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Prospect weekend round-up: Walleye win handily over K-Wings; Hronek, de Haas, Pope progress

Catching up with this past weekend's prospect news:

In the ECHL, on Saturday, Alden Hirschfeld scored 2 goals, Evan Rankin added 2 assists and Jake Paterson stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Toledo Walleye defeated the Kalamazoo K-Wings 6-2. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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Red Wings preach patience, process and results amidst 2-8-and-1 streak

The Detroit Free Press's George Sipple noted that Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg did what he had to do last night--he preached patience and calm after last night's 3-2 loss to Calgary...

Captain Henrik Zetterberg said when the team plays well, they’re creating chances and playing with speed. “When we’re not, we’re getting caught in our own end. ... Seems like we spend forever in there.”

Zetterberg said losing isn’t fun. After dropping their first two games of the season in Florida, the Wings rattled off six straight wins. But they are 2-8-1 over their last 11 games.

“We’ve gotta turn this around,” Zetterberg said. “Stretches like this makes you stronger.”

Zetterberg said the Wings are going to get back on track. That will start with practice today.

But Wings coach Jeff Blashill was more pointed than usual in his comments, as the Windsor Star's Bob Duff noted:

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Wings’ Losing Streak Continues

from Brenda Savage of Mlive,

It's been almost a decade since the Detroit Red Wings endured an even worse slump than the one they're battling right now.

Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena was the Red Wings' fourth straight setback, sixth in their last seven home games and ninth in the last 11 overall.

Since winning six straight games in October, the Red Wings have a 2-8-1 record.

Believe it or not, the last time they went through a stretch like that wasn't during any of the previous four seasons, when they struggled to keep their 25-season playoff streak alive.

Nope, it was during a season that ended with the Red Wings hoisting the Stanley Cup.

But the difference between the 2007-08 team and this one are enormous.


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Savage: Marchenko ‘out for a little bit’ with an upper-body injury

From MLive's Brendan Savage:

Injuries continue to mount for the slumping Detroit Red Wings.

Defenseman Alexey Marchenko is the latest player to be sidelined after suffering an upper-body injury in the second period of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena.

He did not come out of the dressing room to start the third period.

"Looks like he'll be out for a little bit," said coach Jeff Blashill. "I'll have more for you tomorrow."

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Red Wings-Flames quick take: pretty. Pretty ugly.

The Red Wings hoped to snap a 3-game losing streak as they hosted the Calgary Flames on Sunday evening, and the Red Wings had a very good game going for stretches in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd periods...

But Detroit couldn't hold the lead when Tomas Tatar opened the scoring, the Wings couldn't hold the lead when Anthony Mantha tied the game, and with 7:46 remaining in the game, the Wings surrendered a lazy game-winning goal en route to a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames that is the Wings' 4th loss in a row.

Nobody seemed to understand why Mantha sat when Jimmy Howard got tagged with a delay-of-game penalty @ 18:13 of the 3rd, either...

And while I know that many of you are already on the, "Tank for Patrick" bandwagon, this team isn't going to go that way, and I'm hoping that at least Dougie Hamlton's 3-point night gave Ken Holland some impetus to go out and trade for a damn defenseman, especially now that Alexey Marchenko got nicked up.

Detroit absolutely has to defeat the Sabres on Wednesday and win the vast majority of its 4 remaining games before December 1st, if only to feel better about itself after what has been a November so poor that the Wings are going to spend the balance of the season trying to dig out of it.

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Video- Game Day Preview, Calgary Flames Style

Sometimes you can get a different prospective from the opposition...


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Thomas Vanek On His Return Tonight

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

"I'm not here to save anything," said Vanek, who was signed by the Red Wings as a free agent in July. "Before when I first got here, I felt like I could still play in this league and make my teammates better. That's what good players can do and I feel like I'm still a good player.

"I'm not here to go out there and score three goals and try to be some kind of hero. Whoever I play with tonight, I'll try to make those two better. And if they make me better, hopefully we have success as a line."

Vanek, who scored at least 20 goals for 10 straight seasons before finishing with 18 last year in Minnesota, was playing on a line with Nyquist and Darren Helm when he got hurt.

But he and Nielsen are familiar with each other after both played for the New York Islanders in 2013-14.

"I played with Fransie a little bit back on the Island," Vanek said. "I know his game pretty well. Larks brings a lot of speed to the line. Hopefully we can find some chemistry early.

"Between Fransie and I, we have a little bit of it and maybe somehow the two of us have to find it with Larks and use his speed for our advantage."

more on the Wings...

added 12:29pm, Coach talk...


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Sunday’s Morning Skate



added 11:54am, George Sipple tweets,

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Game Notes Wings/Flames

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

• Jimmy Howard has some terrific numbers when it comes to his goals-against average (1.71) and save percentage (.945). Both rank among the best in the NHL. But his 4-4-0 record is in the middle of the pack. So what gives there? Well, Howard is getting less offensive support than any goalie in the NHL. In his eight starts, the Red Wings have scored 12 goals – an average of 1.5 – and have been shut out three times after Friday's 1-0 loss in Washington.

• Thomas Vanek is scheduled to be back in the Red Wings' lineup for the first time since Oct. 25, when he strained his hip in a 4-2 victory over Carolina before eventually going on long-term injured reserve. His four goals are tied for second on the team and he also has four assists in seven games. His plus-5 rating is also second on the team.

•  The Flames' special teams are the worst in the NHL. Their power play ranks dead last at 8.9 percent while the penalty killers rank second-to-last at 70.2 percent. The Red Wings, on the other hand, are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power plays, putting them in the middle of the NHL, while their penalty killers are near the bottom of the league at 77.8 percent.


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Even Though Thomas Vanek Returns Tomorrow, The Wings Need More Help Than That

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Coach Jeff Blashill sounded a caution to the Detroit Red Wings as they anticipated the return of their productive right winger.

Hurting for consistent scoring, the Wings take a three-game losing streak up against the Calgary Flames Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings have three goals during the stretch, which has seen them shut out twice in one week. Most of the forwards are in droughts, most notably top-six wingers Gustav Nyquist, who has no goals his last 12 games, and Tomas Tatar, who has one goal in 13 games and just two on the season.

Add to that Justin Abdelkader, with two goals the last 11 games; Riley Sheahan, with no goals at all; and Dylan Larkin, with three goals the last 11 games.

“We just have to keep fighting, scratching and clawing,” Abdelkader said. “Nothing is going to be easy. You just have to simplify and put pucks on net. Don’t be too cute. Get pucks on net and fight for rebounds.

“We’ve got to find a way to get that first goal and try to keep them out of our net towards the end of the game.”


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