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Red Wings-Stars game-day articles: Wings focus on offensive zone pressure as they prepare for Stars

Updated 4x at 1:54 PM: The Detroit Red Wings held their morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Dallas Stars (7:30 PM on FSD/FS SW/97.1 FM), and MLive's Ansar Khan reported no lineup changes save Tomas Jurco and Steve Ott entering the lineup at Drew Miller's expense on the fourth line.

After the morning skate, MLive's Khan posted videos of Xavier Ouellet discussing his attempts to stick in the lineup...

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Red Wings-Stars morning skate Tweets and articles: Wings sticking with Saturday’s lines

Updated 2x at 11:52 AM:

The Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Dallas Stars this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/FS SW/97.1 FM), and the Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena just after 10:30 AM for their morning skate, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

#RedWings lines at skate:
Miller (extra)


#RedWings defense pairs:


#RedWings power-play units:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Mantha (net front), Kronwall-Sproul
Larkin-Nielsen-Nyquist, Vanek (net front), Green

(Petr Mrazek will start opposite either Antti Niemi or Kari Lehtonen tonight)

The Red Wings also said, "Hello"...

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NHL.com profiles Mark Howe ahead of the Lester Patrick Trophy ceremony

NHL.com's Adam Kimelman profiles Mark Howe ahead of Wednesday's Lester Patrick Trophy ceremony:

Mark Howe has spent his life in hockey and considers it the best possible life to have lived.

His contributions to the game will be rewarded when he receives the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

"I have a passion for the game, a love for the game," Howe said. "I'm 61 years old. I'm very fortunate to have been with some great organizations and to be involved in a sport, and to receive an award like this is very, very special."

Howe and ECHL co-founder Pat Kelly will receive the Lester Patrick Trophy in Philadelphia on Wednesday, along with the 2016 inductees into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame: former NHL player Craig Janney, longtime high school hockey coach Bill Belisle and the 1996 U.S. World Cup team.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Stars set-up

The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to rebound from Saturday's loss to Montreal when they face the Dallas Stars this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS SW/97.1 FM).

Dallas will be coming into town having dropped a 4-3 OT decision to the St. Louis Blues on Monday night, with Antti Niemi stopping 27 of 31 shots in defeat (so we will probably see Kari Lehtonen starting opposite Petr Mrazek this evening).

Despite their OT loss, Dallas boasts an 9-8-and-6 record, and they've earned at least one point in 3 of their past 4 games;  Detroit's 10-10-and-2 record includes 2 wins in their past 3 games and a 3-game point streak.

The Stars' loss to St. Louis was still a point gained as Dallas rallied from a 3-2 deficit to force overtime on Monday, as NHL.com's Louie Korac noted:

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Articles from practice: Smith, Bertuzzi to miss 3-5 weeks; Jurco to return Tuesday

Updated 5x at 5:44 PM: The Red Wings practiced on Monday ahead of a Tuesday night showdown with the Dallas Stars, and after practice, the Wings' beat writers revealed that both Brendan Smith (MCL sprain) and Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle sprain) will miss 3-5 weeks due to their injuries.

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Wings practiced with similar lines to the ones they employed during Saturday's 2-1 OT loss to Montreal:

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Practice Tweets: Jurco rejoins the fray as Wings update injuries

Updated 3x with Bertuzzi (ankle sprain) and Smith (MCL sprain) news at 12:31 PM: After placing Tyler Bertuzzi and Brendan Smith on the IR and recalling Tomas Jurco, the Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena for practice on Monday morning, and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji reported that Jurco was already back in town:

MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed that Dylan Larkin is OK...

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Wings’ nutritionist works hard to keep her charges in tip-top shape

Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus Tweeted this article from the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association, in which Red Wings nutritionist Lisa McDowell discusses her role in keeping the Wings in tip-top physical condition:

McDowell wants all athletes, not just her Red Wings, to watch what they are putting into their bodies. A good diet is crucial for everyone – especially a young hockey player who is still developing on and off the ice.

“If you’re sleeping well and eating well and hydrating well, then you really start to see a synergy with those and you become I guess the best version of your genetic potential is what I would say,” McDowell said. “We know that God-given talent will get you so far, but how do you become the best version of your genetic potential? Without proper nutrition, sleep and hydration, you just can’t. There’s lots of studies that look at performance gains with nutrition. Part of my role with the Detroit Red Wings is making sure that we don’t have any deficiencies, that we’re paying close attention to the little details and hard-wiring them into the players’ routines because they do become successful when their habits are successful.”

And just so all the youth hockey players (and their parents) reading this know – even the Red Wings struggle to consume the food doesn’t exactly taste like candy. For captain Henrik Zetterberg, vegetables are Public Enemy No. 1, but he and the Wings get creative on how he can consume them because veggies are crucial to his diet.

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Prospect news: Marsh, Smith score goals; Kadeikin’s ice time diminishes

Of prospect-related note, from Sunday evening:

In the Swedish J20 league, Filip Larsson served as the back-up in Djurgardens IF's 5-1 loss to Timra;

Alfons Malmstrom didn't register a point in Orebro HK's 4-0 win over Rogle;

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Mattias Elfstrom didn't register a point in IK Pantern's 4-0 win over Bjorkloven;

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 8:50 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 2-1 win over Salavat Yulaev;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh scored a goal in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 6-5 loss to Sherbrooke;

In the OHL, Givani Smith scored a goal and took 7 shots in the Guelph Storm's 4-2 loss to Filip Hronek's Saginaw Spirit. Hronek took 2 shots for Saginaw;

Update: regarding Smith, from ESPN's Corey Pronman:

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Khan: Smith to miss 4 weeks; no update on Bertuzzi yet

Per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Update: In cheerier news:

Update #2:

Update #3:

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Morning news: ‘steps in the right direction,’ player grades, questionable hits & ‘home improvement’

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness notes that the Wings felt that even Saturday's loss against Montreal was a "step in the right direction":

“I thought Wednesday we won ugly, which you have to do when you’re coming out of a slump,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I thought (Friday) we took a real step forward and I thought we continued that step (Saturday). We weren’t perfect but I’ve yet to see a perfect hockey game.

“I think we took steps forward,” Blashill added. “That’s our focus. Now we’ve got to go to work Monday and get better.”

During the Wings’ four-game losing streak they were outscored 13-5 and were shutout in two of those losses.

In their last three games they’ve outscored opponents 8-7.

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