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Jimmy Howard headed to 2018 NHL All-Star Game

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The 2018-19 NHL season will likely be the third consecutive in a row that the Detroit Red Wings will be on the outside looking in when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin. But among the bright spots this year is the play of goaltender Jimmy Howard, who has kept his team in games on most nights and has had several strong performances.

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The NHL announced on Wednesday that Howard will represent the Red Wings at the 2018 NHL All-Star game at SAP Center at San Jose. It will be Howard’s third time at the annual event; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price was named the other goaltender for the Atlantic Division.

Howard previously participated in the 2012 All-Star Game; he was selected to play in the 2015 All-Star game as well, but wasn’t able to attend due to a groin injury.

Fans may be wondering why forward Dylan Larkin won’t be participating, and they certainly have a case. However, there were several forwards who were selected ahead of him – Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Auston Matthews and John Tavares of the Toronto Maple leafs, Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres and David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins.

The All-Star Game will take place on January 26.

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10 years ago, Red Wings and Blackhawks played at Wrigley Field

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 10 years now since the Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field! The Red Wings emerged victorious with a final score of 6-4.

Game summary:

The first three combined goals were scored on the power play. The Red Wings paid for a mistake while they were already shorthanded, having too many players on the ice, putting them down by two men. Rookie winger Kris Versteeg scored the first goal of the game for the Blackhawks with three seconds left in the two-man advantage. The Red Wings’ Mikael Samuelsson scored with three seconds remaining on his team’s second power play which was the result of a Dustin Byfuglien roughing minor that was called during one of the many post-whistle scrums during the first period.

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SNEAK PEEK: Saturday’s Detroit Free Press front page is all about Steve Yzerman coming home

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially returned home to the Detroit Red Wings.

Here is a sneak peek at the front page for Saturday’s Detroit Free Press.

Well done by the Free Press!

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REPORT: Sergei Fedorov could return to Detroit Red Wings

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially came home to the Detroit Red Wings.

But could one of his old pals be joining him in the Motor City?

According to 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger, he heard today that Yzerman might bring former Red Wings’ great Sergei Fedorov into the organization.

Nation, would you like to see Fedorov back in the Red Wings’ organization? Do you think he would consider coming back before his No. 91 is retired?

BREAKING: Steve Yzerman officially introduced as Detroit Red Wings’ GM

97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere are celebrating the official news that Steve Yzerman is now the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

Take a listen as he joins 97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti to talk about the timing of the hiring and some additional insight.

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Ken Holland the architect of Steve Yzerman’s return

Well, who would have thought that?

According to a report from Sportsnet, it was none other than Ken Holland who was the leading force behind Steve Yzerman’s return to the Red Wings to take over his position, and has been working on it for months.

Of course, it was Ken Holland who declined this move the first time around in 2010. Red Wings ownership allegedly wanted to tap Yzerman as the successor to Holland, who didn’t want to move “upstairs” just quite yet. Yzerman then went to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and for the past nine years, has built them into a powerhouse and yearly contender for the Stanley Cup.

Holland, who has been the team’s GM since 1997, was asked earlier this month on 97.1 The Ticket about remaining with the Red Wings.

“That’s a great question,” Holland said. “I don’t have an answer for you. But I am a proud, proud Red Wing and I love being a Red Wing and I love living in Michigan. We’ve put roots down. I love the fans, I love the people that work for the Red Wings, I love the young players.

“Certainly would be very difficult for me to leave.”

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Tampa Bay Lightning swept in Round 1

Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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