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The Wings Did Some Scouting On Cam Fowler

via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

An early afternoon flight Tuesday into New York afforded Wings brass the opportunity to scout defenseman Cam Fowler as Anaheim played that night at New Jersey. At last asking price, however, the Ducks’ demands included Anthony Mantha.

Evgeny Svechnikov has become another target after an especially strong exhibition season, and he’s another prospect the Wings would be loath to relinquish.

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Detroit’s Defensive Zone Coverage Needs Work

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

What needs to be done to limit the number of times opponents get behind them?

"There's a lot of things," Zetterberg said. "You've got to be on the right side of people. You've got to execute on passes. We've got to win our battles."

The Red Wings had lost six in a row at MSG (0-3-3), dating back to Dec. 6, 2009. They have back-to-back home games Friday and Saturday against Nashville and San Jose.

Coach Jeff Blashill said the team must play much better to have long-term success and can learn lessons from a victory.

"The more correctable thing is turnovers," Blashill said. "We got to learn to be a team that plays north for 60 minutes, that gets pucks in behind, that attacks, doesn't turn the puck over in the D-zone, doesn't turn the puck over in the neutral zone. We've probably turned the puck over in the neutral zone more this year than last. We've probably got out of our zone a little bit better, but we've turned the puck over in the neutral zone, too."


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The Nashville Predators On Playing At The Joe

from Thomas Willis of NashvillePredators.com,

The 2016-17 Nashville Predators don't view Joe Louis Arena Arena in the same way their brethren did a decade ago. They're much more used to escaping Detroit with two points in tow than their predecessors were. Other teams have assumed the role of Nashville's most hated rivals and the constant comparison of Preds versus Wings has dissipated. Still, even though they aren't quick to mention Nashville's first-ever playoff game played in Detroit in 2004 or the back-to-back sweep at the Joe in 2006, ties to the team and the 37-year-old arena still come up naturally....

After briefly mentioning the impressive sight of the rafters of Joe Louis Arena, Subban, unprompted, started to reflect on his first time at one of the pillars of the Detroit sporting world. And that's kind of the point of reflecting on the tradition and history of an old NHL rink like the Joe - regardless of your part in it, all the history added together is what makes saying goodbye so special.

"If it's your first time there you can catch yourself looking into the rafters a little longer than you're supposed to," Subban said. "It's a really cool building. I remember being there in junior, our organization got us a box, got us tickets at Joe Louis Arena to watch Detroit and the Ducks play.

"We know it's a special building, but for us the focus is on the task at hand and that's two points."


Pete Weber too...

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Jeff Blashill appears on The Fan 590’s HockeyCentral at Noon

Via Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill appeared on The Fan 590's HockeyCentral at Noon show, discussing Jimmy Howard's performance against the Rangers, the team's due diligence performed before signing Thomas Vanek and the performance of Gustav Nyquist thus far.

Sportsnet didn't post the 6-minute interview as an individual audio file, so you'll have to fast-forward to the 35:02 mark of Sportsnet's Thursday broadcast to listen to the interview:

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Griffins’ ‘Tip a Griffin’ event to take place on October 25th

From the Grand Rapids Griffins, via RedWingsFeed:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins’ popular Tip-A-Griffin fundraiser returns for its 10th edition on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6-8 p.m., when team players, coaches and hockey staff will trade in their jerseys for aprons to help serve and wait tables at all five Uccello’s Ristorante locations in West Michigan.

Each of the five locations will include a raffle and a visit from the team’s beloved mascot, Griff. Raffle items include Griffins memorabilia, ticket packages, various gifts from sponsors, and specially designed aprons that Griffins personnel will be wearing for the night, which will be signed and auctioned off at the end of the event.

Donations and raffle proceeds will benefit the Griffins Youth Foundation. In its previous nine versions, Tip-A-Griffin raised nearly $85,000 for various local charities.

The Griffins will be dispersed to each location as follows (lineups subject to change):

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Ken Holland receives award from Salvation Army

From DetroitRedWIngs.com's Josh Berenter:

On Wednesday night, while Ken Holland watched his Detroit Red Wings defeat the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, community members gathered at the Detroit Athletic Club as Holland was presented the 2016 William Booth Award by The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division.

