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Notes: Red Wings aware specialty teams must pick it up

Zetterberg and Bertuzzi skip practice, take a maintenance day

by Arthur J. Regner @arthurjregner / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has harped on it all season.

"I said in the beginning of the year we need elite specialty teams and I thought for a portion of the year we had that and right now we don't," Blashill reiterated after Thursday's practice at the BEFOR Training Center. "If we want to win games before the All-Star break, we need elite specialty teams."

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Abdelkader, Helm injured; Turgeon called up from Grand Rapids

Young forward was important part of Calder Cup championship for Griffins

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

PITTSBURGH -- The Red Wings lost three times in one game Saturday.

Not only did they lose the game to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1, they also lost Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm to lower-body injuries.

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Ehlers, Connor help Jets send Sabres to fifth loss in row

Each gets two goals, Laine scores 100th NHL point in win

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist, Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice, and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-4 at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

Patrik Laine scored his 100th NHL point, and Mathieu Perreault, Jacob Trouba, and Blake Wheeler each had two assists for the Jets (26-11-7) who have won three straight and are 6-0-1 in the past seven games.

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Andersen fined for diving/embellishment in Maple Leafs game vs. Vegas

Goaltender assessed $2,000 for second citation this season

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

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Trending: Wings end 2017 with a win over rival Penguins

Nyquist nets his 99th and 100th career goals in victory

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT -- It's always a great feeling to win on New Year's Eve but it's an even better feeling to beat the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1, at Little Caesars Arena Sunday night, their third straight home win.

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Notes: Nielsen is league's shootout king

He, Howard and Mrazek have helped Wings turn around shootout results

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT -- All hail the shootout king, Frans Nielsen.

When Nielsen shot the puck through New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's five-hole to open the shootout Friday night at Little Caesars Arena, it marked his 47th career shootout goal.

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Trending: Howard spectacular in shootout win over Rangers

Athanasiou, Zetterberg score in regulation; Nielsen gets shootout winner

by Dana Wakiji and Art Regner @Dwakiji and @ArthurJRegner / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT -- The games between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers, two Original Six foes, are almost always entertaining.

There's usually fantastic goaltending and electrifying offensive play.

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Trending: Wings can't overcome Bruins in Boston

Detroit gets shorthanded goal from Nielsen but can't solve Rask

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

BOSTON -- There's no denying that the Red Wings will have a lot of work to do after the Christmas break.

Despite picking up their play in the second and third periods, the Wings could not overcome the Boston Bruins, who earned a 3-1 victory at TD Garden Saturday afternoon.

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Red Wings at Bruins preview

Boston trying for fourth win in row; Howard likely in goal for Detroit

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (13-14-7) at BRUINS (18-10-5)

7 p.m. ET; SN, NESN, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Boston Bruins will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden on Saturday.

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Notes: Glendening to miss at least four weeks

Opportunity opens up for Bertuzzi on team and Athanasiou on PK

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

BOSTON - Luke Glendening gets very little attention compared to his teammates but his contributions are going to be dearly missed.

Glendening left Wednesday's game in Philadelphia late in the first period after suffering a right hand injury. He had played six shifts for 2:58.

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