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Lightning and Red Wings practice Tweets: Johnson a ‘game-day decision’; Eurotwins reunited

The Tampa Bay Lightning preceded the Red Wings onto the ice at the Lightning practice facility in Brandon, Florida on Tuesday, and NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika took note of an important addition to the Lightning lineup:

Tyler Johnson is on the ice.

The Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith confirmed...

Tyler Johnson on ice for #TBLightning skate

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Johnson skating with Kucherov and Killorn #tblightning

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Checking in with Mitch Callahan

Fox 17's Mitch Fick checked in on Mitch Callahan's health after three years' worth of operations (jaw, ACL and jaw again):

 

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Morning news: More Datsyuk talk, Wings-Bolts series previews and Samuelssen on the streak

Of disparate Red Wings-realted note this morning:

1. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness took note of the Wings' reactions to Pavel Datsyuk's comments after yesterday's practice:

“I think for a few of us here we know the chances of going all the way are getting less and less,” Zetterberg said. “When you’ve been in the league for 10 years you know your time is running out. It’s not just him. You never know when you’ll get this chance again so we’re going to take advantage of this.”

“Let’s go play hockey, let’s do it together,” Niklas Kronwall said. “If this is his final last run let’s make it a good one.”

“In the end, there isn’t a guy in this room that doesn’t know Pavel is extraordinarily committed to winning this series,” Blashill said. “We live in the day-to-day world. I said this from the beginning of the year, you better enjoy moments in life and every day in the NHL and let’s enjoy this great opportunity ahead of us.”

2. MLive posted a 20-image photo gallery breaking down the Wings-Lightning match-up and a column in which MLive's Ansar Khan discusses the depleted Lightning roster:

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The overnight report: On Datsyuk, Howard and the dangerous first round

This morning's crop of Red Wings-related news is similar to Monday's in that it's mostly dissimilar "stuff" that is related to the Wings' imminent playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It's not that the "stuff" is anything but good, but it's disparate, a.k.a. "all over the place."

We begin with revisiting Pavel Datsyuk Hedging Day at the Joe with Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard and Jeff Blashill's comments to the media about Datsyuk's probable retirement, as posted by MLive's Brendan Savage:

The Free Press's George Sipple also noted their comments in text form:

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Prospect news: Svechnikov’s Screaming Eagles lose; Griffins shut out

Of prospect-related note:

In playoff action, the QMJHL, Evgeny Svechnikov took 3 shots and went 2-for-5 on faceoffs as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles lost 5-2 to the Saint John Sea Dogs. The Screaming Eagles trail their QMJHL semifinal 2 games to 1;

And in regular-season action, the Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 3-0 decision to the Iowa Wild on Monday night. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Video- Nick Cotsonika Previews The Detroit/Tampa Series

Nick Cotsonika (his first day at NHL.com) joined NHL Live to talk Wings/Bolts.

 

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Prospect news: Holmstrom, Skelleftea lose; Griffins and Walleye news and notes

Of prospect-related note:

In playoff action, in the SHL, Axel Holmstrom played 5:56 in Skelleftea AIK's 4-3 OT loss to the Vaxjo Lakers. Vaxjo tied the SHL semifinal at 3 games apiece;

In regular season action, in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins play the Iowa Wild tonight, and they're going to have an important observer on their team:

The Griffins also filed a game-day preview video (hello, Anthony Mantha!):

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Evening news: Videos, ‘unfinished business,’ more Datsyuk, Bolts and Wings remarks and more

Of disparate Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Free Press posted a video of Henrik Zetterberg addressing his friend Pavel Datsyuk's comments made over the past couple of days:

2. Via RedWingsFeed, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, Bob Wojnowski and Gregg Krupa engaged in a 7-minute roundtable preview of the Wings-Lightning series:

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TMR afternoon lines: Bolts want to get back to the Cup Final, but are wary of the Wings

The Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith, the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson and TampaBayLightning.com's Bryan Burns filed practice reports on Monday, reporting that Ryan Callahan, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman all skated despite nagging injuries, and Tyler Johnson may or may not skate with the team tomorrow.

Burns also offers two quips which will serve as "afternoon lines":

Callahan said the Lightning have been looking forward to returning to the playoffs since the second they lost to Chicago in Game 6 of last year’s Stanley Cup Final. “The first thing you think of (after losing in the Final) is you want to start again and you want to get back to where we are,” he said. “It’s a long 82-game schedule, and now we’ve gotten back to that point. Nothing’s going to be given to us."

Bishop expects Detroit to come out gunning for the Lightning after the Red Wings fell in seven hard-fought games in last year’s First Round playoff series. “They’re going to have a chip on their shoulders,” he said. “We eliminated them in the First Found, and they’re going to have that in the back of their minds, kind of like us and Montreal last year. We know they’re going to have a little bit extra motivation I think. We’ve just got to be ready for Game 1.”

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Savage: Jimmy Howard’s reclaimed his crease

MLive's Brendan Savage penned a long column about Jimmy Howard's resurgent play, discussing Howard's recovery from a serious mid-season slump with Howard himself, with Wings coach Jeff Blashill and with teammates Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg:

He blanked the New York Rangers for 60 minutes at Madison Square Garden before the Red Wings lost 1-0 in overtime and the victory drought ended in his next outing, when Howard made 39 saves in a 3-2 OT victory over Western Conference champion Dallas.

But according to Howard, his return to form actually began earlier.

"Everyone's going to point to the Rangers and the Dallas game," he said. "But I think there were a couple games I played even before that where I thought I played some good games but didn't get the results and didn't get the bounces and you end up losing in this league with that. It was just a work in progress.

"I never wavered confidence. If I did that, I wouldn't be in the NHL. It was just a thing of needing to get some puck luck and a couple bounces here and there to go my way and just try and get the ball rolling again.

"It was challenging. I just think it goes to show you can't throw in the towel. If you keep working hard, if you keep doing the little things and stay the course, good things can happen to you out there."

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Update: Here's more on Howard from the Free Press's George Sipple:

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