2014 Winter Classic: Wings vs. Leafs preview

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The 2014 Winter Classic will be a “home game” for the Detroit Red Wings. They’ll take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the most valuable franchise in all of hockey in an all original six showdown. It will be held at Michigan Stadium, home of UM Wolverines college football.

Like I wrote around the New Year, the Wings are the natural next host for the event, and THE BIG HOUSE would is the best venue for the next event. The Detroit Lions’ home stadium, Ford Field, is a dome and thus ineligible to host the game. Michigan Stadium previously hosted The Big Chill at the Big House vs. Michigan State and it is the current world record holder for attendance (104, 173) at a hockey game. The 2014 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day marks the first time a stadium dedicated solely to college football has hosted the Winter Classic. All five previous events were held at MLB and NFL stadiums.

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Detroit Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

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Star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired today after 20 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, ending one of the best blue-liner careers in hockey history.

The four-time Stanley Cup champion and seven-time Norris Trophy winner as the league’s best defenseman made a very emotional announcement as he said goodbye to the NHL.

From the AP:

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Michigan Stadium, Red Wings Should Host Next NHL Winter Classic

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How has “Hockeytown U.S.A.” never hosted a NHL Winter Classic? The Detroit Red Wings are one of the game’s most legendary brands and franchises. With the exception of the Montreal Canadiens, no team has a richer history and more iconic logo on their sweater.

Of course, Montreal hasn’t hosted the game either, but first things first. The Wings have the perfect venue with a track record of success for hosting outdoor hockey, exactly what the January 1 NHL event.

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Blackhawks, Red Wings Legend Chris Chelios Enters USA Hockey H.O.F.

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Former Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Wisconsin Badgers great Chris Chelios will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame tonight in Chicago, as he becomes the sixth Badgers to enter the hall.

Chelios will be inducted along with Mike “Doc” Emrick, Gary Suter, Ed Snider and Keith Tkachuk at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, is that kind of like the Latin Grammys or the Canadian Football Hall of Fame?

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NHL Central Division Week in Review

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As the Columbus Blue Jackets are positioning themselves in 242 days for either top amateur prospects Nail Kabulov or Filip Forsberg in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and as I primarily cover the Blue Jackets, I am left with little to write about in a positive manner.

Therefore, as part of a continuing series, here is a summary of the NHL Central Division for the first two weeks of the season (in order of the current Central Division standings):

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Detroit Red Wings and Coach Mike Babcock: Will There Be a Seven-Year Itch?

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It’s hockey season in Detroit again. Time to put up with another 82-game grind. In the city’s self-ascribed “Hockeytown,” it’s considered par, not impolite, to look past the months of October through March so that the fans can worry about playoff match-ups.

The 82-game regular season is something that is tolerated in Detroit, not necessarily enjoyed. It’s a longer opening act than a bad comedian.

Wing Nuts actually had to pay attention, a little, to the regular season two years ago, when the calendar turned to 2010 and the Red Wings were still monkeying around, trying to secure a playoff spot. But that drama was short-lived and by the end of February, order was restored as the Red Wings distanced themselves from the bottom feeders.

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Unemployed Detroit Man REVELS in Lions, Tigers, Wolverines Successes

This comes to me from a Detroit area man, and sports fan, who’s enduring a professional setback, and some personal financial uncertainty right now. Yes, you might have heard a thing or two in the news about the city of Detroit and its economic hardships. Now you’re hearing about their athletic successes as well.

Well the media often likes to present those two situations together, often into being something they’re not.

We’re here to tell you what really happens when sports triumph hits an economically depressed city. Here’s our piece from Detroit Sports Fan:

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Tigers Leading ALDS, Lions and Wolverines 9-0: Pure Michigan

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Bloomberg News reported that the success of Detroit sports would inject another $140 million into the economy. As the Detroit Red Wings get started, the motor city’s most famous and successful sports brand complements the Lions winning ways (4-0, one of just two undefeated teams left in the NFL), the Detroit Tigers winning the AL Central and leading the New York Yankees in the ALDS 2-1.

And then you have the #11 Michigan Wolverines who are 5-0 and just down the road in Ann Arbor. Sure the Pistons are still a complete train wreck, but the NBA is on lockout, so we won’t really see that.

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NHL Western Conference Predictions/Previews

This is the third year Ed Cmar has offered predictions as to how the Western Conference will sort out. But unlike how he assessed the predicted outcomes in prior seasons by determining who would be in (the playoffs), who would be out of playoff consideration and who would be on the fringe, he’s modified my predictions by where I believe each team will place, overall.

While this changed method is subject to more error, when it comes to the NHL and its playoffs, your seeding/position doesn’t matter.

With that, here are my predictions (in ascending order, from 1st to 15th):

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Detroit Red Wings Announce Another Round of Cuts

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The Detroit Red Wings today announced another round of cuts. 16 more players have been dismissed from the team’s training camp roster, leaving 39 players remain in camp.

Members of both the Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) will hit the ice at Western Michigan University’s Van Andel Arena (see pic of WMU cheerleader below) later today for a Red-White intrasquad game. If you’re in K-Zoo, (or even in Battlecreek, Paw Paw, Coldwater or Climax) you may want to check it out.

The following players did not escape the chopping block and now find themselves reassigned to the Griffins:
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Detroit Red Wings 2011 Draft Picks

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2011 Detroit Red Wings Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the Detroit Red Wings drafted, after the jump.

 

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Red Wings vs. Sharks will be Epic Conference Semifinals Series

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The Detroit Red Wings held off any speculation as to their potential
demise by via a 4-game sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes. The Red Wings did
struggle down the regular season stretch and while they are the NHL’s
oldest team, they appeared to have “flipped the switch” during their 1st
Round Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Coyotes, winning by an
average margin of 2 goals/game.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks were engaged in a dogfight against the
Los Angeles Kings as the majority of the games went into overtime. In
fact, the goals scored for and against each team in the playoff series
was identical, so you can’t really get much more competitive than that.

By Ed Cmar

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