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The Red Wings and Jimmy Howard hoped to have caught the Dallas Stars at the right time on Monday night.
Dallas had lost 5 of their previous 6 games, hadn't defeated Detroit at home since 2010, and were a little distracted by the acquisition of Kris Russell on the blueline, while Detroit was coming off a Stadium Series win.
The Red Wings didn't find the Stars distracted a lick--instead, Detroit was off to the races against a high-octane Stars team--but clutch goals by Andreas Athanasiou (2), an OT winner by Pavel Datsyuk and some spetacular goaltending by Jimmy Howard (39 stops) yielded a 3-2 OT win that was hard-fought, hard-earned and well-deserved, giving Howard his first win since December.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with Detroit's press corps this afternoon, and the Free Press's Helene St. James posted a clip of Holland's comments...
And St. James penned an article discussing Holland's comments...
"We're in a unique situation because of the makeup of our team and the age of our team," Holland said. "Some are young and some are old. Didn't have any desire to trade our first or second round pick. We traded our third-round pick last year for Marek Zidlicky. I didn't have any desire to trade our top prospects.
"If you looked at the open market, there were some players we felt could come and fit in, but we were looking for upgrades. When you look at the young players, the way they've contributed in Detroit, and then we looked at Grand Rapids, the development the last 40 games of Anthony Mantha, we liked Nosek when he came up, the contribution of Athanasiou - we just felt we're going to continue to go from within."
As did MLive's Ansar Khan...
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Jared Coreau from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Coreau, 24, has been one of the top goalies in the AHL this season, ranking among league leaders with 26 wins (T2nd), a 2.27 goals-against average (4th), a 0.928 save percentage (3rd) and four shutouts (T3rd) in 39 games played. The Perth, Ontario, native has appeared in in 69 games with the Griffins since the 2013-14 campaign, owning a 42-22-3 record, a 2.35 goals-against average, a 0.924 save percentage and seven shutouts. Coreau, who has already set AHL career highs in games played, wins and shutouts, won 11 straight starts from Nov. 18 to Dec. 26 and was named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December, going 9-2-0 with a 1.92 goals-against average and 0.938 save percentage in 11 games. He is also 6-2-0 for the Griffins in February.
The 6-foot-5, 235-lb., netminder spent three seasons at Northern Michigan University in the CCHA prior to signing with the Red Wings after the 2012-13 season. In 76 games with the Wildcats, he accumulated a 32-31-8 record, 2.72 goals-against average, 0.919 save percentage and two shutouts. Coreau also spent one season with the Lincoln Stars in the USHL in 2009-10 prior to his collegiate career.
Update: Here's more from St. James...
Updated 3x at 3 PM: The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill about the team's likely inactivity at the trade deadline, and Blashill is quite comfortable with the Wings moving forward as they are currently constructed:
Head coach Jeff Blashill said, "because it falls on a game day, I've been real focused on just getting our team ready and going through preparation. I sat in with the pro scouts yesterday with Ken Holland and his management team and went through that.
"It's a little bit like July 1, where there's some opportunity for teams to add, but lots of times, there's also mistakes. One thing that's real important is that chemistry is real important. You build chemistry through time, and I think we've got a good group of chemistry here.
"I like our squad a lot. I'm more than comfortable. I'm excited about the roster going forward. (Tomas) Tatar and (Gustav) Nyquist are going to get going. They are proven goal scorers in the league. I don't know where else you find 29- and 27-goal scorers. We've got guys here that I believe in a ton. It's easy to want to add, but lots of times, those end up being mistakes. I'm very, very pleased with our group."
Update: St. James posted a video of Blashill's comments:
Updated 3x at 3:13 PM: The Red Wings play the Kris Russell-rights-holding Dallas Stars tonight (8:30 PM EST on FSD/FS SW/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM), and the biggest news from the morning skate involved Jimmy Howard starting in goal for the Wings this evening, with Brendan Smith's second consecutive scratch coming in just behind.
The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Howard about his start...
Howard is hoping that he has put a rough couple of months behind him, having last played a week ago at the New York Rangers, when Howard made 30 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss.
"You try to visualize everything you've put in in practice and the performance in New York," Howard said after the morning skate. "You visualize what you did well and try to carry that over."
And she asked Jeff Blashill about scratching Smith:
"It's nothing that he's done wrong," Blashill said. "I think his game has been good and, if he went back in, I'd have tons of confidence in him.
"I think we have seven real good defensemen, and you're really splitting hairs on who's in, who's out. It puts me in position to make hard decisions, which is a good thing for me. I'd rather make that than not have enough good ones. A little bit is the chemistry. A little bit is their skill sets, do they play off each other well. Right, left shots is a little bit of it. So we're going to go with this group tonight and continue to evaluate."
If you missed it, MLive's Ansar Khan Tweeted the Wings' lineup...
From the AHL:
Griffins' Russo named Player of the Week
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League announced today that Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Robbie Russo has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 28, 2016.
Russo tallied two goals and five assists for seven points along with a plus-8 rating in four games for Grand Rapids last week.
Updated 5x at 1:42 PM: Howard starts for Detroit.
The Red Wings hope to sustain their road momentum against the Dallas Stars this evening (8:30 PM EST on FS/FS SW/Sportsnet Pacific/97.1 FM).
The Stars took to the ice at the American Airlines Center first, as noted by DallasStars.com's Mark Stepneski...
Ales Hemsky on the ice this morning. He left Saturday's game due to illness.
Based on jersey colors, looks like Sharp back on top line with Benn and Seguin.
Stars lines based on jersey colors:
MLive's Ansar Khan said, "Hello":
This might be the most exciting thing the Red Wings post today:
DETROIT RED WINGS FOUNDATION and TIM HORTONS cafE & BAKE SHOP BRING BACK ANNUAL RED WINGS DONUT
... Special-Edition Donut with Edible Red Wings Logo Available Starting March 1 at Participating Michigan Restaurants; Proceeds Benefit DRW Foundation ...
DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings Foundation and Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop® are pleased to announce the return of the “I Love the Red Wings” Donut, a specially-themed donut decorated with an edible Red Wings logo and red and white sprinkles. The Red Wings Donut will be available in all Michigan Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop restaurants for $1.25 beginning Tuesday, March 1, through Tuesday, March 15. Proceeds from the sale of the special donut will benefit the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.
Here's your 11:44 AM Wings trade deadline update:
MLive's Ansar Khan said, "Hello"
Nothing happening on #RedWings trade front. Doubtful they'll make move, but things can change before 3. Morning skate in Dallas in an hour.
As did the Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy:
Don't expect much from the Red Wings today - it's a quiet deadline in Detroit (lack of cap space a factor)
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch this week:
- Deal or no deal?
The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. Monday. It does not appear as if the Red Wings will be active, but things change. They could use two types of forwards – a scorer for their top six and a big, physical presence for their bottom six.
Options appear limited, however. And Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he's not looking for depth; he'll only deal for a significant upgrade. Holland said he's not likely to move a high draft pick or top prospect.
- Larkin cooling off
Has Dylan Larkin hit a bit of a wall? He has just one point (a goal) and a minus-6 rating in his past eight games, though he's still getting shots on goal (24).
But the slump has dropped Larkin to fourth in the rookie scoring race with 39 points. He's still second in goals (19) and first in plus-minus (plus-20) among rookies.
Chicago's Artemi Panarin is running away in the rookie scoring race with 57 points (including 22 points) – 15 more than Arizona's Max Domi.
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