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St. James updates the statuses of Athanasiou, Helm and Jurco

The Free Press's Helene St. James reported that Jared Coreau would be recalled from Grand Rapids today, with Jimmy Howard and Alexey marchenko placed on the 7-day IR, and now St. James offers two more injury updates:

While it’s only short-term IR – seven days – the news isn’t good. Speedster Andreas Athanasiou's return from a sprained knee suffered Nov. 10 is still not on the horizon.

“He’s a couple of weeks away,” Holland said of Athanasiou. “He skated a little bit on his own the last two days, but he’ll have to practice with the team for at least a week before he can play. And he’s not there yet.”

Athanasiou’s absence, coupled to Darren Helm being out at least until January with a dislocated shoulder, leaves the Wings notably slower. Athanasiou has a way of using his speed to create something out of seemingly nothing, because he can accelerate so quickly and has a nice finishing touch.

The availability of Tomas Jurco is also in flux after he spent two games playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins in an effort to make a comeback from off-season back surgery.

“He felt a little tightness in his back” after Friday’s game, Holland said. “He’ll see our doctor in Detroit and then based on that, we will decide where to go next.”

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Red Wings-Canadiens morning skate Tweets: Habs skate in Detroit

Updated at 12:48 PM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to earn an unlikely win against the Montreal Canadiens this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM). The Red Wings didn't skate this morning, but the Montreal Canadiens did skate at the Joe:

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On Vili Saarijarvi’s OHL return/Mississauga Steelheads debut

The Mississauga News's Ian Colpits spoke with Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi regarding his return from a 3-month hiatus due to wrist surgery. Saarijarvi made his debut with the Mississauga Steelheads during last night's 5-3 loss to Sault Ste. Marie:

“It’s been hard to watch these games, but I’m happy to be back and I’ll try to do everything I can to help the team win,” Saarijärvi said. “That’s the first thing I want to do.”

His return comes at a time when Mississauga (6-10-3-3) has lost five straight games and 10 of their last 11 to fall to last place in the OHL Eastern Conference, a very disappointing spot for a team that was expected to be the top team in the East before the season began.

Steelheads coach James Richmond paired Saarijärvi with Swedish defender Jacob Moverare against Sault Ste. Marie. Richmond is looking forward to Saarijärvi’s speed and his ability to move the puck up to forwards efficiently, resulting in a quick transition from defence to offence.

“Other than one pass I know he’d like to have back, I thought he was good,” Richmond said. “He gave us a little boost, gets the puck out of the zone pretty efficiently. Defensively he’s sound, it’s just about getting his legs under him now to get him up to game speed.”

Colpits continues, reporting that Saarijarvi will probably take part in the World Junior Championship while playing for Finland.

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St. James: Wings will place Marchenko, Howard on 7-day IR, recall Jared Coreau

Per the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Update: It's official, per the Wings:

JARED COREAU RECALLED BY RED WINGS
… Alexey Marchenko and Jimmy Howard Placed on Injured Reserve …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Jared Coreau from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and placed defenseman Alexey Marchenko (retroactive to Nov. 20) and goaltender Jimmy Howard on seven-day injured reserve.

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‘Three Things’: A late-breaking recap, comment videos and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note on this non-morning skate morning, ahead of tonight's game between the Wings and Montreal Canadiens (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM):

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a late-breaking recap of last night's Wings win over New Jersey:

“I think we were doing the little things well,” Green said. “We were putting pucks to the net and actually driving to the net. There was a lot of composure. We played a great hockey game. It’s something to build on, for sure. We need to continue this.”

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“We need to keep scoring goals,” Mantha said. “We need to be good defensively and maybe give less, for sure. We handled four goals against tonight, but it’s not every night that we can do the same thing."

2. The Red Wings posted a slate of post-game comment videos this morning, including quips from Mike Green...

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“A Very Good Hockey Game” Played By The Wings Last Night

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings twice surrendered the lead, including once with less than six minutes remaining, and allowed four goals.

But for coach Jeff Blashill and several players, the good far outweighed the bad Friday in their 5-4 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

They equaled a season-high goal total with their highest yield since Oct. 21. They outshot the Devils 33-19, their biggest differential of the season.

"I thought we played a very good hockey game," Blashill said. "That's the way we're going to have to play to be successful. Obviously, we gave up more goals than we wanted to, but we didn't give up a whole lot of chances, we didn't give up very many shots.

"I thought we played on top of them. I didn't think we gave them lots of ice. We had lots of different guys scoring. So, I thought it was a real positive night."

continued and watch extended game highlights below...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Devils wrap-up and Wings-Canadiens set-up (and a weird KH interview)

The Detroit Red Wings engaged in a seesaw battle with the New Jersey Devils on Friday night, eventually winning 5-4 in overtime on a slick Mike Green goal:

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Prospect news: Griffins rally against Monsters; Walleye crush Fort Wayne; Pope posts 2 assists

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins rallied from a 3-0, 3rd-period deficit to come back and defeat the Lake Erie Monsters 5-3 on the first half of a home-and-home series. Matt Ford had 2 assists, Matt Lorito and Kyle Criscuolo had a goal and an assist apiece, and the Griffins got goals from a total of 5 goal-scorers as Eddie Pasquale stopped 23 shots in the Griffins' win.

The Griffins' website posted a recap...and a video of the aftermath of their "Teddy Bear Toss":

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Red Wings-Devils quick take: Wild, wacky, win

The Red Wings battled the New Jersey Devils on Friday, opening a back-to-back set of games hoping to issue the Devils their first regulation home-ice loss of the 2016-17 season.

The Red Wings needed overtime to win an absolutely messy, mucky, gucky and sometimes downright bizarre game, but Frans Nielsen scored 2 goals and had an assist, Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist, Henrik Zetterberg had 2 assists, Justin Abdelkader had 2 assists and made an amazing kick save, Petr Mrazek came in and stopped 13 shots and Mike Green scored the OT winner as Detroit took a 5-4 goal-fest from the New Jersey Devils.

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Khan: Wings lose Howard to groin injury, call up Coreau

Jimmy Howard suffered a groin injury during the Red Wings' game against New Jersey, and as a result:

Update: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James on Howard:

The Detroit Red Wings got bad news tonight as goaltender Jimmy Howard was lost to a groin injury.

Howard played 11:31 of the first period Friday at Prudential Center before disappearing. He had amassed a 1.76 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in 10 starts, emerging as the No. 1 goaltender even as the Wings had anointed Mrazek the starter during the off-season.

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