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Mid-day news: On injuries, Mantha and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon: Sportsnet posted a photo essay fro the Centennial Classic, as did Yahoo Sports and Fox Sports;

If you missed the Wings' injury updates on Monday, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Most injured players not on radar

General manager Ken Holland said defenseman Alexey Marchenko, who's missed the past seven games and 15 of 18 with a shoulder injury, might return on Thursday. But nobody else is due back this week.

Defenseman Mike Green (upper-body injury) needs at least another week. Forward Justin Abdelkader (knee) is 1-2 weeks away. Forward Darren Helm (dislocated shoulder) is at least two weeks away.

NHL.com's Dan Rosen's "Centennial and Winter Classic" diary is a "good read," and Rosen filed a list of 10 memorable moments from the Centennial and Winter Classics:

7. Anthony Mantha's goal with 1.1 seconds left: Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha capped Detroit's dramatic comeback with a goal from the slot with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation to send the Centennial Classic into overtime. The goal stood after an official review.

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The Health Of The Wings

via Ansar Khan tweets,

RedWings expect to have Marchenko back Thursday in LA, but Abdelkader (knee) and Green (upper body) not expected to play during Cali. trip.

Ken Holland said week to 2 1/2 weeks for Abdelkader. Green, maybe after Cali. trip. Helm (dislocated shoulder) still couple weeks. 

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Your Thoughts On The Detroit Red Wings

I heard from George this morning and he is improving but not feeling well enough to do what he does, but he hopes to be back sometime tomorrow.

In the meantime, feel free to use this post as your sounding board on the Wings.

Your thoughts, suggestions for changes as we look towards the future of this organization are welcomed.

My thoughts- this team is not in the playoff equation and the Wings need to start selling ASAP.  Get some assets, play the youngsters and start all over again.

Mantha looks good but he needs a center plus take him away from the net-front presence on the power-play and use his shot from the wing.

Larkin is adjusting as a center and learning teams know his tendencies and he must learn from that.  Time to make some adjustments with his game and he is capable of doing just that.

Mrazek is lost at this point but too early to give up on him.  

Anyone else, make a move if it is there and Zetterberg is not getting moved.

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Do The Detroit Red Wings Even Have An Identity?

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

The most interesting man in the Wings room Sunday, however: Tomas Tatar, 26, who represents Detroit's "prime" generation, who has known nothing but the purgatory lifestyle since breaking in with the Wings full time in 2013-14. He didn't shy away from the notion this team needs to move backward to move forward. Sooner or later, everyone will have to face this idea in Hockeytown.

“It’s a such a hard topic," Tatar said. "We’ve been in a position like this since I got here. We’ve been battling for the playoffs every year. We always find our way. We’ve been in a bad spot and did it anyway. To make the playoffs in the NHL, teams like Boston, Pittsburgh, they all missed. Then they had great teams. It’s just so hard. You need to get on a roll and play good hockey all season. It’s tough to say if we’ll be smarter after the season about what would be good for us, but we’re in a spot now where we have to battle for each other and try to push for the playoffs.”

Tatar said the Red Wings simply lapsed a few times Sunday, completely "shutting down" mentally after getting scored on, causing goals against to yield more goals against. It's symptomatic of a team lacking focus, a team not quite sure who it is. It's clear talking to various generations of the Wings on Sunday that this isn't a united front. Completing a comeback win Sunday evening could've sent the message this team was poised to make another miraculous crusade to the post-season. Instead, Detroit's future is opaque. And as Tatar implied, we might not know what this team is until the off-season, when the front office must search for a clearer identity.

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A Few Shifts Cost The Wings And A Confident Mantha

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Just a matter of about five or six shifts.

Breakdowns at those critical junctures shattered any chance the Red Wings had of collecting a much-needed two points and detracted from a great comeback in Sunday’s Centennial Classic.

Instead, the Red Wings lost 5-4 in overtime when Toronto's star rookie Auston Matthews scored his 20th goal at 3 minutes, 40 seconds of overtime.

A chilled crowd of 40,148 at BMO Field left excited, waking up from two periods of sleepy hockey with an exciting finish.

Toronto exploded for four goals as the Red Wings wilted in the third period to take a 4-1 lead — only to see the Red Wings roar back with three goals to tie the contest and force overtime.

“It was nice to see we could rally and get back in the game,” said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who had three assists. “Unfortunately, it got away from us a little earlier in the third. They took advantage of some mistakes we did and they scored some goals.

“It was probably five or six shifts that we didn’t play the way we should and they really took advantage of it.”

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Quick Take- Wings/Leafs

George is not feeling well so you know what that means, a quick take on the game.

The Leafs scored 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd period then held on for a 4-3 win after the Wings put up some fight with 2 late goals.  Well almost!

Mantha scores with a tick left on the clock but Auston Matthews sores in OT. Toronto defeats Detroit 5-4.

Go Lions?

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Today’s Detroit/Toronto Game Will Be Delayed By 30 Minutes

TORONTO (Jan. 1, 2017) – Due to sunlight on the playing surface and in the interest of Player safety, the start time of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic will be delayed by 30 minutes.

Start time will now be around 3:30pm ET.

added 12:31pm,

 

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Draper, Roberts get legitimately chippy

The Red Wings' alumni won the Centennial Classic Alumni game 4-3, and in the third period, Kris Draper and Gary Roberts got into quite the battle:

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Practice Tweets: Wings prepare for the Centennial Classic

Updated 4x with video at 2:20 PM: The Red Wings took to the ice at Ricoh Coliseum for a 12 PM practice today, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

Ken Kal...

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Discuss The Alumni Game Between The Detroit Red Wings And Toronto Maple Leafs

If you feel like commenting on the Wings/Leafs game which starts shortly after 12:00pm ET on the NHL Network and Sportsnet, this is the place to do it.

George is not feeling so hot at this point so I am doing what I can to help out.  Hopefully he will return soon.

Now back to the game...

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