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The overnight report: Red Wings-Ducks wrap-up and Wings-Kings set-up

The Detroit Red Wings will prepare to face off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight (10:30 PM EST on FSD/FS West/Sportsnet East/Sportsnet Ontario/Sportsnet Pacifici/97.1 FM) with "one to grow upon":

The Wings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Sunday night, and even had the Wings lost--in addition to losing Drew Miller in the process--it wouldn't have been a total loss:

While the Anaheim Ducks insisted that the goalposts weren't their friends, and that Petr Mrazek's impact upon the game was as much a matter of luck and goalposts as skill, there's no doubt that having the NHL's worst-ranked offense didn't help them, and that's what the Ducks focused upon when they spoke with the LA Daily News's Elliott Teaford:

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Khan: Miller will need MRI for ‘lower-body injury’

This is not good news subsequent to the Wings' 2-1 win over Anaheim:

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Prospect news: Marsh posts 2 assists; Saarijarvi sits

Of prospect-related note:

In the Swedish J20 league, Joren Van Pottelberghe stopped 30 of 34 shots in Linkopings HC's 4-3 loss to Modo;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh had 2 assists in the Saint John Sea Dogs' 5-4 win over Rimouski;

In the OHL, Vili Saarijarvi didn't play in the Flint Firebirds' 4-1 loss to Guelph;

And in the WHL, Dominic Turgeon didn't fare in the scoring in his Portland Winterhawks' 3-0 loss to Kamloops.

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Red Wings-Ducks quick take: Wings win a playoff game in January

The schedule-maker did the Red Wings no favors in pitting them against the resurgent Anaheim Ducks on Sunday evening. After wallowing at the bottom of the Pacific Division for the vast majority of the first half of the season, the Ducks have rebounded in a big way, and have gone 5-and-2 over their past 7 home games. The Wings, kicking off a set of back-to-back games against Anaheim and Los Angeles, had to dig down deep to attempt to stifle the Ducks' forward momentum.

Detroit had to dig very deep to defeat the Ducks 2-1. The Wings opened the scoring only 16 seconds in on a Tomas Tatar goal, but the Ducks rallied some 13 minutes later, and the Wings and Ducks bore down upon a vicious 1-1 tie for the next forty-three minutes, a tie in which Petr Mrazek and John Gibson were superb and the level of play was April intense...

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‘Roughly Translated’: Ken Holland discusses Axel Holmstrom’s future and more

Via RedWingsFeed, Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom had a conversation with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Axel Holmstrom's future and the performance of the Red Wings' current Swedes. What follows is a rough translation of Nordstrom's interview:

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Evening news: More Kindl talk; Wings-Ducks game-day articles; a bit about Nyquist and Axel Holmstrom

According to Sportsnet's Daniel Goffenberg, the Red Wings' waiving of Jakub Kindl ($950,000 of his $2.4 million cap hit will come off the Wings' cap figure when Kindl heads to the AHL) won't clear enough cap space to accommodate Kyle Quincey's return...

Detroit needs the cap space in order to activate defenceman Kyle Quincey off of injured reserve. Quincey hasn’t played since Oct. 23 after undergoing surgery on his ankle.

Kindl has two goals and three assists in 23 games this year.

Sending the 28-year-old to the American League would only save the Red Wings $950,000 of cap space, and it is estimated that they would need to clear approximately $1 million more before they can carry Quincey.

Quincey carries a $4.25-million cap hit. He signed a two-year $8.5 million deal in July 2014.

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms and discusses the possibilities the Wings have to clear salary:

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Red Wings-Ducks game-day Tweets and articles: No morning skate for either team

The Detroit Red Wings take on the Anaheim Ducks this evening (8 PM EST on FSD/FS San Diego/Prime Ticket/97.1 FM), with the Wings hoping to win their 4th straight road game against a resilient Ducks team.

Detroit will start Petr Mrazek this evening and Jimmy Howard tomorrow against Los Angeles, and Kyle Quincey's supposed to return to the lineup tomorrow, presuming that the Wings clear enough cap space to accommodate him.

According to AnaheimDucks.com's Kyle Shohara, the Ducks didn't hold a morning skate, and it appears that John Gibson will start. It's also assumed that Clayton Stoner will replace Korbinian Holzer on defense.

Shohara penned a morning-skate-less Wings-Ducks report, noting that the Ducks are 5-and-2 over the course of their previous 7 home games:

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Injury-decimated Griffins add A.J. Jenks

From the Grand Rapids Griffins, via RedWingsFeed:

GRIFFINS SIGN JENKS TO PTO

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday signed forward A.J. Jenks to a professional tryout.

Appearing in 33 games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye this season, Jenks ranks third on the team in points (11-14—25), including eight multi-point efforts, and has accumulated 32 penalty minutes.

Florida’s fourth choice (100th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Jenks split time between Toledo and the Charlotte Checkers during the 2014-15 campaign. He played in 27 games for the Checkers, amassing six points (2-4—6) and 12 PIM while also accounting for 25 points (16-9—25), 23 PIM and a plus-11 rating in 42 games for the Walleye.

Before turning professional, the Wolverine Lake, Mich., native spent four seasons with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers and recorded 193 points (79-114) from 2006-10.

Winners in 19 of their last 22 games, the Griffins will travel to Charlotte on Tuesday.

Grand Rapids is playing without seven six injured players (Andreas Athanasiou, Mitch Callahan, Daniel Cleary, Triston Grant, Xavier Ouellet, Nick Jensen and Tom McCollum), so the Griffins are tapping the Walleye for assistance.

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Jakub Kindl clears waivers

From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

And Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman:

The Wings' beat writers confirm:

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Morning news: Picking a first-half MVP and player grades from St. James

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage is asking fans to vote as to whether Dylan Larkin is the team's most valuable player, or whether Justin Abdelkader, Petr Mraek, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar or Henrik Zetterberg have equaled Larkin's contributions:

Dylan Larkin: Nobody has been a bigger surprise this season than the rookie sensation, who has played so well that he'll be the Red Wings' lone representative in this month's All-Star Game in Nashville.

Larkin leads the Red Wings in goals (14), game-winning goals (4), shots (113) and is second in points (28) while leading the NHL with a plus-23 rating entering Saturday night's games.

He has played in 40 games, missing one with an upper-body injury.

Savage continues...

2. And via RedWingsFeed, the Free Press's Helene St. James has posted first-half grades-via-a-slideshow:

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