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Red Wings-Blackhawks wrap-up: sweet road Chicago

The Detroit Red Wings assuaged their difficult loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday by coming out and out-working, out-hustling, out-executing and generally out-playing the Chicago Blackhawks, winning 4-0 in the United Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Wings received goals from Dylan Larkin, MIke Green, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi (the latter two had assists as well), two assists from Andreas Athanasiou and a 27-save shutout performance from Petr Mrazek, who was particularly stout during a 12-shot-against 3rd period.

Dominic Turgeon was also excellent in his NHL debut, blocking 3 shots (including one that sent him to the locker room) in 9:01 of play, and the Wings did a good job of shutting down the Blackhawks' stars despite losing two thirds of the Nielsen shut-down line in Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader.

There's some pleasant irony in Bertuzzi's goal, too: Nick Jensen made the play happen with a smart pass-back play with Martin Frk and a heavy shot on goal that Bertuzzi rebounded into the net, and Bertuzzi and Jensen made their franchise debuts by fighting during the Wings' summer development camp. The biggest no-no of no-no's resulted in shoulder surgery and 4 months of recovery for Jensen, and now they're in the NHL together, helping each other out.

That's a good end to a strange story--if not a promising start to a new chapter.

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Red Wings-Blackhawks quick take: take Bertuzzi and call me in the morning

The Detroit Red Wings tend not to win in Chicago, and the Wings caught a bit of a break as the Blackhawks did not have Wing-killer Corey Crawford in the lineup for Sunday's "brunch matinee," but the Blackhawks remained a stacked team without their starting goalie, so the Red Wings were in for a challenge in attempting to snap a two-game losing streak on Sunday.

The Red Wings most definitely played a game in which they salvaged some pride after losing to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Despite an 0-for-4 power play, the Wings shut out Chicago 4-0, with Petr Mrazek stopping 27 Blackhawks shots en route to a convincing victory over the in-flux Hawks.

Dylan Larkin, Mike Green, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi scored goals; Mantha and Bertuzzi had assists; Athanasiou had 2 assists.

Dominic Turgeon also had a fine debut, taking 1 shot, registering a takeaway, a faceoff loss and 3 blocked shots in 9:01 played for the Red Wings.

You may call this win "cold comfort" come April, but regardless of the Wings' direction from here on out, the Wings beat Chicago in Chicago on an NBC national game, and that felt really good.

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Video- Your Game Day Preview - Wings/Blackhawks

Puck drops just after 12:30pm ET and is on NBC.


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Prospect news: Griffins lose to Cleveland; Walleye rout Kansas City; Pope posts 2 more assists

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a rough go on Saturday, surrendering 2 3rd-period goals as Joonas Korpisalo held the Griffins off the scoreboard for 59:40, only surrendering a very late goal to Matt Puemepel en route to a 2-1 Cleveland Monsters win. Tom McCollum stopped 23 of 25 shots for Grand Rapids, who engaged in a first-period fight (Dylan McIlrath) and just didn't do very much after the scrap.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Red Wings-Blackhawks set-up: teams desperate for Wild Card spots prepare for a ‘brunch game’

The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to rebound from Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh as the Wings head to Chicago to play the Blackhawks at a strange time.

With playoff NFL games scheduled for 1 PM and 4 PM on networks that are not NBC, NBC has re-scheduled tomorrow's originally-7-PM-starting game for 12:35 PM EST (on NBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), which would be "a little early" for most...but if you live in the Central Time Zone, where the game is being played, the game starts at 11:35 AM. That means an early wake-up call for a scarfed-down breakfast, pre-game stretching, dressing and ultimately 11 AM warm-ups.

So the 17-18-and-7 Red Wings will battle the 22-16-and-6 Blackhawks, who are coming off a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. In the Blackhawks' last game before their Bye Week, Jeff Glass will be starting for a Blackhawks team that's won 3 of its past 4 games and 4 of 6 January tilts.

Glass and Anton Forsberg have been splitting starts for the Corey Crawford-less Blackhawks, and the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus reports that the Blackhawks have been just fine without their starting netminder:

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Red Wings-Penguins wrap-up: Wings fall short due to bad power play, execution

The Red Wings dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, and the Wings also lost Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm to lower-body injuries during the course of the game, so the Wings will look a little different against goaltender Jeff Glass and the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (12:30 PM EST start on NBC/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), with the Wings having recalled Dominic Turgeon from Grand Rapids.

The Red Wings' opponents killd 6 of 7 Detroit power plays, witnessed a 4-point performance from Evgeni Malkin, a 3-point performance from Phil Kessel, a 2-point performance from Sidney Crosby and a 29-stop performance from Tristan Jarry in goal.

Despite having lost goaltender Matt Murray to "personal issues," the Penguins ran on all cylinders, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jonathan Bombulie noted:

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Dominic Turgeon Recalled By The Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Dominic Turgeon from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Turgeon, 21, was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The second-year pro has appeared in 40 games for the Griffins this season and has already bested his rookie-season totals in goals (9), assists (14) and points (23), after logging 18 points (6-12-18) in 71 games during the 2016-17 campaign. Turgeon currently sits sixth on the Griffins in points and also ranks among team leaders with nine goals (5th), 14 assists (5th), a plus-eight rating (T2nd) and 74 shots on goal (T6th). The Pointe-Clare, Quebec, native was also a member of the Griffins’ 2017 Calder Cup championship team, skating in all 19 of the team’s postseason games and registering two points (1-1-2).

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Red Wings-Penguins quick take: Wings lose Abdelkader, Helm and a 4-point game

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to catch the Pittsburgh Penguins at a vulnerable moment minus goaltender Matt Murray, but the Pittsburgh Penguins would present a stiff challenge on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Wings seriously needed to knock off the Pens to keep hope alive in the team's quest for a Wild Card spot, and Detroit needed to build all the momentum it could get coming into Sunday's game against Chicago.

Detroit blew the game, losing 4-1 because Malkin, Crosby and Kessel were dominant, because the Wings went 1-for-7 in 12:20 of PP time, and because the Red Wings were the post-bye-week team in the game that looked like it was rusty, blowing a 4-point game against a Wild Card position rival...

And in the process, the Wings lost Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm to lower-body injuries, so they'll head into tomorrow's game against Chicago (12:30 PM EST start) with a couple of Griffins (my guesses are Puempel or Tangradi, if not Svechnikov--assuming that Witkowski and Booth don't plug the holes at forward) a little greener against Jeff Glass's Blackhawks.

Update: FYI:

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Anthony Mantha, Luke Witkowski to sign autographs at SE MI Meijer locations

Here's an FYI from the Red Wings:

... Mantha to Appear at First “Red Wings Day at Meijer” on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in Madison Heights …

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings players Anthony Mantha and Luke Witkowski are set to appear individually at six Meijer locations throughout the Metro Detroit area, signing free autographs and interacting with the fans of Hockeytown during this season’s “Red Wings Days at Meijer.”

Mantha will make the first appearance of the campaign on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in Madison Heights (1005 13 Mile Rd.), while Witkowski will appear at the Meijer in Shelby Township (15055 Hall Rd.) on Monday, Jan. 29. The Red Wings players will each make two additional stops this season in Southgate, Auburn Hills, Royal Oak and Detroit. All events will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with player signings to occur from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The season-long schedule can be found below.

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Prospect news: Griffins defeat Monsters; Walleye beat Fort Wayne; Pope posts 5 points for UNO

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Ben Street and Eric Tangradi had a goal and an assist apiece, Filip Hronek and Dominic Turgeon scored goals and Jared Coreau stopped 18 of 20 shots in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 4-2 victory over Lake Erie. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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