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Caples on the Scott Matzka charity game

Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples penned an article regarding the University of Michigan Alumni's game against the Red Wings Alumni to raise funds for Scott Matzka:

It was an emotional night at Yost Ice Arena, for all parties concerned. It’s hard to watch a member of your family fall ill.

Family, of course, doesn’t have to mean by blood. That was remarkably evident that Saturday night.

The University of Michigan hockey program gathered at Yost on Jan. 7 to play in a charity game against the Detroit Red Wings alumni team in a fundraising effort for Scott Matzka. Whether they played before, during, or after Matzka’s four-year stay in Ann Arbor, they all came back.

The family gathered for one of their own.

“You never know what you’re getting when you sign that paper,” Matzka said to coach Red Berenson after the game.

“We didn’t, either,” Berenson said.

“Twenty years later, you go, ‘Oh yeah, that’s the family right there,” Matzka said. “Way bigger than hockey. Pretty incredible.”

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All about Jake Paterson

The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe profiles Toledo Walleye goaltender Jake Paterson today:

The confidence of Walleye goaltender Jake Paterson continues to build as the young netminder has taken on the lion’s share of work between the pipes this season.

At 22, Paterson has nearly a season-and-a-half of pro hockey under his belt. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound goalie has started nine straight games for a Walleye team that is off to the best start in Toledo ECHL history.

“Playing every night is a good feeling,” Paterson said. “Any goalie wants to get in a rhythm and get on a roll. I just want to go out there and do all I can to help the team win.”

Paterson, a highly-regarded Detroit Red Wings prospect, has taken over as Toledo’s No. 1 goaltender. Paterson (16-5-1) is ranked second in the ECHL in wins and in shutouts with three this season.

Paterson is sixth among all netminders in goals-against average (2.45).

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Wings-Hawks tailings: on power play time and post-game comment videos

Of late-breaking note from the Red Wings' 4-3 OT loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last night:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan penned a late-breaking recap that notes the penalty disparity between the Blackhawks (7 power plays) and the Red Wings (9 seconds of power play time) last night:

The Red Wings haven't converted on the power play in 55 consecutive chances on the road, dating back to Oct. 19. But, it would have been nice to have an opportunity or two.

"For sure we have to stay out of the box," Tatar said. "But I think we deserved a chance to play some power play and maybe it would be different game."

Zetterberg said his team did a lot of good thing.

"It was tough, even that 0-2 start, those are some tough goals. a few mistakes but I thought we battled back and overall it was a good hockey game," Zetterberg said.

Asked if he was slashed late in the third, Zetterberg said, "Yeah, probably in front of the net. My stick broke, so it was either the wind or a slash."

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2. The Red Wings posted videos of post-game comments from Petr Mrazek...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blackhawks wrap-up—a point lost/gained, and lessons learned

Depending on your perspective, the Red Wings either coughed up a desperately-needed point to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, or they managed to rally from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to earn a hard-earned point in a 4-3 OT loss to Chicago.

I believe that there's truth in both narratives: from the perspective of a team that opened the second half of its season in a desperate dash toward a playoff push, leaving a point on the table due to a penalty to Justin Abdelkader that was either careless, par for the course on a night when Chicago got 7 power plays and Detroit got 9 seconds of power play time, or perhaps a little bit of both...

That stings, and that stings a lot.

If you're looking at the game from the perspective of a fan who simply wants the team to learn as much as it possibly can from a season that is probably not going to end in a playoff push, perhaps you might feel a little more charitable toward the Red Wings managing to scrap a point out of a game in which self-inflicted wounds and some admitted carelessness on a night when the officiating was bad all over could have added up to a lop-sided Wings loss against an elite opponent.

As far as the Blackhawks are concerned, there is still an active rivalry with the Red Wings, as they told Comcast Sportsnet Chicago's Charlie Roumeliotis...

