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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."

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A Tough Time For Drew Miller

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“It’s definitely a tough time,” said Miller after Tuesday’s morning skate. “Any time you go on waivers, it’s not easy. But thing go on in this game, in the NHL, things happen quick, and I’m back here for now and I’m going to try to make the most of this opportunity.

“For me, it’s just going into a personal shell, push away the waivers and the uncertainty and play hockey. It’s all you can do and what you can control. That’s what I’m going to do. I’ve played a lot of games in this league and tonight will be just another one.”...

Being waived caught Miller by surprise, too.

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“A little bit,” Miller said. “Obviously if you’re going to go on waivers, you want to be picked up and that didn’t happen, whatever the circumstances. But those things you can’t worry about and go about your business and prepare.

“I’m back for now and I have an opportunity and I’ll try to make the most of it.”


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A Confused Tomas Jurco

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“It’s hard for me, for some reason, to stay in the lineup,” Jurco said after the morning skate. “I think most important for me is to maybe make some points, because I don’t think playing good is going to keep me in the lineup. When I have played before, and then Blash told me I was playing good, and, the next day, I was scratched. So I think I need some points.

“I don’t think I am a big guy that is going to go out there and be physical like Abby. I am different player. I have been always more skilled guy. That’s what got me here, and I need to try to do same thing what got me here. A big part of my game is skating, so I have to skate and create some chances for my teammates.”

Jurco, 24, requested a trade earlier this season, questioning whether he has a future with the Wings. Playing sporadically is a hard way for a young player to develop.

“If I were in Jurco’s shoes, I'd love to have 20 games,” Blashill said today. “I get that, 100%. I think Jurcs is a good NHL player -- that is one of the reasons why my advice has been to be real reticent about giving up on him. I think he’s got lots of ability. He’s a guy who can be a top-three-line player in the NHL.


Update: St. James posted a video of Jurco's remarks:

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Red Wings-Bruins game-day articles: Coreau vs. Rask and Miller(s) return(s)

Updated 4x at 4:16 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Boston Bruins this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/NESN/97.1 FM), and the teams' morning skates revealed that Tuukka Rask will start tonight despite suffering from migraines yesterday; for the Red Wings, personnel decisions were a little more murky, as noted by the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Goalie Jared Coreau is starting  Forwards Thomas Vanek (lower body) and Dylan Larkin (upper body) are out, disrupting two lines. Tomas Jurco will play for the only the fourth time since mid-December.

Drew Miller was assigned to Grand Rapids after clearing waivers Monday but has been recalled and skated with the Wings this morning. Steve Ott (shoulder) remains on IR.

Coach Jeff Blashill said all other lineup decisions would be made at game time. The Wngs don't have any spare forwards, but are carrying eight defensemen. Ryan Sproul and Alexey Marchenko were healthy scratches the last game.

St. James continues, and CSNNE's Joe Haggerty filed a morning skate report as well...

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Red Wings-Bruins morning skate Tweets and articles: Coreau vs. Rask; ‘Millers’ return for Det, Bos

The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Boston Bruins this evening (7 PM EST start on FSD/NESN/97.1 FM), with the Red Wings hoping to pounce upon a Bruins team that's lost 4 straight games, including a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

According to BostonBruins.com's Eric Russo, the B's tried to "get back to basics" during Monday's practice:

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Drew Miller officially recalled by Red Wings

From the Red Wings:

… Detroit Visits Boston Tonight and Hosts Toronto Tomorrow Prior to All-Star Break …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled left wing Drew Miller from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Miller, 32, has recorded 106 points (56-50-106) in 483 games with the Red Wings since joining the team during the 2009-10 campaign. The 6-foot-2, 180-lb., forward has totaled 121 points (62-59-121) and 132 penalty minutes in 550 career NHL games with the Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning. Miller has also tallied 13 points (6-7-13) in 60 Stanley Cup playoff games, and helped the Anaheim Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship in 2007, skating in three games as a first-year pro. Miller has logged 34 games with the Red Wings this season, recording six points (5-1-6) and 14 penalty minutes.

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