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Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video ahead of tonight's game against Anaheim:
2. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill about his decision to start Jimmy Howard this evening:
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Top rookie Dylan Larkin remains in the Calder Trophy discussion after scoring his 15th goal of the season against Buffalo. Larkin’s 32 points are second among first-year players to Chicago’s Artemi Panarin, who has 45.
"He’s a really good young player," Boudreau said. "There’s no doubt about it. He’s extremely quick. [Our defense has] faced quick players before. Whether he needs it or not, he won’t get too much special attention.
"But that line is their best line. We wil make sure that we try to get our best defensive line out against them."
more on the Wings and Ducks plus Stephens says Howard is starting for Detroit...
FYI: If you go to tonight's Red Wings-Ducks game, the Wings are accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations to benefit Gleaners Food Bank:
Updated 4x at 2:32 PM:
The Red Wings face the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena this evening (7 PM EST start on FSD/FS SD/Prime/City TV/97.1 FM), and the Wings didn't hold a morning skate due to the back-to-back game slate.
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose "dropped some knowledge"...
On this day in 1944, the #RedWings beat the @NYRangers, 15-0, which remains the most-lopsided game in @NHL history.
Last night's 3-0 win at First Niagara Center was the first time the #RedWings claimed a shutout victory in Buffalo in 63 all-time games.
And the Free Press's Helene St. James filed a game-day preview:
From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman:
And the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Ditto for MLive's Ansar Khan...
Here are a few "morning after" videos subsequent to the Red Wings' 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night:
1. AWood40 posted a set of annotated highlights:
2. Via RedWingsFeed, the Red Wings posted clips of post-game comments from Dylan Larkin...
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
The Red Wings had 18 of their 45 shots in the third period, when Larkin snapped a scoreless tie less than five minutes after getting whacked in the face by the stick of Buffalo's Marcus Foligno.
Detroit couldn't score on the four-minute power play but Larkin finally connected for his 15th goal of the season – and as it turned out, team-leading fifth game winner – with 7:59 to play.
But he made an even better play to set up the insurance goal, threading a pass between three Buffalo defenders to captain Henrik Zetterberg, who was crashing the net on the other side of the ice.
Zetterberg made it 2-0 with 2:51 left before Luke Glendening's empty netter ended the scoring.
"I think everyone in the rink saw it but the five Sabres guys on the ice," Larkin said. "I saw him coming back. It was a great play. It wouldn't be a great play if the finish wasn't there so it was great patience by him."
Mrazek made 19 saves while recording his eighth career shutout as the Red Wings' snapped a two-game losing streak after being held to one goal in both of those losses.
"I thought Petr was real good," coach Jeff Blashill told DetroitRedWings.com. "The one thing with the lack of scoring is we really can't afford any mistakes and a game like that where I thought we were carrying large parts of the play, if a goalie makes a mistake, then the momentum switches big time.
Watch the extended game highlights below...
The Red Wings got their magic working on Friday. It just took 52 minutes for the magic to get going. When it did, Detroit defeated the Buffalo Sabres, and Dylan Larkin and Henrik Zetterberg did this:
Although DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported that Larkin didn't lose or chip a tooth, the "Dylan Larkin Hat Trick," a.k.a. a goal, an assist and a bloody mouth (per WXYZ's Brad Galli) was in full effect on Friday, and Petr Mrazek was sparking in stopping 19 shots.
The Wings flew back home to take on the Anaheim Ducks (7 PM EST start on FSD/FS SD/Prime/CITY TV/97.1 FM) knowing that Anaheim didn't play against the Washington Capitals due to "Winter Storm Jonas," and instead watched the Wings play from a Metro Detroit hotel.
Sabres goalie Robin Lehner did his best to make sure that the Ducks and Wings fans alike had to wait for the Wings' fireworks, as Buffalo Hockey Beat's Bill Hoppe noted:
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins scored the game's first goal and rallied from a 2-1 deficit to the Rochester Americans, but Grand Rapids then surrendered 2 more goals and eventually an empty-netter in what ended up as a 5-3 loss to Rochester.
Tom McCollum stopped 44 of the 48 shots he faced, Ryan Sproul scored his 2nd goal in 2 games and Jakub Kindl added a marker, but neither were enough for the Griffins to climb out of a 3rd period deficit.
The Griffins' website posted a recap...
The Red Wings have played the Sabres enough times this season to know that they're going to battle an opponent that gives them two hands full of pluck, scoring potential, strong goaltending and a bit of an edge. Friday's meeting was the Wings' fifth with Buffalo this season, and an underestimation was out the window.
The Wings earned their 3rd win in 4 tries against the Sabres, defeating Buffalo 3-0, and the Wings were the one thing that fans aren't--incredibly patient--as the game remained scoreless for 52:01.
In a game where Detroit out-shot Buffalo 45-19 and out-attempted them 76-46, Detroit went 0-for-4 in 8 minutes of PP time, including a massive 4-minute PP on the Sabres halfway through the third, but instead of fading, Detroit was patient, Detroit was persistent, Detroit kept peppering Robin Lehner while blocking and helping Petr Mrazek see the shots he faced, and eventually, after an interminable wait...
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