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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
It's a small sample, two games last week, on top of the five games Xavier Ouellet played in the NHL last season.
But Ouellet, in this brief appearance, sure looks as if he's ready for the NHL.
Ouellet, 21, was called up from Grand Rapids when Brendan Smith (infected hand) was placed on the seven-day injured reserve list.
In two games, Ouellet looked every bit the prized prospect the Red Wings thought he was.
"He's a good hockey player," coach Mike Babcock said. "He plays like a veteran."
continued with more Detroit topics...
from Zach Kukkonen of Mlive,
"It's always nice to score, but it's just nice to play in the game and feel healthy," Weiss said. "Starting in training camp last year I was playing with one leg and pretty much no stomach, and it's a hard enough league to play at that level when you're healthy, let alone when struggling with injuries."
After scoring at least 49 points from 2008-12 -- and playing at least 76 games every season -Weiss only participated in 44 games the past three seasons due to a myriad of injuries. While his physical health appears to have returned to form, the mental half of his recovery was part of the process of his conditioning stint with the Griffins.
"Coming off a seven-hour travel day in Cleveland, it was a little worrisome, as I was worried that (the groin injury) would tense up," Weiss said. "I was a little tentative early tonight, but that stuff has got to get out of my mind. I just have to trust that everything's fine, and go play."
Dana Wakiji of Fox Sports spent her Saturday night in Grand Rapids and filed a story on Anthony Mantha,
"He's obviously got really good size and he uses it well down low, protects the puck really well," Weiss said. "He's smart, he sees the ice well, he moves the puck well. He's a fun guy to play with. For a young guy, the sky's the limit for him. He's going to score a lot of goals in the NHL."
"Like anything for young players, it's the speed, adjusting to the speed of the game at both ends of the ice," Weiss said. "I think that'll be a big thing for him. Not saying he's not good defensively, but you can always get better defensively. That's so huge in the NHL is being able to play without the puck. He's got the offensive part down, there's no question about that.
"If he just continues to get better at the little things and defensively, he'll be a star."
added 4:38pm, Weiss recalled by the Wings.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"I thought our PK was good early and that gave us a chance," Babcock said. "They had some energy because we took three penalties for not moving our feet in the first.
"I thought our initial power plays were good but then we wouldn't shoot the puck at all on the power play, just pass it around on the outside. So we got to get back to attacking and a little more puck speed.
"I thought we were going to come out and dominate them in the third," Babcock said. "We should have, they were down to five D (Roman Polak was injured trying to hit Tatar just before his goal); all you had to do was attack their net and you would have been off to the races."
Below, looked who scored for the Hurricanes last night...
In the midst of this little "involuntary hiatus," I have at least watched three of the four games the Wings have played and am basically doing an, "As I watch the Leafs game I might as well do something" post hoping that it makes some sense. I hope you'll grant me the luxury of doing so.
The Wings had some great opportunities to score more than one goal but could not finish when it was needed.
As Babcock would probably say, the Wings were good in the 2nd period but the other team played better in the 1st and 3rd.
Jimmy Howard was okay and should have stopped the 3rd Toronto goal.
Detroit is still a team trying to find their identity. Babcock stressed a quick start to the game tonight but the Wings did not show that.
They have flashes where they dominate but still have issues with scoring.
Detroit now comes home for two games, Monday against Ottawa and Wednesday against the Flyers.
The only Detroit goal by Tatar is below...
from Ian Shantz of the Toronto Sun,
Zetterberg has seven goals and 15 points in 11 games against the Leafs.
"He's one of the best players in the game. You have to be aware of him when he's on the ice," Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly said. "You have to play him hard, just like playing (against) any other star. He's dangerous."
His "hockey sense is next-level," added Franson, who, with a point against the Wings, will match Tom Kurvers' 10-game point streak, tops all-time among Leafs defencemen....
The Leafs will have to contend with piping-hot forward Tomas Tatar, who comes in with four goals and five points in five games, including two game-winning goals.
"We're really happy right now, the puck is finding the net," said Tatar, who has been stationed on Detroit's second forward unit alongside Riley Sheahan and Justin Abdelkader. "We're trying to play a simple game ... we're getting the good bounces right now, so it's fun."
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
... coach Mike Babcock once again stressed the need to for him team to play well from the opening faceoff tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
"Catch-up hockey is losing hockey; you got to start on time," Babcock said after the morning skate. "Eighty percent of the time the team that scores first wins. You got to get started.
"We didn't do that in Winnipeg (Thursday in a 4-3 win). We didn't like our game, in particular in the second period, but we dug in as a group and were mentally strong and found a way to stick with it and stay with our structure. The biggest thing is you can't shoot yourself in the foot in those games and get impatient and we found a way to stay patient."
The Maple Leafs have been outscored 24-14 in the first period, but Babcock pointed out that they're 7-3-1 in their past 11 games.
Khan also has the Wings' plan for Stephen Weiss....
I will add to this post as needed.
Ken Holland tells the media in Toronto Stephen Weiss will play again for Grand Rapids tonight, return to Detroit on Sunday then up to Babcock to decide when he will play for the Wings.
The Grand Rapids Griffins went down to the Lake Erie Monsters 5-4 last night but Stephen Weiss did score a goal for the Griffins.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"They're a team that is right there with us in the standings," Babcock said. "There's nothing to pick between us and them. It's going to be an important game for them and an important game for us."
Toronto has been up and down. It won three a row recently, before losing its next three, and then pounding the Lightning.
"They can flat-out score," Babcock said. "They have good players. We've got to play. They just beat Tampa. They just beat Boston (6-1 on Nov. 12). They've lost two games badly like lots of us do. All depends on life what you focus on. They're a good team."
more including Babcock still not talking about Kindl's lack of playing time...
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