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Red Wings-Panthers game-day updates: Wings look to bear down defensively as Panthers look to dig in

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Updated 5x at 1:42 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed very little on the Red Wings' side of the ice, but it appears that Aleksandr Barkov will be returning for the Panthers.

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings will celebrate "D-Boss bobblehead night" by attempting to bear down defensively:

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Friedman on the Oilers’ interest in Mrazek

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From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's 31 thoughts:

1. Laurent Brossoit is improving in the Edmonton goal, but the Oilers have looked at some external contributions to their crease. Nick mentioned Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson, playing extremely well for AHL Manitoba, but another goalie they looked at was Detroit’s Petr Mrazek.

Remember, he blanked the Oilers 5-0 last month. But, he’s really struggled lately and Edmonton was watching so it’s probably on the backburner now. I thought something might be imminent when, after making it look like they were scratching Ryan Strome Saturday in Montreal, he played and Anton Slepyshev sat. Slepyshev does not need waivers, and could be sent to Bakersfield if the team needed a roster spot.

Update: Also:

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Thoughts Of Hockey On A Monday

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- I can’t imagine Florida will wait too much longer to wade into the goalie pool, either. And I think they are looking for someone young-ish who might be their future.

- There have been rumours that Brendan Shanahan would like to “bring back the band” in Toronto. That is, keep everyone in the front office in the same positions for at least one more season. But there’s no confirmation and a real desire to keep this kind of information very quiet.

- The bigger debate between the NHL and the NHLPA might actually turn out to be sports science. Many teams use some form of tracking for this department. Calgary, Philadelphia and Toronto are among those who use Catapult. I follow that company on Twitter, and its work is very interesting. However, there are a couple of teams that don’t use it because they are concerned about inconsistencies when the radio technology is indoors. (Catapult built its reputation with Australian Rules Football and rugby, which are played outdoors.)

Others use Kinexon. There is a lot of terrific stuff that can be accomplished: including scheduling proper rest days and better understanding of injuries. The NHLPA has long worried that this will be used against players. For example, if player X is up for a contract extension, does his GM look at the data and say, “His knee is down to 75 per cent strength compared to last season. Do we really want to do this?” Over texts with a few players, there is a sense they trust some teams more than others. Pittsburgh scored well. (I know you will ask, but they weren’t comfortable sharing which teams don’t.)....

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Dustin Byfuglien Considered Week-to-Week

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Dec. 11, 2017) – St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 10.

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MLive’s Khan: Larkin ready for D-Boss night

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Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was asked about his "D-Boss" bobblehead by the media today, and MLive's Ansar Khan captured a 3-and-a-half-minute clip of Larkin discussing his bobblehead night:

Update: Here's Khan in text form:

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All Dave Tippett

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from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

LeBrun: It’s so strange not to see you behind an NHL bench after all those years in Dallas and Arizona. You must be like a fish out of water these days?

Tippett: Well, it’s been different, but I think the break has been good for me. The last three years in Arizona were really tough. It just came to a point where it was best for me to take a break and best for them to get a change. The break has been good, just to kind of rejuvenate and spend a lot of time watching other games and watching other teams. And going through the league in a way which you don’t when you’re coaching a team and you’re so focused on that group. It’s allowed me to focus on teams and players around the league. So it’s been good.

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Video- Another Slow Monday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A bit over four minutes of slow motion action from the past week in the NHL.

 

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Red Wings-Panthers morning skate Tweets and articles: Howard starts, lines remain intact from Sat

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 12:16 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM; tonight is D-Boss bobblehead night), and the Panthers possess a similar record over the course of the season (11-14-and-4 as compared to Deroit's 11-13-and-5) as well as the last 5 games (1-2-and-2 as compared to Detroit's 1-and-4 record).

The Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just before 10:30 AM, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Getting A Jolt With Smelling Salts

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from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

For many NHLers, it’s a long-accepted pre-game ritual: In the moments before puck drop at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night, it’s a good bet Maple Leafs teammates Mitch Marner and Matt Martin will indulge in an enthusiastic sniff of a freshly cracked ammonia capsule — commonly known as smelling salts. Marner and Martin, like legions of fellow pros, have both been hyping themselves up by inhaling the stuff for years.

“The first sniff, it clears up your nostrils a little bit,” Marner, 20, said in a recent interview. “The second one, it feels like it gives you a little more go power — adrenalin.”

Said Martin, 28: “It burns the hell out of your nostrils sometimes. But it gives you a bit of a wake-up. It’s like, ‘OK. Let’s do this.’ ”...

One NHL trainer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that, while the science is scant — and at least one study found no correlation between inhaling ammonia and improved athletic performance in weightlifting — there’s “power in the placebo effect.” In other words, if the players believe they’re getting more “go power,” to use Marner’s phrase, it’s conceivable they are.

The trainer added that it’s “widely accepted” that the occasional sniff of an ammonia capsule is “relatively harmless.” The exception surrounds players suffering the symptoms of a concussion. 

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