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The Daily: A Little R&R For Red Wings; Islanders Win, Penguins Lose Kulikov to LTIR

Detroit’s first three-day break since early February

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Derek Lalonde, Red Wings coach

Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde was opting to sandwich off days for his team around their 2-1 loss on Tuesday to the Predators in Nashville. He’ll get his players back on the ice Thursday, with two days of practice prior to Saturday afternoon’s home date against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.

Down time hasn’t been on the menu for the Red Wings in quite some time. Since returning Feb. 7 from the NHL All-Star break, this is the first time Detroit will be going three days between games.

“We have two practices,” Lalonde was explaining to Bally Sports Detroit. “This is a team that has responded very well from practices, so we’ll get two practices and get back at it on Saturday.”

Finding that balance between keeping a team sharp and wearing them out mentally and physically is just one of the many challenges a coach faces.

As for the players, they were appreciative of the chance to step back from the constant action they’ve been facing of late.

“It’ll be nice,” forward Lucas Raymond said of the chance to get some R&R. “We’ve had a lot of games lately. It’s gonna be nice. Everyone can get some rest and get ready to go next time.”

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

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  • Detroit draft pick netminder Jan Bednar was signing an AHL contract with the Griffins
  • The Red Wings got everything but a victory from a 2-1 loss in their latest visit to Nashville
  • Be careful who you’re chirping. He might be ending up as your teammate

Red Wings Next Game

It’s the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche who’ll be visiting Little Caesars Arena on Saturday (1 p.m. ET). The last two times the Avs were reigning Cup champs – in 1996-97 and 2001-02 – the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in the ensuing season.

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Islanders: Taking care of business, the New York Islanders were downing the Anaheim Ducks 6-3.

Washington: Beating the Buffalo Sabres, the Washington Capitals went a long way toward maintaining their slim playoff hopes.

Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins are placing recently-acquired defenseman Dmitry Kulikov on the LTIR.

Florida: Alex Lyon, the No. 3 goalie for the Florida Panthers, is ready to go should he be called upon during their playoff chase.

Boston: Bad starts are finishing off the Boston Bruins.

Montreal: Forward Christian Dvorak is the latest addition to the lengthy injury list of the Montreal Canadiens. He’s out for the season.

Philadelphia: Carson Briere, son of Philadelphia Flyers GM Daniel Briere, was caught on a viral video pushing a woman’s wheelchair down a flight of stairs.

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Colorado: Playing at Toronto, the Colorado Avalanche were posting a 2-1 shootout decision over the Maple Leafs.

Calgary: An overtime loss at Arizona put a serious dent in the playoff hopes of the Calgary Flames.

Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights are getting plenty of mileage out of their NHL trade deadline additions.

San Jose: The San Jose Sharks are the first time to be officially eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Los Angeles: The newest Los Angeles Kings, Joonas Korpisalo and Vladimir Gavrikov, are preparing to face their old club, the Columbus Blue Jackets.