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Updated 4x at 6:11 PM: Finally, some good news regarding the Red Wings' injuries, from the Free Press's Helene St. James (inline because Twitter is acting weird):
Red Wings F Todd Bertuzzi does not have mononucleosis, could be back as soon as Friday. Original diagnosis was a false positive.
Update: MLive's Ansar Khan confirms (inline again)...
Wings' Bertuzzi expected to play Friday after tests for mono come back negative, GM Ken Holland said.
And Here's Holland, via St. James:
"It's great news," general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. "The tests must have reacted to something going way back, so we redid the tests. He can play tomorrow if Mike Babcock wants him to, and he feels he's able."
Bertuzzi was also dealing with a sore groin, but Holland said that likely has been taken care off thanks to three days of rest. Under any circumstance, the Wings expect Bertuzzi to be at Tuesday's optional skate, and possibly be ready to play in the home opener against the Stars.
"It really is great news," Holland said. "Over the weekend, we thought he'd be gone a month. Now he'll be back at the latest by the end of the week. No doubt he had the flu, and was really sick. But we thought it prudent to redo the tests, and they showed Bert does not have mono. He's cleared to play."
This involves Tomas Holmstrom's retirement:
RED WINGS SCHEDULE PRESS CONFERENCE FOR TUESDAY, 4:30 P.M. AT JOE LOUIS ARENA
The Detroit Red Wings have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET in the Olympia Club of Joe Louis Arena.
Detroit’s 2012-13 home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. when the Wings host the Dallas Stars. Only single seats and standing room tickets remain for the home-opener. Tickets to this match and all 24 of Detroit’s home games are currently available for purchase at the JLA Box Office (313-396-7575), all Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) outlets, and online at DetroitRedWings.com.
Update: As the Free Press's Helene St. James notes, the Wings chose to delay the presser for a very specific reason:
This is incredibly late, but I worked very hard to get it done and was stopped by a 12-hour power outage, so here's a very, very late Wings-Blues wrap-up: Jan Mursak had to bow out of the Detroit Red Wings' first game of the 2013 season early. He was hard by Blues captain David Backes at the Wings' bench, and the tip of his right shoulder ended up taking the brunt of his impact into the dasher boards. Mursak exited the affair the first period, and MLive's Ansar Khan reports that #39 will have a CT scan on his shoulder today.
Mursak may have been the lucky one. As many of you already know, the Red Wings dropped an ugly 6-0 decision to the St. Louis Blues. How bad was the first game of the post-Nicklas Lidstrom era? Well...
Via RedWingsFeed, here's a little more historical perspective regarding what I hope was the Red Wings' one pre-season game:
Via RedWingsFeed, I'm still catching up after very literally catching hypothermia during the 24-hour period when we were without power here in South Lyon, so I will be spending the afternoon/evening catching up...But this Q and A Niklas Kronwall conducted with the CBC's Doug Harrison, in which he discusses Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement and "Life after Lidstrom," is more than worth its own entry:
“Nick deserves all the credit he gets from around the league,” said the 32-year-old year Kronwall, who received guidance on and off the ice from Lidstrom when he broke into the NHL in the 2002-03 season. “He was our best player for 82 regular-season games and then every game in the playoffs. To do that year in and year out, what do you say?”
Kronwall shared some thoughts on what life is like and will be like in Detroit without Lidstrom as the team embarks on a lockout-shortened season.
Good news in the Red Wings prospects department, per the Grand Rapids Griffins' PR department:
ANDERSSON NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Hockey League announced on Monday that Grand Rapids Griffins center Joakim Andersson has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 20.
A native of Munkedal, Sweden, Andersson returned to the Griffins’ lineup on Thursday at Charlotte after missing eight games (Dec. 31-Jan. 16) with an injury and recorded a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win, helping the Griffins to their first-ever victory over the Checkers. He followed up the performance with a career-high four points (1-3—4) during Saturday’s 11-6 win at Rockford, giving him seven points (2-5—7) in two contests last week.
