and 1-for-10 at the Joe, too.
Bad news regarding Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi:
As an FYI, from the Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS START HOLIDAYS OFF WITH VISIT TO DMC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN ON NOV. 26
… Coach Babcock and Entire Red Wings Team to be in Attendance Tuesday …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will start off the 2013 holiday season by visiting the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m. The entire Red Wings team, along with head Coach Mike Babcock, is expected to be in attendance.
The visit will begin with a 15-minute meet and greet in the Red Wings Play Zone, a special area in the Children’s Hospital of Michigan lobby for patients and families featuring a home-ice replica seating area and interactive educational games on the wall resembling a Zamboni. Media will have the opportunity to speak with players and Coach Babcock while they interact with patients, signing autographs and taking photos. The entire team will then divide into small groups to make room-to-room visits throughout the hospital[.]
HBO's posited an official "24/7" preview/teaser commercial, and it's...Spare.
TMR book corner: Darren McCarty about to embark on book-signing tour; a review of Mark Howe’s memoir
Former Red Wings enforcer Darren McCarty's about to get particularly busy promoting the My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star, the book he and Kevin Allen co-wrote (the book comes out on December 1st, and Allen's working on a Chelios memoir as well), as noted by the Detroit News's Susan Whitall...
Darren McCarty, the feisty former Detroit Red Wings enforcer, will be appearing at a slew of Detroit-area bookstores over the next few weeks to sign copies of his autobiography, “My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star.”
McCarty will be at Barnes & Noble, 3120 Fairlane Drive, in Allen Park at 7 p.m. Dec. 3; Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw, in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m. Dec. 4; Costco, 27118 Gratiot, Roseville at 11 a.m. Dec. 7; Barnes & Noble, 14165 Hall Road, Shelby Township at 1 p.m. Dec. 8; and Barnes & Noble, 396 John R in Troy at 1 p.m. Dec. 14.
And the Utica Observer-Distpach's Don Laible had promised to review Mark Howe's memoir (co-written with Jay Greenberg), titled, Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey, and RedWingsFeed found Laible's review.
Updated 11x at 3:59 PM: The Detroit Red Wings snapped a 7-game losing streak when the Nyquist-powered Wings defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night, a.k.a. "Influenza Night at the Joe" (given that Jimmy Howard and Brian Lashoff succumbed to the flu prior to and during the game, respectively), and the Wings will battle Daniel Alfredsson's former employer this evening (7 PM EST, FSD/CBC in Windsor/1270 AM) hoping to sustain a winning track...
But the Wings will be collecting cold-weather clothing and distributing Alfredsson bobbleheads minus #11 himself. So the main event in terms of media coverage will--barring some sort of morning skate miracle--have to wait until the Wings and Alfredsson head to Ottawa on Monday, December 1st.
The Wings are kicking off a slate of back-to-backs, with the Senators visiting the Joe tonight and the Sabres hosting the Wings tomorrow (a 5 PM start), and the Wings will have a pair of "off days" prior to a big barometer game against the Sabres on Thanksgiving Eve, but we're at a point where the Wings have to earn a win and at least another "one-point victory" over the next two games for the 10-6-and-7 Wings to be doing anything more than skating uphill going into American Thanksgiving.
All of that being said, tonight's about proving that the Wings' 6-1 loss to Ottawa a month ago was an anomaly and not "the new normal" that we've all become far too accustomed to and annoyed with over the course of the past three weeks.
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