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Red Wings-Panthers game-day updates: Wings look to bear down defensively as Panthers look to dig in

Updated 5x at 1:42 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed very little on the Red Wings' side of the ice, but it appears that Aleksandr Barkov will be returning for the Panthers.

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings will celebrate "D-Boss bobblehead night" by attempting to bear down defensively:

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Friedman on the Oilers’ interest in Mrazek

From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's 31 thoughts:

1. Laurent Brossoit is improving in the Edmonton goal, but the Oilers have looked at some external contributions to their crease. Nick mentioned Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson, playing extremely well for AHL Manitoba, but another goalie they looked at was Detroit’s Petr Mrazek.

Remember, he blanked the Oilers 5-0 last month. But, he’s really struggled lately and Edmonton was watching so it’s probably on the backburner now. I thought something might be imminent when, after making it look like they were scratching Ryan Strome Saturday in Montreal, he played and Anton Slepyshev sat. Slepyshev does not need waivers, and could be sent to Bakersfield if the team needed a roster spot.

Update: Also:

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MLive’s Khan: Larkin ready for D-Boss night

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was asked about his "D-Boss" bobblehead by the media today, and MLive's Ansar Khan captured a 3-and-a-half-minute clip of Larkin discussing his bobblehead night:

Update: Here's Khan in text form:

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Red Wings-Panthers morning skate Tweets and articles: Howard starts, lines remain intact from Sat

Updated 6x at 12:16 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM; tonight is D-Boss bobblehead night), and the Panthers possess a similar record over the course of the season (11-14-and-4 as compared to Deroit's 11-13-and-5) as well as the last 5 games (1-2-and-2 as compared to Detroit's 1-and-4 record).

The Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just before 10:30 AM, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

MLive's Ansar Khan...

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No Problem With Jimmy Howard’s Game?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings are 1-5-3 in their past nine games, a stretch during which their offense, defense, special teams and goaltending have faltered. Howard, following a strong start to the season, has a 4.42 goals-against average and .846 save percentage in his past nine appearances.

He doesn't believe it's a significant technical issue that needs correcting.

"I don't think I'm going to reinvent the wheel here, it's just something where I have to come up with saves for the guys like I was earlier in the year," Howard said....

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn't believe any adjustment is needed.

"I think his game is right where it needs to be," Blashill said. "I think there's some nights where the puck goes in, some nights the puck finds ways to go off people.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers set-up; 3 videos of note, prospect stuff & a trade rumor

The Detroit Red Wings kick off a busy week of 3 games played over the course of 5 evenings tonight as they host the Florida Panthers (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM; tonight is D-Boss bobblehead night).

The 11-14-and-4 Panthers are actually the team that's most similar to the 11-13-and-5 Red Wings, at least in terms of their comparative records, and just as the Red Wings are coming off a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the Panthers lost 7-3 to Colorado on that same Saturday.

The Panthers have in fact lost 4 of their 5 previous games (1-2-and-2), quite similar to Detroit's status as having lost 4 of their past 5 games (1-4), and while the Panthers were more committed to rebuilding than the Red Wings over the past few seasons, both team's rebuild efforts have stalled this season.

In his "next day look" at the Panthers' loss to Colorado, the Sun-Sentinel's Matthew DeFranks noted the following:

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Prospect news: Griffins drop 3-in-3 weekend; Fulcher stops 45 shots; Rasmussen scores 2; Smith 1+1

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a distressing weekend, going 0-for-3 in a 3-games-in-3-nights stretch. On Sunday, the Griffins lost 2-1 to the Iowa Wild, with Zach Nastasiuk scoring the Griffins' only goal. Grand Rapids' website posted a recap:

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Detroit’s Power Play Needs A Spark

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Bottom line is a less than sizzling 2-for-19 with the man advantage over the last six games — the Red Wings actually had two lengthy 5-on-3 advantages Tuesday against Winnipeg and didn’t score — isn’t going to cut it.

“This time in the season everybody’s got their video and they know exactly what teams and their power plays are doing,” defenseman Mike Green said. “We’re trying to find new ways to create shooting chances and scoring chances.”

The Red Wings could have put pressure on the Blues Saturday by converting an early power-play opportunity. Instead, they were denied and watched St. Louis go down the ice shortly after and score to take control of the game.

“The first unit got a lot there. They were out there almost two minutes each time and created a lot of chances,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “But that’s the moment you want one (goal), or even two.

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Prospect news: Griffins, Walleye lose; Sulak scores in 25+; Kotkansalo, Adams score

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins continue to struggle. They dropped their second consecutive game of their 3-games-in-3-nights slate, losing 7-2 to the Rockford IceHogs. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Red Wings-Blues wrap-up: both teams insist it wasn’t a blowout, and Howard was fine(?)

The Detroit Red Wings had a rough Saturday, losing 6-1 to the St. Louis Blues in almost predictable fashion, but the strange thing about Saturday afternoon's game is that neither team felt that the score was indicative of the level of competition.

The Blues insisted that they didn't necessarily win a 6-1 romp while speaking with Reuters...

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