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The Red Wings' 3-2 OT loss to the Buffalo Sabres was...let's say it was officiated according to "old time hockey" rules, and Danny DeKeyser was stripped of the puck by Ryan O'Reilly twice, once in overtime, a hand-on-body grab and then a stick-to-the-hands play. On some nights, those plays are called textbook obstruction-and-or-interference plays, and on some nights, they're kosher.
To the Sabres' credit, O'Reilly and his teammates played whistle to whistle, and as a result, plays helped the Sabres secure two points to Detroit's one (and Detroit got to stew in its juices a bit as the team was "fogged in" in Buffalo).
Buffalo was delighted by the development and damn proud of O'Reilly's grit, as they told Buffalo Hockey Beat's Bill Hoppe:
According to the Free Press's Helene St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings will spend the night in Buffalo due to weather-related reasons:
Here's more from St. James:
The Detroit Red Wings faced off against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night, with the Wings looking to extend their 3-game winning streak against a Sabres team whose goaltender, Anders Nilsson, has one of the best home-ice records in the league.
Nilsson out-dueled Petr Mrazek despite 70 Wings shot attempts and 34 shots on net as the Red Wings were undone by a struggling power play, lost puck battles and a terrible non-call in OT as Buffalo won 3-2 in overtime.
Danny DeKeyser, who got walked around by Ryan O'Reilly on the 2-2 goal, was hooked around the hands by the same player, and the puck made its way to Kyle Okposo, who slid the puck past Mrazek at 4:34 of OT...
But the Wings had an OT power play of their own that wasn't demonstrative, the Wings just played kind of sloppy hockey for many stretches on the night, and Darren Helm's return wasn't enough to give the Wings the grit and jam they needed to grind out a heavily-needed win over the Sabres.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video...
2. And here's a video of the team applying stickers commemorating Joe Louis Arena memories to the West Entrance of the Joe:
Updated 6x at 2:06 PM: The Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres held their morning skates ahead of tonight's game (7 PM EST on FSD/MSG B/97.1 FM), and the Buffalo Sabres stated that they'd start Anders Nilsson in goal opposite Petr Mrazek and that Tyler Ennis will play for Buffalo tonight; Darren Helm will return for the Red Wings this evening, and the Wings' beat writers reported that Luke Glendening will battle through an illness.
The Buffalo News's Amy Moritz filed a game-day article...
NBC Sports is going to spotlight Dylan Larkin and Ryan McDonagh during Sunday's Wings-Rangers matinee:
“STAR SUNDAY” NHL GAME OF THE WEEK FEATURES RYAN MCDONAGH & DYLAN LARKIN – N.Y. RANGERS FACE DETROIT RED WINGS SUNDAY AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
Ryan McDonagh & Dylan Larkin Will Be Featured in Player Arrivals, Pre-Game Interviews, Pre- and Post-Game Studio Coverage, and Iso Cams
STAMFORD, Conn. – January 19, 2017 – NBC Sports’ 2017 debut of the NHL Game of the Week features a “Star Sunday” showcase highlighting Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin, when Detroit hosts New York this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.
Airing most Sundays through the end of the regular season in April, NBC Sports’ “Star Sunday” games will shine a spotlight on a star from each team. The stars selected for each “Star Sunday” will be the focus of pre-game player arrivals and interviews, and will be highlighted in pre-game features and “get-to-know” segments. NBC Sports’ “Star Sunday” game telecasts will include an iso cam on the stars to be utilized for game analysis during intermissions, and scoreboard graphics will let viewers know when these stars are on the ice.
The Detroit Red Wings face the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/MSG B/97.1 FM), with the Wings hoping to continue their 3-game winning streak tonight.
The Sabres hit the ice at KeyBank Center first for their morning skate, as noted by NHL.com's Joe Yerdon...
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
The Red Wings fought their way back from two three-goal deficits against a key opponent, the Bruins, on Wednesday to tie the game at 5.
Dogged on the three-on-three in overtime, the Wings nonetheless failed to score.
The point available in the standings for their dire pursuit of a playoff berth would have to come in the shootout.
In previous seasons, it was as if the Red Wings dreaded the skills competition the NHL uses to break ties.
They lead the league. By a lot.
After beating the Bruins 6-5 in the shootout, they are perfect for the season, 6-0.
The Flyers were the only team with five wins, and they had four losses.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
A hopeful sign out of the Boston victory, for Blashill, was the play of Riley Sheahan centering Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin.
Larkin and Tatar both scored goals, and the line was arguably the Red Wings’ best throughout the game.
With the Henrik Zetterberg and Frans Nielsen-centered lines both playing well, if a third line can develop, it would make the Red Wings that much more dangerous.
“You need guys to do it not being with Z or not playing with (Thomas) Vanek, you need the other guys to produce offense and that was a real positive for us,” Blashill said. “It’s a huge thing to be able to get a third line. To me, that could separate us, and I’ve said that dating back to last year. Nielsen’s line has been consistently good and Zetterberg’s line, whoever he’s playing with, has been consistent good. We need a third and fourth line that can produce a little bit, or produce a lot.”
more, basically a look at the Wings who are close to returning from injury...
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Coach Jeff Blashill said after Thursday's practice that Helm's status will be determined after Friday's pregame warmups.
"Right now we're shooting for tomorrow,but we'll have a final determination after the pre-game skate," Blashill said.
If Helm is cleared, forward Steve Ott will be placed on injured reserve to clear a roster spot. Blashill said Ott has been bothered by a shoulder issue since the Jan. 1 Centennial Classic in Toronto and reaggravated it in Dallas on Jan. 12. He hasn't played the past three games but has continued to practice....
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (groin) also is close to returning. He is not expected back Friday, but might return on Sunday. The club would need to clear a roster spot before activating Kronwall.
"Absolutely (Sunday), but we'll see what the medical team says and go from there," Kronwall said. "But I feel pretty good."
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