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Red Wings-Kings quick take: Wings take a pounding, also lose

The Red Wings faced a particularly stiff task in battling the surging Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, and with Jimmy Howard starting the back-to-back contest, there were real question marks as to whether Howard could rebound from his difficult December.

Howard was OK but not great as the Red Wings were out-hustled, out-checked, out-shot and mostly out-muscled en route to a 4-2 loss to the Kings. The Red Wings did their damnedest to rally from an early 1-0 hole, and they did just that, taking a 2-1 lead on goals from Tatar and Marchenko, but the Kings tied things up in a brutal second period, went ahead on an early third-period power play, and both legally and illegally pounded the Wings into the ice physically as the officiating sta...

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Drew Miller out at least a month with a torn meniscus in his knee

MLive's Ansar Khan reporst that the Red Wings placed Drew Miller on the LTIR due to a torn meniscus in his knee...

"He has a torn meniscus," general manager Ken Holland said. "Out a minimum of one month and possibly longer."

Miller will fly home for further evaluation while the team travels to Phoenix following tonight's game for Thursday's contest against the Arizona Coyotes.

Miller was injured during his first shift in the third period, when he was hit by Shea Theodore along the boards in the offensive zone.

It's an especially tough break for Miller, the club's top penalty-killing forward and shot-blocker. He was playing in just his second game back after missing 14 games from a broken jaw on Dec. 3.

And the Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...

"He's going to go home and see our doctor," Holland said. "He'll be further evaluated, see if he needs surgery, or just time, but he is out at least month.

"It is a big loss. He is an important part of our team, is an elite penalty killer and part of our shut-down line."

As doe the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

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Prospect news: Kadeikin scores a goal; Griffins file weekly release

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin scored a goal in 19:36 of ice time as SKA St. Petersburg defeated Medvescak 5-3.

And the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release this evening:

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Red Wings place Miller on LTIR

From the Red Wings:

This gives the Wings the "internal cap space" necessary to activate Quincey, but what Miller's injury is remains unknown as of 5:45 PM EST. Miller will miss at least 10 games with whatever's amiss.

Update: It doesn't sound like we're going to find out what's wrong with Miller soon:

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Red Wings-Kings game-day articles: Kings reflect on 1st half; Quincey in, Miller out for DET

Updated 5x at 5:19 PM: Both the Red Wings and Kings held optional morning skates ahead of tonight's game (10:30 PM EST on FSD/FS West/Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific/97.1 FM), and the biggest news that came from the morning skate involved Kyle Quincey returning to the lineup as the team reevaluated Drew Miller's status.

LAKIngs.com's Jon Rosen filed a Kings morning skate report...

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Red Wings Alums to hold annual ‘Shocks and Saves’ game in Saginaw on January 30th

From the Midland Daily News:

The 9th annual Pulse3 Foundation’s Shocks and Saves charity game will take place at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at The Dow Event Center, prior to the Spirit’s home game against the Kitchener Rangers.

The game is presented in partnership with Mobile Medical Response and the Saginaw Spirit.

Local physicians will skate with local emergency medical personnel in a game that features the talents of Detroit Red Wings and NHL alumni Jiri Fischer, John Ogrodnick, Darren McCarty, Petr Klima, Sergei Samsonov and Todd Bidner.

Tickets are $13 and include admission to the Spirit game. They can be purchased online at http://www.saginawspirit.net/groupsales (with Group ID: CPR2016 and Password: Saves) or by calling the Saginaw Spirit group sales office at (989) 497-6506.

Be sure to ask for a “charity ticket” and the Saginaw Spirit will donate $5 of the ticket price to fight heart disease locally.

All charity ticket holders will also receive a chance to win a Columbus Blue Jackets jersey signed by former Saginaw Spirit player Brandon Saad.

An online auction will take place two weeks prior to the game and will continue through the night of the event. Hockey memorabilia, unique experiences and gift certificates to local businesses can be found at  http://www.biddingowl.com/shocksandsaves Biddi.ng opens on Friday and mobile bidding stations will be available at the Dow on game day.

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Red Wings-Kings morning skate Tweets and articles: Quincey returns, Miller out

The Detroit Red Wings aim to win their 5th straight road game against the Los Angeles Kings this evening (10:30 PM EST on FSD/FS West/Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific/97.1 FM).

