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December 22 2014

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Red Wings Battered & Bruised but Winning

 

Detroit, MI-    The Red Wings won their fifth game in a row on Sunday night at home against the Penguins 4-1.  Detroit has won five in a row coming off the heels of a tough losing streak and with the win they move into third place in the highly competitive Eastern Conference. 

 

 

Surprising as this recent surge may be, the Wings have recently had to scramble to find healthy bodies to stick in the lineup thanks to a string of injuries.

 

Pavel Datsyuk, Brendan Smith, and Riley Sheahan all left the Wings game in Winnipeg on December 11th. Datsyuk, the team’s scoring leader was able to return soon after with extra face protection as he recovers from a broken nose. Top four defenseman Brendan Smith suffered a strained groin and was able to return at full capacity after two weeks off the ice. Riley Sheahan, the franchise’s top prospect, suffered a sprained MCL and is unlikely to return until mid-January.

 

More recently defenseman Kyle Quincey and winger Wojtek Wolski were unable to finish Detroit’s game at home versus Washington. Quincey is still being evaluated while Wolski has been diagnosed with concussion symptoms isn’t expected back until late March at the earliest.

 

The rash of injuries has some questioning the defending Stanley Cup Champions’ toughness. Criticized last season for being over stocked with skilled players and unable to stand toe to toe with more physical teams, the front office was either unable or unwilling to address these claims in the off season.

 

“We know people say we have a soft team but we won the cup last year with basically this same squad.” Captain Henrik Zetterberg stated post game on Monday “There is concern about this rash of injuries but we’ll adapt and bring guys up from the AHL who are very capable. This is the NHL, injuries happen and when they do you adapt.” General Manager Rick Watkins stated when reached for comment. “As for this team’s toughness… No, no concern there.”

 



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Traded for McDavid

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Detroit, MI--  On Saturday night the Red Wings pounded the Bruins in Boston 8-4 but the real news came from the front office.

 

General Manager Rick Watkins completed a deal with the New York Islanders to acquire what will in all likelihood be the number one overall pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft.

 

 

 

This move puts the Wings in the position to select super prospect Connor McDavid.

“The top of this years’ entry draft is loaded and we’re very excited to have secured a spot among the top three teams making selections.” Watkins said when asked about the trade.

 

The deal doesn’t come without critics as the team had to send their 2015 first and second round picks and 2016 first round pick to the Islanders along with prospect William Nylander and minor leaguer Tomas Jurco. Nylander was a first round pick last year and many scouts are saying he also has the potential to be a top talent in the coming years. Jurco has spent the last three seasons in Grand Rapids. The Red Wings expected his skills to eventually translate to NHL talent but he’s stalled in the minors.

 

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ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose had this to say of the trade “Its not a surprise to me that it took this kind of package for Detroit to secure the number one overall pick. McDavid is a once in a lifetime prospect. That being said the Wings had to part with a lot of future potential in players and picks, we’ll see if it hurts them in the long run.”

 

General Manager Rick Watkins to this point in his tenure had the benefit of a very solid roster since having taken over at the beginning of last season. This trade will undoubtedly shape his legacy as top executive in the Red Wings organization. Full details of the drade below.

 

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          LW Tomas Jurco, RW William Nylander, 2015 1st and 2nd round picks, 2016 1st round pick

 

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        NY Islanders’ 2015 1st round pick



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Entry: January 2nd, 2014

 

December was quite the interesting month for this squad on and off the ice. On the ice the team is hurting but winning a lot and scoring a lot. The tops scoring line is leading the way on putting the puck in the net, Vlad Taresenko potted nine goals and Datsyuk and Zetterberg contributed 14 and 13 points respectively just in the month of December. This effort has helped rocket the team to a nine game winning streak and the top of the division and we’ve got Columbus in our crosshairs to take over the tops in the conference.

 

            This good work is all despite a myriad of injuries; Quincey, Clutterbuck, Sheahan, DeKeyser, Kindl, Datsyuk, and Smith have all lost time this month plus Wolski will be out for three months. Injuries happen in hockey so it’s not terribly surprising but it still hurts. We can thank the Grand Rapids staff for having guys ready to step up at a moment’s notice.          

