The Detroit Red Wings host the San Jose Sharks this evening at Little Caesars Arena (8:00 PM EST on FSD/NBCS Bay Area/97.1 FM), with both teams looking to gain ground in desperate battles for playoff spots.
The Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena for their morning skate just after 10:30 AM on Wednesday, and DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji confirmed that Petr Mrazek would start:
Continue reading Red Wings-Sharks morning skate: Mrazek starts; Abdelkader, Daley, Helm skating with team
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The Detroit Red Wings take on the Joe Thornton-less San Jose Sharks (8:00 PM EST on FSD/NBCS Bay Area/97.1 FM) with both teams hoping to earn two crucial points as they look toward the playoffs…
The problem for the 19-21-and-8 Red Wings is that their friends from San Jose, who sit in the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, boast a 26-16-and-7 record, some 13 points ahead of the Wings…
Continue reading Red Wings-Sharks set-up: desperate teams meet with eyes on playoff push
Of prospect-related note:
In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn scored a goal on 2 shots, finishing at +1 and winning 37% of his faceoffs in 12:20 played as the Frolunda Indians lost 4-2 to Djurgardens IF. You can watch highlights of the game here;
In the Swiss NLA, Joren van Pottelberghe served as the back-up in HC Davos’ 2-1 shootout loss to HC Lugano;
And in NCAA hockey, Keith Petruzzelli stopped 34 of 38 shots in the Qunnipiac Bobcats’ 5-3 loss to Princeton. Petruzzelli very, very rarely starts for Quinnipiac as they’ve stuck with Andrew Shortridge.
From the Free Press’s Helene St. James’ practice report:
Entering Wednesday, the Wings were also 15 points out of third place in the Atlantic Division. And this even as the Wings have played well through the first half but haven’t once won more than four games in a row. Now comes a schedule that shows 20 games on the road, including two five-game trips.
Hence the Wings look for inspiration from the 2015-16 Philadelphia Flyers, who went on an 18-7-5 run and made the playoffs; to the 2014-15 Minnesota Wild, which went on a 28-9-3 run and reached the playoffs; to the 2014-15 Ottawa Senators, who went on a 23-4-4 run and made the playoffs.
“The past hasn’t predicted a run, that’s why all of you and pretty much everybody in the hockey world would bet against us right now,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “I get that. I understand the past says that we haven’t gone on a run. Where do you get confidence from that? One would be history – I don’t know where Ottawa’s run came from that year, I don’t know where Philly’s run came from a couple years ago, but all of a sudden they got hot and they couldn’t lose.
“I know we have the players to do it. I know that we’ve built as a team. I think we play good hockey almost every single night. We just need to get that little fraction better on a night-by-night basis, gain that confidence and go. I understand why people wouldn’t believe me. I have no problem with that. I don’t care what anybody else thinks. I care what the group in this room thinks. And in the end it doesn’t really matter what any of think, it matters what we do.”
From MLive’s Saginaw Spirit blog:
The Saginaw Spirit, in partnership with Pulse3 Foundation and Mobile Medical Response, are proud to announce the Detroit Red Wings Alumni taking part in the 11th annual Shocks and Saves Charity Game held at The Dow Event Center Saturday, February 3rd at 4:30 p.m.
The Spirit are proud to welcome back Jiri Fischer, who’s cardiac arrest during an NHL game on November, 21 2005 cut his promising playing career short at just 25 years old. Since then, Fischer, with the help of Pulse3 Foundation, local sponsor, Mobile Medical Response, and the Saginaw Spirit, has teamed up with the rest of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association to put on the Shocks and Saves Charity Game in hopes of raising funds to make sure public facilities in the Great Lakes Bay Region are equipped with AED’s (Automated External Defibrillator).
Since the inception of the Shocks and Saves Charity Game, the event has raised more than $592,000 and has placed 188 AED’s in the Great Lakes Bay Region. With those AED’s in place, a total of 11 lives have been saved.
Updated substantially with text at 6:07 PM:
The Red Wings practiced at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, returning from the All-Star Break to prepare for the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.
After practice, coach Jeff Blashill suggested that all of Trevor Daley, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm may return against the Sharks, and that Petr Mrazek would start for the Wings. If Daley, Abdelkader and Helm return, Dominic Turgeon and/or David Booth may be heading to Grand Rapids.
We begin our survey of the post-practice articles with a Twitter video, posted by the Red Wings, of Jimmy Howard speaking with the media:
Continue reading Articles (and video) from practice: the 34-game push
Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire took a look at Mike Green’s trade value from an analytical standpoint:
At even strength, Green is still better than average in generating scoring chances for his teammates, though he’s not as slick of a passer under pressure as he used to be. His main contributions to offence at 5-on-5 are his ability to enter the zone cleanly with the puck, and improve shot quality by completing offensive zone dekes that open up lanes for better passes and shots.
Where Green truly separates himself, though, is on the power play. He is about 80th among defencemen in creating scoring chances at even strength, but on the power play he’s first in the NHL at his position, and sixth overall including forwards. He’s an absolute force on the man advantage.
Continue reading Sportsnet analyzes Mike Green’s trade value
The Detroit Red Wings practiced on Tuesday ahead of their Wednesday game against the San Jose Sharks.
After practice concluded, the beat writers headed into the locker room, and the Free Press’s Helene St. James reported the following:
Trevor Daley says he’s good to play Wednesday
Continue reading ‘After practice’: Daley to return, Mrazek to start vs. San Jose
Updated 4x at 2:38 PM:
The Detroit Red Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just before 1 PM on Tuesday, preparing for Wednesday’s home game against the San Jose Sharks (8:00 PM EST on FSD/NBCSNSA/97.1 FM).
Our friends from San Jose will be busy playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening, so they probably won’t hold a morning skate tomorrow; the Red Wings are opening a stretch of 3 games to be played over the course of 4 nights (Detroit plays on Carolina on Friday and Florida on Saturday).
Here are the Tweets of note from today’s practice, starting with MLive’s Ansar Khan’s, “Hello”:
Continue reading Red Wings practice on Tuesday ahead of SJ game: Mrazek in ‘starter’s’ net, ‘everyone’ skating