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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers wrap-up—the L’s are adding up

The Detroit Red Wings insisted that the sky is not falling after their 2-1 OT loss to the Florida Panthers, suggesting instead that their 1-5-and-4 record over their past 10 games is not reflective of "the process" to which the team is adhering, and must adhere going forward to battle its way back into playoff contention after blowing the vast majority of its home-ice stand.

After Wednesday and Friday's games against the Bruins and Maple Leafs, respectively, the Wings will go on the road for four games, and they'll wrap up the pre-Christmas slate with back-to-backs against the Islanders and Flyers before playing in Boston on the 23rd.

By Christmas, if the Red Wings start winning regularly, it's entirely possible that the Wings will be back in the playoff hunt; if they lose the vast majority of their games, it's arguable that you and I can cross off the 2017-18 season as a "learning experience" before 2017 is over.

Saying all the right things and doing all the right things aren't translating to results for the league's 27th-best team, and for fans of the 11-13-and-6 Red Wings, it's getting tiring to keep hearing that everything is fine when it could be argued that the three fights in Detroit's 2-1 OT loss to the Panthers were the most emotion that the entire organization has shown in weeks.

Our friends from Florida tied the Red Wings in points on Monday night, and the Panthers told FloridaPanthers.com's Jameson Olive that this wasn't how they drew up a win, but they'd take it nonetheless:

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Red Wings-Panthers quick take: Wings losing grip on playoffs after another OT loss

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to snap out of a lull against a historically difficult opponent in the Florida Panthers on Monday night. The Wings rather desperately needed to gain some traction in the Atlantic Division standings, and defeating a division rival would help their stead.

The Red WIngs managed to lose yet again, scoring a 1-0 goal from Henrik Zetterberg, who snapped a 22-game scoring drought, but Detroit surrendered the game-tying goal at 10:09 of the 3rd, and for whatever reason, the WIngs couldn't or wouldn't obstruct James Reimer's sightlines, so his 34-save performance out-shined an equally superb 27-save performance from Jimmy Howard, who didn't deserve to lose...

All on a night where there were three entertaining fights and the Wings seemed to be genuinely engaged and energetic for the vast majority of the game.

Andreas Athanasiou bumbled the puck at the offensive zone blueline, Danny DeKeyser lost his stick checking the Panthers coming down ice, and Nick Bjugstad found Mike Matheson just behind DeKeyser's butt, and he jabbed the game-winning goal into the net because Anthony Mantha inexplicably went off for a line change on a 3-on-2.

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Evening news: Videos of note; Griffins and Wings-Bruins teasers; on AA and Mantha, cap talk & Barkov

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game Day Preview video...

2. And Fox Sports Detroit also posted a video chronicling the job of Little Caesars Arena's "transition team":

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Would you call Lansing to lobby for a Red Wings license plate?

From WXYZ's Max White:

The four professional sports teams in Detroit are coming together and asking for your help to get the Michigan legislature to pass a bill allowing team logos on Michigan license plates.

Senate Bill 178 was introduced by State Sen. Jim Stamas in February and would allow the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and Michigan International Speedway to put their official logos on license plates.

When a person chooses the plate, the money raised would support funds for each team, specified as the Detroit Red Wings Fund, Detroit Pistons Fund, Detroit Tigers Fund, Detroit Lions Fund and MIS Cares Fund.

All four of the teams tweeted Monday morning, asking residents to contact their state representative to vote for the bill in the Michigan House of Representatives. The tweets included photos of what the plates could look like

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Red Wings-Panthers game-day updates: Wings look to bear down defensively as Panthers look to dig in

Updated 5x at 1:42 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed very little on the Red Wings' side of the ice, but it appears that Aleksandr Barkov will be returning for the Panthers.

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings will celebrate "D-Boss bobblehead night" by attempting to bear down defensively:

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Friedman on the Oilers’ interest in Mrazek

From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's 31 thoughts:

1. Laurent Brossoit is improving in the Edmonton goal, but the Oilers have looked at some external contributions to their crease. Nick mentioned Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson, playing extremely well for AHL Manitoba, but another goalie they looked at was Detroit’s Petr Mrazek.

Remember, he blanked the Oilers 5-0 last month. But, he’s really struggled lately and Edmonton was watching so it’s probably on the backburner now. I thought something might be imminent when, after making it look like they were scratching Ryan Strome Saturday in Montreal, he played and Anton Slepyshev sat. Slepyshev does not need waivers, and could be sent to Bakersfield if the team needed a roster spot.

Update: Also:

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MLive’s Khan: Larkin ready for D-Boss night

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was asked about his "D-Boss" bobblehead by the media today, and MLive's Ansar Khan captured a 3-and-a-half-minute clip of Larkin discussing his bobblehead night:

Update: Here's Khan in text form:

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Red Wings-Panthers morning skate Tweets and articles: Howard starts, lines remain intact from Sat

Updated 6x at 12:16 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM; tonight is D-Boss bobblehead night), and the Panthers possess a similar record over the course of the season (11-14-and-4 as compared to Deroit's 11-13-and-5) as well as the last 5 games (1-2-and-2 as compared to Detroit's 1-and-4 record).

The Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just before 10:30 AM, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

MLive's Ansar Khan...

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No Problem With Jimmy Howard’s Game?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings are 1-5-3 in their past nine games, a stretch during which their offense, defense, special teams and goaltending have faltered. Howard, following a strong start to the season, has a 4.42 goals-against average and .846 save percentage in his past nine appearances.

He doesn't believe it's a significant technical issue that needs correcting.

"I don't think I'm going to reinvent the wheel here, it's just something where I have to come up with saves for the guys like I was earlier in the year," Howard said....

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn't believe any adjustment is needed.

"I think his game is right where it needs to be," Blashill said. "I think there's some nights where the puck goes in, some nights the puck finds ways to go off people.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers set-up; 3 videos of note, prospect stuff & a trade rumor

The Detroit Red Wings kick off a busy week of 3 games played over the course of 5 evenings tonight as they host the Florida Panthers (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM; tonight is D-Boss bobblehead night).

The 11-14-and-4 Panthers are actually the team that's most similar to the 11-13-and-5 Red Wings, at least in terms of their comparative records, and just as the Red Wings are coming off a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the Panthers lost 7-3 to Colorado on that same Saturday.

The Panthers have in fact lost 4 of their 5 previous games (1-2-and-2), quite similar to Detroit's status as having lost 4 of their past 5 games (1-4), and while the Panthers were more committed to rebuilding than the Red Wings over the past few seasons, both team's rebuild efforts have stalled this season.

In his "next day look" at the Panthers' loss to Colorado, the Sun-Sentinel's Matthew DeFranks noted the following:

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