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Evening news: Wings-Flames game-day articles; on Nosek and Ouellet’s call-ups, Larkin & the 1st pair
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
The Red Wings posted a game-day preview video...
As did the Flames:
Updated 6x at 2:12 PM: The Red Wings are getting the "Hometown Hockey" treatment on Sportsnet prior to tonight's game between Detroit and Calgary (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), with Sportsnet broadcasting from Sarnia, Ontario (for those of you not geographically familiar with Michigan, Sarnia is the city across the St. Clair River from Port Huron, Michigan). There are some Wings alumni in tow for tonight's broadcast, including Sarnia native Dino Ciccarelli and Leamington's Darren McCarty:
Red Wings-Flames morning skate Tweets: Zetterberg in, Ericsson ‘a game-time decision’; Mrazek starts
The Red Wings will have their hands full when they host the Calgary Flames this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet/97.1 FM) as Calgary's loss in St. Louis ended a 7-game winning streak.
Sportsnet is giving the Wings the full treatment as Hometown Hockey will precede the game from Sarnia, Ontario, and they've posted a video previewing some of the key players to watch this evening:
In the article department, USA Today's sports staff wrote a list of "Christmas wishes" for each and every NHL team, and Kristen Shilton believes that the Red Wings need a little mental fortitude to reclaim their form:
The Grand Rapids Griffins had to rally for a comeback win against the Texas Stars last night, but there was no need to do so en route to the team's 14th straight win.
On Saturday night, Antony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou (who potted a Gordie Howe hat trick), Tomas Nosek and Andy Miele had a goal and an assist apiece, Martin Frk had a goal and 2 assists, Daniel Cleary had 2 assists and Jared Coreau stopped 28 of 29 shots as the Griffins defeated the Texas Stars 6-1. The Griffins' website posted a recap:
The 16-9-and-7 Red Wings face a particularly stiff task in snapping their 3-game winless streak against the 15-15-and-2 Calgary Flames this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet/97.1 FM).
The Flames ended a 7-game winning streak in the form of a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, and while they started slowly, they nearly rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the 3rd period, scoring 2 goals.
Ater the game, Flames captain Mark Giordano was blunt while speaking with the Associated Press:
The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for the Flames (15-15-2), who were 7-0 in December after going 3-8-1 in October and 5-6-1 in November. Calgary, which fell to 5-10-2 on the road, finishes off a four-game road trip on Sunday in Detroit.
"The positive is we've won seven in a row before tonight and lost one game," Giordano said. "Now we have an opportunity tomorrow to finish three-and-one on this road trip which is a big road trip for us. We've got to come out tomorrow ready to play, better off the hop. It starts with me."
NHL.com's Louie Korac will pick up the game narrative from there:
From the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
MLive's Ansar Khan confirms:
The Grand Rapids Griffins did something very clever for "Lego Night" at Van Andel Arena, showing four stop-motion videos of Lego and OYO figures (Anthony Mantha was the figure given away on Saturday night) on a hockey rink. The Griffins happened to defeat the Texas Stars 6-1 to win their 14th game, too, and Mantha had a goal and an assist.
The Griffins started with their game preview...
And continued with their game intro...
Updated 2x at 6 PM: As noted in the practice Tweet post, the Red Wings may be without the services of Jonathan Ericsson (upper-body) and Henrik Zetterberg (lower-body) against the Calgary Flames tomorrow night (7 PM EDT on FSD/Sportsnet). Either way, the Red Wings will be recalling a forward and a defenseman from Grand Rapids after the Griffins' game against Texas tonight as the NHL's Christmas roster freeze hits at midnight.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirms in text form:
"(Ericsson) might be out tomorrow. We'll evaluate it tomorrow," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Happened late in the third. I didn't know about it until after the game. Right now it's day-to-day, but it might change. When I was told this morning, it was day-to-day for now. I think those things change depending on how he reacts."
Blashill said of Zetterberg: "We hope he's good to go tomorrow but I don't know that for sure."
If Ericsson can't play, Jakub Kindl will get his opportunity to shine:
The Wings hit the ice for practice at Joe Louis Arena just after noon, hoping to rebound from last night's shootout loss to Vancouver.
MLive's Ansar Khan reported slightly distressing news...
#RedWings on ice for practice. Ericsson only player who played last night who isn't skating.
Kindl playing tomorrow? He's practicing on the power play on unit with Green, Datsyuk, Richards and Tatar, though there's no net front guy.
Marek Tvrdon has been incredibly unhappy in the ECHL, and he's made his comments known to the Slovak media. It appears that the Red Wings are going to cut ties with Tvrdon and allow him to return to Europe to continue his professional career:
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