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Afternoon news: Pre-game Blashill and Ouellet the ‘regular’

Upated 3x at 6:13 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. From MLive's Ansar Khan...

#RedWings Blashill in pregame declined to reveal lineup or starting goalie. Said everyone who played last night available.


#RedWings Blashill said Mantha will play a lot tonight after having minutes trimmed last 2 games.


Blashill said he didn't like Mantha's game last night. Declined to specify but said he has full confidence in him to bounce back. #RedWings


Blashill on Vanek: “He skated this morning and felt better, so we’ll know for sure tonight after warmups.” #RedWings

And DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

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Brad Marchand Will Have A Hearing Tomorrow

Watch the play below if you missed it.

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TMR afternoon line: Babcock praises Ken Holland

Take this, from WXYZ's Brad Galli, for what you will:

From WXYZ in text form:

When a reporter brought up Detroit's 25-year playoff streak, the ex-Red Wings head coach pinpointed one person for all of the playoff apperances and success.

"Ken Holland. Simple. It's Ken Holland. (He) does it right each and every day. It's interesting, they've been so good for so long, but you look at all the young players they have and how good they are... I mean, they've done a heck of a job," Babcock said.

"The other thing they've done here is not only develop players, they develop people. You look at all the people that came through the organization and are working somewhere else, and doing a real good job. So, obviously Ken Holland and Mr. Ilitch are the key."

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs game-day articles: Wings take on streaking leafs; Vanek to return(?)

Updated 6x at 2:35 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Toronto Maple Leafs in need of 2 points this evening (7 PM--not 7:30--EST on FSD/Sportsnet/97.1 FM), and while the Wings only held an optional morning skate, there was good news coming out of it: the Wings' beat writers reported that Thomas Vanek may return this evening from his bruised groi...sore wedding tack...erm, lower-body injury.

MLive's Brendan Savage penned a Wings-Leafs game preview...

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On the Marchand slew-foot

Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels was on Sportsnet's HockeyCentral at Noon today, and he and the HockeyCentral crew discussed Brad Marchand's slew foot on Niklas Kronwall:

Here's the play in question:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs morning skate Tweets and articles: Vanek back? Canes’ leak costs $50K

The Detroit Red Wings will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs this evening (7 PM EST start on FSD/Sportsnet/97.1 FM) with the Wings hoping to snap a 3-game OT losing streak against a Toronto team that's won 3 of its past 5 games.

The Red Wings held an optional morning skate after last night's 4-3 OT loss to Boston, so that left the Leafs in the spotlight:

WXYZ's Brad Galli and Justin Rose reported in from the Wings' skate:

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Too Many Points Are Being Left On The Table

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have a six-game points streak but have left points on the table the past week. Facing an uphill climb to make the playoffs, they can't afford that.

The Red Wings' 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins Tuesday at TD Garden was their third consecutive overtime setback, dropping their record over the past six games to 3-0-3.

It stings even more to yield points to a team they're chasing in the Atlantic Division....

The Red Wings (20-19-9. 49 points) fell to 3-9 in games decided in OT after David Pastrnak scored with 47 seconds remaining. Detroit's 6-0 shootout record has kept them close to the Bruins (54 points), who have played three more games, and Toronto (53 points), which has played three fewer games.

"We got to find a way to get results in those three-on-threes," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We got good enough players to do it. We got to score on it when we get chances.

"We can't afford (just) one point. It's good that we strung together a points streak, but we need two points."


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Bruins OT wrap-up and Wings-Leafs set-up

The Detroit Red Wings managed to earn a point over the course of their 4-3 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins, but the Wings' third overtime loss in a row yields 3 of a possible 6 points over the course of the past week, and the Wings' latest loss makes tonight's game against Toronto (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet/97.1 FM) particularly important to win.

Our friends in Boston were delighted by snapping a 4-game losing streak, none more than OT goal-scorer David Pastrnak, as Reuters' recap noted:

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Red Wings-Bruins quick take: overtime loss despite Coreau’s heroics

The Detroit Red Wings tangled with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, opening a back-to-back slate of games against a team the Wings are chasing in their attempt to climb back into the Atlantic Division playoff race.

The Red Wings got one point, not two, despite a 45-save performance by Jared Coreau, surrendering a 3-2 3rd period lead en route to a 4-3 OT loss. It was an incredibly frustrating evening for Red Wings fans as the Wings rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to take the lead just over halfway through the game, and Coreau was stellar at times, stopping 19 of 21 first period shots alone, but the Wings didn't have all the answers for a desperate Bruinse team that snapped a 4-game losing streak.

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Wallner: Griffins will get Lorito back from shoulder injury this Friday

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Grand Rapids Griffins will be getting back their co-leading scorer this Friday:

[Matt] Lorito, a winger who has missed the past eight games with a shoulder injury, is expected to play Friday when the Griffins host San Jose.

"Yeah, I'm looking forward to getting back," he said. "I've been practicing, skating, getting ready to get back out there and contribute."

When he went out the first week of January, the second-year pro had 10 goals and a team-high 32 points that were fourth most in the AHL. His 22 assists were third in the league.

His return now means another scoring threat for the Griffins, who enter Wednesday's home game against Iowa leading the Western Conference at 27-10-1-2 with the third highest goal-per-game average (3.43).

"It will be another weapon that we'll have," coach Todd Nelson said. "He creates a lot of offense and is a smart player. Plus he has a great shot and is very good on the power play."

Wallner continues...

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