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A pair of interviews with Ken Holland on TSN 1040 and John Buccigross on DS 105.1 FM

Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on TSN 1040 in Vancouver this afternoon, discussing Dylan Larkin as a potential "face of the franchise" during a 10-minute interview:

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Prospect news: In reviewing the Wings’ AHL and ECHL prospects, Coreau’s play bears watching

Via RedWingsFeed, Hockey's Future's Ryan Womeldorf examines the states and respective steads of the Red Wings' minor league-playing prospects, and the player who headlines his list is the player that's most intriguing for me as he's made major strides this season:

Jared Coreau, G, 24: Through 24 games of the 2015-16 season, Coreau has slowly taken over starting duties from Tom McCollum, a first-round pick of the Red Wings in 2008. Coreau has been the better of the two, going 10-2-1 with a 2.16 goals against average and .934 save percentage.

The Griffins struggled early in the season, but Coreau has been a pleasant surprise. Coreau has always been a promising goalie, with a huge frame (6-5) and good athletic ability, but had always struggled with his technique. This season, he has put together a more complete game in net and the results have been encouraging to say the least.

Coreau has been fantastic for the Griffins this year, and it's entirely probable that we'll see a Coreau-Mrazek tandem in the future.

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Red Wings-Canucks game-day articles: game previews, Wings talk about Canucks and looking ahead

Updated 12x at 3:13 PM: The Red Wings host the Vancouver Canucks this evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed no lineup changes and a 3-day visit from Adam Oates, whose "brain will be picked" by Jeff Blashill and the coaching staff.

Our friends from Vancouver didn't hold a morning skate as they're playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, but Ryan Miller will start opposite Jimmy Howard, and TSN's Darren Dreger reported that the Canucks will keep Jared McCann on the roster (instead of loaning him to Team Canada's World Junior team) in case Henrik Sedin can't "go" due to a lower-body injury.

After the Wings' skate, the Canucks website's Daniel Fung penned a game preview...

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Red Wings-Canucks morning skate Tweets: No changes for Detroit; Adam Oates in town

The Red Wings get back to work after their 3-day break this evening, hosting the Vancouver Canucks (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and while the Canucks will be playing their 3rd game in 4 nights this evening, the Wings may have accumulated enough rust during their time off to make the first period more pivotal than usual.

The Wings hit the ice for the morning skate just after 10:30 AM, per the Wings...

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Questions For Khan

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Q: If Kindl is continuing to be a healthy scratch over Brendan Smith (who has not been solid defensively), do you expect he should be traded? Is Riley Sheahan more suited to the fourth line?

A: Kindl has been the low man on the defensive totem pole under two different coaches now, casting further doubt on his long-term future with the team. He has some ability, and has shown flashes during brief stretches when he's in the lineup. But, overall, he's been too inconsistent.

After Quincey returns, if they have no other long-term injury on defense, perhaps they'll look to move Kindl. I'm sure they don't want to get to the point where they are forced to waive him and risk losing him for nothing.

Sheahan is not suited for the fourth line. He has the defensive acumen, but ideally you want someone with more quickness, to provide energy, and abrasiveness on the fourth line. Sheahan has more offensive ability than he has shown and is better suited for the third line.

Q: With Jurco being a seldom-used healthy scratch (until recently) when does it become time to say either: A) Let's make room for this kid (from Grand Rapids) on the roster and see what he can to or B) Let's see what we can get in return for him to address needs we have on our roster now? How long do the Wings wait before they turn a seldom-used asset into one that they can use now, or do they?

more including is Stamkos a fit for the Wings...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canucks set-up

The Red Wings take on the Vancouver Canucks tonight (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/Sportsnet/97.1 FM) facing a stiff challenge after a long lay-off:

The Canucks are coming off of a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (and Henrik Sedin exited with a "lower-body injury"), and Vancouver occupies a region in the Western Conference where five points separates the 7th place team from the 15th-place team.

Vancouver comes in on a 3-game losing streak including Thursday's loss, so nothing would be better for the slumping Canucks than pouncing upon a sleepy Red Wings team that hasn't played since Monday.

