Found May 16, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
Prior to taking a three-day break due to what I can best describe as the equivalent of post-concussive migraines, the World Championships’ round robin stage was still underway in Stockholm and Helsinki. Today, the round robin portion of the tournament has wrapped up, and the top four teams from the Stockholm Group—Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Norway—will tangle in the Quarterfinals on Thursday before heading to Helsinki, where they’ll meet up with the winners of the Helsinki Group’s quarterfinal teams—Canada, the United States, Finland and Slovakia—on Saturday. In other words, out of the four teams that are still alive in Stockholm, two will advance to play against the two remaining teams in Helsinki for the Semifinals on Saturday, with the winners of those games playing for Gold on Sunday, and the losers playing for Bronze. Here’s how the schedule hashes out from tomorrow to Sunday (per the IIHF’s website): Continue reading "Red Wings at the Worlds: catching up wi...

Kronwall delivers signature hit overseas

The playing surface might be larger at the IIHF World Championships, but it would appear that "Kronwalled" sounds the same in any language. Getting "Kronwalled" also looks the same on any continent. Niklas Kronwall, who is playing for Sweden in the world championships this year, has become known for his bone-crunching checks and tooth-displacing hits across...

Red Wings at the Worlds, Quarterfinals: Tomas Tatar, Slovakia upset Canada

Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey and Team Canada tempted fate on Thursday morning and found out the hard way that single-game elimination hockey is a cruel mistress, dropping a 4-3 decision to Slovakia in the Quarterfinals, ending Canada’s World Championship run. Canada surrendered a 2-0 lead to Slovakia, awoke groggy and rallied to score three straight goals, and nursed a 3...

Red Wings morning report: ‘Homer’s picks,’ free agent alternatives and prospect tourney uncertainty

Slovakia and Canada are already playing in the World Championship quarterfinals as I write this (and Tomas Tatar is playing fantastic hockey this morning), and Expressen’s Jonas Solberger and Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros are confirming that Jonathan Ericsson’s good to go after missing almost two weeks with inflammation to his SI joint, with Ericsson slated to play in the last game...

Wings could use defense help

It's obvious that the Detroit Red Wings need to make a few changes in the upcoming months. How big or how little the changes should be varies from fan to fan. One rumor seems to be fairly certain: the Red Wings are going to make a hard push for defenseman Ryan Suter.With Brad Stuart 95% likely to leave for a team on the West Coast and the probability of Nicklas Lidstrom's...

Red Wings alumnus Shawn Burr gets ready for his ‘big game’ in battle against leukemia

Earlier this month, Red Wings alumnus Shawn Burr found a bone marrow match which will help him battle acute myeloid leukemia, but Burr continues to help raise awareness of and promote registration for bone marrow donation banks, and as he prepares for a bone marrow transplant next week, he spoke to’s Bill Roose about his second battle with leukemia, revealing...

Kronwalling:Niklas Kronwall hits Kaspars Saulietis, very hard

Kronwalled: Detroit Red Wing Niklas Kronwall is playing in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship for Sweden. Yesterday, he smashed Latvia's Kaspars Saulietis. Every time you check twitter or... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Red Wings at the Worlds, Quarterfinals: Filppula, Finland prevail over Howard and Team USA

Team USA stopped playing and started trapping halfway through the third period of a game they led 2-1 over Finland, and despite nothing less than valiant goaltending from one Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, the Americans were lulled into trying to beat the Finnish trap by trying to replicate it, and were defeated by it. With the Finnish first line of Valtteri Filppula, Mikko...

Red wings at the Worlds, Quarterfinals: Czechs upset Sweden, will face Slovaks

I’m writing this from my phone because it’s a stunning result: despite dropping a 3-1 deficit and losing Johan Franzen to an unspecified injury, Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson rallied Sweden to a 3-3 tie against the Czech Republic…But poor decision-making and shaky goaltending from Victor Fasth yielded a 4-3 loss for Franzen, Zetterberg, Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall,...

Red Wings catchy uppy post 2: on the prospect camp sked, Fedorov, future Wings and Big House Beer

Here’s a round-up of the English-language news I missed due to my post-concussive equivalent of migraines, and just as the first catch-up post talked about future events before getting down to brass tacks, this post will follow the same format: • First and foremost, Pavel Datsyuk and John Tavares will face off in the semifinals of EA Sports’ NHL 13 Cover Vote from Friday...

Video: Kronwall Punishes Saulietis

Sweden finished Preliminary Round play at the World Championships with a 4-0 win over Latvia, and finished the round with six wins and second in their pool behind Russia. During the second period of the Swede's game against Latvia, Swedish defense-man, Niklas Kronwall, unleashed his token hip/back/shoulder check along the boards on Kaspars Saulietis.The hit is very similar to...

Red Wings early overnight report: foreign language fly-bys and preparing for Worlds Quarterfinals

As the World Championship’s Quarterfinals begin bright and early at 6 AM EDT with Canada and Slovakia kicking off the day’s festivities (on TSN and the NBC Sports Network), and my migraines haven’t gone away, I’m gonna tuck in early while warning you that the headaches mean that you might not see as much translated Swedish, Russian, Finnish, etc. as usual (sorry), and also...

On the Red Wings’ prospect camp and…training camp?

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Red Wings at the Worlds, Quarterfinals: Datsyuk, Russia out-last Norway

What a strange day at the World Championships. After Slovakia upset Canada, the Russians played a spotty, sloppy game on sticky, goopy ice at the Globen Arena in Stockholm, and almost played “cruise control” hockey from the outset against an incredibly tenacious, nasty and gritty Norwegian team, emerging with a 5-2 victory (and semifinal match-up against the USA-Finland winner...

Video- Kaspars Saulietis “Krownwalled” At The World Championships

Keep your head up Kaspars.if Niklas Kronwall is on the ice.

Henrik Zetterberg Player Analysis

I have written a few controversial pieces here at (for example, my post on Luke Schenn back when Leaf fans thought Schenn was the best thing since sliced bread) and I suspect this might generate some controversy as well because of the conclusions made about Zetterberg’s weak defensive ability.  I also want to do [...]
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