Thinking About the Next Home of the Red Wings

Malik pointed out that plans for the expansion of Cobo Hall are back on track.

This is important for Wings fans as possible expansion plans have included building a new home for the Red Wings and then utilizing the space currently taken by Joe Louis Arena for the Cobo expansion.

What I find interesting about these latest discussions is the idea of using space at Cobo Arena for the expansion.

Over the summer I was looking from a purely geographical standpoint at the idea of a new arena for the Wings. I still am firmly convinced that the next arena will be in Foxtown on Ilitch-owned land there but I believe something very interesting could be done closer to their current home.

The problem with the location of the Joe is that nothing is within walking distance of it. It’s on the wrong side of Cobo Hall to reach anything on Jefferson. Cobo Arena, however, is on the right side of Cobo Hall.

What if, rather than building in Foxtown, Cobo Arena was rebuilt as an NHL-calibre venue?

Not as much new infastructure would need to be built as that area is already set up to handle crowds of 20,000 or more. The existing Joe and Cobo parking could be used. Hart Plaza could become the outdoor area where fans gather before and after games.

I don’t know how feasible it really is and I don’t expect it to happen anyway, I just think it’s an interesting thought.

Red Wings – Ducks Wrap Up

I’ve been trying to think of some nice, all-encompassing line or two to sum up last night’s OT loss in Anaheim but I’ve got nothing. Instead I’ll just repost (with corrected spelling) something I said over at Abel to Yzerman before the start of overtime.

You know what I love about that tying goal? It proves that Red Wings hockey is better than Ducks hockey. All that extra-physical, “Let me whip it out and show you how much of a man I am” sh*t Anaheim does bit them in the ass, with Beauchemin going for the hit instead of cutting off the pass.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t automatically make the Wings the better team or give them the win. Just makes me feel better.

With how the game ended, I’m not sure it makes me feel better anymore. Anaheim did what they always do, they did something that’s technically against the rules but isn’t bad enough that the league punishes them for it.

Chris Pronger elbows Pavel Datsyuk to the head? Pavs is fine, no big deal.

Game-winning goal from above the crossbar? Eh, it was only a couple inches, let it slide.

Red Wings hockey is better than Ducks hockey because there’s a difference in being physical and being dirty. The Ducks are a dirty team and frustrates me to no end that they get to play by a different rulebook.

Red Wings – Kings Game Notes

The morning after a late West Coast game… Not a lot from the Detroit press.

Of course MacLeod is stuck at home since his paper won’t send him anywhere. Khan has a recap at mLive and the DetNews has one as well.

I’m a little surprised to not see any quotes about the officiating from Mike Babcock, given his comments after the games in St. Louis and Chicago last week. Of course no matter what he thinks of the penalty to Mikael Samuelsson for essentially driving to the net (among others), he’s probably been warned to keep quiet.

For the most part the Wings played a solid game, the Kings just took advantage of every chance they got. A power play goal where Chris Osgood makes the save but LA has a guy right there to bang it in. A deflection off of Nicklas Lidstrom‘s skate.

Detroit did some of the same, though. Marian Hossa scored on a five-on-three, jumping past all three defenders before beating Jason Labarbara. Valtteri Filppula tied the game late by picking off an attempted outlet pass, putting himself all alone in front of Labarbara.

Osgood did a great job of staying with the shooters in the shootout, while Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg made Labarbara look silly.

One thing I took away from the game is that the makeshift third line of Filppula, Jiri Hudler and Tomas Kopecky looked very good. Much better than the reunited Grind Line, which is kind of sad but also very exciting to see.

Wings – ‘Hawks Postgame and Franzen Update

As I previously mentioned, I haven’t been able to watch Saturday’s game yet.

After seeing the game summary I was interested to see if the late five-on-three that Chicago used to tie the game back up was as weak as the power plays that St. Louis used to try to get back into the game earlier this week and Mike Babcock didn’t disappoint in his postgame comments.

From the Freep via Malik

“They were shorthanded all night long,” Babcock said. “It’s an interesting league that way. You don’t even know. You can’t even complain. You just take it.”
Hossa was whistled for interference after Andreas Lilja was penalized for hooking late in the second period.

“Offensive zone interference call to be down 5-on-3,” Babcock said. “Unbelievable.”

Of course it worked out in the end so no one will be talking about it. No one ever talks about bad officiating until it costs someone something big.

The long-term damage from the night comes with Johan Franzen out for three-to-four weeks with a sprained knee. Ville Leino has been called up to take Franzen’s roster spot.

I agree with MacLeod that Leino could play in the top six, taking Franzen’s place on Henrik Zetterberg‘s line, but I think it’s more likely that Leino goes with Valtteri Filppula on the third line while Dan Cleary moves up to try to replace some of Franzen’s physical play on the second line.

Wings – ‘Hawks Pregame Notes

Andreas Lilja returns to the Red Wings lineup tonight after an appendectomy earlier this week. Derek Meech will be scratched to make room for him on the blueline.

Darren McCarty says he’s making his season debut tonight but there’s been no word on who would be out to make room for him.

Ty Conklin gets the start with Chris Osgood having gone last night. He’ll be up against Nikolai Khabibulin, who’s outplayed Cristobal Huet in the Chicago crease.

The jerseys for the Winter Classic will be unveiled during the first intermission.

The game is supposed to be on FSN Detroit but Comcast’s channel guide currently says college football is scheduled at that time. This is making it hard for me to set my DVR, which I need to do since I expect to miss most of the game hosting a Halloween party.

Wings, ‘Hawks to Wear “Unique” Jerseys in Winter Classic

MacLeod has posted a press release confirming that the Red Wings and the Blackhawks will wear “unique” jerseys at the Winter Classic:

The NHL Winter Classic 2009 jerseys will be unveiled during the broadcast of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Oct. 25. WGN-TV and FSN Detroit will broadcast the game, which begins at 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30pm ET) and marks the first time the two clubs will meet this season. The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings each will wear a unique, one-time-only jersey while playing in the NHL Winter Classic 2009 at Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field on New Year’s Day.

That they’re being described as “unique” and not “throwback” has me a little worried. I want to see both teams wear their 1991-92 alternates. I also wouldn’t mind seeing the Wings in a version of their 1926-27 sweaters.