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Buffalo Sabres Scouting Grand Rapids Griffins

via Nichols On Hockey,

Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Friday morning.

On what he’s working on for Saturday:

“A lot of the teams are finishing up their scouting meetings. I understand that Buffalo has been scouting Grand Rapids, which is Detroit’s American Hockey League team, quite a bit. So who knows what’s going on there. But a few people who have been through and around Grand Rapids have been saying they’ve seen a lot of Buffalo guys there. In the past, the Sabres and Red Wings have kind of been linked on talks, so you never know what that’s about.”

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A Lot Of Red In Tampa

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

With 8:01 left in the first period of Thursday night's Lightning-Red Wings showdown, a puck with eyes found its way into the net to tie the score, and a loud roar vibrated through the building.

But here's the strange thing: The goal wasn't scored by the Lightning, and this wasn't Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. This was Amalie Arena, home of the Lightning. On Thursday night, the Lightning had a time-share with the Red Wings.

As has become something of a tradition, Red Wing fans invaded Tampa Bay, turning Hockey Bay into a suburb of Hockeytown. A normal sea of blue had become flooded with red.

"It (ticks) me off," said Brad Fountain, a 47-year-old Lightning partial season-ticket holder from Palm Harbor. "This is our home. This is our building. I hate those fans who come here from other teams."


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Mike Babcock After The Wings 5-1 Loss To The Lightning

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I thought we had good attention to detail. I thought we played good," Babcock said. "I thought that might have been our best first period in a while. The puck just went in the net tonight.

"Let's be honest. It was in the net every time they shot it and so you're down by, not quite a touchdown, but a chunk right off the get-go."

Petr Mrazek experienced his worst NHL game, surrendering three goals on 15 shots and getting pulled after two periods.

He had played extremely well in spot starts this season and in the first three games after Jimmy Howard injured his groin on Jan. 10. But the 22-year-old has faltered of late, allowing 16 goals in his past four starts, getting pulled twice.

"You got to give him credit. He's a kid who's 10-4-1," Babcock said. "He's our third goalie. When they (Howard, Jonas Gustavsson) got hurt he still had great moxie. He's got NHL moxie. He's still got to work at his skill level."


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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Lightning: Wings get their asses handed to ‘em by Bolts

The Detroit Red Wings had won 6 straight games going into Thursday's tilt against a Tampa Bay Lightning team that had won 8 straight games at home, and Detroit came right out and got scored on, tied the game, and got scored on again, again and again, all en route to a hideous, 5-1 loss that may have been the Wings' most embarrassing loss of the season.

Detroit still has a game in hand on Tampa Bay, which leapfrogged Detroit by 1 point to take 1st in the Atlantic and LITERALLY leapfrogged, grabbed, groped, leg-humped, ran-from-the-blindside, hooked, held, tackled, mashed, wrestled and otherwise played rugby against Detroit, with no call from a set of referees who embodied the, "Everything is legal but embellishment" trend in 2015...

But the Wings didn't just get out-groped, including a bullshit hook on the 1st goal against. Detroit got out-played in every aspect of the game, from skating, passing, shooting, execution, poise, finish, urgency, goaltending, physicality, the Bolts schooled the Wings in every aspect but perhaps ice-making, and as such, Detroit limped home with an absolutely disastrous effort against a rival-in-the-making stinging 'em.

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Plymouth Whalers to hold Military Appreciation Nights on January 30 and 31

From the Plymouth Whalers:


Whalers, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare Systems join forces to aide veterans January 30-31

PLYMOUTH – The Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers have supported the military in a big way over the years and continue the tradition on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 in the team’s second annual Military Appreciation Weekend at Compuware Arena.

Both games can be seen live on CN-900 television starting at 7 pm.

