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Evening news: Game-day previews; on Kronwall, Smith and charitable news

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here is the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:

2. The Wings' moms say, "Hello!"

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Niklas Kronwall Will Start Skating Soon

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall hopes his recent arthroscopic knee surgery will solve an issue that's been bothering him off and on since 2010.

Kronwall expects to start skating this weekend or Monday. The earliest he can be activated from long-term injured reserve is Feb. 13 vs. Boston. But he might need more time.

"I had something similar done in 2010, came back for training camp in 2½ weeks or so," Kronwall said. "This time you add on 300 games or so in a few years and it's going to take a little longer, unfortunately."

continued plus a few more notes on the Wings...

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As The Trade Deadline Approaches, What You Need To Know About The Detroit Red Wings

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Included in this Trade Deadline Playbook is a look at each team’s pending free agents, players with no-trade clauses, top prospects in the system and more. 

*Contract and no-trade status via General Fanager

UFA in 2016: C Brad Richards, LW Darren Helm, LW Drew Miller, C/LW Joakim Andersson, D Kyle Quincey
RFA in 2016: C Riley Sheahan, RW Teemu Pulkkinen, D Danny DeKeyser, D Alexey Marchenko, G Petr Mrazek
No-Trade Clauses: C Pavel Datsyuk, D Mike Green, D Niklas Kronwall, D Jonathan Ericsson (modified)
Others of Interest: RW Tomas Jurco, C Luke Glendening, D Brendan Smith, D Jakub Kindl
Top Prospects: LW Evgeny Svechnikov, RW Anthony Mantha, D Xavier Ouellet, D Joe Hicketts, D Vili Saarijarvi, LW Andreas Athanasiou, C Dominic Turgeon, D Ryan Sproul, LW Axel Holmstrom, RW Martin Frk, D Robbie Russo
The Plan: The Red Wings are in a playoff spot, as usual, thanks in large part to great play from goaltender Petr Mrazek and sensational rookie winger Dylan Larkin. If they’re going to be more than just another playoff team, though, the Wings might need to dip into their prospect reserves if they are going to go for an immediate upgrade on the blueline.  

more on the Eastern teams and Western teams...

added 3:32pm, If interested what teams have what picks available, see below...

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Red Wings-Panthers game-day articles: Howard, Pulkkinen challenged; Kronwall discusses recovery

Updated 2x at 2:48 PM: The Detroit Red Wings didn't hold a morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Florida Panthers (7:30 PM EST start on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), but Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill still let something of a bomb drop in stating that Jimmy Howard would start, and that Riley Sheahan's return would cost Teemu Pulkkinen a spot in the lineup.

MLive's Ansar Khan was first out of the chute with a game-day report:

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Red Wings-Panthers morning skate Tweets and articles: Sheahan in, Howard starts for DET

The Red Wings hope to get back on a winning track against the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST start on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and they're going to face a full Panthers lineup, Jaromir Jagr included, as reported by the Miami Herald's George Richards...

Jaromir Jagr is working out with the #FlaPanthers morning skate...


Willie Mitchell was skating, just headed off into the room. #FlaPan


Looks like Brandon Pirri back in #FlaPanthers lineup; up with Nick Bjugstad.

And the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov:

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Jiri Fischer to assist Czech World Cup team as director of scouting

There's Red Wings-related World Cup of Hockey news here, but you have to dig a little for it. From NHL.com:

Three players who helped the Czech Republic win the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics were named to the Team Czech Republic management staff for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey by the Czech Ice Hockey Association on Thursday.

Martin Rucinsky, who played 16 NHL seasons with eight teams, was named general manager.

Also from the 1998 Olympic team, which was the first tournament that included NHL players, are assistant to the general manager Milan Hnilicka and assistant coach Jaroslav Spacek.


Jiri Fischer, director of player development for the Detroit Red Wings, was named head of scouting.

So Jiri Fischer will help the Czech team find players appropriate for the squad, which dovetails nicely with his job as the traveling prospect guru and player scout for the Wings.

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Another District Detroit update

From MLive's Ian Thibodeau:

From Woodward Avenue in Detroit's Cass Corridor, it looks like construction on the Detroit Events Center must be far ahead of schedule. But Sean Hollister, senior construction manager at Barton Malow Hunt, said Wednesday the 785,000-square-foot arena is right on pace.

It's no surprise to him that the future home of the Red Wings looks like an arena less than a year after work began on the two-and-a-half year timeline.

"Is production going great? Yeah, but there are so many more (parts of the project) that need to happen...We are tracking right where we want to be," Hollister said.

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Wings officially recall Jakub Kindl from Grand Rapids

From the Red Wings:

… Blueliner Picked Up Three Points in Nine Games with Griffins …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Jakub Kindl from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Kindl has skated in nine games for the Griffins since he was assigned on Jan. 11, notching three points (2-1-3), 12 penalty minutes and 22 shots on goal. The 28-year-old has skated in 271 games for the Red Wings since the 2009-10 season, logging 67 points (16-51-67), 145 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. This season, he has appeared in 23 games for Detroit and posted five points (2-3-5), including his first career overtime-winner on Nov. 6 at Toronto. Kindl has also seen action in 19 postseason games over the past three seasons, notching five points (1-4-5) and 12 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 199-pound blueliner has appeared in 138 AHL games for the Griffins since the 2005-06 season, totaling 93 points (16-77-93) and 239 penalty minutes and adding five points (2-3-5) in 17 postseason games. He was a 2009 AHL All-Star for the Griffins, posting an AHL career-high 33 points (6-27-33) in 78 games during the 2008-09 campaign.


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Detroit’s Power Play Needs Fixing

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings went 0 for 2 on the power play in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. They have gone 5 for 34 in their past 13 games and are tied for 20th in the league at 17.4 percent, a significant drop from last season (23.5 percent).

"I don't think every year (goals) are going to go in at the rate to keep you at No. 2," Blashill said. "We got to get up as close to the top 10 as possible.

"Power plays are going to ebb and flow a little bit. I think you can have the exact same guys out there, the exact same plan, which is fairly close to what we have, and you might not stay at No. 2. We just got to get back inside that top 10, even if it's just for the rest of the year, not necessarily in the final (rankings)."

How do they do that? Shoot the puck.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Lightning wrap-up and Wings-Panthers set-up

The 25-17-and-8 Detroit Red Wings came out of the All-Star Break with a very disappointing 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and as their status in the Atlantic Division remains murky, the Wings almost have to win their match-up with the 30-15-and-5 Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST start on FSD/Fox Sports Florida/97.1 FM) if they aren't to tumble from the Atlantic to a Wild Card spot by the time the teams meet again next Monday.

I don't know how they'll do it based upon Wednesday night's sloppy, somewhat sluggish and fast-paced but slow-moving game. Detroit looked downright tired at times coming out of the All-Star Break, and while the Lightning have been more dominant at home than the Panthers, Florida's record's nothing to sneeze at, having won 4 straight, including a 4-2 victory over the Capitals on Tuesday.

In Tampa Bay, the Red Wings' special teams doomed them: Tampa Bay went 2-for-3 on the power play, and Detroit went 0-for-2 on theirs, and both teams felt that said special teams determined what was a defense-first affair.

The Lightning concurred while speaking with the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson...

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