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Per Chris Nichols...
And the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa (McKenzie says the Wings are getting calls on Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott as well):
Of prospect-related note:
In the KHL, the playoffs are already underway, and Alexander Kadeikin had 3 shots and played 14:43 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 2-1 win over Dynamo Minsk;
And in the Swiss NLA league, Joren van Pottelberghe stopped 16 of 17 shots in HC Davos' 4-1 win over Ambri-Piotta;
And here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:
Of multimedia-related note this evening:
1. The Red Wings are honoring Alex Delvecchio this evening, and they posted a Twitter video of the tribute they'll play at the rink this evening:
2. The Grand Rapids Griffins recently held "Lego night" at Van Andel Arena, posting three stop-motion videos...
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. The Red Wings posted their Game-Day Preview video ahead of tonight's game against the Islanders. Ken Kal sets up the game with coach Jeff Blashill, Anthony Mantha, Justin Abdelkader
2. Fox Sports Detroit's "The 313's" Rachel Elliott discusses the Red Wings' strong weekend worth of hockey...via Mickey Redmond:
Updated 2x at 1:27 PM: The Red Wings' morning skate and game day news cycle ahead of tonight's game against the Islanders (7:30 PM on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM) offered few surprises or scoops, but Brendan Smith did address the possibility that he might be traded, as noted by the Free Press's Helene St. James in text and video form...
“I only know Red Wings hockey and I like it,” Smith said after the morning skate. “That’s all I can say. I’ve loved every moment here, good and bad. They have made me a better player. I would like to continue to stay on the Wing path, but there is a business, and you never know what happens.”
The Wings have five defensemen under contract for next season, and Nick Jensen and Xavier Ouellet are restricted free agents this summer. Smith might not be back anyways, so trading him now to a team looking to go on a playoff run (Pittsburgh, for example, needs help on defense with two significant injuries) could yield a good return.
Smith says he will think about it as little as possible. He plans to be in Fort Lauderdale during the break, fitting in beach time around visiting his brother Reilly, who plays for the Florida Panthers. Smith said his brother, who has been traded twice, “has given me some good insight” into what it is like. “But really,” Smith said, “I am hoping to stick around and see how everything goes.
“I won't really think about it too much. If something happens, my agent will let me know, or I will see it on social media. It’s all speculation.”
St. James continues with Jeff Blashill's takes, and here's her video of Smith's comments:
Updated 3x at 1:32 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM), and the Wings' morning skate revealed few surprises (including Jimmy Howard not being quite ready to head down to Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint), as the Free Press's Helene St. James noted:
The Wings have a bit of swagger after a weekend that saw them topple the two best teams in the East in Washington and Pittsburgh. Petr Mrazek has been hot his last four starts, earning save percentages of .923, .944, .964 and .949, respectively.
Mrazek will likely start against Thomas Greiss as the Islanders open a 9-game road trip...
Mike Green was back with Danny DeKeyser at the morning skate after missing two games because of illness. Niklas Kronwall is with Xavier Ouellet and Brendan Smith with Nick Jensen.
Up front, Henrik Zetterberg is with Tomas Tatar and Anthony Mantha (they’ve contributed goals in two straight games), and Frans Nielsen is with Andreas Athanasiou and Thomas Vanek (who just scored his 15th goal of the season). Darren Helm is with Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader, and Riley Sheahan with Steve Ott and Luke Glendening.
The Islanders took to the ice for their morning skate after the Wings, per the Islanders...
The Red Wings are asking fans to vote for their favorite moment at Joe Louis Arena:
The Detroit Red Wings face the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM) with the Red Wings hoping to earn a pre-"Bye Week" win and the Islanders hoping to start a 9-game road trip on a positive note.
The Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena for their morning skate just after 10:30 AM, per MLive's Ansar Khan...
Of prospect-related note:
In the OHL, Filip Hronek had a goal and 3 assists on 6 shots as his Saginaw Spirit won 6-5 over the Sarnia Sting;
Givani Smith took 4 shots and a penalty in the Guelph Storm's 5-1 loss to Flint;
Jordan Sambrook finished at +1 with 2 shots in the Erie Otters' 4-3 win over Oshawa;
And in the ECHL, it's good to be the Toledo Walleye: their record is so good that the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that the ECHL-leading Toledo Walleye are going to start selling playoff tickets on Friday, February 24th.
The Detroit Red Wings will wrap up a slate of 3 games in 4 nights when they face the New York Islanders on Tuesday evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM).
The Red Wings will be looking to earn their third straight win on Tuesday, while the Islanders, who defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-4 on Sunday, will be looking to open a massive 9-game road trip with their second straight win.
The Islanders have alternated wins and losses over the past 6 games, splitting a Saturday-Sunday set of games against New Jersey, but they're still 10-4-and-2 under Doug Weight's tenure as interim head coach.
After taking part in an optional practice on Monday (with several injured players in tow) Newsday's Arthur Staple duly noted that the 27-21-10 Islanders, who are battling for a Wild Card spot, have been awful on the road:
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