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Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr (1-0—1) scored his first goal of the season and 750th of his career to become the third player in NHL history to reach the milestone, joining Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801).


* At age 44 and playing in his 1,633rd career game, Jagr is the oldest of the trio at the time of his 750th career goal. Elias notes that Gretzky reached the milestone on Jan. 8, 1993 at age 31 in his 1,001st career game, while Howe hit the mark on Feb. 8, 1970 at age 41 in his 1,598th career game.
* Elias adds that Jagr is the seventh player in NHL history to score at least one goal in 23 or more different seasons, joining Howe (26), Mark Messier (25) and four others at 23 – Dave AndreychukJohnny BucykAlex Delvecchio and Ron Francis
* Jagr recorded his 1,870th career point to move within 17 of tying Messier (694-1,193—1,887) for second place all-time, behind Gretzky (894-1,963—2,857). Jagr also ranks among the all-time leaders in game-winning goals (133; 1st), assists (1,120; 6th) and games played (1,633; 8th).

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ESPN’s ‘Ultimate Standings’ drop Wings 30 spots

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From ESPN's "Ultimate Standings":

Detroit Red Wings

Overall: 44
Title track: 15
Ownership: 9
Coaching: 82
Players: 52
Fan relations: 22
Affordability: 61
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...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Predators set-up

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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:

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Video- #750 For Jaromir Jagr

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You have to wonder how many goals he would have if he had not missed three NHL seasons to play in the KHL.



Florida TV call is below...

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Red Wings Productions post a video of the Wings touring the U.S.S. Detroit

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Spiffy stuff as usual from Dan Mannes and Red Wings Productions:

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Prospect news: Renouf returns to Grand Rapids; Ehn scores a goal

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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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The Wings Did Some Scouting On Cam Fowler

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via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

An early afternoon flight Tuesday into New York afforded Wings brass the opportunity to scout defenseman Cam Fowler as Anaheim played that night at New Jersey. At last asking price, however, the Ducks’ demands included Anthony Mantha.

Evgeny Svechnikov has become another target after an especially strong exhibition season, and he’s another prospect the Wings would be loath to relinquish.

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Detroit’s Defensive Zone Coverage Needs Work

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

What needs to be done to limit the number of times opponents get behind them?

"There's a lot of things," Zetterberg said. "You've got to be on the right side of people. You've got to execute on passes. We've got to win our battles."

The Red Wings had lost six in a row at MSG (0-3-3), dating back to Dec. 6, 2009. They have back-to-back home games Friday and Saturday against Nashville and San Jose.

Coach Jeff Blashill said the team must play much better to have long-term success and can learn lessons from a victory.

"The more correctable thing is turnovers," Blashill said. "We got to learn to be a team that plays north for 60 minutes, that gets pucks in behind, that attacks, doesn't turn the puck over in the D-zone, doesn't turn the puck over in the neutral zone. We've probably turned the puck over in the neutral zone more this year than last. We've probably got out of our zone a little bit better, but we've turned the puck over in the neutral zone, too."


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The Nashville Predators On Playing At The Joe

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from Thomas Willis of NashvillePredators.com,

The 2016-17 Nashville Predators don't view Joe Louis Arena Arena in the same way their brethren did a decade ago. They're much more used to escaping Detroit with two points in tow than their predecessors were. Other teams have assumed the role of Nashville's most hated rivals and the constant comparison of Preds versus Wings has dissipated. Still, even though they aren't quick to mention Nashville's first-ever playoff game played in Detroit in 2004 or the back-to-back sweep at the Joe in 2006, ties to the team and the 37-year-old arena still come up naturally....

After briefly mentioning the impressive sight of the rafters of Joe Louis Arena, Subban, unprompted, started to reflect on his first time at one of the pillars of the Detroit sporting world. And that's kind of the point of reflecting on the tradition and history of an old NHL rink like the Joe - regardless of your part in it, all the history added together is what makes saying goodbye so special.

"If it's your first time there you can catch yourself looking into the rafters a little longer than you're supposed to," Subban said. "It's a really cool building. I remember being there in junior, our organization got us a box, got us tickets at Joe Louis Arena to watch Detroit and the Ducks play.

"We know it's a special building, but for us the focus is on the task at hand and that's two points."


Pete Weber too...

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Goaltending Still An Issue For The Toronto Maple Leafs

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from Travis Yost of TSN,

Assuming the Leafs received the same goaltending talent through an 82-game season, they’d need to control about 58-60 per cent of 5-on-5 play to have a shot at breaking even in the goal department. That’s a harrowing and basically impossible task, considering the number of teams who have accomplished such a feat (a) can be counted on one hand; and (b) were legitimately Stanley Cup contenders, the likes of which include Mike Babcock’s old Detroit Red Wings team, Darryl Sutter’s Los Angeles Kings, and Joel Quenneville’s Chicago Blackhawks.

The good news is that while the jury is still out on Andersen’s talent, our best bet wouldn’t be the 89.5 per cent save percentage the Leafs have posted so far this season. He’s actually been a shade above 92 per cent at 5-on-5 in his career. So, if we assumed that Andersen will favourably regress toward his historical averages and the Leafs will maintain the same shot control, they’d be 16 goals above average – which, more likely than not, will mean a playoff berth.

Long story short: The Leafs look great, except for the goaltending. And that’s a pretty massive problem. Time will tell if Andersen can rebound, but if status quo remains, the Leafs might be in trouble despite assembling a very competitive team. 


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