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Krupa on Gustav Nyquist

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa profiled Gustav Nyquist today, discussing Nyquist's desire to score as many goals as possible this season:

“I grabbed him (Saturday) morning,” Blashill said. “He was excellent. His compete level was excellent. He has to compete at that extraordinary high level every night because he’s smaller and he isn’t super fast. But he’s got to compete like crazy, and I think his compete level has been great. If ‘Nyquie’ keeps getting those chances, they’ll go in.”

Nyquist said it’s always nice to hear from a coach that effort is appreciated, but goals help the team win.

“Well, sure, I guess it’s nice to hear that you’re creating,” he said. “But, at the same time, (missed scoring chances) are in your mind, too. But you just have to flush that.”

Nyquist said he is happy with the start of his season. But he would like to score at a greater rate.

“I still want to do better production-wise,” he said. “I think it’s been an OK start. Hopefully, I can keep this going and score some more goals. Obviously, as long as you’re creating chances, hopefully they’ll start going in. But you’ve got to make sure, too, that they’re going in. You know, I want to produce and when you get a chance you’ve got to put those away sometimes. But just keep going, creating chances, and then they will come.”

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Red Wings-Oilers game-day updates: On Abdelkader, Ericsson and a Wings team wary of the Oilers

Here's the Wings' game-day preview:

Updated 5x at 2:20 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM), and the Red Wings' morning skate was...different. Jonathan Ericsson was deemed a game-time decision due to a "tweak" suffered lifting his infant child out of its crib, Martin Frk is at least a week out with a groin issue...

And Nicklas Lidstrom of all people took in the skate.

The Oilers will provide a stiff challenge as they're coming off an 8-3 loss to St. Louis, and find themselves amidst a 3-game losing streak...

And the Oilers made a minor personnel move this morning, and they held an optional morning skate:

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HSJ: Wings talk Thanksgiving traditions

The Free Press's Helene St. James asked the Red Wings about their Thanksgiving traditions:

The thoughtful Canadian: Darren Helm and his wife are both Canadian, but “I’ve got two Americans on my squad” — referring to their youngest children. His favorite part of the holiday? “Family. And food. So two favorites. My wife is really good at that meal in particular.” If he were to grab a few teammates and emigrate to a new world, he’d take Luke Glendening, David Booth and Luke Witkowski. “Booter can handle himself in the woods; he is a hunter. Glennie and Witter are fishermen. I like to fish. So I think we could do a decent job. I don’t trust the other guys.”

The laughing American: Thanksgiving always has been a big holiday for Jimmy Howard, who hails from upstate New York, and his favorite part is “getting together with family and having a great big dinner.” Now that his oldest son is six and his youngest three, “they are starting to be able to remember it from year to year.” Favorite dish? “Stuffing. I have to watch how much I eat because we always play the day after.” If he were to grab a few teammates and emigrate to a new world, he’d take Dylan Larkin and Mike Green. “Larks for pure entertainment and Greener because he is one of my good buddies on the team.”


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Toledo Walleye will pay tribute to Harry Potter on January 6th

As WXYZ's Max White noted, the ECHL's Toledo Walleye will be wearing special jerseys for "Harry Potter Tribute Night" on January 6th:

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Red Wings-Oilers morning skate Tweets and articles: Wings gear up for Oilers + Mantha stuff

Updated 2x at 11:40 AM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM), and the Oilers are going to be in a foul mood as their 3-game losing streak was punctuated by an 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday evening.

A trio of Red Wings-Oilers previews hit the interweb in the wee hours of the morning, including one from the Oilers website's Mark Ciampa and Chris Westcott, who report that the Oilers won't hold a morning skate...

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Prospect news: Walleye forward Christian Hilbritch is one ‘hill of bricks’

The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe tells the intriguing story of Toledo Walleye forward Christian Hilbrich:

There never was really any doubt that massive Toledo Walleye forward Christian Hilbrich would tower over most people one day.

The 6-foot-7, 216-pound skater comes from a family that could form a very good basketball team. Hilbrich, 25, is proving to be the perfect size at the perfect time for a Walleye team off to a solid start this season.

Hilbrich (pronounced hill-brick) leads Toledo in goals scored with nine. Hilbrich, who was one of the first players coach Dan Watson signed during the offseason, also is tied for the team lead in points with 15 through 15 games.

