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Notes: Athanasiou, Howard ready; Marchenko very close

If Marchenko doesn't play Friday, he is very likely to go Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The ranks of the Red Wings' walking wounded are getting a little thinner.

Jimmy Howard, Andreas Athanasiou and Alexey Marchenko all returned to full practice Thursday.

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Red Wings team up with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Team to collect new children's toys and monetary donations at home game on Friday, Dec. 9

by Alex DiFilippo / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings are hosting their annual Toys for Tots collection drive on Friday, Dec. 9, as the Red Wings take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals) with them to the game to benefit the Toys for Tots program.

Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be on hand at each entrance of Joe Louis Arena to collect toys, which will then be distributed to needy children throughout Metro Detroit during the holidays. Monetary donations will be accepted and will be used to purchase additional toys for children in need.

Fans are encouraged to bring toys suitable for children ages one to 12. Toys should cost no more than $30 to ensure all children receive comparable items.

Last season, Red Wings fans and staff donated more than 500 toys and more than $5,300 during the team's Toys for Tots collection drive.

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Nosek and Coreau assigned to Griffins

Goaltender Jimmy Howard removed from Injured Reserve

by Kyle Kujawa / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Tomas Nosek and goaltender Jared Coreau to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings have removed Jimmy Howard from injured reserve.

Nosek, 24, was recalled by Detroit on Friday but did not see game action. The Pardubice, Czech Republic, native has skated in 11 games for Grand Rapids this season and is tied for sixth on the team in scoring with 10 points (2-8-10). Nosek made his NHL debut with the Red Wings last year on Dec. 26, 2015 at Nashville and totaled six games with the club, recording two penalty minutes, six hits and three takeaways in 10:08 average time on ice. Nosek has spent the past three seasons with the Griffins, tallying 74 points (28-46-74), a plus-43 rating and 68 penalty minutes in 136 regular-season games and adding eight points (3-5-8) and 33 penalty minutes in 21 postseason games.

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Trending: Zetterberg, Mrazek star in shootout win

Tomas Tatar, Thomas Vanek, Anthony Mantha score in comeback after bad first period

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - The Red Wings love hockey so much they just want to keep playing.

For the sixth time in the last eight games, the Wings needed extra time but it was worth it as they defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-3 in a shootout.

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Notes: Red Wings not taking Laine, Jets lightly

Jimmy Howard, Andreas Athanasiou almost ready for full practice

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - The Red Wings know better than to take the Winnipeg Jets lightly.

When the Jets visited Joe Louis Arena Nov. 4, they were playing the second game of a back-to-back after losing in overtime to the Washington Capitals.

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Notes: Zetterberg continues to lead on and off ice

Niklas Kronwall gets back-to-back games; Mike Green denied a second hat trick

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - Before the season, Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said that he didn't plan to give his minutes away, the young players would have to come take them.

Clearly, Zetterberg has not lost that competitive edge.

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Trending: Wings rally in OT on DeKeyser's game-winner

Frans Nielsen gets assist on emotional night against former team; Mike Green scores twice

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - The Red Wings could have been demoralized but instead they were determined.

One night after a miserable loss in Pittsburgh, the Wings overcame the New York Islanders' comebacks for a 4-3 overtime victory.

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Notes: Nielsen faces former team for the first time

Forward spent first 10 years with Islanders; Howard, Marchenko, Athanasiou making progress

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - It's already been a strange day for Frans Nielsen.

Nielsen spent the first 10 years of his career with the New York Islanders and now he's on the opposing side.

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Trending: Wings start well but Penguins fight back

Frans Nielsen scores goal for sixth point in last five games

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

PITTSBURGH - The Red Wings had a nice start, taking a 2-0 lead and then a 3-1 lead into the third period in Pittsburgh.

But the Penguins aren't the Stanley Cup champions for no reason and they forced the issue and the play, scoring four unanswered goals in the third for a 5-3 victory.

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Notes: Coreau gets first NHL start against Penguins

Niklas Kronwall does not skate but expected to play; Tomas Jurco gets more opportunity

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

PITTSBURGH - All competitive athletes want to test themselves against the best.

Goaltender Jared Coreau gets that chance tonight as he will make his first regular-season NHL start against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

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