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Riley Sheahan A Healthy Scratch

Ted Kulfan tweets,

Sheahan a healthy scratch tonight...confirmed by Ken Holland

No goals the entire first half season...about time probably in many fans' minds judging from feedback recent weeks


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Dylan Larkin Learning On The Fly And Tomas Tatar Toughing It Out

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Dylan Larkin is learning, sometimes the hard way, the challenges of playing center in the NHL.

As a rookie playing on the wing, he could focus mostly on offense because his center, Henrik Zetterberg, looked after him defensively. Now Larkin, who has been centering the third line recently, must be that defensive watchdog.

It hasn't been easy. His minus-15 rating is the second-worst on the team, a sharp contrast to his plus-11 rating in 2015-16. He has won only 44 percent of his faceoffs (88-of-201). He hasn't seen the ice late in the third period of some tie games, including Tuesday in Chicago, when he didn't play all but six seconds of the final 61/2 minutes.

"I take pride in being a good 200-foot player, but the NHL level is completely different than any level you've ever experienced, where players are so good and other centermen are so good that you have to be on your toes at all times," Larkin said before Thursday's game in Dallas. "You got to battle every faceoff, every time the puck is in your own zone you can't just glide around or turn away from the puck or it's going to be in the back of your net."


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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From The Dallas Side

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,


With most predictions at 95 points for a spot in the playoffs, the Stars need 53 points in the final 40 games. That means they need to start winning two for every one loss. Playing at home against a Detroit team that will likely miss the playoffs means the need to get two points out of this game is very high.

Key matchup-- Jamie Benn vs. Henrik Zetterberg

Benn returns after missing four games with a foot injury, and the Stars hope to feel his impact immediately. He had a goal and five assists in the four games before he was injured. Zetterberg is 36, but still one of the best puck possession players in recent NHL history. He has 28 points (7 goals, 21 assists) in 38 games this season, and has 45 points (11 goals, 34 assists) in 42 career games against Dallas. Zetterberg is plus-21 in those 42 games.

Key number-- 274

That's the Red Wings' man-games lost to injury this season, most in the NHL. Dallas ranks fourth in man-games lost at 183.


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Red Wings to collect smoke detectors on Saturday, January 14th

From the Red Wings:

… In-Game Collection Set for Saturday, Jan. 14 vs. Pittsburgh at Joe Louis Arena …

DETROIT – As part of the 15th Annual Smoke Detector Collection, the Detroit Red Wings and captain Henrik Zetterberg are asking fans to bring smoke detectors to Joe Louis Arena when the Red Wings face off against the defending Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Monetary donations will also be accepted for those who do not bring smoke detectors to the game. A $10 donation covers the cost of two smoke detectors.

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Today’s Skate In Dallas

Ansar Khan tweets,

RedWings on ice for optional morning state in Dallas. Mrazek in starter's net.

Kronwall (groin) skating for first time since last Wednesday. Not due back for a week or two.

Tatar (shoulder) skating today after taking maintenance day. Expected to play tonight.

I will add to this post if needed.

added 12:56pm, Khan...

Blashill confirms Mrazek starting. Said everyone who played previous game is available.

added 1:08pm, Khan again...

Tatar said he's managing his painful shoulder issue as best he can but likely needs surgery in off-season. 

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Ranking The Red Wings

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings aren't the worst team in the NHL.

Not yet, anyway.

But they're certainly trending in that direction both in the standings and the NHL Power Rankings.

Entering Wednesday night's games, the Red Wings were tied for 26th in the overall standings with a 17-18-6 record. They're just a smidgen better in MLive's NHL Power Rankings roundup, checking in at No. 25, down one spot from our last installment.

continue for Detroit rankings from numerous websites...

Also, I heard from George this morning, he is still not feeling well and will return when he improves.

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DD On The PP

 from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Danny DeKeyser's career power-play statistics are far from impressive. But he logged significant minutes on the man-advantage when it excelled two seasons ago.

The Detroit Red Wings don't many options and are desperate to get the power play going, so DeKeyser will get another look Thursday against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

"What Danny brings is a real ability to break the puck up the ice," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's a good skater, he can move the puck. One of the things we've talked lots about is we've got to do a better job of getting in the zone and having more possession time. I think he can help with that."


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Late With The Update

Ugh, both George and I are under the weather at the moment but better late than not updating at all.

The Wings practiced today in Dallas, nothing out of the ordinary.  Tatar did not practice but is expected to play tomorrow.

In other news, both Mlive and the Detroit Free Press handed out their mid-season graded on the Wings.

Both are in slideshow format...

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Red Wings to hold ‘District Detroit Night’ on January 14th vs. Pittsburgh

From PR Newswire:

Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Development Team Up to Host The District Detroit Night at Joe Louis Arena on January 14

-Detroit Red Wings game night will feature exclusive promotional items, videos and news about The District Detroit, one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country

-First 7,500 fans at the game will receive limited-edition Red Wings/The District Detroit hats

-Little Caesars Arena, future home of the Red Wings, the Detroit Pistons and more is on pace to open in September 2017 as the centerpiece of The District Detroit

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Caples on the Scott Matzka charity game

Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples penned an article regarding the University of Michigan Alumni's game against the Red Wings Alumni to raise funds for Scott Matzka:

It was an emotional night at Yost Ice Arena, for all parties concerned. It’s hard to watch a member of your family fall ill.

Family, of course, doesn’t have to mean by blood. That was remarkably evident that Saturday night.

The University of Michigan hockey program gathered at Yost on Jan. 7 to play in a charity game against the Detroit Red Wings alumni team in a fundraising effort for Scott Matzka. Whether they played before, during, or after Matzka’s four-year stay in Ann Arbor, they all came back.

The family gathered for one of their own.

“You never know what you’re getting when you sign that paper,” Matzka said to coach Red Berenson after the game.

“We didn’t, either,” Berenson said.

“Twenty years later, you go, ‘Oh yeah, that’s the family right there,” Matzka said. “Way bigger than hockey. Pretty incredible.”

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