Quick Q&A with Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

The Red Wings were on the road most of January and will continue to be this month.

Even more so.

Nine of the 11 games in February are away from Joe Louis Arena.

So how does Niklas Kronwall, one of the veterans on the roster, feel about that? And what does Kronwall do to kill time?

He shared that and more in a recent chat with The Detroit News

Question: What is your favorite city on the road?

Kronwall: "I like San Jose. The area around there is nice. The team hotel (Valencia) is awesome, and Sultana Road (by the hotel) is gorgeous. You have a mall real close by and the weather, when we go out to the West Coast, is usually great.

"I like the fact you can sit out on the patio after practice and have some lunch. There's just a lot to like about the entire area."

Question: With so many road games here, so much time on the road, how do you spend your spare time?

Kronwall: "I watch a lot of television. I catch up on a lot of different television shows. I'm trying to get back into reading."

Question: So, you're not a big reader?

Kronwall: "I used to read a lot more a few years ago but I haven't been reading a bunch of books lately. Like I said, I'm trying to get back into it."

Question: Any favorite books?

Kronwall: "I really enjoyed the trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson ("Millennium" trilogy). "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was outstanding. Those books, I would highly recommend."

Question: Is it tough being on the road?

Kronwall: "Yes and no. Of course you miss your family and being at home. But at the same time, we have a great group of guys here and you're never bored. There's always something to do, whether it's going to lunch or dinner, catching a movie. There's always stuff to do."

Question: Was it a lot different being on the road in the minor leagues?

Kronwall: "Well, there were plenty of bus rides. And you're going to different (caliber of) cities. But again, we had great guys and we always found ways to spend time. Back then, there were a lot of card games, a lot of Hold'Em (poker) games."