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Tweets from practice: Wings ‘take an optional’; Jersey banged-up; Sunday features

Updated at 12:47 PM: Hicketts will play tomorrow vs. New Jersey, per Khan:

The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena the day after a difficult loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, with the Wings preparing for a 3-games-in-4-nights slate which will take them to New Jersey (Monday) and then find the Wings hosting Philadelphia (Tuesday) and Chicago (Thursday).

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Wings "took an optional":

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan checked in...

Optional skate today...Helm (lower body) skating today as is Abdelkader

The Wings also recalled Joe Hicketts from Grand Rapids as insurance as the team currently has 6 healthy defensemen (Ericsson, Kronwall, DeKeyser, Green, Ouellet and Jensen) going into their 3-games-in-4-nights slate.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey--the Devils lost 3-1 to Philly last night--per NewJerseyDevils.com's Amanda Stein...

NJ.com's Chris Ryan...

And Northjersey.com's Andrew Gross:

The Devils weighed in as well:

Also of Red Wings-related note: The Red Wings posted a scouting report of the Wings' upcoming games against New Jersey, Philadelphia and Chicago, per Chris Chelios and Carley Johnston:

And The Athletic's Max Bultman wrote an article discussing whether Dominic Turgeon can "carve out a role" with the Red Wings this season (answer: not quite yet):

Saturday, he logged a takeaway, blocked a shot and a recorded a hit, but he also went just 1-of-5 on face-offs. The key for this stint, though, will be how he fares while the Red Wings are down a man, and Blashill at least sounds prepared to be relatively patient with him there. He can’t know exactly what he has in Turgeon at this early phase, but he knows Turgeon’s priority is doing what it takes to make the lineup.

“I feel like I’m a strong defensive forward to start with,” Turgeon said. “And I just want to make sure I’m strong in my own end and being good on the penalty kill.”

That’s a simple enough goal, and the right one. Detroit’s not exactly setting its future in stone right now anyway.

In the meantime, Turgeon will continue living out of a hotel room with an indefinite set of clothes. And if his mind ever does wander past the immediate future, perhaps [Hurricanes forward Marcus] Kruger’s words can be instructive.

Bultman continues (paywall)...


After practice, per the Free Press's Helene St. James...


Blashill said Daley likely will not play before this weekend's all star break...Glendening could return Tuesday, Abdelkader Thursday


Helm won't return until after the break


Sounds like Hicketts will play tomorrow


#RedWings Blashill said Hicketts will make NHL debut tomorrow at @NJDevils Wouldn’t reveal who he’ll be paired with. Said doesn’t know how long he’ll be with team. Daley (lower body injury) out next 2 days. Possible Thursday, more likely after the All-Star break.


#RedWings Blashill said Glendening (hand) possible for Tuesday. Abdelkader (groin) possible for Thursday. Helm (leg) won’t return until after All-Star break.

The Red Wings also said, "Hello":

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Figaro's avatar

Yeah, we just had 3 days off and then turned in a lack-luster effort against a team we need to beat in order to make the play-offs, but sure, let’s not have a real practice today.

I’ve actually been satisfied with Turgeon in his few games.  I don’t know how angry I can be with a kid in his third (fourth?) NHL game losing faceoffs against seasoned pros.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/21/18 at 01:54 PM ET

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