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Red Wings-Kings morning skate Tweets and articles: Quincey returns, Miller out

The Detroit Red Wings aim to win their 5th straight road game against the Los Angeles Kings this evening (10:30 PM EST on FSD/FS West/Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific/97.1 FM).

The Wings are coming off of a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, and Detroit will start Jimmy Howard opposite Jonathan Quick.

Wings fans and the beat writers alike were waiting for news regarding Drew Miller, per DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

Waiting for morning skate at Staples Center. Hopefully, we'll learn more about Drew Miller's injury and how it affects #RedWings cap issues.

And this isn't necessarily surprising:

Jakub Kindl is on a plane to Charlotte where he'll join the Griffins.

Prior to the teams' morning skates, the Free Press's Helene St. James reported that the Wings were "status quo" with Kyle Quincey...

As of early this morning California time, the Wings had not made any moves to activate defenseman Kyle Quincey, as was the plan Sunday. Defenseman Jakub Kindl cleared waivers over the weekend, but sending him to the minors only gives the Wings $950,000 in salary cap relief. Quincey has a $2.4-million salary cap hit.

And St. James discussed Jimmy Howard's status as the Wings' starter this evening:

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An update on Alden Hirschfeld

Here's a quick update on Alden Hirschfeld, who had a seizure during the Grand Rapids Griffins-Milwaukee Admirals game last Friday, from WOOD Radio:

Grand Rapids Griffins Forward Alden Hirshfeld is at home with his family in Toledo after suffering a seizure during Friday Night's game at the Van Andel Arena.  

He's had a problem with seizures but never during a game before.  He gave fans quite a fright Friday night.  It was impossible to see what was going on with the crowd of people around him on the bench, and it was unnerving to see attendants start IV drips.  

He went to the hospital but was released on Saturday morning.  He stopped by the Arena to visit with teammates before traveling to Toledo.

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Petr Mrazek named NHL’s second star of the week

From the NHL:

OVECHKIN, MRAZEK AND BARRIE NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK

NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2016) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 10.

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SECOND STAR – PETR MRAZEK, G, DETROIT RED WINGS

Mrazek went 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Red Wings (22-13-7, 51 points) to three straight wins for the week as well as their fourth consecutive victory overall, all on the road. He opened the week by making 22 saves for his seventh career shutout (and second of the season) in a 1-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 4. Mrazek followed that performance by turning aside 35 of 36 shots in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Jan. 7. He closed the week with 30 stops in a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Jan. 10. The 23-year-old Ostrava, Czech Republic, native owns a 15-8-3 record in 28 appearances this season. He ranks sixth in the NHL in save percentage (.930) and places 10th in goals-against average (2.16).

Update: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned an article about Mrazek's play:

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Cox: Red Wings’ cap crunch will affect trade deadline strategy

Sportnset's Damien Cox weighs in on the Wings' salary cap crunch:

Detroit’s in a real salary cap squeeze, and for the first time in many years, the Red Wings appear unlikely to be aggressive at the trade deadline.

GM Ken Holland knows that the team only has one playoff win in four years, and that tinkering at the deadline in recent years has only cost him picks and prospects. Two years ago, for example, he acquired David Legwand from Nashville in a deal that cost him prospect Calle Jarnkrok.

Legwand didn’t help much, and two years later Jarnkrok is a useful player on an affordable contract with the Predators.

Last year, he gave up a second rounder and prospect Mattias Janmark to Dallas to bring in Erik Cole. Cole was of little assistance to Detroit and Janmark’s a young regular for the Stars.

This season, the Wings have already lost Landon Ferraro on waivers, and are squeezed now on the cap after nobody wanted to pick up defenceman Jakub Kindl on waivers over the weekend. Kindl at least can be injury insurance for the Wings the rest of the way, and unless the Wings get really hot over the next month-and-a-half, Kindl might represent the only extra depth Holland will choose to have on hand this season as he looks to keep picks and prospects rather than ship them elsewhere.

