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MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings assistant coach Chris Chelios regarding his favorite memories of Joe Louis Arena:
The Buffalo News's Mike Harrington wrote a fine column about the Sabres and Red Wings' respective memories of Joe Louis Arena, and one Dylan Larkin still feels that the rink is special:
"It's my second year and almost every day I have to pinch myself I play here," said Red Wings center Dylan Larkin. "I look right across from my seat and I see Nick Lidstrom's and Steve Yzerman's faces and it says 'Stanley Cup champions'. Everywhere you look it's history and reminders of the great players that came before."
After Monday's game, there are just six games left before the building heads for the wrecking ball. It will close with a final weekend April 8 against Montreal and April 9 against New Jersey.
"I thought I had a lot of people coming my first year to want to come to a game to see me play," Larkin said. "This last month has been pretty crazy with people wanting to come to see the Joe. It's already hard to find tickets."
Harrington continues, mostly with Sabres memories of the Joe...
The Red Wings attempted to push their winning streak to 3 games while hosting a Buffalo Sabres team that had Detroit's number over the course of the 16-17 season, with Buffalo having won 2 of the teams' 3 meetings.
The Red Wings ended their year against Buffalo 1-2-and-1, losing 2-1 to a Buffalo Sabres team that received spectacular goaltending from Robin Lehner and spectacular special teams play, going 2-for-2 on the power play against Detroit and going 4-for-4 on the PK.
That's putting praise where it's due; I'm sure you'll find the time to write the indictment of the Red Wings' coaches and personnel for me.
Now the Wings go to Montreal, where they never win, for a big game on Tuesday.
I'm pretty sure this has been posted before, but NBCSN's profile of Dylan Larkin is a good one:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview video, in which Dan Mannes speaks with Tomas Nosek and Jeff Blashill:
2. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article regarding Tomas Nosek's recall:
From the Red Wings:
CALLAHAN RETURNED TO GRIFFINS
… Former Sixth-Round Pick Has Appeared in Four Games with Detroit This Season …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Mitch Callahan to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
ESPN's Craig Custance wrote an article regarding Riley Sheahan's goal-less 2016-17 campaign:
For Sheahan, it hasn't just felt like a year. It has been going on all year. In a reminder that the hockey gods can be cruel sometimes, Stepan ended his drought with a goal on Sheahan's home ice in Detroit.
For now, Sheahan hasn't reached out to his version of [Martin] St. Louis. He's going at this alone.
"It's kind of a thing I just put behind me and figure out myself," he said. "I'm going to stay on that mindset and try to get out of the slump myself."
If he changes his mind, he doesn't have to look hard for support.
Tyler Wright serves as Detroit's director of amateur scouting. During the 1998-99 season, Wright went 61 games without a goal for the Penguins. On his hockey-reference.com page, there's a big zero right before the run of double-digit goal-scoring seasons Wright had for the Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets.
It's been nearly 20 years, and he still hears about his slump -- mostly from his teenaged son, who isn't afraid to bring it up when dad is getting on him.
"It weighs on you daily. I can't imagine [what's it like now] with social media," Wright said during a phone conversation. "[Sheahan] thinks about it every moment of the day."
ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry in which he discusses every NHL team's "toughest free agent decision" for this upcoming summer, and Custance suggests that the Red Wings have to decide whether to bring an alumnus back into the fold:
Detroit Red Wings
F Thomas Vanek (Panthers)
Red Wings GM Ken Holland cleared out his unrestricted free agents at the trade deadline, so we’re cheating here a bit. But Vanek and the Red Wings both appeared genuinely interested in having the veteran winger in Detroit next season and beyond.
It’s the "beyond" part that gets a little dicey. Vanek is an elite offensive player who was used just about perfectly by coach Jeff Blashill, but isn’t necessarily a guy you want to pay for too many more seasons now that he's 33 years old.
Verdict: Bring him back to Detroit if he’ll sign on the cheap for three or fewer seasons. If not, thank him for the 48 games served and part ways.
Custance continues, and if I may be honest, I'm leaning toward "not bringing Vanek back" at this point, despite the magic he made happen.
Updated 5x at 3:17 PM: The Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/NBCSN/97.1 FM), and the Wings' morning skate revealed that Petr Mrazek will start for the Red Wings, with Tomas Nosek subbing for the injured Darren Helm.
The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article about the Wings' morning skate machinations...
Russian Machine Never Breaks' Amanda Bowen tells the tale of getting hit by a puck during the Red Wings-Avalanche game:
I was in Detroit, Michigan over the weekend to work with Dan Mannes, multimedia producer for the Detroit Red Wings. Dan had me on photo duty for the night. My job was to send off shots in between periods for the team to use on social media. I knew it would be great experience in quick photo turnaround, especially for an NHL game.
I did not know I’d be involved in an unlikely incident.
I was at the side hole during the first period. This was my fifth time shooting an NHL game at a camera hole, and I’m still learning. One precaution I take is that when the play looks like it may hit the glass in front of me, I back off. Sometimes I’m able to switch cameras in time for the wide angle, but usually it’s too quick. So about half way through the first, I saw Francois Beauchemin coming up the side from the corner. I had my camera down (thankfully), because I was anticipating Darren Helm would bring him against the glass in front of me.
Then it hit me.
I leaned to the side after realizing I had taken a blow to the face but I couldn’t figure out how. I knew it was a puck by the way I could feel the shape of it swelling on my cheekbone.
Bowen continues, and if you missed it...
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