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Red Wings-Maple Leafs pre-season wrap-up, set-up and overnight report: Alfredsson quiets boo birds

Given the Red Wings' call-ups from Grand Rapids, Detroit's taking a "B Team" up the 401 to Toronto to battle the Maple Leafs this evening (7 PM EDT, CBC/NHL Network U.S.), and minus both stars and a precautionarily-sat Stephen Weiss, the Wings' youngsters will face an NHL-heavy roster and an agitated Leafs team after dropping Toronto 5-2 on Friday night at the Joe.

Looking ahead to get it out of the way (I guess this is your "set-up"), I'm sure that the Grand Rapids Griffins' exhibition games against the Lake Erie Monsters tonight in Plymouth and tomorrow in Windsor will be entertaining affairs, and the Hockeytown BrewHaHa at the Joe might interest the beer-and-street-food enthusiast, but given that the Wings' lineup will largely consist of Luke Glendening, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Mitch Callahan and Jeff Hoggan up front, and Xavier Ouellet, Adam Almquist, Ryan Sproul and Nathan Paetsch on defense, with Petr Mrazek scheduled to start and Jared Coreau backing Mrazek up...

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Khan: Stephen Weiss’s absence from the 3rd period of Red Wings’ win over TO was precautionary

I would generaly include this in the overnight report, but as Red Wings fans have become so very accustomed to preseason injuries mounting, and as Stephen Weiss suffered a tweaked groin in the Wings' 5-2 win over Toronto, MLive's Ansar Khan provides some reassurance regarding the state of #90's groin:

Detroit Red Wings center Stephen Weiss said he is “100 percent'' certain he will be ready for the regular season opener on Wednesday, after sitting out the third period of Friday's 5-2 preseason victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I feel pretty good,'' Weiss said. “Just a little something going on there, decided to shut it down in the third and make sure we're ready for Wednesday.''

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Red Wings recall a ‘B Team’s’ worth of players and prospects for Saturday

If you're heading to the Air Canada Centre to watch the Red Wings take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night (7 PM, CBC/NHL Network U.S.), you might want to know that the Red Wings' lineup that dominated Toronto en route to a 5-2 victory won't necessarily be the one skating at the Air Canada Centre...

Because the Wings, who already have Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening, Xavier Ouellet and Petr Mrazek on their roster, called up 9 players to play at the ACC:

RED WINGS RECALL EIGHT FROM GRAND RAPIDS

Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today recalled forwards Mitch Callahan, Calle Jarnkrok, Teemu Pulkkinen and Riley Sheahan, defenseman Ryan Sproul and goaltender Jared Coreau from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings signed forward Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Nathan Paetsch to professional tryouts. With the moves, the Red Wings’ roster now stands at 40 players. The team will wrap up the preseason with the second game in a home-and-home set against the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road tomorrow (7 p.m.).

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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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