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The Detroit Red Wings' 4-3 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets was their 2nd OT-or-shootout win in three nights and the team's 4th win in 5 tries on the road, and it represented two very, very necessary points as the Red Wings attempt to rally from their November struggles.
Detroit rallied from a 3-1 deficit and managed to earn one point before Henrik Zetterberg worked some magic in the shootout, affording the Wings a happy flight home despite a dreadful 1st period; the Jets felt that they let the Wings off the hook, or, as Andrew Copp suggested to CJOB's Christian Aumell, up off the surface of the ice:
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins opened a 4-game week on an unfortunate note, surrendering 1-0 and 2-1 leads en route to a 3-2 OT loss at the hands of the Cleveland Monsters.
The Griffins received a goal and an assist from Kyle Criscuolo and a goal from Evgeny Svechnikov, but not even a 39-save performance from Eddie Pasquale could save the Griffins from surrendering a point to their nemesis.
The Griffins' website filed a recap:
The Detroit Red Wings hoped to build upon Sunday's win over the New York Islanders as they headed to snowy Winnipeg to battle the Jets on Tuesday.
The Jets had won their previous game against the Wings and have tended to give the Red Wings long nights of late, and the Wings would have Patrik Laine, the league's leader in goals, to shut down on Tuesday evening.
The Red Wings had a helluva time with the Jets, surrendering the game's first goal, rallying for a 1-1 tie, and then surrendering goals to Byfuglien and Laine in the 1st period to suffer a 3-1 deficit.
Thankfully, the Wings ralllied with a pair of 2nd-period goals from Mantha and Vanek, the Wings switched up their lines a bit, and Detroit took it to the Jets in the 3rd, out-shooting them 10-3.
The Wings weren't able to dent Connor Hellebuyck in the 3rd or OT, but Mrazek was superb, stopping 31 shots, and the Wings were excellent in the shootout, with Zetterberg and Vanek out-scoring Laine as the Wings completed the rally, winning 4-3 in said shootout.
Now the Wings head home for their longest home-stand of the season, a 5-game affair which begins on Friday against Columbus.
Updated at 7:12 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video, which includes comments from Anthony Mantha, Brian Lashoff and coach Jeff Blashill:
2. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with the Wings and Jets regarding the threats the Jets provide, especially in the form of Patrik Laine:
Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea and Sherri Welch report that the Red Wings' parent company may retain the services of a company that specializes in sports-and-entertainment district development:
Detroit-based Olympia Development of Michigan, which recently lost its top executive, is in talks to involve The Cordish Cos., a Baltimore-based developer of mixed-use entertainment districts linked to professional sports venues around the country, in The District Detroit project, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Cordish transforms arenas and ballparks into year-round districts for people to live, work and play. The entertainment neighborhoods at the core of its developments are often branded as "Live!" districts with restaurants and sports-viewing options.
The 50-block District Detroit is anchored by Little Caesars Arena, which will be home to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons when it opens in September. Plans since the district plan was unveiled in 2014 call for housing, retail, office, entertainment, restaurant, bar and public green spaces — right in line with what Cordish is known for creating.
Cordish, founded in 1910, has developed projects with teams and media companies including the St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Flyers, NBC Sports, Fox Sports and Comcast, yielding high-profile entertainment districts including Ballpark Village in St. Louis with its Fox Sports Midwest Live! dining and entertainment district and Xfinity Live! centered in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.
Updated at 3:04 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Winnipeg Jets this evening (8 PM EST on FSD Plus/TSN 3/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed that Mark Scheifele won't be playing for the Jets and that Connor Hellebuyck and Petr Mrazek will face off in the nets this evening.
After the morning skate, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji offered an encouraging injury update via Twitter...
#RedWings Blashill said both Howard and Athanasiou should be ready for full practice Thursday.
As did the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
Blashill said Howard should be ready to go full practice Thursday and Athanasiou likewise...Marchenko might too but Blashill not sure
Illegal Curve's David Minuk filed a game preview...
Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye blew 2-0 and 4-1 leads on Tuesday morning, but they were able to rally in overtime, with Tyson Spink scoring the game-winner in the Walleye's 5-4 victory over the Fort Wayne Komets. The Walleye's website posted a recap:
The Red Wings face a stiff task as they prepare to battle the Winnipeg Jets this evening (8 PM EST on FSD Plus/TSN 3/97.1 FM).
Winnipeg's coming off a pair of victories over St. Louis and Chicago this past weekend, and the 13-13-and-2 Jets have won 4 of their past 5 games. The 12-11-and-3 Wings have split their past 4 games (2-1-and-1) and are coming into town having defeated the New York Islanders on Sunday.
Among MLive's Brendan Savage's Wings-Jets keys to the game:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch for this week:
Jets, Laine a challenge
... Patrik Laine, the second pick in this year's draft, leads all rookies with 16 goals and 23 points. Mark Scheifle leads the Jets with 26 points. Defenseman Jacob Trouba, who rescinded his trade request after signing with the Jets, has appeared in 13 games (no goals, three assists, minus-3).
Winnipeg is last in the league in shots per game (27.5) and Detroit is 29th (27.8). The Jets also are last in faceoff percentage (45.5 percent).
Protecting leads troublesome
Third periods have been quite the white-knuckle ride for this team in recent weeks. Detroit has squandered the lead or allowed the go-ahead goal in the third period in 11 of its past 16 games, losing many valuable points.
They've had difficulty getting the puck out of their end in some of the games, like in their 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday. Turnovers and defensive breakdowns also have contributed to some of the blown leads.
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