H2H2 and Oilers – Red Wings Pregame Notes

H2H2 is here so I’m kicking off today’s gameday thread before heading down to Hockeytown Cafe for the pre-game party.

As per John Keating via Twitter… Doug Janik, called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins after Brad Stuart missed practice yesterday, has already been sent back down as Stuart will be able to go tonight. Good news for a Detroit blueline that’s already missing Brian Rafalski (Khan says he’s aiming to return next Wednesday but would play now if it were the playoffs).

Jimmy Howard gets the start.

The Oilers are missing a bunch of their stars (Hall and Gagner are both out for the season) and sit last in the league, so they’ll be looking to play the spoiler tonight.

I’ll post updates as I can. More likely to post to Twitter (@detroithockey96) than here depending on network availability.

Babcock: “Tonight we got hosed for sure”

No recap for tonight’s game. I feel no need to bother with the way that ended. I just want to post two quotes from Mike Babcock‘s postgame interview and a handful of thoughts of my own.

“We should be in overtime right now. We got two and they got two but we’re not playing.”

“Tonight we got hosed for sure.”

Babcock’s words to FSN Detroit’s John Keating. Unlike his counterpart from the Ducks, that is probably the most complaining Babcock will do.

Of course, it’s easy to say that had the Red Wings shown up for the first 30 minutes of the game, that last goal wouldn’t have mattered. And that should be said.

It should also be said that the game is sixty minutes long. If you happen to blow the first 30 of it you’re supposed to have 30 more to make a turnaround. The Wings made their turnaround. They tied the game up but were not allowed to continue for a reason that has nothing to do with their play. That’s not how it’s supposed to be.

Zetterberg Contract Extension to be Announced Wednesday

As mentioned in the GDT for the Blue Jackets game, John Keating confirmed during Red Wings Live postgame that the Red Wings and Henrik Zetterberg have agreed to a long-term contract extension.

A 2:00 PM press conference has been called for tomorrow to announce the deal.

Recent rumors put the contract at roughly $70 million over ten years.