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Morning news: Wings-Rangers highlights & post-game videos; praise for Howard and observations

Updated 2x at 11:58 AM: Among this morning's Red Wings-related videos:

1. AWood40 posted an extended clip of highlights from last night's game:

2. The Red Wings posted clips of post-game remarks from Henrik Zetterberg...

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Jimmy Howard Knows His Role

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Howard made his season debut Wednesday and showed just how prepared he is spell Petr Mrazek every few games. Howard's spectacular 32-save performance led the Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

"Let's be honest, right now Pete's the No. 1, and I think I know how to handle the situation a lot better," Howard said. "Last year, I didn't quite understand how to be the back-up. I'd never been in it before. I think I fully understand the role now how to be mentally sharp between starts."

Howard stopped several breakaways – the Red Wings (2-2-0) have had defense issues in three of their four games. And he made big saves to prevent the Rangers from scoring on any of their four power plays, including a five-on-three in the second period that lasted 55 seconds.

"Jimmy stole the game," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "Honestly, that's one of the better performances I've seen from a goalie, probably at any level."

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Below, watch the extended highlights from the Wings defeat of the Rangers...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Rangers wrap-up—Wings see ‘teaching moments’ in Howard’s win

The Red Wings won a wild and woolly affair in New York, defeating the Rangers 2-1 thanks to a 32-save performance from Jimmy Howard who was stellar, goals from Thomas Vanek and Drew Miller, and also a 32-save performance from Jimmy Howard, who was stellar.

The Red Wings were absolutely grateful for their goaltender's performance; the Rangers were frustrated as could be with their perceived inability to dent Howard more efficiently, and to some extent, their press corps shared their frustration.

The Journal News's Rick Carpiniello felt that the Rangers "manhandled" the Wings...

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Prospect news: Elfstrom, Malmstrom, Sambrook register assists

Of prospect-related note:

In the Swedish J20 league, Mattias Elfstrom had an assist in the Malmo Redhawks' 2-0 win over Farjestads BK;

Alfons Malmstrom had an assist in Orebro HK's 4-1 win over Rogle BK;

And Jordan Sambrook had an assist and 3 shots in the Erie Otters' 6-5 win over Niagara.

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CNBC examines the ‘District Detroit’

CNBC's Zack Guzman penned a very lengthy article in which he provides an outside perspective on the "District Detroit":

Detroit has had a remarkable recovery. Motor City filed the nation's largest ever municipal bankruptcy just three years ago, after suffering from an unemployment rate that reached a staggering 28 percent. Since then, the city has battled its way back from a Chapter 9 filing and unemployment has recovered to a low six percent.

But Detroit is still plagued by one fact: Its population is dwindling.

Detroit covers 143 square miles and is roughly the size of San Francisco, Boston and Manhattan combined, but it is inhabited by under 700,000 people. For the first time since 1850, the Motor City ranks outside the nation's top 20 largest cities.

Now the city is banking on at least one project — a $627 million new arena that the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings will call home — to lure investment, and people, back downtown. Detroit's Downtown Development Agency is providing $250 million in financing through tax-exempt municipal bonds, with the remaining costs absorbed by a subsidiary of the Red Wings-owning billionaire family the Ilitches, who also own the Detroit Tigers and founded Little Caesars Pizza.


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Red Wings-Rangers quick take: Howard steals one on Broadway, no debate there

The Red Wings hoped to snap a 6-game winless streak at Madison Square Garden as they battled the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, with Jimmy Howard starting against his childhood favorite team on a national TV stage.

The Red Wings won, but not for the reasons you'd expect. Jimmy Howard was absoultely outstanding in stopping 32 of 33 shots, Thomas Vanek and Drew Miller scored the Wings' goals, the PK stopped 4 Rangers power plays and 2 5-on-3 attempts, and the Red Wings won by persistence of will against a Rangers team that out-skated, out-scoring-chanced and arguably out-played the Wings. It didn't matter because Howard was stout and the Wings got key plays from both key and depth players when necessary.

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NBCSN profiles Dylan Larkin

NBCSN filed an excellent video feature on Dylan Larkin, which you may watch in Twitter form:

Update: Here's the non-Twitter video version:

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Here’s the Red Wings’ Wings-Rangers Game-Day Preview video

Here's the Red Wings' Wings-Rangers Game-Day Preview video with Ken Kal:

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Dylan Larkin’s Play At Center

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Unlike the smooth transition he made to the NHL as a rookie one year ago with the Detroit Red Wings, Dylan Larkin is off to a bumpy start this season.

But it has been only three games, too soon to raise concerns.

"I think Dylan's played really good," coach Jeff Blashill said before Wednesday's game against the New York Rangers.

He cited four "big-time chances" in the season opener at Tampa Bay.

"It's a hard league. If you think you're going to come out and make play after play after play, it doesn't happen," Blashill said. "With Dylan, the expectation level has changed. If he has the exact same year he had a year ago lots of people are going to say he didn't have a good year. Well, he had the same year, but he expectation level changed."


Update: Khan also posted a video of Larkin speaking with the media...

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Do You Consider Ken Holland To Be On The Hot Seat?

from Sean McIndoe at The Hockey News,

This year's Red Wings aren't expected to be all that good; they have a shot at extending their playoff streak, sure, but nobody is calling them Cup contenders. Several key players are nearing the end of the line, and while the team has some decent young talent ready to play bigger roles, there's not enough there for a full-scale youth movement. The franchise no longer seems to be the destination it once was for big-name talent, and there's a realistic chance that they'll head into a new arena next year with the worst team they've had in decades.

Is all of that Holland's fault? Hardly, although he hasn't helped matters by continually throwing big contracts at questionable veteran free agents every summer. But at some point you wonder if the Red Wings don't decide that it's time for a change in direction, much as they did a year ago when they walked away from Mike Babcock after he'd spent 10 years behind their bench.

All that said, the idea of Holland actually being fired still seems far-fetched. But could there be pressure for him to step aside, perhaps into a more senior or advisory role, while allowing the organization to transition to some new blood? For the first time in nearly two decades, a change could start to make sense.

more plus four more GMs mentioned in the hot seat talk...

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