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Dylan Larkin’s Play At Center

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Dylan Larkin has been playing more center the last several games, something Larkin did at the start of the season before being moved back to wing.

Blashill felt Larkin being freed from the responsibilities of playing center would help Larkin’s game and strengthen the overall Red Wings’ lineup.

But with the regular season winding down and the Red Wings’ close to being out of the playoff picture, this is a good time to return Larkin to a position where he’s likely going to play in the future.

“We got in a spot where we felt potentially Larkin could help our team win at the center position,” Blashill said. “He was excellent against Chicago (Friday), he looked like a real great two-way center that he can ultimately become.

“For Larks to be a real impact player in this league, he’s going to have to be a two-way player and that’s what he looked like against Chicago — and he’s done well in the other games for the most part.”

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A More Determined Anthony Mantha

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"It's just being more prepared to play in every game, every shift, to compete at a higher level, that's the message they wanted to send me and that's what I was thinking about when I was sitting out, so I'll have to bring my 'A' game tomorrow," Mantha said.

Blashill said it was more about changing habits than sending a message.

"For sure he's a guy that wants to be better," Blashill said. "I've got great belief in his character, great belief in what he's ultimately going to become. My job is to help him reach his ceiling.

"Sometimes that's by playing guys lots, sometimes that's by giving confidence, sometimes that's by teaching on the ice, sometimes by video, sometimes by taking away ice time. So, that was one tool I used the other day. I think he'll respond great. It doesn't mean he'll play great. His long-term approach is that he wants to be a very good hockey player, so I think in the end, he'll get as close as possible to reaching his ceiling."

Mantha said he'll be more determined.


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Grand Rapids Griffins sign Dominik Shine

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday signed forward Dominik Shine to an amateur tryout for the remainder of this season and to a standard player’s contract for 2017-18.

Shine, 23, played the last four seasons at Northern Michigan University (WCHA), where he tallied 97 points (48-49—97) and 185 penalty minutes in 131 games and served as a two-time alternate captain.

During his senior year, Shine paced the conference with 20 goals in 33 contests en route to his second-straight 30-point season and was named to the All-WCHA Third Team. Shine also captured the WCHA’s Offensive Player of the Week award twice and was the conference’s Player of the Month in January. He logged two hat tricks, and his 20 goals marked the most by a Wildcat in a season since 2007-08.

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Practice Tweets: Mantha draws back into the lineup

The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena for practice on Tuesday morning, preparing for a stretch of 5 games to be played in 7 nights via a "mini trip" to Colorado and Arizona on Wednesday and Thursday.

MLive's Ansar Khan reported that Anthony Mantha might be back in the fold...

Jimmy Howard in starter's net for #RedWings.


#RedWings lines at practice:


#RedWings defense pairs:


Green levels Mantha as he's driving the net. Something you don't see every day. #RedWings

Khan also penned an article regarding "Things to Watch" this week:

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The overnight report: On ‘bad Datsyuk,’ the Wings’ blueline, Mantha and NCAA notes

Of disparate Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. In the alumni department, as Paul noted, BarDown Hockey reports that Pavel Datsyuk took 25 minutes in penalties during a playoff game against Dynamo Moscow:

2. Regarding the present-day Red Wings, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff penned an article regarding Nick Jensen's ascent up the Wings' depth chart:

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A Q and A with Red Berenson

The Free Press's George Sipple spoke with University of Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson ahead of this weekend's Big Ten hockey tournament, and it sounds like Berenson is very much so a "process" guy:

On the importance of the Joe Louis Arena, which has hosted NCAA championships, the old CCHA tournament, the Great Lakes Invitational, the Big Ten tournament and an annual game between rivals U-M and Michigan State over the years: “We’ve seen college hockey grow so much, just in the 30-some years I’ve been here. What has given it credibility is being able to play in a rink like Joe Louis on a regular basis. Big games, tournament, GLI and rivalry games. That just made it big time for our players. That’s where the Red Wings play. That’s where the NHL is and I think all the people in college hockey look up to the NHL. The road to the Joe was a great slogan for a long time. Even though this weekend, I don’t think any of the teams are thinking about Joe Louis – what a great history or what a great steppingstone it has been for players in college hockey.

