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From the NBC Sports Group:
HENRIK LUNDQVIST AND THE NEW YORK RANGERS HOST JIMMY HOWARD AND THE DETROIT RED WINGS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY
Rangers Host Red Wings on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Coverage Begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live
St. Louis Blues Visit New Jersey Devils Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Top Hockey Prospect Jack Eichel & No. 5 Boston University Face No. 3 Boston College vs. in Hockey East Showdown Friday at 8 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 3, 2014 – This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN features an Original Six matchup on Wednesday Night Rivalry, highlighted by two standout goaltenders, when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
RED WINGS SUPPORT TROOPS THIS FRIDAY ON MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT PRESENTED BY APPLEBEE’S
… Red Wings to Honor Military Members Throughout Game, Hold Care Package Collection & Wear Camo Jerseys During Warm-Ups on Nov. 7 …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host their seventh annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by Applebee’s, on Friday, Nov. 7, when the team takes on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket). All fans in attendance for Friday’s game will receive a Red Wings Military Appreciation Dog Tag.
“We are excited to be a part of Military Appreciation Night with the Red Wings,” said Mark Schostak, whose family owns 66 Michigan Applebee’s locations, “and we are proud to continue to honor servicemen and servicewomen year-round with Military Monday, when veterans and active duty military will receive a 30-percent discount on their food purchases all day every Monday at Applebee’s.”
Updated 7x at 4:16 PM: The 5-3-and-2 Ottawa Senators have lost a pair of games and 4 of their last 5, and they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, so tomorrow night's game (7:30 PM on FSD/TSN5/RDS/97.1 FM) falls into the same category as yesterday's affair vs. Buffalo:
Is good choice. From the NHL:
TARASENKO, DATSYUK AND FLEURY NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2014) – St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 2.
SECOND STAR – PAVEL DATSYUK, C, DETROIT RED WINGS
Datsyuk (4-3—7) tied for the League lead with seven points in three games to help the Red Wings (6-2-3, 15 points) earn five out of a possible six standings points. He recorded multiple points in all three outings: 1-1—2 in a 4-2 victory over the Washington Capitals Oct. 29, 2-1—3 in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings Oct. 31 and 1-1—2 in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 2. The 36-year-old Sverdlovsk, Russia, native has 5-5—10 in six total games since making his season debut Oct. 21, including at least one point in each contest – the longest season-opening point streak of his 13-season NHL career. His five goals and 10 points also are personal bests through the first six games of any season. A sixth-round selection (171st overall) by the Red Wings in the 1998 NHL Draft, Datsyuk has 277-537—814 in 830 career regular-season appearances.
Last night, Datsyuk did this:
Updated 2x at 11:57 AM: This will be a little "offbeat" in that I'm combining prospect news and tailings from the Red Wings' 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo, but occasionally a little mash-up is necessary.
First, in prospect news, the ECHL's Toledo Walleye rebounded from Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators by taking the back half of the road-and-still-on-the-road series. Toledo defeated Gwinnett 5-2 on Sunday, and Richard Nedomlel scored what would stand up as the game-winner, Marek Tvrdon assisted on the gamer and Jeff Lerg stopped 36 of 38 shots.
The Walleye's website posted a recap...
Paul already posted a "quick take" that focused on the Red Wings' 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo and the no-goal call against Johan Franzen that may or may not have been a reputation call--or, as Michal Neuvirth suggested to the Associated Press, a promise kept:
The Red Wings appeared to net the winning goal at 2:28 of overtime on Zetterberg's slap shot but the goal was disallowed when officials ruled Johan Franzen had established position in the crease.
"I was talking to the ref a couple times during the game," Neuvirth said. "He told me, 'I know he's standing in the crease, so whenever they're going to score a goal, I'm going to disallow it.' I was glad he actually did it."
Babcock didn't dispute the call.
"We were in the crease," he said.
I had a massive anxiety attack on Sunday, but I watched the game overnight, and I'd like to weigh in if I may:
Was Franzen inhibiting Neuvirth from taking "his ice" in the crease? His heels and body were in there, but I don't think that any of that mattered to Graham Skilliter: as soon as Neuvirth pushed Franzen with his blocker to move him out of a deeper in-crease position, and then the goalie makes sure to look directly at the ref with some, "What was that?" body language after the fact, the ref is going to make the (non-reviewable) call:
I'm dealing with a massive anxiety attack presently, so you're likely to get a full recap of Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres on Monday (I apologize, but shit happens, and it sounds like the ref was going to call off whatever goal involved Franzen near the crease anyway, so the Wings were going to get hosed even if he wasn't in the crease). The Wings flew on to Ottawa after the game, and I had wondered how the Ottawa media was going to hype up Tuesday's tilt minus Daniel Alfredsson.
Wonder no longer, via the Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan:
I'm sure Mike Babcock warned the team about a letdown tonight... but it still happened.
Wings lose 3-2 in the shootout and not much to say about this one, I will leave it up to you.
On to Ottawa for a Tuesday night game and the Ottawa Sun is bring up the Neal/Franzen situation again.
Detroit's two goals from tonight are below... and added at 8:05pm, the no-goal for the Wings...
added 8:29pm, Babcock on the waived off goal...
added 11:40am, via Jon Rosen tweets,
Nolan "disappointed and shocked" but understands, accepts league's decision...
Nolan, on hit: "His feet were pointed up the ice and I thought he was close enough to the boards where he wasn't going to go in awkwardly."
added 2:32pm, Watch the suspension video below...
After Friday night's 5-2 Red Wings win over Los Angeles, Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood suggested that today's matinee affair between the Wings and Buffalo Sabres (5 PM EST, welcome to "Fall Back" day, FSD/MSG B/Bell TV/TVA Sports/97.1 FM; the Wings begin a stretch of 3 games played in 3 cities in 4 nights this afternoon), "Is a set-up game if there ever was one."
The Wings received good news on Saturday in that the stunningly...solid?...Kyle Quincey (ankle) is only suffering from a "day-to-day" injury as opposed to a long-term issue, they received better news in that Jordan Nolan's going to have a little kibbits with the Department of Player Safety about his status as the fifth or sixth Kings player to hit a Wing (Darren Helm in this instance) "in the numbers" during Friday's game, and then...
The 2-9-and-1 Buffalo
Tyler Myers Rumors, I mean Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel Lottery Winners, I mean Sabres dropped a 5-0 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins, marking the team's 3rd straight loss and 7th loss in their last 8 games. And afterwards, the Sabres were *#$%@& pissed off about their loss.
ADMIRAL ACKBAR WHERE ARE YOU?
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