Thursday’s practice: Zetterberg takes a maintenance day, Mrazek starts Friday, Canes in tough

Updated with videos of Blashill and Tatar speaking with the media at 2:07 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just after 12 PM on Thursday.

Detroit hoped to build upon Wednesday’s win over the San Jose Sharks as the Wings prepared for back-to-back road games in Carolina (on Friday) and Florida (on Saturday):

That was the last practice-related Tweet that anyone posted for over an hour, save a Grand Rapids Griffins giveaway plug:

If you are planning further ahead, Luke Witkowski is celebrating my 40th birthday on Monday, I mean taking in an “off day” by heading to the Meijer in Southgate on Monday to sign autographs:

Also in the FYI department:

In terms of tomorrow night’s game: We already know that Petr Mrazek will start on Friday against the Hurricanes, and, regarding the Canes:

The 23-19-and-8 Hurricanes are going to be hosting the Montreal Canadiens in Raleigh this evening. The Canes have won 2 straight and 3 of their past 5 games, and their 54 points place the Hurricanes 2 points out of the Eastern Conference’s second Wild Card spot.

Heading back to the Red Wings’ locker room, the Free Press’s Helene St. James Tweeted the following…

Update: In Twitter video form, from the Wings:


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