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Red Wings-Blue Jackets quick take: frustration, thou art Mrazek’s glove

The Detroit Red Wings faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, hoping to earn a rare home-ice win as the team opened a 5-game home stand.

The Wings played without the services of Jonathan Ericsson, who had back spasms, and Columbus played without Nick Foligno, who got sick...

And the Red Wings lost a 4-1 decision because Petr Mrazek lost his nerve and lost the puck twice--and they lost because Detroit had no answer for the Blue Jackets once they were un-nerved.

Detroit out-shot Columbus 32-25, Detroit out-attempted Columbus SIXTY-FIVE to 43, Detroit won 62% of its faceoffs, seven players had 3 or more shots, and yet the Wings made Sergei Bobrovsky's night easy. It was an incredibly, incredibly frustrating loss for a Red Wings team that now needs to win 3 or 4 of their next 4 games to salvage this home stand.

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Mickey Redmond pays tribute to Jamie Daniels

This might cause you to tear up. It's okay:

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Werenski visits the media at the Joe

Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples spoke with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski regarding his homecoming as the Blue Jackets visit Joe Louis Arena:

The former Belle Tire, USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and University of Michigan star defenseman arrives at The Joe with plenty of fanfare. He was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November, and he has 17 points in 24 games for the red-hot Blue Jackets club.

When asked what aspect of playing at The Joe as a pro excited him most, Werenski couldn’t put a finger on the single greatest highlight.

“I think all of it’s pretty exciting. I’ve got a lot of family and friends here, I’m playing against a good buddy of mine,” Werenski said. “It’s my hometown team that I’ve always grown up watching. This whole thing, it’s going to be pretty cool.”

That buddy is Red Wings star Dylan Larkin – Werenski knows him quite well. The two were standouts for Belle Tire youth teams growing up before playing with each other at the University of Michigan and sharing a dorm room in Ann Arbor.

Caples continues, and he posted a short video of Werenski's comments:

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It’s a ‘Fauxback’ Grand Rapids Griffins game preview

The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a "Fauxback" game against the Milwaukee Admirals, wearing "throwback" jerseys tonight...

And the Griffins' Game-Day Preview video is cleverly done to set the stage for tonight's game in vintage form:

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‘Three Things’: A Game-Day Preview, Blue Jackets roster news and Nyquist on Nyquist

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview ahead of tonight's game against Columbus:

2. The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline explained why the Blue Jackets recalled Oliver Bjorkstrand from Cleveland on an emergency basis:

3. And the Free Press's Helene St. James discussed Gustav Nyquist's scoring struggles with Nyquist himself:

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Twitter highlights from a Russian Fedorov interview

Sergei Fedorov recently gave an extremely long interview to Sport-Express, as published on CSKA Moscow's website, and Sport-Express's Igor Eronko posted several Twitter highlights from the interview:

That would be Joseph Zada, the real estate scammer who Fedorov sued for $50 million...

Fedorov's family still lives in Metro Detroit, and if you can handle the Google-translated Russian, the interview's actually very good.

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University of Michigan alums, Wings alums to do battle for Michigan alum with ALS

From the University of Michigan:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team and the Dekers Blue Line Club will be hosting an alumni game to benefit Scott Matzka and his battle with ALS on Saturday, Jan. 7. Faceoff against the Detroit Red Wings alumni team is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Yost Ice Arena.

Matzka was a four-year letterwinner at U-M (1998-2001) and was a member of the Wolverines' 1998 NCAA national championship team. During his Michigan career he racked up 91 points (35 goals, 56 assists) in 166 games. He proceeded to have a successful 11-year professional career in North American and European leagues.

The Michigan alumni roster will be made up primarily of Matzka's former teammates (as of Dec. 9): Gregg Malicke ('98); Sean Ritchlin ('99), Dale Rominski ('99), Andrew Merrick ('00), Sean Peach ('00); Bob Gassoff ('01), David Huntzicker ('01), Robbie Kohen ('01), Josh Langfeld ('01), L.J. Scarpace ('01), Bill Trainor ('01), Kevin O'Malley ('02), Jay Vancik ('02), Andy Hilbert ('03), Mark Mink ('03), Jed Ortmeyer ('03), Mike Roemenski ('03), John Shouneyia ('03), J.J. Swistak ('03).

The Detroit Red Wings alumni roster includes the following players (as of Dec. 9): George Bowman, Brent Fedyk (470 NHL games), Jiri Fischer (305), Mike Knuble (1,068), Joe Kocur (820), Petr Klima (786), Eddie Mio (192), John Ogrodnick (928), Pat Peake (134), Brian Rolston (1,256), Tim Taylor (746).

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Red Wings-Blue Jackets game-day articles: AA, Marchenko return; Larkin prepares to battle Werenski

Updated 5x at 2:20 PM: The Red Wings will welcome Andreas Athanasiou and Alexey Marchenko back into the lineup as the Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Ohio/97.1 FM; tonight is Toys for Tots collection night at the Joe), and Petr Mrazek will start opposite Sergei Bobrovsky, but other lineup changes remain up in the air as Detroit held an optional morning skate--and Columbus doesn't hold a morning skate at all.

MLive's Ansar Khan reported in on the Wings' probable lineup, which includes Athanasiou and Marchenko, after the morning skate:

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When Jeff Blashill speaks for us all

The Red Wings posted a Twitter video of Jeff Blashill addressing the passing of Ken Daniels' son:

Update: Also:

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Red Wings-Blue Jackets morning skate Tweets and articles: Athanasiou, Marchenko to return tonight

The Detroit Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Ohio/97.1 FM; tonight is the Toys for Tots collection night at the Joe), and as strange as it might sound, this is a "measuring stick" game as the 13-11-and-3 Wings face the 15-5-and-4 Blue Jackets.

The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena just after 10:30 AM for their morning skate, per DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

MLive's Ansar Khan...

Optional morning skate for #RedWings, with 10 skaters and Howard on the ice.

Blue Jackets commentator Rob McElligott...

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