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Coreau assigned to Grand Rapids

Red Wings' bye week begins today; next game is Feb. 28 at Vancouver

by Kyle Kujawa / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Jared Coreau to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Coreau has appeared in 13 games during his first NHL season, posting a 5-3-3 record, 3.27 goals-against average, 0.893 save percentage and a team-best two shutouts. The Perth, Ontario, native made his NHL debut on Dec. 3 at Pittsburgh and earned his first NHL win in his second career start on Dec. 23 at Florida. The victory kicked off a stretch of eight consecutive decisions for Coreau without a regulation loss (5-0-3), including a season-high 45 saves on Jan. 24 at Boston. Coreau has also made 17 appearances for the Griffins this season and ranked among the league's top goalies at the time of his call-up with 11 wins (T3rd), a 2.18 goals-against average (T10th) and a 0.924 save percentage (T9th).

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Trending: Z's fast PPG not enough to stop Islanders

Team now has five-day bye before returning to action next week

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Red Wings hoped to build on two impressive wins over the weekend against Washington and Pittsburgh with a final victory before the bye.

But the New York Islanders (28-21-10) took a 3-1 decision at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday night.

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Notes: Smith focused on game, not on trade deadline

Riley Sheahan keeping upbeat attitude despite scoring drought

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

DETROIT - Brendan Smith knows that hockey is a business and he also knows he's an unrestricted free agent after this season.

So with the March 1 trade deadline approaching, it would be understandable if Smith were concerned about his future.

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Horizon League youth basketball camp set for March 5

Participants will enjoy the unique experience of playing basketball on the court at historic Joe Louis Arena, while taking part in various basketball drills and exercises led by former Oakland University standouts

by Alex DiFilippo / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - Olympia Entertainment and the Horizon League today announced details surrounding the first Horizon League Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 8-14, set to take place on Sunday, March 5, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., in conjunction with the Little Caesars Horizon League Basketball Championships from March 3-7 at Joe Louis Arena.

For the low cost of $25, participants will enjoy the unique experience of playing basketball on the court at historic Joe Louis Arena, while taking part in various basketball drills and exercises led by former Oakland University standouts, Jonathon Jones (2006-10) and Brandon Cassise (2004-08). Each participant will also receive two tickets to watch all four games of the "Motor City Madness" tournament on Sunday, March 5, in addition to two food vouchers for a slice of pizza or hot dog and a Horizon League T-shirt. Additional tickets and food vouchers are available for purchase.

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Notes: Howard edging closer to rehabilitation, return

Weekend wins have Wings feeling better about themselves as bye approaches

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

DETROIT - Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard appears to be making progress and is optimistic that he could be between the pipes for the Wings in the near future.  

Howard joined a handful of his teammates for an optional practice Monday at the Joe where he participated in full drills - moving side-to-side effortlessly and facing a barrage of high caliber shots.  

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Trending: Red Wings hand Penguins rare home defeat

Great goaltending, balanced scoring and good PK deliver delightful weekend for Wings

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

PITTSBURGH - It was not exactly a recipe for success for the Red Wings, coming into Pittsburgh for the second of back-to-back games against a team that had lost just three games at home in regulation all season.

But the Wings got great goaltending, balanced scoring and solid penalty killing to defeat the Penguins, 5-2, at PPG Paints Arena Sunday afternoon.

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Notes: Mike Green out for second straight game

Ryan Sproul takes Green's place in lineup; Henrik Zetterberg leading the way for teammates

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

PITTSBURGH - The Red Wings will be without Mike Green for at least one more game.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Green, who missed Saturday's home game against the Washington Capitals due to illness, is still not available.

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Trending: Wings get dramatic shootout win over Caps

Wings take advantage of Washington team coming off a bye

by Arthur J. Regner @ArthurJRegner / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT -- If the Red Wings have had a mantra the last few years, it is "Start on time." It is something that coaches and players have harped upon, Detroit's inability to play a complete 60-minute hockey game.

Far too many times the Wings have surrendered the first goal and have found themselves playing from behind in the first period. Entering Saturday afternoon's game against the Capitals, the Wings were 10-6-6 in games where they scored first this season.

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Notes: Capitals coach Barry Trotz remembers the Joe

Mike Green a late scratch for Washington game due to illness

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

DETROIT - Barry Trotz is in his 17th season behind an NHL bench and has coached in 1,360 games during his NHL career. Game 1,361 will most likely be his last game coaching at Joe Louis Arena.

Trotz spent 15 years as Nashville's head coach and he shared his memories of the Joe with reporters before his Washington Capitals faced off against the Red Wings Saturday afternoon at the Joe.

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Jensen inspires students to believe in themselves

Students at St. Mary Catholic School in Wayne, Mich. excited to meet a professional athlete

by Arthur J. Regner @ArthurJRegner / DetroitRedWings.com

WAYNE, MICH. -- On Friday afternoon, an enthusiastic student body of over 200 welcomed Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen to St. Mary Catholic School in Wayne, Mich.

Jensen addressed the students as part of the Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program, which not only introduces the students to the sport of hockey, but also promotes the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.

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