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Morning news: Picking a first-half MVP and player grades from St. James

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage is asking fans to vote as to whether Dylan Larkin is the team's most valuable player, or whether Justin Abdelkader, Petr Mraek, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar or Henrik Zetterberg have equaled Larkin's contributions:

Dylan Larkin: Nobody has been a bigger surprise this season than the rookie sensation, who has played so well that he'll be the Red Wings' lone representative in this month's All-Star Game in Nashville.

Larkin leads the Red Wings in goals (14), game-winning goals (4), shots (113) and is second in points (28) while leading the NHL with a plus-23 rating entering Saturday night's games.

He has played in 40 games, missing one with an upper-body injury.

Savage continues...

2. And via RedWingsFeed, the Free Press's Helene St. James has posted first-half grades-via-a-slideshow:

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Prospect news: Griffins defeat Monsters in shootout; Walleye beat Reading; Vahatalo scores again

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins received a goal and an assist from Anthony Mantha, a goal and an assist from Eric Tangradi, and Grand Rapids rallied from a 3-2 third-period deficit to defeat the Lake Erie Monsters 4-3 in a shootout. Jared Coreau stopped 34 of 37 shots and stopped 3 Monsters shootout shooters. The Griffins' website posted a recap...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Ducks set-up; HSJ’s ‘state of the team’

The Detroit Red Wings face the Anaheim Ducks this evening (8 PM EST on FSD/FS San Diego/Prime Ticket/97.1 FM), kicking off a set of back-to-back games against Anaheim and LA, and the Wings didn't pick the best time to tangle with the Ducks.

Anaheim has gone 5-1-and-1 in its past 7 games and has rebounded in a big way from its early-season malaise, sitting 3rd in the Pacific Division with a 17-16-and-7 record.

The Ducks are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday--a game in which Anaheim rallied from a 3-1 deficit--their penalty-kill is clicking at a fantastic rate, and sd you probably know, there are still enough players left over from the Wings and Ducks' Western Conference rivalry that these teams don't like each other very much.

The Ducks took an optional practice on Saturday, with the Orange County Register's Eric Stephens reporting that Corey Perry and Sami Vatanen taking "maintenance days," and the result is what I can best describe as attempting to build a Ducks profile with table scraps.

The LA Daily News's Elliott Teaford offered the most substantial practice report...

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A bit more about Jakub Kindl’s situation

Jakub Kindl's situation is just plain difficult all around. We know that he's being waived, and that if he clears waivers, $950,000 of his $2.4 million salary will come off the books; we know that if he is cleared and not claimed, the Red Wings will still have to make a cap-clearing roster move when Teemu Pulkkinen comes back, and we know that said move may involve demoting Alexey Marchenko.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill insists that the move is not personal, as he told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

“There are so many players who are so close and he’s certainly one of them,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s certainly one of them. As we made decisions to the lineup, sometimes it’s fit. It might be the hand of the guys (left- or right-handed), what he brings to the table, power play or penalty kill, edge, passing.

“Ultimately we had other guys slotted ahead of him. I don’t think it’s because he’s missing much. He’s an NHL player. We have a bunch of guys who are close and he’s ended up ending the odd man out.”

When Quincey returns Monday, someone else will have to sit.

“You’d rather have more good players available to you than not enough,” Blashill said. “We’ve been in a spot where we’ve had more good players available to us and sometimes you have to make these decisions.”

But Alexey Marchenko's earned a spot, as Blashill told MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Blashill weighs in on Hirschfeld’s seizure

From the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

The Wings who played alongside Alden Hirschfeld in Grand Rapids were happy to hear the Detroit farmhand was feeling better after collapsing on the bench during Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Admirals.

Hirschfeld suffered a medical incident with 6:19 remaining in the second period. After being attended to by paramedics and Griffins medical and training staffs, he was transported to a local hospital in stable condition for further evaluation.

“I was part of that staff that recruited Alden to Miami,” said Blashill, who also coached Hirschfeld in Grand Rapids. “I know him very well.

“I was following Twitter and saw there was a huge concern with something happening on the bench. When it came to Hirsh I knew he had some history of that going back to our camp two years ago.

“I texted with him last night. He seems like he’s fine. It’s something he’ll have to deal with. It’s a medical condition, so he’ll meet with his doctors.

“I’m certainly glad he’s fine.

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If Jakub Kindl Is Not Claimed, The Wings May Need To Make Another Roster Move

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Kindl told teammates the news before it became official. “It was hard,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “But that’s the way the business is now. Hopefully he gets picked up and can go and play somewhere else.”

That’s what the Wings have to hope, too, because if Kindl clears (he has another season left with a $2.4 million salary cap hit), the Wings gain only $950,000 in salary cap relief by sending Kindl to the minors. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press another move would have to be made to activate Quincey and remain cap compliant. Forward Teemu Pulkkinen, also on LTIR, is at least a week from playing.

Asked whether that still leaves vulnerable rookie defenseman Alexey Marchenko, who can be sent down without waivers, Holland said he is dealing with the situation on a day-by-day basis.

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added 6:55pm, If you feel like you have read this earlier, you are correct.  George posted this earlier so carry on with your Saturday night.

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Petr Mrazek Starts Tomorrow, Jimmy Howard On Monday

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Everyone’s At Practice

Also from Roose...

The #RedWings practicing with following lines:
Abby-Zetterberg-Nyquist
Helm-Datsyuk-Tatar
Larkin-Sheahan-Richards
Miller-Glendening-Jurco

I will update as needed.

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‘Two Things’: Player grades and a Q and A with Mike Green

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan posted a series of player grades-via-picture slideshow:

2. And the Hockey Writers' Dan Rice conducted a Q and A with Mike Green:

HW: What’s this season been like for you, your first with Detroit after ten seasons with Washington?

MG: It’s been good. It’s definitely been an adjustment but it’s gone really well. It’s taken me a little while to figure out my game within the team, but everything from the guys, to practice and coming to the rink has been nothing but fun. It’s been a good change for me.

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THW: The Red Wings franchise has a lot of legendary players that hang around the team pretty often; what’s it been like for you to experience that? You must feel like a kid again.

MG: It’s been really cool. Just to even see those guys; they have such a presence – obviously guys that built the team into what it is today. I think that that mentality and that leadership has trickled down over the years and it’s good to see them around, that’s for sure.

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Griffins release statement from Alden Hirschfeld

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

Following his seizure during last night’s Grand Rapids Griffins game and his subsequent evaluation at the hospital, forward Alden Hirschfeld was in good spirits Saturday morning as he visited his teammates and coaches in the team’s locker room at Van Andel Arena.

Now traveling to Toledo to rest at home with his family, Hirschfeld released the following statement:

“I’m feeling good. Obviously it was unfortunate what happened, but those are things that life brings and you’ve got to learn to deal with them.

I’m super thankful for all the kind words and thoughts and prayers from the fans, and especially the efforts of the paramedics, doctors and (Griffins athletic trainer) John Bernal. It was great to have my parents, my wife and daughter there to be with me.

I’m feeling good, obviously trying to just recover and take it easy for a couple days here, get some further evaluations from the doctors and then go from there. But hopefully I’ll be back on the ice very shortly and contributing to help whatever team I’m playing for win.”

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