In Red Wings Land
WXSP becomes the exclusive live in-market television partner for the Griffins. A sister station to WOOD TV8 and WOTV, WXSP can be found on all local cable systems as well as a series of low-power channels across the region, including in Grand Rapids (WOLP channel 27), Holland (WOHO ch. 33), Muskegon (WOMS ch. 29), Kalamazoo (WOKZ ch. 50) and Battle Creek (WOBC ch. 14).
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Loser: Testing issues
The league said this season would be a learning curve, and testing has been one because it takes longer to get back results from the more-accurate PCR testing. The Golden Knights had to pull a player midgame when his test came back positive. The Devils had four players in a game against Buffalo go on the protocol list the next day, and then the Sabres had issues. Same with the Wild and Avalanche. Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is convinced his team’s outbreak was the result of a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. “Carolina had guys that ultimately played with COVID,” he said. “That’s just the reality of the testing (results) being delayed.” But the NHL is adjusting. It delayed the start of Thursday’s Edmonton-Montreal game to make sure all Oilers tests were completed after one of their players went on protocol. And U.S.-based teams will start using rapid tests on game day in addition to the lab-based PCR tests.