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Articles from practice: On injuries and Hicketts

Updated at 4:33 PM: The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena for an optional practice on Sunday, preparing for a 3-games-in-4-nights stretch which will begin against a similarly-banged-up New Jersey Devils team tomorrow night. After practice wrapped up, Wings coach Jeff Blashill updated the team's injury situation:

The Free Press's Helene St. James also spoke with winger Martin Frk and coach Jeff Blashill regarding Joe Hicketts' recall from Grand Rapids:

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Tweets from practice: Wings ‘take an optional’; Jersey banged-up; Sunday features

Updated at 12:47 PM: Hicketts will play tomorrow vs. New Jersey, per Khan:

The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena the day after a difficult loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, with the Wings preparing for a 3-games-in-4-nights slate which will take them to New Jersey (Monday) and then find the Wings hosting Philadelphia (Tuesday) and Chicago (Thursday).

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Wings "took an optional":

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan checked in...

Optional skate today...Helm (lower body) skating today as is Abdelkader

The Wings also recalled Joe Hicketts from Grand Rapids as insurance as the team currently has 6 healthy defensemen (Ericsson, Kronwall, DeKeyser, Green, Ouellet and Jensen) going into their 3-games-in-4-nights slate.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey--the Devils lost 3-1 to Philly last night--per NewJerseyDevils.com's Amanda Stein...

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Red Wings recall Joe Hicketts

As insurance...

Here's the Wings' press release:

… 2017 Calder Cup Champion Has 42 Points in 116 Career AHL Games …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Joe Hicketts from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

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How’s The Process Going?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

After losing for the fourth time in five games Saturday, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said his team can't look at the big picture.

Good, because it's not pretty. The Red Wings, following a 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at Little Caesars Arena, have 37 games remaining, but it would take a tremendous run to get back into the playoff picture, the kind of roll this team hasn't shown any inclination to make....

"I don't think about whether things are slipping away," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think about what you have to do to make sure we're in the playoff hunt and what we have to do is win games and certainly there's an urgency to win now.

"We need a run. We need to win three out four, win three out of four, win three out of four. To do that, our PK has to step up and be better, we got to have the shooting mentality, we got to create more chaos, get teams on their heels."


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Prospect news: Griffins beat IceHogs; Walleye lose in KC; Gallant, Pearson score goals

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins rallied from a 1-0 deficit and withstood a 2-2 tie as the Griffins ultimately out-gunned the Rockford IceHogs, winning 4-3. Eric Tangradi, Matt Puempel, Dominik Shine and Robbie Russo scored goals, Axel Holmstrom had 2 assists and Jared Coreau stopped 34 of 37 shots in the win.

The Griffins' website posted a recap, and if you don't already know, the Griffins are currently participating in the Great Skate at the Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Hurricanes wrap-up—mistake-prone Wings pounced upon by Hurricanes

The Detroit Red Wings lost an incredibly frustrating 3-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night, kicking off a 4-games-in-6-nights stretch with a flat, uninspired effort against a Canes team coming off its Bye Week.

The Wings' penalty-kill continued to struggle, giving up 2 power play goals to Elias Linholm, but the fact that Jimmy Howard wasn't impenetrable on Saturday night couldn't be tagged on the goaltender nor his penalty-killers alone. The fact of the matter is that the Wings got out-skated, out-worked, especially in terms of detailed, and were out-classed in terms of energy and intensity. The Hurricanes played like they wanted to win the game...And the Red Wings played like a team that had a contractual obligation to fulfill.

As I said in the "Quick Take," regardless of where you want the Wings to finish this season, a flat, disinterested effort isn't setting a good example for the team's younger players, and whatever the hell the Red Wings delivered on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena was unacceptable from a "process" standpoint as much as anything else.

The Hurricanes were quite happy with earning a rope-a-dope win in Detroit, as they told CarolinaHurricanes.com's Mike Smith:

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Red Wings-Hurricanes quick take: Wings lose a frustrating game to Carolina

The Red Wings opened up a series of 4 games to be played over the course of 6 nights against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday evening, and as the Wings sat 5 points behind the Hurricanes in the NHL's Wild Card standings, the Wings needed to pick up their game.

The Red Wings didn't pick up their game--at all--losing 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes despite a superb performance from Jimmy Howard. Detroit looked flat at the times that it needed the most energy, it deferred shots when it generated its best scoring chances, and--forget the playoffs--from a pride standpoint, the Wings' effort, intensity, attention to detail and discipline were all completely unacceptably "off" on what should have been a game in which they pounced upon a rusty opponent.

Detroit was victimized by its mistakes by a passive-aggressive opponent instead, and whether you're rooting for a miraculous recovery or an out-and-out tank, playing this sloppily is not good for "the kids." This isn't the game you want to teach them.

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St. James’ Q and A with Chris Chelios

The Free Press's Helene St. James engaged in a Q and A with Red Wings ambassador Chris Chelios:

What are your duties at the Olympics?

CC: “I’m assistant coach on the bench in charge of the penalty killing and defense. I’ve been assistant coach at World Juniors with Ron Wilson and he let me have free reign, and Tony has basically done the same thing. I think I put in enough time with Blash the last two years, whether it’s video or being on the ice during practices, that I am more than capable of handling it.

“The biggest challenge will be the matchups. In the NHL, you use your top four D against the other team’s top two lines. At the Olympics, the problem is not knowing your opponent and that’s something I’m going to have to know quick. We are going to watch video like crazy. But I’m comfortable with the top six guys we have and I think they can play against anybody. So that’s one good thing, as opposed to the NHL where your fifth and sixth D usually can’t match up against the other team’s top two lines.”

St. James continues...

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Video- Game Day Preview - Detroit Red Wings/Carolina Hurricanes

via the Wings' YouTube page,

Featuring Carley Johnston, Ken Kal, Trevor Daley, Martin Frk, Dominic Turgeon, and Jeff Blashill at Little Caesars Arena


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Red Wings-Hurricanes game-day updates: Pre-game remarks from Tatar, Green and Canes coach Peters

Updated 2 at 1:27 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to make up ground against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (7:00 PM on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM), with the Wings sitting 5 points in arrears of Carolina in the Wild Card standings.

Neither team's morning skate was particularly eventful: the Red Wings will swap out Nick Jensen for Xavier Ouellet, but that's the Wings' only personnel change going into tonight's game;

The Red Wings have posted Twitter videos of comments made by Tomas Tatar and Mike Green...

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