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I'm going to combine two entries into one to catch up a bit.

First, in the prospect news department:

In game action, in the SHL, Axel Holmstrom won 100% of his faceoffs and played 6:48 in Skelleftea AIK's 3-2 win over Lulea;

Mattias Janmark went 50% on his faceoffs and played 21:47 in the Frolunda Indians' 3-2 shootout win over Vaxjo;

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All Anthony Mantha

from Tom Mistsos of The Hockey Writers,

For the past week-and-a-half, Mantha has been in Grand Rapids training, conditioning and working out with the Griffins while he recovers from his injury. I had a chance to talk to him about his injury, his favorite player growing up and his cooking skills following the Griffins’ 2-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday.

The Hockey Writers: How’s the tibia feeling?

Anthony Mantha: Feeling good, actually. Started skating on Monday, Tuesday. Going back at it tomorrow and Friday. So, it does feel good.

THW: Do you have a timetable for when you are going to return?

AM: Right now, it’s more of a conditioning. I have to start working out more on my legs, and realistically, maybe three weekends or so (for a return).

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Practice Update From JLA

Ansar Khan tweets,

Wings lines at practice: Abdelkader-Datsyuk-Zetterberg, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Nestrasil-Helm-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson.

Defense pairs same: Kronwall-Ericsson, Quincey-DeKeyser, Smith-Kindl. Lashoff rotating in. Cleary and Franzen (IR) extras.

added 1:05pm,

 

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Stephen Weiss Headed Back To Detroit For Injury Evaluation

via Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Stephen Weiss' conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins lasted less than one game - at least for now.

The Detroit Red Wings forward, who has played only one game this season after missing most of last year with a sports hernia, had to leave Grand Rapids' 2-1 loss to Rockford Wednesday after the second period because of a sore groin.

He was scheduled to play for the Griffins again Friday before rejoining the Red Wings but instead is headed back to Detroit, where he'll be reevaluated.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Weiss' groin was too sore to play Friday, when the Griffins host Chicago.

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Video- Wings’ Win In Washington

The Detroit Red Wings will host the LA Kings Friday night, so in the meantime, enjoy over 19 minutes of highlights from the win in Washington last night.

Watch it below...

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Prospect news: Griffins lose Weiss, game to Rockford; Kadeikin, Melen ‘not playing’

The Grand Rapids Griffins may or may not have Stephen Weiss's services when they host the Chicago Wolves on Friday as Weiss was pulled out of the game due to "soreness" in his groin...

But Weiss's presence or absence didn't fare into the Griffins' inability to break a "goose egg" at home." Grand Rapids dropped a 2-1 decision to the Rockford IceHogs despite out-shooting Rockford 39-27, and the Griffins are now 0-and-3 at home.

The Griffins' website recapped the game...

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Quick take: Red Wings defeat Capitals despite gaffes, thanks to Datsyuk and Abdelkader

The Red Wings got jobbed on a goaltender interference call early, they were legitimately awarded a no-goal after Troy Brouwer bumped Jimmy Howard at the end (via @MyRegularFace), and in the middle...

Things were complicated. The Wings out-skated and out-played the Capitals by a wide margin in the 1st despite being out-shot 8-3 in the 1st, the Wings were just dreadful in the 2nd, surrendering a pair of PP-and-all-but-on-the-PP goals because their line changes were Chinese Fire Drills, and in the 3rd, when Mike Babcock decided to place Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line--after a superb amount of work from one Jimmy Howard in the bail-out-your-team category--Pavel Datsyuk proved to be a far better judge of talent than we knew in aiding Abdelkader in the game-tying gaol, assisting on the game-winning goal and then scoring the salt-away marker.

Detroit took a 4-2 decision despite the fact that few Wings fans thought that the team had a chance to do more than steal a point after Troy Brouwer caught everyone but Howard staring at the puck with 58 seconds left in the 2nd...

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Not good news: Red Wings’ Stephen Weiss out with a ‘lower-body injury’ in Grand Rapids

Updated 3x at 10:40 PM: I don't want to speculate, but when I read these Tweets regarding Stephen Weiss's first "conditioning stint" game with the Grand Rapids Griffins, I cringe:

Will report more as able.

Update:

Update #2: UGH.

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Reputation call defined: Luke Glendening gets a ‘Homer’ when Braden Holtby trips

Because I'm too pissed off about this to rationally discuss it, I'll leave it to video.

Here is what happened when Braden Holtby tripped into the goalpost with Luke Glendening about ten feet away from him, and Drew Miller scored as a result:

And then Mike Babcock asked Pierre McGuire about the replay:

 

Thank you, Mike Leggo, for another Tomas Holmstrom-style, "If he is in the general vicinity of the net, CLEARLY the Wing committed some sort of goaltender interference penalty" call.

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Updating Gordie Howe’s condition

Here are a few updates to Gordie Howe's condition subsequent to his family's statement released through the Red Wings, whose players and coach are quite concerned about Mr. Hockey:

The Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno spoke with Mark, the Wings' director of pro scouting:

Gordie Howe has a long way to go to recover from a stroke he suffered over the weekend, his son said Wednesday amid an outpouring of support from the hockey community.

“Mr. Hockey” has shown some signs of improvement from what son Mark called a “pretty significant stroke” and is resting at his daughter Cathy’s home in Lubbock, Tex.

“It’s a difficult time for Dad,” Mark Howe said in a phone interview from Lubbock. “It definitely impacted his life, so we’re dealing with this, I think, as all families do and just trying to be there. The best thing we can do is just be here and be supportive and try to keep him in good spirits.”

And after examining the outpouring of support throughout the hockey world and from former Whalers owner Howard Baldwin and one Frank Mahovlich, Whyno concludes with this:

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