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The Daily: Red Wings Vrana lights lamp In Grand Rapids; Schenn to Bruins?

Vrana scoring first AHL goal since 2016-17 season

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Red WIngs forward Jakub Vrana scored for the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Todd Reicher/IceHogs)

Playing his 500th professional game, Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana was scoring his first goal since October 25. The Grand Rapids Griffins were posting an impressive 5-2 AHL road victory over the Rockford IceHogs. Vrana would be netting the fourth goal of the game for the Griffins. Grand Rapids scored four times in the first 3:52 of the game. Vrana scored by firing a shot from the left circle and in off the right post.

It was his first goal in pro hockey since he was tallying for the Red Wings. That was also in a 5-2 road victory at the New Jersey Devils.

Vrana was assigned to Grand Rapids on January 4 after clearing NHL waivers. Vrana has collected 1-1-2 totals in nine games with the Griffins. He spent two months in the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program between October-December.

Red Wings teammate Alex Nedeljkovic was making 35 saves to improve to 4-1-2 with the Griffins. He was also sent to GR after clearing NHL waivers earlier this month. Austin Czarnik was pacing the attack for the Griffins, compiling two goals and an assist.

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Detroit is looking to ended an 0-2-1 skid. The Red Wings are at T-Mobile Arena to face the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday (10 p.m. ET). The Wings are 2-1 all-time at Vegas.

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Pittsburgh: Critical of the officiating, Mike Sullivan, coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, calls their Wednesday loss to the Ottawa Senators “ridiculous.”

Boston: Contenders are always seeking out defensive depth and there is trade speculation linking the Boston Bruins to Arizona Coyotes rearguard Luke Schenn.

Philadelphia: Scott Laughton and Tony DeAngelo of the Philadelphia Flyers will be recognized with honors at the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet.

Washington: Nic Dowd is out for the Washington Capitals after suffering a lower-body injury in Monday’s game against the Islanders.

Florida: Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice was also expressing dismay with NHL officiating following their 5-4 OT loss to Toronto.

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Islanders: Jean-Pierre Pageau of the New York Islanders was having a rip at Washington captain Alex Ovechkin, labeling Ovechkin’s hit on him in their game Monday as a head shot.

Montreal: Which NHL teams could be suitors for Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson?

Calgary: Former Calgary Flames star Johnny Gaudreau ready for the shower of boos as he returns to town with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Colorado: Add Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Cale Makar to the Colorado Avalanche injury list. He’s day to day with an undisclosed injury.

Vegas: A minus-5 in his past two games, Vegas Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel opened up about his recent struggles.

San Jose: Taking a deflected puck to the face during Wednesday’s game with Dallas, San Jose Sharks assistant coach David Warsofsky was back at his post after being patched up.

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