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Holland lauds Danny DeKeyser’s play

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with the Free Press's George Sipple about Danny DeKeyser and the defenseman's surprising offensive output, as illustrated by DeKeyser's goal last night against Ottawa:

“Obviously he’s joining the rush a little bit, shooting the puck,” Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press after the first period. “That goal went off two or three sticks, but if you shoot the puck and go to the net sometimes you get some puck luck.”

DeKeyser has scored the most goals among Wings’ defensemen. He ranks third among team defensemen in scoring with 15 points.

Mike Green, who missed Wednesday’s game with a groin injury, is the top-scoring defensemen on the Wings with 21 points in 46 games. Niklas Kronwall, who could return as early as Sunday from a knee injury, is second with 17 points in 45 games.

“He’s here to play great defense and transition the puck,” Holland said of DeKeyser. “Obviously we want a little offense from all our defensemen. Right now he’s providing it. Over the course of 82 games everybody gets a little bit of a run and he’s on a bit of a run now.”

For Holland, one of the things that stands out about DeKeyser this season is his plus-13 plus/minus rating.

“He’s a matchup defensemen for us,” Holland said. “When you’re playing against the other teams’ best players every night and you’re plus double-digits, that’s a good number.”

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All About The Last Season At The Joe Louis Arena

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment today announced details surrounding the “Farewell Season at The Joe” campaign as the organizations prepare to embark on their final season (2016-17) at Joe Louis Arena. The campaign will celebrate many of the historic Red Wings games and entertainment acts that have been held at Joe Louis Arena in the building’s illustrious 38-year history.

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Detroit’s Improved Penalty Kill

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The Red Wings won their third straight game Wednesday, when Mrazek made 22 saves and flirted with a second straight shutout before settling for a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena.

But it was the penalty killers who got much of the credit for helping the Red Wings (28-18-8) beat Ottawa and assume sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division, six points behind the Florida Panthers.

The Red Wings killed their first six penalties before Ottawa finally connected on the power play, cutting Detroit's lead to 2-1 with 2:24 left after pulling goaltender Craig Anderson for a 6-on-4 advantage.

The 6-for-7 performance by the penalty killers made the Red Wings 15-for-17 – that's an 88.2-percent success rate – during the winning streak, which also included victories over the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers.

"Once again – the last game too – they really saved us," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who scored the winning goal 2:01 into the third period. "With them and Petr, they really kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win here because we were in the box way too much."


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Videos- Petr Mrazek Post-Game And Extended Game Highlights

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet talked with Petr Mrazek after last night's win over the Senators.



Below awood40 with the extended game highlights...

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Prospect news: Svechnikov 2+1; Marsh scores 2 goals, Turgeon 1 as CHL prospects impress

Of prospect-related note:

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 11:39 in TPS Turku's 3-2 win over Lukko;

In the QMJHL, Evgeny Svechnikov had a goal and two assists, finished at +2 and went 8-for-13 on faceoffs in the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles' 10-3 win over Baie-Comeau;

Adam Marsh scored 2 goals, finished at +3 and was named the first star in his Saint John Sea Dogs' 7-2 win over Charlottetown;

And in the WHL, Dominic Turgeon scored a goal in the Portland Winterhawks' 3-2 OT win over Spokane.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Senators wrap-up—Mrazek and company deliver 3rd straight win

The Red Wings earned their 3rd straight victory and 3rd straight home win in the form of a 3-1 decision over the Ottawa Senators, and while the Wings did lose Danny DeKeyser to a bruised knee, the Wings didn't miss a step without their 20-minute-playing defenseman, killing 6 of 7 power plays against and plain old out-working, out-hustling and out-grinding the Senators when they weren't out-scoring 'em.

This is just damn impressive...

As is this:

The Senators weren't in nearly as good spirits after the game, and their newest acquisition was disappointed in his performance, as the Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan noted:

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Some ‘what could have been’ talk regarding the Wings and Phaneuf

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with the Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger regarding the almost-trade in which the Wings weren't quite willing to give up Stephen Weiss, Brendan Smith, and either Teemu Pulkkinen or Anthony Mantha...

“Obviously, any time you are talking trade with anybody, unless the trade is consummated, you haven’t found something that both sides are comfortable with,” Holland said during a one-on-one interview on Wednesday night. “I talk to lots of people about lots of things. Some come to fruition, some don’t.”

In the case of the Dion-to-the-Wings scenario, it didn’t.

“I do think Dion’s a legitimate top-four NHL defenceman,” Holland said. “He’s only 30. He’s still in his prime. I hear good things about him as a person. He competes. He treats people with respect. Everything I hear sbout Dion has been positive.

“We did have some conversations with the Leafs at the deadline, but we didn’t obviously get far enough to get anything done for various reasons. But Dion is a top-four NHL defenceman with lots of years ahead of him.”

Not in Detroit, obviously. At least, not at this point.

Interestingly, when you read between the lines, note that Holland called Phaneuf a top-four defenceman, not a top-two. For the hefty cap hit he carries, obviously sacrificing a young player such as Smith or Manta just wasn’t worth it.

Zeisberger continues, and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa pondered whether the Wings made the right move in not consummating the trade for Phaneuf:

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Danny DeKeyser ‘day to day’ with bruised knee

Here's the update on Danny DeKeyser, who took a Dion Phaneuf shot off his knee in the 3rd period of the Wings' 3-1 win over Ottawa:

Here's the play, from Sportsnet:

Update: And here's what Blashill had to say, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

"It's a bruise is what it looks like. It's a not a break by any means," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said following his team's 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena. "It was sore. It hit in a spot that's going to be painful. He'll be day-to-day. We'll see tomorrow where it's at. He just couldn't put enough weight on it to finish the game."

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Red Wings-Senators quick take: balanced, businesslike effort yields a big win

The Red Wings hoped to earn a 3rd straight home win against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, but Dion Phaneuf's Senators presented no easy task, having won their previous 2 games by an 11-2 margin. Detroit is determined to continue its climb back into the thick of the Atlantic Division playoff race, while the Senators are plain old desperate to make the playoffs.

The Red Wings did exactly what they needed to do, stifling the Senators' offense for nearly 57 minutes thanks to some sterling goaltending by Petr Mrazek and generating balanced scoring of their own en route to a 3-1 win over Ottawa--despite losing Danny DeKeyser to what looked like a bruised knee and despite taking SEVEN penalties.

The Wings' effort wasn't perfect, but it was damn close, and close against a team riding the high of a reinforcing trade, and in its own way, this was a statement made as the Wings won their 3rd straight game and 3rd straight home game for the first time since December.

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Sportsnet profiles Dylan Larkin

Sportsnet posted a feature about Dylan Larkin having grown up as a Red Wings fan who now plays for his childhood team:

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