 

            The worst games were a Sunday, Thursday back to back against Winnipeg. Datsyuk, Smith, and Sheahan all left the second game with injuries. Offhand I don’t know when we’ll see Winnipeg again but I doubt it will be a pretty game when we do.

            Off the ice I decided to pull the trigger on a trade sending two first round draft picks and prospect William Nylander to the New York Islanders for their 2015 first round draft pick. Essentially we traded for Connor McDavid as there is little doubt that the Islanders will receive the first overall pick. I’m excited about the chance at having a ‘generational’ talent in our system but did experience some buyer’s remorse as I thought about the fact that the time to stock up on prospects is now what with our top players possibly playing out their last contracts.

 

            Our scouts will tell me if this was the right move as we look closer at Mr. McDavid. I suppose we can always trade back down if need be.



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Detroit Red Wings December 2014-15 Schedule
DATEOPPONENTRESULT
Dec 1vs Tampa Bay LightningWon, 6-5
Dec 2vs Dallas StarsLost, 4-3
Dec 4vs Nashville PredatorsLost, 5-2
Dec 7vs Winnipeg JetsLost, 4-2
Dec 11at Winnipeg JetsLost, 5-4
Dec 13at St. Louis BluesWon, 5-4
Dec 15at Nashville PredatorsWon, 3-2
Dec 17at Pittsburgh PenguinsWon, 3-0
Dec 19vs Washington CapitalsWon, 4-1
Dec 21vs Pittsburgh PenguinsWon, 4-1
Dec 22at Philadelphia FlyersWon, 5-4
Dec 26vs Toronto Maple LeafsWon, 6-1
Dec 27at Boston BruinsWon, 8-4
Dec 29vs Ottawa SenatorsWon, 4-3



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Detroit Red Wings Leaders - Updated: Jan 1, 2015
Goals G Assists A
1. P. Datsyuk 17 1. N. Kronwall 25
2. V. Tarasenko 15 2. G. Nyquist 22
3. H. Zetterberg 12 3. B. Smith 18
4. D. Helm 9 4. V. Tarasenko 18
5. K. Quincey 8 5. J. Kindl 17
Points P +/- +/-
1. V. Tarasenko 33 1. V. Tarasenko +19
2. P. Datsyuk 30 2. B. Smith +15
3. N. Kronwall 30 3. P. Datsyuk +14
4. G. Nyquist 29 4. N. Kronwall +14
5. H. Zetterberg 26 5. J. Kindl +11


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NYE NHL Whip Around

December 31st 2014

 

-          Who’s Hot?

o   Eastern: The defending Stanley Cup champs were the best team in the month of December going 10-2-2 placing them just two points behind league best Columbus. The east is much superior to the west this season so it will be a challenge for Detroit to hang on to that top spot.

o   Western:  St. Louis (9-3-1)

 

-          Who’s Not?

o   EC: The Penguins were the best team in the NHL at the end of November but thanks to some injuries and bad bounces they went 5-8-1 in December. They’re still hanging on to 3rd place it he east but the trend is not positive.

o   WC: The defending western conference champs went a nearly respectable 5-7-2 last month but the rest of the central division zoomed past them in that time. There’s still time to reach the playoffs but it will take a push.

 

-          Metro Division; high highs, low lows

o   The Metro Division hold the NHLs best and worst teams with 31 points sepearting the Blue Jackets at the top and the Islanders at the bottom

 

-          The Island is Sinking:

o   This season’s performance was not what the New York Islanders were hoping to produce as they say goodbye to Nassau Coliseum. The Isles are the worst team in hockey, ten points behind San Jose.  Their trade with Detroit will provide more talent In the future but for now the team is on their own to climb out of the cellar.

 

-          Still no word on Babcock contract

o   While the Wings’ are winning their coach is still in the final year or his contract and there have been no signs of a new one coming. It appears that management and Coach Babcock are on good terms to it begs the question as to why they have yet to reach an agreement.

