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Toledo Walleye to play Kalamazoo K-Wings in ECHL playoffs

From the ECHL, via the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up—last dance goes to Toronto

The Detroit Red Wings didn't manage to take out the Toronto Maple Leafs in the teams' final meeting at Joe Louis Arena, but the Wings were almost able to out-score their mistakes over the course of a 5-4 Maple Leaf victory. By the historical standards of the Red Wings-Maple Leafs rivalry, this one was a little lacking in fisticuffs and a little disappointing in terms of the final score...

But from a 2016-17 perspective, there was progress to be had, including some sustained snarl from Dylan Larkin, a goal from Mike Green, a goal and an assist from Gustav Nyquist as he and Tomas Tatar continue their strong end-of-season surges, a goal and an assist from Nick Jensen, who was a catalyst all evening long, and 50 assists for Henrik Zetterberg.

Our friends from Toronto improved their playoff standing tremendously by winning the game and winning it in regulation, but their coach wasn't getting too far ahead of himself, as he told the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs quick take, last JLA dance: Leafs get the points

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to play "spoiler" as they hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, with the game between the two teams owning momentous importance for Toronto's playoff hopes.

The Red Wings did not earn the two spoiler's points, but Detroit played very hard in rallying from a 5-3 3rd period deficit, and Detroit proved that it's "cupboard is not bare" just because the "Leafs are good" this season. Nor is the Wings' beating heart dead yet, even as Elliotte Friedman reported that Ken Holland plans on not only fulfilling his contract, but also "bringing Detroit back to the good days again."

The Wings lost 5-4. The Wings worked their asses off, but were inefficient and mistake-prone as has been true all year long, but Henrik Zetterberg got his 50th assist, the "tank crowd" will be happy that the Wings are currently the 5th-worst team in the league, and players like Nick Jensen and a snarly Dylan Larkin showed that there is some future ahead of Detroit that is better than worse.

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Afternoon news: Game-Day Previews and Wings-Leafs chatter

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon/evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview video, which includes comments from Jimmy Howard, Niklas Kronwall, Jeff Blashill, Dylan Larkin and of course Ken Kal...

2. And the Maple Leafs posted a game preview in which Paul Hendrick and Joe Bowen share their memories of the Joe:

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Shanny’s shinny

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HSJ on Henrik Zetterberg as he nears the 1,000-game mark

The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a lengthy article praising Henrik Zetterberg as his 1,000th NHL game approaches (to be played next Sunday at Joe Louis Arena), and St. James' article is superb:

Zetterberg has four years left on the 12-year, $73 million contract extension he signed in January of 2009. He parries questions about how much longer he will play because who can possibly predict that? So long as his health holds up, there’s little reason to contemplate retirement. Zetterberg was never a swift skater, and smarts don’t deteriorate.

“You stay in the moment, see how your body feels and react,” Zetterberg said. “It has been a challenging season because in the past we have been in the playoff hunt. The last month here, when you start to realize how many games we’d have to win and when we didn’t do that – even though it wasn’t officially set that we would not make the playoffs, you saw the hill was too hard to climb.

“I’ve learned to not look too far ahead. Enjoy the moment. I am looking forward to the games left and then a turn-around season next year. Even though it has been a rough year, this is still the thing I love to do the most. You just try to find the positive things.”

Zetterberg takes great pride in what he does, it’s why he has been able to do it for so long. When it looked like his career might be hampered by his back, he altered his workouts and his game preparation.

“When you get older, you realize you are getting closer to the end and you want to take advantage of the days you have left,” Zetterberg said. “This is special. You want to keep going and you want to do it well. Me and Nik talk about that a lot. You have to find the positive things, even in rough times. We are still doing the thing we love the most.”

St. James continues, and Scotty Bowman suggests that Zetterberg is a Hall-of-Fame player...

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Video- 19 Years Ago

It was Chris Osgood vs. Patrick Roy.


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Ken Kal on broadcasting at ‘the Joe’

WXYZ's Matt White engaged in a lengthy interview with Red Wings broadcaster Ken Kal, speaking about Kal's tenure as the Wings' play-by-play voice for the past 22 years at Joe Louis Arena:

MW: What is one thing you know about the Joe that the general public does not know?

KK: You know what, there’s not a clock in that building. There’s not a clock to tell you the time of day in that building. If you’re on the concourse, there’s no clock to tell you what time of the day it is. If you look around the arena, most arenas will have a clock to tell you what time of day it is. At the Joe, I don’t think there’s a clock on the concourse to be honest with you. So to me, it’s kind of like Las Vegas, whenever you go to a casino there, there’s no clock, there’s also no clock at Joe Louis Arena that tells you the time of day. If you can think of it, let me know but I can’t recall a clock on the concourse.

I guess that’s the whole myth of, when you’re in Vegas, you’re there for the event, you’re there to have fun and you don’t want to know what time of day it is. It’s the same thing when you go to a hockey game or event at the Joe, there’s no need to take a look at the time because you’re there to witness some special event, whether it’s hockey, bowling, wrestling, or concert, you’re there to be entertained and there’s no need for a clock.

MW: If there’s one thing you won’t miss about the Joe, what is it?

KK: I just think it’s time to go to a new arena. The Joe served its purpose, but its time to move on. The new arena is what everybody is talking about and something to look forward to. There really isn’t anything bad about the Joe, I mean in my opinion, it was just a great place to watch hockey. Whether the press box was never built in the first place and they had to just tear up a few rows of seats to put one up, I don’t know, there’s not really one thing I can say I don’t like about the Joe.

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs game-day articles: reflections on the Joe, preparing for tonight’s game

Updated 2x at 1:09 PM: The morning skate news cycle is wrapping up ahead of tonight's game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs (7 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM). I'm going to post the post-morning skate news articles here.

We're going to kick the thread off with some superb videos from MLive's Ansar Khan, who spoke with Jimmy Howard and Jeff Blashill regarding the Joe and tonight's battle against the Leafs...

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Mike Babcock on ‘the Joe’

From Sportsnet's Chris Johnston:

Update: Here's a video of Babcock speaking to the media from Fox 2 Detroit:

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