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MLive's Brendan Savage engaged in a Q and A with Red WIngs defenseman Mike Green:
MLive: Ten years in Washington. What was the coolest part about playing in a city like that?
Green: For me it was seeing hockey become a big part of the community. When I first got there no one really knew what the Capitals were and we got maybe 5,000, 6,000 fans for the games. As time went on, we were selling out each night and fans were pretty excited about hockey.
MLive: What's it been like coming to an Original Six city?
Green: It's been pretty incredible actually. You sit in the dressing seeing the photos and what not. A lot of history here, a lot memories for a lot guys. You can sense that presence in this dressing room.
Of prospect-related note,
In the AHL, minus Tom McCollum, the Grand Rapids Griffins received a goal and an assist from Eric Tangradi, 2 assists from Andreas Athanasiou, a goal from Mitch Callahan and 23 saves from Jared Coreau en route to a 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. The Griffins have now won 9 straight games.
The Griffins' website posted a recap:
The Detroit Red Wings would be facing a particularly stiff task in battling the East-leading Montreal Canadiens this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/CITY/RDS/97.1 FM) and the surging New Jersey Devils on Friday (7:30 PM on FSD Plus) if the teams in question had no names.
The fact that the Red Wings possess an 0-5-and-2 record against the Canadiens since the 2013-14 season, and when you line that up against the Red Wings' 11-game points streak (7-0-and-4)--and add in the fact that the Canadiens lost their 3rd straight game last night, a 3-1 decision to Boston--and you end up with a recipe for some fireworks this evening.
The Red Wings will want to "measure up," but they've lost 7 straight against a team that's going to want to put the brakes on a 3-game losing streak, and with Detroit only 6 points behind the Canadiens, with a game in hand...
This could be the Wings' best chance to gain ground on the Carey Price-less Habs in ages.
The Canadiens rarely surrender a 3rd-peirod lead, but the Mike Condon-backstopped Canadiens dropped just that en route to Wednesday night's loss, as the Canadian Press noted:
Anthony Mantha didn't play in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday night,
but the reasons for his scratching were unclear for Martin Frk's sake, but the 6'4" prospect is still a big part of the Red Wings' future.
Le Journal de Montreal's Jean-Francois Chaumont spoke with Mantha about his slow but steady improvement as a professional hockey player.
from The Hockey News,
In the first edition of the THN.com Roundtable, we debate who will, or should, win the NHL’s rookie-of-the-year award.
Dylan Larkin, C, Detroit Red Wings
LARKIN. Dylan Larkin. Ah, feels good to see those surnames together. I have to show some bias toward my faux-bloodline. Seriously, though, Larkin outplayed Jack Eichel at the world juniors last year despite considerably less fanfare and has done it again this season. Larkin plays with discipline and grit in all three zone and is on pace to top 30 goals as a teenager. I’d bet my (minuscule) life savings he succeeds Henrik Zetterberg as captain someday. I don’t see the Jonathan Toews comparisons as hyperbole. Everything about Larkin screams “winner.” He’s already a franchise pillar.
read on for other candidates...
The 19-6-and-3 Montreal Canadiens will be battling the Boston Bruins this evening on NBCSN, and then the Habs head to Motown to take on the 15-8-and-5 Red Wings on Thursday. Detroit possess an 11-game unbeaten streak (7-0-and-4), and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa duly notes that the measuring stick will be out on Thursday evening:
Thursday, the Red Wings are up against the Canadiens, who have presided over the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference for the entire season. The Wings trail them by six points, but head-to-head battles are often a better indicator.
"I didn't think we were good enough," coach Jeff Blashill said of the Wings performance against the Capitals. "The process is going to have to be better on Thursday."
Not having had much success against either Eastern Conference rival recently, the Wings feel they can provide better evidence of their playoff possibilities by improving their record against them.
They enter the contest Thursday with a seven game losing streak, against the Canadiens, including a 4-1 loss in Montreal, Oct. 17.
"Again, it gives us a chance to measure or record against the best teams in the league or the Eastern Conference," Blashill said. "We want to be a top team. So, to be a top team, you have to beat these teams. We haven't seen Montreal since early in the year in their building. So, it will be interesting to see how we stack up. Our focus has to be to play better than we did tonight. And, if we do, I like our chances against anybody."
Krupa continues, discussing Joakim Andersson and Tomas Jurco's performances against Washington and noting that the Wings won't face Carey Price on Thursday as he's injured.
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
Among NHL.com's Dan Rosen's "Over the Boards" Mailbag questions:
What could you see being fair market value for Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard? Where does he go? What comes back? -- @purdstheword22
So you're assuming Howard is going to get traded. I'm not so sure on that, at least not during the season. Why would the Red Wings trade Howard during the season and risk being an injury to Petr Mrazek away from having to dive into the American Hockey League for a goalie? It wouldn't make any sense. Maybe eventually it happens, if the Red Wings become firm believers that Mrazek can handle the No. 1 load and the roughly 60 starts that come with it. He's never done that in the NHL, so there's no rush by the Red Wings to trade Howard.
As for a potential return on Howard, it all depends on how badly the team that acquires him needs him. There aren't many teams in the NHL that need a No. 1 goalie. Thinking ahead to after the season, I can see the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs on that list. Toronto is obviously interesting because Howard played for Mike Babcock in Detroit and they have to decide if James Reimer and/or Jonathan Bernier are No. 1 material. Carolina has to see if Eddie Lack is their guy for the future too. The Red Wings would want a No. 1 draft pick, but what they want and what they could get might not be in line.
This article from the Associated Press is a "rookie round-up" that sounds more than a little familiar, but there's nothing wrong with a little gratuitous praise for Dylan Larkin as the headliner of the 2015-16 rookie class:
Baby-faced Dylan Larkin is just 19 and doesn't appear to be in much need of a razor.
The Detroit Red Wings' center plays like a man by any measure.
After Monday's games, Larkin led the league in plus-minus rating, was tied for the most even-strength goals and had scored more than anyone else in an impressive NHL rookie class.
Not bad for someone who was hoping just to make the roster.
''I'm still pretty surprised I'm having this type of success this year,'' Larkin said.
Buffalo's Jack Eichel, another standout rookie, shrugs when he sees Larkin effortlessly skate and handle the puck with his soft hands to make plays against the best hockey players in the world.
''You guys will all get used to this,'' Eichel said. ''I've seen it for years now.''
The AP continues, and if you missed Larkin's slick pass to Henrik Zetterberg last night, here it is:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Jimmy Howard's shootout troubles from the past couple of seasons continued on Tuesday, but he was also mainly responsible for the Detroit Red Wings stealing a point in a game in which they were badly outshot.
Howard made 38 saves in regulation and overtime against Washington before shootout goals by T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov lifted the Capitals to a 3-2 victory at the Verizon Center.
"I think when you get to overtime, you get to a shootout, you're leaving it to chance a bit," Blashill said. "I think that's the reality of life sometimes.
"With him I'd focus on the fact that he did a great job and I don't think we get the point if he doesn't play great."
The Red Wings (15-8-5) have earned at least one point in 11 consecutive games (7-0-4).
"You know, it's just too bad," Howard said. "Been there for the team the whole game, would have liked to pick up that extra point, but you know, they made two good moves."
The Red Wings' 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals was perhaps a "necessary evil" for a Wings team that just wasn't "on its game" Tuesday evening. It extended the Wings' point streak to 11 games and gave Detroit a 7-0-and-4 record over the past 11 games, depite being out-shot 40-23 and really out-played over the second half of the game's 65 minutes...
But the Capitals felt very similarly about their own "character win," as they told the Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan...
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