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The overnight report: Red Wings-Avs Stadium Series wrap-up

The still Wild Card-occupying Red Wings really, really needed to snap a six-game winless road streak (0-4-and-2) during Saturday night's Stadium Series game in Denver, and Detroit delivered via a combination of balanced scoring and strong defense, defeating the Colorado Avalanche 5-3.

The Wings' power play most certainly still stinks--it went 0-for-5 on Saturday and is, according to CBS Sports' Adam Gretz, an ugly 0-for-17 over the Wings' past six games...

But the Wings managed to stifle the Avs' attack, and the ways in which the Wings bore down and played with urgency in the 3rd period of what was a game the Wings either played while trailing or tied for the vast majority of its 60 minutes of playing time.

The fact that Brad Richards' gamer was something of a trick shot didn't hurt...

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Red Wings-Avalanche Stadium Series quick take: Clutch scoring yields a much-needed win

Outside or not outside, the Red Wings could only pause and adjust to the playing surface against the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field before getting down to the business of earning two points.

62 games into the season, sitting in a Wild Card spot, Detroit rather desperately needed to snap an 0-4-and-2 road winless streak, and they could be playing on a teacup for all it mattered.

The game was a little sloppy and a little lopsided at times--and a little scary when the Wings went 0-for-5 in 10 minutes of PP time--but the Red Wings emerged with a 5-3 victory over Colorado thanks to some very clutch goaltending by Petr Mrazek, dogged determination by the players in front of him and some surprising scoring from Darren Helm, Brad Richards, and overdue goals for Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader, who need to be scoring on an every-other-night basis down the stretch.

The Wings gave up too many shots, too many chances and too many goals, but from an overall perspective, the desperation and urgency with which the Wings approached the 3rd period can serve as a blueprint for the final 19 games of the regular season, and it sure as hell felt good to see the Wings earn 2 points after dropping the alumni game.

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St. James talks with Bill Daly about the Wings’ outdoor future

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly regarding the Red Wings and outdoor games, and Mr. Daly gave some encouraging but nebulous answers:

"What I'd say about the Red Wings, which is to their credit, is they travel well," Daly said. "You go to any NHL arena on any night, and the Red Wings are playing, they've got a lot of fans. That's helpful in outdoor games, and helpful to the league generally. They have a very good following."

Asked specifically about the possibility of the Wings playing outdoors next season in Toronto, Daly said, "it's something that's been raised, but not something we're in position to make any announcements on."

The NHL had as many as six outdoors games during the 2013-14 season. This year there has been three -- the Winter Classic and the two Stadium Series games featuring Detroit-Colorado and Minnesota-Chicago.

Asked what an ideal number is Daly said, "you look at your opportunities in each year as to what cities and what venues can host games. We haven't made any announcements with respect to next year, but they're coming.

"It's a little bit different next year because it's our centennial season starting 2017. So we'll see what next year has to offer. I don't think you want to do too many of these games. I think we're at the right number with a couple outdoor games a year."

St. James continues...

Update: And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan also spoke with Daly:

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A game-evening preview and a radio interview with Osgood

The Red Wings posted a game-day preview video ahead of tonight's game between Detroit and Colorado (8 PM EST start on NBC/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM)...

And during his "Saturday Matinee" show, Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Sean Baligian spoke with ESPN's Craig Custance, USA Today's Kevin Allen and Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood:

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Wings Now Have Money To Sign Their RFAs

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings cleared a decent amount of salary-cap space by dealing defenseman Jakub Kindl to Florida on Saturday.

But general manager Ken Holland said the move doesn't make him any more liable to make a trade before Monday's 3 p.m. deadline. It frees up cap space for next season.

"The biggest thing is it clears $2 million of cap space heading into the summer, when I got a number of restricted free agents to sign," Holland said. "We'll see where the cap is and how active we can be (with unrestricted free agency)."


Update: And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan fills in the, "Who?" part of the story:

With forwards Darren Helm, Drew Miller and defenseman Kyle Quincey all potential unrestricted free agents -- and goalie Petr Mrazek, defensemen Danny DeKeyser and Marchenko, and forwards Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen all potential restricted free agents -- the Red Wings need to find all the financial room they can get.

“We have some players we need to re-sign this summer,” Holland said. “This gives us some more room.”

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St. James: Smith out(?) and praise for Mrazek

Two things:

1. It appears that Alexey Marchenko will draw into the Wings' lineup ahead of Brendan Smith this evening in Denver. Jeff Blashill will speak with the media in a couple of hours to discuss his lineup:

[Edit/update: I also agree with this theory:

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2. St. James also penned an article (I know, wrote, typed, but penned sounds nicer) about Petr Mrazek's comfort level as he settles into the #1 goaltender's role. He'll need to stay confident as the Wings attempt to snap a 6-game road winless streak (0-4-and-2) tonight at Coors Field:

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Red Wings trade Jakub Kindl to Florida

Updated 5x at 4:46 PM. Kindl for a 6th round pick in 2017 + Wings retain $360,000 of Kindl's $2.4 million cap hit: It appears that Jakub Kindl may be on the move to Florida, with his $2.4 million contract for this year and next season as well ($1.45 million on the Wings' books as he's "buried" in Grand Rapids):

And then...

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Afternoon news: On Mrazek’s mask, the ‘Richards line,’ alumni reflections and game-day notes

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Here's Petr Mrazek's mask, from artist David Gunnarsson:

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Emrick tells Sipple that the Winter Classic at th Big House is his favorite outdoor memory

The Free Press's George Sipple spoke with NBC announcer Mike Emrick regarding his favorite outdoor game thus far, and Emrick didn't hesitate in stating that the Winter Classic at the Big House was the best experience:

“Because of the mixture of the crowd, of the drama of the game and of the snow,” Emrick said, who lives in St. Clair. “For me, I didn’t go to Michigan. I would have liked to.

“One of the few smart things I said at one of our public gatherings was we should have a game at Michigan, it’ll blow the doors off all the attendance records cause we would. Sure enough we had it and we did.

“They weren’t parking on the golf course, I don’t think, because of the snow. And there were people in Toronto jerseys pushing Red Wings people out of snowbanks with their cars and vice versa. And it took four hours to get back to St. Clair and normally it’s an hour and 20 minutes. But I didn’t care because it was a dramatic game and it was fun.”

Emrick said the game is also the only one that remembers his teeth chattering in the third period. He called the game near the penalty box out in the open.

“We weren’t allowed heaters because they said it would affect the ice down there,” Emrick said. “The big thing that all the fluid went through was right underneath where we sat.”

Sipple ocntinues...

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Could Jakub Kindl be traded?

From ESPN's Craig Custance:

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