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This has become unexpected from Niklas Kronwall...
And this, even less so, but Kronwall atoned for a gaffe on the Edmonton Oilers' 3-3 goal by scoring the 4-3, OT winner as the Red Wings out-lasted the Oilers, defeating them 4-3 on Friday night.
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, Andy Miele had 2 goals and an assist, Mark Zengerle had 2 assists, Jared Coreau pitched a 22-save shutout and Daniel Cleary scored his first goal as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated their arch-rival Milwaukee Admirals 6-0. The Griffins' website filed a recap...
The Red Wings didn't face a "must-win" situation against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, but when you're playing a team that you've won 9 straight against at home, and that team's 7-14-and-1, you need to hold serve. On a day in which the Wings talked about honing their "killer instinct," facing an Oilers team coming off a rough loss to Carolina should have provided the perfect winning tonic.
On Friday night, the Red Wings blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads against an Edmonton Oilers team that had something like 7 shot attempts in the 1st period and ended up with a 57-50 attempt deficit to a Red Wings team that totally let the Oilers off the mat...
But the Red Wings got what counts in 2 points thanks to a goal from the player who was in no small part responsible for the Oilers' 3-3 goal in Niklas Kronwall, who KRONWALLED the heck out of Matt Hendricks, set up Ilro Pakarinen's 3-3 goal on a platter, and then scored on a lovely pass from Dylan Larkin to make it 4-3 at 26 seconds of overtime.
It was a strange game, it was a disappointing performance from a Wings team that still seems to lack a killer instinct, and yet it was a satisfying performance from a team that needed to score the last goal to make the game count for something good and decent.
Niklas Kronwall delivered a classic, clean shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Matt Hendricks:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. Here's the Wings' game-day preview video:
2. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned a notebook in which Dylan Larkin and Teemu Pulkkinen discuss Pavel Datsyuk's impact upon the team as well as the pair of youngsters:
Updated 11x at 3:10 PM: The Red Wings will stick with their now-usual lineup against the Edmonton Oilers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/Sportsnet West/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and Jimmy Howard will oppose Cam Talbot in the nets.
MLive's Ansar Khan penned a game-day article discussing the Wings' troubles holding onto a 3rd period lead...
[T]hey're still having trouble holding onto leads in the third period. They have failed to protect a late lead in three of the past five games and five times in 22 games.
"We talked about it this morning," Blashill said. "If you look back, we lost a lead late in St. Louis (last Saturday), we lost a lead late in Ottawa (Nov. 16), just recently and obviously the other night (Wednesday vs. Boston). We talked about is there anything you could do different? I think that's the thing you look at as a coach, not for the blame game but more for the correction process moving forward. I didn't think we took our foot off the gas really in St. Louis. I didn't think we did last game. I didn't really think we did against Ottawa either."
Updated 6x at 12:15 PM: The Red Wings take on a slumping Edmonton Oilers team this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/Sportsnet West/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and the Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena just after 10:30 for the morning skate.
MLive's Ansar Khan reported in...
Wings on ice for morning skate. Howard in net usually occupied by the starter.
Power play units:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist, Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall
Pulkkinen-Datsyuk-Larkin (net front), Richards-Green
As did DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...
Of prospect-related note:
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin scored the game's first goal and played 10:43 in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 OT win over Lada Togliatti;
In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn had a shot and played 5:44 in the Frolunda Indians' 3-2 OT win over Linkopings HC;
In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh scored the game-tying goal for the Saint John Sea Dogs in what was ultimately a 4-3 OT loss to Quebec;
And in the BCHL, Chase Perry stopped 33 of 37 shots in the Wenatchee Wild's 4-3 loss to the West Kelowna Warriors;
Also: Thanks to a tip from TMR reader Martin Pohanic, I can tell you that Marek Tvrdon, who's currently lighting it up for the Toledo Walleye, is very unhappy to be there, or so he told SlovakProspects.com's Kristian Kvasnica. Tvrdon feels that he didn't get a fair shake to stick with the Griffins, and while he's not threatening to leave for an overseas league right now, he's definitely tired of the ECHL.
This is all rather ironic given that Tvrdon's leading the Toledo Walleye with 14 points (6 goals and 8 assists) in 13 games.
The 11-8-and-3 Detroit Red Wings take on the 7-14-and-1 Edmonton Oilers Friday (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/Sportsnet West/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and in theory, this game should yield a near-perfect opportunity to take two points from the Oilers.
The injury to Yakupov and the 2-game losing streak yielded line changes from NHL.com's Kurt Dusterberg's listed Oilers lineup from Wednesday...
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon (and a happy Thanksgiving to everyone--I am thankful for you, my readers, because you give me a purpose and a big reason to battle through the day):
From Pavel Datsyuk:
The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article about Datsyuk's return as it applied to the Red Wings' strong game against the Boston Bruins:
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