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Turgeon And Hicketts Sent Back To Grand Rapids

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David Booth Clears Waivers, Mrazek Starting?

per Elliotte Friedman tweet, David Booth has cleared waivers.

And there is this too...


added 12:12pm,


added 12:15pm,

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Tonight’s Opponent, The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

They will get their first look at Detroit’s new digs, Little Caesars Arena, when they face the Red Wings on Tuesday night.

“We’ve got to be ready; it’s a big two points up for grabs,” center Sean Couturier said Sunday after the Flyers outlasted Metro-leading Washington, 2-1, in overtime. The previous day, they defeated New Jersey, 3-1. “What we did these last few games, it won’t matter if we lose.”

The Flyers are soaring, playing with confidence and winning close games.

“Early in the season, that was one of the issues: We just didn’t find a way,” captain Claude Giroux said. “We were playing good hockey, but we just didn’t find ways. Right now we’re finding ways, and we can’t stop here.”

The Flyers have seven victories in their last eight games and have won three straight. They are 15-5-1 since ending their 10-game losing streak and have climbed into the Eastern Conference’s top wild-card spot.

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The Post Game Talk After Detroit’s 3-0 Win Over New Jersey

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Little in Petr Mrazek’s career suggested he would be down and out for long.

His second consecutive shutout, 3-0, over the Devils on Monday at the Prudential Center is more evidence that is the case. Mrazek stopped all 37 shots he faced....

The 21-year-old, diminutive Hicketts debuted and put big smiles on all of his new teammates' faces with a strong performance that may make it difficult for the Wings to put him back on I-96 towards Grand Rapids anytime soon.

“Lots of times for your kill to be good, your goalie’s got to be great,” said Jeff Blashill. “And he was.

“Certainly, on the penalty kill was where I thought we gave up the most chances. He was excellent on that.”

Asked if it might mean more playing time for Mrazek, after a clear decision to ride the hot goalie, Jimmy Howard, most of the first 45 games of the season, Blashill quickly answered, “Oh, without question.


Below, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, game highlights and dressing room interviews...

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Quick Game Recap- Wings/Devils

George is ill so I am it, which means a quick recap.

The Detroit Red Wing defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-0.

Very good effort by the Wings.

First period good.

Second period- good pk, bad pp.

Third period good.

Petr was great the whole game with his second consecutive shutout.

Goals are below along with a big save by Mrazek...

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Video- Your Game Day Preview

Hear from Hicketts, Booth and Blashill.




Below, projected lineup for the Wings...

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Topic Of The Day Is Joe Hicketts

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Joe Hicketts got a call Sunday morning from Jeff Nelson, head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The Red Wings wanted him....

“Nellie called. He just said I was going up,” said Hicketts, a diminutive, offense-minded defenseman, who is listed at 5-8, 180 pounds. “I didn’t know I was going to play at that point.

“It’s just something that – it was a dream come true, almost.”

One of Hicketts’ models is the retired Dearborn-native Brian Rafalski, who listed at 5-10, 194 pounds by the end of his career.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Caputo weighs in on the red seats at LCA

The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo weighs in on the fact that Little Caesars Arena is still suffering from the problem of "fans enjoying the amenities on the concourse" during Red Wings and Pistons games:

[The] problem is, both teams are just mediocre enough - and not quite bad enough - they don’t get good odds in either draft lottery.

And say there is a miracle rally at the end of the season by the Red Wings. How you’d like their chances in the first-round against, say, that powerhouse Steve Yzerman has built in Tampa Bay?

Or if the Pistons are facing the Celtics or the Raptors or the Cavaliers in the first round?

A nightmare? That might be a stretch. Little Caesars Arena will eventually be full. It might be somewhat like when Comerica Park was erected, and it took the Tigers a period to get it right. Then, the fans arrived in record numbers. Or the Lions at Ford Field. Wait, they are still trying to get it right, and the masses flock there anyway, which those, with a cynical slant, might say is the problem.

But at this point, the empty seats at Little Caesars are impossible to ignore.

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LeBrun: Red Wings waive David Booth (again)

This move may involve making room for Tyler Bertuzzi:

Update: Yep, yep:

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Red Wings-Devils morning skate Tweets and articles: Devils don’t skate, Wings hold an optional

The Detroit Red Wings continue their 4-games-in-6-nights stretch against the New Jersey Devils this evening (7:00 PM on FSD/Sportsnet/MSG/97.1 FM). It's expected that Joe Hicketts will make his NHL debut for the Red Wings tonight, and both teams are a bit "banged up" heading into tonight's game.

Prior to the morning skate, the Devils website's James Stolfi posted a set of game notes...

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