All fingers crossed, it appears that Mike Babcock will have a full lineup to work with when the Red Wings host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
Sure, Ruslan Salei may be on the baby watch, but Patrick Eaves has been cleared to play, as has Brian Rafalski, who aptly summed up his status last week saying that he’d give up two (games) for five (days of recovery).
Chris Osgood was also activated on Monday, with Joey MacDonald making the short drive to Grand Rapids. Ozzie is expected to start against Columbus on Thursday.
Off the ice, Motor City Casino hosted an outstanding Charity Poker Tournament to benefit the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. Motor City will also host Thursday’s Official Red Wings Viewing Party with Chris Chelios as the featured alumni guest.
The CCHA Championship comes to the Joe on Friday and Saturday with No. 2 seed Notre Dame taking on No. 3 Miami at 4:35 P.M., followed by No. 1 Michigan versus No. 4 Western Michigan at 8:05 P.M. For tickets visit http://www.olympiaentertainment.com.
And it was outstanding to see the tremendous work of Red Wings bloggers who raised over $14,000 for Children’s Hospital at H2H2 last Friday. They were also treated to some last minute heroics at the Joe thanks to Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk.
- In the latest notebook on DetroitRedWings.com, don’t think Wings players are looking over their shoulders.
- George Malik with all of the links from across the Winged World in the last 24 hours.
- Kevin Paul Dupont is a Hall of Fame writer who works for the Boston Globe. While many pro leagues do use this type of policy, we hardly think idea would fly around here.
- Head hits were a hot topic at the GM meetings in Florida.
- What would happen if the NFL and NBA locked themselves out, leaving the NHL to dominate the sporting landscape next winter?
- And finally, the NHL Wheel of Justice! If you thought your NCAA bracket was distracting, try this one out.
UPDATE: (2:17 P.M.) Patrick Eaves did not practice today (personal day) and will not play tomorrow.