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Red Wings-Maple Leafs morning skate Tweets and articles: Howard vs. McIlhinney, few changes for DET

The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena for a morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 PM on FSD/TSN4/97.1 FM).

The Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan was the first to say, "Hello" from the morning skate...

MLive's Ansar Khan and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji issued "no surprise here" Tweets...

The Red Wings also said, "Hello"...

Also of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article discussing the Wings' struggles of late:

The Detroit Red Wings were 8-8-1 on Nov. 11, 11th in the Eastern Conference, but staring at an excellent opportunity to bank some points and climb up the standings. They were starting a stretch that would see them play 13-of-15 games at Little Caesars Arena, and they needed to establish home dominance.

Five weeks later, the Red Wings are 11-13-7, tied for 12th in the East and five points behind Boston, which has two games in hand, for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.

The Red Wings have gone 3-4-5 during this pivotal home stretch, which ends Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). They haven't capitalized and now they face an uphill climb to stay in postseason contention.

"That's disappointing," Henrik Zetterberg said, following Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston.

Khan continues...

2. Ken Daniels appeared on WDET on Friday morning, discussing his book, If These Walls Could Talk;

3. The Associated Press offers a Wings-Leafs game preview:

The Detroit Red Wings are hurting. So are the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In the Red Wings’ case, the pain emanates more from emotional distress. For the Maple Leafs, it’s entirely physical.

As Toronto comes to Little Caesars Arena for a game against the Wings on Friday, Detroit will be completing a five-game homestand that could be defining the future for the team — and it isn’t painting a pretty picture.

A 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, in which the Red Wings (11-13-7) blew a pair of third-period leads, marked the second straight game in which Detroit carried a 1-0 lead into the final session of regulation and did not come away with the two points. On Monday, they dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Florida Panthers.

These two setbacks dropped the Red Wings to 0-6 in overtime this season. Overall, Detroit is 1-5-5 in the last 11 games.

“You have to find a way to win,” Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “We’re finding ways to lose.”


4. Among ESPN's Victoria Mataish's fantasy hockey notes, discussing possible trade candidates...

Detroit Red Wings: Signed in Detroit through only next year, forward Gustav Nyquist remains a tradeable asset, as does defenseman Mike Green's expiring contract. To suggest both would benefit from an immediate change of scenery, away from one of the least productive clubs in the league, nearly goes without saying. A top-six role with a contender could do wonders for Nyquist's lagging production, in particular.

5. The Blackburn News's Mark Brown discussed the Joe Louis Arena memorabilia auction...

The Detroit Red Wings have hired a Missouri company to oversee an auction of artifacts from Joe Louis Arena, the team’s former home. All this week, hockey fans and collectors have been bidding for memorabilia left behind when the Wings moved out this spring.

The Wings played at Joe Louis Arena from 1979 until last hockey season, when they moved to Little Caesars Arena. While at “The Joe”, they enjoyed a 25-year playoff streak, six President’s Trophies for the league’s best regular-season record, six trips to the Stanley Cup Finals and four Stanley Cup titles.

The arena has also been home to college hockey, junior hockey, basketball, countless rock concerts and conventions.

The auction is being conducted on behalf of the team and Olympia Entertainment by Schneider Industries, which specializes in clean-out auctions and demolitions.

6. On Twitter:

After the skate, per Khan...

Howard confirmed starter for #RedWings

The Toronto Sun's Koshan...

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Does Blashill realize that back-up goalies are allowed to play once in awhile, and not just exclusively when we have back-to-back games? I mean this has now reached complete absurdity! Howard had a hot start, but in the last 5 or 6 weeks he has looked very ordinary. Yet he remains on pace to play 64 games.

Mrazek has started 7 hockey games, scattered over 67 days. But shockingly he hasn’t been able to get in a groove.

I can’t wait for this GM and coach to get fired. Leave them both standing in the rain on the curb.

Posted by fatsavage on 12/15/17 at 12:05 PM ET

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Posted by damndog from The Eastside of Detroit on 12/15/17 at 11:10 AM ET

I think he means that there are few, if any. But it would be a change if they decided to go 12-6 instead of 11-7, which I would prefer. Roll all 4 lines and spread that ice time around. With Matthews out, I’ll be curious to see what line the Nielsen line matches up against. It’s got to be the Kadri line, right?

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 12/15/17 at 12:34 PM ET

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I was hoping McIlhenney playing might give the Wings a chance but he is even playing not bad.

Hopefully it is blacked out in Canada, no urge to watch the “Same Lineup”

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/15/17 at 03:08 PM ET


Does Blashill realize that back-up goalies are allowed to play once in a while (this isn’t Montreal), and not just exclusively when we have back-to-back games(unless it’s Jonathan Quick)? I mean my comments have now reached complete absurdity! Howard had a hot career, but in the last 5 or 6 weeks he has looked very ordinary except for the games against the Rangers, Kings, Jets, Panthers and Bruins. Yet he remains on pace to play 64 games as if that’s even relevant to my point. 

Mrazek has started a mere hockey 7 games after his debacle of a season last year. But to no surprise he hasn’t been able to get in a groove because it’s not like the Wing’s have another option for a backup goalie.

I can’t wait for this GM and coach to find two brain cells to rub together like I have. Leave them both standing in the snow on the curb (because it is snowing now in MI) looking like Woodward Avenue hookers.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/15/17 at 06:59 PM ET

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Sir James will be 34 years old in 4 months,has played about 45-50 games average per year over his average to average + career.when not yanked. That makes the Goalie situation poor at best. Check the numbers but he can’t play a 60 game season

But Jimmy will not get hurt as he was given the #1, only gets hurt when he is a backup.  Bend over again Kenneth!! You should be an expert by now!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/15/17 at 07:49 PM ET

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