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Ken Holland With An Update On The Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings should have at least one option at forward, and maybe another on defense, by mid-November.

With Thomas Vanek, one of their leading scorers, out another 2-3 weeks, the only possible lineup change right now is on defense, where the Wings carry seven healthy players. After taking today off, the Wings return to work Friday, against the visiting Winnipeg Jets (7:30 p.m, FSD, NHL Network), followed by a Sunday evening game against the Edmonton Oilers.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that everyone who played in Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss at Philadelphia is expected to be available. The lineup could gain a forward soon, as Tomas Jurco should be cleared for contact practices next week. He has been sidelined since off-season back surgery.

“He’s doing great, he’s just about ready to be integrated into practices,” Holland said. “The trainers think, middle of next week, he should practice full-out.”


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Brayden Schenn won’t be disciplined for high hit on Brendan Smith

Per Sportsnet's John Shannon:

Smith returning to the game was probably the deciding factor here.

Update: If you missed it, Schenn had this to say to the Courier-Post's Dave Isaac:

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Morning news: Blashill on the Wings’ game vs. Philly & ‘slumping forwards’; Hoggan returns to GR

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan penned a late-breaking recap of last night's 4-3 OT loss to the Philadelphia Flyers:

"I was happy we were able to pressure and remain above people," [Jeff] Blashill said. "That, to me, is the formula for success with us. Part of it is I thought we got too much away from the pressure."

Chris Vandevelde scored at 13:39 of the second period and Roman Lyubimov tied it at 3:51 of the third.

"We didn't manage the puck early, so we gave them momentum. And they pushed, they're a good team," Blashill said. "And I thought we were above but not tight to people. We gave them too much space and as a result we didn't create enough pressure, didn't have enough time in their end.

Jakub Voracek scored at 1:41 of OT as the Flyers won their 12th in a row at home vs. Detroit.

"I also thought we passed up way too many shots. We had opportunities to shoot the puck that we didn't."

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James wrote a notebook feature in which Blashill discussed the Wings' "slumping players":

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flyers wrap-up—sometimes ‘good enough’ isn’t enough

The Detroit Red Wings' 4-3 OT loss to the Philadelphia Flyers involved a controversial hit and some controversial plays yielding the Flyers' 3-3 and 4-3 goals.

The Wings may have had a case that Brayden Schenn ran over Petr Mrazek with or without Frans Nielsen's help on the game-tying goal, and in overtime, all of Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist, Danny DeKeyser and Petr Mrazek were culpable on Jakub Voracek's gamer.

The Red Wings weren't particularly happy with the play that led to the 3-3 marker, which was challenged for goaltender interference, either:

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Red Wings-Flyers quick take: no-vertime loss

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap an 11-game losing streak against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, and the Wings were unable to pry victory from the jaws of....well, victory, blowing 2-0 and 2-1 leads and losing 4-3 in overtime on a goal that Petr Mrazek--who was otherwise stellar--should have had, via a bad Darren Helm giveaway.

The Wings now sit at 6-4-and-1 with the Winnipeg Jets coming to town on Friday and the Flyers on the dockett again, in Philly, on Tuesday.

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Brendan Smith hit high by Brayden Schenn

In the words of Mike Milbury, Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith was hit in the head in a, "Weird and interesting hit" by Brayden Schenn. Smith left the Wings' bench:


Update: Smith has returned to the game.

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Toledo Walleye’s Tylor Spink named ECHL Plus Performer of the Month

Tylor Spink isn't a Red Wings prospect, but he's part of the Red Wings' organizational family as a member of the Toledo Walleye, and Spink received quite the honor from the ECHL today:

Toledo Walleye forward Tylor Spink was named AMI Graphics ECHL Plus Performer of the Month for October by leading the ECHL with a plus-minus rating of +8 during the month.

Spink posted a +3 rating in Toledo’s 6-5 overtime win against Brampton on October 22 at the Huntington Center. The 23-year-old forward also had a pair of games with a +2 rating (October 15 at Atlanta and October 18 at Cincinnati).

Helping the Walleye to a 6-1-0 start to the season, Spink has collected 8 points (2G, 6A), including goals in back to back games over the weekend in Norfolk. He made his professional debut at the end of last year appearing in seven games for the Walleye (2G, 7A) with a +9 rating. The Williamstown, Ontario native also appeared in a pair of games for Toronto in the AHL.

Prior to turning professional, Spink collected 115 points (47G, 68A) over 133 contests in the last four years for the Colgate Raiders. He was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team in 2012-13 with 13 goals and 18 assists. Last year, he set a career best with 21 assists and 34 points.

In recognition of his accomplishment, AMI Graphics will present Tylor Spink with a personalized Plus Performer of the Month Banner.

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Saginaw Spirit, Windsor Spitfires to play ‘OHL Farewell to the Joe’ game on Dec. 4

From the Saginaw Spirit's Hugh Bernreuter:

The Ontario Hockey League announced Wednesday that the Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires will play in a special "OHL Farewell to the Joe" hockey game in the final OHL hockey game to be played at Joe Louis Arena.

Windsor and Saginaw will play at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Joe Louis.

"With the rich junior hockey tradition of the Joe Louis Arena, the Ontario Hockey League is looking forward to the upcoming "OHL's Farwell to the Joe" event," OHL commissioner Dave Branch said in a press release. "This is a home game for the Saginaw Spirit, but we wish to show the league's support and respect for the historical importance of the facility and the many OHL alumni and champions that have called the JLA their home."

One of the featured players in the game is Saginaw Spirit defenseman Filip Hronek, a Detroit Red Wings draft pick.

The day of hockey begins at noon with a Minor Midget game that will feature OHL draft-eligible players.

At 4 p.m., Windsor and Saginaw play in a game that will feature 14 NHL draft picks.

Continued, and here's the Saginaw Spirit's press release:

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Evening news: Game-Day Preview videos; on Salajko, Sheahan and scoring chances

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview with Ken Kal:

2. Here's the Flyers' game-day preview video:

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Wallner speaks with Martin Frk about rejoining the Griffins

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Griffins forward Martin Frk regarding rejoining the Wings' organization:

The 23-year-old played well in camp with the Red Wings but was a victim of numbers and was placed on waivers Oct. 9. He was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes, but played in just two games with no points and a minus-three rating with 8:20 in ice time. He was a healthy scratch in six games.

"Yeah, it has been a crazy one month for me," said Frk, whose girlfriend as well as his apartment are in Grand Rapids. "I'm excited to be back."

Last season with the Griffins, Frk scored 27 goals – sixth most in the AHL - and had 44 points as he emerged as a scoring threat with a booming shot after two-plus pedestrian seasons.

"It's always better to keep working on being a good defensive player," Frk said. "I know I can do good offensively, but I want to make sure that I don't have too many minuses out there."

[Griffins coach Todd] Nelson said the organization had been monitoring Frk in Carolina and well as that of another former player with a big shot in Teemu Pulkkinen with Minnesota.

"He (Frk) wasn't playing a lot and we were just wondering when he was going to get sent back as well as Pulky," Nelson said, noting the deciding factor was Frk's more flexible two-way contract.

Wallner continues, video of Frk's remarks included...

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