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Prospect news: A pair of OHL games and the Griffins’ weekly release

Of prospect-related note:

In the OHL, Jordan Sambrook finished at +2 with 4 shots as his Erie Otters won 6-3 over Kitchener;

Can Filip Hronek win by losing? He finished at -2 with 2 shots as his Saginaw Spirit lost 11 to 2 to the Flint Firebirds;

[Edit: in the Champions Hockey League, Christoffer Ehn's Frolunda Indians won 2-1 over Fribourg-Gotteron;

And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release:

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Red Wings-Blackhawks quick take: they got a point, not two, but made progress

The Red Wings aimed to steal a rare win from the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. The Wings hoped that Justin Abdelkader and Mike Green's respective returns from injuries would bolster their lineup, especially on the league's worst power play.

The Red Wings' power play got a whole 10 seconds of time against 7 Chicago power plays--with Detroit and Chicago both getting away with some egregious penalties--but it was of course a Red Wings penalty, a Justin Abdelkader "hit into the numbers," that yielded Chicago's game-ending power play and game-ending power play goal.

Chicago won 4-3 in OT, despite the Red Wings rallying from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits, and in the long run, this game will sting...

But in the short run, I would actually argue that the Wings' poise against Chicago in the 2nd and 3rd periods was a huge step forward in terms of team composure, and the Wings' second period in particular gave the Wings a huge boost of confidence that I believe will stick with them going forward.

Save self-inflicted mistakes by Sproul and Marchenko, the Wings were actually very good defensively--on a night that they surrendered 71 shot attempts--and Detroit gave Chicago's defenders fits at times. This was a game that really could have been Detroit's, and at this point in the season, that's progress, even if it's a little ass backwards.

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Some pre-game bummer news about Smith and Kronwall

The Free Press's Helene St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan have not-so-good news regarding the injured Brendan Smith and Niklas Kronwall:

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; on Nielsen the grateful All-Star and news you can use

Updated with Brendan Smith news at 7:39 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Red Wings posted their Game-Day Preview video, which includes Frans Nielsen, Mike Green, Justin Abdelkader, coach Jeff Blashill and forward Tomas Tatar:

2. Frans Nielsen may be a strange selection for the All-Star Game, but that doesn't mean that he's any less excited about or honored by the selection, as he told MLive's Ansar Khan:

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The Numbers On Anthony Mantha

from Dom Luszczyszyn of The Hockey News,

As we reach the halfway point of the season let's take a look at three players whose stock is rising, and three players who have seen their stock drop....

Anthony Mantha, Detroit Red Wings
Q1 Value: 0.89 wins
Current Value: 2.22 wins

This is a tough one (and kind of cheating) because his sample size was so small before this that there would naturally be a lot of volatility. Mantha has 35 career games under his belt, and the previous value was based on his first 15 where he projected to be a solid middle six player notching five points in 15 games with a respectable possession rating. Since then he’s exploded and has been arguably the Red Wings best player, pacing the team in goals, points, shots, and Corsi. The point and goal totals are likely to come down as he gets more NHL time, but it does show his scoring ability exhibited in junior is starting to translate.

What’s really impressive here is his shot ratio. Over the second quarter, he was +60 which was easily the team’s best. Other than his linemates Tomas Tatar (+57) and Henrik Zetterberg (+53) as well as number one D-man Mike Green (+23), pretty much everyone else on the team was deep in the negatives. To be that far above water on a team that’s basically drowning is a very good sign. Mantha always showed a lot of promise given his high ranking in our annual Future Watch, and he’s finally living up the hype. If he’s not already Detroit’s best forward, he will probably cement himself as it soon.

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Riley Sheahan and Brendan Smith will take part in ‘Red Wings Days at Meijer’

From the Red Wings:

... Sheahan to Appear at First “Red Wings Day at Meijer” on Sunday, Jan. 15 in Lincoln Park …

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings forward Riley Sheahan and defenseman Brendan Smith are set to appear individually at six Meijer locations throughout the Metro Detroit area, signing free autographs and interacting with the fans of Hockeytown during this season’s “Red Wings Days at Meijer.” Sheahan will make the first appearance of the campaign on Sunday, Jan. 15 in Lincoln Park (3710 Dix Highway), while Smith will appear at the Meijer in Chesterfield Township (27255 23 Mile Rd.) two days later on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Sheahan and Smith will each make two additional stops in Royal Oak, Madison Heights and Detroit.

The first “Red Wings Day at Meijer” in Lincoln Park will run from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., with Sheahan signing from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. All other Meijer visits will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with player signings to occur from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The season-long schedule can be found below.

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