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Morning news: Coreau reflects on his start; on 3rd period panic and the Wings-Pistons relationship

Updated 3x at 12:25 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. From Jared Coreau:

2. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Coreau regarding his first NHL start:

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Overnight line: Frans Nielsen disusses his decision to join the Wings

Frans Nielsen's "homecoming" will be front and center when the Red Wings face the New York Islanders this evening (6 PM EST on FSD/MSG+/97.1 FM).

In recent days, Nielsen's spoken with Newsday's Arthur Staple and the New York Times' Alan Kreda regarding his decision to leave the Islanders to sign with Detroit, and this morning, NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika posted a profile of Nielsen which examines his time with the Islanders and his attempt to find a new home with the Wings:

"I never thought I was going to leave," Nielsen said. "I was pushing my agent hard even before the interview period started to get something done, but for some reason, it dragged out. We couldn't figure it out. I had a chance to talk to other teams. That was the moment where I realized maybe it would be fun to try something new."

Knowing Okposo likely would leave as a free agent (he signed with the Buffalo Sabres), Nielsen listened when the Red Wings called. He liked their history and style of play. He knew Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. He received a six-year, $31.5 million contract.

"It can be dangerous if you're too comfortable," Nielsen said. "If you're in the same spot too long, you need a new challenge sometimes and to just listen to a new voice in the room, see some new faces. …

"As a hockey player, I think Detroit's just one of those places, it's tough to turn down somehow, with all the tradition, with all the great players that's been here over the years. Overall, it's one of the most popular teams in the world. There was just something about it when I talked to these guys. I was like, 'Wow, this could be a great opportunity for me.' "

Cotsonika continues, and his article's worth your time...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Penguins wrap-up and Wings-Isles set-up

The Red Wings' 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins stung and stung badly, but Detroit will have the opportunity to put a bit of a stinker behind them as they face the New York Islanders on Sunday evening (6 PM EST on FSD/MSG+/97.1 FM).

With a short flight to Brooklyn and likely no morning skate on Sunday, the Wings will continue a stretch of 3 games in 4 nights hoping to give Frans Nielsen a happy homecoming against the Isles...

But Saturday's loss was a painful one, and while the Red Wings were left to decompress and re-set in a hurry, the Penguins were able to cherish their 5th 3rd-period rally of the season, as they told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Jonathan Bombulie:

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Prospect news: Griffins beat IceHogs; Walleye shut out Mallards; JvP wins; Hronek takes 9 shots

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, Matt Lorito had a goal and 2 assists, Eric Tangradi had 2 assists, Mitch Callahan, Louis-Marc Aubry and Kyle Criscuolo scored and Cal Heeter stopped 33 of 34 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins won 4-1 over the Rockford IceHogs.

The Griffins' website filed a recap:

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Red Wings-Penguins quick take: Coreau valiant as Wings collapse in 3rd

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to assuage an overtime loss to Florida on Thursday as they faced the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, starting Jared Coreau opposite the Penguins' All-Star shooters.

The Red Wings should have delivered Jared Coreau a win, but Detroit was unable to hold a 3-1 lead, dropping 4 3rd-period goals en route to a 5-3 loss. The Red Wings' defense and forwards simply lost coverage on several goals and were also incredibly turnover-happy, surrendering puck after puck in a set of unforced errors that afforded the Penguins easy goals and an easy two points in a game they should have won.

It wasn't fair to Coreau and it wasn't fair to the fans at home, frankly. Detroit played its worst 3rd period of the year, and Coreau was more than good enough to win the damn game, but the Wings were insufferable when it counted. This one hurts.

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Evening news: Game-Day Preview videos; on Coreau, Jurco and Jim Paek

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video, which includes comments from coach Blashill, Jared Coreau and Luke Glendening:

Here's the Griffins' Game-Day Preview ahead of the Griffins' battle with the Rockford IceHogs as well:

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Frans Nielsen prepares for a ‘special game’ against his former team

Yesterday, Newsday's Arthur Staple spoke with Frans Nielsen about his imminent return to Brooklyn as a member of the Red Wings, and today, the New York Times' Alan Kreda speaks with Nielsen about his decision to leave the Islanders for the Red Wings:

“I didn’t think I was going to leave, to be honest,” said Nielsen, who was drafted by the Islanders in 2002. “I always thought we would get a deal done. But I don’t have one bad thing to say about the Islanders organization.”

Nielsen said he pushed hard to agree on a new contract, but when negotiations dragged on, he had an opportunity to talk to other teams.

“That was the first time I ever thought about trying something else,” he said. “Before that, I did not want to leave. I never even thought about it.”

Nielsen's former teammates and coach weigh in on #51's return before NIelsen disusses the importance of Sunday's game:

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Reminder: Saginaw Spirit, Windsor Spitfires to bid ‘Farewell to the Joe’ on Sunday

As a reminder, the Saginaw Spirit (fFilip Hronek's team) and Windsor Spitfires are playing at Joe Louis Arena tomorrow in a "Farewell to the Joe" game at 4 PM, and the Stanley Cup will pay a visit, as the Blackburn News's Ricardo Veneza notes:

The Windsor Spitfires and the Saginaw Spirit hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena as part of the year-long send-off for the famous home of the Detroit Red Wings.

A new downtown arena is being built that will house the Wings and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.

Spitfires Associate Coach Trevor Letowski says his players are excited at the chance to play at the Joe.

“It means a lot,” says Letowski. “They all want to be National Hockey League players and just because of the proximity of Detroit, they follow the Red Wings. You know, just all the success they’ve had in that building, it’s pretty special for our guys to get that experience.”

Letowski feels the game will be have elements of both a road and a home game for the Spitfires.

“To me it’s a bonus for us. It’s right across the [Detroit River] and it’s an exciting atmosphere,” says Letowski. “I don’t know about a home game, but it certainly doesn’t feel like the regular road game though, so I think it’s beneficial for us.”

Veneza continues, and tickets cost $22 for the game and are general admission tix.

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Red Wings-Penguins game-day articles: Coreau starts for Detroit; Kunitz to return for Pens

Updated 10x at 2:54 PM: The Red Wings had an eventful morning ahead of tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 PM EST on FSD/ROOT/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), with the Wings recalling Brian Lashoff and Tomas Nosek from Grand Rapids and the team choosing to start Jared Coreau opposite Marc-Andre Fleury during the morning skate.

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