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Mid-day news: Praise for Mrazek and Larkin and 3-on-3 talk

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Petr Mrazek was named the "ECHL Alumnus of the Month," most likely preceding NHL Player of the Month honors...

The 23-year-old went 7-1-1 in nine appearances in January with two shutouts, a 1.32 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage. He allowed two goals or less in eight of his nine appearances and made at least 22 saves in seven games.

Mrazek has appeared in 32 games with the Red Wings this season posting a record of 18-9-4 with three shutouts. He is second in the NHL with a .932 save percentage and ranks third with a 2.03 goals-against average.

Selected by the Red Wings in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Mrazek has seen action in 73 career NHL games going 37-23-6 with eight shutouts, a 2.14 goals-against average and a save percentage of .926.

2. And NHL.com's Pete Jensen suggests that Mrazek is the Red Wings' "fantasy hockey MVP" thus far:

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Dylan Larkin to take part in 3 All-Star Skills Competition events

NHL.com just released its list of Eastern Conference All-Star Skills Competition participants, and Dylan Larkin will take part in three events:

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater: Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), Brandon Saad (Columbus Blue Jackets), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)


Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay: Stick handling: Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings)


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Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), John Tavares (New York Islanders), Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins), Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Brandon Saad (Columbus Blue Jackets), Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)

Update: Dylan Larkin took part in a media Q and A session with the assembled media at the All-Star Weekend in Nashville today, and Pro Hockey Talk's Jason Brough is first out of the chute with a Larkin profile/ and Q and A:

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Ken Kal Twitterview transcript

Red Wings broadcaster Ken Kal spoke with Wings fans in a Twitter Q and A this morning, and here are his comments:

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Two more Larkin profiles

Two more Dylan Larkin profiles popped up overnight. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa spoke with Larkin's former coach, US NTDP coach Danton Cole, about Larkin's fiery temperament...

At the national training program, sports psychologists talk about it with the young hopefuls: resolving and refocusing raw emotions, especially the urge for retributive violence that often arises in hockey. Cole said the person who worked with Larkin’s age group called it “the temperature gauge.”

“It can’t get too hot. It can’t get too cold,” Cole said. “You know, it’s somewhere in the middle. There is where you’ve got to find kind of the right temp, where you play your game at.

“I think Dylan has kind of found that. Whereas, before, you know, it was maybe a little too much. I think he’s got it in a pretty good spot now, where he’s focused. But the compete and the battle is still there.”

Krupa continues, and MLive's Brendan Savage both posted a set of Larkin "highlight clips" and he conducted an interview with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Larkin's potential, comparing and contrasting Larkin's rookie season with that of Steve Yzerman:

"I think we all kind of realized early on in Steve Yzerman's career that he was going to be a special player," Holland said. "Now how special? What's he going to accomplish individually and what's he going to lead as he became a captain?

"In Dylan's case, we're all watching. He's got his whole future ahead of him. He's 19 years of age. My take is I guess I live moment to moment because that's my job description. My vision goes out a year. I don't look five and six and seven years.

"My vision goes out this year and into the summertime and the salary cap and what are we looking at into September?"

Savage also continues...

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The Detroit Red Wings Are In The 12th Spot Of The Super 16 Rankings

via Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Wings are ranked #12 in the Super 16...

12. Detroit Red Wings (25-16-8)

Last week: No. 10

Good: Petr Mrazek enters the break with a .932 save percentage in 33 games, tops among all goalies with 30 or more games.

Not so good: Gustav Nyquist has one goal in the past 16 games.

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Early overnight report: On FSD, the follow-on rink, Larkin the All-Star and stats

Of Red Wings-related note this evening, and of George-related commenting for the evening:

1. As Paul reported, Fox Sports Detroit is going to televise the Wings-Avs alumni game preceding the Stadium Series game between the Red Wings and Avalanche, with the alumni game taking place on February 26th. There's no word as to whether Mickey Redmond, who's coaching the Wings' team, will be on a seven-second delay, but the cast of characters thus far, per MLive's Ansar Khan, reads like a fine group of bleepable folks:

Red Wings color analyst Mickey Redmond, who played for the club from 1970-76, will serve as the head coach and be mic'ed up for player interviews during the broadcast. Ken Daniels will be involved in the play-by-play of the game.