The Canucks ought to beware, however, because the Red Wings feel that snapping their 13-game unbeaten streak gave the team the opportunity to rest, regroup during their 3-day break and ultimately focus on playing better hockey, as they told the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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WXYZ: Abdelkader, Glendening take Boys & Girls Club kids on Christmas shopping trip

From WXYZ:

Justin Abdelkader and Luke Glendening hosted twenty kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Michigan for a holiday shopping spree Thursday night.

The children were treated to a pizza party before given $150 each to shop for gifts at a local Meijer store.

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Prospect news: Nastasiuk scores in Walleye win; Marsh tallies in Sea Dogs loss

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye continue to win, win and also win. On Thursday, Zach Nastasiuk scored a goal, Marek Tvrdon had an assist on said goal, Jeff Lerg stopped 31 shots and 2 of 3 shootout shooters, and the Walleye defeated the Brampton Beast 4-3 in a shootout. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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Bummer for the Wings but good for Ferraro

It's hard to watch waiver losses Landon Ferraro and Andrej Nestrasil succeed from a, "They could'a been playing that well here" standpoint, but as their play doesn't apply to the Red Wings, I can't help but admit that I'm rooting for both of them individually. Both players worked very hard to become strong contributors to the Grand Rapids Griffins and they wanted to succeed here, so it's good to see them fulfill their potential, even if it's not with the Wings.

In Ferraro's case, as WEEI's DJ Bean notes, everything's going superbly well thus far for the Boston Bruins' fourth-liner:

Claude Julien has used him to kill penalties, something he loves doing. In addition to his normal fourth-line role, the B’s have moved him up at times, even giving him shifts with Patrice Bergeron’s line.

Ferraro had zero points in his 10 games for Detroit this season before being waived. He has six points (three goals and three assists) in 11 games for the Bruins, with his points coming every which way. He’s put up points as a fourth-liner (scoring a goal on Nov. 25 against the Wings while skating with Joonas Kemppainen, assisting Tyler Randell’s goal on Dec. 5 against the Canucks) and he’s put up points playing higher in the lineup (his game-winning goal last week against the Canadiens with Ryan Spooner, a couple of points with Bergeron and Brad Marchand). 

When Ferraro hasn’t been helping generate offense, he’s been given occasional opportunities to play key defensive even-strength shifts, such as the shifts following the expiration of a Bruins power play. The former 32nd overall pick is relishing a jack-of-all-trades role.

“It’s the most fun I’ve had playing in this league since I’ve been in here,” Ferraro said.

Continued, and I may not cheer for the Bruins as a division rival, but I wish Landon the very best.

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Practice articles II: On the power play, Quincey’s recovery, the Canucks and potential call-ups

According to the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, the Red Wings are quite concerned about the fact that--as per usual--their power play at home isn't doing nearly as well as their power play is doing on the road:

If you looked at Thursday's NHL statistics, you saw the Red Wings' power play ranked fourth on the road, at a blistering 24.3 percent (9-for-37). At Joe Louis Arena? A dismal 27th (9-for-62, 14.5 percent).

So all told, the Red Wings were sitting 19th, at 18.2 percent (18-for-99), not good enough by the Red Wings' high standards. They were second last season at 23.8 percent.

"We know we can be way better," forward Tomas Tatar said.

Players and coaches both agree the disparity between home and the road is strange, and don't read too much into it.

"I don't think you can say we get too fancy at home," coach Jeff Blashill said. "That's the thing people talk about when you don't do things at home, but I don't see that necessarily. The biggest thing with our power play is to focus on delivering the puck to the net and delivering more chaos around the net with people around the net. That's been our focus now the last couple of weeks and we'll have to continue to do that."

Said Tatar: "We have get to the net and pick up rebounds. We need those dirty goals in the dirty areas and play a little more simple."

Kulfan continues, and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness spoke with Kyle Quincey regarding his engagement in a first full practice with the Wings since his ankle surgery:

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