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‘Two Things’: On an ‘expanding’ Howard and boring Wings

Of Red Wings-related note from the "hockey columnists" this morning:

1. There's this from the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa...

Jimmy Howard has come to accept that long term, Petr Mrazek is Detroit’s ace. But Howard also has accepted that if he continues his current pace of play, Las Vegas will be sure to spend one of its expansion picks on the ex-University of Maine netminder. Through seven appearances, Howard was 4-2-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .961 save percentage. Howard’s deeper numbers are also excellent: a .969 even-strength save percentage (just shy of Carey Price’s .971 standard) and a .938 mark during opposing power plays (Price was .880). Howard’s done all this behind a team that has chased the puck more than it’s controlled it. Howard was formerly an aggressive goalie. He’s playing a quieter game this season, settling back in his crease and waiting for plays to approach. Howard is signed through 2019 at $5,291,667 annually.

2. And this from the Hockey News's Mike Brophy:

Where is the Detroit Red Wings star power? It seems like only yesterday we were watching the Red Wings win championships with the likes of Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. With each passing day it seems like the Red Wings become more bland. Zetterberg is still kicking around and Dylan Larkin has star potential, but the rest of the team looks like a bunch of cookie cutter robots. The Red Wings are actually off to a decent start; they just aren’t that much fun to watch anymore.

I disagree with Brophy, but I'm biased.

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Prospect news: Griffins, Walleye win OT games; Hronek 1+2; Holmstrom endures a scare

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Colin Campbell had a goal and an assist, Eddie Pasquale stopped 34 shots and Joe Hicketts scored his first professional goal in overtime as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 4-3 in OT. The Griffins' website filed a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canadiens wrap-up—yet another loss in Montreal

I had planned on going to see Henry Rollins speak for several months, so I chose to skip watching this game live for some time, understanding that the Red Wings rarely win in Montreal--but I had hoped that the Wings would emerge from the first of three "Murderers' Row" games (the Wings now play Tampa Bay on Tuesday and Washington on Friday) with at least a point.

That didn't happen. While Rollins challenged the people in the audience at the Royal Oak music theatre to challenge the hateful words uttered during the political campaign with hard-core tolerance and understanding, the Red Wings didn't challenge the Canadiens eye-to-eye, and the Wings ended up looking very bad, losing 5-0 to Montreal, in Montreal, losing for the 6th straight time at the Bell Centre.

Our friends from Montreal set a best-ever home record with a 10-and-0 start, and ahead of today's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the 13-1-and-1 Canadiens must be brimming with incredible confidence.

The Montreal Gazette's Pat Hickey took note of the game's most notable notes...

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Quick Game Recap- Detroit/Montreal

George is visiting with Henry Rollins tonight at the Royal Oak Music Theater so you are stuck with me.  Probably a good decision by George to miss the game.

It was 3-0 after the 1st period, 5-0 after the 2nd and that was the end of the night for  Jimmy Howard.

The 3rd period was scoreless, Canadiens defeat the Red Wings 5-0.

The Wings were pretty well dominated throughout the game.

Discuss if you wish and the Montreal goals are below, called by Bob Cole.

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; on the Habs, Mantha and Axel Holmstrom

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video, which includes comments from Henrik Zetterberg, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Jeff Blashill:

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with the Wings about facing the 12-1-and-1 Canadiens as the Wings hope to snap Montreal's 9-and-0 home winning streak:

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Red Wings-Canadiens game-day Tweets and articles: Howard vs. Price, Mantha ‘in’ for Wings

Updated 2x at 1:36 PM: The Red Wings will attempt to snap the Montreal Canadiens' 9-and-0 home record as the teams tangle tonight (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and the morning skate offered no surprises in terms of either team's lineup.

Here's the Montreal Gazette's Stu Cowan's morning skate article:

Coming off a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien isn’t expected to make any changes to his lineup for Saturday’s game at the Bell Centre against the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m., SN, TVA Sports, TSN Radio 690).

That means forward David Desharnais and defenceman Greg Pateryn will be healthy scratches for the second straight game with Carey Price back in goal.

Coach Michel Therrien didn’t meet with the media after Saturday’s morning skate in Brossard, but don’t be surprised if Al Montoya starts in net Sunday when the Canadiens visit the Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m., SN, RDS TSN Radio 690). Therrien has said he wants to limit Price to 60 games this season and it’s unlikely he’ll play his No. 1 goalie on back-to-back nights.

Price has a perfect 9-0-0 record with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage. Montoya, who allowed 10 goals in his last start against the Columbus Blue Jackets, is 3-1-1 with a 3.15 GAA and .908 save percentage.

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Red Wings-Canadiens morning skate Tweets and articles: Zetterberg, Kronwall and NIelsen good to go

The Detroit Red Wings face an incredibly stiff task in attempting to snap the Montreal Canadiens' 9-game home winning streak this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).

The Canadiens hit the ice at their practice facility in Brossard, Quebec first this morning, per the Canadiens' Twitter account...

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Notes On Tonight’s Game Against The Montreal Canadiens

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

• The Red Wings' offense could use a spark after failing to score more than three goals in each of the last eight games, five of which were losses. Enter Anthony Mantha. The Red Wings' top pick (20th overall) in the 2013 NHL draft was recalled Friday after Andreas Athanasiou (knee) went on IR. Mantha, who scored at least 50 goals in final two junior seasons, had eight goals in 10 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins before rejoining the Red Wings. In 10 NHL games last season, he had two goals – both on the power play.

• You can bet Mantha will have a little more motivation – or perhaps a lot more? – when he makes his 2016-17 NHL debut in Montreal. Mantha grew up outside Montreal, was a Canadiens fan as a kid and scored both of his goals last season against the Habs. The first came at Joe Louis Arena and the second was in Montreal.

• Jimmy Howard, who will start in goal tonight for the fourth straight game, leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.22) and save percentage (.961). He has a 4-2-0 record and has not allowed more than two goals in any of his seven appearances. Howard has allowed one goal four times and two twice with one shutout.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canadiens set-up

The Detroit Red Wings face an incredibly stiff task in battling the 12-1-and-1 Montreal Canadiens this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).*

Montreal is 9-and-0 at home, and is coming off a 4-1 win over Los Angeles on Thursday, and they've won 3 straight games; the Red Wings sit at 8-6-and-1 after Thursday's 4-1 win over Vancouver, their second win after snapping a 5-game losing streak, and the Wings brought Anthony Mantha up from Grand Rapids to replace the injured Andreas Athanasiou on Friday.

Montreal didn't practice on Friday as they're gearing up for a set of back-to-backs against the Wings tonight and then Chicago on Sunday, but the Montreal Gazette's Pat Hickey cut to the chase in listing "5 things to know" about tonight's game:

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Prospect news: Griffins shut out Rockford; Walleye lose; Holmstrom returns for Skelleftea

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Louis-Marc Aubry, Kyle Criscuolo and Matt Lorito scored goals and Jared Coreau pitched a 30-save shutout as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Rockford IceHogs 3-0. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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