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A Scary Moment For Alden Hirschfeld Of The Grand Rapids Griffins

via Michelle's Twitter...

The medics have an IV and oxygen tank out tending to the downed player. Still can't tell who it is though

Sounds like it might be Alden Hirschfeld that's being gended to be medics. Still waiting for confirmation though

Hirschfeld is now standing up, gives wave to the crowd & is stretchered off (precautionary). Huge cheers to see he's up & moving

more tweets from Michelle...

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Red Wings take a beach day

Prepare for a slightly fluffy entry: The Red Wings received Friday off, and they spent their break at Huntington Beach, as illustrated by the players' Instagram accounts:

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Khan, Holland discuss the state of the Wings after 41 games

Via RedWingsFeed, MLive's Ansar Khan engaged in an extended and extensive interview with Ken Holland, reflecting upon the Red Wings' "first half" of the 2015-16 season, as well as the team's outlook going forward:

"A bit of a roller coaster ride, but I think it's a roller coaster league," general manager Ken Holland said. "The league is really close. Last year we had 100 points and 97 missed the playoffs. I don't see teams needing quite as many points this year because of parity; 94-95 possibly gets in."

The Red Wings, trying to extend their playoff streak to 25 seasons, are on pace for 98 points.

"We're relatively satisfied where we're at in the standings," Holland said. "There's areas we'd like to improve, but there's 29 other teams saying that. Everybody is going through the same things we're going through, other than Dallas (62 points) and Washington (63 points)."

Scoring was a major concern earlier in the season, when the Red Wings ranked last in the league in shots per game and shot differential. But their puck possession predictably improved when Pavel Datsyuk returned after missing 15 games following off-season ankle surgery.

"Two tough stretches; we went 1-5-1 after a 3-0 start, then lost four of five in regulation around Christmas," Holland said. "Other than those two stretches we've played pretty good. We're right in the hunt with everyone in our division."

Khan continues, and here's Holland's best quote about the youth movement:

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Sharks say end-of-game scrum between Glendening and Thornton illustrates Thornton’s ‘leadership’

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton received a double-minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct for his actions in the closing seconds of the Red Wings' 2-1 win over the Sharks last night...

And Comcast Sportsnet California's Kevin Kurz reports that what some might find to be skullduggery or cheap shots, the Sharks see as "leadership":

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Roose: Jim Harbaugh visits the Red Wings in San Jose

From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

Like most kids raised in the Mitten, there was never a question of Jim Harbaugh’s loyalties when it came to sports teams.

Growing up in Michigan meant you cheered for the hometown teams, and certainly, the Red Wings were no different.

Asked if he was a Wings’ fan growing up, Michigan’s football coach cracked a wide smile, then answered rhetorically, “Who wasn’t?”

All kidding aside, Harbaugh, who attended the Red Wings’ 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday, has adored the Original Six franchise for as far back as his memory permits.

“Absolutely loved the Wings, loved the uniform,” said Harbaugh, whose favorite all-time Wing remains Gordie Howe. “It’s been neat. I’ve had the chance to meet Steve Yzerman (in the past) and some of the guys, and (Dylan) Larkin tonight that was a neat experience. I mean, who wasn’t a Michigan kid that didn’t pull for the Red Wings?”


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Dylan Larkin’s lightning-fast developmental curve has surprised Red Berenson

The Detroit News's David Goricki reports that University of Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson has been surprised by the incredibly fast development of Dylan Larkin:

The Wings' first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft has 14 goals and 28 points while leading the NHL with a plus-23 at the halfway point of the season.

“I’m surprised that he’s made it look that easy and he’s probably surprised too,” Berenson said.  “He’s stepped right in, and maybe we put the NHL on too high of a pedestal, but how many 19-year-olds are doing that? Dylan was a good player here and he really took off after the World Junior Tournament. He came back and he led the team in scoring and that got his confidence going and he took off.”

So, why did Berenson try to talk Larkin out of leaving?

“Detroit, I know they want to sign these guys, but I thought he’d probably be delegated to the Grand Rapids team, but then he played so well in (training) camp. It’s just that they couldn’t guarantee he’d play in Detroit. I just tried to give him my perspective. I mean Detroit’s history has not been to put 19-year-old draft picks in the lineup.

“Riley Sheahan played how many years in Grand Rapids? Nyquist led college hockey in scoring two years and he played two years in Grand Rapids. I wasn’t convinced he’d play with them, but I’m glad for Dylan. We’re not here to hold a kid back from playing in the NHL, but who would have thought he’d be doing what he’s doing and now playing in the All-Star Game?”

Berenson continues, discussing the next steps in Larkin's development and his status as a frequent visitor at Wolverines games...

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Chronicling a young fan’s first Wings game

From the Red Wings and Savvy Digital:

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Jim Harbaugh With The Wings

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Pleiness checks in with Holland regarding roster moves

From the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

My understanding is that the Wings don't have to make a roster move until Quincey is ready on Sunday, Monday or Thursday, and they won't have to clear cap room until Teemu Pulkkinen returns.

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Post-game comments from the Wings’ win over San Jose

The Red Wings' website posted post-game comments from the Wings' 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks after I went to bed at 4:30, so:

Here are the comments of Justin Abdelkader...

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