Quick Hits: The Weekend Update Edition

In Red Wings Land

Red Wings’ Taro Hirose isn’t pressing but hasn’t been able to produce much | Detroit News

Hirose was an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State, who entered the lineup in the season’s final 10 games and impressed with seven points (one goal, six assists) and strong instincts.

But this season it’s been a struggle.

Hirose entered Sunday night’s game with three points (all assists) in 11 games with a minus-5 rating.

Hirose added another assist last night in the OT loss to the Blues. If he can somehow find his game from late last season, it would be huge for the Red Wings scoring depth.

Speaking of that OT loss...


GAAAAAAH! Blues beat Wings 5-4 in OT Despite Detroit Comeback | WIIM

Everything you need to know about the game.

Grand Rapids Report

Prospect Joe Veleno ends frustration with first goal for Griffins | MLive

Joe Veleno got his first professional goal Friday in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 4-1 home victory over the Manitoba Moose.

The Red Wings’ first-round pick (30th overall) in 2018 cleaned up a rebound off Chase Pearson’s shot on the power play with 1:25 remaining in the third period.

It was the first point in seven games for the 6-foot-2, 200-pound center.

The first of many.

Around the League

Beyond Headlines: Atmosphere at outdoor games have teams itching to play | Sportsnet

1. 2014 Winter Classic, Toronto vs. Detroit, at The Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich.

More than 100,000 fans — with one side of the stadium wearing red, the other draped in blue — and a majestic snowfall. There was an epic tailgating scene and it was followed by a tight, entertaining game.

The white-knuckle, seven-hour drive back to Toronto in a blizzard didn’t even taint the experience.

The atmosphere was amazing. This game might be the coolest sporting event I’ve ever attended.