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Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, Tom McCollum stopped 41 of 43 shots and Mitch Callahan scored the OT winner as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Lake Erie Monsters 3-2. The Griffins' website posted a recap...
The Detroit Red Wings take on the Florida Panthers in the only game on the NHL schedule this afternoon (2 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM; this game is being played opposite the CFL's Grey Cup, so not everybody will be watching).
The Panthers have been something of a thorn in the Wings' side--winning 3 of 4 games from the Wings last season and 5 of their past 6 at the Joe--and as such, the Wings will have to be on their toes, especially given that the Wings have frittered away 3rd period leads 4 times over the last 6 games, including Friday's 4-3 OT win over Edmonton.
The Wings will start Petr Mrazek against (most likely) Roberto Luongo today, and Tomas Jurco and Jakub Kindl will draw back into the lineup, though we're not sure for whom they'll substitute yet.
For the Panthers, who are coming off a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Islanders on Friday, today's game represents a key opportunity to get off on the right foot as a 5-game road trip begins. The Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov spoke with the Panthers about said trip:
While the Panthers did salvage the last game of a 2-2-1 homestand and went 4-3-1 in an eight-game stretch in Florida, they're no longer satisfied with being a .500 team as they embark on a nine-day, five-game road trip beginning in Detroit Sunday afternoon.
"It's a divisional game and a team we're chasing," Luongo said of Detroit. "We can't think of the big picture right now. It's a huge road trip and we want to focus on Detroit first."
Updated 5x at 5:27 PM: Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill threw some curves on Saturday, informing the media that Petr Mrazek would start on Sunday and that both Tomas Jurco and Jakub Kindl would play against the Florida Panthers on Sunday (2 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).
The Panthers will have Jaromir Jagr in the lineup as well, but pain-in-the-Wings'-side Dmitry Kulikov is out.
MLive's Ansar Khan filed a practice report, speaking with Jakub Kindl about his return to the lineup:
The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena today, preparing for Sunday''s game against the Florida Panthers (2 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).
Jaromir Jagr on the ice for #FlaPanthers practice.
Dmitry Kulikov is on the ice at #FlaPanthers pracitce. No sign of Alex Petrovic. Updates coming up later.
#FlaPanthers recall D Dylan Olsen. The 24-year-old defenseman has 2 points in 9 games for @PortlandPirates this season.
And the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov:
Updated 2x at 3:10 PM: This is happening a game early:
Here's the Red Wings' press release:
After the first quarter of the NHL season, the NHL rookie class is as impressive as it was hyped up to be. But it's not Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel leading the way in rookie goals and plus-minus, but rather, Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin.
Most of the talk before the season nationally focused on McDavid with the Edmonton Oilers and Eichel with the Buffalo Sabres.
One player who hasn't been talked about much nationally is Larkin, who is from Waterford and just 19 years old.
In Detroit, Larkin is quickly becoming a household name in and with an injury to McDavid, he's starting to get some buzz nationally.
Lakin is the NHL's leading rookie scorer with nine goals and also has the highest plus-minus with +13.
He is tied for third in rookie assists with eight and in third for rookie points with 17. He's behind Chicago's Artemi Panarin and Arizona's Max Domi respectively. He also ranks third in shots taken by a rookie so far with 61.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Niklas Kronwall did a couple of things on Friday that he hasn't done for a while.
Kronwall delivered his first big open-ice hit of the season in the first period, leveling Mark Letestu. Kronwall then scored his first goal of the season – 26 seconds into overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings (12-8-3) have gained at least one point in six consecutive games (4-0-2). This one, against the team with the worst record in the NHL, was more difficult than it needed to be. The Red Wings squandered a two-goal lead in the second period and for the sixth time this season lost a lead in the third period.
But it didn't matter in the end, when Kronwall took a pass from Dylan Larkin during a two-on-one and fired a shot past Cam Talbot.
"Larks made a real nice play -- held on to it, held on to it and made a nice pass over," Kronwall said. "I just tried to put it on net and luckily it went in."
This has become unexpected from Niklas Kronwall...
And this, even less so, but Kronwall atoned for a gaffe on the Edmonton Oilers' 3-3 goal by scoring the 4-3, OT winner as the Red Wings out-lasted the Oilers, defeating them 4-3 on Friday night.
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, Andy Miele had 2 goals and an assist, Mark Zengerle had 2 assists, Jared Coreau pitched a 22-save shutout and Daniel Cleary scored his first goal as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated their arch-rival Milwaukee Admirals 6-0. The Griffins' website filed a recap...
The Red Wings didn't face a "must-win" situation against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, but when you're playing a team that you've won 9 straight against at home, and that team's 7-14-and-1, you need to hold serve. On a day in which the Wings talked about honing their "killer instinct," facing an Oilers team coming off a rough loss to Carolina should have provided the perfect winning tonic.
On Friday night, the Red Wings blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads against an Edmonton Oilers team that had something like 7 shot attempts in the 1st period and ended up with a 57-50 attempt deficit to a Red Wings team that totally let the Oilers off the mat...
But the Red Wings got what counts in 2 points thanks to a goal from the player who was in no small part responsible for the Oilers' 3-3 goal in Niklas Kronwall, who KRONWALLED the heck out of Matt Hendricks, set up Ilro Pakarinen's 3-3 goal on a platter, and then scored on a lovely pass from Dylan Larkin to make it 4-3 at 26 seconds of overtime.
It was a strange game, it was a disappointing performance from a Wings team that still seems to lack a killer instinct, and yet it was a satisfying performance from a team that needed to score the last goal to make the game count for something good and decent.
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