Televised Preseason Game Notes

Hey, the Red Wings are actually on TV tonight! And it only took to the midway point of the exhibition schedule. Go FSN!

Oh, and it’s also on the radio for people who are away from a TV but close enough to Detroit to get AM 1270.

It looks like we’ll see the people I’m most interested in, if Khan’s roster is right…

(Forwards)
Holmstrom-Filppula-Hossa
Kopecky-Draper-Maltby
Abdelkader-Helm-Leino
Ritola-Emmerton-Downey

(Defense)
Rafalski-Kronwall
Lebda-Lilja
Quincey-Chelios

(Goalies)
Howard (whole game)
Larsson

Hossa, Kopecky, Abdelkader and Leino were the guys I wanted to see in exhibitions. Hossa because he’s the new guy, Kopecky because he’s coming back from injury, Abdelkader ’cause he’s the local guy and Leino ’cause he might be another one of those brilliant Red Wings moves.

A couple game notes… Start time is 7:30. FSN will be airing a special about Dan Cleary‘s time with the Cup at 7:00 (likely to be re-aired 108 times over the next month or two given FSN’s usual airing habits).

Oh, yeah, and don’t be surprised when the Wings step onto the ice with straight nameplates on their jerseys, no one ever remembers but the team does this every year during the preseason. The vertically-arched lettering will return on October 9.

Lidstrom Out Three Games with Broken Nose

Khan has an update on Nicklas Lidstrom‘s status after being hit in the face with the puck last night…

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom has a broken nose and will miss at least the next three preseason games, coach Mike Babcock said after practice Thursday. Lidstrom was hit with a deflected puck above his right eye early in the third period of Wednesday’s exhibition opener against Montreal. He was taken to the hospital for stitches and X-rays. There was no damage to the eye.

“He’s got a broken nose, but everything (else) is fine,” Babcock said. “He didn’t come to the rink today. He’ll be back here tomorrow (for practice).”

Preseason Game 1 – Montreal

I didn’t see or even hear the Red Wings’ preseason opener last night so I can’t speak to Tomas Kopecky‘s hit on Mathieu Carle or the puck that Nicklas Lidstrom took to the face or the shootout loss to Montreal.

Here are some other people’s thoughts…

Red Wings Corner Tomas Kopecky’s knockout hit on Mathieu Carle was effective, so much so that at first glance you assumed it was dirty. But both sides said after tonight’s game that Kopecky’s hit was clean and that Carle was caught admiring his own pass.

“On the first thought, it was a bad hit or somebody blind-sided him,” said Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau. “I came down. I looked at it on the tape. The timing was there. Mathieu had his head down a little bit. Kopecky came across, he wasn’t trying to gain speed, he was trying to make contact with Mathieu. The shoulder just hit the head.”

MacLeod has also posted his game notes.

The Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell (amonth others) has a note on Lidstrom’s injury.

Windsor Star Detroit’s Nick Lidstrom left three minutes into the third period after a deflected shot cut him badly above his right eye. After getting several stitches to close the wound, he joined Carle at the hospital for precautionary testing.

“It has nothing to do with his eye, that’s the good news,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Nevertheless, Bill at A2Y already has the stress train ready.

Tomas Holmstrom and Justin Abdelkader scored for Detroit. Matt D’Agostino and Tomas Deauregard scored for the Canadiens with Montreal’s Anderi Markov notching the only shootout marker.

Pre-preseason Notes

The buzz over the last couple hours (I’ve been busy, sorry) has been that Valtteri Filppula and Jakub Kindl will both miss preseason time with injuries.

Filppula will miss the Red & White Game tonight as well as the exhibitions against Montreal and Boston on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. He’s expected to return at home on Friday against the Bruins.

Filppula’s injury is a jammed thumb suffered on Sunday when he was hit by Aaron Downey during a scrimmage. X-rays were clear and he’s been skating since then but hasn’t been able to shoot.

Kindl is suffering from a groin strain and will miss tonight and tomorrow. Jonathan Ericsson is likely to replace him in the lineup against Montreal.

Two of the three games this week will be available on the radio, with WXYT carrying the Wednesday and Friday games.

The first televised preseason game is September 30 at Montreal. FSN will carry that game as well as home games against Toronto and Buffalo on October 3 and October 5.

Old Time Hockey

I was directed today to Love to Know’s 1911 Encyclopedia. The premise of that site?

The LoveToKnow Free Online Encyclopedia is based on what many consider to be the best encyclopedia ever written: the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, first published in 1911. At a time when many encyclopedias have capsulated and condensed important knowledge, the 11th edition is generally much more in-depth and thorough on its topics.

Being almost 100 years out-of-date, some of the information in there is fantastic. The article on hockey doesn’t even mention ice hockey until halfway through. The rules are interesting to a history nut like me.

