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Wings-Flames suspensions: Kypreos reports Witkowski gets 10 games, Tkachuk to have hearing with NHL

From Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos:

More to come...Definitely more to come.

And Sportsnet's Jeff Marek and John Shannon had a chat about this:


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Custance: Trevor Daley’s got a rib injury

Well this is unfortunate:

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Telling the story of Detroit’s Clark Park

Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus tells the tale of a filmmaker who's produced a documentary about Detroit's Clark Park:

When he moved to Detroit in 2014, [Marquette's Troy] Anderson started volunteering at Clark Park as a hockey coach. Right away, he knew he wanted to film a project there, though he wasn’t quite sure what kind.

Fast forward three years to Wednesday night, and Anderson debuted his new mini-documentary in Detroit in front of Clark Park Coalition members, volunteers, friends and – to his surprise – his own mother made the trip down from Marquette. His film, which tells the rich history of Clark Park’s outdoor rink and hockey program, ultimately combined the two passions in his life: hockey and video production.

“The whole reason why I did this is the kids in southwest Detroit,” Anderson said. “Their only experience playing hockey – for most of them – is when it’s cold enough to skate at Clark Park. And there’s some really good hockey players, whom I’ve been able to coach the last couple years. I want them to be able to have the same experience I grew up having in Marquette playing travel hockey and being able to get different life experiences through the game. It’s a challenge for us at the Clark Park Coalition to get ice time in the fall and in the spring when the ice isn’t in, so hopefully something like this documentary will open up the work that the Clark Park Coalition does to a different audience. And hopefully move some people enough to contribute to the work that Clark Park Coalition is doing.”

The 34-minute film tells hockey stories from the early days of Clark Park and highlights many of the pioneers – from many different backgrounds – that kept the program going over the years.

Kubus continues, and the documentary is both available to view on MIHockeynow.com and on Anderson's Kickstarter page.

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Afternoon news: Praise for the youth movement, praise for Mantha, and Tweets of note

Updated at 4:38 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's off-day notebook...

What have been the keys for the emergence this season for Mantha, Larkin and Athanasiou?

Certainly their consistency offensively is one factor. They’re scoring at a steady clip, which is giving the Red Wings an opportunity to win every night. But they’re playing well on the defensive end of the rink, which wasn’t always the case last season.

“They’ve been real good,” Blashill said. “They’re playing fairly complete games, which doesn’t just translate to points, it translate to winning. That’s a real important thing for people to remember.

“Those guys and myself have talked lots about it. We want to be winning hockey players, not point players, and they’ve done a real good job of that. They’ve played complete games and they’re obviously real talented guys. We need guys to step up and produce and certainly they’re guys that can do it.”

Kulfan continues...

2. Of note from MLive's Ansar Khan's feature story regarding Anthony Mantha:

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Please, please, take your seat

From WDIV's Jamie Edmonds, prior to Wednesday's Wings-Flames game:

The Detroit Red Wings have played six regular-season home games since moving to Little Caesars Arena, and while all of them have been announced as sellouts, there have been plenty of empty seats in the arena.

Officials are now trying to do something about the attendance issue. There's a new policy to try to get fans to stay in their seats during the games.

As hockey fans know, you can't move around when the puck is in play, but starting Wednesday night while the Red Wings battle the Flames, that's changing


A letter went out to Red Wings staff members Tuesday night with a policy change.

"We are going to allow guests to go to their seats during the first few minutes of the first, second and third periods while the puck is in play just until the initial rush at the beginning of the game and after the intermissions end," the letter said.

After the rush, rules will go back to normal, and fans will have to wait for a whistle to get to their seats. Many fans said they don't like the idea, even if it's only for a few minutes per period..

Edmonds continues, and it still looks like about half the seats are "sold but unoccupied by fans in attendance enjoying the various amenities and clubs" at Little Caesars Arena.

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Jeff Blashill appears on The Fan 590 to talk about the Flames brawl, Wings’ 8-2 win over Calgary

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill appeared on Sportsnet's Hockeycentral at Noon, speaking with Darren Millard, Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean about last night's brawl...among other topics, over the course of a nearly 8-minute interview. Blashill stated that the Wings "won't be pushed around" by other teams, and he praised the performances of Mantha, Larkin and Athanasiou:

Update: Sportsnet's Gary Galley was on Hockeycentral at Noon as well, playing up the Hamonic-Mantha scrap:

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HSJ on Athanasiou, Larkin and Mantha

The Free Press's Helene St. James weighs in on the progress made by Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, who all registered 3 point games against the Calgary FLames last night:

“They are playing fairly complete games which doesn’t just translate to points, it translates to winning,” coach Jeff Blashill said afterward. “That’s a real important thing I think for people to remember — we want winning hockey players, not point players, and they’ve done a real good job of that. They’ve played complete games. They’re obviously really talented guys. We need guys to step up and produce and they’re guys that can do it.”

The brawls that erupted in the third period demanded attention, but the score gave evidence why the Wings are confident they can make their way into the playoff picture even as they are largely the same group that missed out last season.

Mantha had two goals and it is the way he scored them that is encouraging. Both times he was around the net during power plays, using his 6-foot-5, 220-odd pound body as a bulldozer.

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Custance: on Mantha’s big night at the Dough Joe/LCA

The Red Wings engaged in a spirited brawl against the Calgary Flames last night and the Red Wings also thoroughly defeated Calgary on the scoreboard, winning an 8-2 decision. As The Athletic's Craig Custance notes, Anthony Mantha's Gordie Howe Hat Trick hinted at  elite levels of scoring and playmaking as well as the ability to doff gloves and throw 'em:

The truth is, the late-game donnybrook wasn’t the most important development in what was the most entertaining Red Wings game of the season. It was certainly overshadowed, but this game was about Anthony Mantha. And to a lesser extent, his young, talented counterparts Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou.

This win only means anything in the bigger picture of the Red Wings organization if Mantha truly is as good as he suddenly appears to be.

Asked if he was on the prowl for a Gordie Howe hat trick, Mantha smiled and acknowledged he was aware of it. But his mind was on something else

“I was trying to get my hat trick, my normal hat trick before that,” he said.

By this point it was almost an afterthought – he had two goals going into those crazy final five minutes.

All the skills that have made him such an enticing prospect for years were on display.

Custance cntinues...

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Red Wings, Flames waiting on a DoPS decision

From TSN's Darren Dreger...

And The Athletic's Craig Custance:

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Red Wings announce details of Toast of Hockeytown

The Detroit Red Wings have announced the details of this year's Toast of Hockeytown:

18th Annual Toast of Hockeytown tickets now on sale
Annual event takes place on Thursday, Jan. 18 for the first time at Little Caesars Arena

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings Foundation today announced that tickets to the 18th Annual Toast of Hockeytown are now on sale. The exclusive event will be held for the first time on the covered ice at the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Only 650 tickets are available for this annually sold-out event that raises funds to benefit the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.

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