 

-          Ryan Nugent Hopkins leading Edmonton resurgence.

o   The Oilers lead the weak Pacific division in a bit of a surprise but it’s not surprise that they’re led by young scorer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. At a point per game the 22 year old center has brought dynamic passing to the Oilers top line.

 

-          Player Movment

o   Red Wings trade Prospect William Nylander & 2 1sts & a 2nd for #1 overall & LW Eric Boulton



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NHL League Leaders - Updated: Jan 1, 2015
Goals G Assists A
1. J. Eberle 18 1. R. Nugent-Hopkins 26
2. J. Skinner 18 2. C. Giroux 25
3. J. Voracek 17 3. N. Kronwall 25
4. P. Datsyuk 17 4. J. Thornton 24
5. B. Marchand 16 5. Z. Parise 23
Points P +/- +/-
1. C. Giroux 40 1. V. Tarasenko +19
2. R. Nugent-Hopkins 36 2. R. Ellis +17
3. Z. Parise 35 3. M. Methot +17
4. R. Johanssen 34 4. A. Steen +16
5. V. Tarasenko 33 5. J. Gorges +15


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Red Wings January 2015 Schedule

 

 

Detroit Red Wings January 2014-15 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Jan 2 at Toronto Maple Leafs  
Jan 3 vs Boston Bruins  
Jan 7 vs Toronto Maple Leafs  
Jan 9 vs Minnesota Wild  
Jan 10 vs St. Louis Blues  
Jan 13 at Calgary Flames  
Jan 15 vs LA Kings  
Jan 19 at Minnesota Wild  
Jan 20 at Dallas Stars  
Jan 25 vs ALL STAR GAME  
Jan 27 at Colorado Avalanche  
Jan 29 vs Chicago Blackhawks  
Jan 31 at Anaheim Ducks  

 



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January 23rd, 2015

Columbus, OH-

 

 

All-star rosters have been set and both teams are ready for the drop of the puck on Sunday night as Columbus Ohio’s arena district has come alive with hockey fever.

                The skills competitions will take place Saturday night with highlights including Alex Ovechkin competing in fastest skater, Zdeno Chara in hardest slap shot, and Pavel Datsyuk in the shootout skills showcase.

                Full rosters for the east versus west showdown are below.

 

2015 All Stars

 

2015 NHL All-Star Game Rosters
Pos East Starters Pos West Starters
LW Alex Ovechkin LW Zach Parise
C Pavel Datsyuk C Jonathan Toews
RW Phil Kessel RW Corey Perry
D Zdeno Chara D Alex Pietrangelo
D Niklas Kronwall D Drew Doughty
G Henrik Lundqvist G Corey Crawford
Pos East Reserves Pos West Reserves
LW Jeff Skinner LW Mike Cammallieri
LW Kyle Okposo LW Tyler Seguin
LW Tyler Zajiac LW Craig Smith
C Steven Stamkos C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
C Claude Giroux C Joe Thornton
C Jonathan Huberdeau C Henrik Sedin
RW Martin St. Louis RW Jordan Eberle
RW Chris Stewart RW Matt Duchene
RW Vladimir Taresenko RW Mike Reibero
D Josh Gorges D Nick Leddy
D Matt Niskanen D Jonas Brodin
D Cody Ceci D Toby Enstrom
D James Wisnewski D Ryan Ellis
G Marc-Andre Fleury G Jimmy Howard

 

 



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Entry: February 3rd, 2015

 

On the ice January was another solid month for the franchise, the boys suffered a three game losing skid but followed that up by snapping off eight wins in a row putting the team in solid position atop the division. Coach Babcock has found a solid combination sticking Justin Abdelkader, Datsyuk, & Taresnko on our top line which has given us great production. The rest of the squad though hasn’t really melded in the offensive zone and our role players are generally unimpressive. Hopefully we can finde some growth from our boys in Grand Rapids to see some signs of whose going to be leading the big club in the near future.

