Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Detroit Red Wings.
The Detroit Red Wings finally got what they wanted last season with the league’s realignment: A move from the Western to Eastern Conference. That gave them a far more favorable travel schedule and the chance to play against some classic rivals more frequently.
Now in the new Atlantic Division, Detroit got off to a 6-2-0 start, but they hit some rough patches, due in large part to injuries. Forwards Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Stephen Weiss were among those that missed substantial chunks of the season.
In the end, it was the rise of promising young forwards Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Riley Sheahan that helped the team squeak into the playoffs and extend the franchise’s streak of postseason appearances to 23 seasons.
Detroit didn’t do much once it got to the playoffs as Boston dismissed the Red Wings in five games, but the campaign can still be viewed as a step in the right direction as far as their rebuilding effort goes.
The larger issue at this point is if the Red Wings will be able to lure talent to help compliment their rising young players and have at least one more serious playoff run with 33-year-old Zetterberg and 36-year-old Datsyuk before they’re slowed down by age.
Detroit used to be a choice destination for free agents, but that hasn’t been the case in recent years and this summer was no exception. Detroit wasn’t able to sign a single noteworthy defenseman and instead brought back Kyle Quincey at a cost of $8.5 million over two years.
With the Red Wings largely unchanged from 2013-14, they will enter the season as contenders for a playoff spot once again, but some serious question marks remain.
Flyers d-man Radko Gudas doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for his hit on Buffalo’s Daniel Catenacci on Thursday night, an NHL spokesman has confirmed.
Gudas was given a five-minute charging major for laying out Catenacci late in the third period of Philly’s 5-1 win. The hit ended Catenacci’s night, a tough way for the 22-year-old to finish just his third NHL contest.
After the contest, Buffalo players and head coach Dan Bylsma didn’t mince words when it came to Gudas’ actions.
“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said, according to the Buffalo News. “I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”
“That guy’s an idiot and stupid,” Foligno said of Gudas, per the Courier-Post. “He gets his hits in, he’s dirty and he’s been known for it. He goes after a rookie who plays in three games and goes right at his head.
“He’s an idiot, that guy.”
Gudas certainly has furthered his reputation as a dangerous hitter this season.
In December, he was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad and, earlier this month, was tossed from a game against Montreal for clipping, after delivering a low hit on Habs forward Lucas Lessio.
Details surrounding Carey Price‘s injury have been scarce, but according to La Presse newspaper, the chances of him returning to the lineup this season are “slim” at best.
The 28-year-old has been out with a lower-body injury since Nov. 25.
His return date has been pushed back several times, and La Presse suggests that’ll happen again.
Originally, the Canadiens said Price would be out six weeks. Then, on January 21, General Manager Marc Bergevin said he expected his goalie to be out another three to four weeks, which means that he would be coming back sometime next week.
Price has been skating for a while, but he’s been doing so without his goalie equipment.
Basically, don’t hold your breath.
Here’s an excerpt from the story (quotes have been translated):
The possibility of Carey Price returning this season are so slim that people in the organization don’t even believe it’ll happen.
According to information obtained by La Presse, the Canadiens aren’t optimistic about their star goaltender’s chances of returning this season. He’s been out since November and the club refuses to confirm the fact that he suffered a right knee injury.
The report goes on to say that Price is dealing with a Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) injury. The only good news is that he won’t have to undergo surgery.
“People in the Canadiens organization don’t believe he’ll be back during the regular season,” a source told La Presse’s Richard Labbé. “They’re wondering if it’s even worth pushing him to come back, but they don’t want to admit anything publicly.
“They don’t want the fans to give up hope this season. There’s a marketing aspect to all of this.”
The story also mentions that Price is telling people that he’ll be healthy enough to represent Canada at the World Cup of Hockey next September.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
–Snoop Dog wore a Mitch Marner London Knights jersey at his concert in London. (Bardown)
—Brent Burns‘ son got a gift from Jaromir Jagr:
–Here’s Pierre LeBrun’s latest edition of Team Canada’s World Cup roster. (ESPN)
–The NHL completely ruined the Toronto Maple Leafs’ centennial season. (Puck Daddy)
–The Chicago Blackhawks will be going to the White House on Feb. 18. (Blackhawks.nhl.com)
–Wings goalie Petr Mrazek talks to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman about “doing the right things” and “working hard”. (Sportsnet)
If you turned off Thursday’s Calgary Flames – San Jose Sharks game early, you’ll probably be stunned to see that Calgary won 6-5 via a shootout.
- A Sharks fan may have bitterly called it a night when Calgary went up 4-1.
- Conversely, a Flames devotee might have retired after San Jose took a 5-4 lead, possibly with a broken remote.
The Flames only trailed for about two minutes before scoring the last “real” goal of the game, eventually taking their third straight win thanks to a shootout triumph.
It’s been a strange ride for Calgary, with its most recent win happening after Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma were punished with a healthy scratch. As strange as this game was, the “charity point” can leave both teams looking through a lot of film, yet with something gained as well.
Ultimately, the message may very well be: don’t sleep on these teams.
(In less positive news, Karri Ramo is injured, and it doesn’t look good.
Jonas Hiller closing out the game on a hot streak could be pretty important if Ramo’s out for some time.)