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The overnight report: Red Wings-Rangers wrap-up—turnovers damn the Wings

The Detroit Red Wings were hoping to build upon Friday's victory over the Chicago Blackhawks as they hosted the New York Rangers on Sunday, and the Red Wings could not deliver, losing 4-1 in a frustrating, turnover-filled affair.

After a game in which the Red Wings' fans gave their fans some honest-to-goodness hope, Detroit's bad habits returned in earnest, and the Rangers exploited the team's penchant for turnovers, its inability to "sort out" its checking assignments on rushes and odd-man rushes against, bouts of "stand-around-itis" by back-checkers and plain old sloppy play (among other concerns).

Worse, the Red Wings gave the Rangers a challenge enough of the time that Antti Raanta felt that he got a good workout, as he told the New York Post's Larry Brooks:

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Red Wings-Rangers quick take: turnover-happy Wings burn themselves down

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to build upon Friday's win against Chicago as they faced a desperate New York Rangers team on Sunday night. The Wings welcomed Brendan Smith back to Joe Louis Arena for one final time as well, hoping to make Smith's return a losing endeavor.

The Red Wings could not deliver, instead surrendering a litany of turnovers en route to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Kevin Hayes, Michal Grabner and Antti Raanta's Rangers.

The Red Wings did get one gorgeous power play goal from Frans Nielsen, but it wasn't enough to assuage the Wings' struggles at getting through the neutral zone without turning the puck over. Detroit surrendered a shorthanded goal, tied the game, and then gave up 2 goals in 37 seconds, with their defense and forwards suffering from "stand-around-itis" on both plays, and the Wings' self-inflicted wounds were just too deadly to come back from.

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NBCSN profiles Tomas Tatar

Tomas Tatar was spotlighted as part of NBCSN's "Star Sunday" feature:

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Saskatchewan town that lost a Gordie Howe jersey to theft raises $17,000 for their rink

The CBC reports that the town of Asquith, Saskatchewan did just fine raising funds for its rink despite the theft of a signed Gordie Howe jersey:

Earlier this year, the community of Asquith was questioning whether or not the town's kids would even be able to play hockey in 2017.

Those doubts have been erased as the community's most recent raffle raised $17,000 for the rink.

But the community faced an unexpected hurdle on the way to achieving its fundraising goal.

A signed Gordie Howe jersey, donated by Howe's distant relatives, was to be raffled off and the funds used to maintain the community rink. That all changed when the jersey was stolen following a break-in near the end of January.

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Once news of the theft got out, the community saw an outpouring of donations and support from within the province and across the country. Replacement jerseys were offered, including another autographed Howe jersey.

The influx of donations has helped the community, as they will have more items to raffle off and raise funds in the future.

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Pre-game Brendan Smith

NewYorkRangers.com's Matt Calamia spoke with Brendan Smith regarding returning to Joe Louis Arena and his status with the New York Rangers as they attempt to "shut down" the Red Wings this evening:

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; On Mantha, Nyquist and Tatar, Smith and the ‘old Joe’

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview video with Ken Kal:

2. On the Rangers' side of the ice, coach Alain Vigneault spoke with the media at 5 PM:

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Red Wings-Rangers morning skate Tweets and articles: Wings-Rangers previews; Mantha out

Updated 4x at 1:06 PM: The Red Wings host Brendan Smith and the New York Rangers this evening (7 PM EDT on NBCSN/97.1 FM), and the Red Wings will be facing a Rangers team desperate to earn points minus the injured Henrik Lundqvist.

As Smith is a "good quote," it's a safe guess to assume that his return will dominate the pre-game coverage, and MLive's Brendan Savage took note of Smith's stats with the Rangers:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Rangers set-up, take 2

The Detroit Red Wings battle Brendan Smith and the New York Rangers on Sunday (7 PM EDT on NBCSN/97.1 FM) with Detroit holding a wounded tiger by the tail.

The 43-23-and-2 Rangers are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, and the Rangers found out today that they'll be without Henrik Lundqvist for 2-3 weeks as he's tweaked his hip, so the Rangers, who hold down the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, are going to be very desperate to win Sunday night's game.

New York's split its past 4 games, gone 3-and-2 over its last 5 games, and 5-4-and-1 over its last 10, so the Rangers have some serious impetus to put the pedal down and beat the Wings.

The Rangers discussed Lundqvist's injury, and the need for Antti Raanta to step up in goal while "The King" is out, as noted by Newsday's Brian Heyman...

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WXYZ covers ‘Hockey Night in Brighton’

Per WXYZ, the Red Wings Alumni Association played "Hockey Night in Brighton" against the Well Church on Saturday, and funds were raised for four charities during the event:

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Brendan Smith’s first game in Detroit as a Ranger will be his last game at the Joe

Brendan Smith will come to Joe Louis Arena with the New York Rangers to play his final game at Joe Louis Arena, and Smith addressed that milestone marker with Newsday's Brian Heyman:

“I guess it’ll be my last game at The Joe, so emotions are going to be different for me as they will be for some of the other players,” Smith said after practice Saturday at the MSG Training Center. “I’m going to try to take every moment in. I mean, I love that rink. It’s going to be sad to play there for the last time. But it’ll be exciting to be on the ice.

“I liked competing against a bunch of those guys in practice. So it’ll be fun to play against them.”

The Red Wings had seven teams ahead of them for the East’s second wild card entering the weekend and were 12 points back with 16 to play. Failing to make the playoffs would take on special significance. Detroit has reached the postseason for 25 straight years, the longest active streak among the four major professional sports in North America and tied for third in NHL history.

“A lot of pride,” Smith said. “ . . . Just being there for so long, it was such a testament to the organization. It’s a tough break that it looks like they’re not going to be able to swing it again.”

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Update: Here's more from NewYorkRangers.com's Matt Calmia:

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