 

Off the ice I’ve received reports that Wojtek Wolski hasn’t been attending his rehab and training sessions and that he’s been partying around town late into the night. I’ve requested Zetterberg have a talk with him to remind him of the Red Wings’ tradition of excellence and class. If we get burned on this two year deal we gave him it will certainly sting. We’re not considering a buyout at this point but I’ve been informed by the staff that if we send him to waivers he’s just going to land in Grand Rapids. The last thing I want is for that kind of attitude to infect the locker room our prospects suit up in.



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Detroit Red Wings January 2014-15 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Jan 2 at Toronto Maple Leafs Won, 3-1
Jan 3 vs Boston Bruins Won, 5-4
Jan 7 vs Toronto Maple Leafs Won, 3-2
Jan 9 vs Minnesota Wild Lost, 2-1
Jan 10 vs St. Louis Blues Lost, 4-1
Jan 13 at Calgary Flames Won, 2-0
Jan 15 vs LA Kings Won, 4-3
Jan 19 at Minnesota Wild Won, 3-2
Jan 20 at Dallas Stars Won, 4-3
Jan 25 vs ALL STAR GAME  
Jan 27 at Colorado Avalanche Lost, 4-1
Jan 29 vs Chicago Blackhawks Won, 3-2
Jan 31 at Anaheim Ducks Won, 3-2


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Detroit Red Wings Leaders - Updated: Feb 1, 2015
Goals G Assists A
1. P. Datsyuk 23 1. N. Kronwall 29
2. V. Tarasenko 18 2. G. Nyquist 25
3. H. Zetterberg 15 3. H. Zetterberg 22
4. M. Frolik 10 4. V. Tarasenko 21
5. D. Helm 10 5. J. Kindl 21
Points P +/- +/-
1. P. Datsyuk 39 1. V. Tarasenko +18
2. V. Tarasenko 39 2. N. Kronwall +13
3. H. Zetterberg 37 3. J. Abdelkader +12
4. N. Kronwall 35 4. B. Smith +11
5. G. Nyquist 32 5. P. Datsyuk +10


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January 30th, 2015

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January NHL Whiparound

 

-         Who’s Hot

o   EC: Toronto- The Leafs haven’t exactly been sharp but they’re holding serve while those around them crumble. Ottawa, Florida, and Boston all hit extended losing streaks in January allowing Toronto to reach a position of potentially making the playoffs… And then surly losing in some highly disappointing way.

o   WC: Chicago- The Blackhawks are hitting their stride at the perfect time as Winnipeg and St. Louis are more or less playing .500 hockey. In, likely, the last season Kane & Toews will be wearing the same sweater expect the Hawks to really push to put an exclamation point on their run of post season success.

 

-          Who’s Not?

o   EC: Islanders (still) There’s been very little movement in terms of standings over the last 30 days but we can once again dump on the Islanders. Though the trade deadline is over a month away many in and around the organization are expecting the fire sale to begin soon.

o   WC: St. Louis- It hasn’t been an implosion for the Blues but the trends are concerning for a team that led the central at the beginning of the month. Jimmy Howard has a bum hamstring and the team is struggling to put the puck in the net. In a tough division like the Central losing streaks can quickly torpedo any playoff hopes.

 

-          Hurting

o   While the Sharks have no excuse for their poor performance at least the Dallas Stars can site injury luck (or lack thereof) as the reason for not reaching the playoffs after having won the conference. Seguin and Lehtonen have missed significant time this season and now Jamie Benn will likely be out for the rest of the year with post-concussion syndrome.

 

-          Okposo on the Move?

o   As the trade deadline approaches the expected first chip to fall is Islanders winger Kyle Okposo who’s in the final year of his contract. Tampa Bay, Nashville, Edmonton, & Winnipeg are rumored to have an interest in the young power forward. But word out of Brooklyn is that they’re not willing to deal the young winger

 

-          Alexander the Great

o   Although the Capitols languish in the lower section of the Metro Division Alex Ovechkin gave fans something to cheer about on January 18th. The Russian put up 7 points in an overtime victory over the Boston Bruins. 



