DH.N Programming Note

I was going to write this last Saturday but I told myself to give it one more day to make sure it wasn’t influenced by that night’s loss to Ottawa.

After Sunday’s win over Buffalo it seemed like I could hold out a little longer. I nearly did it last night after the win over Boston but decided instead to write absolutely nothing.

Today, given Bill’s announcement over at A2Y, it seems like I should delay again. I’m sure there’d just be another thing tomorrow, though, so I’m not going to draw it out.

I’ve been running this site for over seventeen years now. That’s not going to end – I’ll say that right off the bat. Thinking about that time, though, makes me want to say things like “back in my day.” I’ve done it before. I take a lot of pride in the fact that there aren’t many of us left from the bad old days of Geocities and Angelfire and the like.

I take pride in it but that doesn’t mean I’m having fun. Especially this season – maybe because of the team but more likely because of my life – parts of this site have felt like an obligation more than a hobby. I’m giving up things that I’d rather be doing because I feel like I “need” to be updating the site.

And that needs to stop. I don’t have the bandwidth to do everything I used to. That means it’s time to re-prioritize.

I’m not retiring and I’m not taking a hiatus. I’ve done the hiatus thing before and I think it’s time to try something new. I’m calling this an experiment.

I’m going to stop writing on a game-by-game basis. I’m not going to feel obligated to post pregame notes or postgame notes or game recaps.

There will still be game threads, which I’ll contribute to. I’ll continue talking on Twitter. I’m not going to stop writing; I’ll probably still write up major events like trades or injuries and I’ve got a blog post planned for this weekend. I’m just removing the schedule that I’ll write by.

Maybe this means I’ll blog more since I won’t be spending time on the soulless, quoteless recaps. Maybe I’ll find in a week that I’m having even less fun not writing those things than I was when I felt obligated to and I’ll end the experiment. Maybe I’ll write even less but I’ll finally get moved to a new server or get the store I keep saying I’m going to build done. Or maybe I’ll end up hiring interns who actually want to write to do that while I focus on the code.

All I’m saying is that if it gets quiet around here for awhile, this is why, and we’ll see where we go from here.

Postgame: Bruins @ Red Wings – 11/27

Delayed postgame thoughts…

Obviously the Bruins weren’t on last night. A certain amount of Detroit’s dominance can be attributed to that and some lucky bounces. Hardly all of it, though, as the Red Wings were clearly clicking and did a great job of taking advantage of the opportunities given to them.

As I said repeatedly, I can’t believe Boston left Tuukka Rask in for all six goals. That makes no sense to me.

My favorite goal of the night was Gustav Nyquist to Henrik Zetterberg just because that was a play that Nyquist could have easily quit on after missing the open net. He didn’t, he helped keep the play going and got the puck to Z for the goal that should have come earlier.

Darren Helm between Justin Abdelkader and Daniel Alfredsson looks like a legitimate second line. How weird is that?

I’ll be shocked if Mikael Samuelsson isn’t waived before Danny DeKeyser returns from injury. He’s got a no-trade clause but not a no-move clause. Sending him to Grand Rapids wouldn’t save the Red Wings any cap space. If a team were to claim him it’d be a huge help to the Wings. For that same reason, a team probably wouldn’t claim him, but it’s worth a shot at this point.

Similarly, it looks a lot like the Wings recognize bringing Daniel Cleary back was a mistake. He’s been buried on the fourth line with Samuelsson and could be on the chopping block when DeKeyser returns.

After his awful year last year, I never thought I’d be saying this: I wouldn’t mind seeing Jonas Gustavsson brought back next year. Buy Petr Mrazek more time in GR. What a great turnaround he’s had.

Red Wings Extend Defenseman Ericsson

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Wednesday the signing of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year contract extension.

As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Reportedly it carries a $4.25 million average annual salary, a $1 million raise over his current contract.

The only Red Wing signed to a contract past the 2020 end-date of Ericsson’s is captain Henrik Zetterberg, who is signed until 2021.

Selected with the final draft pick of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (ninth round, 291st overall), Ericsson made his North American debut with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2006-07 and earned a call-up to the Red Wings the following season. After 22 playoff games in 2009, he joined the Red Wings full-time for the 2009-10 campaign. He has amassed 292 games played, scoring 14 goals and 48 assists in that time.

The signing leaves Kyle Quincey as the Red Wings’ lone pending unrestricted free agent defenseman. Danny DeKeyser is scheduled to be a restricted free agent.

Red Wings Rally For 3-1 Win over Sabres

The Detroit Red Wings trailed after the first period on Sunday but scored the game’s final three goals, rallying for a 3-1 win over the league-worst Buffalo Sabres.

Johan Franzen had a goal and an assist in the third period to help his team to the win.

Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson opened the game’s scoring at 7:47 of the first period. Darren Helm turned the puck over to Drew Stafford as he attempted to exit the Detroit zone and Stafford sent it down to Hodgson, who was all alone to draw out Red Wings’ netminder Jonas Gustavsson and stuff a shot around him from the side of the net.

Helm would make amends just thirty seconds into the second period, taking a pass from behind the net by Daniel Alfredsson and spinning in the slot to throw a backhander past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, tying things up.

With 8:17 left in regulation and Detroit on a power play, Franzen threw a shot from the left faceoff circle on net. The puck deflected off defenseman Alexander Sulzer and past Miller to give the Red Wings the lead.

Franzen nearly iced the game in the closing minute but his shot towards the empty net from the left wing went off the post. He tracked down the puck, though, and worked it back out in front for Alfredsson to bury, finishing off the scoring.

Detroit finished the game one-for-three on the power play. The Sabres were scoreless on two tries with the man-advantage. Buffalo captain Steve Ott also missed on a second-period penalty shot.

Gustavsson, unbeaten in regulation this season, stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced. Miller made 31 saves on 33 shots.


The Red Wings were without Pavel Datsyuk, who remained in Detroit after suffering a possible concussion in Saturday’s game against Ottawa… Daniel Alfredsson returned from his groin injury to take Datsyuk’s spot in the lineup. Alfredsson also wore the alternate captain’s A normally assigned to Datsyuk… The Sabres debuted their controversial new alternate jerseys for the game.

Pregame: Senators @ Red Wings – 11/23

The Red Wings host the Ottawa Senators tonight and the Detroit Swede most under the microscope isn’t former Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson but Gustav Nyquist.

Nyquist made his first appearance of the season on Thursday, scoring twice against the Carolina Hurricanes. Playing a second game with the Wings would mean he can’t return to the AHL without clearing waivers, so his appearance in the lineup tonight means he’s up for the rest of the season.

Alfredsson, as well as fellow summer signing Stephen Weiss, remains out injured.

Jimmy Howard is expected to start opposite Robin Lehner.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are unbeaten this season with Gustav Nyquist in the lineup.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

Nyquist Scores Twice in Season Debut as Red Wings Down Hurricanes

Making his first appearance of the season with Detroit, forward Gustav Nyquist scored twice to lead the Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Nyquist had been buried in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins as the Red Wings didn’t have space under the salary cap to fit him on their roster. With defenseman Danny DeKeyser on long-term injured reserve, room opened up for Nyquist’s promotion.

Just 17 seconds into the game, Nyquist opened the scoring off the rebound of a Jonathan Ericsson chance. Henrik Zetterberg forced a turnover on the left wing in the Carolina end and carried the puck into the slot before dropping it off to Ericsson up high. Ericsson’s shot was knocked away but came right to Nyquist at the inside edge of the far faceoff circle, where he swatted a chance between the pads of Hurricanes’ netminder Justin Peters.

Darren Helm made it 2-0 at 2:37 of the second period. Justin Abdelkader drove to the front of the net from the right wing and had a shot blocked. The rebound came out to Helm in the slot for a quick snap past Peters.

Windsor-native Brett Bellemore’s first career goal got the Hurricanes on the board 2:12 later. Bellemore got the puck at the top of the left faceoff circle and sent it down low to Radek Dvorak before driving to the net all alone, getting the puck back at the hashmarks for a quick slapper past Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson.

With 7:09 left in the middle period, Andrej Sekara tied things up, carrying the puck from center ice into the slot untouched before snapping a shot past Gustavsson.

Detroit regained the lead at 8:29 of the second with a goal credited to Niklas Kronwall. Skating with a two-man advantage, Kronwall threw a shot on net from the slot that was blocked in front. The puck bounced out towards Jordan Staal, who inadvertently kicked it back into his own net.

Nyquist would round out the Red Wings’ scoring with 4:02 remaining, beating Peters between the pads on a breakaway chance.

Sekara rounded out the scoring with a shorthanded goal after Tomas Tatar couldn’t handle the rebound of Staal’s chance with 16 seconds remaining.

Kronwall’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Each team had four tries with the man-advantage, including a long five-on-three.

Gustavsson stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced for his fourth win of the season. Peters stopped 43 of 47 shots against.

Pregame: Hurricanes @ Red Wings – 11/21

Gustav Nyquist!

That’s right, Thursday’s matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes will be the season debut of Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist, called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins with the salary cap space created by Danny DeKeyser going on LTIR. Nyquist will start on the second line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen.

The only other lineup change is the absence of DeKeyser, as the Red Wings had skated with eleven forwards and seven defensemen against the Predators on Tuesday.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal again.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD.