Around the Rink – December 27th Edition

If you haven’t seen the splash page on the Red Wings website, the 46th annual Great Lakes Invitational takes place on December 29 and December 30 at Joe Louis Arena. Four schools, Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech and Colorado College will take part.

Dean and Jake Chelios, sons of NHL legend Chris Chelios and current members of the Michigan State hockey team, were recently at the Joe for a 4-on-4 Coaches Challenge. They were also kind enough to chat about playing in the tournament.

The Wings, like most of us, are battling aches and pains during the winter months. First it was Mike Modano’s wrist, then Pavel Datsyuk’s hand, and on Sunday, Dan Cleary was lost for the foreseeable future due to a fractured ankle. Not the thing you want to see while playing nine games in 16 days, seven of those on the road.

Sunday also marked the opening of the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo. George Sipple spoke with Ken Holland about the event, which features Wings prospects, Andrej Nestrasil (Czech Republic), Calle Jarnkrok (Sweden), Adam Almqvist (Sweden), Teemu Pulkkinen (Finland) and Mitch Callahan (USA). Jiri Fischer, the Wings’ director of player personnel, will be there as an assistant coach for the Czech team.

Still no word on Monday’s goaltender according to Ansar Kahn of MLive.com.

Before HBO’s 24/7, there was ESPN’s Detroit Red Wings: The Season.

Paul over at KuklasKorner throws this out for debate.

“1. What five man unit do you want on the ice protecting a one goal lead with a minute to go in a game? Give me three forwards and two defenseman. If you want to include a goalie, feel free to do so.

2. What five man unit do you want on the ice with two minutes to go in a game and your team is down a goal?  Again, three forwards and two defensemen.”

The first few responses we have seen included both Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk.

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