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Articles from practice: Wings ‘take an optional’; on the Flyers, Sproul, Sheahan and ‘going north’

Updated 2x at 4:10 PM: The Red Wings took part in an off-ice workout ahead of tomorrow's game against the Philadelphia Flyers (5 PM EST on FSD/CSN Philly/97.1 FM; Philly is currently tied 1-1 with Dallas in a Saturday matinee game), and after practice, MLive's Ansar Khan posted three videos:

The first involves Tomas Tatar "discussing the need to play a north-south game" alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Anthony Mantha...

The second involves Thomas Vanek discussing his chemistry with Sheahan and Nyquist, and addressing the steps the Wings have taken "in the right direction" despite their loss to Columbus...

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Practice Tweets: It’s an ‘optional off-ice practice’; lineup decisions to be made @ game time Sunday

The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena today, attempting to rebound from yesterday's 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, exept for the hitting the ice part, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

#RedWings optional off-ice practice today, enter play -3 BOS for 3d, atlantic, -6 PHI for 2d wild card.

#DETvsPHI 5 pm sun @JoeLouisArena

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blashill says sproul scratched because he needs to be more assertive.

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blashill mum on lineup.

Guess: Jimmy Howard will start.

FTR/FYI: our friends from Philadelphia have won 5 straight December games and 7 straight overall, and they host the Dallas Stars today at 1 PM EST.

According to MLive's Brendan Savage, the Wings don't fare particularly well against teams in front of them in the standings:

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All about Dan Renouf

GrandRapidsGriffins.com's Mark Newman profiles Red Wings prospect, Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman and University of Maine alumnus Dan Renouf today:

"When I was trying to decide [whether to leave Maine], I got a call from Nyquist and I think it helped,” said Renouf, now age 22. “He had a lot of really good things to say about how the Red Wings treated him after playing in Maine. That connection really helped me in making my decision.”
             
His dream had always been to play pro hockey, and yet he needed to fulfill the promise to his parents that he would get an education. “I have about six more courses for my business management major, and I plan to get my degree in the next couple of years,” he said.
             
Renouf played six games with the Griffins at the end of last season, which gave him a taste of pro hockey.
             
“Playing those games helped ease my mind,” he said. “It gave me a good understanding of the game, and I think my style of play translates from college to the pros. Most importantly, it was an opportunity to get to know the guys.”
             
From the start, Renouf was impressed by the tightness of the Red Wings organization.
             
“Compared to my other choices, it seemed like a big family here,” he said. “Detroit really values their players, and they’ve had such success that I wanted to be a part of the organization.”

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The Detroit Red Wings Look Like A Very Average Team

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

They have a 2-7-2 record against teams in the Atlantic Division, a 4-7-2 mark vs. teams ahead of them in them in the Eastern Conference and a 9-9-2 record against teams with records above .500....

They've failed to score more than two goals in regulation 14 times - that's exactly half of the 28 games they've played to date - and the loss to Columbus marked the eighth time they've scored one or fewer.

Is it any wonder they're 24th in the NHL with an average of 2.36 goals per game, well under the league average of 2.64?

Defense was supposed to be the Red Wings' main concern entering the season but they're 17th in that department with a 2.71 team GAA, just below the league average of 2.64.

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Prospect news: Walleye win in 10-round shootout

Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, in Anchorage, Alaska, the Toledo Walleye prevailed in a 10-round shootout, defeating the Alaska Aces 4-3.

Tyson Spink had a goal and an assist, Tylor Spink scored a goal and Jake Paterson stopped 31 regulation and OT shots and 9 shootout shooters to deliver a 9th straight win for the Walleye.

The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blue Jackets wrap-up—Wings didn’t roll with the punches

The Detroit Red Wings lost an incredibly frustrating 3-1 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, and the Red Wings would suggest that the game hinged upon this play, and Petr Mrazek and/or the officiating staff's indecision:

The Blue Jackets would disagree, suggesting that this play turned the game around instead:

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Prospect news: Griffins take out Admirals in Coreau’s return; Pearson scores a hat trick

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, Dylan Sadowy scored his first professional goal, Mitch Callahan and Eric Tangradi scored goals and Jared Coreau stopped 16 shots in the Grand Rapids Griffins' 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on "Fauxback night."

The Griffins' website posted a recap, a photo gallery, a highlight clip, an interview clip and a slick 1st period intro:

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Red Wings-Blue Jackets quick take: frustration, thou art Mrazek’s glove

The Detroit Red Wings faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, hoping to earn a rare home-ice win as the team opened a 5-game home stand.

The Wings played without the services of Jonathan Ericsson, who had back spasms, and Columbus played without Nick Foligno, who got sick...

And the Red Wings lost a 4-1 decision because Petr Mrazek lost his nerve and lost the puck twice--and they lost because Detroit had no answer for the Blue Jackets once they were un-nerved.

Detroit out-shot Columbus 32-25, Detroit out-attempted Columbus SIXTY-FIVE to 43, Detroit won 62% of its faceoffs, seven players had 3 or more shots, and yet the Wings made Sergei Bobrovsky's night easy. It was an incredibly, incredibly frustrating loss for a Red Wings team that now needs to win 3 or 4 of their next 4 games to salvage this home stand.

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Mickey Redmond pays tribute to Jamie Daniels

This might cause you to tear up. It's okay:

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Werenski visits the media at the Joe

Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples spoke with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski regarding his homecoming as the Blue Jackets visit Joe Louis Arena:

The former Belle Tire, USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and University of Michigan star defenseman arrives at The Joe with plenty of fanfare. He was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November, and he has 17 points in 24 games for the red-hot Blue Jackets club.

When asked what aspect of playing at The Joe as a pro excited him most, Werenski couldn’t put a finger on the single greatest highlight.

“I think all of it’s pretty exciting. I’ve got a lot of family and friends here, I’m playing against a good buddy of mine,” Werenski said. “It’s my hometown team that I’ve always grown up watching. This whole thing, it’s going to be pretty cool.”

That buddy is Red Wings star Dylan Larkin – Werenski knows him quite well. The two were standouts for Belle Tire youth teams growing up before playing with each other at the University of Michigan and sharing a dorm room in Ann Arbor.

Caples continues, and he posted a short video of Werenski's comments:

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