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Prospect news: Griffins win big in matinee vs. Chicago

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins received goals from 7 different players, Kyle Criscuolo had a goal and 2 assists, Dominic Turgeon had 2 assists and Jared Coreau stopped 21 of 22 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Chicago Wolves 7-1 on Thursday afternoon.

The Griffins' website filed a recap:

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U.S. Women’s team practicing, will play vs. Canada at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth

From the Free Press's George Sipple:

Boston College junior defenseman Megan Keller (Farmington) returned home to Michigan this past week to take part in the USA Hockey Women’s Winter Training Camp. She’s among 37 players – along with forward Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton) -- vying for a spot on the U.S. Women’s Select Team, which will play exhibition games against Canada on Saturday at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth and on Dec. 19 in Sarnia, Ont.

Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on NBCSN as part of the first Team USA Winter Champions Series. The U.S. will host the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships from March 31 to April 7, 2017 at USA Hockey Arena.

Detroit Free Press sports writer George Sipple spoke to Keller about being back in her home state and her future goals.

On the practices this week: “They’re always intense when you get a very talented group of girls from all over the country together and they’re always high pace and a lot of fun. I know mostly everybody. I’ve either played against them or played with them. The player pool is very deep…. This camp is to keep preparing and working on the style of play that this program is going to use and we’re all still trying to earn a spot for that game on Saturday. We don’t find out until Saturday.”

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Jared Coreau on the life of an AHL-and-NHL goaltender

The Marquette Mining Journal's Ryan Stieg spoke with Red Wings prospect and former Northern Michigan University goaltender Jared Coreau regarding a wide range of topics, from his first NHL start against the Pittsburgh Penguins to the life of an AHL goaltender that occasionally subs as an NHL back-up.

The part of the interview in which Coreau details his life with the Grand Rapids Griffins and his call-ups with the Wings is actually very revealing:

When asked if it’s frustrating to always be wondering if he’d be called up again, Coreau said it’s not as bad as people might think.

“You just have to focus on the team that you’re with,” he said. “Everyone wants to get called up and that’s just professional hockey. You want be at the top.

“At the same time, it is a little bit flustering. I’ve been called up where we’ve been on the road and have only so many clothes and then I have to meet the Red Wings in Columbus or Florida or something, and I’m dressed for the winter.

“It can be very last minute. If you think that it might happen, you want to be ready, but at the same time, you don’t want to be too ready because you don’t want your head to be up there when you’re down here.”

Stieg continues, and his interview's definitely worth your time...

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; Larkin weighs in on his progress; must-win time

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

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

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Dylan Larkin regarding the learning curve he's attempting to master during his second NHL season:

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Thought Of The Joe

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Helene Elliott, on the memories she’ll take with her as she goes to the Joe for the last time:

Just memories of seeing some incredible hockey players. You know, it’s funny, Vladimir Konstantinov comes to mind immediately, and the tragedy that he went through. Pavel Datsyuk, Chris Osgood, Igor Larionov. You remember the moments and the games and the championships, and obviously the enthusiasm of the fans, the knowledge of the fans. It just was a terrific place to watch a hockey game, it really was. It could use some improvements, but everything kind of runs it course and it’s time for a new arena for them.

Elliott, on going to the Joe in the late ‘90s and early 2000s:

I had seen Larionov play Olympic hockey at an incredibly elite level for so long, and to be able to watch him and his wizardry and talk to him and get to know him a little bit, I mean, just an incredible guy to talk to. Just the professor, I mean, just such hockey knowledge. But you’d walk into that building and the Red Wings always had that air of, I don’t want to say over-confidence, but they had a swagger. They were a damn good team and they knew it, and they played such a good style of hockey, too. It wasn’t like it was, forgive me, the New Jersey Devils stifling hockey. The Red Wings could skate, the Red Wings could score, their defense was a lot better than people might remember, but they played complete hockey....

Rosen also spoke with some the LA players who have ties to Detroit, so read on and some great pictures too...

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Red Wings-Kings game-day articles: Zatkoff vs. Howard, Wings searching for offense

Updated 10x at 2:06 PM: The Red Wings held an optional moring skate ahead of tonight's game against Los Angeles (7:30 PM on FSD/FS West/97.1 FM), and while the beat writers reported that Darren Helm skated with the team, hes not hoping to return from his shoulder injury until January.

It also appears that Ryan Sproul will rejoin the lineup, as might Jonathan Ericsson, and Jimmy Howard will start opposite Jeff Zatkoff.

