Detroit Red Wings
Quick Wings update today about the upcoming training camp. The MOU was signed yesterday so camp will begin today at Compuware Arena until Wednesday. Practices will open today at Noon and 1:00 and Monday at the same times. Tuesday practice will start at 9:30 with the Red-White game at 6pm.
Helm, Eaves and Datsyuk are out. Mike Knuble has been given a tryout. Filppula is skating again after an MCL sprain in Finland, Carlo Colaiacovo expects to be ready after a shoulder injury. Nyquist and Tatar are staying in Grand Rapids, while Brendan Smith has been recalled.
There's the link. I gotta say, I'm starting come around on that signing. He's that hard-nosed guy nobody wants to play against, but you love on your own team. Hopefully, the veteran presence of Hank and Pav can keep him from taking too many bad penalties. And imagine a line of him, Miller, and Abdelkader. That would be an absolute bitch to play against. Until someone took a penalty I guess. But for those moments, it would be glorious!
"Retiring today allows me to walk away with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me"
It'll be weird without number five. I'm all for it going up in the rafters next season, hopefully right away like Yzerman's 19.
2nd period has started, still 0-0. 4th seed potentially on the line.
Let's Go Red Wings!
Edit: So good to see Howard back in net!
What does the date March 26, 1997 mean to you?
Today is the 15 year anniversary of what I consider to be the single most significant game in modern Red Wings history.
In a single game, the Wings were able to exorcise the demons of a playoff series past, launch themselves towards their first of four Cups over the next 11 years, and cemented the Wings-Avs rivalry as one of the best of its era.
I still remember listening to this game on my walkman radio while following my parents around as they got their taxes done by a real accountant. The rush of elation and joy after McCarty scored in OT was something I'll never forget. I was hooked on the Wings for life. We'd won the game AND we'd won the fight. And that bastard Claude Lemieux had answered for his crimes. And even Patty Roy had gotten his face bloodied. It was sublime.
Here's what I believe is a mostly-full replay of the game (minus commercials/intermissions). Embedding for that vid is not allowed by yootoob.
For the fight alone, here you are:
Puck drops at 7:30ET. At stake is the home streak (going for 24) and sitting alone at the top of the NHL/Western Conference. Two points for the Canucks tonight and they tie us up. Datsyuk is still out tonight, so we need production from elsewhere.
I have some Fat Tire on deck, and that seems to coincide with good performances by the Wings.