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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Panthers: Wings see trap. Wings walk into trap. Wings lose.

The Red Wings' 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers was the perfect example of the Red Wings' style of trap game--a trap game where the Wings did the vast majority of the work arming the trap and then stepping blithely into it.

On a day that the team was unable to hold a morning skate, Detroit looked like when the power got plugged back in, somebody forgot to check for burnt-out fuses, and as a result, the Wings' lax, lackadaisical, inattentive, indecisive and plain old frustratingly sloppy effort wasted a fine performance by Jimmy Howard (who had no chance on 3 of the 4 goals he surrendered), an 11-shot performance by Henrik Zetterberg, 5 more by Pavel Datsyuk (out of the Wings' 41, Datsyuk and Zetterberg took 16), a 40-30 lead in faceoffs and...

Well, little else other than Tomas Jurco playing well.

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Another Gordie Howe health update

I don't know what to make of these, so take them for what you will:

My mother worked in geriatric care for 25 of her 35 years of nursing. There are never any easy or simple answers as to when a family is trying to do "too much" or whether they need outside help--and there are nurses and attendants seeing Gordie every day--but it's very hard to witness what appears to be a family dealing with the loss of a second parent to complications from dementia by trying to be as stubborn as their father was about in-home care.

Via The Score's Chris Battaglia, the Tweets continued:

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Summarizing the latest news about Gordie Howe’s health

Here's the latest on Gordie Howe's health from the Associated Press...

Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe has suffered his third stroke since late October and was hospitalized early this week, his daughter said Tuesday. Cathy Purnell said her father suffered a "significant stroke" on Monday. Howe was stable and "a little bit alert" Tuesday morning, and doctors at a Lubbock hospital where he taken were scheduled to do additional tests, she said.

"He's a fighter," Purnell said. "The man is tough. He has this will to keep going, all things considered."

The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points, mostly with the Detroit Red Wings, records later broken by Wayne Gretzky.

Purnell said therapists who have been tending to Howe arrived at her house Monday morning and discovered him nonresponsive in bed. Howe remained that way until evening, when Purnell said he recognized family members once he became alert.

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

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The Latest On The Power Situation At The Joe Louis Arena


added 3:11pm,


added 3:31pm, Game on!

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St. James: Gordie Howe’s had another stroke

Terrible news from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Update: Here's St. James on Howe in article form:

Hockey legend Gordie Howe is in intensive care after suffering another stroke.

Son Mark Howe told the Free Press today that he is in en route back to Lubbock, Texas, where Gordie Howe has been staying with his daughter, Cathy, since late summer.

Gordie Howe, 86, suffers from dementia and has had a series of strokes since summer began. He had a severe one on Oct. 26, but recovered enough to gain some movement in his right side. On Monday, Mark Howe said, "he had a major stroke. In ICU."

He, brothers Murray and Marty were traveling to Texas to be with their father.

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Game-day post, Red Wings vs. Panthers: power outage *probably* won’t affect game, news cycle

Updated 6x at 1:05 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to push their winning streak to 5 games when they host the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM; tonight's a Toys for Tots collection game), and as Paul noted, Wings GM Ken Holland told MLive's Ansar Khan that Justin Abdelkader's "day to day," not out for 2 weeks (as TSN's Aaron Ward reported).

Ken Holland on Justin Abdelkader's shoulder injury: "He is day to day. He has a low level injury so we'll see how fast he heals."

And everything was proceeding normally until this happened...

As a result of a downtown-wide power outage...

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Prospect news: Dylan Larkin named to Team USA’s preliminary WJC roster

Team USA announced its preliminary roster for the 2015 World Junior Championships, and Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin made the cut:

USA Hockey unveiled today the 30 players selected to the preliminary roster for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team. The final U.S. roster will be named by Dec. 24. Team USA will compete in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5, in Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, Ontario.


[N]nine invitees were members of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team that won gold at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship. The group includes forwards Eichel, Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich./University of Michigan), Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz./U.S. National Under-18 Team), Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y./Plymouth Whalers) and Alex Tuch (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Boston College); defensemen Ryan Collins (Bloomfield, Minn./University of Minnesota), Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn./University of Wisconsin) and Noah Hanifin (Norwood, Mass./Boston College); and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio/Plymouth Whalers).

The chosen players will attend training camp from Dec. 16-19 in Boston at Walter Brown Arena on the Boston University campus. The camp will culminate with a pre-tournament game against the BU Terriers on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET.

Thus far, Larkin and Joe Hicketts (Team Canada) will represent the Wings at the World Junior Championships.

As Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples noted, Larkin's earned his spot:

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Joe Louis Arena suffers another power outage

The Red Wings were holding their morning skate ahead of tonight's game against Florida when this happened:

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Get Your Toast Of Hockeytown Tickets

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings Foundation today announced that tickets to the popular Toast of Hockeytown are now on sale. The 15th anniversary of the exclusive event is set for Monday, Feb. 2 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the covered ice at Joe Louis Arena. Benefitting the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Toast of Hockeytown has sold out in each of its first 14 years. Only 500 tickets are available for this exclusive event and all ticket purchases are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Ken Holland Saying Justin Abdelkader Is Day-To-Day

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