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Prospect news: Marsh, Smith score goals; Kadeikin’s ice time diminishes

Of prospect-related note, from Sunday evening:

In the Swedish J20 league, Filip Larsson served as the back-up in Djurgardens IF's 5-1 loss to Timra;

Alfons Malmstrom didn't register a point in Orebro HK's 4-0 win over Rogle;

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Mattias Elfstrom didn't register a point in IK Pantern's 4-0 win over Bjorkloven;

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 8:50 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 2-1 win over Salavat Yulaev;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh scored a goal in the Val-d'Or Foreurs' 6-5 loss to Sherbrooke;

In the OHL, Givani Smith scored a goal and took 7 shots in the Guelph Storm's 4-2 loss to Filip Hronek's Saginaw Spirit. Hronek took 2 shots for Saginaw;

Update: regarding Smith, from ESPN's Corey Pronman:

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Khan: Smith to miss 4 weeks; no update on Bertuzzi yet

Per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Update: In cheerier news:

Update #2:

Update #3:

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Morning news: ‘steps in the right direction,’ player grades, questionable hits & ‘home improvement’

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness notes that the Wings felt that even Saturday's loss against Montreal was a "step in the right direction":

“I thought Wednesday we won ugly, which you have to do when you’re coming out of a slump,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I thought (Friday) we took a real step forward and I thought we continued that step (Saturday). We weren’t perfect but I’ve yet to see a perfect hockey game.

“I think we took steps forward,” Blashill added. “That’s our focus. Now we’ve got to go to work Monday and get better.”

During the Wings’ four-game losing streak they were outscored 13-5 and were shutout in two of those losses.

In their last three games they’ve outscored opponents 8-7.

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week:

Nielsen's homecoming

The Red Wings finish the week in Brooklyn Sunday with a matchup against the reeling New York Islanders (6 p.m., FSD), who are tied for last in the league with 16 points (6-10-4).

It'll be a homecoming for Frans Nielsen, who spent the first 10 years of his career with the Islanders.

Nielsen, after a bit of an adjustment period with the Red Wings, has played better lately. He has four points in the past two games.

Coreau to debut soon?

Back-to-back games next weekend might prompt the Red Wings to start Jared Coreau in goal Sunday for what would be his NHL debut.

The Red Wings are high on the 6-foot-6 free agent signee from Northern Michigan, who has been strong in Grand Rapids since the start of the 2014-15 season, following a rough first year as a pro.

Coreau is no longer waiver-exempt next season, when he was projected to be the back-up in Detroit.

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He Is Anthony Mantha

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

He already is distinguishable by the way he moves on the ice.

You can tell, without benefit of number or sight of face, that he is Anthony Mantha.

There is the size, of course. Last season, he was tall. Now, he is big and tall. The upper body went from kid to man, thickened by a dietary regimen he described as eating “maybe seven or eight times a day.”

He is huge....

And the simple fact is Mantha looks capable of significant contributions, and he did not with consistency, albeit in short time, last year.

While praising the Wings brass these days for anything is only occasionally warranted, and fraught with the risk of targeting on social media, the fact of the matter is Holland and Devellano were right about Mantha’s performance and wise to make it plain to the player, perhaps even in publicly prominent ways.

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Tomas Jurco Expected Back For Tuesday’s Game Against Dallas

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

During a stretch that has seen heavy traffic in sick bay, one player at last is ready to check out.

Tomas Jurco is expected to play Tuesday when the Detroit Red Wings host the Dallas Stars, which would be Jurco’s first NHL game in seven months.

He underwent back surgery in the off-season and was sent to the minors this past week to play a couple of games as part of his comeback process.

He complained of tightness after Friday’s game, but was checked out by team doctors.

“We expect Jurco to be cleared for Tuesday,” Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Sunday.

Jurco’s availability stands in contrast to that of a couple of other players. Forward Tyler Bertuzzi appeared to hurt his left leg/foot when he fell after being hit by Montreal’s Alexei Emelin during Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss. Defenseman Brendan Smith appeared to injure his right leg/knee after a run-in what Phillip Danault.

Holland said both players need to undergo tests, which might not come until Monday. Dylan Larkin also got nicked by Emelin, but Holland said Larkin is fine.

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Line Combos Starting To Click For Detroit

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

It took almost a quarter of the season but the Detroit Red Wings might have finally figured out the proper recipe for success.

Although the Red Wings' two-game winning streak ended Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena, they managed to get at least a point for the third straight game by reaching overtime against the powerful Montreal Canadiens....

Captain Henrik Zetterberg, who has been playing on a line with Tomas Tatar and Anthony Mantha, likes the way the Red Wings have blended together the past three games.

"We almost had the same lineup for three games now," Zetterberg said. "We're starting to get some chemistry.

"It was a good week for us. You look back on the last three games and ... we're pretty happy. We wanted to get two points here tonight. We were that close but they found a way and we didn't."

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When the Pistons-to-Detroit deal went down

The Free Press's Vince Ellis tells the tale of when and how the Pistons-to-Detroit deal was finalized last summer:

It seemed like a normal summer evening at Comerica Park.

Justin Verlander was on the mound for the Detroit Tigers.

The Seattle Mariners were in town, and fans were settling in for a perfect night for baseball.

The result was 4-2 in favor of the home team, but it was anything but a normal night in June.

Mike and Marian Ilitch were in attendance, quietly enjoying the game from the owners suite behind home plate.

A visitor dropped by during the middle innings to say hello.

It was Flint-area native Tom Gores, the chairman and CEO of Platinum Equity, a private-equity firm based in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Gores also owns the Pistons. Gores was the guest of the Ilitches’ son Chris, who is president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings.

Ellis continues, and the story doesn't "read" as particularly exciting per the preview, but it's interesting to know who was there and what as going on as the deal went down.

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Prospect news: Griffins ‘pick six’ vs. Monsters; Givani Smith scores a hat trick; JvP wins for Davos

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, six goal-scorers, including Tomas Nosek (1G, 2A), Matt Lorito, Kyle Criscuolo and Matt Ford (1G, 1A) found the back of the net and Eddie Pasquale stopped 29 of 31 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Cleveland Monsters 6-2, sweeping the teams' home-and-home series.

The Griffins' website filed a recap:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Holland discusses Ouellet and Mantha

Red Wings GM Ken Holland made some telling comments to the Journal de Montreal's Jean-Francois Chaumont, discussing Xavier Ouellet and Anthony Mantha, but as Chaumont writes in French, I'm going to roughly translate his article into English so you can read Holland's take on the Wings' pair of Francophone prospects:

"I'm always hopeful that Anthony and Xavier will be two important pieces of our puzzle in the future," Holland told the Journal. "I have no reason to believe otherwise. They're just 22 and 23 years old."

"Xavier made the team this year, but he has to be patient," continued the Wings' GM. "We have 8 defensemen on our team. He's fighting for a job right now. He has the talent to become a good defender in the NHL. Our scouts have long believed in him. It hasn't changed today. He just has to wait for his turn."

Holland drew a fair picture for the short-term situation for Mantha and the Red Wings.

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