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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Tomas Tatar is likely to finish with respectable, even team-leading, goal-scoring statistics given his late-season upswing.

Tatar had five goals in the last 10 games (with two assists) entering Wednesday night’s game in Colorado and leads the Red Wings with 17 goals (33 points).

Tatar had 21 goals last season, and 29 in 2014-15, with fans — and the Red Wings — expecting and waiting for a similar 29-goal season ever since.

“If you look at Tats’ scoring the second half of this year, it’s been very good,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s on pace to score the same amount of goals as he did last year and he started off slow. He’s been doing a lot of right things here for a while.”

Blashill felt Tatar ran into bad luck the early part of the season.

“More than anything else he was a little snake-bitten at the beginning of the year,” Blashill said. “I don’t think he wasn’t getting chances. I don’t think he wasn’t necessarily getting on the inside. I just don’t think they were going in.

“Sometimes that happens to players.”

Tatar has caught fire while playing on a wing on Henrik Zetterberg’s line (with Gustav Nyquist on the opposite wing).

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Red Wings to host equipment collection drive for Jack Adams Memorial Arena programs

From the Red Wings:

Red Wings Host NHL Green Week Celebration On Saturday
Team to hold hockey equipment collection drive to benefit youth hockey programs at Jack Adams Memorial Arena in Detroit

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings will celebrate NHL Green™ Week at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, March 18 as the Red Wings square off against the Colorado Avalanche at 1:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit, 97.1 The Ticket).

In conjunction with NHL Recycle the Game initiative as part of NHL Green™ Week, the Red Wings will host a collection drive outside The Joe on the street level of the Joe Louis Arena People Mover Station (600 Civic Center Dr.) for fans to donate new or gently-used hockey equipment. Donated equipment will benefit youth hockey programs at Jack Adams Memorial Arena in Detroit.

A regulation-sized hockey net featuring green goal posts, courtesy of the NHL, will serve as the drop-box for hockey gear at the Joe Louis Arena People Mover Station.

Hockey equipment being accepted includes helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin pads, gloves, skates and sticks, in addition to goalie leg pads, blockers and gloves.

Additionally, in-game elements during Saturday's game against the Avalanche will highlight NHL Green™ Week initiatives and encourage fans to get involved and improve their environmental footprint.

For more information on NHL Green™ Week activities and initiatives, visit http://www.NHL.com/Green

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Red Wings-Avalanche ‘morning’ skate Tweets and articles: Mantha in, Howard starts

Updated at 2:52 PM: The Detroit Red Wings battle the Colorado Avalanche tonight (9:30 PM EDT on FSD Plus/Altitude/97.1 FM) with a whole bunch less hype than your usual Red Wings-Avalanche game, and MLive's Brendan Savage reports that the Avs are struggling in a big way:

* The Avs, who own the NHL's worst record, are one of the few teams in the league that are scoring fewer goals than the Red Wings. Colorado ranks dead last with 131 goals, 19 fewer than the next-worst team, New Jersey. The Red Wings are 27th with 159 goals. Colorado has scored 10 goals in its last eight games, getting six in back-to-back games. They've been shut out three times in the last eight games and have scored one goal in two of them.

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Kristen Bell discusses her Red Wings fandom

In the rarely-used "Celebrity News" corner, Kristen Bell and Dax Sheppard are in town to promote their reboot of CHiPS, and the Free Press's Brian Manzullo reports that Bell told the Rich Eisen Show that her Red Wings fandom was a huge part of her growing up:

"My high school career, nobody cared about Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise," Bell, 36, said. "As a young girl, I had posters of Darren McCarty and Chris Osgood and all those guys on my wall."

Steve Yzerman, too.

"They were all gods to me. I wore a tag on my shirt in high school that said, 'Mrs. Osgood.' So I was like really trying to live the secret and put it out there, so I was like 16 and like, 'Maybe if it I just wear it on my heart, he will know we're meant to be together.'"

Obviously, that didn't work out. She instead ended up with actor Dax Shepard, who she met at a Los Angeles Kings game on the West Coast. The fact that Shepard also is a Michigan native (from Highland) was a big connection at the time, Bell said.

"I wouldn't have my husband (if not for the Red Wings), wouldn't have my kids," Bell said. "Everything comes from the Red Wings. I owe them a lot."

