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Video- Game Day Preview With Ken Kal

Ken Kal speaks with Jeff Blashill, Brendan Smith, Riley Sheahan, Petr Mrazek, and Dylan Larkin.


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Video- Mike Yeo After Wild Practice Today

The Wings talk starts at the 2 minute mark.


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Morning Skate In Minny

George is still ill and hopes to return tonight.  In the meantime, you have me.


Khan also tweets saying Glendening is not skating.

Updates will come as needed.

added 12:41pm, Khan tweet,

Jurco-Andersson-Nosek (Tangradi)

more Khan at 12:44pm,

Power play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Larkin, Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall
Tatar-Datsyuk-Sheahan (net front), Richards, Green

Khan again at 12:45pm...

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Eric Tangradi Recalled By The Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT- The Detroit Red Wings today recalled left wing Eric Tangradi from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Tangradi, 26, has skated in 24 games with the Griffins this season, leading the team and tying for fifth in the AHL with 13 goals. He also ranks second on the club with 22 points, three power-play goals and 59 shots on goal. The 6-foot-4, 233-lb., winger saw an eight-game point streak come to a close in Grand Rapids’ game on Sunday against Lake Erie, ending a run where he notched 12 points (8-4-12) and helped the Griffins to a franchise-record 15-game winning streak, matching the third-longest winning streak in the history of the AHL.   

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Dylan Larkin Learns While Sitting

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Dylan Larkin got a different perspective on the game Saturday, watching from above when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Nashville Predators.

Focusing on Pavel Datsyuk was particularly educational.

"It's a little different from the bench, when the game seems so fast," Larkin said. "When you're up there, obviously it's not slow but (you see) how patient he is with the puck, I definitely learned something from that. Several times he just held onto it and used his body to make plays. I think it's something I'm going to work on. Seeing him do it, I definitely take stuff away from that."

The Red Wings would like to see Larkin put his newfound knowledge to work Monday against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

But they're also going to be cautious. The 19-year-old rookie still is sore from the upper-body injury he suffered last Tuesday against New Jersey. They're not going to risk making it worse.

"I haven't had a chance yet to speak with Piet (trainer Van Zant), but I believe (Larkin) will be out tomorrow," coach Jeff Blashill said.


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Quick Update From Jeff Blashill After Practice

Jeff Blashill, speaking to the MSM, says Mrazek starts tomorrow in Minnesota, Howard on Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Also Larkin still day to day and probably out tomorrow, same with Ericsson.

added 3:44pm,


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The Detroit Red Wings Are Practicing In Minnesota


also from Khan,

Kronwall not skating today. Logged a lot of ice last night, more than 26 minutes.

#RedWings lines:
Andersson-Glendening-Nosek (Larkin)

I will update as needed, otherwise enjoy youf Sunday.

added 2:14pm, more from Khan...

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Grand Rapids Griffins Winning Streak Hits 15

from the Grand Rapids Griffins,

A hat trick from Colin Campbell helped extend the Grand Rapids Griffins’ winning streak to 15 consecutive games, defeating the Lake Erie Monsters 7-3 on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Andy Miele opened the scoring for the Griffins (17-8-0-1) on a 2-on-1 just 21 seconds into the game. Miele passed to Eric Tangradi from the high slot down below the right circle. Tangradi then fed Miele with a pass across the goal mouth for a tap-in into an open net. The assist meant Tangradi, playing in his first game since serving a three-game suspension, extended his point streak to a team-high eight.


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Do You Agree With Ken Campbell?

via Ken Campbell tweets last night,

For those who ridiculed me for saying Moore should be suspended for hit on Larkin, you'll notice Larkin is injured tonight.

Larkin was sent for x-rays after NJ game Tuesday night. Obviously something wrong.

John Moore playing tonight, so obviously, NHL's player safety dept saw nothing wrong with hit. As Chief Wiggum wold say, "Good work, boys."

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Recap Of The Wings Win Against The Predators

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“It’s early in the season, it’s not even halfway done, but we have to keep going and hope we see the end result at the end of the season,” goalie Petr Mrazek said.

Luke Glendening’s goal at 6:45 broke a 2-2 tie and carried the Red Wings to the victory.

Goalie Petr Mrazek made 24 saves, and the Red Wings began a stretch of nine of 10 road games with an impressive victory.

“We found a way to win what was a close game,” Blashill said.

And in came after three days off for the holiday break, flying to Nashville the day of the game, and they found a way to swipe a hard-fought victory.

“That’s the toughest part, to go on the road and try to get some points,” said Brendan Smith, who scored a goal and had an assist. “We did a good job tonight. It’s a nice time to get away and kind of recharge the batteries and then come back to hockey.

“The biggest thing was to get mentally prepared after you spend time relaxing and putting back the work boots on.”

On the winner Glendening, uncontested in the crease, deflected Brendan Smith’s shot from the high slot past goalie Pekka Rinne for his second goal.

“Our net front has been real good,” Blashill said. “It’s such a big part of hockey today and certainly a big part of what we want to do. Glenny was in a good spot and got a good tip.”


Below, watch the game highlights plue Jeff Blashill post-game...

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