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Prospect news: Ehn registers an assist; Griffins file weekly release

Of prospect-related note:

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn had an assist and finished at +2, winning 38% of his faceoffs in 12 minutes of ice time as his Frolunda Indians defeated Orebro 5-0;

Axel Holmstrom's Skelleftea AIK won 4-2 over Djugardens IF. There's been no update on Holmstrom's status--I've been looking for it:

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In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 10:05, going 0-and-2 on faceoffs in TPS Turku's 2-0 win over Sport;

In the Swiss NLA league, Joren van Pottelberghe served as the back-up in HC Davos' 5-2 win over EHC Kloten;

And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release:

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; on Sproul’s window of opportunity and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video, in which Dan Mannes interviews Jeff Blashill and Ryan Sproul:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article about Sproul's attempt to turn heads:

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NHL officially announces Centennial Classic Alumni Game rosters

Sportsnet The Fan 590 had it right--and they posted a 9-minute interview in which Kris Draper and Darcy Tucker introducing the lineups...

From the Leafs' website:

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Wings-Leafs Centennial Clasic Alumni game roster leaked?

This qualifies as a "rumor"...for now...

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Red Wings-Lightning game-day articles: Wings aim to play ‘relentless’ hockey vs. Bolts

Updated 5x at 1:36 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will be leaning upon a veteran-heavy lineup as they face the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/NBCSN/97.1 FM; tonight is Military Appreciation Night at the Joe).

With Thomas Vanek coming back on Sunday--and his LTIR cap space disappearing--the Wings sent Tyler Bertuzzi to Grand Rapids this morning, and MLive's Ansar Khan Tweeted out the following Wings lines:

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Bertuzzi reassigned to Grand Rapids

From the Wings' beat writers:

Remember: The Wings won't have the cap space to keep Bertuzzi or Mantha when Thomas Vanek gets back in the lineup on Sunday.

The Wings confirm:

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Red Wings-Lightning morning skate Tweets: Wings go with a veteran line-up

The Red Wings host the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/NBCSN/97.1 FM; tonight is Military Appreciation Night at the Joe) hoping to break through Tampa Bay's 9-and-3 record against the Wings of late, as well as the Wings' 1-and-5 record against Atlantic Division teams this season (per MLive's Brendan Savage).

The Wings hit the ice at the Joe for their morning skate just after 10:30 AM, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

Power play practice before morning skate for #RedWings:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Green-Sproul
&
Tatar-Nielsen-Larkin, Mantha, Smith

...

#RedWings lines at skate:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Abdelkader
Larkin-Nielsen-Glendening
Nyquist-Helm-Mantha
Ott-Sheahan-Miller
Bertuzzi (extra)

...

#RedWings defense pairs:
DeKeyser-Green
Ericsson-Marchenko
Smith-Sproul
Ouellet (extra)
Kronwall off until Thursday practice.

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

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Notes Before Tonight’s Game Against The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

• It's no secret the Detroit Red Wings have had trouble scoring goals. But exactly how bad has it been? Thanks for asking. Nobody has struggled more than Riley Sheahan, who has yet to score in 16 games this season. Mike Green has went 13 games without scoring since getting a hat trick Oct. 17, Darren Helm (4 goals) hasn't scored in 11 games, Gustav Nqyuist (3) has went 10 games without a goal, Drew Miller (2) and Frans Nielsen (2) have both went eight games, Tomas Tatar (2) has one goal in his last 11 games, Luke Glendening has one goal in 16 games and Steve Ott has one goal in 13 games.

• The Red Wings have 15 goals in their last eight games, an average of 1.9. They've been shut out twice, scored one goal one time and two goals another time. It's been 10 games since they've scored more than three goals. On the season, the Red Wings are averaging 2.6 goals per game.

• The Red Wings have a 1-5 record against Atlantic Division foes. They've been outscored 19-12 in those games, have been shut out twice and have allowed at least five goals to Tampa Bay and Montreal. Their lone victory was 5-1 Oct. 17 over Ottawa.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Lightning set-up—upset Wings to battle dominant Bolts

The Detroit Red Wings hope to rebound from Saturday's embarrassing performance against the Montreal Canadiens as the Wings host the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/NBCSN/97.1 FM; tonight is Military Appreciation Night at the Joe).

Tampa Bay comes into the game not that far separated from the Wings in terms of performance--at 9-6-and-1 as compared to Detroit's 8-7-and-1 record--but the Lightning took a chunk out of the Wings in the season opener (winning 6-4), and the Lightning find the Wings at a point of the season where making a push for the playoff pack is particularly important.

Tampa Bay also comes into tonight's game having played on Monday, defeating the New York Islanders 4-0 on Monday (with Andrei Vasilevskiy in the net; Ben Bishop will oppose Petr Mrazek this evening)...

And the Lightning possess a 9-3-and-0 record against the Red Wings over the past two seasons' worth of regular-season and playoff action.

The Lightning took care of the Islanders fairly easily on Monday evening--sweeping the teams' 3-game 2016-17 season series--but they weren't completely happy with the effort they thrust upon Andrei Vasilevskiy's shoulders, as they told NHL.com's Brian Compton:

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Evening news: On one-on-one battles, Kronwall ‘shut down’ and Holmstrom news from WiiM

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with the Red Wings regarding the emphasis on "battle drills" at today's practice...

"Every guy in this room can be a little better and it starts with one-on-one battles," Luke Glendening said. "You've got to be better than the guy across from you. It's in the offensive zone, it's in the defensive zone, it's at our net, at their net, faceoffs."

The Red Wings (8-7-1) face the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

"We talked about identity and being relentless and being fast and being competitive," Blashill said. "You can't win in this league if you're not highly competitive and I thought in Montreal we got out-competed."

Winning more puck battles will help improve two areas that have been lacking the past two games and in a few others this season – breakouts and forechecking.

"All of us take our jobs very seriously and are very professional about it," Justin Abdelkader said. "Today was a good day for us to come back and get to work and focus on some of the things that we need to get better at. It is a long season, but at the same time you don't want to be as streaky as we've been. We want to try to be a little more consistent."

As did the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

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