The Kings began their morning skate while the Wings' writers produced game-day articles, like this one from MLive's Ansar Khan:

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NHL announces Centennial Classic ‘entertainment’

This is one of those, "I kind of have to post it" press releases:


Rock Music Icon Bryan Adams to Perform During First Intermission of
Jan. 1 Toronto Maple Leafs-Detroit Red Wings Original Six™ Outdoor Game Match-Up

Acclaimed Alt-rock chart toppers Arkells to Give Pregame Concert in Exhibition Stadium – Parking Lot 2

Country Rock Group Cold Creek County to Perform Special Rendition of “The Hockey Song”

        NEW YORK/TORONTO (Dec. 15, 2016) – Multi-platinum recording artist Bryan Adams, acclaimed Alt-rock chart toppers Arkells and Canadian country rock group Cold Creek County will provide the musical entertainment for the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™, the much-anticipated Original Six™ rivalry game between the Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs® on Sunday, Jan. 1 at Exhibition Stadium (170 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto), the National Hockey League announced today. The outdoor game will broadcast live nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada and on NBC in the U.S. at 3 p.m. ET.

A Grammy and JUNO Award winner, Adams will perform during the first intermission of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs game. Adams’ career includes an extensive catalogue of rock standards, from “Run to You” to “Summer of 69” to “Cuts Like a Knife” as well as new material from his 13th studio album, GET UP. A portion of his performance will be broadcast. In addition, Adams will be the featured performer at the NHL and MLSE’s private New Year's Eve Centennial Celebration presented by Molson Canadian.

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Red Wings-Kings morning skate Tweets: Helm joins the fray + JLA nostalgia from LA

Updated 4x at 11:38 AM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Los Angeles Kings this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/FS West/97.1 FM) with nothing less than both teams' hopes of salvaging their 2016-17 campaigns on the line tonight.

We begin this survey of the Red Wings an Kings' morning skates with a public service announcement regarding the Cobo Center parking structure's closure for the next two games:

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Discussing the Wings’ decline

Sportsnet's Dmitri Filipovic discusses what he calls the, "Unavoidable downfall of the Detroit Red Wings":

The Red Wings have been able to maintain that elevated baseline of success in large part because of their knack for staying ahead of the curve. In many ways the franchise has been the pioneers of the hockey world. By emphasizing concepts that seem obvious now but were far from it at the time – like exploiting the European gold mine in the later rounds of the draft or realizing the importance of puck possession – they gave themselves a leg up on the competition for years.

I think it’s that same standard of excellence that makes their current downward trajectory particularly unsettling. Their collective apex came in the 2007-2009 time frame, when they were routinely blowing everyone out of the water at five-on-five. Since then it’s been a slow but steady descent down the mountain. While the overall effectiveness has clearly been decaying for some time now, the original starting point was so high that it afforded plenty of room for error.

We've heard this before while the Wings had a better record; now the Red Wings' players and coach are hoping to salvage their season starting tonight against LA.

Filipovic continues, lamenting Henrik Zetterberg's transition from a goal-scorer to playmaker, as well as Ken Holland's tendency to give long-term contracts to home-grown players, and like I said, it's stuff we know about.

I'm less worried about long-term trends (and they'r'e not good in the Wings' case) than I am about the Wings salvaging this season at this point, but yes, it is important to discuss the "how they got here" aspects of the situation as well.

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Wallner checks in on Evgeny Svechnikov

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner checks in with Evegeny Svechnikov this morning:

Evgeny Svechnikov, an enticing first pick last season because of his offensive skills, has spent the first third of the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins learning to play better without the puck. Svechnikov, the Detroit Red Wings' first pick (19th overall) in the 2015 draft, has four goals and eight points as the Griffins prepare for game No. 25 today in Chicago.

The offensive numbers are not what Svechnikov is used to considering his output in juniors. He had 32 goals and 79 points in 50 games last season with Cape Breton in QMJHL and nearly the same stats the year before (32-46-78) with the same team.

Of late, the offensive displays with the Griffins have become more frequent (two goals his past four games) as the right winger has tightened his all-around game.

"I'm not going to lie - everyone wants to score and I want to, too. But it's not easy to score in this league," Svechnikov said. "I just have to find a way to shoot every chance while I learn more. I know with me, I have a good shot, but it's hard to find a way to shoot. It's different. I feel different. I feel like I have more time to shoot but I don't. I'm still learning."

Wallner continues, discussing Svechnikov's AHL learning curve...

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