Posts Tagged ‘Daniel Alfredsson’

Report: Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg to play in Game 4 vs. Boston

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Captain Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings

Henrik Zetterberg has been out a while, but his playoff beard is in game shape. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

There are plenty of reasons why the Detroit Red Wings have managed to score only two goals in their three games against the Boston Bruins. The B’s smothering defense. The efficient play of goalie Tuukka Rask. The inexperience of Detroit’s young forward corps. Pavel Datsyuk playing at less than 100 percent.

Oh, and they’ve been playing without their leading scorer.

Not much the Wings can do about the first four, but that last one? According to Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, that will change tonight.

A source close to the Red Wings said Henrik Zetterberg has been cleared to play tonight, after missing the last 30 games (including playoffs) and all but one game of the Olympics with a back injury. The source said Zetterberg will likely play only “limited minutes,” somewhere in the range of 10 to 12, but even that will be a massive upgrade for a Red Wings team that is reeling with injuries and has been outscored by the Bruins 7-1 in the past two games.

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  • Published On Apr 24, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs injury update: Steven Stamkos to play; Wings’ Alfredsson out

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    Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning

    Only the loss of a limb would likely keep Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos out of Game 4 against Montreal. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    A couple of quick notes from today’s morning skates:

    In Montreal, where the Lightning are in a 3-0 series hole, Tampa Bay’s playoff survival rests squarely in the hands of backup goalie Anders Lindback:

    Coach Jon Cooper sounded encouraged about the progress that goalie Ben Bishop is making, but it sounds as though the series would have to be extended to a sixth or seventh game before there is any chance of seeing Bishop back in net.

    Lightning-Canadiens Game 4 preview

    While the Bolts will miss their big goalie, they will have their big gun in the lineup on Tuesday.

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  • Published On Apr 22, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings

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    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings

    The return of the wizardly Pavel Datsyuk (13) gives the Red Wings a puncher’s chance at an upset. (Getty Images)

    By Michael Blinn

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 5: Bruins 4, Red Wings 1

    Oct. 14: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

    Nov. 27: Red Wings 6, Bruins 1

    April 2: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

    Notable injuries

    Bruins: D Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL, indefinite), D Adam McQuaid (strained quad, indefinite), C Marc Savard (concussion, indefinite)

    Red Wings: RW Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder, indefinite), C Stephen Weiss (sports hernia, indefinite), LW Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery, indefinite), D Jonathan Ericsson (finger surgery, indefinite), RW Daniel Cleary (knee sprain, indefinite)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Top Line: Luongo’s sensational debut; new Goal of the Year video; more

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    It looks like Roberto Luongo is settling in to playing in the Sunshine State again. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

    It looks like Roberto Luongo is settling in to playing in the Sunshine State again. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Roberto Luongo earned his franchise-record 27th shutout in his return to Florida to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 win over the Sabres.

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  • Published On Mar 08, 2014
  • VIDEO: Red Wings’ Daniel Alfredsson loses teeth, picks them up off ice

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    By Nick Stoico

    Just a classic hockey moment Tuesday night in Newark. The Devils beat Detroit 4-3, but Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson lost a little more than the game.

    With about 3:00 left in the second period, New Jersey’s Andrei Loktionov wrestled with Alfredsson for inside position as the two glided into the end boards behind the the Detroit net. Loktionov’s feet got tripped up and as he went down, his stick came up sending the blade right into Alfredsson’s mouth.

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • Top Line: Inside Team USA’s selections; Winter Classic magic; more links

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    Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators was snubbed by the US Olympic hockey team for the Sochi Games.

    Bobby Ryan’s snub by Team USA for the Sochi Games was a shocker. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Here are two of the best pieces you’ll read this year: USA Today‘s Kevin Allen and ESPN’s Scott Burnside were embedded with the Team USA staff during the Olympic selection meetings, giving them unprecedented insight into the hotly debated process, including why some noteworthy players didn’t make the final cut.

    • Bobby Ryan’s snub was a hot topic on Twitter, with current and ex-players expressing shock that the Senators sniper had been left off Team USA.

    • Cory Schneider took the high road after the U.S. passed him over in favor of Jimmy Howard.

    • Steve Simmons says the experience of yesterday’s Winter Classic will be hard to top.

    • Bad back or not, Daniel Alfredsson wasn’t going to miss this Classic.

    • The passion of the fans was the real story in Ann Arbor, according to Chris Johnston.

    • Bruce Arthur believes the beautiful, messy imperfections of the Winter Classic are what make it great.