The Whalers will be wearing specially designed jerseys with a military theme against the Belleville Bulls on Fri. Jan. 30 and the Windsor Spitfires on Sat. Jan. 31.  The proceeds of the jerseys will be auctioned off, with Whalers ticket sales over the weekend and 50/50 fundraisers to be donated to VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

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Slava Fetisov talks about ‘Red Army,’ Wings on SiriusXM NHL radio

The documentary Red Army is slowly but surely going to be released to theatres slowly but surely during February and March--it won't air in Metro Detroit until February 27th--but its producers have been relatively quiet about the fact that the documentary didn't earn an Oscar nomination, which is surprising given its incredibly warm reception by just about everyone who's watched it.

Fetisov appeared on the SiriusXM NHL Network Radio show on Thurdsay afternoon, speaking with Scott Laughlin and Matthew Barnaby about the film and his tenure as a Wing, and the 20-minute interview's worth your time:

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Red Wings will send Gustavsson to GR for conditioning when he heals; whither Xavier Ouellet?

I'm scratching my bald head about this little ditty. Yesterday, Jonas Gustavsson practiced with the Wings, and he told MLive's Ansar Khan that he's more than willing to head to Grand Rapids to play with the Griffins to get his conditioning in order...

"Today I had more work than I did in the past, so it felt pretty good," Gustavsson said. "Still take it day by day, but I feel like I'm getting closer. I feel like I'm pretty strong in the shoulder, but just got to get the motion back. Then get more pucks and get back to game shape overall, too."

He'll head to the Grand Rapids Griffins for one or two games on a conditioning stint once he's cleared.

"It's not only to get the shoulder to work, it's to get my game overall back," Gustavsson said. "That's a good option, especially when they're so close to Detroit."

But even though the Free Press's Helene St. James reported that Xavier Ouellet's at least being told he'll be up with the Wings long enough to bring his dad on the Fathers' Trip, Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave had this to say about the balance of Ouellet's 2014-15 campaign:

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Babcock talks about mental illness and coaching philosophies with St. James

I'm not trying to milk this issue until it's blood-from-a-stone dry, but in addition to Mike Babcock's radio interviews yesterday, he spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James about Bell Let's Talk day and mental illness...

"You say to yourself, maybe there is something I can do," Babcock said of his involvement. "To me, it's one of those things that, it's a scary, scary thing when you think of people going through it. If you're sitting at home, suffering in silence because you've got no one to talk to ... talk to someone who cares about you.

"I've never asked anyone for help in my whole life, where they didn't want to help."

For every text message, wireless and long-distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Alliant customers and for every tweet using #bellletstalk today, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental programs.

Asked about trying to eliminate -- or at least reduce -- the stigma surrounding depression and mental illness, Babcock said, "I don't know why there's a stigma. We all got something with us that's a little screwed up, let's be honest. That's what makes you human. The essence of people are good. They want to help you. I believe that 100%."

And this video from St. James will...Well, Babcock's 5:51 worth of talking about his philosophies, admitting that he really does care about his players, his discussion about mental illnesses versus "character issues"...It's *#$%@& moving. As somebody who deals with severe depression and an anxiety disorder, this nearly got the room "dusty":

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On Wednesday, Mike Babcock placed his full support behind Bell Let’s Talk, giving 3 interviews

Better late than never: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock stepped up in a big way to promote Bell Let's Talk day yesterday; after speaking with TSN about his belief that mental illness does not equal personal weakness during the All-Star Break, Babcock appeared on three TSN radio stations to help promote mental health awareness on Wednesday--and in total, he spoke for about 45 minutes in the hopes of reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

He started with TSN 690's Chris Nilan and Connor McKenna...

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Red Wings-Lightning game-day articles: Jurco’s in, Ouellet’s staying, Wings and Bolts talk respect

Updated 6x at 4:18 PM: The Detroit Red Wings tangle with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a "four-point game" (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and as Paul noted, there were some "gray jersey" issues with the Wings' players this morning, but MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Tomas Jurco's returning from his back injury, and this is pretty cool:

Khan spoke with Tomas Jurco about his return--and other than the Jurco-in-Cleary-out swap (i.e. Jurco with Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller), the team's lineup will remain the same as it was on Tuesday:

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