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Red Wings-Ducks morning skate notes: Wings skip skate; Ducks skate, Gibson starts

Updated 4x at 2:32 PM:

The Red Wings face the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena this evening (7 PM EST start on FSD/FS SD/Prime/City TV/97.1 FM), and the Wings didn't hold a morning skate due to the back-to-back game slate.

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose "dropped some knowledge"...

On this day in 1944, the #RedWings beat the @NYRangers, 15-0, which remains the most-lopsided game in @NHL history.

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Last night's 3-0 win at First Niagara Center was the first time the #RedWings claimed a shutout victory in Buffalo in 63 all-time games.

And the Free Press's Helene St. James filed a game-day preview:

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Joakim Andersson goes unclaimed

From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman:

And the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Ditto for MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Wings-Sabres ‘morning after’ videos

Here are a few "morning after" videos subsequent to the Red Wings' 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night:

1. AWood40 posted a set of annotated highlights:

2. Via RedWingsFeed, the Red Wings posted clips of post-game comments from Dylan Larkin...

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The Detroit Red Wings Found Their Offense In The 3rd Period Last Night

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The Red Wings had 18 of their 45 shots in the third period, when Larkin snapped a scoreless tie less than five minutes after getting whacked in the face by the stick of Buffalo's Marcus Foligno.

Detroit couldn't score on the four-minute power play but Larkin finally connected for his 15th goal of the season – and as it turned out, team-leading fifth game winner – with 7:59 to play.

But he made an even better play to set up the insurance goal, threading a pass between three Buffalo defenders to captain Henrik Zetterberg, who was crashing the net on the other side of the ice.

Zetterberg made it 2-0 with 2:51 left before Luke Glendening's empty netter ended the scoring.

"I think everyone in the rink saw it but the five Sabres guys on the ice," Larkin said. "I saw him coming back. It was a great play. It wouldn't be a great play if the finish wasn't there so it was great patience by him."

Mrazek made 19 saves while recording his eighth career shutout as the Red Wings' snapped a two-game losing streak after being held to one goal in both of those losses.

"I thought Petr was real good," coach Jeff Blashill told DetroitRedWings.com. "The one thing with the lack of scoring is we really can't afford any mistakes and a game like that where I thought we were carrying large parts of the play, if a goalie makes a mistake, then the momentum switches big time.

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Watch the extended game highlights below...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Sabres wrap-up and Wings-Ducks set-up

The Red Wings got their magic working on Friday. It just took 52 minutes for the magic to get going. When it did, Detroit defeated the Buffalo Sabres, and Dylan Larkin and Henrik Zetterberg did this:

Although DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported that Larkin didn't lose or chip a tooth, the "Dylan Larkin Hat Trick," a.k.a. a goal, an assist and a bloody mouth (per WXYZ's Brad Galli) was in full effect on Friday, and Petr Mrazek was sparking in stopping 19 shots.

The Wings flew back home to take on the Anaheim Ducks (7 PM EST start on FSD/FS SD/Prime/CITY TV/97.1 FM) knowing that Anaheim didn't play against the Washington Capitals due to "Winter Storm Jonas," and instead watched the Wings play from a Metro Detroit hotel.

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner did his best to make sure that the Ducks and Wings fans alike had to wait for the Wings' fireworks, as Buffalo Hockey Beat's Bill Hoppe noted:

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Prospect news: Griffins lose to Rochester; Walleye defeat Utah

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins scored the game's first goal and rallied from a 2-1 deficit to the Rochester Americans, but Grand Rapids then surrendered 2 more goals and eventually an empty-netter in what ended up as a 5-3 loss to Rochester.

Tom McCollum stopped 44 of the 48 shots he faced, Ryan Sproul scored his 2nd goal in 2 games and Jakub Kindl added a marker, but neither were enough for the Griffins to climb out of a 3rd period deficit.

The Griffins' website posted a recap...

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Red Wings-Sabres quick take: patience, persistence pay off for Larkin, Mrazek, and the Wings

The Red Wings have played the Sabres enough times this season to know that they're going to battle an opponent that gives them two hands full of pluck, scoring potential, strong goaltending and a bit of an edge. Friday's meeting was the Wings' fifth with Buffalo this season, and an underestimation was out the window.

The Wings earned their 3rd win in 4 tries against the Sabres, defeating Buffalo 3-0, and the Wings were the one thing that fans aren't--incredibly patient--as the game remained scoreless for 52:01.

In a game where Detroit out-shot Buffalo 45-19 and out-attempted them 76-46, Detroit went 0-for-4 in 8 minutes of PP time, including a massive 4-minute PP on the Sabres halfway through the third, but instead of fading, Detroit was patient, Detroit was persistent, Detroit kept peppering Robin Lehner while  blocking and helping Petr Mrazek see the shots he faced, and eventually, after an interminable wait...

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Red Wings-Sabres game-day articles: Lehner vs. Mrazek; Tatar healthy, Andersson waived

Updated 7x at 3:13 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7 PM EST start on FSD/MSG B/Bell TV/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed that Robin Lehner will oppose Petr Mrazek in the nets tonight, and that the Sabres will play without Sam Reinhart and Josh Gorges' services.

The Free Press's Helene St. James added a bit of a wrinkle into the Joakim Andersson-being-waived story...

Joakim Andersson was placed on waivers today. If he is not claimed by another team by noon Saturday, he will be assigned to the minors. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that the move was made for salary cap reasons. "It's a preemptive move for cap flexibility," Holland said. "And we have good depth in Grand Rapids."

But Andersson is playing tonight, as is Tomas Tatar, so the Wings' lineup should look like this, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

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‘60 seconds’ worth of questions with Tomas Tatar

Sportsnet posted a video in which Tomas Tatar answers questions for 60 seconds, discussing everything from his nickname, "Tuna," to his NFL allegiances:

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Red Wings waive Joakim Andersson

MLive's Ansar Khan confirms:

#RedWings have placed Joakim Andersson on waivers. Has until noon Saturday to clear.

This move gives the Wings the roster flexibilty to call up a 7th defenseman if needed--or to call up a young forward--but I wouldn't be surprised if Andersson simply remains with the team if he clears, and doesn't go down to Grand Rapids unless absolutely necessary.

MLive's Khan, via RedWingsFeed, wonders if this is a playing time issue:

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Joakim Andersson on waivers today.

He has until noon Saturday to clear. If he clears he can be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Andersson has been a frequent healthy scratch this season and has sat out six of the past 10 games.

From DetroitRedWings.com's BIll Roose...

Blashill said the #RedWings have placed Andersson on waivers. It's cap related and he's expected to play tonight in Buffalo.

Update: Here's more from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Joakim Andersson was placed on waivers today. If he is not claimed by another team by noon Saturday, he will be assigned to the minors. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that the move was made for salary cap reasons. "It's a preemptive move for cap flexibility," Holland said. "And we have good depth in Grand Rapids."

Update #2: From the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

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