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Guest Post By Franklin Steele:
Brendan Smith's first season as a full-time Detroit Red Wing was not supposed to start like this.
Then again, this entire squad's opening weekend went like something taken from the middle pages of a Disney sports movie script... tragedy befalls our intrepid heroes! How will they respond to the adversity?
After losing Nicklas Lidstrom to retirement and Ian White to his family/the San Jose Sharks, Smith probably figured that his shot at finally making the big team was pretty stellar. Not staring up at guys like Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski doesn't hurt chances, right?
What he didn't count on—what no one in the organization counted on—was an injury bug as contagious as bubonic tearing through Detroit's locker room.
I blame Kyle Quincey for the bug. It would be no surprise that the guy who was traded from the Colorado Avalanche was carrying a bio-engineered defensemen corps melting super virus, would it?
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Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender Thomas McCollum may not see a lot of ice time behind Jimmy Howard this season, but if playing time was dictated by the greatest hockey masks, then he would be starting every game. McCollum who was just called up from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday, wears a mask that features the late Chris Farley wearing a Red Wings jersey with...
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White is expected to miss two or three weeks following surgery to repair a severe cut just above his left knee.
White, who plays the point on the power play, was injured during the third period of Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to Dallas when he was struck by the skate blade of Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
"He had surgery this morning," general...
On Tuesday January 15th, the Detroit Red Wings held a scrimmage with the Grand Rapids Griffins at Compuware Ice Arena in order to better prepare for the NHL regular season. With a shortened season there wasn’t any time for preseason games, so the Red Wings decided to have an intersquad scrimmage with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Each team was composed of half Red Wings and half...
from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
Kindl will be paired on the second power play unit with Brendan Smith.
For Kindl it may be his last chance to make this team has a regular.
“That’s another good thing about injures, other people get opportunities,” Babcock said. “If you grab hold of it you get to play a long, long time. Everybody comes in has nobody and...
This is the type of performance a lot of us expected from the Red Wings when the season started. Good offense, shaky defense, and timely stops by Howard. Early in the first I really thought this was going to be a blowout. Detroit went an entire 1:30 of a 5 on 3 without a shot. Meanwhile, the Wild were playing solid puck possession hockey and peppering Howard with shots.
During the first three games of the 2013 season, the once potent Detroit Red Wings are an ugly 0-15 on the power play, “good” for a 0.0 percentage which ranks a frustrating 28th in league efficiency.
Those are not misprints. 0-15. 0.0 percent. Worse yet, given the team’s overall inability to find the back of the net anyway, Detroit’s issues with the man advantage make things feel even...
Henrik Zetterberg snapped a tie midway through the second period, and Todd Bertuzzi scored his second goal of the game early in the third to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
Pavel Datsyuk, who assisted on Zetterberg's goal, put Detroit ahead by two late in the second period. Datsyuk also set up Bertuzzi on his second goal that...
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Tomas Holmstrom played...
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