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Articles from practice: Mrazek starts vs. TBL; Wings hope to score more, turn fewer pucks over

Updated 3x at 4:31 PM: The Red Wings' practice prior to tomorrow's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning was particularly intriguing.

The beat writers reported that:

  • Detroit will go into tomorrow's game with their current six defensemen, but the team may recall a defenseman from Grand Rapids tomorrow;
  • Coach Jeff Blashill won't announce any sort of starting goaltender's rotation any more, naming the starting goalie on a game-by-game basis. Petr Mrazek starts Wednesday against Tampa Bay, but who starts against the Panthers on Thursday? We'll find out on Thursday;
  • Riley Sheahan is iffy for tomorrow as he's recovering from an illness, and that may yield Luke Glendening centering Nyquist and Tatar;
  • And "the moms" made their debut ahead of tomorrow and Thursday's back-to-back games against the Lightning and Panthers, which will constitute the "Moms' Trip."

The Lightning, who've won 8 of their past 9 games and 8 of 10 in January, are waiting for the Wings, too:

I know that the Twitter crowd was most interested in DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's picture Tweets of the moms:

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Griffins ‘first half awards’ and the weekly press release

Updated with SHL scores at 3:58 PM: Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note:

MLive's Peter J. Wallner issued a list of Griffins awards at the AHL's All-Star Break, praising Robbie Russo, Anthony Mantha, Martin Frk and Jared Coreau;

And the Griffins filed their weekly press release, via RedWingsFeed:

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Practice Tweets: Sheahan returns to practice; moms debut

Updated 4x at 12:33 PM: Mrazek starts vs. Tampa Bay.

The Red Wings begin their post-All-Star Break schedule against a pair of particularly difficult opponents. On Wednesday, the Wings play the Tampa Bay Lightning, who've won 8 of their past 10 games, and on Thursday, the Wings battle the Florida Panthers, who've gone 8-3-and-1 over their past 12.

The Wings hit the ice for practice just before 11 AM, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

#RedWings file onto ice for practice. Sheahan skating after being sick for a few days.

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#RedWings lines at practice:
Abdelkader-Zetterberg-Larkin
Helm-Datsyuk-Richards
Nyquist-Glendening-Tatar
Jurco-Andersson-Pulkkinen
Sheahan

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Looks like they might be unsure of Sheahan's status for Wednesday's game, so they have Glendening on that third line for now.

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Power-play units:
Tatar-Datsyuk-Helm (net front), Richards-Green
And
Larkin-Zetterberg-Nyquist, Abdelkader (net front), DeKeyser

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Jurco (net front) and Pulkkinen got a couple reps on the Zetterberg power play unit.

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No changes on defense:
Quincey-DeKeyser
Smith-Green
Ericsson-Marchenko

The Free Press's Helene St. James...

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Jake Paterson named ECHL Goaltender of the Week

Via the Toledo Walleye and the ECHL:

Paterson named CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week

Jake Paterson of the Toledo Walleye is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 25-31.

The 21-year-old was 2-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.99 goals-against average and a save percentage of .966 in two appearances last week.

Paterson recorded his first career professional shutout on Friday, making 28 saves in a 4-0 win against Brampton and then turned aside 27 shots in a 3-2 victory over Quad City on Sunday.

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The Detroit Red Wings Need To Improve Their Power Play

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five points of emphasis for the Red Wings following the All-Star break:

1. Improve the power play

It has been a season-long struggle on the power play, which has shown no signs of improvement, going 5 for 32 in the past 12 games, which is below its season average of 17.6 percent (18th in the NHL).

The Red Wings are right up against the salary cap, so they're not likely to get any help at the trade deadline to improve in this area. They have the personnel to improve from within; they just need to execute.

They have all the players back from last season's power play, which ranked second at 23.5 percent, plus significant additions in Mike Green, Brad Richards and Dylan Larkin. So there is no excuse for the power play to struggle like it has.

more points of emphasis...

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Prospect news: Ouellet, Hoggan play large parts in AHL All-Star Game

The AHL held its All-Star Game on Monday, holding a set of 6 3-on-3 tournament games and a final, and Grand Rapids Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Xavier Ouellet helped the Central Division defeat the Atlantic Division 4-0, with Hoggan registering a goal and Ouellet registering a goal and an assist in the championship game.

Here's the AHL's press release regarding said game...

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The overnight report: Kronwall to LTIR; Larkin discusses the ASG; Wings get back to work

The Red Wings returned to practice on Monday afternoon, breaking in their Stadium Series gloves, helmets and pants during an hour-long skate. Afterward, the Wings placed Niklas Kronwall on the Long-Term Injured Reserve as he's going to take a full four weeks to recover from his knee surgery.

MLive's Khan spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill regarding Kronwall's status:

Kronwall had arthroscopic knee surgery on Jan. 18 and was expected to miss two-to-four weeks. LTIR requires him to be out at least 10 games and 24 days. He has already missed four games, so the earliest he could return is Feb. 14 vs. Boston.

"Anytime you have surgery you don't know how quickly you're going to come back," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He was extremely hopeful he'd be able to come back in the minimum, but the reality is lots of times it's not.

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Post-practice Tweets and articles: Kronwall to LTIR; Sheahan ill, D call-up possible later this week

Updated 5x at 5:44 PM: As Paul noted, the Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena a little late this afternoon, and, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

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St. James, Galli, Roose: Kronwall to LTIR

This isn't great news, per the Free Press's Helene St. James...

Niklas Kronwall going on LTIR

WXYZ's Brad Galli:

Niklas Kronwall on long-term IR

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Kronwall expected back for 10-game minimum (Bruins game two Sundays from now), aims to practice next week.

And DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...

Blashill said the #RedWings have placed Kronwall on LTIR.

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The #RedWings do not plan to recall anyone from Grand Rapids for two-game Florida trip. Griffins are currently on their AHL all-star break.

Ditto for MLive's Ansar Khan:

LTIR requires Kronwall to miss at least 10 games (six more) and 24 days. Earliest he could return is Feb. 13 vs. Boston.

Here's St. James on Kronwall in article form:

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The Wings Are Back On The Ice

Khan tweet,

Niklas Kronwall, who had knee scoped two weeks ago, still not skating for #RedWings

Updates will come as needed.

added 3:13pm, again via Khan...

Riley Sheahan only player (other than Kronwall) not skating. He's been sick for a few days.

Additions to the post are below...

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