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Afternoon news: A Game-Day Preview; on Sheahan’s scoreless streak, lines and Griffins stuff

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Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Red Wings posted their Game-Day Preview video ahead of tonight's game against the Islanders. Ken Kal sets up the game with coach Jeff Blashill, Anthony Mantha, Justin Abdelkader

2. Fox Sports Detroit's "The 313's" Rachel Elliott discusses the Red Wings' strong weekend worth of hockey...via Mickey Redmond:

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David Poile On The Trade Market League-Wide

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Rating The Ice

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from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

There's a growing concern among players about the ice conditions around the NHL.

In an attempt to help fix the issues, the NHL and NHLPA Playing Environment subcommittee recently initiated a joint project to better identify and resolve ice-condition issues throughout the league. This process began on Feb. 1.

Players and on-ice officials are asked to fill out a one-page form after every game in order to quickly rate the ice. Players rate the ice either excellent, good or fair based on the three periods. The survey also asks is the ice hard and fast, and does it have good glide, or is it chippy, soft or sluggish.

Players are also asked whether or not the shoveling of snow during television timeouts is suitable or not.

NHL's deputy commissioner Bill Daly responded to an email from ESPN.com, asking about the success of the new rating process. "We've had an ice rating app available for players for years," Daly responded. "What we are trying now are actual ice report forms that are completed manually. No early returns yet, still way too early."

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Brendan Smith speaks with St. James, Khan about trade rumors

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Updated 2x at 1:27 PM: The Red Wings' morning skate and game day news cycle ahead of tonight's game against the Islanders (7:30 PM on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM) offered few surprises or scoops, but Brendan Smith did address the possibility that he might be traded, as noted by the Free Press's Helene St. James in text and video form...

“I only know Red Wings hockey and I like it,” Smith said after the morning skate. “That’s all I can say. I’ve loved every moment here, good and bad. They have made me a better player. I would like to continue to stay on the Wing path, but there is a business, and you never know what happens.”

The Wings have five defensemen under contract for next season, and Nick Jensen and Xavier Ouellet are restricted free agents this summer. Smith might not be back anyways, so trading him now to a team looking to go on a playoff run (Pittsburgh, for example, needs help on defense with two significant injuries) could yield a good return.

Smith says he will think about it as little as possible. He plans to be in Fort Lauderdale during the break, fitting in beach time around visiting his brother Reilly, who plays for the Florida Panthers. Smith said his brother, who has been traded twice, “has given me some good insight” into what it is like. “But really,” Smith said, “I am hoping to stick around and see how everything goes.

“I won't really think about it too much. If something happens, my agent will let me know, or I will see it on social media. It’s all speculation.”

St. James continues with Jeff Blashill's takes, and here's her video of Smith's comments:

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Red Wings-Islanders game-day articles: Mrazek vs. Greiss; Howard recovering, Smith talks trade

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 1:32 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM), and the Wings' morning skate revealed few surprises (including Jimmy Howard not being quite ready to head down to Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint), as the Free Press's Helene St. James noted:

The Wings have a bit of swagger after a weekend that saw them topple the two best teams in the East in Washington and Pittsburgh. Petr Mrazek has been hot his last four starts, earning save percentages of .923, .944, .964 and .949, respectively.

Mrazek will likely start against Thomas Greiss as the Islanders open a 9-game road trip...

Mike Green was back with Danny DeKeyser at the morning skate after missing two games because of illness. Niklas Kronwall is with Xavier Ouellet and Brendan Smith with Nick Jensen.

Up front, Henrik Zetterberg is with Tomas Tatar and Anthony Mantha (they’ve contributed goals in two straight games), and Frans Nielsen is with Andreas Athanasiou and Thomas Vanek (who just scored his 15th goal of the season). Darren Helm is with Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader, and Riley Sheahan with Steve Ott and Luke Glendening.

The Islanders took to the ice for their morning skate after the Wings, per the Islanders...

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Red Wings ask fans to vote on ‘Joe Moments’

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The Red Wings are asking fans to vote for their favorite moment at Joe Louis Arena:

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Red Wings-Islanders morning skate Tweets and articles: Mrazek to start for Wings; talking trades

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The Detroit Red Wings face the New York Islanders this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG+ 2/97.1 FM) with the Red Wings hoping to earn a pre-"Bye Week" win and the Islanders hoping to start a 9-game road trip on a positive note.

The Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena for their morning skate just after 10:30 AM, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

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All Heidi Browning - Chief Marketing Officer For The NHL

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from Alexanda Bruell of the Wall Street Journal,

WSJ: You recently left a sexy digital music business to join a 100-year-old sports league. What’s your mandate?

MS. BROWNING: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman gave me one clear goal, and that’s to grow our sport. Our mission is to modernize our approach and take a fresh look at the marketing mix to find new ways to engage new and future fans. The real focus here is extending the reach of the NHL brand—driving viewership, digital audience, engagement with the app, increasing social followers. How does that drive our NHL TV sales, merchandise sales and ticket sales? The commissioner encouraged me to take a blank-canvas approach to growth.

WSJ: Who are your current fans and some of the new fans you’re looking to reach?

MS. BROWNING: We need to broaden beyond hard-core fans and expand to casual fans. Millennials and Gen Z are a huge focus for us. I believe that we’ve got a sport that’s wired to the attitudes and behaviors of these generations, because they’re so action-focused. We’re absolutely looking to target more women. Our demographics are about 60% male and 40% female.

WSJ: How are you using fan data to drive growth?

MS. BROWNING: This is a huge initiative for us. There’s a data opportunity at the NHL across all touchpoints—ticket and merchandise purchase data, what fans are doing at the game, how they’re engaging across digital platforms and social media.

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Video- Highlights From The Two NHL Games Played On Monday Night

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Bang For The Buck At The Trade Deadline

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from ESPN,

Which trade-deadline rental would provide the best bang for the buck in the playoffs?

Craig Custance: Put me down for Kevin Shattenkirk because if you trade for the St. Louis Blues defenseman, you get a head start on the rest of league in getting a chance to sign the best unrestricted free-agent defenseman on the market to a contract extension. That's extra bang for your buck and additional value for teams that would be looking at Shattenkirk as a solution on defense beyond this season. The problem is that teams are going to have to pay a premium to land him.

For general managers not interested in paying the steep asking price and looking for a cheaper alternative, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith could end up being a sneaky-good addition. He's a strong skater, can contribute offense and is still young enough that he could be auditioning for a spot on your defense too.

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