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Red Wings-Flyers quick take: Damn fine game but an OT loss nonetheless

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to end the Philadelphia Flyers' 8-game winning streak Sunday evening at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings played an excellent game and a so-so overtime period, earning a hard-fought point in the form of a 1-0 OT loss...

And this game was incredibly frustrating from a results standpiont, but very good for the Wings from a "progress" standpoint. The Wings held their own against one of the hottest teams in the league, the Wings' PK was excellent, and the Wings just couldn't dent Stolarz.

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Afternoon news: A Game-Day Preview, Wings-Flyers stuff, on Vanek’s influence, etc.

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:

2. MLive's Ansar Khan summarizes Jeff Blashill's pre-game comments as neither the Wings nor Flyers held a morning skate:

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Jimmy Howard Starts Today And Jonathan Ericsson Still Out

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Before The Puck Drops Between Detroit And Philadelphia

Remember, the game starts just after 5:00pm ET today...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

* The Flyers have won eight in a row, equaling Montreal for the longest streak in the league this season. They have outscored opponents 30-19 during this stretch. The franchise record for consecutive wins is 13, set in 1985.

* Philadelphia is fourth in the NHL in goals per game (3.23) but 28th in goals against (3.07). The Flyers have the league's top power play (25 percent).

* Four of Andreas Athanasiou's 13 career goals have come against the Flyers, including the tying marker in the third period on Nov. 8. Athanasiou also netted the shootout winner in that game.

* The Red Wings have not allowed a power-play goal in their past seven games, killing all 18 chances against. They are 29-of-30 on the penalty kill in the past 11 games. The Flyers are 7-of-20 on the power play in their past four games.

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Prospect news: Walleye lose in Alaska

Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye's Alaskan adventure continued on Saturday, yielding an 8-6 loss to the Alaska Aces in Anchorage. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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Prospect news: Pearson wraps up 6-point weekend for Maine; Saarijarvi, Marsh 2A; Hronek SO winner

Of prospect-related note, not including the Toledo Walleye, who are still playing at this late hour:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 10:58 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 6-3 loss to Dynamo Moscow;

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn played 13:06, winning 55% of his faceoffs, in the Frolunda Indians' 8-5 win over Vaxjo;

In the Swedish J20 league, Alfons Malmstrom didn't register a point in Orebro HK's 4-3 loss to Vaxjo;

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flyers set-up—Wings hope to play spoiler

The Detroit Red Wings face a unique challenge in battling the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon (5 PM EST on FSD/CSN Philly/97.1 FM), and "unique" is used as a euphemism here--a eupehmism for "very, very hard."

Our friends from Philadelphia come into town on an 8-game winning streak, and the Flyers have won 11 of their past 15 games. Philadelphia most recently defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Saturday afternoon, as noted by the Associated Press:

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Articles from practice: Wings ‘take an optional’; on the Flyers, Sproul, Sheahan and ‘going north’

Updated 2x at 4:10 PM: The Red Wings took part in an off-ice workout ahead of tomorrow's game against the Philadelphia Flyers (5 PM EST on FSD/CSN Philly/97.1 FM; Philly is currently tied 1-1 with Dallas in a Saturday matinee game), and after practice, MLive's Ansar Khan posted three videos:

The first involves Tomas Tatar "discussing the need to play a north-south game" alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Anthony Mantha...

The second involves Thomas Vanek discussing his chemistry with Sheahan and Nyquist, and addressing the steps the Wings have taken "in the right direction" despite their loss to Columbus...

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Practice Tweets: It’s an ‘optional off-ice practice’; lineup decisions to be made @ game time Sunday

The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena today, attempting to rebound from yesterday's 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, exept for the hitting the ice part, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

#RedWings optional off-ice practice today, enter play -3 BOS for 3d, atlantic, -6 PHI for 2d wild card.

#DETvsPHI 5 pm sun @JoeLouisArena

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blashill says sproul scratched because he needs to be more assertive.

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blashill mum on lineup.

Guess: Jimmy Howard will start.

FTR/FYI: our friends from Philadelphia have won 5 straight December games and 7 straight overall, and they host the Dallas Stars today at 1 PM EST.

According to MLive's Brendan Savage, the Wings don't fare particularly well against teams in front of them in the standings:

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All about Dan Renouf

GrandRapidsGriffins.com's Mark Newman profiles Red Wings prospect, Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and University of Maine alumnus Dan Renouf today:

"When I was trying to decide [whether to leave Maine], I got a call from Nyquist and I think it helped,” said Renouf, now age 22. “He had a lot of really good things to say about how the Red Wings treated him after playing in Maine. That connection really helped me in making my decision.”
             
His dream had always been to play pro hockey, and yet he needed to fulfill the promise to his parents that he would get an education. “I have about six more courses for my business management major, and I plan to get my degree in the next couple of years,” he said.
             
Renouf played six games with the Griffins at the end of last season, which gave him a taste of pro hockey.
             
“Playing those games helped ease my mind,” he said. “It gave me a good understanding of the game, and I think my style of play translates from college to the pros. Most importantly, it was an opportunity to get to know the guys.”
             
From the start, Renouf was impressed by the tightness of the Red Wings organization.
             
“Compared to my other choices, it seemed like a big family here,” he said. “Detroit really values their players, and they’ve had such success that I wanted to be a part of the organization.”

Newman's profile of "Reno" continues...

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