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An Optional Skate For Detroit

MSM report an optional morning skate for the Wings this morning.



added 10:45am, Khan tweet,

Optional morning skate for #RedWings prior to tonight’s game vs. @DallasStars at @LCArena_Detroit Howard in starter’s net.

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It’s a light week for the Detroit Red Wings, with just two games this week. Here are five things to watch for:

Match line depleted
The Red Wings’ checking line will be depleted for at least another game as Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, who suffered lower-body injuries in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh, will not play Tuesday against Dallas. The Red Wings listed them as day-to-day but won’t know the extent of their injuries until they’re further evaluated this week.

Dominic Turgeon, recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins, made his NHL debut in Sunday’s 4-0 victory at Chicago and will be in the lineup Tuesday, likely centering a line with David Booth and Luke Witkowski. The team has no spare forwards.

Power play struggling
The Red Wings are 2 for 31 on the power play in their past nine games (6.5 percent) to drop to 17th in the NHL rankings at 19 percent for the season.

Coach Jeff Blashill has said he's hesitant to change the units, wanting continuity. Justin Abdelkader's injury resulted in some adjustments, as Anthony Mantha plays the net-front role on the top unit and Tyler Bertuzzi is being used in the same capacity on the second unit.


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Videos- After Detroit’s Practice Today

First up is Martin Frk on Tyler Bertuzzi's goal yesterday.



Below, Jeff Blashill after practice.

added 3:37pm, Tyler Bertuzzi video now below too...

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Grand Rapids Griffins preparing for ‘Great Skate’ this upcoming Saturday

The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding their annual "Great Skate" this weekend at Rosa Parks Circle, after Saturday night's home game against Rockford, and the Griffins are raising funds for the Griffins' Youth Foundation as part of the event:

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Tweets from practice: Wings prepare for Dallas, work on special teams play

The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice at Little Caesars Arena just before 11 AM on a snowy Monday in Metro Detroit, preparing for Tuesday night's game against the Dallas Stars (Dallas is starting Kari Lehtonen today for their 1 PM matinee vs. Boston). The Wings will be looking to build upon Sunday's win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa weighed in from LCA...

And WXYZ's Brad Galli reminded us of what will likely be the topic of the day:

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Morning news: Trade deadline talk; ‘Take our GM, please’; looking ahead and multimedia

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. In trade deadline-related news, TSN's Frank Seravalli examined each Eastern Conference's trade deadline needs, and Seravalli believes that the Red Wings need to make Mike Green the belle of the ball:


Top priority: Make Mike Green 2018’s Martin Hanzal

Scoop: Ken Holland knows the best way to turn a two-year skid into the next 25-season playoff streak is to accumulate as many assets as possible. Quietly, the Red Wings are hoping right-shot defenceman Mike Green will be for them what Martin Hanzal was for the Coyotes at last year’s deadline. Hanzal brought back a first-round, second-round and conditional pick in a package with Ryan White.

2. As Paul noted, the Vancouver Province's Ed Willes believes that Ken Holland may be the managerial fix for the Vancouver Canucks, and I'm guessing that most of you would reply to Willes' suggestion with, "Take our GM, please!"

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Prospect news: Walleye defeat Cyclones; Cholowski assists in Portland Winterhawks win

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye beat an arch-rival--while playing for the 3rd time in 3 nights. Toledo defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 2-1 on Sunday night; Kyle Bonis and Davis Vandane scored goals for Toledo, and Pat Nagle stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Walleye.

The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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Red Wings-Blackhawks wrap-up: sweet road Chicago

The Detroit Red Wings assuaged their difficult loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday by coming out and out-working, out-hustling, out-executing and generally out-playing the Chicago Blackhawks, winning 4-0 in the United Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Wings received goals from Dylan Larkin, MIke Green, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi (the latter two had assists as well), two assists from Andreas Athanasiou and a 27-save shutout performance from Petr Mrazek, who was particularly stout during a 12-shot-against 3rd period.

Dominic Turgeon was also excellent in his NHL debut, blocking 3 shots (including one that sent him to the locker room) in 9:01 of play, and the Wings did a good job of shutting down the Blackhawks' stars despite losing two thirds of the Nielsen shut-down line in Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader.

There's some pleasant irony in Bertuzzi's goal, too: Nick Jensen made the play happen with a smart pass-back play with Martin Frk and a heavy shot on goal that Bertuzzi rebounded into the net, and Bertuzzi and Jensen made their franchise debuts by fighting during the Wings' summer development camp. The biggest no-no of no-no's resulted in shoulder surgery and 4 months of recovery for Jensen, and now they're in the NHL together, helping each other out.

That's a good end to a strange story--if not a promising start to a new chapter.

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Red Wings-Blackhawks quick take: take Bertuzzi and call me in the morning

The Detroit Red Wings tend not to win in Chicago, and the Wings caught a bit of a break as the Blackhawks did not have Wing-killer Corey Crawford in the lineup for Sunday's "brunch matinee," but the Blackhawks remained a stacked team without their starting goalie, so the Red Wings were in for a challenge in attempting to snap a two-game losing streak on Sunday.

The Red Wings most definitely played a game in which they salvaged some pride after losing to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Despite an 0-for-4 power play, the Wings shut out Chicago 4-0, with Petr Mrazek stopping 27 Blackhawks shots en route to a convincing victory over the in-flux Hawks.

Dylan Larkin, Mike Green, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi scored goals; Mantha and Bertuzzi had assists; Athanasiou had 2 assists.

Dominic Turgeon also had a fine debut, taking 1 shot, registering a takeaway, a faceoff loss and 3 blocked shots in 9:01 played for the Red Wings.

You may call this win "cold comfort" come April, but regardless of the Wings' direction from here on out, the Wings beat Chicago in Chicago on an NBC national game, and that felt really good.

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Video- Your Game Day Preview - Wings/Blackhawks

Puck drops just after 12:30pm ET and is on NBC.


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