“It’s really easy to play here because it’s a lot of fun,” Hilbrich said. “Toledo has a team that consistently wins, has a fantastic following, and an awesome building and town. Our guys are able to get up for these home games.”


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TMR overnight line: Oilers come to town on a sour note

The Red Wings host an Edmonton Oilers team amidst a 3-game losing streak this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM), and the Oilers will be in a particularly bad mood this evening, as EdmontonOilers.com's Mark Ciampa notes:

A pair of goals early on set the Oilers back on Tuesday night in St. Louis and they could never recover, ultimately dropping an 8-3 decision. The Oilers goals were scored by Darnell Nurse, Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl, all in the third period, while Laurent Brossoit allowed six goals on 37 shots in relief of Cam Talbot.

"That game's indefensible on my behalf," said a fuming Oilers head coach Todd McLellan after the defeat. "In every facet of the game, we were second. It wasn't even close. Very, very concerned obviously at the way some individuals played tonight -- many of them."

It only took the Blues three minutes, 13 seconds to get on the scoreboard as the Oilers surrendered a goal on their first shot against for the second game in a row.

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Cotsonika: Mediocrity not the Red Wings’ goal

The Detroit Red Wings will have a stiff test on Wednesday in hosting an Edmonton Oilers team that lost 8-3 to St. Louis Tuesday evening (Wednesday's game starts at 7 PM, and airs on FSD and Sportsnet West).

NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika reports that the 10-8-and-3 Red Wings have no desire to continue to be a middle-of-the-pack, "okay" team:

The Detroit Red Wings were on a 6-2-1 run and on the verge of winning again, leading by two against the Colorado Avalanche at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

But they allowed a power-play goal with 6:15 left in the third period, a 6-on-5 goal with 46 seconds left in the third, and the winning goal in overtime. They lost 4-3 and let a point slip away.

When they reconvened for practice Tuesday, coach Jeff Blashill told the players they had been OK against the Avalanche. The scoring chances had been almost even. The grade A chances had been even.

"OK's not good enough," Blashill said.

Not in the NHL. Not when you were in an 0-5-1 slump last month. Not when you fought back into third in the Atlantic Division, only to have several teams right behind you in the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Not when you're trying to do more than just make the playoffs again.

The Red Wings play the Edmonton Oilers at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-D, SNW, NHL.TV).

"I think this league is relentless, and if you let up for a second, you will fall behind so fast you won't know what happened to you," Blashill said. "And so you better be relentless in your approach."

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Prospect news: Sulak hits 30 (minutes played) and the Griffins’ weekly presser

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, on Monday, Alexander Kadeikin played 12:31 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 2-0 win over Admiral Vladivostok;

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn took a penalty and won 43% of his faceoffs in 22:04 played as the Frolunda Indians lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Malmo Redhawks;

In the Finnish Liiga, Libor Sulak had an assist and finished -1 in a staggering 30:41 of ice time as his Lahti Pelicans lost 7-5 to Sport;

And here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:

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Ken Daniels shares his story with Fox 2

From Fox 2's Jennifer Hammond:

While calling the action on the ice can be challenging, it's nothing compared to what Red Wings announcer Ken Daniels faced outside the broadcast booth. He lives his life on camera as the Wings' play-by-play man, but for the past 12 months Daniels has been living a private hell.

In 2016, his 23-year-old son Jamie became one of the many victims of the nation's opioid epidemic.

Ken's life was forever changed on December 7, 2016 when the Birmingham Police knocked on his door to tell him that Jamie had been found dead in his home in south Florida. For Ken, the news was beyond painful since Jamie had been clean for seven months and had been living in a sober home in Boynton Beach. Jamie was also working in the field of law, which he studied at Michigan State.

It was months later that the Daniels family learned cause of death was acute heroin with fentynl, the worst nightmare for any parent of an addict.
"How do you go on when someone says, 'How you doing today?' Well, how do you think I'm doing? But, there's a time when people forget and you go on. So, when anyone says, 'How you doing?' to me now? The thought in the back of my head is, I'll never be great. I just won't be. And, right away, Jamie comes to mind," Daniels says.

As Daniels began a tour for his hockey book "If These Walls Could Talk," he continued sharing a more private side of his life -- one that was once pained with shame and the stigma of drug abuse.

"'He's the one who does games on TV.' Now it's become, 'There's that guy whose son passed away,'" Daniels says. "That's how I feel I've become known."


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