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Updated 8x at 2:28 PM: The Red Wings' morning skate revealed new lines and two changes to the lineup in Steve Ott and Ryan Sproul playing ahead of Andreas Athanasiou and Xavier Ouellet, respectively, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan...
Looks like some line changes for #RedWings
Looks like Sproul might be in. He skated with Smith and is practicing on second PP unit. #RedWings
#RedWings power play units:
Tatar-Nielsen-Zetterberg, Vanek, Green
Nyquist-Larkin-Sheahan, Abdelkader, Sproul
Athanasiou is skating but looked like Ott was back with Glendening and Miller. #RedWings
On defense, is was DeKeyser-Green, Smith-Sproul, and I think Ericsson-Ouellet, maybe Marchenko. Kronwall also skating.
Will be Sproul's 2nd NHL game. Debut 4-13-14, season finale at STL, 18:25 (3:25 PP), 3 shots, 2 hits, 2 blocks, no pts in 3-0 win #RedWings
And Khan was first out of the chute with a text article regarding tonight's changes:
FYI from WXYZ's Brad Galli:
Here are the questions that Mike Green answered during his "Twitterview":
In his Friday Insider-only mailbag, ESPN's Craig Custance answers a question regarding the possibility that Jacob Trouba might be traded to Detroit:
Living in Detroit, I hear Trouba’s name a lot and he’s exactly what this team needs. I just don’t see a fit from the Jets’ perspective. For this trade to happen, Winnipeg would have to change its asking price fairly dramatically, because there’s not a comparable left-shot defenseman in Detroit that would make sense.
As much as the Red Wings would love Trouba, I don’t see a match.
Cam Fowler is more realistic and may even be the preference for some in the organization. Detroit has top-six forwards who might tempt the Anaheim Ducks. The challenge is money. If the Ducks are trading Fowler, they’re doing it to clear cap space, and it doesn’t help the cause if Detroit builds a deal around, say, Tomas Tatar ($2.75 million cap hit) or Gustav Nyquist ($4.75 million).
They could help the cause by taking back a salary like Clayton Stoner's ($3.25 million this season and next) but now you’re talking about over $7 million in salary heading to Detroit with Fowler factored in. The Red Wings are currently up against the salary cap.
Like most teams right now, they’d have to look at a deal that is dollar-in and dollar-out, something that doesn’t necessarily benefit the Ducks. Now, if the Wings can find a taker for Jimmy Howard at full price ...
Update: TSN's Pierre LeBrun addressed the Trouba situaiton as well:
Updated 5x at 11:48 AM: Sproul is in, Athanasiou out:
The Detroit Red Wings face a Nashville Predators team determined to snap a two-game losing streak this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Tennesee/NHL Network U.S./TVA Sports/97.1 FM). The Wings are opening a back-to-back slate of games against the Predators and Sharks, and Nashville's coming off two days of practicing.
The Wings hit the ice at the Joe at 10:30 AM, as noted by the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...
from the Detroit Free Press,
Drew Sharp, a Detroit Free Press columnist since 1999, died this morning at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He was 56.
Sharp, a Detroit native, joined the Free Press in 1983 and covered high school, college and pro beats before becoming a columnist. He formerly was the beat writer for Michigan State and the Detroit Pistons. He was a 1978 graduate of Detroit Catholic Central and 1982 graduate of the University of Michigan.
In January 1999, at the age of 38, Sharp was promoted to a full time columnist to replace the retiring Charlie Vincent.
From ESPN's "Ultimate Standings":
Detroit Red Wings
Title track: 15
Fan relations: 22
Stadium experience: 92
Bang for the buck: 71
Change from last year: -30
Once deemed the gold standard for NHL franchises, the Red Wings dropped 30 spots in our fan ratings this year. Despite their 44th overall ranking, the team's ownership remains beloved by the Red Wing fans due in part to their relentless loyalty and drive to win. There's hope that the team's shift from the Joe Louis Arena to Little Caesars Arena can help make the Red Wings one of hockey's top franchises again.
Continued, and it's a little bizarre to drop a franchise 30 spots for one more year at the Joe--and losing Pavel Datsyuk...
The Detroit Red Wings kick off a set of two games in two nights against the Nashville Predators this evening (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Tennessee/NHL Network U.S./TVA Sports/97.1 FM).
In many ways, the Red Wings and Predators feel the same dissatisfaction about their respective teams' levels of play; the big difference between the teams' outlooks involves the fact that the Wings are coming off a win over the Rangers, while the Predators have lost two straight games.
The Predators sit at 1-2-and-0 after their most recent loss, a 2-1 decision to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, and while the Predators may feel some nostalgia for Joe Louis Arena, the Predators' hope to earn 2 points at the Joe by playing...Well, by playing the same way the Red Wings said they want to play after rope-a-doping their way to a win over the Rangers.
NashvillePredators.com's Brooks Bratten found Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette stressing better 5-on-5 play after Thursday's practice:
Spiffy stuff as usual from Dan Mannes and Red Wings Productions:
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Red Wings assigned Dan Renouf to the Grand Rapids Griffins;
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin sat on the bench as the 13th forward in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 1-0 win over Ugra;
In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom's Skelleftea AIK defeated Orebro HK 4-1;
Christoffer Ehn scored the 5-0 goal in 10:17 of ice time as the Frolunda Indians defeated Leksand IF 5-1;
And heading back to the AHL, the Griffins posted a new show, called, "On the Air With Ari":
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