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The overnight report: Red Wings-Lightning wrap-up—Wings must rebound from devastating loss

The Red Wings lost a heartbreaker of a 4-3 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night, and the team lost Darren Helm to an upper-body injury to boot.

Amidst a 2-6-and-1 stretch, having lost 10 of 13 to the Lightning, the Red Wings find themselves in something of a desperate situation heading into Friday's game against Washington.

It is absolutely necessary for the Wings to gain ground in the standings to make at least a good push for the playoff-qualifying line as Thanksgiving approaches, but neither the Capitals, Flames nor Sabres will give Detroit any quarter...

And between getting absolutely smoked by the Canadiens on Saturday and suffering such a heart-soul-and-spirit-breaking loss to Tampa on Tuesday, the Wings have been put through the ringer recently. They've also got to be plain old pissed off--partially at themselves--this morning; it's going to take all the Wings' reserves to dig out of this hole and bring its absolute best when the Wings battle the Caps on Friday.

The Lightning rather understandably were preoccupied by the fact that Steven Stamkos left the game after scoring its first goal, twisting his right leg in a collision with Gustav Nyquist and exiting the ice in pain, as the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith noted:

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Wings lose Darren Helm to upper-body injury

Darren Helm got hip-checked by Nikita Nesterov--a hip-check of the submarine-under-a-guy variety, very dangerous--and Helm got up from the check clutching his left arm and shoulder. After the Wings' 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay, the Wings' beat writers reported that Helm will miss some time:

Update: Here's more from the Free Press's Helene St. James...

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Red Wings-Lightning quick take: heartbreaker late

The Detroit Red Wings had hoped to rebound from an embarrassing loss to Montreal this past Saturday as they hosted the streaky Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday evening, well aware of Tampa Bay's 9-and-3 record against the Wings.

The Red Wings battled back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game 3-3, but Nikita Kucherov scored with 1:10 left to make it 4-3 Tampa Bay, and the Bolts held the Wings off despite being throughly out-played. A bad bounce off Drew Miller's shin pads cost the Wings a point, if not two, in heartbreaking fashion.

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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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