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Updates will be posted as needed.
added 10:57am, Beat writers say Ericsson tells them he is in tonight.
added 11:06am, Khan tweets,
Kindl still skating, so it looks like he is a healthy scratch tonight.
added 11:10am, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune tweets,
Defenseman Brendan Smith says Red Wings want "redemption" against #Blackhawks for last season's playoffs.
added 11:12am, Khan on Datsyuk,
Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front with an update after practice,
Howard was in getting treatment and said he has fluid on his knee and that he didn’t think the injury was as serious as the MCL sprain he suffered last month.
He injured the knee making a save in the first period on a Blues’ power play.
“As the game went on in the second period it just got stiffer and stiffer,” Howard said. “I’m hoping short term. It’s not as serious as it last time in Tampa.”
Howard, who will get re-evaluated in a week, missed eight games after suffering the MCL sprain during practice.
“First and foremost is getting the knee healthy for this organization,” said Howard, who added he wasn’t concerned about missing the Olympics. “It is frustrating. You’re moving in the right direction, you feel you’re doing all the right things and we were doing all the right things. It’s just bad luck, I guess.”
more plus other injury news...
added 2:18pm, Khan with his post-practice update, Gusttavsson cleared to play and Ericsson is possible for tomorrow...
I guess I have to report this, via the AP...
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard left the game against the St. Louis Blues midway through the second period with what the team called a lower-body injury.
Howard, who is one of the U.S. Olympic team goalies, was replaced by Petr Mrazek after making 22 saves. Detroit was trailing 3-1.
Howard is 9-11-8 with a 2.58 goals-against average. He stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker to lift Detroit to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Because Mickey Redmond suggested that he was ill, not suffering from a tweaked groin or hip flexor, all of Twitter and even Roberto Luongo have been making "poopy" jokes over the last 30 minutes. At this point I am HOPING that Howard's ill and not injured.
via Kan tweets,
Babcock said Emmerton wasn't available anyway because he hurt his hand the last game. Ericsson is due back Wednesday, Babcock said.
Daniel Alfredsson (lower back inflammation) said he feels better and hopes to start skating in next couple days.
No update on Datsyuk. Doctors told him to stay off ice for a few days to see how injury responds. Working out off-ice.
Franzen continues to skate but not full-out. Still not feeling well and no way of knowing when he'll be better.
Helm says he's playing tonight.— Chuck Pleiness (@wingsfrontman) January 20, 2014
Darren Helm's return to the line up tonight could be the energy boost that the Detroit Red Wings have missed. Coming off of a game of bizarre puck luck the addition of Helm will be another step in the right direction for Detroit.
Update: Make that 2-and-1...
More than a few Red Wings fans readily agreed that Niklas Kronwall's game-tying goal en route to the Wings' 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles shouldn't have counted...
But instead of lamenting the off-the-net-and-in goal as a disgrace to the league (believe me, Tomas Holmstrom's former employer's fan base tends to strongly support the concept of making every "discretionary" call on a scoring play reviewable by the NHL's War Room, and we wish that the GM's and Board of Governors agreed with us), we thought, "Huh, now we're even."
Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels remembered the play immediately, stating that it happened against the Sharks in 2008; my friend Brian did some digging and found the exact incident--February 29th, 2008--and Paul and SYF dug up the clip of Devin Setoguchi scoring the 3-1 goal in what would end up as a 3-2 San Jose Sharks win over the Wings on Leap Year Day, as well as the larger reaction to the goal.
The highlight clip isn't fantastic, but fewer bloggers had their DVR's hooked up to their laptops back then:
I said after the last game that I didn't know how ot describe what transpired between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, but by damn luck, the Red Wings' 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles...
Was utterly bizarre.
After a scoreles and grab-y and grope-y first period, the Kings scored the game's first goal, surrendered the game-tying goal 41 seconds later, and were stupid enough to do this...
I'm not the only Red Wings fan who's suggested that the team's status as injury-plagued for the past three or four seasons should necessitate some sort of audit of the Wings' training, strength and conditioning and nutritional staffs, and many Wings fans have been calling not for Mike Babcock's head of late, but for Piet Van Zant's.
As such, it's at least comforting to hear the Red Wings' coach tell the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that the Wings have been there and done that already:
“We’ve been through all that, right through our medical room to our strength and training to how we condition our guys, the whole thing,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said when asked if they have been able to pinpoint why the rash of injuries this season. “The interesting thing is when we were old we never got hurt and now that we’re young we get hurt all the time. So why is that? Lots of things don’t add up in the short term.
“In the long term, when you try to be scientific and solution based, that’s how I try to coach and that’s how we try to run our team,” Babcock continued. “In the short term you can say we’re over-training our guys, spending too much time in the weight room, we don’t got it going in the medical room, I don’t buy any of that crap.”
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