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Red Wings-Sharks game-day articles: On ‘the starter,’ Datsyuk and Kronwall’s leadership

Updated 6x at 4:00 PM:

At the morning skate, the Wings' beat writers revealed that Pavel Datsyuk won't be playing tonight as his "lower-body injury" hasn't met Datsyuk's healed-enough-for-a-game threshold, that Erik Cole won't be playing tonight as his "upper-body injury" is still aggravating him, that Jakub Kindl won't be playing because Niklas Kronwall is ready to return, and Jimmy Howard will be playing as the Wings' "starter" because the Red Wings' coach is getting a little gruff regarding Howard's ahead of tonight's game against San Jose (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM).

I hate to play "read the tea leaves," but Howard might be "the starter until he's not the starter" for more than one reason this evening:

Howard's 12 years older than the "Brawl in Hockeytown" which turned 19 today (so he's 31).

The San Jose Sharks' morning skate didn't get the same Twitter treatment, so the Mercury News's Davd Pollak revealed the player who would oppose Howard...

First off ice for #SJSharks: Niemi.

Speaking of history, the Red Wings' Game Day Blog posited several historical notes...

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Red Wings-Sharks morning skate Tweets and articles: Howard starts, Kronwall in, Datsyuk out

Updated 7x at 11:37: Howard starts, Kronwall in, Cole, Kindl, Datsyuk out

With questions about both coaches' futures swirling (TSN's Travis Yost just posited a "fancy stats" explanation of why Babcock's the best coach slated to be on the market this summer), a City Council "reveal" of plans regarding the Wings' follow-on rink in the offing, and the Wings in a massive march slump, the Detroit Red Wings hope to get back on track against the San Jose Sharks this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM; it's an O'Halloran game, too).

NHL.com posted a pretty solid video preview of tonight's affair:

In the FYI and prospect departments:

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Mikael Samuelsson Hangs Up His Skates

 

Probably his most memorable goal as a member of the Detroit Red Wings is below...

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‘Two things’: on Babcock and a DeKeyser Q and A

In lieu of a more formal mid-day news post, I find it ironic that even NHL.com's Dan Rosen's mailbag answer regarding a topic heating back up continues to ignore what Mike Babcock and Ken Holland suggested prior to the regular season--that it was more likely than not that Babcock would not sign a contract extension with Detroit after the regular season and playoff run are over so that the coach could focus on hockey instead of negotiating a salary...

How can these Mike Babcock "could" leave the Red Wings rumors continue? As rumors go, this feels incredibly daft? -- @Hoskinsauce

They can continue and will continue until Babcock signs a new contract to stay with the Detroit Red Wings or announces he is leaving Detroit to become a coaching free agent, which in my opinion would make him the most sought after free agent in the NHL this summer. Babcock hasn't discussed his future in Detroit beyond this season for quite some time. There might be quiet, behind-the-scenes negotiating going on between him and general manager Ken Holland, but it's more likely that they're focused on trying to win this season and will address the issue of his future at the end of the season. The longer it goes, the more the rumor will persist. Babcock will have plenty of options and a lot of money thrown at him if he decides to leave Detroit. The Toronto Maple Leafs certainly will court him, but would Babcock want to go into a rebuilding situation?

(No)...

And MLive's Brendan Savage conducted a Q and A with Danny DeKeyser:

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Wings-Coyotes quick-and-late-take: What an incredibly frustrating game

Aside from Mike Smith's James Brown concert reenactment and Shane Doan attempting to smash opponents' knees into the boards and then twist/stomp to snap knee ligaments--and watching the officials sort of shrug the Smith-started-it-with-a-stick-to-Helm's-face, dude-humps-Helm's-stick and all the clutching and grabbing go--because the new "standard of officiating" is just hideously poor on all sides of the puck (and Mike Smith is nothing less than a disgusting actor who consists of 3-day-old human squaline)...

Taking in last night's Wings-Coyotes game as a fan was an incredibly frustrating experence, and that frustration didn't just stem from Jimmy Howard's crappy goaltending.

It was a game where the Wings simply played dumb hockey against a team that probably came into its road trip hoping to beat a Wings team it still despises (that was quite evident in the level of physicality last night, even if the personnel is different, the remaining Coyotes from the playoff series [plural] between the teams let the new guys know that this game was for all the marbles), it was a game in which the Wings took nearly 40 shots but refused to attack the net, it was a game where Niklas Kronwall's absence, Erik Cole having to duck out and Luke Glendening leaving for a short period of time seemed to paralyze the team...

And it was a game in which the Wings got the point they needed to make it very hard for the Senators or Bruins to gain ground, but in every other facet, the Wings laid several eggs on ice.

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Sipple: Erik Cole to miss 3 games with ‘Upper-Body Injury’; Kronwall ‘day to day,’ Datsyuk ‘close’

Updated 5x at 3 PM: Oh boy. Per the Free Press's George Sipple...

Update:

Update #2: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and MLive's Ansar Khan confirm that Erik Cole will be out until Tuesday at the earliest and that Kronwall and Datsyuk are "closer":

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Jakub Kindl Had A Good Game

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl made the most of his opportunity to play Tuesday night, with a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

Kindl had been scratched for 10 consecutive games. He got the chance to play because Niklas Kronwall was a late scratch with a lower-body injury.

The Wings are taking today off, and it's unclear whether Kronwall will miss Thursday's home game against the San Jose Sharks (7:30 p.m., FSD).

"I thought he did a good job," Wings coach Mike Babcock said of Kindl. "He could have closed tighter on the guy (who scored) the first goal of the game, but he got a goal and assist."

Babcock said Kindl made a "big-time pass" to set up a breakaway goal by Justin Abdelkader.

"You have to give the kid credit, he hasn't played since (Marek) Zidlicky arrived and came in and had an impact on the game," Babcock said.

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Video- About The Detroit Red Wings Loss To The Arizona Coyotes

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings haven't gained any momentum this month.

They're coming off their worst 10-game segment this season (3-6-1), a stretch in which they failed to win back-to-back games.

"There's always concern, but when I look at our last little bit of games here I like how hard we played," coach Mike Babcock said.

That includes Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the lowly Arizona Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings controlled most of the play and outshot the Coyotes 37-22, but Jimmy Howard, who's lacked consistency since returning six weeks ago from a groin injury, wasn't sharp, particularly on Mark Arcobello's winning goal at 3:08 of OT.

"We came out, we were organized, we came after them," Babcock said. "They scored. We didn't score as (much). I thought (Coyotes goalie Mike) Smith made some real good saves for them."

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Below, watch Mike Babcock post-game and their is no update on the injuries to Kronwall and Cole.

added Darren Helm's slash on Mike Smith below....

added 10:06am, Hit on Glendening is below...

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Wings/Coyotes Recap

Arizona defeats Detroit 5-4 in OT.

This game had 'that' feel to it after Detroit started out strong but could not score.

Goals are below and feel free to give your thoughts.

George was at the game and may or may not have a complete summary later tonight.

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Decision Time Coming For Dylan Larkin

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Michigan freshman forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin has a big decision to make in the next week.

U-M coach Red Berenson would like Larkin to return for his sophomore season. The Wolverines could have one of the best teams in college hockey next season, and Larkin, the Big Ten freshman of the year, would be a serious candidate to win the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in the country.

The Red Wings apparently are going to let Larkin decide whether he wants to begin his pro career now or later. Larkin was chosen 15th overall by the Wings in the 2014 draft.

Larkin, 18, could leave and immediately play for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League or wait and start fresh in Wings training camp next season. It's unlikely that he would be able to make an immediate jump from college to the NHL.

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