The Red Wings’ 4-1 loss to Edmonton on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena ended a two-game winning streak for Detroit. Edmonton’s Patrick O’Sullivan scored twice to lead his team to their first win in four games with the help of two pucks inadvertently deflected by Wings’ players into the team’s own net. Dan Cleary scored Detroit’s lone goal. Head coach Mike Babcock told MLive.com that “It’s unacceptable, it’s un-Red Wing like and it can’t happen.”
For those of you worried about Jonathan Ericsson after he left the game in the third period with an apparent leg injury, it sounds like you don’t have to think the worst. MLive.com reports that Ericsson will be okay and may even be ready to go on Saturday night in New Jersey.
Defenseman Jakub Kindl made his NHL debut in the outing, logging some time on the first power-play unit, with Brian Rafalski out with a sore back according to The Detroit News. GM Ken Holland spoke with FSDetroit during the game and Snapshots has a wrap-up of the interview.
For more reactions to the game, check out these blogs: Big Red Machine, The Production Line, Red Wings Blog, Red, White & Black-n-Blue, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Scrappy Octopus, The Triple Deke, and Winging It In Motown.
The team will now fly to the east coast for a two-game road trip that starts Saturday night in New Jersey and concludes in New York on Sunday against the Rangers.
In Other News
- The NHL announced today that former Wing Brendan Shanahan has been named the VP of Hockey and Business Development. According to TSN, he “will work with Colin Campbell, the league’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, providing insights from a player’s standpoint into trends that have emerged. The 40-year-old will also be responsible for special projects handed down by commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly.” The Windsor Star writes that Shanahan believes he is prepared to help the NHL even if he doesn’t know where the bathrooms are yet in the league office. DRW bloggers comment on the NHL’s signing at Abel to Yzerman, Big Red Machine, Snapshots, and The Production Line.
- The Detroit News writes that Jimmy Howard has been making the most of his chances in net. MLive.com notes that Howard has been motivated by doubters.
- Kyle at Babcock’s Death Stare shares why he thinks you will want to tune into the World Junior Championship tournament this holiday season.
- Sergei Fedorov’s former lawyers have asked a judge to drop the lawsuit the former Wing has filed against them.
- Chris at Motown Wings offers up his thoughts on why captain Nick Lidstrom is struggling offensively this year.
- Trying to come up with some gift ideas for the Wings’ fan in your life? Check out the Hockeytown Book Collection for some reading material.
- Red Wings’ prospect Tomas Tatar may be the youngest guy on the Grand Rapids squad, turning 19 this week, but that hasn’t stopped him from lighting up the league.
- Want to know what life is like as a player for the Griffins? This weekend’s Wingspan episode on FSDetroit will show you just that with the episode airing tonight at 5:30 p.m. EDT with repeats of the episode on Saturday (11 a.m.) and Sunday (8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.).