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Red Wings-Wild quick take: embarrassing

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to swipe two points from the dominant Minnesota Wild on Sunday, with the Wings aiming for their first win in 3 games.

The Red Wings were tenacious, but they simply had a flat first period and got bad goaltending in the third period en route to a 6-3 loss to the Wild. Coreau struggled when the Wings needed him to be strong, the Wings were on their "back foot" all game long and this game will be known for Gustav Nyquist's hack to Jared Spurgeon's face.

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NBC profiles Henrik Zetterberg

Via a Twitter video, here's NBC's profile of Henrik Zetterberg:

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Nyquist high-sticks Spurgeon

Gustav Nyquist might get suspended for this:

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Draper, Maltby speak with Khan about Mike Ilitch

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby regarding their memories of Mr. Ilitch:

"He cared about his players," Maltby said. "I remember times when someone would get hurt and looking in the medical room and Mr. Ilitch is in there, or one of the trainers would be on the phone with Mr. Ilitch. He didn't look at his players as just athletes and commodities, he looked at them as people, he cared for them."

Draper realized that when he was hospitalized for four days in 1996 with numerous facial injuries following the infamous hit by Claude Lemieux. Mike and Marian Ilitch were among his visitors.

"Whether it was a superstar or a grinder, it didn't matter," Draper said. "When you were a Red Wing, you were family. When they walked into the hospital room, checking to see if I'm OK, that was very special."

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Vanek out for Wings-Wild

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji confirms:

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Before The 3:00pm Puck Drop In Minnesota

 

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Mitch Albom weighs in on Mr. Ilitch

The Free Press's Mitch Albom wrote a hell of a column about Mike Ilitch's legacy:

For what it’s worth, I considered Mr. Ilitch a professional friend. Having known him for 30 years, I think he came to trust me, and I visited his home several times, and we’d sit at a long table and talk about many things, life, family, health. He was incredibly unassuming, often saying “Wow” and shaking his head and looking down.

Yes, he was shrewd. No, he didn’t brook dissent. Yes, casino money helped fuel his fortune (his wife being listed as owner of the MotorCity Casino is mainly to avoid conflict with Major League Baseball) and, yes, he took advantage of tax breaks and a willing city partner and grew wealthier as downtown Detroit resurged.

But nearly every major thing he built, his family still owns. That’s the difference between speculating and investing. Between dipping your beak, or making your nest. Mike Ilitch was all portions Detroit. And for a long time, Detroit is going to be a large portion Mike Ilitch.

You know the only thing I ever heard him complain about? The word “recluse.” He’d heard it said about him, and he didn’t like it. This was no Howard Hughes. The very idea of a hermit’s life would repel him.

This was a regular guy who happened to get really rich, a guy who was all about family — one wife, seven kids — who didn’t hunger for headlines, didn’t collect expensive toys, and never strayed far from his roots (“I don’t have six houses around the world…” he once told me, “Holy cripes. I couldn’t handle it!"), a man who sometimes felt unworthy of things but never felt above them.

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Zetterberg, Dubnyk will be subjects of ‘Star Sunday’ coverage on NBC

NBC posted a press release explaining how they're going to cover Sunday afternoon's games:

“STAR SUNDAY” NHL DOUBLEHEADER – RED WINGS-WILD AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC, FOLLOWED BY CANADIENS-BRUINS AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Red Wings-Wild NHL Game of the Week at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Features Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk 

Canadiens-Bruins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN Features Montreal’s Shea Weber and Boston’s Brad Marchand

“Star Sunday” Players Will Be Featured in Player Arrivals, Pre-Game Interviews, Pre- and Post-Game Studio Coverage, and Iso Cams

STAMFORD, Conn. – February 9, 2017 – NBC Sports presents a “Star Sunday” NHL doubleheader this weekend, beginning with the NHL Game of the Week at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, when Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild host Henrik Zetterberg and the Detroit Red Wings.

“Star Sunday” shifts to NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, followed by an Original Six clash at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins host Shea Weber and the Montreal Canadiens.

Airing most Sundays through the end of the regular season in April, NBC Sports’ “Star Sunday” games will shine a spotlight on a star from each team. The stars selected for each “Star Sunday” will be the focus of pre-game player arrivals and interviews, and will be highlighted in pre-game features and “get-to-know” segments. NBC Sports’ “Star Sunday” game telecasts will include an iso cam on the stars to be utilized for game analysis during intermissions, and scoreboard graphics will let viewers know when these stars are on the ice.

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Prospect news: Griffins earn shootout win over Iowa; Walleye lose in OT; Marsh 2+1, Pope 1A

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins received regulation goals from Joe Hicketts, Connor Allen and Matthew Ford, a 37-save performance from Cal Heeter and shootout goals from Evgeny Svechnikov and Tyler Bertuzzi en route to a 4-3 shootout win over the Iowa Wild. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blue Jackets wrap-up and Wings-Wild set-up

The Red Wings suffered a bitter defeat in their 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but the Wings will get right back at 'er as they face the Minnesota Wild on Sunday afternoon (3:00 PM EST on NBC/97.1 FM).

The Red Wings worked their tails off on Saturday night, but they spent a lot of time "chasing the game" because they surrendered the game's first goal again, and the fact that Sergei Bobrovsky was nothing less than swashbuckling in his dominance made the Blue Jackets very happy, as the Columbus Dispatch's Tom Reed noted:

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