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From Yahoo Sports' Sean Leahy:
As is tradition in Finland, if you do something great on the international stage you’re going to get yourself a postage stamp.
Recall Mikael Granlund’s lacrosse-style goal during the semifinals of the 2011 World Championships received the honor and promptly sold out of supplies.
On Friday, the Finnish Post announced that the Young Lions of Finland’s gold medal-winning World Junior Championship team will get their own stamp which features Miro Keskitalo, Kasperi Kapanen and Vili Saarijarvi in the aftermath of Kapanen’s golden goal.
Updated 2x at 2:10 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. ESPN's Craig Custance penned a "prospect progress report" for the Atlantic Division, and here's what he said about the Red Wings in the Insider-only entry:
Detroit Red Wings
Preseason ranking: The Red Wings cracked the top 10 at No. 7, driven primarily by a mix of depth and how highly Pronman valued Dylan Larkin heading into this season.
Prospect making the most progress: Axel Holmstrom
Really, this could be a section devoted to Dylan Larkin, because no young player has blown the doors off his progress like Larkin has this season. But he’s going to the All-Star Game, so we’re moving him past "prospect" status and into "burgeoning NHL star" status.
That leaves Holmstrom as the next best option, in large part because of the breakout season he had last year in Sweden. His production has leveled off, but taken as a whole, Holmstrom’s progress since being selected in the seventh round of the 2014 draft is notable.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today traded defenseman Richard Nedomlel to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for future considerations.
Nedomlel, 22, appeared in a pair of games for the Grand Rapids Griffins this season and recorded a plus-1 rating and 20 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman also skated in 10 games for the Toledo Walleye this year and tallied two assists and 14 penalty minutes. The Prague, Czech Republic native spent the majority of the last two seasons in Toledo and recorded 11 goals, 21 assists and 206 penalty minutes in 109 games with the Walleye. Nedomlel was selected by the Red Wings in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
First up, Jeff Blashill....
Below watch Danny DeKeyser and Gustav Nyquist...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Pavel Datsyuk, who had a goal and two assists to spearhead a rally from a 2-0 deficit midway through the third period, said of Larkin: "He's good. He skates well, he handles the puck and shoots a lot. I think overtime is made for him."...
Larkin raced down the middle of the ice, split a pair of defenders in the slot but wasn't able to get a shot off. He quickly retrieved the puck in the corner, circled back out front, splitting two defenders again, and made a nice backhand pass to DeKeyser, who roofed a shot past goaltender Louis Domingue.
"I just tried to build up as much speed as possible," Larkin said. "I saw two (defenders), (Oliver) Ekman-Larsson and (Max) Domi, so I decided to go after Domi.
"Larks is such a strong skater; he kind of split in between those two guys and created a little bit of chaos right off that situation," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's on the puck a lot, so he's able to get back on the puck. He's a transporter, he's a shooter, but he can make a play, and he made a play there and good for Danny to bury it."
Said DeKeyser: "Anytime Larks and Pavel are on the ice, we try to hit Larks with some speed. He kind of swings and gets going. He's really flying out there so we try to hit him with the puck and I think Pav hit him right before the goal for a little breakaway. He almost buried that one but he made a nice play to set me up after that.
"His skill for a 19-year-old ... huge playmaker, and he really flies out there. So we try to hit him with speed when we can and just let him make plays."
Below, watch the game highlights from the Arizona broadcast point of view. The last words of the package from play-by-play guy Matt McConnell is "Dylan Larkin is special."
The Detroit Red Wings' somewhat improbable 3-2 OT win over the Phoenix Coyotes was the result of an improbable but impressive comeback, capped off with Danny DeKeyser's OT goal...
But the Coyotes didn't feel that it should've gotten that far:
The Detroit Red Wings played in a nasty game against the Arizona Coyotes, nothing less than a muck-and-grind, clutch-and-grab fest in which the Wings looked pretty toothless for the first 40 minutes, struggling their way to a 2-0 deficit against an impeccable Louis Dominigue and the Coyotes' young guns.
Everything changed halfway through the third period, when the Red Wings scored two power play goals in quick succession--Datsyuk made it 2-1 at 11:50, and Nyquist tied the game at 14:20 on the kind of net-front scrum that is often overturned, so the Coyotes challenged...
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
MLive's Ansar Khan asked Wings coach Jeff Blashill about his decisions in terms of defensive pairings, and Blashill answered as follows, speaking first about Mike Green and Brendan Smith:
"I look for the right chemistry on pairings," Blashill said. "I've never been somebody who's felt you need a stay-at-home with an offensive guy. In fact, sometimes that can be to the detriment.
"Guys that want to have the puck (playing) together, especially when there's a lefty and righty, you can really control play by moving together. So you have two guys that I would say are really good passers, where sometimes you get a defensive guy and they don't pass the puck as well or don't think on the same offensive wavelength.
"They've jumped in the play well. We want to be on the attack with our D-men. So I really like the chemistry, I think they've played very well together."
From the C & G Newspapers' Jason Carmel Davis:
A team of employees and executives from Sterling Heights-based Stahls’ International will take on a squad of former Detroit Red Wings in a game that will benefit the Clark Park Coalition at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Detroit’s Clark Park, and they’re taking the game seriously.
“We don’t want to get embarrassed,” said Paul Sabatini, sports marketing coordinator for Stahls’. The Stahls’ team features 17 players, all of whom have extensive experience on the ice.
“Within our offices, we have a lot of people who have played hockey, but we’ve never played together,” Sabatini said.
The game is being played as part of the Frozen Fish Fiasco — an annual set of outdoor hockey games played at the Clark Park Ice Rink — the only full-size outdoor rink in the city. The event is slated for Jan. 30-31.
The highlight of this year’s event is the matchup between the Stahls’ team and Red Wings alumni. The cost to attend the game is $5. There is no cost to attend the rest of the weekend’s games. One hundred percent of the funds raised from the event will benefit the Clark Park Coalition, according to Erica Swoish, of the Detroit-based Franco Public Relations Group.
According to the Clark Park website, funds raised from the event will go to the nonprofit Clark Park Coalition to help keep the park, located at 1130 Clark Ave., open and thriving for the neighborhood kids and to help make Detroit a better place to live.
Updated 3x at 4:02 PM: The Red Wings face the Arizona Coyotes this evening (9 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Arizona/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed very little in the way of scoops.
The Coyotes are hoping to win their 5th straight game this evening, as ArizonaCoyotes.com's Dave Vest noted:
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