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Prospect news: Vahatalo scores; Sambrook bests Saarijarvi; Griffins file weekly release

Of prospect-related note:

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo scored the 1-0 goal and played 10:57 in TPS Turku's 3-1 win over Assat;

In the Swiss NLA league, Joren van Pottelberghe served as the back-up in HC Davos' 5-2 loss to EV Zug;

In the OHL, Jordan Sambrook finished at +1 with 1 shot as his Erie Otters defeated the Mississauga Steelheads 9-2. Vili Saarijarvi [edit: scored a goal and /end edit] finished at -1 with 3 shots for Mississauga.

And the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release:

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Ted Lindsay visits Joe Louis Arena for ‘Ted Lindsay Night’

Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay was at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday night, honored by the team, and Lindsay dropped the puck between Jamie Benn and Henrik Zetterberg:

Before the game, Lindsay spoke with the media, as noted by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff...

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FSD: Dave Strader and Mickey Redmond reminisce

Fox Sports Detroit posted Mickey Redmond's 2nd intermission interview with Dave Strader...

And NHL.com posted Strader calling the Stars' lineup:

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Red Wings-Stars quick take: Larkin, Mantha, Mrazek star in Wings’ win

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to rebound from an overtime loss to Montreal as they faced the Dallas Stars on Tuesday evening.

The Red Wings were out-shot 17-3 in the 3rd period as Dallas desperately attempted to tie the game, and the WIngs surrendered the first goal only 16 seconds in...

But Detroit rallied from that 1-0 deficit to tie the game on a Larkin marker and go ahead on an Anthony Mantha goal, and Petr Mrazek was astonishingly good in the 3rd period, allowing the Wings to emerge with a 3-1 win over the Stars.

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video and Wings-Stars previews; on Ouellet and Dave Strader

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview video, which includes comments from Tomas Jurco, Niklas Kronwall and Jeff Blashill:

2. Regarding tonight's opponent, the Dallas News's Mike Heika posted a game preview...

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Holland weighs in on Dylan Larkin’s slow start

The CBC's Mike Brophy spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding Dylan Larkin's slow start to the 2016-17 season:

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is not the least bit surprised by sophomore Dylan Larkin's relatively low production through the first quarter of the 2016-17 season.

While Larkin's six goals through 22 games leads the Red Wings, the 20-year-old forward had just seven points. In his past 11 games the Waterford, Mich., native has two goals and was pointless in nine games.

For a kid who managed 23 goals and 45 points as a 19-year-old rookie, Larkin's lack of production was a bit surprising. To everyone but Holland.

"Dylan got off to a great start to his NHL career and then the league kicked in," Holland says. "Whenever you see a young player start to play good you'll see the league start to make adjustments and it gets harder to produce offence."

Holland says preparation for games by NHL coaching staffs is at an all-time high. Young players especially, Holland says, find they need to make adjustments to their game.

"Coaches do videos and X's and O's and they watch the three previous games," Holland says. "They look at the line combinations and who's doing what. When you are a kid you're not on the clips, but as you start to have success all of a sudden the other coach has clips showing what you do. People notice Dylan skates fast so they back off or they stand him up. Then it's up to the young players to adjust. Dylan is figuring out the league as the league is figuring him out."

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Red Wings-Stars game-day articles: Wings focus on offensive zone pressure as they prepare for Stars

Updated 4x at 1:54 PM: The Detroit Red Wings held their morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Dallas Stars (7:30 PM on FSD/FS SW/97.1 FM), and MLive's Ansar Khan reported no lineup changes save Tomas Jurco and Steve Ott entering the lineup at Drew Miller's expense on the fourth line.

After the morning skate, MLive's Khan posted videos of Xavier Ouellet discussing his attempts to stick in the lineup...

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Red Wings-Stars morning skate Tweets and articles: Wings sticking with Saturday’s lines

Updated 2x at 11:52 AM:

The Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Dallas Stars this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/FS SW/97.1 FM), and the Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena just after 10:30 AM for their morning skate, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

#RedWings lines at skate:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Mantha
Abdelkader-Nielsen-Glendening
Nyquist-Larkin-Vanek
Jurco-Sheahan-Ott
Miller (extra)

...

#RedWings defense pairs:
DeKeyser-Green
Kronwall-Ouellet
Ericsson-Sproul

...

#RedWings power-play units:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Mantha (net front), Kronwall-Sproul
And
Larkin-Nielsen-Nyquist, Vanek (net front), Green

(Petr Mrazek will start opposite either Antti Niemi or Kari Lehtonen tonight)

The Red Wings also said, "Hello"...

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NHL.com profiles Mark Howe ahead of the Lester Patrick Trophy ceremony

NHL.com's Adam Kimelman profiles Mark Howe ahead of Wednesday's Lester Patrick Trophy ceremony:

Mark Howe has spent his life in hockey and considers it the best possible life to have lived.

His contributions to the game will be rewarded when he receives the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

"I have a passion for the game, a love for the game," Howe said. "I'm 61 years old. I'm very fortunate to have been with some great organizations and to be involved in a sport, and to receive an award like this is very, very special."

Howe and ECHL co-founder Pat Kelly will receive the Lester Patrick Trophy in Philadelphia on Wednesday, along with the 2016 inductees into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame: former NHL player Craig Janney, longtime high school hockey coach Bill Belisle and the 1996 U.S. World Cup team.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Stars set-up

The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to rebound from Saturday's loss to Montreal when they face the Dallas Stars this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS SW/97.1 FM).

Dallas will be coming into town having dropped a 4-3 OT decision to the St. Louis Blues on Monday night, with Antti Niemi stopping 27 of 31 shots in defeat (so we will probably see Kari Lehtonen starting opposite Petr Mrazek this evening).

Despite their OT loss, Dallas boasts an 9-8-and-6 record, and they've earned at least one point in 3 of their past 4 games;  Detroit's 10-10-and-2 record includes 2 wins in their past 3 games and a 3-game point streak.

The Stars' loss to St. Louis was still a point gained as Dallas rallied from a 3-2 deficit to force overtime on Monday, as NHL.com's Louie Korac noted:

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