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Kris Draper talks about the Wings-Avs rivalry, Claude Lemieux and winning the Stanley Cup

From Kris Draper at the Players' Tribune:

I didn’t know my face was caved in, but I knew it wasn’t good.

I knew it wasn’t good from the sound my cheek had made when it hit the dasher above the boards. I knew it wasn’t good because the referee had blown his whistle so quickly. I knew it wasn’t good because our trainer, John Wharton, had jumped over the boards right away to check on me.

I saw the blood on the ice, but I didn’t know the right side of my face was caved in.

My only thought was, O.K., this is a bad one. How many stitches?

It was Game 6 of the ’96 Western Conference finals against the Colorado Avalanche. We had to win the game in their barn to keep the series alive. The whole series was a bloodbath. To say “there was no love lost” between us would be an understatement. I rarely ever use the word “hate,” but I’ll use it here. We hated them. They hated us. That’s just the way it was.

Moments before, I had collected the puck along the boards and made a pass, and I was drifting backwards right by our bench. The next thing I knew, I got hit from behind. I felt my face hit the top of the boards. Everything went black for a second. I was on all fours, trying to get up, but I couldn’t.

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U.S. Women’s team threatens to boycott Women’s World Championship in Plymouth

Via Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples, the Women's World Championship is being held in Plymouth, Michigan this year, but some of Team USA's biggest stars indicated that the team will not attend the event unless Team USA honors its commitments:

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Wings’ Alums to take part in charity game for cebral palsy research on March 25th

From WJBK Fox 2 Detroit:

Some Detroit Red Wings alumni are gearing up for a charity hockey game later this month that benefits United Cerebral Palsy of Detroit. The event is a chance to see some of your favorite hockey players up close and personal while supporting a great cause.

The event features a sled hockey game with Grand Rapids Sled Wings, a silent auction and then the alumni game. Last year's event raised more than $40,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of Detroit.

The game is on Saturday, March 25 at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Ice Arena in Orchard Lake. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the sled hockey game kicks off the day's activities at 4 p.m. Tickets are just $10 a person, or $30 for a family up to 5 members. Kids 5 and under are free.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Avalanche set-up—not your usual Wings-Avs match-up

The Detroit Red Wings aren't very good this season, and the Colorado Avalanche still aren't very good several seasons into their rebuild, so tonight's game beween the Wings and Avs (9:30 PM EDT on FSD Plus/Altitude/97.1 FM--note the time change from the listed 10 PM start) isn't exactly a marquee match-up any more--nor will Saturday's 1 PM matinee between these teams at the Joe be a marquee match-up...

But I sure as hell hope that the Wings play their games against Colorado with the kind of respect for the rivalry between these two teams that is befitting any meeting between any incarnations of the respective franchises.

Our friends from Denver come into tonight's game boasting a 19-46-3 record, and they've lost 5 of their past 7 games, including a 1-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, and Avalanche superstar Nathan MacKinnon told the Denver Post's Terry Frei that his team's performance of late simply isn't acceptable:

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Henrik Zetterberg donates 2,500 smoke detectors to SE MI fire departments

From DetroitRedWings.com's Art Regner:

Usually the word 'save' in hockey is associated with a goalie preventing a goal.

Tuesday after Wings practice, Zetterberg distributed more than 2,500 smoke detectors to local fire department representatives, which will be used to make the most important save of all - saving lives.

These smoke alarms will be installed in the homes of low-income residents throughout the state of Michigan by various fire departments.

Presented by Comerica Bank, the Red Wings held their 15th annual Smoke Detector Collection where Wing fans donated smoke detectors and money during an in-game collection on Jan. 14 and the Zetterberg Foundation kicked in more than $8,000 to purchase additional units.

Zetterberg is in his 11th year as the spokesman for the Smoke Detector Collection, which was originally established in 2001 by Brendan Shanahan to honor the memory of his father, Donal, who was a firefighter.

WXYZ filed a report from practice...

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Evening news: On Larkin at center, Mantha’s return and Green the mentor

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Red Wings have released a commercial bidding "Farewell to the Joe":

2. MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Dylan Larkin is being slotted back into the center's position, and Jeff Blashill believes that center is the position where Larkin should play:

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