The rink must be at least 112 ft. long by 58 ft. wide, and seven players form a side. The goals are 6 ft. wide and 4 ft. high and are provided with goalnets. Instead of the English painted cricket-ball a puck is used, made of vulcanized rubber in the form of a draught-stone, T in. thick, and 3 in. in diameter. The sticks are made of one piece of hard wood, and may not be more than 3 in. wide at any part. The game is played for two half-hour or twenty-minute periods with an intermission of ten minutes. At the beginning of a match, and also when a goal has been made, the puck is faced, i.e. it is placed in the middle of the rink between the sticks of the two left-centres, and the referee calls “play.” Whichever side then secures the ball endeavours by means of passing and dribbling to get the puck into a position from which a goal may be shot. The puck may be stopped by any part of the person but not carried or knocked except with the stick. No stick may be raised above the shoulder except when actually striking the puck. When the puck is driven off the rink or behind the goal, or a foul has been made behind the goal, it is faced 5 yds. inside the rink. The goal-keeper must maintain a standing position.

McCarty Signs Two-way Deal

As has been rumored for quite awhile now, the Red Wings have signed Darren McCarty to a one-year, two-way deal.

Team policy is to not announce financial terms of contracts but Detroit GM Ken Holland had previously stated that McCarty recieved the same offer as Aaron Downey, who the NHLPA lists as earning $575,000 this season.

The two-way deal means that McCarty will earn less money during any time he spends with the Grand Rapids Griffins. With only one open roster spot for a Detroit forward it is possible that McCarty would start the season in the AHL.

Sweater Numbers, Round Three

Assuming the full-camp roster from Red Wings Central is correct, there will be only one number change for a returning Red Wing this season.

Aaron Downey will be giving up #20 for the #44 made available by Mark Hartigan‘s departure.

Newcomer Ty Conklin will be wearing the #29 that hasn’t been worn since Jason Williams was traded to Chicago at the 2007 trade deadline, allowing Jimmy Howard to keep his #35.

The #21 worn at camp last year by failed prospect Igor Grigorenko has been given to Finnish player-of-the-year Ville Leino.

Yzerman Remaining Retired

The Red Wings’ PR office confirmed that Steve Yzerman is not un-retiring this fall.

“I can’t speak to the text system issue, but Steve is definitely not coming out of retirement.”

Khan, Malik, and the Freep all have it.

Khan goes with possible explanation #1, that an as-of-yet unannounced alumni game is coming.

I still lean towards explanation #2. If Wings’ PR guy John Hahn (assuming he can be trusted) doesn’t know how that message was sent, it’s a sign of a major issue with how the Wings’ run the Internet side of their business.

Chelios Officially Back with Wings, Quincey Also Signs

The Red Wings announced today that Chris Chelios will return to the team for his 25th NHL season.

Chelios agreed to accept a lesser role this season, noting that many of the younger defensemen – namely Brett Lebda, Kyle Quincey, Derek Meech and Jonathan Ericcson – need more ice-time.
“The only difference is that guys have to play. It’s understandable,” Chelios said. “But when you watch and see what happened with Brett Favre – and I don’t put myself in the same class as him by no means – but that’s the nature of the beast. For now, I’m happy to be back, and I’m looking forward to another great year.”

Thanks to George Malik for pointing it out.

Additionally, the Red Wings announced that the team had resigned restricted free agent Kyle Quincey. As per club policy, terms of the two-year deal were not announced.

Notes from Abdelkader’s Day with the Cup

Tuesday I was lucky enough to be allowed to tag along to Justin Abdelkader‘s private party with the Stanley Cup. Some people in my family are friends with people in his family and it worked out that I was able to go to the party with them.

A handful of photos are posted over in the multimedia section.

A few of my thoughts on what I saw of Justin’s day with the Cup…

It was really kind of surreal for me because the event was held at Justin’s parents’ house, less than a mile from my grandparents’ house in a neighborhood we used to drive through looking at Christmas lights when I was a kid. We see the Cup all the time at events and in major venues but having time with the Cup allows players to take it back to the neighborhoods where they grew up. I don’t think it struck me just how cool that is until we got there.

If it weren’t for the sign on the garage door pointing people to the back yard with the caption “Lord Stanley,” this could have passed for a birthday or graduation party from the street. Even out back it was incredibly low-key save for the giant silver trophy and the mob of people around it waiting for a photo op.

From the time we arrived until the time the Cup departed for Detroit and Nicklas Lidstrom‘s dinner party, Justin stayed with it, posing for photos with friends and family (and the occasional family of friends of the family). He lifted the Cup for people to drink from and carried it around for small children to have their photo taken with. He was supposed to take a break at some point but never did so that people could get all of their pictures in.

The ability to have an event like this is one of the things that makes the NHL special. With everything that’s wrong with the league, it’s still the only one in the world where a guy who played only two games all season and was still in college at the start of the year can share his team’s success like this. That’s just amazing to me.