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"American Thanksgiving" is here, and I'm thankful for my family, my friends, my health and readers like you this morning.

I hope those of you who celebrate are safe as you travel to your destinations, I hope you're safe at the table ("The Obvious Plant" on Facebook has some good, funny Thanksgiving survival tips), and I am hoping that the Red Wings manage to make good on their 22% chance of making the playoffs.

Mostly, I'm grateful for your readership. Thank you for putting up with the ups and downs.

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Jimmy Howard With Another ‘Save’ Last Night

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Just coming in here after, in the room, feeling you know, like a lot of weight was lifted off your shoulders," Howard said. "It feels good going into Thanksgiving."

Howard has a 1.76 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. The reason he is only 5-5-0 is his club has supported him with just 14 goals in his 10 starts (1.4 per game).

"He just looks calm in there, he looks real repeatable," coach Jeff Blashill said. "It doesn't look like anything that he can't keep doing, so it's great for him. He's put the work in to make himself better and prepared and ready to jump through the window of opportunity, which he's done time and time again."

Howard has started seven of the past eight games in taking over the starting job from Petr Mrazek. Chances are, Howard will start in New Jersey Friday and Mrazek at home the next night against Montreal.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Sabres wrap-up—shootout win spells ‘relief’

The Red Wings' 2-1 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres was anything but an artistic triumph, with both teams playing some ugly, sloppy hockey at times (okay, most of the time), but there were enough moments of beauty for the Wings to escape with 2 points, snapping a 4-game losing streak in the process.

Thomas Vanek rounded back into form, registering an assist and a shootout-winning goal, and Jimmy Howard was excellent, stopping 32 of 33 shots and 2 of 3 shootout shooters.

The Sabres were pretty peeved with the way luck went in their loss, as BuffaloSabres.com's Jourdan LaBarber noted:

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Prospect news: Jurco scores in Griffins’ loss; Walleye rally; Kadeikin gets in a fight

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Tomas Jurco let his play do the talking, scoring a goal on 6 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins lost 3-1 to the Milwaukee Admirals. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Red Wings-Sabres quick take: shootout steal

The Red Wings attempted to snap a 4-game losing streak against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday evening.

The Wings won in a shootout, 2-1--thanks to Thomas Vanek and Jimmy Howard--snapping their losing streak and earning a very, very necessary two points.

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Evening news: Game-Day Previews; on Mantha and ‘American Thanksgiving’

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here are the Red Wings and Sabres' Game-Day Preview videos:

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Red Wings-Sabres game-day articles: O’Reilly returns for Buffalo; Bertuzzi rejoins Wings’ lineup

Updated 6x at 2:20 PM: The Red Wings battle the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG B/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed that Ryan O'Reilly will return for the Sabres, with Jimmy Howard opposing Robin Lehner in the nets.

The Sabres' press was first out of the chute with game-day articles, and the Buffalo News's Mike Harrington noted that Jack Eichel's participation in the morning skate stole the show:

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Red Wings-Sabres morning skate Tweets and articles: O’Reilly returns for BUF; Howard vs. Lehner

The Red Wings battle the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG B/97.1 FM), with the Wings hoping to snap a 4-game losing streak.

The Sabres hit the ice first at the KeyBank Center, per Buffalo Hockey Beat's Bill Hoppe...

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It’s Possible Three Of The Detroit Pro Teams Could Create Their Own Media Network

from Frank Witsil of the Detroit Free Press,

All three teams — the Tigers, Wings and Pistons — are currently under television contracts with Fox Sports Detroit, but merging rights could give Detroit teams advantages, and potentially leverage, in negotiating more lucrative multimillion-dollar TV contracts for media rights.

The Tigers and Wings are both owned by Mike Ilitch, the founder and owner of Little Caesars Pizza.

The aim in forming a team-owned regional sports network is to generate more money for contracts, Zimbalist said. The downside, he said, is that the teams have to share the revenue; but with enough synergy among the teams, there could potentially be more advertising dollars overall and more power when negotiating with cable companies.

Another challenge: It is difficult to anticipate what the distribution systems will look like in the future because technology is changing so quickly.


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Before The Wings And Sabres Meet Tonight

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

• The game is a matchup between the two worst teams in the Atlantic Division. Buffalo is in seventh place with 18 points, one more than the Red Wings. They also rank 14th and 15th in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders are in last place in the East.

• After his first 19 games last season, Dylan Larkin's plus-13 rating was among the best in the NHL. This season he's minus-7. ... Five of Frans Nielsen's eight points have come on the power play. That leads the Red Wings. ... Three of rookie defenseman Ryan Sproul's four points have been on the power play. ... Riley Sheahan's minus-10 rating is the worst among Red Wings. He has three assists in 19 games.


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