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Updated 2x at 3:10 PM: This is happening a game early:
Here's the Red Wings' press release:
After the first quarter of the NHL season, the NHL rookie class is as impressive as it was hyped up to be. But it's not Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel leading the way in rookie goals and plus-minus, but rather, Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin.
Most of the talk before the season nationally focused on McDavid with the Edmonton Oilers and Eichel with the Buffalo Sabres.
One player who hasn't been talked about much nationally is Larkin, who is from Waterford and just 19 years old.
In Detroit, Larkin is quickly becoming a household name in and with an injury to McDavid, he's starting to get some buzz nationally.
Lakin is the NHL's leading rookie scorer with nine goals and also has the highest plus-minus with +13.
He is tied for third in rookie assists with eight and in third for rookie points with 17. He's behind Chicago's Artemi Panarin and Arizona's Max Domi respectively. He also ranks third in shots taken by a rookie so far with 61.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Niklas Kronwall did a couple of things on Friday that he hasn't done for a while.
Kronwall delivered his first big open-ice hit of the season in the first period, leveling Mark Letestu. Kronwall then scored his first goal of the season – 26 seconds into overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings (12-8-3) have gained at least one point in six consecutive games (4-0-2). This one, against the team with the worst record in the NHL, was more difficult than it needed to be. The Red Wings squandered a two-goal lead in the second period and for the sixth time this season lost a lead in the third period.
But it didn't matter in the end, when Kronwall took a pass from Dylan Larkin during a two-on-one and fired a shot past Cam Talbot.
"Larks made a real nice play -- held on to it, held on to it and made a nice pass over," Kronwall said. "I just tried to put it on net and luckily it went in."
This has become unexpected from Niklas Kronwall...
And this, even less so, but Kronwall atoned for a gaffe on the Edmonton Oilers' 3-3 goal by scoring the 4-3, OT winner as the Red Wings out-lasted the Oilers, defeating them 4-3 on Friday night.
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, Andy Miele had 2 goals and an assist, Mark Zengerle had 2 assists, Jared Coreau pitched a 22-save shutout and Daniel Cleary scored his first goal as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated their arch-rival Milwaukee Admirals 6-0. The Griffins' website filed a recap...
The Red Wings didn't face a "must-win" situation against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, but when you're playing a team that you've won 9 straight against at home, and that team's 7-14-and-1, you need to hold serve. On a day in which the Wings talked about honing their "killer instinct," facing an Oilers team coming off a rough loss to Carolina should have provided the perfect winning tonic.
On Friday night, the Red Wings blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads against an Edmonton Oilers team that had something like 7 shot attempts in the 1st period and ended up with a 57-50 attempt deficit to a Red Wings team that totally let the Oilers off the mat...
But the Red Wings got what counts in 2 points thanks to a goal from the player who was in no small part responsible for the Oilers' 3-3 goal in Niklas Kronwall, who KRONWALLED the heck out of Matt Hendricks, set up Ilro Pakarinen's 3-3 goal on a platter, and then scored on a lovely pass from Dylan Larkin to make it 4-3 at 26 seconds of overtime.
It was a strange game, it was a disappointing performance from a Wings team that still seems to lack a killer instinct, and yet it was a satisfying performance from a team that needed to score the last goal to make the game count for something good and decent.
Niklas Kronwall delivered a classic, clean shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Matt Hendricks:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Wings' game-day preview video:
2. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned a notebook in which Dylan Larkin and Teemu Pulkkinen discuss Pavel Datsyuk's impact upon the team as well as the pair of youngsters:
Updated 11x at 3:10 PM: The Red Wings will stick with their now-usual lineup against the Edmonton Oilers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/Sportsnet West/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and Jimmy Howard will oppose Cam Talbot in the nets.
MLive's Ansar Khan penned a game-day article discussing the Wings' troubles holding onto a 3rd period lead...
[T]hey're still having trouble holding onto leads in the third period. They have failed to protect a late lead in three of the past five games and five times in 22 games.
"We talked about it this morning," Blashill said. "If you look back, we lost a lead late in St. Louis (last Saturday), we lost a lead late in Ottawa (Nov. 16), just recently and obviously the other night (Wednesday vs. Boston). We talked about is there anything you could do different? I think that's the thing you look at as a coach, not for the blame game but more for the correction process moving forward. I didn't think we took our foot off the gas really in St. Louis. I didn't think we did last game. I didn't really think we did against Ottawa either."
Updated 6x at 12:15 PM: The Red Wings take on a slumping Edmonton Oilers team this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/Sportsnet West/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and the Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena just after 10:30 for the morning skate.
MLive's Ansar Khan reported in...
Wings on ice for morning skate. Howard in net usually occupied by the starter.
Power play units:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist, Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall
Pulkkinen-Datsyuk-Larkin (net front), Richards-Green
As did DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...
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