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Oakland earns top seed for Motor City Madness

Oakland and Valparaiso both finished 14-4 to share the Horizon League men's basketball regular-season title

by Alex DiFilippo / DetroitRedWings.com

Oakland and Valparaiso both finished 14-4 to share the Horizon League men's basketball regular-season title. By virtue of its head-to-head season sweep, Oakland has earned the No. 1 seed at the 2017 Little Caesars Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship, March 3-7 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The final Motor City Madness bracket is attached.

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Wings get draft pick, Jurco gets change of scenery

Detroit receives third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - For Tomas Jurco, a change of scenery was likely the best scenario.

On Friday, the Red Wings accommodated Jurco's wish, sending him to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

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Third-round pick acquired from Blackhawks for Jurco

Winger skated in 159 games for Detroit over last four seasons

by Kyle Kujawa / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today acquired a third-round draft pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for right wing Tomas Jurco.

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Notes: Red Wings hope to buck post-bye losing trend

Goaltender Jimmy Howard in holding pattern; Jared Coreau sent to Griffins for conditioning

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Red Wings managed to take advantage of the Washington Capitals last week when the Capitals were coming off their bye.

Now it's the Wings' turn. Following Tuesday night's game, the Wings won't play again until next Tuesday in Vancouver.

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Red Wings announce "Joe Moment Bracket Challenge"

Team surpasses 1 million Twitter followers and launches "The Vault"

by Alex DiFilippo / DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today announced details surrounding the "Joe Moment Bracket Challenge," presented by FOX Sports Detroit. Red Wings fans will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite moment at Joe Louis Arena in a bracket-style format featuring 32 of the top moments in Red Wings history at The Joe.

For the rest of the regular season, memorable moments will go head-to-head in the bracket challenge, giving fans an opportunity to relive the top moments in Joe Louis Arena history. Fans can then cast a vote for their favorite memory, with the moment receiving the most votes advancing to the next round. Additionally, a custom hashtag has been created for each moment to allow fans to share their vote via social media.

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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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