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The overnight report: Red Wings-Kings wrap-up: the 37.8 percent problem

The Red Wings attempted to rally from their embarrassing loss to the Arizona Coyotes against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night, and instead of rebounding, the Wings continued to struggle, losing 4-1 to an incredibly physical Kings team.

Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood figures that the Wings have their 4 pre-Christmas games to turn the season around; the Windsor Star's Bob Duff thinks that it's time to stick a fork in the Wings and call the playoff streak dead...

I'm somewhere in between. I don't believe that any amount of losing is going to cause a sell-off, nor do I believe that a losing season means that Jeff Blashill will be fired--not in Ken Holland's world, anyway (and he has another season remaining on his contract, too)...

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Red Wings-Kings quick take: bulldozed by bullies

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap out of an 0-2-and-1 home-ice slide when they faced the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday evening.

The Wings got the Kings' best, and the Wings got beat, losing 4-1. It was an incredibly disappointing effort because the Wings and Kings both came off of embarrassing losses, and it was LA playing the playground bully, beating up and beating on the Wings.

Detroit needs to get on the road after Saturday's game and get its shit together.

As Mickey Redmond noted, there were some poor calls against the Wings and poor non-calls against the Kings as well, but you can't play against the referees as well as your opponent--you can only deal with your opponent.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Thomas Vanek talks about playing in his 900th NHL game (playoffs included)

Thomas Vanek spoke with Kronen's Christian Reichel before playing in his 900th NHL game this evening, and what follows is roughly translated from German:

Vanek before his 900th NHL Game: "Pure madness!"

Debuted in 2005

Ice Hockey Star Thomas Vanek will be playing in his 900th NHL game this coming night, against the "Kings," and the native of Styria discussed how he's doing it and how long he'll continue to play:

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NHL.com teases highlights from episode 1 of ‘Road to the Outdoor Classics’

NHL.com's Amalie Benjamin describes the highlights of Epsiode 1 of "Road to the Outdoor Classics," and the Wings portion of the 4-team-chronicling series (which premieres tomorrow at 10 PM EST on Epix, Epix.com an NHL.com), and it sounds like the Red Wings will fare prominently in the series:

We see the dream of spirits raised in a downtrodden Detroit, a sense of a community coming together under a coach born in the city and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. We see Jeff Blashill, someone who understands just how his team can fill in the holes, even if briefly, for a city waiting for a resurgence.

In a lighter moment, we see the dream of a well-decorated house while visiting with Red Wings forwards Dylan Larkin and Luke Glendening as they try (with some success) to get the holiday lights strung just so and their stockings hung with care.

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We hear harsh words unleashed by Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg in a closed-door meeting as he sees a dream possibly slipping away.

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Prospect news: Griffins win big in matinee vs. Chicago

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins received goals from 7 different players, Kyle Criscuolo had a goal and 2 assists, Dominic Turgeon had 2 assists and Jared Coreau stopped 21 of 22 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Chicago Wolves 7-1 on Thursday afternoon.

The Griffins' website filed a recap:

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U.S. Women’s team practicing, will play vs. Canada at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth

From the Free Press's George Sipple:

Boston College junior defenseman Megan Keller (Farmington) returned home to Michigan this past week to take part in the USA Hockey Women’s Winter Training Camp. She’s among 37 players – along with forward Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton) -- vying for a spot on the U.S. Women’s Select Team, which will play exhibition games against Canada on Saturday at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth and on Dec. 19 in Sarnia, Ont.

Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on NBCSN as part of the first Team USA Winter Champions Series. The U.S. will host the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships from March 31 to April 7, 2017 at USA Hockey Arena.

Detroit Free Press sports writer George Sipple spoke to Keller about being back in her home state and her future goals.

On the practices this week: “They’re always intense when you get a very talented group of girls from all over the country together and they’re always high pace and a lot of fun. I know mostly everybody. I’ve either played against them or played with them. The player pool is very deep…. This camp is to keep preparing and working on the style of play that this program is going to use and we’re all still trying to earn a spot for that game on Saturday. We don’t find out until Saturday.”

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Jared Coreau on the life of an AHL-and-NHL goaltender

The Marquette Mining Journal's Ryan Stieg spoke with Red Wings prospect and former Northern Michigan University goaltender Jared Coreau regarding a wide range of topics, from his first NHL start against the Pittsburgh Penguins to the life of an AHL goaltender that occasionally subs as an NHL back-up.

The part of the interview in which Coreau details his life with the Grand Rapids Griffins and his call-ups with the Wings is actually very revealing:

When asked if it’s frustrating to always be wondering if he’d be called up again, Coreau said it’s not as bad as people might think.

“You just have to focus on the team that you’re with,” he said. “Everyone wants to get called up and that’s just professional hockey. You want be at the top.

“At the same time, it is a little bit flustering. I’ve been called up where we’ve been on the road and have only so many clothes and then I have to meet the Red Wings in Columbus or Florida or something, and I’m dressed for the winter.

“It can be very last minute. If you think that it might happen, you want to be ready, but at the same time, you don’t want to be too ready because you don’t want your head to be up there when you’re down here.”

Stieg continues, and his interview's definitely worth your time...

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; Larkin weighs in on his progress; must-win time

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Dylan Larkin regarding the learning curve he's attempting to master during his second NHL season:

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Thought Of The Joe

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Helene Elliott, on the memories she’ll take with her as she goes to the Joe for the last time:

Just memories of seeing some incredible hockey players. You know, it’s funny, Vladimir Konstantinov comes to mind immediately, and the tragedy that he went through. Pavel Datsyuk, Chris Osgood, Igor Larionov. You remember the moments and the games and the championships, and obviously the enthusiasm of the fans, the knowledge of the fans. It just was a terrific place to watch a hockey game, it really was. It could use some improvements, but everything kind of runs it course and it’s time for a new arena for them.

Elliott, on going to the Joe in the late ‘90s and early 2000s:

I had seen Larionov play Olympic hockey at an incredibly elite level for so long, and to be able to watch him and his wizardry and talk to him and get to know him a little bit, I mean, just an incredible guy to talk to. Just the professor, I mean, just such hockey knowledge. But you’d walk into that building and the Red Wings always had that air of, I don’t want to say over-confidence, but they had a swagger. They were a damn good team and they knew it, and they played such a good style of hockey, too. It wasn’t like it was, forgive me, the New Jersey Devils stifling hockey. The Red Wings could skate, the Red Wings could score, their defense was a lot better than people might remember, but they played complete hockey....

Rosen also spoke with some the LA players who have ties to Detroit, so read on and some great pictures too...

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Red Wings-Kings game-day articles: Zatkoff vs. Howard, Wings searching for offense

Updated 10x at 2:06 PM: The Red Wings held an optional moring skate ahead of tonight's game against Los Angeles (7:30 PM on FSD/FS West/97.1 FM), and while the beat writers reported that Darren Helm skated with the team, hes not hoping to return from his shoulder injury until January.

It also appears that Ryan Sproul will rejoin the lineup, as might Jonathan Ericsson, and Jimmy Howard will start opposite Jeff Zatkoff.

The Kings began their morning skate while the Wings' writers produced game-day articles, like this one from MLive's Ansar Khan:

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