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Red Wings-Penguins pre-season quick take: 0-and-3 at home after an unfocused effort

Updated 7x at 10:56 PM: The Red Wings' 5-1 loss to the Pittsbugh Penguins was, to some extent, a case of personnel--the Penguins iced an NHL roster and the Wings were playing minus Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Kronwall, Ericsson, Alfredsson, Kindl, Howard, etc.--and, to some extent, a case of a very green lineup proving what Johan Franzen told Ken Daniels, Mickey Redmond and Chris Osgood during the second intermission: when you don't touch the puck, you're not going to play very well.

The Wings have played in 3 home exhibition games in front of half-full crowds, on average, and they've played decidedly below-average in front of people paying regular-season prices to watch three very poor efforts against Boston, Chicago and now Pittsburgh.

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TSN releases its list of the top 50 NHL Players; Datsyuk #5?

TSN posited its Top 50 Players list on Wednesday evening, and their picks are...Different...Especially if you're a Red Wings fan and think that Pavel Datsyuk is a solid player (edit: TSN posted a 46-minute clip of their special).

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has once again been ranked the NHL's No. 1 player, as revealed Wednesday night on the NHL on TSN Top 50 Players special.

For the first time, TSN's Top 50 ranking was determined by a group of 14 NHL coaches and general managers, representing seven Eastern Conference teams and seven Western Conference teams.

This year's NHL on TSN Top 50 Players features nine new players, four goalies, 10 defencemen and 26 players from Canada. The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have five players on the list, the most of any NHL team.

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Red Wings-Penguins pre-season live blog: the ‘B Team’ tangles with the Pens’ ‘A Team’

The Detroit Red Wings are a week away from their home opener against the Buffalo Sabres, and the Wings will ice a less-than-prime-time lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight (7:30 PM, Fox Sports Detroit Plus/NHL Network) mostly due to the fact that a combination of nagging injuries and a hype-filled pair of back-to-back games against the Toronto Maple Leafs give the team one more chance to evaluate its younger players before ramping up for this weekend's regular-season warm-ups.

The Penguins released their roster as of yesterday...

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Crain’s Detroit Business’s Shea: Kroger, Flagstar Bank filling Amway’s void as Red Wings sponsors

As noted yesterday, the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar reported that the Red Wings and Amway chose not to renew Amway's status as the Wings' "presenting sponsor"--the team is now technically presented by AT&T, and the massive Amway signs near the scoreboard have been replaced by Kroger banners--and today, via RedWingsFeed, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea also took note of the adjustments made while reporting that the Wings will not find a new official partner/presenting sponsor for this upcoming season:

“While Amway has chosen to focus their relationship on other aspects of the business and no longer are the team’s presenting sponsor, we are working out details to adjust the partnership elements for the 2013-14 season,” Wings Director of Communication John Hahn said in a statement.

Financial terms were never disclosed, but the Amway deal was believed to be worth under $10 million for both years.

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Sportsnet’s Johnston: HBO’s 24/7 crew will visit Detroit on Friday

I posted this in the game-day update thread, but given the fact that the Red Wings and Maple Leafs play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, but won't play a regular season game until December 21st, this Tweet from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston shouldn't surprise us:

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Red Wings-Penguins preseason game-day updates: Ericsson, Alfredsson out; Sheahan, Ouellet recalled

Updated 16x at 6:20 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight (7:30 PM EDT, FSD Plus/NHL Network/WXYT AM), and not all is well, as Paul noted:

Though this part IS good:

Back to the skate...

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ESPN’s Custance posits a massive Red Wings season preview

The AP's Larry Lage posted a Red Wings 2013-2014 season preview yesterday, and the season of season previews kicks off in earnest with an incredibly detailed Red Wings preview from ESPN's Craig Custance, and it includes a video interview with Jimmy Howard...

 

 

And ESPN's summary (the "experts" are picking the Wings to finish second or third in the Atlantic, and Custance made his Stanley Cup-winning and Atlantic Division-winning pick during a chat yesterday--picking Ottawa winning the division and losing to LA in the Cup Final) of the preview is as good a place as any to start:

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Wings’ Morning Skate Today

 

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Red Wings-Penguins pre-season set-up and overnight report: on Mrazek, the second line and Almquist

Things are about to "get busy" for the Red Wings and Red Wings fans. The Wings will wrap up their preseason schedule with three games over the course of the next four nights, starting with tonight's televised game against Pittsburgh (7 PM EDT, FSD Plus/ROOT Sports/WXYT AM, and yes, as MLive's Brendan Savage notes, Henrik Zetterberg and a coalition of Southeastern Michigan police and fire departments are collecting smoke detectors today and Friday)...

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Grand Rapids Griffins set to play exhibition games in Plymouth this Saturday, Windsor this Sunday

When the Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, Red Wings fans have a chance to watch the team's "next wave" up close as the Grand Rapids Griffins will hold a pair of exhibition games against the Lake Erie Monsters in Southeastern Michigan (and Southwestern Ontario).

On Saturday night, the Griffins and Monsters will play at Plymouth's Compuware Arena, and on Sunday the 29th, the teams will face off again at Windsor's WFCU Centre. The Plymouth Observer (no author's name listed) took note of the Griffins' appearance in Plymouth:

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