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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch this week:
- Larkin's goal-scoring streak
Dylan Larkin has scored one goal in each of the last four games, equaling the longest streak for a Red Wings teenager since Steve Yzerman in 1984-85.
Gustav Nyquist was the last Red Wing to score in more than four consecutive games, putting together a six-game streak from March 16-25 (nine goals).
Larkin leads the Red Wings in goals (eight), game-winning goals (three), shots on goal (55) and plus-minus rating (plus-12). He is tied with Arizona's Max Domi for the goal-scoring lead among rookies, ranks third in points (15) and first in plus-minus among rookies.
- Trying to snap losing streak vs. Bruins
No team has given the Red Wings more trouble the past couple of years than the Boston Bruins, who visit Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
The Bruins have won five in a row vs. the Red Wings in the regular season, including 3-1 at TD Garden on Nov. 14, and have won nine of their past10 from Detroit including the playoffs....
MLive's Brendan Savage penned an article discussing the Red Wings' up-tick in offense over the past week of play, in terms of both hard numbers and Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill's takes on his team's offfensive game:
[T]hings began looking up in the last week, when the Red Wings posted a 3-0-1 record.
They scored a total of 12 goals for average of 3.00 – better than the NHL standard of 2.66 entering Sunday's action.
"I think results follow process and I think the process has been good for a number of games," said coach Jeff Blashill. "Not every single game but if you go back to San Jose, you go back to Dallas, games where we didn't score, I thought we had lots of chances. We just didn't score.
"Maybe we didn't hit the net enough, maybe we didn't have enough net presence. We just didn't score. But I thought those processes were good. If that process continues, in time I believe you do get the results. I think we've had a little bit more net presence and we've done a better job of hitting the net. Those are two specific areas from those San Jose and Dallas games that have gotten better."
The Red Wings lost 4-1 Nov. 8 vs. Dallas – one of the NHL's top teams – and fell 3-2 to San Jose five nights later.
Savage continues at length, with Blashill dishing a bit of observation and some offensive philosophy.
WXYZ's Brad Galli has a little more information regarding the Red Wings' teased Stadium Series jersey:
As WXYZ notes, we kind of know what the jersey will look like, and I believe I'm in the minority in liking the "Modern 'D'":
Of prospect-related note this evening:
In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo took 2 shots and finished at -1 in 20:38 of ice time in TPS Turku's 3-1 win over Lukko;
In the Swedish J20 SuperElit League, Joren Van Pottelberghe stopped 35 of 40 shots in Linkopings HC's 5-0 loss to Frolunda;
In HockeyEttan, Hampus Melen didn't play in Morrums GoIS IK's 4-3 loss to Nybro;
In the OHL, Vili Saarijarvi took 4 shots in the Flint Firebirds' 6-5 win over Erie;
And in the BCHL, Chase Perry stopped 18 shots in the Wenatchee Wild's 8-0 win over Surrey.
Someone asked me if I'd heard anything about the Wings' Stadium Series gear, and I stated that I expected the team to share what the Wings are wearing before Christmas. Per the Wings' Instagram account, that's apparently true, and we'll find out more on Monday:
From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
Thanks to his goal-scoring streak, Larkin has suddenly taken over the team lead with eight goals. His 15 points is second only to Henrik Zetterberg, who leads the Red Wings with 18.
Larkin also leads the team with 55 shots on net and his plus-12 rating is best on the team and third in the NHL.
Getting the puck on net, attempting to create something offensively, is something that's particularly important on a team that only recently began to flex its muscles offensively.
Coach Jeff Blashill likes that Larkin has been aggressive.
"He attacks and shoots the puck a lot," Blashill said. "He is one of those guys, I don't want to say he overshoots it because it's not that he doesn't make plays, but if he has a chance he's going to shoot it. That probably needs to be a little more contagious on our team."
Among NHL rookies, Larkin's eight goals are tied for first (with Arizona's Max Domi) and the 15 points rank third.
Update: The Free Press's George Sipple noted that while Larkin may have become a leader, he doesn't act like he's hot stuff:
The Red Wings find themselves on the wrong side of the salary capped-CBA's merciless nature today, having lost Landon Ferraro on waivers to Boston, and while the move doesn't significantly affect the team as Ferraro was and is a 3rd/4th line grinder...
From a personal and "gut" standpoint, it still sucks. I got to know Landon from about ten days after the Wings drafted him to this season, and he was always honest, forthright, polite and plain old struck me as a good egg.
Because there's a 23-man roster limit, because not everybody makes it to the NHL, and because player movement due to the waiver wire and free agency have become increasingly more common, covering a team means understanding that not everybody the Wings draft is going to make it, and not everyone who makes the NHL is going to find their NHL home with the Red Wings, but it's still hard to witness members of the Red Wings' family leave the organization.
I'm not here to question why the Wings waived Ferraro over someone else or why they haven't addressed other personnel concerns today...I'm just here to thank Landon for his politeness and professionalism during his tenure with the Wings. He's a good young man as well as a tenacious hockey player, and I wish him well in every game that he doesn't play against the Wings.
added 12:13pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings needed to make a move because Ferraro is close to being cleared medically from a knee injury he suffered on Nov. 6 and their 23-man roster is full.
They opted to keep center Joakim Andersson, who despite being a frequent healthy scratch, gives them another penalty killer. Tomas Jurco, assigned to Grand Rapids last week for a conditioning stint (maximum two weeks), still counts toward the Red Wings' roster limit.
Ferraro will be back in town with his new team Wednesday, when the Bruins visit Joe Louis Arena.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
AWood40 posted a highlight cilp of last night's Wings win over the Blues...
And MLive's Brendan Savage penned a late-breaking recap:
The Red Wings' 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues punctuated a stretch of 6 games played over the course of 9 nights and the second set of back-to-backs with an entertaining, exciting and up-and-down victory served up by Teemu Pulkkinen's overtime game-winner:
The Red Wings rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take the lead, they surrendered a point by nursing their lead instead of attacking with only 2:10 remaining in regulation when Vladimir Tarasenko tied the game...
And yet Detroit played a strong game overall against a big, heavy team, displaying poise, resolve, playing strong defense and winning one-on-one battles as Dylan Larkin dazzled, Pavel Datsyuk showed flashes of his old self as he scored his first goal of the year, Brad Richards and Mike Green looked to be finding their comfort zones and Jimmy Howard was strong enough to deliver necessary saves.
The Wings flew home for their last 3-day break until December 15th leaving a frustrated Blues team in their wake, though In the Slot's Louie Korac reports that the Blues didn't feel too badly about having taken a point from the speedy Wings:
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