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Red Wings-Maple Leafs pre-season quick take: Wings finally look like themselves

Updated 3x with video and good news about Weiss and Babcock's presser and stats and stuff at 10:49 PM: There was a wee bit of bad news during the Red Wings' 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it involved ye olde precautionary pull as opposed to anything major (hopefully, anyway)...

Update: From WXYT: Babcock to St. James: They hope Weiss's not hurt, they yanked him as soon as he was sore, they think he'll have a good start/be good teammate. So the emphasis on Weiss is "precautionary." That's good news.

Update #2: Good news again:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs pre-season game thread, bootleg version: whatever works, works

The Detroit Red Wings will be dressing the vast majority of their NHL roster when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs this evening (7:30 PM EDT), but unless you happen to live in Ontario and subscribe to Leafs TV, you won't be able to see the game...Legally.

Fox Sports Detroit isn't airing the game against the Tigers-Marlins tilt, and Ken Kal and Paul Woods' call of the game can only be heard over-the-air as WXYT 1270's audio stream does not broadcast Wings games in the preseason.

Tomorrow's game in Toronto (7 PM EDT)--which will likely ice the Wings' "B Team" against the Leafs' NHL roster--will air on Hockey Night in Canada and the NHL Network U.S., but I also know that those of you who won't be watching the Grand Rapids Griffins play the Lake Erie Monsters at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, or won't be attending the Hockeytown BrewHaHa don't all have access to the CBC or the NHL Network U.S. (I can access the former but not the latter)...

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The one time you really want to hear about Pavel Datsyuk signing lingerie

This isn't necessarily hockey-related, but as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and as cancer is a truly terrible illness, this story from the Macomb Daily's Debbie Komar made me smile, and when talking about fighting cancer, smiles rarely result:

Yo. Eminem.

Your autograph is requested. On a bra. Soon.

You’ll be in good company: Kid Rock. Taylor Swift. Lady Antebellum. Uncle Kracker. Sheryl Crow. Jason Aldean. Carrie Underwood. Detroit’s own Fun. Luke Bryan. Miranda Lambert. Scotty McCreery. Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk. Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.

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Ye Olde Red Wings Block Font Letter Question

This note from ESPN's Paul Lukas, who penned a "Uni Watch" article discussing all the tweaks and changes in team uniforms, does indeed always arise during training camp and the preseason:

• The Red Wings will be wearing these gorgeous throwbacks for the annual Winter Classic on Jan. 1. Additional photos and info here. Meanwhile, in an annual rite of September, the Uni Watch inbox has been flooded with alarmed emails from fans who've noticed that the Wings have been wearing straight, block-lettered nameplates for their preseason games instead of their usual vertically arched lettering. Don't worry, people -- the Wings do this every preseason, so their equipment manager doesn't have to go through the trouble of making the vertically arched names for all the players who don't end up making the final roster cut. The arched lettering will return when the regular season starts. Promise.

In the days of hand-cut letters, where the "arch" was literally made by hand, the block-font was incredibly necessary to reduce time, energy and effort when making jerseys for 60+ prospect camp and training camp attendees...These days, I'm sure that it's easier to sew the block-font letters, but most places that customize jerseys use CNC machines and computer software to get things right, so in the present moment, the tradition is about tradition more than saving time.

It's about the privilege of earning your name in arched letters on a Wings jersey via a regular season appearance, and it may or may not be about selling unique training camp jerseys. That, and whatever the Wings' equipment manager wants to do, it's his workload, so Paul Boyer gets what he wants.

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Red Wings announce Toast of Hockeytown ticket sale

From the Red Wings' community relations department:

14TH Annual Toast of Hockeytown TICKETS NOW ON SALE

… Presented by ITC Holdings Corp., Event Takes Place Nov. 13 on the ice at JLA …

Detroit, Mich. - The 14th Annual Toast of Hockeytown presented by ITC Holdings Corp. will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The event, which takes place on the covered ice of Joe Louis Arena and has sold out each of the first 13 years, benefits the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. Only 500 tickets are available to this exclusive event.

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NHL.com’s Craig Button previews the Atlantic Divisiion

NHL.com's Craig Button previewed the Altantic Division, and he suggests that the Red Wings should finish second in the Atlatnic:

 

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Griffins’ Jarnkrok Pulkkinen, Frk hope to constitute the ‘next wave’ during rookie AHL campaigns

The Grand Rapids Griffins kick off a slate of preseason games tomorrow night in Plymouth, tangling with the Lake Erie Monsters at Compuware Arena at 7 PM, and they'll reprise their "neutral-site game" against Lake Erie on Sunday at Windsor's WFCU Centre.

The Griffins will begin their 2013-2014 campaign with back-to-back games in Rochester and Toronto on October 4th and 5th, and they won't raise their Calder Cup banner until their home opener on October 18th.

While coverage of the Griffins' training camp has been sparse, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner notes that the Griffins have a crop of star and/or superstar-in-the-making forwards who hope to make significant impacts during their first AHL campaigns:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs pre-season game-day updates: Alfie in, DeKeyser out, Datsyuk praised

Updated 14x at 5:44 PM: The Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs kick off a set of home-and-home exhibition games tonight at Joe Louis Arena this evening (7:30 PM EDT, Leafs TV; Henrik Zetterberg's holding a smoke detector collection today), and the Red Wings' morning skate yielded the usual amount of, "Good news, bad news" on the injury front:

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs pre-season set-up and overnight report: can the Wings defeat the hype machine?

The Red Wings' 2-and-4 preseason record may not "matter," despite the worries certain members of the media and certain bloggers have voiced about the team's 0-and-3 record at home and status as being out-scored 11-4 over those three games. The Wings insist that they'll get themselves sorted out by the Wednesday's home opener.

During a normal 82-game season, their annual end-of-exhibition home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, which take place tonight and tomorrow (tonight's game is only on Leafs TV and it starts at 7:30 PM EDT, and Henrik Zetterberg's smoke detector collection continues this evening; tomorrow's game airs on Hockey Night in Canada and the NHL Network U.S. at 7 PM EDT, on the same night as the Hockeytown BrewHaHa and the Grand Rapids Griffins' exhibition game in Plymouth), serve as icing on the preseason cake, a reminder of a rivalry lost when the Leafs moved East.

As you and I know, this isn't a "normal" season.

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Khan notes that the Red Wings expect to sort themselves out before the preseason ends

The Red Wings' performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins and their 0-and-3 record at home (as well as the fact that they've been out-scored 11-4 during those three games) have me worried, and the Free Press's Helene St. James noted that the Wings' preseason has been pretty bloody mediocre overall.

The Wings and their coach spent Thursday's practice suggesting that the team would "sort things out," and with a pair of new recalls in tow (Tomas Jurco and Luke Glendening), MLive's Ansar Khan noted that the Wings fully believe that they'll play much, much better in this weekend's home-and-home series against Toronto, with the team's offense kicking into gear once the players stop worrying so much about their positioning...

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