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Sipple: USA Hockey Arena to host Women’s Worlds, U.S. WJC summer camp

According to the Free Press's George Sipple (via RedWingsFeed), two major events will be coming to USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth this spring and summer:

USA Hockey is expected to make two major announcements about future events at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth during a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday.

USA Hockey president Jim Smith, executive director Dave Ogrean and director of women’s hockey Reagan Carey are expected to attend the news conference. Plymouth Township supervisor Shannon Price also will attend. Ogrean will give a State of USA Hockey address, ahead of the ninth annual Hockey Weekend Across America --  a three-day celebration of hockey, celebrating the game at all levels.

USA Hockey will unveil the site of the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship, and indications are that the event will be held in Plymouth. Scheduled for early April 2017, the event will feature eight teams comprised of the world’s best female players.

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USA Hockey also is expected to announce that it will bring its U.S. junior camp, which features the best male hockey players under age 20, to Plymouth this summer, in preparation for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, which begins in late December 2016 in Toronto and Montreal.

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Trade talk, a ‘BrewHaHa reminder’ and the saga of McCollum’s bobblehead

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with the Associated Press regarding the trade deadline:

"The first thing you've got to decide between now and the trade deadline: Do I want to buy, do I want to sell or do I want to stand pat?" Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said in a phone interview Monday. "And if I'm a buyer, what do I need? What am I looking for? I'm not just going to go out and buy."

The pickings could be slim for buyers. Among those lottery bound, the Buffalo Sabres could deal veteran center David Legwand or defenseman Mike Weber, the Calgary Flames have 32-year-old winger Jiri Hudler to dangle, and the Edmonton Oilers have winger Teddy Purcell as a bargain option.

"In most cases at the trade deadline, it's depth," Holland said. "It's usually bottom-pair defensemen, it's usually bottom-six forwards. There might be the odd trade or two where it's a player that's a top-six forward or a top-four defenseman."

2. ESPN's Joe McDonald suggests that the Red Wings will be "buyers" at the trade deadline, and I have no idea how the Wings could move Jimmy Howard, but McDonald believes that the Wings can parlay their back-up goaltender into blueline assistance:

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Detroit’s Place In The Power Rankings

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are still a top-10 team that's on the rise, according to this week's NHL Power Rankings roundup.

The Red Wings are up two spots since our last NHL Power Rankings, no doubt on the strength of a 4-0-1 homestand that has them nipping at the heels of the first-place Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division.

The Red Wings followed the homestand with a 4-1 road loss Monday against the New York Islanders but you can bet the Power Rankings took into account the fact that they took the ice 19 hours after beating the Boston Bruins 5-1 Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

Add it all up and the Red Wings check in at No. 8 this week.

continue to view where the Wings are ranked at a handful of websites...

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The overnight report: ‘Thoughts’ about trades, internal evaluations, franchise faces and Howard

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Red Wings GM Ken Holland still tells the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that the Wings will only make a trade if they find a "dramatic upgrade" over the players on their roster, but he's starting to talk about exploring the market as well:

“If we acquire players in a trade they have to come in and be better than the players we have,” Holland said. “The reason you make a trade is to bring in players you think are better than what you got. If we do anything, the players have to be without a doubt better than what we got.”

However:

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Video- A Recent Highlight Package The Detroit Red Wings Put Together

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Afternoon news: On the Wings’ goals-against average, ‘winning one for Howard’ and one-goal games

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an off-day notebook discussing the Wings' concerns regarding their goals-against--or the lack thereof...

Speaking after [Monday's] game about the sudden surge in goals allowed, team captain Henrik Zetterberg wanted to scratch Sunday's result because it was "tough goals," he said, adding that Monday's outcome came down to "mental mistakes. That will happen in the course of a season. We just have to keep playing the way we want to and minimize our turnovers  and we will be fine."

Gustav Nyquist called Sunday's game "crazy, both ways." Darren Helm said, "that's not the team we want to be."

The resounding perspective within the locker room was that the two games were a blip, not a trend. Head coach Jeff Blashill said he didn't think his team gave up "that much more than in previous games" in actual scoring chances.

Thursday begins a three-game road trip, with further stops at Ottawa and the New York Rangers. After excelling on the road throughout January, the Wings are 0-3 on the road to start February.

2. Among MLive's Ansar Khan's notes:

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Need A Larger Sample Size To Judge Petr Mrazek

from Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet,

While the Boston Bruins took a bit of the shine off him in his most recent start, Petr Mrazek has been having a phenomenal first season as starting goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings. His .930 save percentage is a big reason why the Wings are solidly in the playoff picture, despite a goal differential that has hovered at or around zero for much of the season.

Mrazek is tied for third in the NHL in save percentage among goalies with with 30+ games played, and he is tied for first in even strength save percentage at .942, with Cory Schneider.

The question for the Red Wings is whether this is the kind of play they can expect from Mrazek going forward in his career.

Even Strength save percentage is a better predictor of future success than all situations save percentage, but with Mrazek, we’re still dealing with a relatively small sample.

One way we can look at how Mrazek is trending as a goaltender is to look at his save percentages by zone. We know that goaltenders who stop the highest percentage of shots from the red zone or inner slot have the highest likelihood of repeating good save percentages in all areas, as that area remains more consistent than others do.

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Prospect news: McCollum discusses AHL longevity; Griffins to hold ‘Purple Game’ on Friday

Of prospect-related note:

In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom took a shot, won 50% of his faceoffs and finished at -2 in 10:59 of ice time as Skellefetea AIK lost 5-2 to Linkopings HC;

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin won 63% of his faceoffs, finished at -1 and played 9:33 in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-1 loss to Jokerit;

In the AHL, The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Griffins goaltender Tom McCollum as the longest-tenured goaltender in Griffins history:

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The NHL App makes a ‘funny ha’ reference to Dylan Larkin

From MLive's Ansar Khan...

And the Free Press:

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‘Three Things’: On Kronwall’s recovery, Datsyuk’s play and Butch Goring speaking with WDFN

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Via RedWingsFeed, on Monday evening, defenseman Niklas Kronwall provided a Swedish-language update of his status in recovering from knee surgery, speaking with Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom:

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