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The overnight report: Red Wings-Sharks wrap-up—Howard, Nyquist star in Wings’ 4th win in a row

The Red Wings won their fourth straight game on Saturday night, defeating the San Jose Sharks 3-0.

The Red Wings played what may have been their most complete game on Saturday night, and even the Sharks recognized that the Wings out-played them, as they told the Mercury News's Curtis Pashelka:

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Prospect news: Griffins defeat Cleveland; Tyson Spink scores 4 in Walleye win; de Haas scores gamer

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Tyler Bertuzzi had a goal and two assists, Ben Street had a goal and an assist and Jared Coreau stopped 37 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Cleveland Monsters 3-2. The Griffins' website posted a recap...

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Red Wings-Sharks quick take: Howard pitches shutout in superb win over the Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to push their winning streak to 3 games against a formidable opponent in the San Jose Sharks. San Jose was coming off a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday, and their explosive offense would theoretically provide a huge challenge for the Wings' defense.

The Red Wings revealed just before game time that Justin Abdelkader would miss the game with a lower-body injury, so Andreas Athanasiou subbed for Abdelkader and the Wings shuffled their lines.

All went well as the Red Wings out-worked, out-hustled, out-scored and especially out-detail-worked the San Jose Sharks en route to a rousing 3-0 win and 30-save shutout for Jimmy Howard. Gustav Nyquist scored 2 goals and Andreas Athanasiou scored a lovely marker, Thomas Vanek got an assist for his team-leading 7th point and only the Wings' 0-for-7 PP was poor--everything else was superb as the Wings played a "complete game" in taking out one of the best teams in the league, earning their 4th straight win.

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St. James, Khan: Justin Abdelkader out with an injury

From the Free Press's Helene St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan:

Update: FYI:

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Here’s the Griffins’ game-day preview video ahead of their game vs. Cleveland

Bob Kaser sets up tonight's Grand Rapids Griffins-Cleveland Monsters game:

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; on Helm, Nyquist, Howard and the Joe

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video via Ken Kal and Red Wings Productions:

2. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article about Darren Helm's productivity thus far:

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Duff: Wings proud of their pluck

The Red Wings currently lead the NHL in fighting majors with 5, and Brendan Smith and Jeff Blashill told the Windsor Star's Bob Duff that they're proud of that stat:

“You try to preach a brotherhood,” said Detroit defenceman Brendan Smith, who has one fight this season. “If your brother’s in trouble, you’re there for him. It’s something that we kind of try to do on a day-to-day basis. I guess people are all excited about us leading the league (in fights) but it’s just the situation.”

A situation that was stressed by Blashill to his players in no uncertain terms from the moment the Wings arrived in the fall for training camp.

Clearly, there were issues with the team last year when it came to sticking up for each other, issues that Blashill wanted addressed.

“We didn’t do it enough last year,” Blashill said. “Probably it’s not something that’s been part of this room for a long time. Some of that’s personalities in the room but I do think it was a point of emphasis. We’ve really talked about that fact we’ve got to win as a team. We can’t win as individual players, we’re going to have to win as a team and part of winning as a team is having that feeling of camaraderie that you want to look after each other.”

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Update: MLive's Ansar Khan posted a clip of Jimmy Howard discussing the Wings' scraps and the Sharks:

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Red Wings-Sharks game-day articles: Howard starts for Detroit; Sharks stick with lineup from PIT

Updated 3x at 1:52 PM: The Red Wings held an optional morning skate ahead of tonight's game against San Jose (7 PM EDT on FSD/CSN California/97.1 FM), and the only real development involved Jimmy Howard's status as tonight's starter, per the Free Press's Helene St. James...

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Griffins send Caito to Toledo

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday assigned rookie defenseman Matt Caito to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.

Caito, 23, made his Griffins debut during Tuesday’s 4-3 win at Iowa. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound blueliner debuted professionally with the Walleye at the end of the 2015-16 season, appearing in eight games in Toledo after concluding a four-year collegiate career at Miami University.

Off to a 3-1 start, the Griffins will entertain the defending Calder Cup champion Cleveland Monsters tonight at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena.

This move was made now that Dan Renouf's healthy.

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Red Wings-Sharks morning skate Tweets: Wings take an optional, Howard likely starter

Updated 3x at 11:55 AM: The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to win their third straight game as they face off against the San Jose Sharks this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/CSN California/97.1 FM). The Wings hit the ice around 10:30, under the watchful eye of a nostalgic-feeling Sharks broadcaster:

Again, the Mercury News's Mark Purdy wrote a Sharks-centric ode to the Joe, and it's a very good read.

Among MLive's Tim Martin's game-day notes:

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