The Malik Report
Updated 5x at 7:32 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to face off against the win-deprived Chicago Blackhawks tonight (8 PM EST, FSD/CSN Chicago/TSN2/97.1 FM), the only good news I can give you is that Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, who’s likely to miss two weeks after having his knee scoped, won’t be the only superstar sidelined tonight, as reported by CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers:
Jonathan Toews is day to day with an upper-body injury and the Detroit Free Press reports that Pavel Datsyuk is out at least two weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery today. It’s a big loss for each team, as they square off tonight for the fourth time this season.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Toews’ current injury is not the wrist injury that sidelined him before and during All-Star weekend. Quenneville didn’t have many details about the latest injury—“no defining blow” led to it—but Toews may have been playing through it.
I’m not sure what it says about a goaltender when, a week before the trade deadline, and when some teams’ goalies are having trouble stopping beach balls, you’re passed over when opposing teams could snag you for nothing more than a “Draper rule’s” worth of a few thousand bucks in legal fees while you’re on waivers, but the Red Wings breathed a sigh of relief when Ty Conklin was not claimed on the waiver wire and headed down to Grand Rapids this morning to earn some much-needed playing time.
The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner confirm, with Wallner explaining why the Griffins so desperately need Conklin to stabilize their goaltending situation…
Update: All other Datsyuk news posts are being added to the game update thread: surgery was minor, out 2-3 weeks maximum, will not affect Wings’ trade deadline plans, was a necessary move to get Datsyuk back to normal: This is about the last thing Wings fans want to hear right now: According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings’ leading scorer will miss the next two weeks after having his knee scoped:
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery today to remove some old fragments.
“Everything is real good,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “(Datsyuk) had fragment in his knee, an old thing we wanted to clear up prior to playoff time.’‘
Babcock said the timing gives the club an opportunity to have Datsyuk back at 100 percent before the playoffs. Danny Cleary has been activated from injured reserve after missing five games with a sore knee. He will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game at Chicago (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose reported that Cleary’s not exactly at 100%, either:
Catching up after a day whacked out on an uber-antibiotic called Levaquin (seriously, somebody just take a Roto-Rooter to my nose…): No, he is not a conventionally efficient goaltender, nor do Joey MacDonald’s surprisingly short legs, low thigh rises on his pads and tendency to scramble around the crease and “fight off” shots make him look as imposing as the layers of lightning-fast toes, leg pads, stick, glove, blocker and still-crouched chest and shoulders that Jimmy Howard bristles and efficiently brandishes toward would-be scorers, but “Joey Mac” has won the Detroit Red Wings’ back-up goaltender’s spot for the remainder of the regular season, and Wings GM Ken Holland was nothing less than eloquent in explaining why the Red Wings chose to take the risk of exposing Ty Conklin on waivers all of a week before the trade deadline:
“[Conklin] hasn’t played a lot and hasn’t had a really good chance to get it going,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “It opened a crack and Joey MacDonald grabbed it. Things change. It’s pro sports.
“From an organizational standpoint, coaching standpoint, we really don’t care who does the work as long as the work is getting done. It’s the (NHL) it’s day-to-day. It’s not that way for superstars, but it is day-to-day for a lot of players in the league. It’s the old, ‘What have you done for me lately,’ and Joey MacDonald has been an incredible story for us the last two weeks.”
Very disturbing news regarding Red Wings prospect Max Nicastro from a TMR reader and Boston University Today’s Art Jahnke:
Max Nicastro, a defenseman on the BU men’s hockey team, was arrested on the Charles River Campus early Sunday morning by the Boston University Police and charged with sexual assault. BU Police Chief Thomas Robbins says his department is working with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, which is investigating the allegations. He says the incident is alleged to have happened on campus. Nicastro was accused of sexual assault by a female student. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail, and will be arraigned in Brighton District Court on Tuesday.
If the Red Wings do waive Ty Conklin, he’ll be headed to a Griffins team that needs goaltending help
I’ve spent quite a bit of my health and legal-issue-related absence refining my skills as a professional worry-wart, but as the Detroit Red Wings’ management begins to hedge toward a decision which MLive’s Ansar Khan and Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji hinted at, and the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff stated explicitly as a rumor bouncing around the press box like mad on Sunday afternoon…
Unconfirmed speculation is that #redwings will waive Conklin Monday in order to send him down. Could be reason why Howard not in today.
I have faith that the Wings will make the best of a difficult situation, both on the ice and in the locker room.
Paul subbing for George…
Not much to say except this win streak sure is fun.
Next home game is Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks (Detroit in Chicago on Tuesday) so another tough opponent.
But we will worry about that when the time comes. In the meantime, game highlights will be added below.
Paul here subbing for George who should be back very soon…
With 6 seconds left in regulation and the scored tied…
Wings win 2-1.
More video will be added below when available…
Paul again for George…
via FS Detroit,
He was a member of three Stanley Cup teams in Detroit and finished with 401 career victories, 10th overall in the NHL.
His 317 victories with the Red Wings is second only to Terry Sawchuk’s 352.
His career save percentage (.905) and goals-against average (2.49) were also solid.
All might eventually add up to a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame for Chris Osgood, who retired last summer after 17 NHL seasons, 14 with the Red Wings, and currently works as a goalie coach in Detroit.
But the Hall of Fame isn’t the ultimate exclamation point for Osgood when it comes to his playing career. He wants more than anything to see his No. 30 retired and raised to the Joe Louis Arena rafters.
“That would mean more to me than the Hall of Fame,” Ogsood, 39, said during a one-hour interview with FOXSportsDetroit.com’s Art Regner on Thursday.
Watch the hour interview below…
Paul here for George.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg will miss Friday’s game against Nashville (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) due to a lower-body injury, which he said is day-to-day.
Tomas Tatar has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Danny Cleary skated today but his left knee still is bothering him after having it drained a second time this week. He said he will miss at least two more games.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard will not play Friday, still planning on returning Sunday against San Jose from the broken right index finger he sustained on Feb. 2.
About The Malik Report
The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.