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  • Published On Jan 02, 2014
  • The 13 biggest, most notable NHL team impact moves of 2013

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    Patrick Roy, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic restored hope to the Colorado Avalanche in 2013.

    Trio Grande: Patrick Roy, Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Sakic restored hope in Colorado. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Change, for lack of a better word, is good. It brings focus to an organization. Keeps a room fresh. Creates competition. Brings a team closer to its goal. Gives the fans reason to believe … if not now, then next year.

    Here’s our list of the 13 most noteworthy, impactful changes that were made during the course of 2013.

    MORE: 13 best players | Hits | Goals | Games | Memes | Tweets | Weird moments | Most painful |

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  • Published On Dec 27, 2013
  • Top Line: Fighter rips ex-coach Bob Hartley; Alfie in Ottawa; more links

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    Bob Hartley, now coach of the Calgary Flames, was ripped by one of his former Avalanche players.

    Flames coach Bob Hartley is not remembered fondly by one his former players. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • This piece by Mike Chambers and Adrian Dater of The Denver Post tackles the ongoing fighting/concussion debate with a solemn thoroughness. But what makes it a must-read are the damning comments that former Colorado enforcer Scott Parker directs toward his ex-coach, Bob Hartley. This isn’t quite the smoking gun that the concussion lawsuit lawyers need, but it paints a vivid picture of institutional neglect that the NHL’s attorneys should fear. Parker also makes Hartley, now coach of the Calgary Flames, look like a pretty sorry human being.

    • In a companion piece, Chambers illustrates the impact that outlawing fighting has had in American college hockey. It’s not pretty.

    • Dater doesn’t like the chances of the concussion lawsuit succeeding, or Patrick Roy’s behavior in the aftermath of Colorado’s loss to St. Louis last week.

    • Another former enforcer, Darren McCarty, has a new book out just in time for Christmas gift giving. To give you a taste of what’s inside, here’s an excerpt that details his memories of his legendary beatdown of Claude Lemieux.

    • Daniel Alfredsson was overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection from Ottawa fans prior to Sunday’s game…and then was booed whenever he touched the puck. Nice to see Sens fans know when it’s time to get down to business.

    • In case you missed it, here’s the Alfredsson pre-game tribute video. Nicely done, although I think it’s probably safe to retire “Beautiful Day” by now, don’t you?

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  • Published On Dec 02, 2013
  • Top Line: John Scott inspires Mike Milbury’s epic rant; more links

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    John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres is facing NHL suspension.

    Buffalo’s John Scott has become a bit of a lightning rod for scorn of late. (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Bucky Gleason counts John Scott and coach Ron Rolston among several Sabres who have no right being in the NHL in the wake of last night’s shameful showing against the Bruins. He also suggests that Buffalo look to Boston if it wants to know how a team should be properly rebuilt.

    • Nice job by Harry Scull, Jr., capturing the moment of impact in Scott’s hit on Loui Eriksson. This look like a hockey play to anyone?

    • Mike Milbury went on another epic rant after the game, arguing that Rolston should be fired immediately for his decision to use Scott. After watching the Sabres play a system-free game, there’s an argument to be made there even without invoking the coach’s decision to play that clod.

    • Joe Haggerty has some postgame reactions from Claude Julien, a semi-update on Eriksson, and a hot sports opinion on the value of Scott.

    • Sabres thug Patrick Kaleta got bad news from a judge yesterday. Some day, maybe even in our own lifetimes, he’ll get similarly disappointing news from Gary Bettman.

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  • Published On Oct 24, 2013
  • Top Line: Tim Thomas hurt…again; Lars Eller’s insult backfires; more links

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    Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas was injured again in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas’s comeback has been a painful one so far. (J Pat Carter/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Tim Thomas looked sharp in another start for the Panthers, but couldn’t finish it off against the Blackhawks. Team sources aren’t offering specifics about his injury, but they did rule out the groin that sidelined Thomas earlier this month.

    • The Edmonton Oilers did look a bit like a junior team in the first period last night against Montreal, but used four unanswered goals to shove Lars Eller’s insult back down the throats of the Canadiens on the way to a big 4-3 win.

    • Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello is really, really quietly off to one of the greatest starts for a rookie in NHL history. Like, Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane great.

    • Ex-goalies tend to make great color men and solid general managers, but Patrick Roy is one of the few to pursue coaching as a second career.

    • Jonas Brodin was hauled to the hospital, but later released, after taking a puck square in the mush last night. This is exactly what my mom was thinking of when she told me to forget about braces.

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  • Published On Oct 23, 2013


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