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Evening news: Pre-game videos, praise for Larkin, and Abdelkader, hall-of-famer

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' game-day preview video:

2. Fox 2 also posted a game-day video in which Jeff Blashill discusses the match-up against Montreal:

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TMR afternoon line: Blashill preaches patience for Jurco

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with both Tomas Jurco and coach Jeff Blashill regarding Jurco's place on the team, and Blashill issued a particularly intriguing statement regarding his plans for the 22-year-old forward:

"I think patience for everybody involved, patience for us, patience for him, I think him and I talk lots about the mental toughness that is needed to overcome adversity and the adversity of not playing and getting the opportunities he wants," Blashill said. "He was really young when he came to play for me. A lot of his peers had played that year of junior but because of his age he had to leave junior, so we’re very aware of that. We want to have patience with him. We think there’d a lot to his package. With that said he also has to, every time he gets a chance, grab the spot and grab those opportunities and he did that the other right by scoring."

Jurco was rewarded for going to the net, which remains the plan.

"That’s what they want from me, so like I said, that’s what I’m trying to do it a little more than I used to and I’m happy it worked last game," Jurco said.

Wakiji continues...

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‘Roughly Translated’: On Dylan Larkin’s poise

Le Journal de Montreal's Jean-Francois Chaumont wrote a superb French-language article about Dylan Larkin's poise, and here's a rough translation thereof:

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A pair of interviews with Chris Chelios on TSN 690 and Ken Holland on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Two members of the Red Wings organization gave extended interviews on Thursday afternoon.

First, Red Wings assistant coach Chris Chelios spoke with TSN 690's Chris Nilan about the Red Wings-Canadiens match-up, the Wings' transition away from Mike Babcock, Dylan Larkin's learning curve and Chelios's role as an assistant coach:

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Red Wings-Canadiens game-day articles: Habs lineup in flux(?); Wings excited about hosting Habs

Updated 8x at 3:19 PM: The Red Wings' morning skate ahead of tonight's game against Montreal (7:30 PM on FSD/CITY/RDS/97.1 FM) revealed very little in the way of personnel surprises. Petr Mrazek will start opposite Dustin Tokarski and the Wings will make no lineup changes.

Our friends from Montreal held a very, very optional morning sate and Canadiens announcer John Bartlett summarizes its substance:

In plain old Google-translated French, La Presse's Richard Labbe confirms that the Canadiens neither held a full morning skate nor spoke with the media...

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Custance: Detroit the 3rd-best ‘Hockeytown?’

Via RedWingsFeed, ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry discussing "The Real Hockeytown," and according to Custance, if NHL factors are taken into consideration, Boston and Chicago rank ahead of Detroit--which is baffling given the youth participation and hockey programs that call Metro Detroit and Michigan home:

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Red Wings-Canadiens morning skate Tweets: Mrazek vs. Tokarski; Wings lineup unchanged

Updated 6x at 12:04 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to snap a 7-game winless streak against the Montreal Canadiens this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/CITY/RDS/97.1 FM) while pushing their own points streak to 12 games.

The Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena for the morning skate just before 10:30 AM, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

#RedWings on ice for morning skate. Mrazek in starter's net.


#RedWings lines unchanged:


Defense pairs the same:

Fox 2 sports...

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Griffins choose fan-designed alternate; McCollum out with ankle injury

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note:

1. Per TSN's Bardown blog, the Griffins chose their fan-designed alternate jersey:

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All Mike Green

MLive's Brendan Savage engaged in a Q and A with Red WIngs defenseman Mike Green:

MLive: Ten years in Washington. What was the coolest part about playing in a city like that?

Green: For me it was seeing hockey become a big part of the community. When I first got there no one really knew what the Capitals were and we got maybe 5,000, 6,000 fans for the games. As time went on, we were selling out each night and fans were pretty excited about hockey.

MLive: What's it been like coming to an Original Six city?

Green: It's been pretty incredible actually. You sit in the dressing seeing the photos and what not. A lot of history here, a lot memories for a lot guys. You can sense that presence in this dressing room.

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Prospect news: Griffins defeat Milwaukee; Walleye’s streak snapped; Kadeikin scores gamer

Of prospect-related note,

In the AHL, minus Tom McCollum, the Grand Rapids Griffins received a goal and an assist from Eric Tangradi, 2 assists from Andreas Athanasiou, a goal from Mitch Callahan and 23 saves from Jared Coreau en route to a 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. The Griffins have now won 9 straight games.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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