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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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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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Notes: Dylan Larkin learning at the NHL level

Season has been tough for Wings but Frans Nielsen sees good signs from young players

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

GROSSE POINTE WOODS, MICH. - It isn't the sophomore season that Dylan Larkin wanted but he should be better for it in the long run.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill said before the season that Larkin might not produce at the same rate offensively as he did last year.

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Red Wings "Farewell Fan Day" at The Joe set for March

Free, fun-filled event presented in partnership with Coca-Cola

by Alex DiFilippo /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings have teamed up with Coca-Cola to present the "Farewell Fan Day" at Joe Louis Arena, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 21 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tickets for the free, fun-filled event are available by attending an upcoming "Red Wings Day at Meijer," which gives fans a chance to test their skills at various interactive hockey games and take photos with player cut-outs. Current Red Wings players Riley Sheahan and Brendan Smith will also be in attendance to sign autographs at upcoming "Red Wings Days at Meijer," presented by Coke Zero. 

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Trending: Mrazek strong but Wings can't solve Blues

Blues record fifth shutout in last 10 road games

by Arthur J. Regner @ArthurJRegner /

DETROIT -- It was an all too familiar scenario that played out Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena as the Red Wings dropped their fifth consecutive game, getting shut out 2-0 by the St. Louis Blues.

A first period goal at the 2:06 mark by the Blues had Detroit playing catch-up hockey early and although goalie Petr Marzek settled down and played very well, the Wings inability to convert on the power play (0 for 3) and lapses in concentration ultimately lead to the Wings' downfall.

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Player Safety

Gustav Nyquist of Red Wings suspended six games

Forward banned for high-sticking Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon

by NHL Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety /

NEW YORK - Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been suspended for six games, without pay, for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon during NHL Game No. 829 in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 12, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:13 of the first period. Nyquist was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking.

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