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The Red Wings managed to earn a point in Friday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks despite themselves--and they played really, really badly for the vast majority of the game, so a point out of the mess that Detroit made...
It sure as hell didn't feel like a victory, but getting anything out of Friday was a sort of "win."
Both teams were feeling self-reflective after the game, and for the Canucks, salvaging their first win out of 4 games was a figurative and literal relief, as they told the Vancouver Sun's Iain MacIntyre:
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins pulled a rabbit out of their hats, rallying from repeat deficits and scoring 3 3rd-period goals along the way toward a 5-4 win over the Texas Stars, their franchise-best 13th straight win. Xavier Ouellet and Robbie Russo had a pair of assists apiece, Jared Coreau stopped 27 shots and 5 different players, including Martin Frk and Anthony Mantha, scored for the Griffins.
Grand Rapids' website posted a recap...
The Detroit Red Wings faced a bit of an unknown in the Vancouver Canucks, a middling Western Conference team on a 3-game losing streak, on Friday night, and in theory, the Wings had every opportunity to utilize their 3-day break to pounce upon a Canucks team playing their 3rd road game in 4 nights.
Put bluntly, although the Wings did have the opportunity to win this one in OT...
The 4-3 shootout loss was perhaps the best point the Wings have gotten playing the worst hockey I've seen them play in a long, long time.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
The Canucks made an injury-related announcement an hour ago:
Linden Vey will replace Henrik in the lineup, and he spoke with Vancouver's News 1130's Ann Schmaltz regarding his call-up:
Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on TSN 1040 in Vancouver this afternoon, discussing Dylan Larkin as a potential "face of the franchise" during a 10-minute interview:
Via RedWingsFeed, Hockey's Future's Ryan Womeldorf examines the states and respective steads of the Red Wings' minor league-playing prospects, and the player who headlines his list is the player that's most intriguing for me as he's made major strides this season:
Jared Coreau, G, 24: Through 24 games of the 2015-16 season, Coreau has slowly taken over starting duties from Tom McCollum, a first-round pick of the Red Wings in 2008. Coreau has been the better of the two, going 10-2-1 with a 2.16 goals against average and .934 save percentage.
The Griffins struggled early in the season, but Coreau has been a pleasant surprise. Coreau has always been a promising goalie, with a huge frame (6-5) and good athletic ability, but had always struggled with his technique. This season, he has put together a more complete game in net and the results have been encouraging to say the least.
Coreau has been fantastic for the Griffins this year, and it's entirely probable that we'll see a Coreau-Mrazek tandem in the future.
Updated 12x at 3:13 PM: The Red Wings host the Vancouver Canucks this evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed no lineup changes and a 3-day visit from Adam Oates, whose "brain will be picked" by Jeff Blashill and the coaching staff.
Our friends from Vancouver didn't hold a morning skate as they're playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, but Ryan Miller will start opposite Jimmy Howard, and TSN's Darren Dreger reported that the Canucks will keep Jared McCann on the roster (instead of loaning him to Team Canada's World Junior team) in case Henrik Sedin can't "go" due to a lower-body injury.
After the Wings' skate, the Canucks website's Daniel Fung penned a game preview...
The Red Wings get back to work after their 3-day break this evening, hosting the Vancouver Canucks (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and while the Canucks will be playing their 3rd game in 4 nights this evening, the Wings may have accumulated enough rust during their time off to make the first period more pivotal than usual.
The Wings hit the ice for the morning skate just after 10:30 AM, per the Wings...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Q: If Kindl is continuing to be a healthy scratch over Brendan Smith (who has not been solid defensively), do you expect he should be traded? Is Riley Sheahan more suited to the fourth line?
A: Kindl has been the low man on the defensive totem pole under two different coaches now, casting further doubt on his long-term future with the team. He has some ability, and has shown flashes during brief stretches when he's in the lineup. But, overall, he's been too inconsistent.
After Quincey returns, if they have no other long-term injury on defense, perhaps they'll look to move Kindl. I'm sure they don't want to get to the point where they are forced to waive him and risk losing him for nothing.
Sheahan is not suited for the fourth line. He has the defensive acumen, but ideally you want someone with more quickness, to provide energy, and abrasiveness on the fourth line. Sheahan has more offensive ability than he has shown and is better suited for the third line.
Q: With Jurco being a seldom-used healthy scratch (until recently) when does it become time to say either: A) Let's make room for this kid (from Grand Rapids) on the roster and see what he can to or B) Let's see what we can get in return for him to address needs we have on our roster now? How long do the Wings wait before they turn a seldom-used asset into one that they can use now, or do they?
more including is Stamkos a fit for the Wings...
The Red Wings take on the Vancouver Canucks tonight (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/Sportsnet/97.1 FM) facing a stiff challenge after a long lay-off:
The Canucks are coming off of a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (and Henrik Sedin exited with a "lower-body injury"), and Vancouver occupies a region in the Western Conference where five points separates the 7th place team from the 15th-place team.
Vancouver comes in on a 3-game losing streak including Thursday's loss, so nothing would be better for the slumping Canucks than pouncing upon a sleepy Red Wings team that hasn't played since Monday.
The Canucks ought to beware, however, because the Red Wings feel that snapping their 13-game unbeaten streak gave the team the opportunity to rest, regroup during their 3-day break and ultimately focus on playing better hockey, as they told the Free Press's Helene St. James:
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