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Prospect news: Griffins rally against Monsters; Walleye crush Fort Wayne; Pope posts 2 assists

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins rallied from a 3-0, 3rd-period deficit to come back and defeat the Lake Erie Monsters 5-3 on the first half of a home-and-home series. Matt Ford had 2 assists, Matt Lorito and Kyle Criscuolo had a goal and an assist apiece, and the Griffins got goals from a total of 5 goal-scorers as Eddie Pasquale stopped 23 shots in the Griffins' win.

The Griffins' website posted a recap...and a video of the aftermath of their "Teddy Bear Toss":

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Red Wings-Devils quick take: Wild, wacky, win

The Red Wings battled the New Jersey Devils on Friday, opening a back-to-back set of games hoping to issue the Devils their first regulation home-ice loss of the 2016-17 season.

The Red Wings needed overtime to win an absolutely messy, mucky, gucky and sometimes downright bizarre game, but Frans Nielsen scored 2 goals and had an assist, Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist, Henrik Zetterberg had 2 assists, Justin Abdelkader had 2 assists and made an amazing kick save, Petr Mrazek came in and stopped 13 shots and Mike Green scored the OT winner as Detroit took a 5-4 goal-fest from the New Jersey Devils.

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Khan: Wings lose Howard to groin injury, call up Coreau

Jimmy Howard suffered a groin injury during the Red Wings' game against New Jersey, and as a result:

Update: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James on Howard:

The Detroit Red Wings got bad news tonight as goaltender Jimmy Howard was lost to a groin injury.

Howard played 11:31 of the first period Friday at Prudential Center before disappearing. He had amassed a 1.76 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in 10 starts, emerging as the No. 1 goaltender even as the Wings had anointed Mrazek the starter during the off-season.

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; Wings assess themselves at the ‘quarter pole’

Of Red Wings-related note:

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

2. The Red Wings posted their lineup for tonight's game in Tweet form:

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Red Wings-Devils game-day Tweets & articles: Wings concerned about puck management vs. Devils

Updated 3x with a Kyle Quincey video at 3:22 PM: The Red Wings face the New Jersey Devils this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG+/97.1 FM), and the Wings received something of an unpleasant surprise as Kyle Palmieri will return to the Devils' lineup tonight.

NJ.com's Chris Ryan posted a set of pre-Palmieri-return-news lines...

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Red Wings-Devils morning skate Tweets: Palmieri returns for New Jersey; Wings make one line change

The Detroit Red Wings face the New Jersey Devils this evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/MSG+/97.1 FM) hoping to bulid upon a 2-game winning streak against a pesky Devils team this evening.

MLive's Ansar Khan posted a Wings-Devils set-up around 6 AM:

• The Devils don't seem to excel at any one facet: They are 24th in goals per game (2.32), 10th in goals against (2.42), 25th on the power play (12.9 percent) and 21st on the penalty kill (80.7 percent).

• New Jersey is 7-0-1 at home, its lone blemish a 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago on Oct. 28. The last time the Devils didn't suffer a regulation loss in their first eight home games was 1990-91, when they went 7-0-1 (W-L-T).

Khan continues, reminding us that the Devils are now Kyle Quincey's employer...

And the Devils hit the ice at the Prudential Center just before 10:30 AM, per NHL.com's Mike Morreale...

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On the evolution of Jimmy Howard

NHL.com's Kevin Woodley wrote an excellent article discussing the evolution of Jimmy Howard's game over the past year, and the "steps forward" that Howard has taken by revising his playing style:

When Howard, who not long ago was in the conversation as one of the most aggressive goalies in the NHL, took a step back and examined his game, he decided to also take a step (or two) back into his crease. Three months after buying into those changes and six weeks into the season, Howard is reaping the benefits, including a 1.76 goals-against average, sixth best in the League, and a .943 save percentage, which is fifth in the League. .

"It was just me saying, 'OK if I want to continue to play, not only in Detroit but in the National Hockey League, then I need to change,'" Howard said. "I wanted to play again, to be out there every night in the crease, so I took a look in the mirror and said, 'This game is evolving; it's getting really, really fast, so I need to change and put myself in better spots to not only make one save, but make a second and a third if necessary,' and one thing was just being a little bit less aggressive in the net."

Woodley continues, and NHL.com's Kevin Weekes mentioned Howard's lack of goal support in his "Friday Four":

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Devils set-up

The Detroit Red Wings hope to build upon Wednesday's 2-1 shootout win over Buffalo as they face the New Jersey Devils Friday evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/MSG+/97.1 FM), and the 9-10-and-1 Wings have quite the task on their hands in taming the 10-6-and-3 Devils.

New Jersey's coming off a 5-4 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, a win in which Mike Cammalleri celebrated his return to the lineup with a 4-point night that helped the Devils snap a 4-game losing streak. New Jersey has yet to lose in regulation over the course of 8 home games, too.

The Bergen Record's Andrew Gross issues a "state of the Devils" heading into tonight's game:

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Prospect news: Marsh, Sambrook register assists; Ehn’s ice time goes up

Of prospect-related note:

In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom's Skelleftea AIK won 4-1 over Leksands IF;

Christoffer Ehn took 3 shots and won 61% of his faceoffs in 16:38 played as his Frolunda Indians won 4-2 over Rogle;

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 12:28 in TPS Turku's 5-2 win over KooKoo;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh had an assist in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 6-2 loss to Rimouski;

And in the OHL, Jordan Sambrook had an assist and finished at +2 in the Erie Otters' 5-2 win over Sudbury.

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Krupa discusses the Red Wings’ status as playoff outliers

The average estimate states that 78% of NHL teams that are in a playoff spot by American Thanksgiving make the playoffs. As such, teams that are out of the playoff pack, all 14 of them, have on average a 22% chance of making the playoffs.

The Detroit Red Wings find themselves in the latter half of the NHL standings at present, sitting 4 points in arrears of the Wild Card spot-holding Ottawa Senators. It's going to take a hell of a push throught December, January, February, March and April for the Red Wings to assuage the damage done to the team's record over the course of October and especially November.

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa duly notes that the Wings are not only 4 points out of a playoff spot, but sit in 7th place in the 8-team Atlantic Division, which means that the Wings must clamber over three or four other teams to steal a playoff spot.

Krupa spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland whlie writing a "Spirit of the Thing" column wondering whether the Red Wings have the personnel necessary to make a Penguins-like latter-part-of-the-season push:

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