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Prospect news: Griffins lose in season-opener; Marsh scores for Saint John

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins opened their 2015-16 season by playing the first AHL game in Bakersfield, California. While Tom McCollum stopped 39 shots and the Griffins nursed a 0-0 tie for over 58 minutes, the Griffins found themselves on the losing end of a 1-0 decision to the Bakersfield Condors thanks to a late goal from Andrew Miller and a would-be tying goal which the Bakersfield Californian's Mike Griffith reports was waved off:

Iiro Pakarinen broke down the right side and fired a shot at Tom McCollum from the circle. The rebound dropped in front of McCollum, and Miller was there to bang it past.

“Their goalie played phenomenal and so did ours,” Miller said. “It was going to be a gritty goal, and luckily we were able to take the puck to the net and I was able to get the rebound.”

The Griffins came storming back, with [Laurent] Brossoit making the first of his final three saves with 50 seconds left. Then came to the biggest save of the night as he somehow kept the puck out of the net with 31.4 ticks left.

There is video review in the American Hockey League, so fans had to wait, and wait and wait  — it took about five minutes — before the referee finally ruled no goal.

“I knew 100 percent it wasn’t in, but because it was such a long review I started doubting it.” Brossoit said. “I asked the goal judge there and he said no and everyone else said no so after that I was pretty confident.”

Here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' game report:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Hurricanes set-up

The Detroit Red Wings hope to keep the good times rolling against the Carolina Hurricanes this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/FS Carolinas/97.1 FM) despite having arrived in Raleigh at nearly 1:30 AM the morning after Friday's 4-0 Wings win over Toronto.

The Wings are playing an opponent for whom things can only get better: the Hurricanes dropped a 2-1 decision to the Nashville Predators on Thursday, and they lost James Wisniewski's services to a torn ACL along the way.

On Friday evening, the Raleigh News & Observer's Luke DeCock was attempting to accenetuate the positive from Carolina's Thursday effort, but he wasn't doing very well:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up: Larkin, Abdelkader, and Blashill’s first win, oh my!

We might be getting a little ahead of ourselves when someone like Sportnset's Chris Johnston suggests the following...

Larkin could be a Calder candidate…All the talk surrounding Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel has been great for the NHL, but on the flipside it has overshadowed a handful of talented rookies, one of those being Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings. Larkin, the 15th-overall pick from 2014, had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut Friday as his Red Wings stomped all over the Maple Leafs. Larkin became the youngest Red Wing to score since Keith Primeau in 1991.

But this is pretty cool...

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs: Not bad for starters

The angles, the lines, the incessant talk, mostly about the coaching staff, nearly five months of that ended when the puck was dropped at Joe Louis Arena this evening, and the Red Wings gave everyone something to talk about, defeating Toronto 4-0 on the strength of 3 Justin Abdelkader goals, one by Dylan Larkin and three assists by Henrik Zetterberg--and a shutout by James Tiberius Howard, all en route to a win that the Wings made look easy.

Not just that, but it was a 4-0 win where the Red Wings gave fans curly fries while trying very, very, very hard to not run up the score to half-a-dozen or more on a structure-less Maple Leafs team.

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Here’s Justin Abdelkader’s hat trick

He should keep wearing the $20 shield.

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Dylan Larkin scores his first NHL goal

And it was a beauty:

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Evening news: Videos and ‘reasons’ why the Wings will be OK without Babcock

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

Here is the Red Wings' Game Day Preview video:

WXYZ's Brad Galli also filed a report from the Joe...

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Ken Holland discusses coaching, opening night and Cleary on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery and Darren McCarty today, discussing Mike Babcock's decision to join the Maple Leafs, Jeff Blashill, the imminent opening night against Toronto and the Daniel Cleary situation:

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Cleary’s not going to Grand Rapids

Updated 3x at 1:12 PM: Per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

2/2 holland spoke to me yesterday about cleary's "passion for the game," & cleary's interest in management/player issues.

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

Daniel Cleary not reporting to minors, according to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland


Ken Holland said it is between club and Daniel Cleary whether he gets paid salary, even as he told Wings he's not reporting to minors.

As does WXYZ's Brad Galli...

Dan Cleary is not reporting to Grand Rapids. He informed the Red Wings he has no intentions to play for the Griffins this season.


Ken Holland said Cleary told the team yesterday. The $950K he signed for? "That's between the club and Cleary," Holland said.

MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs game-day articles: Blashill on butterflies, lineups and Franzen on his return

Updated 13x at 3:14 PM: FTR: Tim Peel and TJ Luxmore will referee tonight's game, with Matt MacPherson and Don Henderson working the lines.

The Maple Leafs' morning skate is still underway ahead of tonight's game between Detroit and Toronto (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/Fox 2/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), but articles are already hitting the wires from the Wings' portion thereof.

Jeff Blashill addressed the media regarding his take on his official coaching debut, as CBS Detroit's Ashley Scoby noted...

Jeff Blashill, the new head man in Detroit, will lead the Wings against the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday, who is coached by Mike Babcock. Babcock left Detroit for the new gig last year, and the teams actually played each other last week in the preseason.

“It gave everybody a chance to ask some questions and gave us a chance to kind of work it out,” Blashill said about the dynamic of the Wings playing against their former coach. “It’s not as abnormal. Babs and I get along great. It was good to see him this week and good to see him a little bit here this morning.”

In the two-game preseason series last weekend, the Red Wings won both, 4-2 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday.

But even though he has a full preseason of coaching this team under his belt, Blashill said he is still a little nervous about the season opener at Joe Louis Arena.

“I think when you step on the bench at the beginning of any season, at the beginning of any time you take a new job – anybody that’s taken a new job understands what that’s like,” Blashill said. “So I’m sure I will tonight, and I’d say most games I’ll have little butterflies to start.”

MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed the Wings' lines...

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