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Red Wings-Islanders quick take: DeKeyser delivers late as Wings win a squeaker

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to dent the streaking New York Islanders' momentum on Friday, with the Islanders coming into Friday's game on a 5-0-and-1 streak.

The Red Wings may or may not have earned all their breaks, but they defeated the Islanders 5-4 thanks to a "pinball shot" by Danny DeKeyser and thanks to a heavy-battling effort by the Red Wings for a full 60 minutes, even though they were on their "back foot" for much of the 3rd period.

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Afternoon news: A Game-Day Preview video; on Howard, Mrazek, the Isles and ‘You Can Play’

The Red Wings face the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG Plus/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), and in addition to a slate of game-day articles, more afternoon news has popped up:

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

2. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Jimmy Howard regarding his imminent conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins...

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St. James checks in with Ken Holland regarding Alexey Marchenko

The Free Press's Helene St. James checked in with Ken Holland regarding the waiving of Alexey Marchenko:

Marchenko has been a healthy scratch the last four games. He missed time in November and December because of a shoulder injury. In the meantime, the Wings called up Nick Jensen, and he grabbed a job. Jensen’s biggest assets are his ability to skate and his compete level, and it’s especially his speed that has made him aa good partner for Niklas Kronwall.

“We’ve got a lot of young defensemen, and with Brendan Smith healthy and Jimmy Howard on the horizon, have to make moves for the cap and 23-man roster,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press.

If Marchenko clears by noon Saturday, he will be assigned to Grand Rapids. The Wings would gain $950,000 in salary cap relief against his cap hit of $1.45 million. Marchenko 25, is signed through next season.

There are likely to be more moves ahead, unless there are new injuries. Steve Ott (shoulder) is close to returning -- maybe as soon as Tuesday -- and Howard (knee) is also close, pending how he feels after playing Saturday in Grand Rapids. If he feels good, the plan is he plays again with the Griffins on Wednesday, then meets the Wings in Columbus, where they play Feb. 11. Jared Coreau can be sent back to Grand Rapids to make room for Howard, but it may also require another move to free up enough salary cap space.

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Islanders interim coach Doug Weight speaks with Michigan Hockey

New York Islanders coach Doug Weight spoke with Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus about his hockey memories growing up in St. Clair Shores, MI and his status as the Islanders' interim bench boss:

Weight, who is also the Isles’ assistant general manager, has filled in admirably since Jack Capuano was fired on Jan. 17. Since, the Isles have gone 5-0-1 heading into Friday’s tilt with Detroit. The Detroit native joined Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill (Sault Ste. Marie) and Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma (Grand Haven) as the only homegrown NHL head coaches currently in the league.

“The beginning has been great, that’s no secret,” Weight said. “It’s always a shocker when something like that happens within an organization and, first and foremost, from staff to the top-down, you take accountability for it, but one man gets the brunt of it so it’s a tough situation and we were close with Jack (Capuano) and that team liked Jack. So we had to take the positives out of it and we’ve had to move on.

Like Detroit, the Islanders are fighting for their playoff lives, as they currently sit five points back of the second wild card spot in a tough Metropolitan Division.

“For me, so far it’s been great, but there’s always gonna be ebbs and flows in this league that’s for sure,” Weight said. “There’s so many great teams. It’s gonna be a tough one tonight, but the cliché thing is, we’ve dug ourselves a hole so we have to take it one game at a time.”

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Red Wings waive Alexey Marchenko

No surprise here: the Red Wings have waived Alexey Marchenko, per TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie:

MLive's Ansar Khan confirms, and he reports that Marchenko will be assigned to Grand Rapids if he clears:

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Red Wings-Islanders game-day articles: Mrazek starts; Howard ready to get going in GR

Updated 3x at 1:37 PM: The slumping Red Wings face a red-hot Islanders team this evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/MSG Plus/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), and the Red Wings' morning skate revealed no personnel changes save Petr Mrazek starting in goal, as the Free Press's Helene St. James noted:

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Griffins preparing for Jimmy Howard’s conditioning stint

From WOOD TV News 8's news staff:

Longtime Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard may be in uniform for the Grand Rapids Griffins this weekend.

Howard hasn’t played in more than six weeks after he strained the MCL in his right knee during a Dec. 20 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

There has been no official word from the Red Wings, but Griffins head coach Todd Nelson confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 that the tentative plan is for Howard to be in Grand Rapids for the Saturday morning skate and then back on the ice Saturday night at Van Andel Arena for the game versus the Milwaukee Admirals.

“As of right now, the game plan is he’s likely to start for us on Saturday. But that’s always subject to change because we both play tomorrow night,” Nelson said Thursday.

Howard is expected to play two games for the Griffins.

The report continues, noting that Louis-Marc Aubry has left the Griffins for the Eisbaren Berlin of the DEL...

Update: Here's more from the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:

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Red Wings-Islanders morning skate Tweets: few personnel changes as Wings face red-hot Islanders

The Red Wings face a scorching hot Islanders team this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG Plus/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), with the Islanders having won 3 straight and 6 of their past 7 games (6-0-1). The Wings are mired in a 5-game losing streak (0-2-3).

NewYorkIslanders.com's Cory Wright filed a game preview:

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Henrik Zetterberg On The Season

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

He knows.

Henrik Zetterberg is not oblivious to the facts at hand.

Having played a key role in the success of the Red Wings over the past 14 seasons, his awareness of the fine edge of the franchise dulling and, perhaps, even fading is far keener than he might let on, as he works....

In his media scrums this season, which are comparatively more detailed and explanatory than in his previous four as captain, Zetterberg’s greatest source of frustration is this lineup’s ability to play like it can beat any NHL team one game and the worst team in the league the next two.

“Because when we play the way we should play and the way we want to play, we are playing well,” Zetterberg said.

“Even maybe if we don’t win those games and we don’t score enough goals, we’re in their zone and we’re creating a lot of chaos. And then, when we’re not doing that, we can be really bad.

“And that’s the frustrating part for us,” continued Zetterberg, who would become the first Red Wings captain not in the postseason since Steve Yzerman in 1989-90 — without a fairly quick, sharp alteration of course.

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Mark Howe On The Wings

Mark Howe was just on Sportsnet during the intermission of Canadiens/Flyers.

We are in a situation we are not used to but will keep on working to improve.

That's Mark Howe, who is in charge of pro scouting for the Wings.

Howe also mentioned the Wings had so many great players who also played for a long time and the Wings sort of lost out on those high draft choices and also traded prsopects to improve the team in the past.

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