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Remembering Gordie Howe

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Gordie Howe is part of every hockey night in Detroit. The fans walk through the Gordie Howe Entrance into Joe Louis Arena, past the Gordie Howe statue in the concourse and past the Gordie Howe pictures on the walls. They sit beneath his No. 9 hanging in the rafters.

But since Mr. Hockey died June 10 at age 88, his No. 9 has been painted behind each net at the Joe, and the Detroit Red Wings have worn it on a patch on their sweaters.

And on Friday, Gordie Howe Night, the first 5,000 fans who came to see the Red Wings play the Winnipeg Jets received a replica of the statue. The video screens showed photos, highlights and statistics celebrating Howe's 25 seasons with Detroit, from his 786 goals to his four Stanley Cup championships to his six Hart Trophy wins as NHL most valuable player.

When the children of Gordie and the late Colleen Howe walked onto a red carpet for the ceremonial faceoff -- Cathy, Mark, Marty and Murray -- the fans cheered, then hushed.

"Long live Gordie!" someone yelled from the stands.

Indeed.

Gordie Howe is gone. But not only will he not be forgotten, especially here, where he spent the prime of his career, the work he and Colleen did to grow the game and enrich the lives of others will enter a new era.

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Post-Game Talk After Detroit’s 5-3 Loss To Winnipeg

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings (6-5-1) saw their winless streak reach four games (0-2-2).

“We have to make sure we make people earn their goals and we didn’t do a good enough job of that,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We missed assignments. We have to do a better job of that. We have to go to work and make sure we’re way better.”

In a strange and lengthy game, three of the goals had to be confirmed by video replay.

But in the end, it wasn’t video that did in the Red Wings as much as their own defensive breakdowns.

“We did a lot of good things, but just had some breakdowns and they capitalized on our chances,” forward Justin Abdelkader said.

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Quick Recap Of Wings/Jets

It's Friday night, George is day-to-day and I want a pop, badly.

Wings lose 5-3 after giving up a one-goal lead three times tonight.

Discuss.

Goals are below...

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Video- Detroit’s Game Day Preview

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Video- Game Day Preview From The Winnipeg Side

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Video- Gordie Howe Stories

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After Ten Games Or So

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

The NHL season has hit the 10-game mark for most teams and trends are developing. By 20 games, most teams will begin to contemplate major decisions. Here are some potential hot-seat situations across the league to keep an eye on:

Ken Holland: The Detroit GM needs to fix the Wings defence, which has been awful and is dragging down the club. They don’t have the personnel. They don’t have a top pairing. Danny DeKeyser is being pushed well beyond his limits in the No. 1 slot and everyone below him is at least one station above his abilities. DeKeyser is a No. 3 at best but he’s playing top-pairing minutes. The Wings can’t get the puck out of their own zone efficiently and they turn it over way too often. Holland needs to find a fix. Stat.  

many more people on the hot seat...

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From Detroit’s Morning Skate - Kronwall May Be In Tonight

via Ansar Khan tweets,

RedWings working on power play at start of morning skate. Interesting that Kronwall is on top unit. Is he back ?

Petr Mrazek in starter's net for #RedWings at the skate.

defense pairs at skate:
DeKeyser-Green
Ericsson-Marchenko
Smith-Kronwall
Looks like Ouellet and Sproul extras. Skating together

I will add to this post as information becomes available.

added 10:42am, more Khan...

power play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Tatar, Kronwall-Green
&
Athanasiou-Nielsen-Larkin, Abdelkader (net front), Smith

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Dylan Larkin Finding His Game

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

One positive in the Detroit Red Wings’ loss Wednesday in Philadelphia?

Another sign that Dylan Larkin is getting hot offensively.

Larkin scored the Red Wings’ opening goal in what would eventually be another defeat in the city of Philadelphia, 4-3 in overtime.

It was Larkin’s fourth goal, his second in two games, and Larkin was much more aggressive offensively and looking to create scoring opportunities.

“Larks has played good hockey lately,” said coach Jeff Blashill, who has Larkin back playing on a wing after beginning the season at center. “He’s getting chances, he’s getting shots, his impact on the games have been good overall.

“I’m happy with where his game is at.”

continued plus Blashill on AA...

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Ken Holland With An Update On The Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings should have at least one option at forward, and maybe another on defense, by mid-November.

With Thomas Vanek, one of their leading scorers, out another 2-3 weeks, the only possible lineup change right now is on defense, where the Wings carry seven healthy players. After taking today off, the Wings return to work Friday, against the visiting Winnipeg Jets (7:30 p.m, FSD, NHL Network), followed by a Sunday evening game against the Edmonton Oilers.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that everyone who played in Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss at Philadelphia is expected to be available. The lineup could gain a forward soon, as Tomas Jurco should be cleared for contact practices next week. He has been sidelined since off-season back surgery.

“He’s doing great, he’s just about ready to be integrated into practices,” Holland said. “The trainers think, middle of next week, he should practice full-out.”

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