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The overnight report: Red Wings-Devils wrap-up—wins and hope elude the Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are in the midst of yet another losing streak, having dropped 3 straight of late, with Detroit's 3-1 loss to New Jersey on Wednesday serving as something of an exclamation point upon the Wings' struggles.

Watching the game, it was as if the Wings didn't learn anything from Saturday's loss to Boston, and they seemed even more hapless and hopeless than before.

For the Devils, matching their season-best winning streak (five games) was a product of execution and organization overcoming whatever post-Christmas rust lurked in their hockey socks, as two-goal-scoring Nico Hischier told NorthJersey.com's Andrew Gross:

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Red Wings-Devils quick take: inefficient Wings need to play smarter, simpler hockey after loss to NJ

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap the New Jersey Devils' 6-game unbeaten streak on Wednesday night, with the Red Wings hoping to snap a 2-game losing streak.

The Red Wings expended a tremendous amount of energy and effort in an attempt to stifle the red-hot Devils, but Detroit still lost 3-1. As Mark Howe told Ken Daniels and Chris Osgood, the Red Wings have been playing good enough to be in games, but not good enough to win games, and while the Red Wings absolutely dominated the 2nd and 3rd periods in terms of shots, shot attempts and ice time, Detroit was inefficient, and inefficient play meant that everything that came easily to New Jersey was hard and difficult for Detroit, including scoring goals.

This team has 5 more games until the "Bye Week," and as I've said before, if the Wings' record is this bad come January 8th, the morning after the team plays the Lightning at home, they'll start selling what can be sold.

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Red Wings-Devils pre-game articles: Game Day videos; Devils on a roll; Wings channel frustration

Of Red Wings-Devils note not too long before game time:

1. The Red Wings posted a Game-Day Preview video...

2. The Devils posted a pair of game preview videos:

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Red Wings-Devils game-day articles: Devils want to keep the good times rolling; Wings get a pep talk

The Detroit Red Wings face the New Jersey Devils this evening (7:00 PM EST on FSD/MSG+2/97.1 FM), and the teams' respective morning skates revealed that Kyle Palmieri and Brian Boyle are good to go for the Devils, while Jimmy Howard will start for the Wings opposite Corey Schneider.

According to NJ.com's Chris Ryan, the Metropolitan Division-leading Devils hope to keep the good times rolling this evening:

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Cotsonika on ‘Johnny and Gordie’

From NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika:

It was 1963 or '64, but Mark Howe is pretty sure it was 1964. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final, and in the handshake line at Maple Leaf Gardens, Maple Leafs goaltender Johnny Bower traded sticks with Red Wings forward Gordie Howe.

Before each series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Gordie would ask his son Mark, "When the series is over, whose stick do you want?" That time, Mark had said, "I want Bower's."

"I still have the stick to this day," Mark said Wednesday.

Bower died Tuesday at age 93. He played on the Maple Leafs' last four championship teams, in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967; was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976 and was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian on Jan. 1.

Johnny and Gordie were close friends. Johnny grew up poor in Saskatchewan, like Gordie did, and they used to spend summers together in Waskesiu Lake, not far from their respective hometowns of Prince Albert and Saskatoon.

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Red Wings-Devils morning skate Tweets and articles: Palmieri, Boyle to play for NJD; Howard starts

The Red Wings face the Metropolitan Division-leading New Jersey Devils this evening (7:00 PM on FSD/MSG+2/97.1 FM), and the Wings hope to begin something of a post-Christmas rally as they play their final road game of 2017.

As neither team practiced over the Christmas break, the morning skates would help reveal the teams' respective lineups, and both the New Jersey Devils' website and NorthJersey.com's Andrew Gross filed game-day notebooks. Here's Gross's game set-up:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Devils set-up—half-a-dozen games until the ‘Bye Week’

The Detroit Red Wings face a significant challenge in facing the Metropolitan Division-leading New Jersey Devils this evening (7:00 PM EST on FSD/MSG+2/97.1 FM).

The Devils have surged to the top of the Metropolitan with a 21-9-5 record, including a 5-0-and-1 stretch over their past 6 games. They most recenetly won a 4-1 decision over the Chicago Blackhawks last Saturday.

As neither the Devils nor the 13-15-7 Red Wings have practiced over the past three days, this preview will be short, but NorthJersey.com's Andrew Gross underlined the Devils' positives going into this game--and they are many, with only injuries a question at this point:

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Prospect news: WJC begins; Sulak posts an assist; Larsson talks about the USHL experience

Of prospect-related note:

At the World Junior Championship, Filil Larsson served as the back-up goaltender in Sweden's 6-1 win over Belarus. Gustav Lindstrom had an assist and 1 shot in 13:18 of ice time;

Kasper Kotkansalo finished at -1 with 3 shots in 15:49 of ice time as Finland lost 4-2 to Canada;

And Malte Setkov finished at only -2 in 21:49 of ice time as Denmark lost 9-0 to Team USA;

In the Finnish Liiga, Libor Sulak had an assist and 3 shots in 18:40 played as his Lahti Pelicans won 6-1 over HIFK;

Julius Vahatalo finished at -1 with a 25% faceoff record in 7:12 played as Jukurit lost 3-2 in OT to JYP;

And in the SHL, Christoffer Ehn finished at -2 with 2 shots, winning 12% of his faceoffs in 13:45 as the Frolunda Indians lost 5-0 to Malmo.

Also: Larsson happened to speak with the New York Times' Julie Robenhymer regarding playing in the USHL:

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Ted Kulfan The Answer Man

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News answered a few questions, but first, part of his opening...

Over the last week to 10 days, judging by the reaction on social media, fans are blaming Holland for the growing number of losses.

Fans don’t like the roster. Don’t like the coach. They aren’t happy. That much is clear in this edition of the Red Wings mailbag.

Now his answers, you can probably guess the questions...

Holland has been very loyal to players who began their careers here, and have produced.

The loyalty has cost him on some deals.

Holland’s contract runs out after this season. There has been no talk of extensions, new contract, etc.

I don’t think it would be shocking to see Holland either bumped into a vice-president’s role — or maybe he decides to take some time off until the expansion team in Seattle is finalized.

I don’t think Blashill is in over his head. The fact the Red Wings continue to play hard is testament to the fact he hasn’t lost this team.

But this team isn’t winning much at all. It’s my sense that Blashill — who has one more season left on his contract — will get to finish this season. But if this losing streak continues to spiral out of control, it wouldn’t shock me if a coaching change is made.

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‘Two Things’: On Santa Saarijarvi and detail work

Of Red Wings and Griffins-related note this afternoon:

1. Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi comes from Rovaniemi, Finland, home of the "Santa Claus Village," and he spoke with WOOD TV8 regarding his hometown and special bond with Santa Claus:

2. And former coach Topher Scott penned an article for The Athletic, breaking down recent Red Wings games, pointing out that the Wings have lost due to detail work:

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