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Jakub Vrana began his conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins Wednesday and couldn’t do enough to prevent them from falling 4-1 to the Rockford IceHogs.

Vrana was playing his first game since October when he entered the NHL/NHL Players Association’s Player Assistance Program. He hasn’t said why he entered the program. Vrana will play in the American Hockey League for three games to regain his game conditioning and timing.

Shaking off the rust, Vrana had two shots on goal, with no points, in his first AHL game since 2016-17. Vrana should be back in Detroit’s lineup next week.

Meanwhile, the Griffins is still trying to find their stride this season. They are 11-15-1 going into Friday game against Milwaukee. Vrana is expected to play there.

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 Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings play in Buffalo tonight and there is plenty to unpack for this contest. The Red Wings are coming off a thrilling 5-4 come-from-behind win against the Penguins. They erased a 4-0 lead. Undoubtedly, the coach Derek Lalonde’s group is feeling confident. Detroit is 2-0-1 in its last three. But they the Red Wings have already lost twice to Buffalo this season and have been outscored 13-7. Can they figure out how to slow down Tage Thompson?  The Red Wings are 2-1 in the second game of back-to-back situations.

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Boston: Bruins overcome sluggish start to pull off “character” win against the New Jersey Devils.  Boston Bruins.

Florida:  Sasha Barkov says Hischier hit wasn’t dirty. He will play tonight. Florida Panthers. 

Montreal: MHN unveils its midseason list of top Canadiens prospects, led by Lane Hutson. Montreal Canadiens.

New York: Could Cory Schneider get the start in goal tonight against Columbus? New York Islanders. 

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Philadelphia: Flyers prospect Cutter Gauthier’s strong play couldn’t save USA at the World Junior Championships? Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: The Penguins go from bad to worse with ugly loss to the Red Wings. What’s next? That’s what PHN’s Dave Molinari wants to know.  Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose: The Sharks say they haven’t given up on qualifying for the playoffs. Based on their play, you wouldn’t know that. San Jose Sharks.

Vegas:  VHN reviews the potential trading option for their goaltenders: Vegas Golden Knights.

Washington: Injured forward Carl Hagelin is doing his best to come back for the Washington Capitals.

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