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Red Wings-Blackhawks game-day articles: Mostly Mantha talk

Updated 6x at 2:03 PM: The Detroit Red Wings play the Chicago Blackhawks this evening, and the morning skate ahead of tonight's game (7:30 PM on FSD/CSN Chicago/NHL Network U.S./Sportsnet/97.1 FM) revealed that Anthony Mantha will not play tonight as he's a healthy scratch. Jimmy Howard will start for the Wings, and we won't know the Hawks' starters until 5:30 PM EST, when Joel Quenneville speaks with the media (per CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers).

The Free Press's Helene St. James filed a morning skate article...

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TMR morning lines: Mantha on his benching

The Detroit Red Wings will play the Chicago Blackhawks without Anthony Mantha's services tonight (7:30 PM EST on FSD/CSN Chicago/NHL Network U.S./Sportsnet/97.1 FM), as Mantha's being scratched. He spoke with DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji regarding his status:

#RedWings Mantha: To be honest, I was mad about it when I got here this morning and saw the lineup.

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#RedWings Mantha: For sure it’s not good news this morning. But I just need to work harder, I think. That’s the message he wants to send me.

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#RedWings Mantha: Outcompete the opposite tm, win more battles, be more intense, a little bit bring the gm I had when I was first called up.

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#RedWings Mantha:After I talked with Blash,he just wants me to be a better player in general,to compete harder & (focus on) little details.

I'm glad Mantha is taking this as positively as he is.

Update: MLive's Ansar Khan posted a clip of Mantha addressing the situation:

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Hockey Hall of Fame reveals new Gordie Howe statue

Per the Hockey Hall of Fame's Kelly Masse, the Hockey Hall of Fame unveiled a new statue of Gordie Howe this morning, and Mark and Marty were on hand for the unveiling:

The statue is part of a temporary exhibit honoring the NHL's centennial season, but the statue itself will remain permanently at the HHOF. I believe it's 7'9" tall.

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Red Wings-Blackhawks morning skate Tweets: Howard starts, Mantha out?

Updated 3x at 11:20 AM: Mantha is a healthy scratch:

The Red Wings face the Chicago Blackhawks this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/CSN Chicago/NHL Network U.S./Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and the Hawks come to town on the heels of a 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, a loss that snapped a 7-game winning streak.

The Hawks won't hold a morning skate, and CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reported that Joel Quenneville isn't scheduled to speak with the media until 5:30 PM EST, but the Wings hit the ice at 10:30 AM for their full morning skate, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan...

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No hearing for Niederreiter

Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter took out two Tampa Bay Lightning forwards last night, but he won't face a hearing for a knee-on-knee hit with Tyler Johnson...

Cedric Paquette also got hurt getting tangled up with Niederreiter:

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Morning news: Wings-Hawks stuff and Howard returns

Of Red Wings-related note ahead of tonight's game against the Chicago Blackhawks (7:30 PM EST on FSD/CSN Chicago/NHL Network U.S./Sportsnet/97.1 FM), who had a 7-game winning streak snapped by the Anaheim Ducks last night:

1. From NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika:

2. CSN Chicago's Charlie Roumeliotis penned a list of "5 Things to Watch" during tonight's game...

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What did you expect him to say?

Red Wings Twitter and Reddit was abuzz on Thursday due to this comment made by Steve Ott regarding the Montreal Canadiens, with many suggesting that Ott was "throwing shade" at his former employer. My suggestion is that this is not exactly a message-sending remark as much as it is a new player gushing about his current team:

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Red Wings-Blackhawks mini set-up: Chicago comes to town against frustrated Wings

The Red Wings will face an unhappy Chicago Blackhawks team on Friday night (7:30 PM EST on FSD/CSN Chicago/NHL Network U.S./Sportsnet/97.1 FM). Chicago lost a 1-0 decision to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, despite firing 43 shots on Jonathan Bernier, and the loss snapped a 7-game Hawks winning streak.

Our friends from Chicago are in a nasty battle with the Minnesota Wild for Central Division supremacy (that's why Sunday's Hawks-Wild game replaced the Rangers-Wings game from NBC's schedule), while the Red Wings sit in the Eastern Conference basement amidst a 4-game losing streak, and as you know by now, all is not well here in Motown.

Detroit's coming off a 6-1 loss to Boston on Wednesday, and even then, the Wings knew that they would be hosting Chicago on Friday and New York on Sunday, as Henrik Zetterberg and Jeff Blashill told the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

“We’ve got some tough challenges coming up here starting with Chicago (Friday) at home,” Zetterberg said. “We have to hit the reset button and come in and play a good game.”

Detroit coach Jeff Blashill found himself at a loss in search of an adjective to describe his team’s epically poor starts to games.

“I don’t know what the word is,” Blashill said. “I know we’re going to have to continue to get better. Our job as coaches is that we’re going to have to continue to demand that we get better so that’s what we’re going to do come Friday morning.”

The Hawks game wrapped up around 11:20 PM Eastern Time (in Chicago), so the Blackhawks probably arrive in Southeastern Michigan around 2 AM and won't hold a morning skate (it's pretty safe to assume that Scott Darling will start opposite Petr Mrazek), but the Red Wings will skate on Friday morning.

As they approach their final 16 games, the Wings are running out of answers for the same old questions, as they told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

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Red Wings post ‘There’s More to the Story’ profile of Tomas Tatar

The Red Wings posted a "There's More to the Story" video about Tomas Tatar...

And I'm not into free advertising, but this is quite the deal:

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Red Wings assign Coreau to Grand Rapids

The Red Wings assigned Jared Coreau to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday afternoon:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Thursday assigned goaltender Jared Coreau to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The 158th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL, the 25-year-old Coreau shows a 5-4-3 record to go along with a 3.46 goals against average, a 0.887 save percentage and two shutouts in 14 games during his first season with the Red Wings. Coreau earned points in eight straight decisions following his first NHL win on Dec. 23 at Florida.

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