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Red Wings-Coyotes quick take: Weird win

The Red Wings attempted to rebound from a difficult loss to Colorado as they faced the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

The Wings won a weird one--a really weird one--with the Wings scoring 2 power play goals en route to a 5-4 shootout win that the Wings could have won in regulation had they not surrendered a late tying goal by Jakob Chychrun of all people.

This game was just strange, from Mantha's 3rd period benching to the pitched battle between Domi and Abdelkader, but the Wings prevailed and damaged their draft position as a result. Very strange, very strange.

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On a limited edition ‘Red Wings sneaker’

If you are interested, per the Detroit News's Adam Graham:

The Detroit Red Wings have entered their home stretch at Joe Louis Arena, and Royal Oak sneaker boutique Burn Rubber is giving fans something to wear to the final games.

Burn Rubber has partnered with Reebok to create the red, black and white sneaker, which honors the Wings and the team’s history in a number of ways. An imprint of an octopus is on the tongue, the Red Wings logo is etched into the back of the right shoe (the Burn Rubber logo is on the left) and the Wings’ championship years are listed on the two insoles.

The $140 limited edition sneaker — only 600 pairs were produced — goes on sale at a special event at Burn Rubber, 306 S. Main St., from 6-8 p.m. Friday and will be available, while supplies last, when Burn Rubber opens its doors at noon on Saturday.

“We wanted to make it Detroit, in line and in tune with the Red Wings, and as classic as the Red Wings are,” says Roland “Ro” Coit, who designed the sneaker with Burn Rubber business partner Rick Williams.

They decided to integrate black heavily into the design to make it more wearable and functional, despite the lack of black in the team’s uniforms. “We didn’t want to make a bright red shoe,” Coit says. “We kind of thought of it as an alternate jersey.”


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Adrian Dater pens a fond farewell to the Joe

BSN Denver's Adrian Dater pays tribute to the Joe, and the former Denver Post scribe has...positive feelings about the Red Wings' home?

A lot of Colorado Avalanche fans might toast a glass of champagne when Joe Louis Arena is reduced to rubble soon. Some of the Avs’ worst memories happened at “The Joe”, including the March 26, 1997, game in which the Detroit Red Wings exacted revenge on Claude Lemieux. Then there was the infamous “Meltdown in Motown”, when the Avs lost 7-0 in Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference finals.

There is probably more than one longtime Avs fan who might enjoy pushing the button on the first mechanical wrecking ball to hit the place.

Myself, I might get a tear or two in the eyes when I walk out of The Joe for the last time Saturday, along with the rest of the Avalanche. For me, Joe Louis Arena is full of some of my life’s best memories, and very few of them have to do with any of the great, great games the Avs and Red Wings played in the heyday of the wondrous rivalry between the teams. Yes, the hockey on the ice was special, but Joe Louis Arena was a special place to me for other reasons and I’m really going to miss it.

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Red Wings reassign Lashoff to Grand Rapids

The Red Wings didn't have a roster emergency, so Brian Lashoff is heading back to Grand Rapids:

Here's the press release:

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Callahan In, Glendening Out

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Luke Glendening is out and Mitch Callahan is in for the Detroit Red Wings tonight in Phoenix....

Glendening is apparently a healthy scratch.

Callahan has no points, two shots and an even plus-minus rating in three games this season.

Blashill also said Petr Mrazek will start in goal after Jimmy Howard played Wednesday night in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.


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‘Two Things’: St. James on the ‘young defense’ and a Game-Day Preview

Off Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Nick Jensen, Xavier Ouellet and Robbie Russo about the lessons the trio of defensemen are learning while earning prime-time ice time on the Wings' blueline:

As the Detroit Red Wings close in on the end of the regular season, their playoff picture all but mathematically shuttered, one benefit of their situation is the young defensemen who are learning valuable lessons as they play important minutes. Take Jensen: He has gone from third-pair duty to playing either with Niklas Kronwall or Danny DeKeyser, either one a pairing used against the opponent’s top lines. Jensen makes a good fit anywhere because of his speed and competitiveness.

“I started out against third- and fourth-line guys and they tend to be a bit more simple, little bit more predictable,” Jensen said. “You play against the top two lines, they are a lot harder to predict what they are going to do. They know when to cheat for offense and it works for them.

“It’s a delicate balance of taking away time and space but not getting beat, because a lot of the good players, they find a way to suck you in and then they find a way to get around you. I have to learn who I am out there against, because any time guys can get behind you, they are going to try to do it. So that is one of the biggest things I have learned from playing with Kronwall.”

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2. And here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:

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Wallner: Coreau ready to ready to mind the Griffins’ net down the stretch

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Jared Coreau regarding his outlook as Coreau prepares to play out the stretch with the Griffins:

"I feel fresh," he said. "I'm excited to get playing again because once you start playing two of three, three out of four you get into a rhythm."

Of course, he'll take time in the NHL over the AHL but it came with a cost. He didn't play much after a successful start when he had two shutouts in his first seven games after his December recall. He appeared in four games from Jan. 22 to March 8 and allowed 17 goals. Coreau has wrestled with the overall takeaway.

"There are different ways I've looked at it," he said. "Like, obviously, it's really good I got called up and got some minutes up there. That's big for development. Also, too, though I've kind of wondered what it would have been like if I was here the whole year because I sort of had a goal of around 40 wins. Now that's not feasible. So, it's all good, but there is that little bit of 'what if' factor if I had been here the entire year."

What Coreau learned most was how NHL teams looked to score immediately even after a goal.

"I know what I had to do better was stop the bleeding," he said. "There were times where I'd give up three quick ones ... that's something I learned to admire from the everydayers up there and how they're able to do it successfully."

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Red Wings-Coyotes game-day articles: Smith vs. Mrazek; Pulkkinen in for Arizona

Updated 4x at 5:28 PM: The Detroit Red Wings take on the Arizona Coyotes this evening (10 PM EST on FSD/FS Arizona//97.1 FM), and the Coyotes' morning skate didn't reveal all that much...

ArizonaCoyotes.com's Dave Vest filed a morning skate report...

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WXYZ’s Galli gets a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Little Caesars Arena

WXYZ's Brad Galli got a "behind the scenes" tour of Little Caesars Arena from Olympia Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson:

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Morning news: A late-breaking Wings-Avs recap and a Wings-Coyotes preview

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan penned a late-breaking recap of last night's 3-1 loss to Colorado:

The Avalanche (20-46-3) are so bad that they're still 17 points behind the second-worst club in the league, the Arizona Coyotes.

"There's no easy games in this league," Detroit's Frans Nielsen said. "Each team in this league has good players, you can't take anything for granted. If you don't compete, you're not going to win in this league."

Said Jimmy Howard: "It doesn't matter who we're playing. You got to come out and you got to be ready to play and ready to put in a full 60-minute effort."


"I felt like [we] competed out there today, but we've got to execute better on our decisions with the puck," Nielsen said. "And we made it too easy on their goalie. We've got to pay the price and get in there and make it harder on him. I think he saw most shots."

2. And ArizonaCoyotes.com's Dave Vest penned a Wings-Coyotes game preview:

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