“We’re concerned about our game against Penn State on Thursday more than anything else.”

On whether he’ll take a minute to soak it in that this will the last time he’s behind the bench at Joe Louis Arena: “With the emotions of the games, you don’t take enough time. You don’t look around and say ‘Boy, this is the end of this.’ So there’s a lot going on right now with college hockey, just like college basketball. It’s a fast moving thing. You’re either in or you’re out. There’s a lot of desperation. So, I probably won’t take enough time.”

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Detroit’s Problems

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

They do not score enough to make so many mistakes.

If they made fewer, they would likely score more.

Mix in a devastating number of injuries on a rebuilding roster and the worst power play in the NHL, and standing 26th in a league of 30, as the Red Wings did entering play Tuesday, is the result.

The Wings have lost 30 games in regulation in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1990 and 1991....

Jeff Blashill cautions against relying on the league statistics for giveaways, saying the Red Wings rely on their own charting.

But the NHL off-ice officials recorded 11 giveaways against the Rangers and five against the Blackhawks, and it a certainly reflected the play.


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No Plans For Detroit To Call Up A Defenseman

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings will revisit the decision before departing, but initial thinking is they won't call up a reserve defenseman.

The Wings are scheduled to depart Tuesday afternoon for Denver, where they play Wednesday, followed by Thursday's game at the Arizona Coyotes. The Wings are down to just six defensemen, but also are down to four regular call-ups, and want to save those for later.

If someone gets injured in the Avalanche game, the Wings could call up someone under emergency rules (does not count against the four) and, thanks to the three-hour time change between Detroit and Phoenix, a player could still arrive in time for the pregame meal. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Monday afternoon that it was unlikely anyone would be called up before the trip.

Monday was a scheduled day off. The Wings have 10 games left in March, including two sets of back-to-backs and three games in three days caused by the Dec. 19 Carolina postponement. That triple whammy, in fact, is in the middle of a stretch that will see the Wings play five games in seven days.


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‘Mud’ Bruneteau’s record no more—Norwegian team plays longest OT game in history

From the Associated Press:

Joakim Jensen finally ended what is believed to be the longest game in hockey history, scoring in the eighth overtime in the Norwegian League playoffs.

More than 8 1/2 hours after the game started — and after 217 minutes, 14 seconds of play — Jensen broke through to give the Storhamar Dragons a 2-1 victory over the Sparta Warriors early this morning. The game ended at 2:32 a.m.

In the longest game in NHL, the Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons, 1-0, in a 1936 Stanley Cup final game, on Mud Bruneteau’s goal at 16:30 of the sixth overtime.

Storhamar leads the best-of-seven quarterfinal series, 3-2. Players will not have long to recover. The teams meet again Tuesday.


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‘Two Things’: More Red Wings-Rangers comments and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan offered a few more quips and quotes from the Red Wings' 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday:

The Rangers converted twice in a span of 37 seconds late in the second, on goals by Ryan McDonagh (his second of the game at 16:50) and Kevin Hayes at 17:27.

Multiple factors led to the goals. Niklas Kronwall's pass through the neutral zone was picked off, leading to a quick transition, and too many Red Wings were caught standing around on McDonagh's tally. Hayes' goal capped an odd-man rush, one of many the Red Wings surrendered.

Justin Abdelkader got caught trying to make a play just inside the Rangers' blueline on the other goal against, and the Wings' defense did a terrible job of "sorting out" McDonagh and Hayes' linemates.

"I thought it was a real even game at that point; I thought we had a little momentum," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We shoot ourselves in the foot twice, for no reason. I thought up to that point we had done a pretty good job and just got to make sure we don't make those errors."

Said Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet: "It's about details. Most of the game we played good and then there's sequences where we start turning pucks over and not doing the right thing."

Khan continues...

2. Of Red Wings-related note on Twitter:

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