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Red Wings-Sharks morning skate Tweets: Coreau starts vs. Jones; Wings’ lineup sams as Thurs vs. LA

The Detroit Red Wings hope to close out their California trip with a win against the San Jose Sharks this evening (10:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/CSN California/97.1 FM).

The Sharks took to the ice first at the SAP Center, as noted by the Mercury News's Curtis Pashelka...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Sharks set-up—time for Detroit to prey on the slumping Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to wind up their 3-game California trip on a high note as they play the San Jose Sharks this evening (10:30 PM on FSD Plus/CSN California/97.1 FM), and the 17-17-and-5 Red Wings face quite the challenge in battling the 23-14-and-2 Sharks.

San Jose was all smiles on Friday as the Sharks hosted the California Golden Seals alumni, but the Sharks' off-ice workouts may have afforded some reflection as well: the Sharks are mired in a 3-game losing streak, and San Jose blew 2-1 and 4-2 leads over the course of a very bad third period on Thursday, ultimately losing 5-4 to the Minnesota Wild.

Friday's Sharks press mostly focused on defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who's missed the Sharks' 0-2-and-1 stretch with a broken...well, "facial fractures" after blocking a shot a week ago, and addressing Vlasic's status afforded Sharks coach Pete DeBoer a brief moment of reflection regarding the Sharks' record of late, as noted by CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz:

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Prospect news: Lorito-less Griffins lose to Charlotte; Walleye walloped in Wheeling; Hronek 2A

Of prospect-related note: in the AHL, Evgeny Svechnikov scored the Grand Rapids Griffins' only goal as the Griffins suffered a rare home loss, losing 2-1 to the Charlotte Checkers. The Griffins' website filed a recap:

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Red Wings, Sharks (mostly) stay off ice on Friday

Updated 2x at 6:01 PM: Both the Red Wings and San Jose Sharks chose not to practice on Friday, after a very different set of respective Thursday results--a 4-0 victory over LA for the Wings, and a 5-4 loss to Minnesota for the Sharks.

San Jose mostly held off-ice workouts on Friday, and they hosted members of the California Golden Seals' alumni, but there were some minor injury developments in terms of Sharks injuries:

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‘Three Things’: Epix chronicles a Wings fan’s ‘Wish’ fulfilled; on Hronek and Tweets of note

Updated with the Griffins' game-day preview @ 3:30 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The final episode of Epix' "Road to the Outdoor Classics" airs this evening at 10 PM, and Make-A-Wish program participant Jager Perreault will be featured in the episode as his wish of meeting Henrik Zetterberg comes true:

2. The Red Wings didn't have any prospects playing in the World Junior Championship's medal round, but Finland's Vili Saarijarvi, Switzerland's Joren van Pottelberghe and the Czech Republic's captain, Filip Hronek, played large roles in their team's efforts. ESPN's Corey Pronman mentioned Hronek as a "standout" performer in his World Junior Championship recap:

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Red Wings-Wild game on March 26th will start at 12:30 PM

From the Red Wings:

START TIME FOR RED WINGS-WILD GAME ON MARCH 26 MOVED TO 12:30 P.M.
… Detroit to Battle Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena on NBC …

DETROIT – The start time for the Detroit Red Wings home game on Sunday, March 26 against the Minnesota Wild has been moved from its original start time of 7:00 p.m. to a 12:30 p.m. puck drop. The game will now air on NBC at 12:30 p.m.

The time change was made because of the Red Wings game at Carolina the following night (March 27). That game was rescheduled from Dec. 19 due to unplayable ice conditions, giving Detroit three games in three days (March 26 vs. Minnesota; March 27 at Carolina; March 28 at Carolina).

Doors to Joe Louis Arena will now open at 11:00 a.m. on March 26 for the 12:30 p.m. puck drop between the Red Wings and Wild. The first 5,000 fans at The Joe will receive a Red Wings Beach Towel, presented by DTE.

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Andreas Athanasiou Delivers

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Nights like Thursday make you wonder why anyone would even consider scratching Andreas Athanasiou from the lineup.

But Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill believed he had just cause. He criticized the young forward's compete level a few days earlier and then sat him on Wednesday, saying "I expect our guys to come and work and compete every day, in games and practices."

Athanasiou was back in the lineup Thursday, and delivered in a big way, whether that had anything do with any message received. The speedy forward tallied a career-high three points (goal, two assists) in a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

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Below, awood40 put together a package of the Wings' 4 goals last night.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Kings wrap-up: building block

The Detroit Red Wings' 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday could be the kind of victory upon which the Wings mount a latter-half-of-the-season playoff push.

That's not an exaggeration given the circumstances, or the Red Wings' mediocre 17-17-and-6 record; the pair of goals from Thomas Vanek, goal and 2 assists from Andreas Athanasiou, goal and assist from Anthony Mantha, surprising +4 rating from Jonathan Ericsson and excellent 34-save shutout from Jared Coreau all serve as foundational performances, all coming a night after coach Blashill suggested that perhaps half the forwards played like passengers.

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Red Wings-Kings quick take: Vanek, Mantha, Coreau star in Wings win

The Red Wings headed into Los Angeles hoping to snap the Kings' 2-game winning streak and hoping to spoil the opening game of Los Angeles' season-high 7-game home stand.

Detroit did an excellent job of grinding out a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings thanks to a pair of goals from Thomas Vanek, a gorgeous goal by Andreas Athanasiou (again), a goal and an assist from Anthony Mantha and a wonderful 34-save shutout from Jared Coreau--his first in the NHL.

The Wings rebounded from their "drubbing" in Anaheim in a big way, and Detroit played great first and third periods against Los Angeles, hanging on for an expertly-goaltended 2nd in which Coreau stopped 13 shots.

Detroit didn't play an ideal game, but the Wings played close enough to very, very good to earn two points and perhaps to earn some real and honest momentum going forward.

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; on Nyquist, Sproul and Coreau

Of Red Wings-related note as game time approaches:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:

2. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article regarding Gustav Nyquist's goal-scoring struggles...

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