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St. James: Tuesday’s World Championship games are of Wings-related importance

Tomorrow at the World Championships, Dylan Larkin and Team USA battle Tomas Jurco's Slovaks at 5:15 AM EDT (on NBCSN), Pavel Datsyuk, Alexey Marchenko and Team Russia battle Gustav Nyquist's Swedes at 1:15 PM EDT and Teemu Pulkkinen's Finns battle Canada at 1:15 PM EDT.

As the Free Press's Helene St. Jaems notes, all of the games are consequential:

Dylan Larkin's U.S. squad can finish no better than fourth in Group B, thanks to back-to-back victories by Germany. The Germans followed up Sunday's stunning 3-2 victory over the U.S. with a 4-2 victory over Hungary today in St. Petersburg, Russia, to secure third place in the group.

The U.S. plays Tomas Jurco's Slovakia in its final prelim game. The Americans need either a victory or a nonregulation loss to survive. The U.S has nine points to Slovakia's six, but if the Slovaks win in regulation (which nets three points), the U.S. would be eliminated because the first tiebreaker is the head-to-head result.

Also on Tuesday, Russia's Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko are scheduled to face Gustav Nyquist's Sweden for a shot at first place in Group A. Nyquist leads the tournament with seven goals.

As it stood today, the Russians, Swedes and Czechs (who finish up the prelims with a game against Switzerland) all have a shot at the No. 1 spot in Group A, otherwise finishing no worse than third.

St. James continues, explaining how Thursday's Quarterfinals will break down.

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Griffins game-day preview video: GR-LEM Game 6

Here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' game-day preview video ahead of tonight's Game 6 between the Griffins and Lake Erie Monsters (7 PM on The AHL Live/ESPN 96.1 FM), and Bob Kaser reports that Eric Tangradi and Martin Frk will remain sidelined with upper-body injuries...

And here are the AHL's "Morning Skate" notes:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Jurco, Slovakia prepare for Tueday’s match-up against the U.S.

Tomas Jurco spoke with SME's Maros Szucs about his scoring drought on the Slovakian national team, and what follows is a very rough translation:

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20 years ago today, Steve Yzerman scored ‘the goal’ vs. St. Louis

Today, 20 years ago, "History Was Made," big time:

Here's a great longer version of the goal and what led up to it as well:

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‘Roughly Translated’: A profile of Gustav Nyquist

A pair of Swedish articles with Red Wings-related subjects hit the wires today. Hockeysverige's Uffe Bodin  spoke with Pavel Datsyuk in an article that mirrored Francis Chaumont's discussion with Datsyuk;

And Aftonbladet's Mats Wennerholm spoke with Gustav Nyquist as part of an extended profile of #14, and here's a rough translation thereof:

"I had no thoughts about [making a] living playing hockey"

Gustav Nyquist went to the U.S. primarily to get an education--and today he's one of the stars on the classic NHL team Detroit Red Wings.

Moscow: He's alone atop the World Championship's goal-scoring list after his 2-2 goal against Switzerland.

Gustav Nyquist, 26, continues to both produce and impress.

But the Detroit forward, who was part of the Olympic team in 2014 in Sochi, was relatively unknown until then in Sweden.

"But I went to the United States early in order to obtain an education. Even then I didn't expect to be playing in the NHL," he says.

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Red Wings to hold ‘Street Hockey Summer Tour’ in July and August

From the Red Wings:

… Tour Set to Make 10 Stops Throughout the State of Michigan This Summer for Free Street Hockey Clinics Offered to Children Ages 7-12 …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the details for the inaugural Street Hockey Summer Tour, presented by Meijer. Launching this July, the Red Wings will travel throughout the state of Michigan and take over the parking lots of 10 different Meijer locations to host free street hockey clinics for children ages 7-12.

The tour is open to children of all skill levels and hockey experiences. The first hour of each session will feature a one-hour clinic, followed by a 30-minute pick-up street hockey game. The clinics will be instructed by Detroit Red Wings representatives and local hockey players and coaches.

Each stop on the tour will feature two sessions divided for children ages 7-9 and 10-12. The younger age group will start at 10:00 a.m. at each stop of the tour, while the older group will begin at 1:30 p.m. each day.

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Red Wings at the World Championship: Datsyuk, Marchenko’s Russians defeat Norway 3-0

At the World Championship, Russia defeated Norway 3-0, and Pavel Datsyuk was held off the scoresheet in 14:21 of ice time, while Alexey Marchenko took 3 shots in 16:38 of ice time.

