that is nice bonus change
The Wings head up to Montreal to take on the Atlantic division's 2nd place team, les Canadiens. Obviously every point is crucial to the Red Wings as they are fighting to extend their current professional sports leading 22 year playoff streak. Detroit currently is 6th in the conference in points, but the new division alignments and playoff format change things around a bit. Realistically, the Wings are shooting for the top wildcard spot, which they currently hold (up 3 pts on Columbus).
Detroit is riding a 4 game winning streak thanks to the hot hands of Gustav Nyquist. In other news, former Michigan Wolverine Luke Glendening just signed a nice 3 year deal. He's proving to be a great grind line type player, but it would be great to see him net his first goal before the playoffs.
Only 5 games left (including tonight). If there's anyone else out there who can't bring themselves to watch the Final Four, flip to FS-D or NHL Network for some hockey.
Let's Go Red Wings!
Congrats to this former captain of UM's hockey team; just penned a 3 year deal with the Wings. He had been on a one year two way (minors/NHL) contract.
If you are not a Red Wings fan he was called up due to the rash of injuries to the team and has installed himself in as a major pest who gets significant penalty kill minutes, to the point he was making it hard to send him back down as the Red Wings get healthier. No goals yet but has a history of scoring in the minors/college. Was a major part of the Grand Rapids run to the AHL championship at the end of last year. Exactly the type of guy you need for a playoff run.
Miguel needed four hits going into today's game, and he got them. With two outs in what would likely be the Tigers last at-bat in the bottome of the 8th, Torii Hunter singled to extend the inning, bringing up Cabrera.
In style, Miggy drilled the first pitch into the left field seats for number 2,000. The man should be promoted to Interstellar League Baseball, but for now I will watch every at-bat I can of this dude.
Per Michael Spath on twitter, Michigan forward Phil DiGiuseppe has signed with the Carolina Hurricanes which voids his last year of eligibility with the team.
And so begins another summer of Michigan Hockey and seeing who will still be here once the new season begins. Losing him is not crippling, but also not ideal. Hopefully everyone else stays because the depth still eligible and the incoming recruiting class has the ability to make some noise next year.
EDIT: per Mark Edwards on twitter, Alex Guptill has also signed an entry level deal with the Dallas Stars
It's gotten lost in the other game today, but if UM Hockey wanted to make the NCAA tourney, they had to root for Western to beat North Dakota. Which they didn't do.
North Dakota defeats Western Michigan to keep NCAA hopes alive, and knock out Michigan— College Hockey News (@chnews) March 22, 2014
After 22 straight years in the NCAAs, Michigan is out for the 2nd year in a row— College Hockey News (@chnews) March 22, 2014