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Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, Matt Lorito had a goal and 2 assists, Eric Tangradi had 2 assists, Mitch Callahan, Louis-Marc Aubry and Kyle Criscuolo scored and Cal Heeter stopped 33 of 34 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins won 4-1 over the Rockford IceHogs.
The Griffins' website filed a recap:
The Detroit Red Wings attempted to assuage an overtime loss to Florida on Thursday as they faced the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, starting Jared Coreau opposite the Penguins' All-Star shooters.
The Red Wings should have delivered Jared Coreau a win, but Detroit was unable to hold a 3-1 lead, dropping 4 3rd-period goals en route to a 5-3 loss. The Red Wings' defense and forwards simply lost coverage on several goals and were also incredibly turnover-happy, surrendering puck after puck in a set of unforced errors that afforded the Penguins easy goals and an easy two points in a game they should have won.
It wasn't fair to Coreau and it wasn't fair to the fans at home, frankly. Detroit played its worst 3rd period of the year, and Coreau was more than good enough to win the damn game, but the Wings were insufferable when it counted. This one hurts.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video, which includes comments from coach Blashill, Jared Coreau and Luke Glendening:
Here's the Griffins' Game-Day Preview ahead of the Griffins' battle with the Rockford IceHogs as well:
Yesterday, Newsday's Arthur Staple spoke with Frans Nielsen about his imminent return to Brooklyn as a member of the Red Wings, and today, the New York Times' Alan Kreda speaks with Nielsen about his decision to leave the Islanders for the Red Wings:
“I didn’t think I was going to leave, to be honest,” said Nielsen, who was drafted by the Islanders in 2002. “I always thought we would get a deal done. But I don’t have one bad thing to say about the Islanders organization.”
Nielsen said he pushed hard to agree on a new contract, but when negotiations dragged on, he had an opportunity to talk to other teams.
“That was the first time I ever thought about trying something else,” he said. “Before that, I did not want to leave. I never even thought about it.”
Nielsen's former teammates and coach weigh in on #51's return before NIelsen disusses the importance of Sunday's game:
As a reminder, the Saginaw Spirit (fFilip Hronek's team) and Windsor Spitfires are playing at Joe Louis Arena tomorrow in a "Farewell to the Joe" game at 4 PM, and the Stanley Cup will pay a visit, as the Blackburn News's Ricardo Veneza notes:
The Windsor Spitfires and the Saginaw Spirit hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena as part of the year-long send-off for the famous home of the Detroit Red Wings.
A new downtown arena is being built that will house the Wings and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.
Spitfires Associate Coach Trevor Letowski says his players are excited at the chance to play at the Joe.
“It means a lot,” says Letowski. “They all want to be National Hockey League players and just because of the proximity of Detroit, they follow the Red Wings. You know, just all the success they’ve had in that building, it’s pretty special for our guys to get that experience.”
Letowski feels the game will be have elements of both a road and a home game for the Spitfires.
“To me it’s a bonus for us. It’s right across the [Detroit River] and it’s an exciting atmosphere,” says Letowski. “I don’t know about a home game, but it certainly doesn’t feel like the regular road game though, so I think it’s beneficial for us.”
Veneza continues, and tickets cost $22 for the game and are general admission tix.
Updated 10x at 2:54 PM: The Red Wings had an eventful morning ahead of tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 PM EST on FSD/ROOT/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), with the Wings recalling Brian Lashoff and Tomas Nosek from Grand Rapids and the team choosing to start Jared Coreau opposite Marc-Andre Fleury during the morning skate.
PittsburghPenguins.com's Sam Kassian posted a game preview...
The Red Wings hope to spoil the Pengins' evening tonight in Pittsburgh (7 PM EST on FSD/ROOT/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM). The Penguins took to the ice first at the PPG Paints Arena, as noted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey...
Good morning from PPG Paints Arena, where the Penguins will skate at 10:30 a.m. and Daniel Sprong just finished his own workout.
Chris Kunitz is on the ice for the Penguins morning skate. Will be interesting to see if he plays tonight.
From the Red Wings:
Here's the Wings' press release:
The Red Wings will begin a slate of 3 games in 3 cities to be played over the course of 4 nights when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/ROOT/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM).
Neither team practiced in full on Friday--Pittsburgh held an "optional" with its scratches serving as the only participants as they're wrapping up a set of 3 games in 4 nights--but Pittsburgh is coming off a 6-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday.
The Penguins will be honoring their 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup Championship teams this evening.
While Marc-Andre Fleury back-stopped the Penguins' win on Thursday, the Penguins will probably go with Matt Murray in the nets tonight, as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Jonathan Bombulie notes, because the Penguins give Murray more "run support":
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Iowa Wild despite two goals and an assist from Martin Frk, a goal and two assists from Matt Lorito and a 25-save performance from Eddie Pasquale.
The Griffins' website filed a recap:
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