Tomorrow's games will help determine quarterfinal spots, and Team USA plays Slovakia at 5:15 AM EDT, Russia plays Sweden at 1:15 PM EDT and Finland battles Canada at 1:15 PM EDT.

Update: Here are the game highlights:

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Questions For Ansar Khan

Ansar Khan answers some questions...

Q: Die-hard Wings fan but saw this coming two or three years ago. Was fooled by (Tomas) Tatar and Nyquist into thinking they could be the cogs of an ongoing Wings' Cup contention, but their true colors showed in the past playoff and finally in the regular season. One or both can go. Package one with (Jimmy) Howard. Calgary could be a good trade partner, maybe get (T.J.) Brodie or (Dougie) Hamilton. ... If Pav (Datsyuk) leaves as expected, what do you think of the prospect of Z also retiring?

A: Zetterberg isn't retiring this year. But I don't think he'll finish out his contract, which has five years remaining at a cap hit of $6.083 million. He'll be 36 on Oct. 9 and has a lot of hard miles on him and a history of back trouble, though he played all 82 games this past season.

I think he'll play two more years for sure (his salary is $7.5 million and $7 million). Might be retire before 2018-19, when his salary dips to $3.5 million? I'd be surprised if he plays the final two years, when he'll earn just $1 million per season.

Calgary might have interest in Howard, though there will be other options, through free agency (Cam Ward, James Reimer, Chad Johnson, Al Montoya, to name a few) and trade (Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi, Jaroslav Halak, others). But I can't imagine why in the world the Flames would consider dealing one of those defensemen in the package you proposed. Dennis Wideman would be a more realistic return.

Also, I wouldn't dismiss Tatar and Nyquist's ability to bounce back next season. Almost every Red Wing experienced a decline in production.

Q: Since the Flames don't have a goaltender signed for next year, what do you think the chances are of us being able to trade Howard to them for a good defenseman? Also, who would you think we would acquire from them; I know they have big names like Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, and Dougie Hamilton.

A: See above regarding unrealistic trade proposals involving the Calgary Flames.

more including Khan thinking Todd Richards will be joining the coaching staff in Detroit...

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‘Roughly translated’: An interview with Pavel Datsyuk at the World Championship

The Journal de Montreal's Francois Chaumont spoke with Pavel Datsyuk at the World Championship. Here's a rough translation of his interview, which doesn't necessarily venture into new territory, but most certainly reinforces the struggle Datsyuk faces in deciding whether to return home or play for the Red Wings for one more season:

Datsyuk's heart is in Russia

"I will speak with Ken Holland after the World Championship," he says.

Moscow: Pavel Datsyuk has probably played his last game for the Detroit Red Wings, but he's keeping the door open. In an interview with the Journal de Montreal, the 37-year-old refuses to describe his World Championship as a farewell tour in Russia, and he never uses the word "retirement" in his answers.

It's 10:45 in Moscow on a Saturday night. Minutes earlier, Russia defeated Switzerland 5-1. It was the first game for Alexander Ovechkin, the expected savior of the national team. Datsyuk, the captain, goes unnoticed.


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The overnight report: On the Wings’ alums, son-of-an-alumnus, Quincey, Datsyuk and ‘TRTO’

Of Red Wings-related note this morning, in a real mishmash of an entry:

1. Looking toward the past, the Free Press's Lev Facher profiled the Red Wings Alumni Association, discussing the group's dedication to raising funds for charitable causes:

It doesn’t matter if they played together, or even if they knew each other during their professional careers. Red Wings alumni are a particularly organized bunch, and they’re happy to lend their time and talent to a good cause.

Sunday in Fraser was no exception, as roughly a dozen former Red Wings and professional hockey players came together to support the Ford division of the United Auto Workers Union in a charity game benefiting the American Cancer Society.

All it took, according to many of the alumni, was an e-mail from George Bowman, the Red Wings Alumni Association’s secretary. That’s the case for a majority of the group’s gatherings, in which many of the alumni — especially those who played for the team in the 1980s and 1990s — participate frequently.


“There’s a lot of great charities out there,” Ogrodnick said. “Unfortunately, you can’t help them all. But this is one way that a lot of the Red Wing alumni and/or NHL alumni try and give back. We play in these games, and they’re fun. We don’t play a lot, about 18 or 19 games a year. The guys have fun. It’s great, and they’re some good causes.”

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2. Looking toward the future, also in the alumni vein, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Dylan St. Cyr, son of Manon Rheaume, and Cayden Primeau, son of Keith Primeau, as both players attended Warren Strelow's hockey camp in Windsor:

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