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Pre-Wings-Hawks-game Blash

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke with the media for four-and-a-half minutes prior to tonight's Wings-Hawks game, discussing the legacy of Jim Johannson, the reason why he recalled Dominic Turgeon up with the varsity club, whether Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm and/or Trevor Daley will be available after the All-Star Break, and he reflects upon the Wings-Hawks rivalry as well:

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A Bit On The Blackhawks

via Mark Lazerus tweets,

Anton Forsberg starts tonight. Q said there would be "maybe one" lineup change, but wouldn't specify.

I asked Joel Quenneville to evaluate Duncan Keith's play this season.

"He's been OK."

Joel Quenneville: "The urgency has been expedited for sure, knowing that everybody’s getting points and we’re not. It’s created a gigantic hole. But we’ve had some great runs every single year and I still believe that we’ve got the capability of putting a big one in soon."

I haven't even taken a bit of this slice of Little Caesar's pizza and I'm already regretting it. Why do I do this to my poor gastrointestinal tract every time I come here?

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Dominic Turgeon Recalled, David Booth Sent To Grand Rapids

from Dana Wakiji and Art Regner of the Wings' website,

Dominic Turgeon is back but Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm won't be until after the All-Star break.

Turgeon was recalled Wednesday and David Booth was sent to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins after he cleared waivers once again.

Abdelkader and Helm (lower-body injuries) both participated in the Red Wings' morning skate Thursday but neither is quite ready yet.

"I felt a lot better for sure," Helm said. "Had some good skates. Nothing definite but hoping (to return) pretty quickly after the break."

Wings coach Jeff Blashill had originally thought that Abdelkader might be ready for tonight's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

continued with more topics...

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Mike Green On The Trade Talk

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Green has control over where he goes - even if he goes, technically - since he has a no-trade clause. He said management has not approached him about the possibility of waiving it and didn't want to comment on whether he would consider it.

"I can't give you answer to that right now," Green said. "As I said, I haven't even thought (about it), so I don't want to give you a half answer.

"A lot can go on, and obviously there's a potential for it, but as of right now I'm focused on day-to-day here. ... Everything is speculation until something happens."

Regardless of what happens, Green said he has enjoyed his time in Detroit.

"I do love it here," he said. "This organization is great, they've been very good to me. Like I said, I haven't read too much into it and I haven't thought too much about it until it presents itself."


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Christopher Ilitch - Power Player

John Shannof of Sportsnet lists his Power 25 and Christopher Ilitch is listed as number 7...

With the passing of the great Mike Ilitch, his son, Chris, has assumed a larger role within the Red Wings organization. And while the on-ice product is still finding its way, the inaugural season at Little Caesars Arena can only be described as spectacular.

Top of Ilitch’s to-do list has to be deciding whether or not to renew Ken Holland’s contract. If he chooses not to bring the GM back, Ilitch has to ensure any new hire has the passion and savvy Holland has shown since his first days on the job for the Wings in the 1980s.

Returning the club to championship form, one befitting such a glorious new rink, has to keep Ilitch up at night. 

the rest of the list...

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Detroit’s Morning Skate

Ansar Khan tweets,

Jimmy Howard in starter’s net at #RedWings morning skate. Face @NHLBlackhawks at 7:30 at @LCArena_Detroit on NBCSN

lines at skate:
Abdelkader and Helm skating but not taking line rushes.

more as needed....

added 10:42am, Khan...

power play units:
Athanasiou-Zetterberg-Mantha (net front), Frk-Kronwall
Nyquist-Larkin-Bertuzzi (net front), Tatar-Green

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Catching Up On The Wings

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers some questions, this one on who would get a bigger return in a trade, Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek,

Howard has played very well dating back through last season (.919 save percentage, 2.48 goals-against average in 63 games), but he’ll be 34 in March, and has another year left on his contract, at $5.3 million. Mrazek has a .968 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average his past three games, but even with those stellar starts, his overall numbers this season are a .904 save percentage and 3.13 goals-against average. He has been in a slump for nearly two years — from Feb. 14, 2016 through Jan. 13 of this year, Mrazek had a .896 save percentage and 3.22 goals-against average in 78 games. Unless he excels the rest of the season, the Wings won't offer him a qualifying offer at $4 million, rendering him an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Mrazek set himself back last season with his attitude and play. Last June when teams could have acquired Mrazek via trade in the expansion draft, even the Dallas Stars passed — and that’s home to the men most responsible for the Wings drafting Mrazek in 2010, Jim Nill and Joe McDonnell (Nill was assistant general manager in Detroit, McDonnell was Nill’s right-hand man and chief amateur scout). The Stars needed a goaltender and they preferred Ben Bishop, who is six years older than Mrazek and who did not have an impressive 2016-17.

Maybe the New York Islanders inquire — they’re in striking range of the playoff picture, and neither Jaroslav Halak nor Thomas Greiss have provided reliably good goaltending. If Mrazek keeps his resurgence up, I'd expect him to keep starting now if he keeps playing so well, he could fetch a decent return. 

more Q & A...

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News takes a look at Petr Mrazek,

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Turgeon And Hicketts Sent Back To Grand Rapids

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David Booth Clears Waivers, Mrazek Starting?

per Elliotte Friedman tweet, David Booth has cleared waivers.

And there is this too...


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Tonight’s Opponent, The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

They will get their first look at Detroit’s new digs, Little Caesars Arena, when they face the Red Wings on Tuesday night.

“We’ve got to be ready; it’s a big two points up for grabs,” center Sean Couturier said Sunday after the Flyers outlasted Metro-leading Washington, 2-1, in overtime. The previous day, they defeated New Jersey, 3-1. “What we did these last few games, it won’t matter if we lose.”

The Flyers are soaring, playing with confidence and winning close games.

“Early in the season, that was one of the issues: We just didn’t find a way,” captain Claude Giroux said. “We were playing good hockey, but we just didn’t find ways. Right now we’re finding ways, and we can’t stop here.”

The Flyers have seven victories in their last eight games and have won three straight. They are 15-5-1 since ending their 10-game losing streak and have climbed into the Eastern Conference’s top wild-card spot.

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