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Report On Niklas Kronwall

Damen Cox on Sprtsnet just reported Kronwall had an MRI and it shows a sprain.

Cox says 2-4 weeks and Xavier Ouellet will be recalled on Monday.

added 8:59pm,

added 9:36pm.

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Red Wings-Rangers quick take, take 2: persistent attack pays off for Helm, Wings

The Red Wings faced a healthy and hale Rangers team on Saturday afternoon, and with the Flyers sitting 2 points behind the Wings and Carolina 5 points behind the Wings in the Wild Card race, Detroit needed to win Saturday's game to keep pace and remain in control of their own fate.

The Red Wings needed to rally in the form of a 3rd period goal by Darren Helm, in the form of a last-minute goal by Brad Richards, and then take the lead for the first time in over time, with Darren Helm tipping home a Datsyuk shot to give the Red Wings a 3-2 OT victory that the Red Wings desperately, desperately needed.

Henrik Lundqvist was a little more spectacular than Petr Mrazek, the Rangers were a physical, punishing and sometimes vicious opponent, Dan O'Halloran reffed the game like only Dan O'Halloran can, but the Wings continued to attack and attack and attack the Rangers' net, and they were rewarded for out-shooting New York 43-25 and out-attempting them 77-45.

Sometimes the rope-a-dope effort wins, and in this case, attack-all-the-time aggressiveness was a far better approach to defeating an elite Rangers team.

Now the Wings are 4 points ahead of the Flyers and Hurricanes with Toronto coming to town tomorrow.

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Red Wings lose Kronwall to a ‘lower-body injury’

This is bad:

From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

The Red Wings were dealt a serious blow Saturday afternoon when veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall suffered what appeared to be a knee injury.

The 35-year-old Kronwall left the game against the New York Rangers midway through the second period after catching his left leg underneath goalie Petr Mrazek and falling backwards to the ice.

Kronwall, who was helped off the ice by teammates Brad Richards and Andreas Athanasiou, missed 15 games earlier this season after undergoing successful arthroscopic knee surgery.

He will not return to the game.

In his 12th NHL season, Kronwall is currently second among Wings’ defensemen with three goals and 20 points in 52 games.

Update #2: FYI:

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Mrazek starts, Rangers healthy

Of note regarding today's Red Wings-Rangers game, from DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

And the New York Rangers:

Translated: Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal will play for the Rangers today. Derick Brassard is out.

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Jeff Blashill On Andreas Athanasiou And Teemu Pulkkinen

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

- Andreas Athanasiou started Thursday's game on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar but logged only 8:51. "I didn't think he was quite as sharp defensively," Blashill said. "Certainly the four-on-four goal against (by Tyler Myers) was at a time where it gave him an opportunity to be in a big moment and he didn't execute to the level he needs to execute at. He did some good things, too, set up Tats on a back-door play. He's got to make sure with added minutes come added opportunities and not added negatives. He's been one of those players that in seven to 10 to 12 minutes can create lots of opportunities but then when it gets higher than that do you still continue to create more opportunities or do you give up more? There were moments of good and moments he needs to be better."

- Teemu Pulkkinen logged 3:04 on the power play Thursday but managed only one shot in the game. "He's got a weapon as a shot, he's got to make sure he gets himself open and shoots the puck and hits the net," Blashill said. "If he hits the net he's going to have opportunities to score goals. He's somebody I've seen as a weapon in the past, in the American League. He hasn't had tons of opportunity here; when he has he hasn't gotten the shots on net the way he needs to. He needs to get open, shoot the puck and hit the net."

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Goaltending Talk In Detroit

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Throw out the young stars on entry-level contracts, and Mrazek is arguably the NHL's best bargain. For just $737,500, the Red Wings have a goaltender who ranks in the top six in goals-against average (2.20), save percentage (.924) and shutouts (four).

By every measure, Mrazek — a fifth-round pick — has outplayed his counterpart since graduating from the Grand Rapids Griffins, stealing the crease before heading into the 2015 playoffs. Howard was on Team USA's 2014 Olympic roster; he'll watch Mrazek dress for Team Czech at the 2016 World Cup.

Surely, Holland wants Mrazek to be Detroit's goaltender of the future, not just the present, but he'll have to pay. Would Mrazek take less money than his backup?

Even if Mrazek — a pending restricted free agent — signs for, say, $5.2 million, Detroit will leapfrog Dallas and become the owner of the NHL's most expensive goalie tandem.

Holland asserted before February's deadline that he was not trying to make a trade in net. That could change at the draft.

The Red Wings aren't currently retaining salary on a traded player but may need to employ that option if they wish to move Howard this spring. Alternatively, they could save cap space by buying out the 31-year-old (here's how that would work finanacially) and go hunting for a more affordable Number 2.

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A “Casual Friday” For The Detroit Red Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings enjoyed a casual Friday as they prepared to take on the New York Rangers in a Saturday afternoon game at Joe Louis Arena (2, FSD, NHL Network). A 3-2 rally over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday left the Wings in a good mood as they reaffirmed their footing in the playoff race.

"We played with a little more desperation in our game, more urgency, and that's kind of what we have to do here," defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. "It's going to be a playoffs just getting into the playoffs, and we know that. It's time to step up."

That's especially key in the defensive zone.

"I don't think we've spent lots of time in our zone, but what we have done is given up too many easy goals," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Where, earlier in the year, there were times we played too much D-zone, right now, our chances against in our own zone are too big. I don't think we spend lots of time there, but when we do give up a chance, it's way too big.

"We've got to do a way better job of protecting our net front. There's been probably a series of I don't know how many goals or even plays where guys have ended up open in front of our net, so that's on us to make sure we get that corrected."

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Optional Skate Today

 

Any worthwhile news will be posted, other than that, enjoy your Friday.

Next game is 2pm ET tomorrow with the New York Rangers in town.

added 1:04pm, Khan tweet,

Blashill said everyone is available for tomorrow's game. Declined to reveal starting goalie or lineup decisions.

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Videos- Game Highlights And Post-Game Interviews

First up, extended game highlights of the4 Wings 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets...

 

 

Below, watch Blashill, Abdelkader and Mrazek post-game...

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Red Wings-Jets quick take, take 2: Red Wings rally, defeat Jets via gritty goals

The Red Wings needed to have Thursday's game against the Winnipeg Jets, and they needed it badly. Sitting two points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for the Eastern Conference's final Wild Card spot, the Wings needed to snap their 3-game losing streak as expediently and expeditiously as possible.

The Wings didn't choose the expedient route, giving up a 2-0 lead to the Jets before rallying in slow but steady fashion, tying the game over a 5:45 stretch in the 2nd period on goals from Larkin and Ericsson, and winning the game with under 5 minutes left in the 3rd thanks to a goal by Justin Abdelkader, who was a constant source of Jets aggression all night long.

Petr Mrazek was superb, got help from a crossbar with under 30 seconds left in regulation, and the Wings' special teams play was at least good on the PK as the Wings rebounded from a dreadful first period with better and better play against a surprisingly stout opponent.

Now the Wings have snapped their 3-game losing streak, they're 4 points clear of the Flyers and Hurricanes, and two big games against the Rangers and Maple Leafs loom this weekend.

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