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Kevin Sporka

Kevin Sporka is the Senior Media Analyst and Detroit Red Wings beat writer at HOHM. He is also the author of the Fantasy Hockey Fridays, In Retrospect, Milestone Monday, and Legends By the Number segments.

Catching Up With the Grand Rapids Griffins (Including Q&A With Vili Saarijarvi)

The Grand Rapids Griffins qualified for the playoffs after winning the Calder Cup as American League champions last season. They face a do-or-die Game 5 tonight, as their First Round series with the Manitoba Moose is tied at two games apiece. Below is my interview with Finnish defenseman Vili Saarijarvi, followed by my regular season assessments of various Griffins players. …

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Detroit Prospect Joe Hicketts Impressed in Short Time With Red Wings

Joe Hicketts impressed in his short stay in Detroit. The small defenseman plays much bigger than he is, and is never afraid to play the body on his opponent. He demonstrated his booming slap shot and sound positioning. Having played the rest of the year with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American League, he adjusted seemingly with ease to …

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Red Wings Finish Season With 4-3 OT Loss, GM Ken Holland Extended

The Detroit Red Wings closed their season out in dramatic fashion, falling 4-3 in overtime to the New York Islanders. They finished fifth in the Atlantic Division and also fifth worst in the NHL. Only the playoff-clinching Philadelphia Flyers lost more overtime games than Detroit’s 13 (14). Henrik Zetterberg scored first, as the Wings entered the intermission up 1-0. In …

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Grand Rapids Griffins Continue Push for Playoffs

The Grand Rapids Griffins hosted the San Jose Barracuda on Friday night as the defending Calder Cup champion Griffins continued their push for the playoffs. They came into the night in third place in the Central Division, while the Barracuda sat last in the Pacific Division. The Griffins dominated the first period, outshooting their opponent 19-6, while the game remained …

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Caps Shut Out Wings, Detroit Eliminated From Playoff Contention on Thursday

Detroit welcomed the Washington Capitals Thursday night. The Wings came into the night 6th worst in the league after earning two points in Tuesday’s dramatic shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The team sank significantly in the past 12 or so games, having recently lost ten straight. With each passing game, they have drifted closer and closer to the league’s …

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Svechnikov Scores First NHL Goal, Helps Spoil Mrazek’s Return to Detroit

The Red Wings welcomed Petr Mrazek back to Detroit in his first game against his old team. Now a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, his return was spoiled, as he allowed 3 goals on 19 shots, all in the second period. In his first three games in Philly, Mrazek won each, allowing only four goals against (including a shutout). However, …

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Henrik Zetterberg Ties Ted Lindsay With 335th Goal in Wings’ Victory Over Canes

Detroit set a season-high for blocked shots on Saturday night in a win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes came into the night having lost four straight games (3-5-2 in last ten) The two points put them just five points out of a wild card playoff spot. It remains a near impossibility however, as even more players will be traded …

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Detroit Falls to Buffalo in Overtime Thriller as Trade Deadline Looms

The Detroit Red Wings fell to the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in an overtime thriller on Thursday night. Now-undisputed number-one netminder Jimmy Howard was stellar, stopping 27 of 30 shots in the loss, while Buffalo’s Robin Lehner was even better, turning aside 35 of 37. In the first period, Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen scored from Nathan Bealieau and Johan Larsson. The …

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Red Wings Deal Goalie Petr Mrazek to Flyers on Monday, Lose to Predators on Tuesday

The first big domino of Detroit’s trade deadline sale fell on Monday, as streaky netminder Petr Mrazek was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers for two conditional draft picks. Before the trade deadline, there is a strong chance that defenseman Mike Green and either forwards Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist will be dealt as well. The team has alternated between Jimmy …

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Red Wings Allow Three First Period Goals, Lose 5-1 to Blackhawks

Detroit hosted the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. The Wings were coming off an overtime loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers from Tuesday. The Hawks came out strong to start the game, scoring three times in the first period. First up, Alex DeBrincat scored on the Blackhawks’ first shot, beating goalie Jimmy Howard. The goal came 3:19 into …

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Flyers Squeak By Red Wings After Close Call at the Blueline

The Detroit Red Wings played host to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The Flyers had won 8 of their previous 10 games (8-2-0) while riding a three-game winning streak, while the Wings hoped a shutout on Monday would propel them to victory on consecutive nights. Detroit found the scoreboard first on a rare goal by defenseman Jonathan Ericsson. Philly …

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Dallas Defeats Detroit by a Score of 4-2

Detroit entered Tuesday night one point ahead of both Florida and Montreal for fourth in the Atlantic. They came off a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks from Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars have won 7 of their last 10 as they continue to fight for positioning in the ultra-competitive Central Division. 1st period Detroit wasted no time finding …

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Red Wings Defeat Panthers to Extend Win Streak to Four

The Detroit Red Wings extended their mini-winning streak to four games as they defeated the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Friday night. The streak began with a shootout win against the New York Rangers on December 29th. With the win, Detroit moved past Florida for fourth place in the Atlantic Division with 41 points, 9 points behind third place Toronto (50 …

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