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Of prospect-related note:
In the Champions Hockey League, Christoffer Ehn scored the 5-1 goal in the Frolunda Indians' 6-1 win over Eisbaren Berlin. Frolunda can advance to the "round of 8" if they beat Berlin on November 8th.
And in the AHL, here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:
Updated at 5:03 PM: The Red Wings practiced at the Joe on Tuesday before leaving for Wednesday night's "Rivalry Night" game in Philadelphia, hoping to break the Flyers' 19-year home-ice jinx. It appears that the Wings will employ the same lineup they used during Sunday's game vs. Florida, and it appears that Petr Mrazek will start on Wednesday.
The Wings are aware of their winless streak in Philly, as well as their 0-and-2 record of late, as they told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
The Red Wings haven’t defeated the Flyers in Philadelphia in the regular season in nearly 20 years, losing 11 consecutive games (0-11-0). Their last regular-season win in Philadelphia was Jan. 25, 1997, defeating the Flyers 4-1 with Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Tomas Holmstrom and Kris Draper scoring goals, and Mike Vernon stopping 17 shots.
The Red Wings defeated Philadelphia twice, in Games 1 and 2, later that spring in the Stanley Cup Finals, helping the Red Wings gain a sweep in the series. But since then, it’s been a lot of losses.
“Just like the Cubbies not winning it (World Series) for so long, it’s just the way it has been,” Brendan Smith said. “We don’t think about it. We just go in there and try to play our game and hopefully we come out of there with two points.”
Insisting that last year's 1-and-2 record against the Flyers was of their own doing, not the "streak's" fault:
Updated 7x at 5:00 PM: A bit surprising here...Frk goes to Grand Rapids after being re-claimed by the Wings, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman:
The Hurricanes' Mike Maniscalo confirms:
MLive's Ansar Khan also confirms:
#RedWings have claimed Martin Frk off waivers from Carolina.
Update: From Khan...
#RedWings assigned Martin Frk to Grand Rapids.
And the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
#RedWings have claimed F Martin Frk on waivers from #hurricanes and assigned him to #AHL Grand Rapids.
Update #2: Here's Khan in text form:
MLive's Ansar Khan reported in...
And Khan continued...
ESPN's Craig Custance examined the teams with the highest "PDO" of the regular season thus far, determining which teams' starts are sustainable over the long haul, and Custance--and an NHL scout--had this to say about the Red Wings:
Detroit Red Wings
Driving force: Detroit has a top-five save percentage and shooting percentage
Scout’s thoughts: “Here’s what it is. Jimmy Howard has played out of his mind this year. I think they have a great duo in net. I think Jimmy Howard knows, 'I have an opportunity to go to Vegas [in the expansion draft] if I play out of my mind.' I don’t think the defense is as bad as some think it is. Alexei Marchenko and Jonathan Ericsson won’t give you a lick of offense, but they are tough down low and transition the puck out well enough. Mike Green can put the puck in the net. They have so much depth up front, and one of the best fourth lines with Luke Glendening, Steve Ott and Drew Miller who are really effective at what they do. They’re going to go up and down this year, but in the average I think they’ll be better than most teams.”
Custance continues in the Insider-only entry...
Of Red Wings and spooooooky-related note (so I'm late, here's some candy):
1. In the humorous and humerus vein, Michigan Hockey collected and compiled the internet's best hockey costumes, focusing on those with Michigan ties, and there are some "beauties" in here...and some disturbing images...
I'm at something of a loss as to how to fit the rhetorical coverage of the Pistons' now all-but-inevitable move downtown to join the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena, because there's a level of socio-political-ethnic-economic-and-ethnic-and/or-racial stuff that's involved with a basketball team moving back to the City of Detroit that's deep and multi-layered, and I don't know if all of that stuff belongs on a hockey blog.
This blog's level of discourse is at a certain level, and while it may get a lot deeper than, "Will the ice be good at LCA if the Wings share their rink with the Pistons?" at times, we're not exactly asking whether the Pistons' move downtown will help facilitate a better mixing of socioeconomic and ethnic groups in the neighborhoods surrounding the District Detroit than a hockey team alone could help achieve on its own.
We're going to give that kind of talk an entry's worth of time, and then we're going to move on.
The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo asks questions on the socio-ecnomic-and-ethnic level while praising the ownership groups for helping smash the "Eight Mile Barrier" as it applies to sports teams...
From NBC Sports:
CLAUDE GIROUX AND PHILADELPHIA FLYERS HOST DYLAN LARKIN AND DETROIT RED WINGS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY ON NBCSN
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Red Wings-Flyers – 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Tuesday Night Doubleheader on NBCSN – Lightning-Islanders at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Sharks-Coyotes at 10 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 31, 2016 – Wednesday Night Rivalry heads to the City of Brotherly Love this week, as Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow night with a doubleheader on NBCSN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET, when John Tavares and the New York Islanders host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The action shifts west to Arizona at 10 p.m. ET, when Joe Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks visit Oliver Ekman-Larsson and the Coyotes.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of this week’s NHL matchups on NBCSN.
Four-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call Red Wings-Flyers from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Updated 4x at 5:01 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. As MLive's Ansar Khan notes, the Red Wings will be battling a rather incredible historical record against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday:
Broad Street has been like Elm Street for the Red Wings for nearly two decades. Detroit has lost 11 consecutive games in Philadelphia, getting outscored 48-20.
The Red Wings have two chances in a span of six days to snap that streak. Their first try is Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network exclusive). Detroit hasn't won in Philadelphia since June 3, 1997 – Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.
The Flyers (4-5-1) have dropped two in a row at home. They've been strong offensively (third in goals per game, third on the power play) and weak defensively (29th in goals against). Goaltenders Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth both have a sub-.900 save percentage.
Claude Giroux is tied for the league lead with 12 points and linemate Wayne Simmonds has 11 points.
Khan continues, discussing the Wings' goaltending, scoring issues and this week's home games...
2. The Hockey News's Dom Luszczyszyn reports that the "OMG" line is doing particularly bad from a puck possession standpoint:
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