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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Dan Renouf from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions.
Renouf, 22, was signed by the Red Wings as a free agent on March 10, 2016 and has spent his first professional season with the Griffins, logging 15 points (3-12-15), a plus-15 rating and 59 penalty minutes in 58 games. The Pickering, Ontario, native leads Grand Rapids in penalty minutes and is tied for third on the team and for seventh among AHL rookies in plus-minus. Renouf also appeared in six games with the Griffins in 2015-16 following the conclusion of his junior year at the University of Maine, picking up one assist and five penalty minutes.
I will admit these games are hard to watch, nothing to play for and at times motivation is very low.
It sure is a different feeling but I do think of fans from other cities who have gone through long spells of bad teams and it makes me appreciate what we once had and hopefully will have in the not to distant future.
Regarding the game today, that is your job. Feel free to comment on the 3-2 OT win by the Wings who now travel to Raleigh to play Monday and Tuesday.
Below are the highlights with a bit of a different look.
George is ill again so it looks like you have me for the rest of the day.
Puck drops just after 12:30pm ET on NBC.
Starring the Grand Rapids Griffins.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Playing three games over a three-day span is normal in junior hockey, even in the minor league level.
Not in the NHL.
Except for extreme rare occurrences, such as what the Red Wings are about to encounter.
The schedule didn’t originally have it this way, but the postponement of the game Dec. 19 in Carolina — due to poor ice conditions — led to this fix.
With the Red Wings already on the schedule originally to play in Raleigh, N.C. Tuesday, the make-up game was scheduled for Monday.
But before those two games, Sunday the Red Wings host the Wild (12:30 p.m./NBC-Channel 4).
So, suddenly, the Red Wings have a three-game in a three-day stretch as the regular season winds down.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
“Our start wasn’t good enough,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We’ve talked lots about making sure that we’re ultra competitive, that our second and third efforts on pucks is real good and we didn’t come out, we weren’t crisp.
“Our compete wasn’t good enough. It picked up in the second and third periods.”
The Red Wings had opportunities thanks to five power plays, but a unit that’s been better recently never got going.
“We had five chances, a chance to win the game, that’s the difference in the game,” Blashill said. “Our penalty kill was good but the one power play in the second we didn’t get in the zone, that was no good at all.
“Overall it had its moments but not good enough. We just have to make sure that we’re doing a better job on our entries, we need more speed on our entries.”
Paul here filling in for Georg today/tonight.
Wings played a pretty solid defensive game but their offense was sporadic at best.
The Lightning had some very good chances in OT and Kucherov sealed the deal with about 1 1/2 minutes left on OT.
Highlights are below...
A little over six minutes in length.
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