The Wings are coming off of a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, and Detroit will start Jimmy Howard opposite Jonathan Quick.

Wings fans and the beat writers alike were waiting for news regarding Drew Miller, per DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

Waiting for morning skate at Staples Center. Hopefully, we'll learn more about Drew Miller's injury and how it affects #RedWings cap issues.

And this isn't necessarily surprising:

Jakub Kindl is on a plane to Charlotte where he'll join the Griffins.

Prior to the teams' morning skates, the Free Press's Helene St. James reported that the Wings were "status quo" with Kyle Quincey...

As of early this morning California time, the Wings had not made any moves to activate defenseman Kyle Quincey, as was the plan Sunday. Defenseman Jakub Kindl cleared waivers over the weekend, but sending him to the minors only gives the Wings $950,000 in salary cap relief. Quincey has a $2.4-million salary cap hit.

And St. James discussed Jimmy Howard's status as the Wings' starter this evening:

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An update on Alden Hirschfeld

Here's a quick update on Alden Hirschfeld, who had a seizure during the Grand Rapids Griffins-Milwaukee Admirals game last Friday, from WOOD Radio:

Grand Rapids Griffins Forward Alden Hirshfeld is at home with his family in Toledo after suffering a seizure during Friday Night's game at the Van Andel Arena.  

He's had a problem with seizures but never during a game before.  He gave fans quite a fright Friday night.  It was impossible to see what was going on with the crowd of people around him on the bench, and it was unnerving to see attendants start IV drips.  

He went to the hospital but was released on Saturday morning.  He stopped by the Arena to visit with teammates before traveling to Toledo.

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Petr Mrazek named NHL’s second star of the week

From the NHL:

OVECHKIN, MRAZEK AND BARRIE NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK

NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2016) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 10.

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SECOND STAR – PETR MRAZEK, G, DETROIT RED WINGS

Mrazek went 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Red Wings (22-13-7, 51 points) to three straight wins for the week as well as their fourth consecutive victory overall, all on the road. He opened the week by making 22 saves for his seventh career shutout (and second of the season) in a 1-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 4. Mrazek followed that performance by turning aside 35 of 36 shots in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Jan. 7. He closed the week with 30 stops in a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Jan. 10. The 23-year-old Ostrava, Czech Republic, native owns a 15-8-3 record in 28 appearances this season. He ranks sixth in the NHL in save percentage (.930) and places 10th in goals-against average (2.16).

Update: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned an article about Mrazek's play:

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Cox: Red Wings’ cap crunch will affect trade deadline strategy

Sportnset's Damien Cox weighs in on the Wings' salary cap crunch:

Detroit’s in a real salary cap squeeze, and for the first time in many years, the Red Wings appear unlikely to be aggressive at the trade deadline.

GM Ken Holland knows that the team only has one playoff win in four years, and that tinkering at the deadline in recent years has only cost him picks and prospects. Two years ago, for example, he acquired David Legwand from Nashville in a deal that cost him prospect Calle Jarnkrok.

Legwand didn’t help much, and two years later Jarnkrok is a useful player on an affordable contract with the Predators.

Last year, he gave up a second rounder and prospect Mattias Janmark to Dallas to bring in Erik Cole. Cole was of little assistance to Detroit and Janmark’s a young regular for the Stars.

This season, the Wings have already lost Landon Ferraro on waivers, and are squeezed now on the cap after nobody wanted to pick up defenceman Jakub Kindl on waivers over the weekend. Kindl at least can be injury insurance for the Wings the rest of the way, and unless the Wings get really hot over the next month-and-a-half, Kindl might represent the only extra depth Holland will choose to have on hand this season as he looks to keep picks and prospects rather than ship them elsewhere.

Cox continues with other topics, and I do agree with Cox's assessment that the Wings' most recent prospect-for-veteran-at-the-deadline trades haven't helped the team...

But the truth of the matter is that Holland is a consummate "tire-kicker" who likes bringing veterans in at the deadline, and I would not be surprised if the Wings add a journeyman at the deadline if they can make it work cap-wise.

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