"The Salvation Army is pleased to present our organization's highest individual honor, the William Booth Award, to Ken Holland, general manager of the Detroit Red Wings," said Lt. Colonel John Turner, divisional commander of The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. "Named after our founder, this award is reserved for individuals who demonstrate outstanding humanitarian efforts within - and service to - the community through the donation of time, expertise and energy.

"For the past 11 years, Ken has engaged the entire Red Wings team in our Red Kettle campaign, raising tens of thousands of dollars for those in need in Metro Detroit. Ken embodies the true spirit of the William Booth Award and it is our sincere pleasure to honor him with this year's award."

While Holland couldn't attend The Salvation Army's Annual Civic Awards Dinner on Wednesday night to personally accept the award, he made sure to properly thank The Salvation Army for the honor by sending an acceptance video which was played during the event.


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Profiling Griffins captain Nathan Paetsch

Griffinshockey.com's Mark Newman profiles Grand Rapids Griffins captain Nathan Paetsch this morning:

“The joke is that I’m the stepping stone to the NHL because all of my ‘D’ partners end up in the NHL. First there was Smitty (Brendan Smith), then Lash (Brian Lashoff), X (Xavier Ouellet) and (Alexey) Marchenko. For me to play with all those guys and then sit at home and watch them play for the Red Wings, it’s the best,” he continued. “As an older guy, I take great pride in being able to help these guys along. It’s like watching a little brother. It feels like part of me is out on the ice with them. I love it, and it’s been a real joy.”
With each prospect having his own strengths and weaknesses, it’s fallen to Paetsch to make sure that he keeps everything under control.
“My game changes more depending upon who I am playing with and what role they want me to do,” he said. “As an AHL veteran, I’ve got to be flexible because in the end, it’s all about the young guys and helping them get to Detroit.
“I just try to be who I am, even though there’s a different approach for every guy. Every ‘D’ partner is a different challenge. How do I make us the best pairing possible? It’s a challenge that I really enjoy.
“Young guys will ask a lot of questions and I think that’s great. This is my 14th season, so I’ve been through a lot of things in hockey and life in general, so I hope they pick my brain as much as possible. As a veteran, you’re a shoulder to lean on, a voice to calm them down. You’ve got to let them know things won’t always be the same.”

Newman continues...

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Morning news: Wings-Rangers highlights & post-game videos; praise for Howard and observations

Updated 2x at 11:58 AM: Among this morning's Red Wings-related videos:

1. AWood40 posted an extended clip of highlights from last night's game:

2. The Red Wings posted clips of post-game remarks from Henrik Zetterberg...

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Jimmy Howard Knows His Role

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Howard made his season debut Wednesday and showed just how prepared he is spell Petr Mrazek every few games. Howard's spectacular 32-save performance led the Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

"Let's be honest, right now Pete's the No. 1, and I think I know how to handle the situation a lot better," Howard said. "Last year, I didn't quite understand how to be the back-up. I'd never been in it before. I think I fully understand the role now how to be mentally sharp between starts."

Howard stopped several breakaways – the Red Wings (2-2-0) have had defense issues in three of their four games. And he made big saves to prevent the Rangers from scoring on any of their four power plays, including a five-on-three in the second period that lasted 55 seconds.

"Jimmy stole the game," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "Honestly, that's one of the better performances I've seen from a goalie, probably at any level."

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Below, watch the extended highlights from the Wings defeat of the Rangers...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Rangers wrap-up—Wings see ‘teaching moments’ in Howard’s win

The Red Wings won a wild and woolly affair in New York, defeating the Rangers 2-1 thanks to a 32-save performance from Jimmy Howard who was stellar, goals from Thomas Vanek and Drew Miller, and also a 32-save performance from Jimmy Howard, who was stellar.

The Red Wings were absolutely grateful for their goaltender's performance; the Rangers were frustrated as could be with their perceived inability to dent Howard more efficiently, and to some extent, their press corps shared their frustration.

The Journal News's Rick Carpiniello felt that the Rangers "manhandled" the Wings...

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