Cox continues with other topics, and I do agree with Cox's assessment that the Wings' most recent prospect-for-veteran-at-the-deadline trades haven't helped the team...

But the truth of the matter is that Holland is a consummate "tire-kicker" who likes bringing veterans in at the deadline, and I would not be surprised if the Wings add a journeyman at the deadline if they can make it work cap-wise.

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Salary Cap Talk On The Wings

via Frank Seravalli of TSN,

What does Red Wings GM Ken Holland have up his sleeve this summer?

When Holland put Jakub Kindl on waivers Saturday, he told reporters Detroit has approximately a $66 million cap to work with (rather than $71.4 million) this season thanks to injuries and long-term injury exception. As GeneralFanager.com explained, that is likely an “internal” Red Wings cap number, with the goal to avoid having an “overage” applied to next season.

Dylan Larkin ($350,000), Brad Richards ($1 million) and Alexey Marchenko ($150,000) all have potential performance bonuses to be paid. If the Wings are over the cap in real dollars (using the LTIR exception to stay under), those bonuses would be applied on next year’s cap. Petr Mrazek, Danny DeKeyser, Teemu Pulkkinen, Marchenko and Riley Sheahan are all RFAs requiring new deals. Kyle Quincey headlines Detroit’s pack of UFAs.

Holland has approximately $53 million committed to 14 players for next season. Any little bit of cap space saved from an overage will count if Holland has his sights set on a big-ticket free agent in July.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Ducks wrap-up and Wings-Kings set-up

The Detroit Red Wings will prepare to face off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight (10:30 PM EST on FSD/FS West/Sportsnet East/Sportsnet Ontario/Sportsnet Pacifici/97.1 FM) with "one to grow upon":

The Wings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Sunday night, and even had the Wings lost--in addition to losing Drew Miller in the process--it wouldn't have been a total loss:

While the Anaheim Ducks insisted that the goalposts weren't their friends, and that Petr Mrazek's impact upon the game was as much a matter of luck and goalposts as skill, there's no doubt that having the NHL's worst-ranked offense didn't help them, and that's what the Ducks focused upon when they spoke with the LA Daily News's Elliott Teaford:

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Khan: Miller will need MRI for ‘lower-body injury’

This is not good news subsequent to the Wings' 2-1 win over Anaheim:

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Prospect news: Marsh posts 2 assists; Saarijarvi sits

Of prospect-related note:

In the Swedish J20 league, Joren Van Pottelberghe stopped 30 of 34 shots in Linkopings HC's 4-3 loss to Modo;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh had 2 assists in the Saint John Sea Dogs' 5-4 win over Rimouski;

In the OHL, Vili Saarijarvi didn't play in the Flint Firebirds' 4-1 loss to Guelph;

And in the WHL, Dominic Turgeon didn't fare in the scoring in his Portland Winterhawks' 3-0 loss to Kamloops.

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Red Wings-Ducks quick take: Wings win a playoff game in January

The schedule-maker did the Red Wings no favors in pitting them against the resurgent Anaheim Ducks on Sunday evening. After wallowing at the bottom of the Pacific Division for the vast majority of the first half of the season, the Ducks have rebounded in a big way, and have gone 5-and-2 over their past 7 home games. The Wings, kicking off a set of back-to-back games against Anaheim and Los Angeles, had to dig down deep to attempt to stifle the Ducks' forward momentum.

Detroit had to dig very deep to defeat the Ducks 2-1. The Wings opened the scoring only 16 seconds in on a Tomas Tatar goal, but the Ducks rallied some 13 minutes later, and the Wings and Ducks bore down upon a vicious 1-1 tie for the next forty-three minutes, a tie in which Petr Mrazek and John Gibson were superb and the level of play was April intense...

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‘Roughly Translated’: Ken Holland discusses Axel Holmstrom’s future and more

Via RedWingsFeed, Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom had a conversation with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Axel Holmstrom's future and the performance of the Red Wings' current Swedes. What follows is a rough translation of Nordstrom's interview:

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