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NHL League Leaders - Updated: Feb 1, 2015
Goals G Assists A
1. J. Skinner 25 1. Z. Parise 35
2. P. Datsyuk 23 2. J. Thornton 33
3. D. Backes 22 3. R. Nugent-Hopkins 33
4. P. Kessel 20 4. H. Sedin 31
5. T. Vanek 20 5. M. Ribeiro 30
Points P +/- +/-
1. Z. Parise 51 1. A. Galchenyuk +23
2. R. Nugent-Hopkins 48 2. D. Doughty +22
3. C. Giroux 45 3. J. Gorges +20
4. H. Sedin 45 4. V. Tarasenko +18
5. M. Ribeiro 44 5. J. B. Gallagher +18


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Detroit Red Wings February 2014-15 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Feb 2 at Edmonton Oilers  
Feb 3 vs Calgary Flames  
Feb 5 at Carolina Hurricanes  
Feb 6 at Buffalo Sabres  
Feb 9 at Ottawa Senators  
Feb 10 at Florida Panthers  
Feb 13 vs Montreal Canadiens  
Feb 16 vs Carolina Hurricanes  
Feb 17 at New York Rangers  
Feb 19 at Columbus Blue Jackets  
Feb 21 vs San Jose Sharks  
Feb 22 vs Anaheim Ducks  
Feb 24 vs Colorado Avalanche  
Feb 28 at Vancuover Canucks  


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Entry: March 1st, 2015

 

            Once again February brought with it a post all-star game slide in February. A four game losing streak punctuated the month where the team won just five of fourteen games. Fortunatly we are still in front of the division thanks to everyone else pretty much succumbing to the dog days of the season.

 

            In order to keep guys fresh coach Babcock has given some of our veteran guys nights off when we’ve had back to back games which I believe is the right call. Unfortunately this effort to keep guys’ legs underneath them may result in lost home games come playoff time. I expect the team to bounce back but once again we’re up against a trade deadline with little to offer potential trade suitors.

 

            We still haven’t been able to nail down Coach Babcock to a contract though both sides are at the table. After not talking for so long his people finally told us he’s looking to potentially test the market basically as a free agent. I’m confident he’ll find a better offer in terms of money but not sure if he’ll find a better situation in terms of winning. I’ve got a meeting set next week with Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill. I’fe Babs hits the road Jeff will be the first person we offer the job to.



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Detroit Red Wings February 2014-15 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Feb 2 at Edmonton Oilers Lost, 3-0
Feb 3 vs Calgary Flames Won, 4-3
Feb 5 at Carolina Hurricanes Lost, 3-2
Feb 6 at Buffalo Sabres Lost, 4-3
Feb 9 at Ottawa Senators Won, 3-2
Feb 10 at Florida Panthers Won, 3-2
Feb 13 vs Montreal Canadiens Lost, 4-3
Feb 16 vs Carolina Hurricanes Lost, 5-1
Feb 17 at New York Rangers Won, 4-3
Feb 19 at Columbus Blue Jackets Lost, 8-3
Feb 21 vs San Jose Sharks Lost, 3-2
Feb 22 vs Anaheim Ducks Lost, 3-2
Feb 24 vs Colorado Avalanche Lost, 5-1
Feb 28 at Vancuover Canucks Won, 5-2


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Red Wings Stat Leaders through February 2015

 

 

Detroit Red Wings Leaders - Updated: Mar 1, 2015
Goals G Assists A
1. P. Datsyuk 27 1. N. Kronwall 33
2. V. Tarasenko 21 2. H. Zetterberg 29
3. H. Zetterberg 16 3. G. Nyquist 29
4. M. Frolik 14 4. J. Kindl 27
5. C. Clutterbuck 13 5. B. Smith 24
Points P +/- +/-
1. P. Datsyuk 49 1. V. Tarasenko +13
2. H. Zetterberg 45 2. N. Kronwall +12
3. V. Tarasenko 44 3. J. Abdelkader +11
4. N. Kronwall 40 4. T. Tatar +10
5. G. Nyquist 38 5. B. Smith +9

 



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NHL Standings Update 3/1/15

 

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