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The Red Wings held practice on Monday prior to opening up a stretch of 11 of 13 games at home prior to Christmas--before a second half spent more on the road than home, especially in January and February, when the Wings play 10 of 13 away from Joe Louis Arena--and the Wings discussed making hay while the home sun shines with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
“Two road games until Christmas? That’s exciting,” forward Brad Richards said. “We should be excited about that opportunity.”
But there is caution. The Red Wings are only 5-5-1 at Joe Louis Arena thus far this season, a record that will need improving if they want to move up the standings.
“We had a stretch of games where we weren’t playing well and not doing things the way we should be and a lot of those games were at home and we lost those,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “When you go on the road, you tend to play a simpler game, especially the first 10 minutes. Maybe we can carry that over to home ice and play a little simpler and not give teams the quality chances we’ve given.”
For coach Jeff Blashill it doesn’t matter where the Red Wings are playing, just as long as they continue to improve upon what they’ve done.
“It’s important just because we need wins, period,” Blashill said. “No matter if we were facing 13 road games, I would feel the same way. We need to find a way to win games. Now, you don’t want to face the prospects of not doing well and having to face a ton of road games in January. We just have to continue to build as a hockey team, as we have and we have to continue to.”
from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,
The Red Wings will celebrate a tremendous milestone with their fans Wednesday night.
“It’s remarkable,” said forward Justin Abdelkader when asked about the current sellout streak that will reach 200 consecutive games this week. “We have such great support here in Detroit, the best fans, I believe. “It’s a credit to the organization, the success that the management group and the ownership has put on ice and just the loyalty of the fans.”
The sellout streak, which includes postseason games, began in the second quarter of the 2010-11 season when the Red Wings hosted the Dallas Stars on Dec. 19, 2010. Detroit suffered an overtime loss in that contest, but since then the Wings have compiled an impressive .628 winning percentage with a home record of 98-52-30 through the regular season.
The streak also includes the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium and 18 postseason games at Joe Louis Arena. With the record crowd of 105,491 that braved the snow and frigid temperatures at the New Year’s Day game in Ann Arbor, more than 4 million fans have attended Wings home games in nearly five seasons.
The Red Wings didn't hit the ice until 3 PM this afternoon, and they "took an optional":
MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed...
Late optional skate for #redwings today. About a dozen players on the ice.
As did the Wings...
Here's the Red Wings' Stadium Series jersey.
Take a good look. The Red Wings introduce a new logo for their Stadium Series uniform. White gloves are coming. pic.twitter.com/JAq5IfMBBX— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) November 23, 2015
Gordie Howe's son, Mark Howe, said his father has his personality back and has been living comfortably with his brother Murray Howe and Murray's wife at their home in Sylvania, Ohio.
Brothers Mark and Marty Howe were here to represent the family on a float that will be part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. They spoke to NHL.com about the health of the legendary Hockey Hall of Fame member Monday.
"I talk to [Murray] frequently and dad is eating and sleeping a lot in the early-morning hours and spending quality time during the afternoon and evenings," Mark Howe said.
Mark Howe said he plans on visiting his father, brother and sister-in-law, Colleen, after Thanksgiving.
"The most difficult thing for him right now is probably his speech," he said. "He's getting around pretty well and he knows who you are. I do a lot a lot of Facetime [communication] with him and he knows me. When he's speaking, every so often it disappears so he does a lot of hand gesturing. Other than that, from where he was a year ago to now it's just amazing how well he's doing."
1. The Toledo Walleye are practicing at the Joe this afternoon...
2. The Red Wings Alumni are playing against the NTDP in Plymouth, MI tomorrow at 7 PM EST, raising funds for the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band's trip to the Rose Bowl, and Detroit Sports 105.1 FM is going to be broadcasting from the rink:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League announced today that Grand Rapids Griffins left wing Tomas Jurco has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 22, 2015.
From MLive's Brendan Savage:
He wore No. 25 during the Red Wings development camp the past two years and that was shaping up as a possibility. But free agency changed that just as it did his secondary plan to wear No. 17. Larkin "was 25, he was going to be 25 and we picked up Mike Green," said Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer. "I had to call him and say 'We got Mike Green. He trumps you.' He said OK and then he went to 17 and we got Brad Richards."
Richards had worn No. 19 with the New York Rangers and No. 91 with both the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks before signing with the Red Wings as a free agent last summer.
"Richie came in and I said 'You can't have 91' and he said 'I'll take 17,'" Boyer said. "Then I called Dylan and said, 'These are your choices' and it ended up 71. He picked 71."
Larkin was going to wear #17 because Doug Brown was a major coaching influence, but he swapped it up...
So is there any significance to No. 71?
"No," Larkin said. "There wasn't much available and I was talking to some friends from Michigan. I like having a 9 in my number but 71 (was) just trying to change it up."
Continued, with Boyer suggesting that #71 is here to stay...
Of mid-day Red Wings-related note:
1. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun posited a set of power rankings:
11. Detroit [record] 11-8-2 Last Week: 19 The Wings earned seven out of eight points in their last four games, including impressive weekend wins over the Kings and Blues. The great Pavel Datsyuk netted his first goal of the season Saturday at St. Louis in his sixth game back.
It would be nice if there was an official "Rookie of the Week" honor, but Dylan Larkin will have to take Rogers GameCenter Live's nod for now:
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