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Petr Mrazek Knows He Has To Be Better

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Mrazek has played well during spot starts the past three seasons. After Howard suffered a groin injury on Jan. 10, Mrazek stepped in and won three games in a row.

At that point he was sporting a 2.12 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. After allowing five goals on 15 shots through two periods in Thursday's 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay, Mrazek emerged with a 2.77 GAA and .904 save percentage.

"Of course I'm not happy with that," Mrazek said. "I let in a few goals I probably shouldn't have and made the game change. Just stay positive and battle hard.

"You have to flush it and not think about it and get ready for (Saturday) and stay thinking positive. Sometimes the pucks go in and you don't know why, so you just have to battle."...

Mrazek has a 5.36 GAA and .842 save percentage his past four games. He doesn't believe he's getting worn down mentally by having to carry the load in the absence of Howard and Jonas Gustavsson, who should return next week.

"When I played in Grand Rapids I played every game and now here it's the same process," Mrazek said. "I'm trying hard work, on the ice before the game and in the game."

more with comments from Mikc Babcock on Mrazek...

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Jonas Gustavsson Will Play In Grand Rapids Tomorrow

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Alexey Marchenko Getting A Look By The Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Ken (general manager Holland) and guys who go watch him play and Blash have said is that he's a big body," Babcock said. "We think he's a good player and we're going to give him an opportunity to see what he can do as we try to figure out how to have the best possible lineup we can to help win every game."

Goaltender Petr Mrazek, who played with Marchenko in Grand Rapids, said, "Marchy is a great defensive player, smart guy, right-handed, so I think he's really good. He can jump in the (rush) and then be back on the D."

Marchenko's season ended in late February following surgery for a high ankle sprain.

"I think Marchenko has played well in the AHL," Holland said. "We need to give Marchenko an opportunity. We had the opportunity to look at (Teemu) Pulkkinen and Ouellet. We might take a look at one or two more kids so we know what we got."


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Xavier Ouellet Back To Grand Rapids, Alexey Marchenko Recalled

added 1:19pm, via Khan tweet,

Holland the moves aren't a reflection of Ouellet's play. They want to see what Marchenko can do.

added 1:43pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland didn't rule out Ouellet, who has played very well, being recalled in time for next week's trip to Denver and Arizona. Ouellet told the Free Press that he'd been given the OK to bring his father on the trip, but Holland said he hadn't approved that.

Last year, the Wings traded Calle Jarnkrok at the deadline without having gotten a good look at him with the Wings. This year, there's more emphasis on seeing more of the prospects, with the possibility that Mitch Callahan could also be called up over the coming month.

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Brian Lashoff On Waivers


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Buffalo Sabres Scouting Grand Rapids Griffins

via Nichols On Hockey,

Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Friday morning.

On what he’s working on for Saturday:

“A lot of the teams are finishing up their scouting meetings. I understand that Buffalo has been scouting Grand Rapids, which is Detroit’s American Hockey League team, quite a bit. So who knows what’s going on there. But a few people who have been through and around Grand Rapids have been saying they’ve seen a lot of Buffalo guys there. In the past, the Sabres and Red Wings have kind of been linked on talks, so you never know what that’s about.”

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A Lot Of Red In Tampa

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

With 8:01 left in the first period of Thursday night's Lightning-Red Wings showdown, a puck with eyes found its way into the net to tie the score, and a loud roar vibrated through the building.

But here's the strange thing: The goal wasn't scored by the Lightning, and this wasn't Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. This was Amalie Arena, home of the Lightning. On Thursday night, the Lightning had a time-share with the Red Wings.

As has become something of a tradition, Red Wing fans invaded Tampa Bay, turning Hockey Bay into a suburb of Hockeytown. A normal sea of blue had become flooded with red.

"It (ticks) me off," said Brad Fountain, a 47-year-old Lightning partial season-ticket holder from Palm Harbor. "This is our home. This is our building. I hate those fans who come here from other teams."


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Mike Babcock After The Wings 5-1 Loss To The Lightning

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I thought we had good attention to detail. I thought we played good," Babcock said. "I thought that might have been our best first period in a while. The puck just went in the net tonight.

"Let's be honest. It was in the net every time they shot it and so you're down by, not quite a touchdown, but a chunk right off the get-go."

Petr Mrazek experienced his worst NHL game, surrendering three goals on 15 shots and getting pulled after two periods.

He had played extremely well in spot starts this season and in the first three games after Jimmy Howard injured his groin on Jan. 10. But the 22-year-old has faltered of late, allowing 16 goals in his past four starts, getting pulled twice.

"You got to give him credit. He's a kid who's 10-4-1," Babcock said. "He's our third goalie. When they (Howard, Jonas Gustavsson) got hurt he still had great moxie. He's got NHL moxie. He's still got to work at his skill level."


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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Lightning: Wings get their asses handed to ‘em by Bolts

The Detroit Red Wings had won 6 straight games going into Thursday's tilt against a Tampa Bay Lightning team that had won 8 straight games at home, and Detroit came right out and got scored on, tied the game, and got scored on again, again and again, all en route to a hideous, 5-1 loss that may have been the Wings' most embarrassing loss of the season.

Detroit still has a game in hand on Tampa Bay, which leapfrogged Detroit by 1 point to take 1st in the Atlantic and LITERALLY leapfrogged, grabbed, groped, leg-humped, ran-from-the-blindside, hooked, held, tackled, mashed, wrestled and otherwise played rugby against Detroit, with no call from a set of referees who embodied the, "Everything is legal but embellishment" trend in 2015...

But the Wings didn't just get out-groped, including a bullshit hook on the 1st goal against. Detroit got out-played in every aspect of the game, from skating, passing, shooting, execution, poise, finish, urgency, goaltending, physicality, the Bolts schooled the Wings in every aspect but perhaps ice-making, and as such, Detroit limped home with an absolutely disastrous effort against a rival-in-the-making stinging 'em.

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Plymouth Whalers to hold Military Appreciation Nights on January 30 and 31

From the Plymouth Whalers:


Whalers, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare Systems join forces to aide veterans January 30-31

PLYMOUTH – The Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers have supported the military in a big way over the years and continue the tradition on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 in the team’s second annual Military Appreciation Weekend at Compuware Arena.

Both games can be seen live on CN-900 television starting at 7 pm.

The Whalers will be wearing specially designed jerseys with a military theme against the Belleville Bulls on Fri. Jan. 30 and the Windsor Spitfires on Sat. Jan. 31.  The proceeds of the jerseys will be auctioned off, with Whalers ticket sales over the weekend and 50/50 fundraisers to be donated to VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

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