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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
I have stated in previous columns that Carey Price is without question, the very best goalkeeper in the NHL at utilizing rule 69 to his advantage whenever an attacking player enters the blue paint. The snow from Abdelkader's stopping action was the first indicator for Price that his territory was about to become violated. Price immediately pushed forward with his left skate/pad toward the top of the right side crease where the Detroit forward was attacking. Abdelkader's forward momentum (stick and body) initiated contact with Price. The Habs' goalie reached and 'hugged' the leg of the crease violator that resulted in a positional 'turn' from the impending shot by Datsyuk.
Both of these actions and resulting contact between Abdelkader and Price violated the language of 69.3. When the puck slid past Price and into the net he was turned toward the referee with his hands raised; a clear indication to the referee that interference had been committed.
I would like to see the referees make this call on a consistent basis in the way that referee Kimmerly did. The onus is on the attacking player to stop short of the goal crease and not make contact with the goalkeeper; incidental or otherwise. In the case of Carey Price's crease, I would advise attacking players to stay well clear of his paint.
added 12:53pm, Mike Babcock talks about reasoning for the meeting today instead of practice.
Babcock also says Howard in goal tomorrow per numerous reports.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
There are times when Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland wonders whether this is it, if the trend-line for his team has finally started pointing downward.
“I think about it,” he said, standing in an empty Bell Centre on Tuesday afternoon, “but I’m going to battle against it. I want to compete against it.”
Gravity pulls objects relentlessly earthward, except for the Wings.
For 23 straight seasons, the men from Michigan have participated in the post-season. They could have been forgiven for packing their tent last spring, diminished as they were by injury. But they didn’t need yours or anyone else’s sympathy – the Wings made the playoffs because it’s what they do.
continue for a look at last night's game and the Wings' future...
Strong game by the Wings but the power play needs fixing and one goal is not going to win many games.
The Zetterberg goal is below along with the waived off goal by Datsyuk.
Game Recap from Ansar Khan,
Pavel Datsyuk's return to the lineup Tuesday dominated the headlines for the Detroit Red Wings.
But their team defense and goaltending continues to shine.
On Tuesday, it was good enough to earn them two points, but they had to settle for one after David Desharnais scored 56 seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory at Bell Centre.
Jimmy Howard was terrific, making 34 saves, but the Red Wings fell to 3-1-2. The Canadiens are 6-1-0.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Babcock will talk to you about a lot of things: his team, his life’s credo, probably his favourite haunts in the McGill Ghetto, around the school where he played four seasons for the Redmen three decades ago.
But the 51-year-old would not be travelling down the contract road Tuesday noon, following his team’s morning skate at the Bell Centre a few hours before the Red Wings’ game against the Canadiens....
“Last year, every time the Wings were playing on the road, you were forced to answer questions regarding Canadian teams. Are you afraid that this year is going to be the same with your contract negotiations?”
A few moments later, with a bit of a different approach:
“Mike, you’re a popular guy here, coming from McGill, obviously every time you come here, it’s an experience for fans and people that have known you. It took everybody by surprise here knowing that you’d go into the season without a contract. What can you tell hockey fans about the situation, your situation with the organization and…”
“I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you. See ya.”
About half way through the video, hear from Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk and Mike Babcock.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Pavel Datsyuk is returning to the Red Wings lineup.
Datsyuk will make his regular-season debut Tuesday night when the Red Wings play the Montreal Canadiens.
"It's a big boost for us," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who'll skate on a line with Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader. "He's been skating pretty good in practice, it looks like he's ready to go.
"He's important player for us."
added 1:18pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"I was kind of embarrassed the other day," Nestrasil said today at the Bell Centre, hours before the Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m., FSD). The game marks Datsyuk's season debut, coming four weeks after he suffered a separated shoulder during exhibition play.
"We played one-on-one after practice, and I didn't touch the puck in, like, five minutes," Nestrasil said. "He's a special guy. He's got some special skills; it's unbelievable."
Pavel Datsyuk is taking his normal spot on the first line and..
Also reports state Cleary and Weis are not taking normal shifts.
The Detroit Red Wings kick off a busy week's worth of 3 games in 5 days tonight against the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/RDS/97.1 FM; the Wings are holding a 'viewing party' on Tuesday; the team will come home to host the Penguins during Hockey Fights Cancer night on Thursday, and play the Flyers in Philly on Saturday). Because both the Red Wings and their press corps had to skedaddle to Montreal, the main Wings storylines have already been noted:
- The Wings sent Petr Mrazek back to Grand Rapids, so Jimmy Howard should be good to go tomorrow;
- The Wings placed Johan Franzen on 7-day IR (retroactive to last Friday, most likely) because those leg spasms turned into a groin issue;
- As such, Pavel Datsyuk's likely return requires no personnel move to clear room on the 23-man roster. When the Wings do get fully healthy, they'll have to decide whether to waive Andrej Nestrasil or send Daniel Cleary to the AHL;
- The team discussed both its 2-for-21 power play and the reuniting of the Nyquist-Sheahan-Tatar line as Babcock hopes to get "Riley and the Slovak" going--and it's worth mentioning that a "third line" of Jurco, Helm and Nestrasil might "boot up" both Jurco and get Nestrasil on the scoresheet;
- And we found out that Kyle Quincey will wear jean shorts and a jean vest to the rink. Which is terrifying.
This has absolutely nothing to do with the Red Wings, but it has everything to do with the human being I am and the cause I advocate for that hits closest to home.
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens is parterning with several Canadian mental health organizations in order to raise awareness of and funds for--as Scrivens says in the attached video--the 1 in 5 Canadians who are affected by mental illnesses in some way (and that figure holds true for Americans and the rest of the world; 1 in 5 people will suffer from a severe mental illness at some point in their lives).
The Oilers posted a press release regarding Scrivens' initiative...
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