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No Problem With Jimmy Howard’s Game?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings are 1-5-3 in their past nine games, a stretch during which their offense, defense, special teams and goaltending have faltered. Howard, following a strong start to the season, has a 4.42 goals-against average and .846 save percentage in his past nine appearances.

He doesn't believe it's a significant technical issue that needs correcting.

"I don't think I'm going to reinvent the wheel here, it's just something where I have to come up with saves for the guys like I was earlier in the year," Howard said....

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn't believe any adjustment is needed.

"I think his game is right where it needs to be," Blashill said. "I think there's some nights where the puck goes in, some nights the puck finds ways to go off people.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers set-up; 3 videos of note, prospect stuff & a trade rumor

The Detroit Red Wings kick off a busy week of 3 games played over the course of 5 evenings tonight as they host the Florida Panthers (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM; tonight is D-Boss bobblehead night).

The 11-14-and-4 Panthers are actually the team that's most similar to the 11-13-and-5 Red Wings, at least in terms of their comparative records, and just as the Red Wings are coming off a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the Panthers lost 7-3 to Colorado on that same Saturday.

The Panthers have in fact lost 4 of their 5 previous games (1-2-and-2), quite similar to Detroit's status as having lost 4 of their past 5 games (1-4), and while the Panthers were more committed to rebuilding than the Red Wings over the past few seasons, both team's rebuild efforts have stalled this season.

In his "next day look" at the Panthers' loss to Colorado, the Sun-Sentinel's Matthew DeFranks noted the following:

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Prospect news: Griffins drop 3-in-3 weekend; Fulcher stops 45 shots; Rasmussen scores 2; Smith 1+1

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a distressing weekend, going 0-for-3 in a 3-games-in-3-nights stretch. On Sunday, the Griffins lost 2-1 to the Iowa Wild, with Zach Nastasiuk scoring the Griffins' only goal. Grand Rapids' website posted a recap:

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Detroit’s Power Play Needs A Spark

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Bottom line is a less than sizzling 2-for-19 with the man advantage over the last six games — the Red Wings actually had two lengthy 5-on-3 advantages Tuesday against Winnipeg and didn’t score — isn’t going to cut it.

“This time in the season everybody’s got their video and they know exactly what teams and their power plays are doing,” defenseman Mike Green said. “We’re trying to find new ways to create shooting chances and scoring chances.”

The Red Wings could have put pressure on the Blues Saturday by converting an early power-play opportunity. Instead, they were denied and watched St. Louis go down the ice shortly after and score to take control of the game.

“The first unit got a lot there. They were out there almost two minutes each time and created a lot of chances,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “But that’s the moment you want one (goal), or even two.

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Prospect news: Griffins, Walleye lose; Sulak scores in 25+; Kotkansalo, Adams score

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins continue to struggle. They dropped their second consecutive game of their 3-games-in-3-nights slate, losing 7-2 to the Rockford IceHogs. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Red Wings-Blues wrap-up: both teams insist it wasn’t a blowout, and Howard was fine(?)

The Detroit Red Wings had a rough Saturday, losing 6-1 to the St. Louis Blues in almost predictable fashion, but the strange thing about Saturday afternoon's game is that neither team felt that the score was indicative of the level of competition.

The Blues insisted that they didn't necessarily win a 6-1 romp while speaking with Reuters...

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Red WIngs raised $16,000 for Salvation Army on Friday

From the Red Wings:

RED WINGS RAISE MORE THAN $16,000 FOR THE SALVATION ARMY ON FRIDAY, DEC. 8
… Alumni Draper and Osgood Earned Victory in 12th Annual Bell Ringing Competition, Raising $7,800 in Two Hours of Bell Ringing at the Kroger in Plymouth …

DETROIT – Four groups of Red Wings players, alumni and broadcast personalities raised a total of $16,237.72 for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign during a two-hour span on Friday night throughout Metro Detroit. Red Wings Alumni Kris Draper and Chris Osgood raised $7,800 to earn the victory in the 12th annual bell ringing competition.

The Red Wings’ grand total of $16,237.72 raised via bell ringing and text message donations during the two-hour span increased the total to more than $150,000 raised for The Salvation Army since 2005. The funds raised this year support The Salvation Army’s STRIVE (Student Training for Integrity, Vitality and Education) youth floor hockey program. Introduced in 2009, the program teaches the basics of the sport of hockey, team building skills and positive sportsmanship behavior to children ages 8-12.

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TMR afternoon line: appearances can be deceiving in a 6-1 loss?

The Detroit Red Wings lost 6-1 to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon, but the Wings' post-game comments mostly consisted of insistence that the team did not play particularly poorly, as noted by the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

“Certainly through the first 40 (minutes), we played as well as we probably have,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Honestly, the 40 in totality was better than the other night against Winnipeg (in a Red Wings win). The pucks didn’t go in one way, and went in the other way.”

St. Louis wound up with 22 shots, doing their damage efficiently and capitalizing on some quirky bounces and deflections. Frans Nielsen scored in the third period, the Wings’ only goal on 29 shots.

Goalie Jimmy Howard (four goals allowed on 10 shots) was relieved by Petr Mrazek to begin the third period.

“It all comes down to I have to make some saves for the guys,” Howard said.

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“I don’t think a 6-1 score (reflects) how the game went,” Nielsen said. “We definitely didn’t like the score but we did some good things out there. We did some real good things. I’m a big believer that over 82 games in this league you get what you deserve. We have to keep believing and working out there.”

Kulfan continues, and I'll post a full recap as soon as more reports become available...

Quick update: Coach Blashill also had this to say about Jimmy Howard, as noted by CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield:

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Prospect news: A Griffins game-day preview video and Walleye, shorthanded

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins posted a game-day preview ahead of tonight's game in Rockford:

And in the ECHL, the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe notes that the Toledo Walleye will play shorthanded tonight:

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Red Wings-Blues quick take: matinee blahs

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to build upon their win against Winnipeg as they hosted the big, dangerous St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Wings laid an egg, losing 6-1 because the Blues out-worked, out-hustled, out-executed and especially out-goaltended the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard was awful, surrendering 4 goals on 10 shots, the Red Wings' defense was sloppy and the Wings' offensive pressure was almost negligible.

Frans Nielsen has been the Wings' best forward of late, and he scored the team's only goal. Whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that Frans Nielsen and Nick Jensen have been the Wings' best players of late isn't great.

So the Wings continue their home stand on Monday with a visit by the Panthers, who've tended to have the Wings' number of late, then the Bruins on Wednesday and the Leafs on Friday. It's going to be a tough haul for a Wings team that desperately needs to string some wins together.

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