The Alumni Game will consist of three 20-minute periods (running time) and two 12-minute intermissions.

The list of former Red Wings who have committed to play includes Doug Brown, Dino Ciccarelli, Kris Draper, Steve Duchesne, Jiri Fischer, Tomas Holmstrom, Joe Kocur, Martin Lapointe, Nicklas Lidstrom, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Larry Murphy and Steve Yzerman.

We're still waiting to find out whether Chris Osgood's recovered enough from his hernia surgery to take part in the game...The Free Press's Helene St. James reported that Ty Conklin will be tending the net for the Wings as well.

2. Also as Paul reported, Olympia Development gave the local media a tour of the Red Wings follow-on rink's construction site--on a day that The District Detroit did took press release victory lap about all the contracts it's awarded to Detroit-based or Detroit-owned business--Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea took a tour of the site, as did the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar...

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Galli: Larkin didn’t make the NHL’s Breakaway Challenge cut

I'm just getting home from having my first ever cavity filled and seeing Star Wars (The Force Awakens),* so WXYZ's Brad Galli informs us that Dylan Larkin won't have to deal with the pressure of the NHL's Breakaway Challenge:

Dylan Larkin will not be a part of the NHL's Breakaway Challenge.

It's too bad the guy can't buy a break.


Larkin, 19, is still in Nashville this weekend as the lone All-Star representative from the Red Wings roster.

The rookie lost the online vote for the Breakaway Challenge, falling short to Blue Jackets forward Brandon Saad.

Larkin will still take part in the NHL's All-Star Skills Competition, with six events a part of Saturday night.

I'm fine with the ballots probably being stuffed for the home team--or the "nearby team" in Saad's case...Let the kid enjoy himself.

*Wow, of course!

Update: The Free Press's Helene St. James continues:

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Detroit/Colorado Alumni Game Will Be Televised

FOX Sports Detroit will televise the 2016 NHL Stadium Series: Alumni Game between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7pm ET.

Red Wings color analyst Mickey Redmond, who played for the Wings from 1970-76, will serve as the head coach and be mic’ed up for player interviews for our broadcast. Ken Daniels will be involved in the play-by-play of the game.

“We are excited to be broadcasting the alumni game of the NHL Stadium Series,” said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit.  “Our Emmy-winning coverage of our Red Wings Alumni Game as part of the 2014 Winter Classic was spectacular. We are looking forward to another reminiscent game with players like Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom and Martin Lapointe returning to the ice.”

The Alumni Game, hosted at Coors Field, will consist of three 20-minute periods (running time) and two 12-minute intermissions.

the above was via a release from Fox Sports Detroit

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It’s Beginning To Look Like A Rink

from Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit,

The arena’s concrete foundation will be finished in a few weeks. More than 24,000 cubic yards of the required 45,000 cubic yards have been poured thus far, according to data provided by Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch’s business holdings.

Some of the arena’s concrete walls are in place, and the future location of the practice rink on the building’s west wide is readily identifiable. Also staked out is the future therapy pool for the team’s training and medical area.

The arena’s steel and concrete skeleton is rising above the bowl, and will support three levels. Massive concrete elevator shafts also are in place.

Olympia also said 2,400 of the 7,500 pieces of structural steel are in place. Steel work, which began in November, is scheduled to be finished this fall.

The precast concrete is being formed in River Rouge and the initial pieces will be installed by the middle of next month, according to Olympia.

Trusses that will support the roof will be installed beginning in mid-March, Hollister said, and the roof structure should be finished by fall.

The arena is scheduled to be finished in time for the 2017 hockey season. About 200 workers are on-site daily.


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As newspaper scribes tour the ‘Detroit Events Center,’ Ken Holland fields a question about an ASG

The Detroit News, Free Press, MLive, CBS Detroit and Crain's Detroit Business's "Detroit" and "Sports Business" writers are all taking part in a media tour of the Red Wings' follow-on rink today...

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