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From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Petr Mrazek regarding honor of being named to his team's roster:
Updated 10x at 2:41 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks this evening (8 PM EST on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and the teams' respective morning skates were relatively uneventful: Petr Mrazek will be starting for Detroit opposite Corey Crawford, and the Hawks won't have Dale Weise (immigration issues) or Marian Hossa (lower-body injury) in their lineup.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirms and lists the Red Wings' lineup for this evening:
From the Red Wings:
Paterson started his pro career with Toledo, playing in two games at the end of last season. He has appeared in 23 games this season and has found a groove recently. The 6-foot-1 and 183-pound goalie has won his last five starts. Paterson ranks 13th in the ECHL with a 2.29 goals-against average.
Paterson (12-8-2) has a .922 save percentage with one shutout. He was named runner up for ECHL goalie of the week on Tuesday after posting a 2-0-0 record, a 1.00 goals-against average, and a sparkling .956 save percentage.
“Right now, I'm feeling pretty confident,” Paterson said. “The last month or so has gone pretty well. The team has been on a roll.”
Toledo swept a three-game home weekend set to extend its franchise-record home winning streak to 12 games. The team has won six in a row overall.
The Walleye are in Florida, where they have three games in four days against the Everblades. Toledo (35-14-5) is tied for first in the Eastern Conference. Florida (35-17-2) is three points behind in second.
“It's going to be a good test for us,” Paterson said. “There's a lot on the line the next three games.”
From the NHL:
TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC NAMES 16 PLAYERS TO WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016 ROSTER
TORONTO (March 2, 2016) -- The Czech Ice Hockey Association announced today the first 16 players named to its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.
Named to Team Czech Republic are:
G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
G Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
G Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets
Updated 5x at 11:56 AM: The Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in an "NBCSN Rivalry Night" game (8 PM EST on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM). DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose posted intriguing notes ahead of the morning skate...
Tonight at @JoeLouisArena , marks the 730th all-time meeting between the #RedWings and #Blackhawks. Detroit owns a 366-266-84-13 record.
Tonight, captain Henrik Zetterberg becomes the 11th player in #RedWings history to reach the 900 games-played milestone.
Happy 32nd birthday, Jonathan Ericsson! The #RedWings D-man was born on this day in Karlskrona, Sweden, in 1984. Grattis på födelsedagen!
As did Ken Kal...
GoPro's YouTube channel posted a 3-minute clip of Tomas Tatar's appearance on "NHL After Dark," in which Tatar showcases his stickhandling skills:
Tonight's Red Wings-Blackhawks game is an "NBCSN Rivalry Night" game (8 PM EST start on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and as part of the lead-up to the game, NHL.com published two articles related to tonight's game.
First, Kevin Weekes issues "pluses and minuses" for both the Wings and Blackhawks, as well as 3 things to watch this evening...
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
1. How much ice time will Andrew Ladd and the new Blackhawks get? Ladd averaged 19:27 per game with the Jets this season, third among their forwards. With the Blackhawks' depth that number could go down.
2. Does Jimmy Howard play his third straight great game? Mrazek has a groin injury and is day-to-day.
3. The Bowman influence. Scotty Bowman was a huge part of the Red Wings' success and now is with the Blackhawks along with his son, Stan, the Blackhawks' general manager. In many ways the Blackhawks have become similar to the Red Wings in the way each has developed.
And NHL.com's John Kreiser listed players to watch tonight:
From the Free Press's Helene St. James...
avel Datsyuk is the first Detroit Red Wings player named today to a World Cup roster.
Datsyuk was part of the Russian roster released this morning. There will be a staggered release of all eight preliminary rosters that will compete in the World Cup of Hockey next September in Toronto.
Other Wings expected to be named include Dylan Larkin, Petr Mrazek, Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist.
The teams will represent the U.S., Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Finland, Canada, Europe (for players from European nations that don't have individual teams) and North America (players from the U.S. and Canada who are 23 or younger as of Oct. 1, 2016).
And MLive's Ansar Khan:
The Red Wings will receive the full NBCSN Rivalry Night treatment against an opponent that is still a rival in the Chicago Blackhawks this evening (8 PM EST on NBCSN/Sportsnet One/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).
Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will call a game between a Red Wings team that's 3-0-and-2 over its past 5 games and a Blackhawks team that's also won 3 of its past 5 games, including a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
The 32-20-and-11 Red Wings sit in the Eastern Conference's first Wild Card spot after Tuesday's action, while Chicago is tied for first in the Western Conference;
The Wings took Tuesday off after playing 2 games in 3 nights, and will be wrapping up a set of 3 in 6 nights; Chicago is kicking off a back-to-back set of games, and as they play the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, this isn't technically a home-and-home set of games, but the Wings play tonight and Sunday against Chicago.
Our friends in Chicago were still dealing with the ripples and ramifications of the trade deadline on Tuesday: Andrew Ladd and Tomas Fleischmann are playing with the team, but Dale Weise is iffy to join the Hawks in Detroit due to immigration issues; Christian Ehrhoff will be making his Blackhawks debut on Wednesday, as the Chicago Daily Herald's John Dietz noted:
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