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Tyson and Tylor Spink form a dynamic duo for the Walleye

The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe has profiled the Toledo Walleye's dynamic duo of Tyson and Tylor Spink:

The Spinks played for Toledo at the tail end of last season after graduating from Colgate University, where they finished one-two on the team in scoring.

Tylor averaged more than a point per game and Tyson just under a point per contest in the regular season and playoffs for Toledo last April.

Now they rank No. 2 and No. 3 among all ECHL rookies in scoring.

The brothers have always had aspirations of playing pro hockey.

“It’s pretty special to do it alongside my twin brother,” Tylor said. “We’ve been dreaming about it our whole lives. We’re trying to play at the highest level together. It’s been great.”

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TMR afternoon line: Focusing on ‘one game at a time’

From the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

[The Red Wings'] three-game road trip against the top teams in both conferences will certainly give the Wings a better perspective on what to do at the trade deadline on Feb. 28.

“I try to take … a singular day approach for sure and we’re focused on the (Washington) game,” [coach Jeff] Blashill said. “With that said, there’s no question our job as a hockey team is to make sure we’re in a position at the trade deadline where we’re not trading off assets, but the only way to do that is to win lots of games and put ourselves in the playoff picture. That’s our job as a hockey team. I won’t shy around that. But certainly from that it’s a singular game, one-game-at-a-time approach.”

The Wings, who play at Columbus and Minnesota this weekend, have 54 points through 53 games. Many feel they need to reach the mid-90s to extend their playoff streak to 26 consecutive seasons.

“I don’t know if it will be mid-90s this year, to be honest with you,” Blashill said. “I think in the past, 96 is a number we set but sometimes it’s 91, sometimes it’s 90. Every year has a life of its own. But you can’t get to 90 without getting two.

“We have to get two on Thursday night,” Blashill continued. “That’s just the reality of it. We have to play at optimal every night. At optimal you’re not (always) going to win. I thought we played darn near optimal (Tuesday) night and we lost a point. But we were in a real good spot. I thought they came out and very played well as well. It was two good teams. We’re going to have to continue to play at optimal as many nights as possible.”

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Howard to stick with the Griffins for a while

From Bob Kaser, via DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

Update: WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski spoke with Howard and Drew Miller:

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Checking in with Scotty Bowman on the 20th anniversary of his 1,000th win

NHL.com's Dave Stubbs checked in with Scotty Bowman on the 20th anniversary of his 1,000th career coaching win:

A template for countless coaches who have followed him at every level of hockey, Bowman got his 1,000th regular-season NHL victory 20 years ago on Feb. 8, 1997. And as he does with an encyclopedia of games, the 83-year-old remembers details of the milestone with stunning accuracy, any fact offered to him fleshed out with context and detail that begins with "And another thing …"

Better yet, most every anecdote he relates detours him to something unrelated that is dripping with history.

"That [1,000th win] came with Detroit in 1996-97, the year we finally won the Stanley Cup (in his fourth season with the Red Wings), Saturday in Pittsburgh, Mario Lemieux on a Penguins line with Ronnie Francis and Jaromir Jagr," Bowman said, and if he wasn't on a cellphone in his car you'd swear he was reading from notes.

"We matched up with Sergei Fedorov, Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan. I didn't play them all the time but I remember vividly that I did that day, our best three forwards against their best three. Yzerman and Lemieux moved to the wings. It was a hang of a game, [6-5], Shanahan scoring in overtime. Imagine, six Hall of Famers facing each other -- if you include Jagr, who'll be there."

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Red Wings reassign Sadowy, Heeter to Toledo Walleye

From the Grand Rapids Griffins...

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Practice Tweets: Coreau may start Thursday; Nielsen, Kronwall make progress

The Red Wings hit the ice at the Taylor Sportsplex at noon for a full practice prior to Thursday night's game against the Washington Capitals, per MLive's Brendan Savage...

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Morning news: Two-touch in Taylor; on Dubinsky’s slash, ‘this date in history’ and Twitter notes

As the Red Wings prepare for practice at the Taylor Sportsplex...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blue Jackets wrap-up—stick it to you

Our friends from Columbus earned a 3-2 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night in no small part thanks to a Steve Dubinsky slash on Henrik Zetterberg that wasn't called--and it was the second time on the play that Zetterberg's sticks were broken via slashes...

But there's also no doubt that the Wings half-stopped playing after Dubinsky got away with what he got away with--on a night when both teams got away with a lot of stupid, dirty crap that should either be called all the damn time or none of the damn time--and Seth Jones' shot found the top corner of the net as a result.

Both teams would agree that there were penalty calls missed by the officiating crew, with Columbus arguing that Brendan Smith should have been kicked out of the game for a hit to Josh Anderson's head, as the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline noted:

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Red Wings-Blue Jackets quick take: slash dot dash

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to pounce on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at the Joe, with the Wings hoping to inflict a four-game losing streak upon the Blue Jackets.

The Red Wings have every reason to be steamed as the Blue Jackets won 3-2 in OT because Henrik Zetterberg's sticks--plural--were slashed out of his hands twice--plural--minus penalty calls, but Columbus charged up into Detroit's zone 3-on-2, Dubinsky found Jones, and Jones found the top of the net with the Wings half-playing as they expected a penalty.

If the Wings miss the playoffs, they'll remember this one. And they'll remember stopping playing when the slashes happened.

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Checking in with Jim Paek

The CBC's Tim Wharnsby spoke with former Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek regarding Paek's attempts to build an Olympic-caliber Korean national ice hockey team ahead of the 2018 Olympics:

Jim Paek knows how difficult it is to win a Stanley Cup. But preparing a nation in its hockey infancy for the Winter Olympics could present an even tougher challenge.

Paek, a former defenceman who turns 50 on Apr. 7, helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and '92. As a minor leaguer, he won the IHL's Turner Cup in 1999 with the Houston Aeros. And Paek was an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins (a Detroit Red Wings affiliate) when they took the AHL's Calder Cup championship in 2013.

But after nine seasons behind the bench in Grand Rapids, Paek decided in July 2014 to become the head coach of South Korea's national men's hockey team for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

With the world's 23rd-ranked team preparing for its Olympic debut, there's been a lot of work to do.

"I believe we have made great strides," Paek says from Seoul. "Mentally we have developed, physically we have gotten stronger, and the players are getting a high level of international experience that will prepare them for the Olympics.

"The culture has changed. We believe in the process and getting better every day. That is our goal."

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