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The Daily: Nedeljkovic GR Stay May Not Be Long; Hurricanes Eye Horvat?

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Alex Nedeljkovic is still the Red Wings' No. 3 goalie

If you listen carefully to what coach Derek Lalonde said after the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-3 shootout loss in Arizona, you realize the Alex Nedeljkovic stay with the Grand Rapids Griffins isn’t necessarily permanent.

Asked about Magnus Hellberg’s play, Lalonde said: “Obviously some great saves in overtime, even at the game, but goals two and three can’t go in. I think any goalie that is prideful in his game, I think he’d want those back also.”

Those words are a reminder that the Red Wings’ goaltending situation is far from settled. If Hellberg falters, and Nedeljkovic is sharp for the Griffins, then we could see Hellberg on waivers and Nedeljkovic back in Detroit. Hellberg has been on waivers three times this season.

As Lalonde said earlier in the week, Nedeljkovic is still Detroit’s No. 3 goalie. He played impressively well (2.30 goals-against average) in six conditioning starts recently.

The Griffins are playing a road game against Rockford IceHogs tonight.

Trade talk

Six weeks before the NHL trade deadline,  the New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche and now the Carolina Hurricanes have been mentioned as being interested in acquiring Vancouver’s Bo Horvat.

TSN reported the Hurricanes’ interest in Horvat, but indicated ‘Canes didn’t like the asking price.

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Detroit’s prospect Dmitry Buchelnikov was named Russia’s third-best junior prospect this week.

The Red Wings blew two leads and fell in a shootout to the Arizona Coyotes.

Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (18-17-8) are in Las Vegas to play the Vegas Golden Knights (28-15-2) Thursday. The Golden Knights are sputtering of late, losing their last two games. They are 5-4-1 in their past 10 games. Jack Eichel is -9 over the past four games.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Defenseman Charlie McAvoy is impressed and amazed by Hampus Lindholm in every game. Boston Bruins. 

Colorado:  Injured defenseman Josh Manson now ready to join the Avalanche practices. Colorado Avalanche

Florida: Panthers suffer frustrating loss, but earn an important point against Maple Leafs. Florida Panthers. 

Montreal: Kirby Dach was dominant in win against a strong Winnipeg Jets team. Montreal Canadiens. 

New York: Stefan Rosner writes that Ilya Sorokin is New York’s new Jacob DeGroom. New York Islanders.

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Philadelphia: Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov boycotted Tuesday’s pregame warmup because he didn’t want to wear Pride Night-themed jerseys for religious reasons. Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: Injured goalie Tristan Jarry doesn’t have a target date for his return, but he expects to be sharp when he does return. Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose:  Sharks Coach David Quinn and player Kevin Leblanc are not on the same page. Leblanc was a healthy scratch Monday.

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Mark W

Could be they want Ned in GR for a while to help with getting the Griffins to the playoffs. Unless Hellberg falls flat. And so far its been good for Ned and the Griffins. Imagine Vrana will stay awhile for the same reason.
If I understand correctly, once either one comes back to the Wings they’d need to clear waivers to go back to GR so more reason to stay in GR.
Liking the moves they’re making to shore up the Griffins. I’m guessing a player might even enjoy being to get sent to GR if they look like shoe-ins for playoffs and Detroit doesn’t get there. Good experience too. Many moves may be coming soon imo.

Last edited 8 days ago by Mark W

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