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Red Wings-Predators morning skate Tweets and articles: Coreau starts for DET, Howard for GR

The Red Wings will attempt to buld upon their win over the Islanders as they face off against the Nashville Predators this evening (8 PM EST on FSD/FS Tennessee/97.1 FM).

The Predators hit the ice at Bridgestone Arena for their morning skate just after 11:20 AM, per the Tennessean's Adam Vingan...

Roman Josi is heading to the ice for the Predators' optional AM skate.

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Roman Josi wouldn't say if he's playing tonight, but Tony Bitetto's still skating. Seems like a good sign that 59 will return.

The Predators' waiver wire player cleared...

The Predators' intention is to assign Mike Ribeiro to AHL Milwaukee. We'll see if he goes. He hasn't played an AHL game since 2002-03.

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Toronto Maple Leafs claim Alexey Marchenko

Not surprising per se, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman...

And Sportsnet's Chris Johnston:

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Bounce Finally Goes Detroit’s Way

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

During a difficult season with many deflating goals against late in games, the Detroit Red Wings must have felt the hockey gods owed them one.

Those powers delivered on Friday, as Danny DeKeyser scored with 27.9 seconds to play in the third period for a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings (21-21-9) stopped a five-game winless skid (0-2-3) by beating a club that had gone 6-0-1 in its previous seven.

It appeared the Islanders might pull out another one when Jason Chimera celebrated his 1,000th game by scoring with 2:26 remaining in regulation, after Darren Helm mishandled the puck near his net.

"Most of the time during the year those even out," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "I think that we had some bounces against us lately, so it was nice to see one go in for our side."

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Watch the extended game highlights below...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Islanders wrap-up and Wings-Preds set-up

The Red Wings earned a hard-fought 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday, snapping a 5-game winless streak, and the Wings will attempt to keep the good times rolling against the Nashville Predators this evening (8 PM EST on FSD/FS Tennessee/97.1 FM).

In terms of Friday night's game, the Red Wings would argue that they've earned the kind of wild bounce that yielded Danny DeKeyser's game-winning goal with 27.9 seconds remaining in regulation; the Islanders rued the play, and felt that Friday's loss was something of a heartbreaker, as they told Newsday's Laura Albanese:

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Red Wings-Islanders quick take: DeKeyser delivers late as Wings win a squeaker

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to dent the streaking New York Islanders' momentum on Friday, with the Islanders coming into Friday's game on a 5-0-and-1 streak.

The Red Wings may or may not have earned all their breaks, but they defeated the Islanders 5-4 thanks to a "pinball shot" by Danny DeKeyser and thanks to a heavy-battling effort by the Red Wings for a full 60 minutes, even though they were on their "back foot" for much of the 3rd period.

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Afternoon news: A Game-Day Preview video; on Howard, Mrazek, the Isles and ‘You Can Play’

The Red Wings face the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG Plus/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), and in addition to a slate of game-day articles, more afternoon news has popped up:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video;

2. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Jimmy Howard regarding his imminent conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins...

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St. James checks in with Ken Holland regarding Alexey Marchenko

The Free Press's Helene St. James checked in with Ken Holland regarding the waiving of Alexey Marchenko:

Marchenko has been a healthy scratch the last four games. He missed time in November and December because of a shoulder injury. In the meantime, the Wings called up Nick Jensen, and he grabbed a job. Jensen’s biggest assets are his ability to skate and his compete level, and it’s especially his speed that has made him aa good partner for Niklas Kronwall.

“We’ve got a lot of young defensemen, and with Brendan Smith healthy and Jimmy Howard on the horizon, have to make moves for the cap and 23-man roster,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press.

If Marchenko clears by noon Saturday, he will be assigned to Grand Rapids. The Wings would gain $950,000 in salary cap relief against his cap hit of $1.45 million. Marchenko 25, is signed through next season.

There are likely to be more moves ahead, unless there are new injuries. Steve Ott (shoulder) is close to returning -- maybe as soon as Tuesday -- and Howard (knee) is also close, pending how he feels after playing Saturday in Grand Rapids. If he feels good, the plan is he plays again with the Griffins on Wednesday, then meets the Wings in Columbus, where they play Feb. 11. Jared Coreau can be sent back to Grand Rapids to make room for Howard, but it may also require another move to free up enough salary cap space.

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Islanders interim coach Doug Weight speaks with Michigan Hockey

New York Islanders coach Doug Weight spoke with Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus about his hockey memories growing up in St. Clair Shores, MI and his status as the Islanders' interim bench boss:

Weight, who is also the Isles’ assistant general manager, has filled in admirably since Jack Capuano was fired on Jan. 17. Since, the Isles have gone 5-0-1 heading into Friday’s tilt with Detroit. The Detroit native joined Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill (Sault Ste. Marie) and Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma (Grand Haven) as the only homegrown NHL head coaches currently in the league.

“The beginning has been great, that’s no secret,” Weight said. “It’s always a shocker when something like that happens within an organization and, first and foremost, from staff to the top-down, you take accountability for it, but one man gets the brunt of it so it’s a tough situation and we were close with Jack (Capuano) and that team liked Jack. So we had to take the positives out of it and we’ve had to move on.

Like Detroit, the Islanders are fighting for their playoff lives, as they currently sit five points back of the second wild card spot in a tough Metropolitan Division.

“For me, so far it’s been great, but there’s always gonna be ebbs and flows in this league that’s for sure,” Weight said. “There’s so many great teams. It’s gonna be a tough one tonight, but the cliché thing is, we’ve dug ourselves a hole so we have to take it one game at a time.”

Kubus continues...

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Red Wings waive Alexey Marchenko

No surprise here: the Red Wings have waived Alexey Marchenko, per TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie:

MLive's Ansar Khan confirms, and he reports that Marchenko will be assigned to Grand Rapids if he clears:

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Red Wings-Islanders game-day articles: Mrazek starts; Howard ready to get going in GR

Updated 3x at 1:37 PM: The slumping Red Wings face a red-hot Islanders team this evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/MSG Plus/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), and the Red Wings' morning skate revealed no personnel changes save Petr Mrazek starting in goal, as the Free Press's Helene St. James noted:

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