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Leafs take the social media high ground en route to Winter Classic?

With all the hubbub surrounding the lead-up to the Winter Classic, live Michigan Stadium webcam included...


I hate to suggest that the Maple Leafs are doing anything "better" than the Red Wings, scale and intensity of the coverage in Canada's largest city excluded (and I'd rather have the Detroit media environment any day of the week), but the Leafs do have the Social Media high ground, as it were.

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Red Wings evening news: on the CoPa rink, power rankings, Weiss, Datsyuk and Helm

As the NHL prepares to move its ice-making truck from Toronto to Ann Arbor, Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner's offered no less than eleven player profiles(!) and a chat with Keith Gave about the Russian 5, Sport-Express's Slava Malamud's tossing off quips and quotes about Datsyukian Q and A's, a likely bland 24/7 experience over the next three Saturdays and is trading Babcockian jabs, the Red Wings and their beleagured goalie headed to Florida for a 2-game swing through Miami and Tampa Bay...

Leaving behind a Comerica Park that's somewhere between halfway and two thirds of the way toward being ready for the Hockeytown Winter Festival's "open skates" and status as the home of this year's Great Lakes Invitational, a slate of high school games, a pair of OHL games, a game between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs' AHL teams (the Griffins and Marlies) and a pair of "Alumni Showdowns."

The Detroit News's David Goricki spoke with Rich Cubin, the man in charge of building and maintaining the Comerica Park rink, regarding the rink's status...

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Red Wings to engage in annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign on Friday, December 13th

The Red Wings will engage in a little friendly competition to raise funds for the Salvation Army this Friday. Per the Wings' Community Relations department:

The Detroit Red Wings will compete for bragging rights on Friday, Dec. 13, to see which duo can raise the most money for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, as four teams bell ring at different Metro Detroit retail locations. Fans are asked to make a $10 donation in exchange for an autograph at all four locations.

Head Coach Mike Babcock will join Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland, who is serving as Honorary Chairman of the 2013 Red Kettle Campaign for the eighth straight year, at Hiller’s Market in downtown Northville, Mich., from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Fans visiting Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, Mich., between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday can obtain an autograph from forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm by making a $10 donation.

Defenseman Brendan Smith and forward Gustav Nyquist will bell ring at Kroger in Birmingham, Mich., from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., while goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and Stephen Weiss will represent the Red Wings at Kroger in Farmington Hills, Mich.

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Red Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou named OHL’s Player of the Week

Via RedWingsFeed, Red Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou received quite the nod from the Ontario Hockey League today:

The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Detroit Red Wings prospect Andreas Athanasiou of the Barrie Colts is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 8 after scoring twice with five assists for seven points in two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Athanasiou helped the Colts earn a pair of road wins in Belleville and in Ottawa over the weekend improving the club’s record to 16-11-1-2 where they rank second place in the Central Division.  Athanasiou earned first star honours in both games recording three points including the shorthanded game-winner plus two assists on Saturday night in a 5-1 victory over the Bulls, then notched a goal and three assists on Sunday as part of a 7-2 victory over the 67’s.

Athanasiou, a 19-year-old from Woodbridge, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season and second with the Colts after beginning his career with the London Knights.  Recently signed to an entry-level contract by the Red Wings who selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Athanasiou is 21st in OHL scoring and leads the Colts with 39 points in 28 games after recording 67 points in 66 games last season.

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Fox 2, WDIV air reports on preparations at Comerica Park ahead of Hockeytown Winter Festival

Fox 2's Jason Carr reported on the Hockeytown Winter Festival preparations underway at Comerica Park on this morning's Fox 2 news broadcast, and here's a clip of his report:


The Wings' Winter Classic website has more info on the events taking place at Comercia Park, "Open Skates" included, but I was not aware of a Red Wings practice taking place on Wednesday, December 18th that would be open to the public...

Update: Here it is, per Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea:

First, a free Detroit Red Wings open practice will take place at noon Dec. 18 on the ice rink inside Comerica Park, which will allow fans to watch the team prepare for the outdoor 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day.

