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From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
Thanks to his goal-scoring streak, Larkin has suddenly taken over the team lead with eight goals. His 15 points is second only to Henrik Zetterberg, who leads the Red Wings with 18.
Larkin also leads the team with 55 shots on net and his plus-12 rating is best on the team and third in the NHL.
Getting the puck on net, attempting to create something offensively, is something that's particularly important on a team that only recently began to flex its muscles offensively.
Coach Jeff Blashill likes that Larkin has been aggressive.
"He attacks and shoots the puck a lot," Blashill said. "He is one of those guys, I don't want to say he overshoots it because it's not that he doesn't make plays, but if he has a chance he's going to shoot it. That probably needs to be a little more contagious on our team."
Among NHL rookies, Larkin's eight goals are tied for first (with Arizona's Max Domi) and the 15 points rank third.
Update: The Free Press's George Sipple noted that while Larkin may have become a leader, he doesn't act like he's hot stuff:
The Red Wings find themselves on the wrong side of the salary capped-CBA's merciless nature today, having lost Landon Ferraro on waivers to Boston, and while the move doesn't significantly affect the team as Ferraro was and is a 3rd/4th line grinder...
From a personal and "gut" standpoint, it still sucks. I got to know Landon from about ten days after the Wings drafted him to this season, and he was always honest, forthright, polite and plain old struck me as a good egg.
Because there's a 23-man roster limit, because not everybody makes it to the NHL, and because player movement due to the waiver wire and free agency have become increasingly more common, covering a team means understanding that not everybody the Wings draft is going to make it, and not everyone who makes the NHL is going to find their NHL home with the Red Wings, but it's still hard to witness members of the Red Wings' family leave the organization.
I'm not here to question why the Wings waived Ferraro over someone else or why they haven't addressed other personnel concerns today...I'm just here to thank Landon for his politeness and professionalism during his tenure with the Wings. He's a good young man as well as a tenacious hockey player, and I wish him well in every game that he doesn't play against the Wings.
added 12:13pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings needed to make a move because Ferraro is close to being cleared medically from a knee injury he suffered on Nov. 6 and their 23-man roster is full.
They opted to keep center Joakim Andersson, who despite being a frequent healthy scratch, gives them another penalty killer. Tomas Jurco, assigned to Grand Rapids last week for a conditioning stint (maximum two weeks), still counts toward the Red Wings' roster limit.
Ferraro will be back in town with his new team Wednesday, when the Bruins visit Joe Louis Arena.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
AWood40 posted a highlight cilp of last night's Wings win over the Blues...
And MLive's Brendan Savage penned a late-breaking recap:
The Red Wings' 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues punctuated a stretch of 6 games played over the course of 9 nights and the second set of back-to-backs with an entertaining, exciting and up-and-down victory served up by Teemu Pulkkinen's overtime game-winner:
The Red Wings rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take the lead, they surrendered a point by nursing their lead instead of attacking with only 2:10 remaining in regulation when Vladimir Tarasenko tied the game...
And yet Detroit played a strong game overall against a big, heavy team, displaying poise, resolve, playing strong defense and winning one-on-one battles as Dylan Larkin dazzled, Pavel Datsyuk showed flashes of his old self as he scored his first goal of the year, Brad Richards and Mike Green looked to be finding their comfort zones and Jimmy Howard was strong enough to deliver necessary saves.
The Wings flew home for their last 3-day break until December 15th leaving a frustrated Blues team in their wake, though In the Slot's Louie Korac reports that the Blues didn't feel too badly about having taken a point from the speedy Wings:
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins were playing shorthanded minus Anthony Mantha and Zach Nastasiuk, but the Griffins received strong performances from Andreas Athanasiou (2 goals) and Tomas Jurco (2 assists) on consecutive nights, out-dueling the Chicago Wolves by a 2-1 margin. The Griffins' website posted a recap:
The Red Wings wrapped up a slate of 6 games played over the course of 9 nights against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, and having gone 2-2-and-1 on the segment, Saturday's game would tell the tale as to whether the Wings successfully navigated a taxing stretch, punctuated by two games against "heavy" opponents in the Los Angeles Kings and then the Blues.
The Wings gave up a point on Saturday night, which stings a little bit, but Teemu Pulkkinen's Pulkannon finding the back of the net at 4:41 of OT made up for it. Detroit won 4-3, despite going down 2-1 to St. Louis in the 1st and surrendering a game-tying goal with 2:10 left in regulation, and while the how may have been a little sloppy at times, the how many equaled 2 points and a 11-8-and-2 record some 21 games into the season.
Dylan Larkin had an amazing game, Jimmy Howard was solid, Mike Green was excellent on defense, the Wings' PK was solid, Brad Richards had 2 assists and Darren Helm's presence seems to have transformed the Glendening line into something useful, so all in all, it was a big win for the Red Wings on many fronts. The fact that Pavel Datsyuk looks to be 90-95% of his usual self helps, too...
And now the Wings can say that they've gone 3-2-and-1 over the course of that 6-games-in-9-nights minefield against a muderers' row of opponents.
Red Wings-Blues game-day articles: St. Louis discusses fading rivalry; Larkin likely, Ferraro waived
Updated 2x at 3:45 PM: The Red Wings and Blues took their morning skates ahead of tonight's game (8 PM EST start on FSD/FS Midwest/97.1 FM), and for the Red Wings, the good news is that Dylan Larkin took the skate and is OK to play.
For the Blues, they might get their dazzling rookie, defenseman Colin Parayko, back from an injury, as KMOV's Andrew Allsman noted:
The 10-8-and-2 Red Wings face a 13-and-6 St. Louis Blues team this evening (8 PM EST on FSD/FS Midwest/97.1 FM), and in terms of the physicality the Wings will have to deal with from yet another big, nasty team, it's, "Out of the Kings' frying pan, into the Blues' fire.'
St. Louis also has Jake Allen's 1.95 goals-against average and .935 save percentage to boast about, so Jimmy Howard and the generally offensively-starved Wings face more than a few stiff tasks tonight.
The Blues hit the ice first at the Scotttrade Center, per NHL.com's Louie Korac...
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