Toronto figures to have Hockeytown feel this weekend

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Taylor — It’ll definitely be Hockeytown weekend in Toronto.

For starters, the Red Wings play the Maple Leafs and former coach Mike Babcock on Friday night in the Hall of Fame game.

Then on Sunday, former Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov, along with Harper Woods native Angela Ruggerio, will participate in the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic.

And finally, on Monday, Lidstrom, Fedorov, Ruggerio and Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos of Detroit will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“As a fan of hockey you have great appreciation for what all those people did for the game,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “It’s a special thing. Hockey does it right in that it’s hard to get inducted, and those who get in deserve it. These guys are generational players.

“It’s a cool thing to be part of.”

Some Red Wings are planning to spend time with Lidstrom, including captain Henrik Zetterberg, who believes the Red Wings legend is the best player he’s ever played with.

“In my eyes, probably the best defenseman that’s ever played,” Zetterberg said .”I played with him for 10 years and he was the best player every night.”

Zetterberg also believes it’s an honor the Red Wings get to play in the Hall of Fame game, especially with Lidstrom and Fedorov being inducted.

“It’s special, and especially when you’ve played with them (inductees),” Zetterberg said. “It’s a big honor to get into the Hall of Fame and it’s fun for us who’ve played with those guys and to be a little bit part of it.”

Ice chips

Defenseman Mike Green (upper body) practiced at full strength and could return Friday night or Sunday against the Stars.

“First full day of practicing with the guys, it was a good way to judge,” Green said. “You can gauge where you are from a strength standpoint, battling in the corners and out in front.”

... Defensemen Kyle Quincey, who is fre from the concussion symptoms suffered Oct. 23, is dealing with bone spurs in his right ankle that have lingered since camp. He will see doctors next week to see if surgery is needed.

“Very frustrating,” Quincey said. “I’ve been playing through a lot of pain and I’ll be excited to hopefully clean it out and feel better.”

... Pavel Datsyuk (ankle surgery) increased his workload in practice and appears on target to return next week.

Red Wings at Maple Leafs

Faceoff: 7 p.m. Friday, Air Canada Center, Toronto


Outlook: The Red Wings are 1-0 against the Maple Leafs. ... The Maple Leafs, under former Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, are tied for the worst record in the NHL (2-8-2, 6 points).