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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers wrap-up—about time for a Coreau of hope

The Detroit Red Wings managed to battle their way to a 4-3 shootout win over the Florida Panthers on Friday, with the Wings rallying from a 3-1 deficit en route to their victory...

And if I may be a little petty and a lot honest: this game felt more like a huge relief to me than it did a satisfying win--this is one the Wings needed, and needed by any means necessary--the fact that two disputed goal calls went against the opposing team sure felt satisfying.

The fact that the Panthers were found to be fuming about Nick Bjugstad having negated Keith Yandle's would-be 4-1 goal for backing into Jared Coreau's crease before Coreau had the ability to skate out to stop Yandle's shot? That's just delightful:

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Prospect news: Walleye lose in a shootout

Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye received a 34-save performance from Jake Paterson and goals from Shane Berschbach and Tyler Sikura, but the Walleye were unable to prevail in a shootout, losing 3-2 to the Kalamazoo Wings. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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Niklas Kronwall’s latest hit concusses Reilly Smith

For Red Wings fans, watching Niklas Kronwall hit Reilly Smith was just a typical installment of "Kronwalling," and a pedestrian hit at that, but the Panthers might disgaree with such an assessment:

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Red Wings-Panthers quick take, take 4: Sudden life!

The Red Wings played the Florida Panthers for the fourth and final time during the 2016-17 regular season on Friday in Miami, with the Wings aiming to earn their first win against Florida this season.

The Red Wings didn't play dominant hockey by any means, surrendering a 3-1 lead, but the Wings got a little fortunate as the Panthers' 4-1 goal was negated by a coach's challenge, and then the Wings got to the work of rallying from their deficit on goals by Drew Miller and Frans Nielsen, and the Wings battled through a huge penalty-kill in OT to head to the shootout...

Where Nielsen delivered Jared Coreau (31 saves) his first NHL win, and the Wings emerged with an incredibly necessary 4-3 triumph going into the Christmas break.

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‘Two Things’: A Game-Day Preview video and Coreau on his goals

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Red Wings posted a Game-Day Preview video which includes comments from Jared Coreau, Steve Ott, Frans Nielsen and Jeff Blashill:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Jared Coreau regarding his hopes for his upcoming stint with the team:

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Custance on the Wings’ selling strategy

So I have some philosophical differences with the following entry: I don't believe that the Red Wings will be "sellers" at the trade deadline, but should they do so, ESPN's Craig Custance believes that the team should go into the trade deadline with the following strategy, as noted in his Insider-only mailbag entry:

Here's Custance's answer to the question:

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Red Wings-Panthers game-day articles: Coreau gets a shot at some personal redemption

The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to earn their first win in 4 tries against the Florida Panthers tonight (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and the Wings will go with Jared Coreau in the net opposite Roberto Luongo this evening.

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Coreau regarding his status as tonight's starter...

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Detroit/Carolina Game Rescheduled For March 27, 2017

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Dec. 23, 2016) – The postponed game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings, originally scheduled to be played on Dec. 19, has been rescheduled for Monday, March 27, 2017 at PNC Arena, the National Hockey League announced today. The start time for the game will be 7 p.m. ET.

Update: According to MLive's Brendan Savage, this will make the Wings' late-March schedule...interesting...

The rescheduled game will force the Red Wings to play three games in three nights, which is almost unheard of in the NHL.

They play March 26 at home against Minnesota and were already scheduled to play March 28 in Carolina.

The Hurricanes do not play on March 26 but will play three times in four nights because of the new schedule. After the two games vs. the Red Wings, they host Columbus March 30.

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Red Wings-Panthers morning skate Tweets and articles: Coreau vs. Luongo tonight

The Detroit Red Wings face the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM) with the Wings hoping to earn their first win in four tries against the Panthers; Florida will be looking to bounce back from last night's 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins with Roberto Luongo starting in goal tonight.

Most of the morning's news cycle focused on Jimmy Howard's MCL sprain, but there were notable happenings at the Wings' "optional" morning skate, and some articles of note hit the wires as well.

MLive's Brendan Savage penned an article setting up tonight's game:

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St. James: Jimmy Howard out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain

Pretty much what we expected, from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Update: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms...

TSN also confirms...

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