Additionally, Andersson was named First Star and tallied the game-winning goal on both nights. He has five game-winning goals this season, which ties for second in the AHL.
The Detroit News's David Guralnick is a TMR fan favorite, and the Detroit News's Tom Greenwood reports that Guralnick did something spectacular with his cameras over a two-day period of time last week:
Over a two-day period, photographer David Guralnick created a time-lapse video - edited down to roughly 3,800 separate frames — that shows Joe Louis Arena being transformed from an auto show venue to an ice rink; a 48-hour job reduced to 2 minutes and 12 seconds.
The transformation took place from 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15 to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17, according to Guralnick, who first had to receive permission from the Red Wings before going to work.
"I hung the camera up in the catwalks above the arena, looking for an angle that would show the entire rink when they were finished," Guralnick said. "I'd say I was about 10 feet away from the roof, so I'd say I was way up there."
Updated 3x at 5:32 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight (7:30 PM, FSD/NBC Sports Network/97.1 FM) as something of a mess. As you probably already know by now, Jakub Kindl (groin) and Darren Helm (back) are on the mend, but Jan Mursak (collarbone) joined Todd Bertuzzi (mononucleosis) on the IR, Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) is iffy for tonight's game, and so is Jonas Gustavsson (groin).
The Free Press's Helene St. James updates us on the Wings' injury issues...
A lineup already hurt by injuries or illnesses to forwards Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi and backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson may take another dent, as Ericsson is questionable because of a sore right shoulder.
Ericsson hurt himself when he crashed into the boards during Sunday's practice, after stepping on a loose puck. He went through the morning skate but didn't sound enthusiastic about his health.
"Not as good as I hoped," he said when asked how he felt. "It's better than it was last night, but it just hurts."
From the Red Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS RECALL DEFENSEMAN BRIAN LASHOFFFROM GRAND RAPIDS OF THE AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
... Rearguard Jakub Kindl Placed on Injured Reserve to Make Room on 23-Man Roster …
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today announced that defenseman Brian Lashoff has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Lashoff, 22, has appeared in 36 games for Grand Rapids this season, tallying six points (2G-4A) in addition to 23 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +4.
In order to make room for Lashoff on their 23-man roster, Detroit has placed blue-liner Jakub Kindl (lower body injury) on the team’s IRL. The Red Wings are currently on a two-game, season-opening road trip and are scheduled to face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets later tonight at Nationwide Arena (7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Detroit, NBC Sports Network and 97.1 The Ticket).
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
"They're going to be a lot better tonight, and everybody knows it," Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said. "Everybody is making a big deal out of losing Lidstrom, and it is a big deal. He's the best defenseman to ever play the game. That's a huge loss. But there's a lot of other proven, excellent players over there, too. They're still a real good team."
The Blue Jackets have undergone sweeping changes, too. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was asked if he quite knew what to expect of his Central Division neighbor.
"Obviously no Nash," Babcock said, referring to ... well, ya know. "But by moving Nash they acquired depth.
"They’ve been a team on the rise, even though people on the outside don’t see that. They’ve been a team getting better each and every year. They had injuries last year and things got off kilter. But they’re a team that’s been getting better and better. Their top four D with Johnson, Wisniewski, Tyutin and Nikitin – suddenly they have a top 4 D that you look at and say ‘Geez, that’s a top-4 D.’
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“The sun came up. Let’s get at 'er,'' Babcock said Sunday, after practice at Nationwide Arena. “We met today and went through our game, technically and from a physical standpoint and from a compete standpoint. We went on the ice for 35 minutes and tried to get tempo going off the start, work on a couple of things, and she’s a new day tomorrow.''
“We have to be way more competitive than we were,'' Babcock said. “We didn’t have much structure and much battle in us. It was disappointing. It was pretty easy to see and it didn’t feel very good to be a player or a coach, a manager, probably an owner.''
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