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Time To Become A Good Home Team

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Now they must capitalize on a stretch that has them playing 13-of-15 games at Little Caesars Arena, starting Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit)....

Jimmy Howard is expected to start against the Blue Jackets (9-6-1), who are winless in three (0-2-1) heading into Friday's game against Carolina.

Detroit has won four of its past six. The young forwards are leading the way.

Anthony Mantha has taken over the team scoring lead with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists), after picking up eight points (including four goals) in the past six games. He logged a career-high 22:10 at Calgary, scoring a goal and setting up two others with brilliant passes.

Dylan Larkin, who has become more of a facilitator while playing center full-time, is second on the club with 15 points and tied for first in assists with Mike Green (13).

Martin Frk, who has moved up and down the lineup, has a goal in three consecutive games after going 10 games without a goal....


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Video- Gordie Howe #545 On 11-10-63

via NHL.com,

On November 10, 1963, Gordie Howe scored his 545th career goal, surpassing Maurice Richard as the NHL's all-time leader in goals.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flames wrap-up and an interview with Dr. Murray Howe

The Detroit Red Wings' 6-3 loss to the Calgary Flames was a lot closer than the score makes it out to be, and Detroit will have the opportunity to avenge it when the Flames come to Little Caesars Arena next Wednesday, November 15th...

And Thursday's loss occurred due to a combination of mediocre goaltending versus elite in the Petr Mrazek-vs-Mike Smith battle, very poor defensive decisions by the Red Wings, including a predictable bumbler in Jonathan Ericsson, and an inabiilty to close the score to within one goal after Calgary took a 3-0 lead.

For the Flames, coming out on top of a slightly wilder win than they'd anticipated was just plain fun, as were Jaromir Jagr's first goal and first assist as a Calgary Flame, as the Canadian Press's recap noted:

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Red Wings-Flames quick take: Shootout at the Saddledome goes Calgary’s way

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to sweep their Western Canadian road swing as the Wings squared off against the Calgary Flames on Thursday evening.

The Wings were too leaky early and too snake-bitten late, but in the middle, Detroit was out-scored 6-3 by a Calgary Flames team that managed to keep the puck out of the net pretty well despite 42 Wings shots and 76 Wings attempts. Mike Smith was excellent, and the empty-netter belies what was really a 5-3 Flames win...

And Anthony Mantha managed to post 1 goal and 2 assists but finish at -2, Martin Frk scored a beautiful goal but finished at -2, Frans Nielsen had another strong game, posting a goal and an assist and a +2, and Dylan Larkin led the Wings with 6 shots, 9 attempts and a 12-and-7 faceoff record, but finished at -4. It was a weird one all around, and whether you want to blame Petr Mrazek for being not quite good enough or the defense for being too leaky when Johnny Gaudreau was on the ice...

It's going to be interesting to see what the Wings do when they come home to battle Columbus on Saturday.

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview; Jeff Salajko on goaltending; on Justin Abdelkader and Cole Fraser

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview with Ken Kal:

2. It's not game-related, but Red Wings goalie coach Jeff Salajko engaged in a Q and A with USA Hockey's website, and his comments make for an intriguing read:

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Red Wings to hold Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, November 11th

From the Detroit Red Wings:

Military Appreciation Night presented by Belfor Property Restoration
Red Wings unite with Volunteers Of America to honor active and former military members throughout Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings will host their 10th annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by BELFOR Property Restoration, on Saturday, Nov. 11, when the team takes on the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket) on Veterans Day.

More than 100 active and former military members selected by Volunteers of America Michigan and Selfridge Air National Guard Base will experience the game as guests of BELFOR Property Restoration and the Red Wings. Additionally, the first 5,000 fans in attendance for Saturday's game will receive a red, white and blue Military Appreciation Baseball Hat, courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Red Wings-Flames game-day updates

Updated 2x at 4:26 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Calgary Flames this evening (9 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet Flames/97.1 FM). Neither the Flames' nor Red Wings' morning skates were particularly revelatory, but the Flames are changing up a defensive pair, and on the Red Wings' side of the ice, Scott Wilson will be a game-time decision.

The Flames website's Torie Peterson posted the Flames' projected lineup...

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Questions For Ted Kulfan

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News answers questions from the fans...

Question: Since the Ilitch empire is committed to utilizing minor league (maybe an insult to minor leagues) coaches, and it finally saw (Brad) Ausmus wander out of town, after squandering whatever assets the Tigers had, now we can just watch (Jeff) Blashill drive this baby into the ground (already there?). (Pavel) Datsyuk gone, (Henrik) Zetterberg staying on out of some misguided sense of loyalty to an ownership that simply doesn’t care…bring back Harkness.

Answer: When the Red Wings were mired in a six-game winless streak last month, I felt there was a situation developing where Blashill could be axed in time if things hadn’t improved.

But things have straightened out, the team is playing considerably better, and I feel Blashill may have escaped the worst.

At this point, unless the season goes completely off the rails — and this team has enough talent where that’s not likely to happen — Blashill is going to remain the head coach.

Young players are beginning to develop, the team is playing hard, and a team that wasn’t expected to sniff the playoffs is contending to make them.

At the end of the season, though, if there’s no playoffs ... well, all bets are off.

more Q & A...

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Detroit’s Game Day Skate In Calgary

Dana Wakiji tweets,

Both RedWings Wilson and.Booth working with Athanasiou and Frk.

PP units same:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist-Abdelkader-Kronwall; Frk-Larkin-Athanasiou-Mantha-Green

I will update as needed.

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Red Wings-Flames morning skate Tweets and articles: Flames take an optional and other Wings stuff

The Detroit Red Wings hope to sweep their three-game Western Canadian road trip as they face the Calgary Flames this evening (9 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet Flames/97.1 FM). The Wings come into Calgary with a 4-0-and-1 record over their past five games, while Calgary's 5-3 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday broke a 3-game winning streak.

The Flames preceded the Red Wings on to the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome for their morning skate, and one player took his on-ice turn particularly early, per the Calgary Sun's Wes Gilbertson:

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