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Video- A Younger Dylan Larkin

FTR: Winging It in Motown's Kyle McIlmurray found this video last night....

Update: And it's been removed by the uploader! surprisesad

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Dylan Larkin Not Carrying The Team But A “Good Piece Of The Puzzle”

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

"I don't think Larkin is carrying our guys," Blashill said. "I think he's a good piece of the puzzle. He's like (Andreas Athanasiou). He can self-generate, which is rare in the league, but when you have that kind of speed, and then he's got some pretty good deception to him. I thought the goal he scored he looked off the pass and then shot it.

"But I don't think by any stretch he's carrying us. For us to be successful we're going to have to be a great team. I think starting at the top with our leadership we have the opportunity to do that and that's what we're going to have to be."

Larkin has been the Red Wings' most consistent offensive threat all season after reporting to training camp with his likely destination being Detroit's top farm team in Grand Rapids of the AHL.

He's had at least one point in 31 of the 51 games he's played, leads the Red Wings with 18 goals and 37 points, and shares the NHL lead with a plus-25 rating.

Of the 20 games in which Larkin failed to register a point, the Red Wings have lost 16 in regulation, overtime or a shootout.

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Prospect news: Griffins sweep IceHogs in OT; Walleye lose in K-Zoo; Svechnikov 1+1 again

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids took the back half of a home-and-home series with the Rockford IceHogs--one in which they defeated Rockford 9-1 on Friday--by defeating their rivals 4-3 in overtime. Martin Frk scored 2 more goals (for a total of 4 on the weekend), Andy Miele had 2 assists, Tyler Bertuzzi scored a goal, Jared Coreau stopped 29 of 32 shots and Tomas Nosek scored the OT game-winner.

The Griffins' website filed a recap...

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Red Wings-Islanders wrap-up: Wings’ offense finally breaks out, Mrazek back-stops Wings to home win

The Red Wings' offense finally broke out against the New York Islanders, and Detroit earned its first home win in 7 games via a 5-1 win that was absolutely excellent. The Wings' 4 lines, 6 defensemen and star goaltender played strong games from minutes 1 to 60, and the Wings didn't let this screw with their mojo:

For the Red Wings, scoring success came early, often and regularly; for the Islanders, the game was a frustrating setback, as they told NewYorkIslanders.com's Cory Wright:

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FYI: Wings-Bruins game on February 14th will start at 3:30 PM

From the Red Wings:

The National Hockey League today announced that the Detroit Red Wings home game on Sun., Feb. 14 vs. the Boston Bruins, originally scheduled for 3:00 p.m., has been changed to a 3:30 p.m. start. The game will air on NBC and can be heard locally on 97.1 The Ticket.

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Red Wings-Islanders quick take: worth the wait

The Red Wings kicked off a 5-game home stand against the New York Islanders on Saturday, hoping to snap a 2-game winless streak against a team that's dominated the Wings at home...a Joe Louis Arena in which the Wings hadn't won in 5 games.

On Saturday afternoon, the Red Wings appreciated the gravity of their situation, scoring 5 straight goals en route to a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders.

Strange delay to the start of the 3rd period included, the Wings played a very strong 60-minute game in all 3 zones, they receives spectacular goaltending by Petr Mrazek, and they finally broke out offensively as Detroit won their first home game in 7 tries and nearly over 2 months.

Individually, Larkin and Tatar had a goal and an assist, Richards, Datsyuk and Nyquist had 2 assists, Jurco scored, Quincey and Green helped give the Wings offense from defense and the Wings even scored a power play goal--on a 5-on-3, no less. At the other end, Mrazek was sterling silver shiny, and the Wings' speedy offensive game (Athanasiou may be earning a full-time promotion here) was matched by attention to defensive detail and support for their goaltender.

All in all, this was a blueprint game for the balance of the Wings' 5-game home stand, if not a blueprint game for the balance of the season.

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Ice issue delays Wings-Islanders game

The Red Wings and Islanders had to wait some 40 minutes for the 3rd period to start (the score is currently 5-1 Detroit) because a bolt came out of a Marsh peg, gouging a nasty scrape along the ice surface:

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Red Wings-Islanders game-day updates: Boychuk in for Islanders, Wings sticking with Friday’s lines

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Jeff Blashill and Jack Capuano gave pre-game updates ahead of today's matinee between the Red Wings and Islanders (2 PM EST on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM):

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Important Games Ahead

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The popular line inside the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room Friday was that every one of the remaining 31 games on the schedule are as important as the rest with teams jockeying to secure playoff positions.

But at the same time, nobody was denying that the next five are especially big. All are at home and four are against Eastern Conference foes the Red Wings could end up battling for a spot in the postseason tournament.

The stretch begins today with a 2 p.m. matinee against the New York Islanders, who like the Red Wings have 58 points in the Eastern standings.

"It's important. Gotta win," said rookie All-Star Dylan Larkin, who leads the Red Wings with 17 goals. "Every game is important for the rest of the season. It's so tight. I was looking (at the standings), you could be taking in the draft lottery or you could be in the playoffs and not in the wild card.

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Prospect news: Griffins romp over IceHogs, Callahan scores hat trick; Walleye lose, Svechnikov 1+1

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a helluva night. Mitch Callahan had a hat trick and a total of 5 points, Martin Frk had 2 goals, Tom McCollum stopped 37 of 38 shots and the Griffins defeated theRockford IceHogs by a staggering 9-1 tally. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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