Update #2: Via RedWingsFeed, WDIV's Jamie Edmonds was at Comerica Park today, too:

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Red Wings Monday practice post: Datsyuk in, Howard starting, Helm traveling, Z stays behind

Updated 6x at 3:06 PM: The Detroit Red Wings got back to work at Joe Louis Arena after dropping a disappointing 2-1 decision to Florida on Saturday, and the Wings will need as many hands on deck as possible as the team will play eight games over the course of 14 nights, starting with tomorrow's rematch with the Panthers and Thursday's tilt in Tampa Bay, and continuing with back-to-backs against the Penguins and Bolts at home...

But the, "Good news, bad news" train regarding the Wings' injuries continued to roll along, as reported by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...

Helm not at practice. He's missed last 2 games with a shoulder injury.

And MLive's Ansar Khan:

Helm (shoulder) not practicing today as Wings take the ice at JLA. Datsyuk, slated to return Tuesday, is skating.

Lines? Khan's got 'em:

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HBO’s latest ‘24/7’ press release: series to air in HD over 3 consecutive Saturdays

Update: NHL.com posted "alternate viewing dates for Episode 1" at 3:11 PM: HBO just posted a press release regarding their installments of 24/7 coverage of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs:

HBO Sports' groundbreaking "24/7" reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy® Awards, will again join forces with the National Hockey League for 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC.Taking viewers inside a historic NHL matchup between Original Six™ rivals Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs®, this innovative four-episode, all-access reality series debuts SATURDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.


The show follows the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week. The excitement surrounding the rivalry reaches its apex when the teams meet in the sixth edition of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the stage will be set for more than 100,000 fans to attend the outdoor event.

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On Saturday, the Kings honored ‘Murph’

Via the boss, former Red Wings defenseman Larry Murphy has been spotted at the Red Wings alumni's "training camp" ahead of the Wings-Leafs Alumni Showdown, and he's still taking part in team functions, so "Murph" may be a little less visible in the public eye, but he's around despite his still-controversial ouster from Fox Sports Detroit last spring. 

Murphy was honored for his contributions to the Los Angeles Kings (Murphy's first team) with a bobblehead (skates just as fast as Murph does) and an in-game presentation prior to Saturday's 3-0 Kings win over Los Angeles, and LA Kings Insider's James Nicholson spoke with Murphy prior to the event...

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Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard’s ‘5 Questions’ involve his difficult season thus far

Via RedWingsFeed, the Red Wings' starting goaltender hasn't started very much of late, but Jimmy Howard accentuated the positive while speaking with NHL.com's Dan Rosen in a set of "5 Questions"...

How would you assess your play and the way it's gone for you so far this season?

"It hasn't been going quite as planned, as I would have hoped, but every player goes through stretches like this no matter what they're dealing with. You have to remind yourself that you've got to keep working, that you do have the talent and skill to be out there and eventually you just come out of it."

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In post-Soviet Russia, government shuts down RIA Novosti ahead of Olympics

Those of you who know me decently know that I may have chosen to pursue German in high school and college, but I am most certainly fascinated by the strange goings-on in the unique media environment that is "Russia today," and ahead of some sort of moderately-important athletic competition on the Caucasus' Isthmus whose name I cannot recall, the Russian government is very conveniently "streamlining" what is its equivalent of the Associated Press. Per RIA Novosti's English-language arm:

The Kremlin announced Monday the dissolution of RIA Novosti, the country’s major state-run news agency, amid a significant reorganization of state-owned media assets.

News agency RIA Novosti and the state-owned Voice of Russia radio will be scrapped and absorbed into a new media conglomerate called Rossiya Segodnya, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin.

The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.

In a separate decree published Monday, the Kremlin appointed Dmitry Kiselyov, a prominent Russian television presenter and media manager recently embroiled in a scandal over anti-gay remarks, to head Rossiya Segodnya.

Head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov said the changes were about saving money and making state media more effective.

“Russia has its own independent politics and strongly defends its national interests: it’s difficult to explain this to the world but we can do this, and we must do this,” Ivanov told reporters.

Continued, and of course I'm sure that there's no sort of clamping down upon the freedom of the press ahead of the "Perfect Olympics"--oh, Olympics, that's what it was!--here...

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