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Red Wings-Canucks wrap-up and overnight report: Wings earn a win to build upon

The Red Wings hopped on a very late-night flight to Calgary having snapped a 4-game winless streak, earning a gutsy, hard-working 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

I don't disagree with some of the Canucks' assessments of the game. It was definitely won and lost in the trenches, and the first period at least wasn't elegantly-played, especially on what was just wretched ice at the Rogers Centre.

Something tells me that Red Wings fans who witnessed their team drastically cut down its turnovers, motor through the neutral zone efficiently and speedily and hem the Canucks in their own end via sustained possession and control of the puck might argue that board battles playing out 150-200 feet from Jimmy Howard are in fact a beautiful thing.

The Canucks let their frustrations be known while speaking with the Vancouver Sun's Brad Ziemer:

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On Mike Babcock, Team Canada’s Olympic coach

Red Wings fans tend to view their team's bench boss as, well, theirs, but Babcock engaged in a little Q and A with TSN prior to the Red Wings-Canucks tilt, and he barely discussed his "day job."

Wednesday marked the 100-days-and-counting mark to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and NHL.com's Dan Rosen profiled Babcock as Team Canada's coach and man at the helm as the team attempts to defend its 2010 gold medal. Babcock himself plays something of a supporting role, with Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman, would-be assistant coach Ken Hitchcock and likely roster player Sidney Crosby about Babcock's value to the "team."

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Red Wings prospect news: Griffins take out Charlotte; Walleye lose, Nastasiuk bests Athanasiou

Last weekend, the Grand Rapids Griffins took two of the three games they played over the course of 3 weekend nights, but their 5-0, home-ice loss to the Charlotte Checkers stood out like a sore thumb.

The Griffins welcomed the Checkers back to Van Andel Arena on Wednesday night, and the Griffins earned a much better result, scoring 4 goals on Rick DiPietro and defeating Charlotte 5-2. The Griffins provide a superb game recap:

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Red Wings-Canucks quick take: Wings take a hard-fought game via clutch scoring, goaltending

T'was a strange game. You would think that John Tortorella and the streaking Vancouver Canucks, having won 4 straight and coming into a game against an 0-2-and-2 Wings team that was giving up 32-and-change shots per game, well...

You'd think they'd shoot the damn puck. Instead, on some absolutely atrocious ice, the Canucks seemed relatively content to win a low-scoring affair.

The Wings were able to embrace something of an ugly road game at times; very regularly, they blocked Canucks shots--because Vancouver had 20 shots and hit Wings bodies another 15 times--and when shots did come through, Jimmy Howard was superb.

Sprinkle in some clutch scoring, and the Wings take a 2-1 decision over Vancouver, snapping the 4-game losing streak.

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Red Wings promoting 16 ‘Viewing Parties’ to be held across Metro Detroit

From the Red Wings' PR department:

... Doug Brown and Jiri Fischer Scheduled to Appear at First Two Parties of the Year …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are proud to announce another year of Red Wings Official Viewing Parties for the 2013-14 season. Red Wings fans will have the opportunity to connect and cheer on the team with hundreds of their peers all throughout the 2013-14 season at a variety of locations throughout Michigan.

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Red Wings-Canucks game-day updates: Wings reset lines; Franzen back Fri, Helm Sat, Big E to LTIR(?)

Updated 14x at 10:01 PM: The Detroit Red Wings begin something of a gauntlet-running slate of 4 games played over the course of 6 nights when they tangle with the Vancouver Canucks tonight (10:30 PM, FSD/TSN/97.1 FM), and the Wings spent Tuesday insisting that they're ready to address the issues which have contributed to a 4-game losing streak.

The Canucks apparently held a very brief morning skate, because their Twitter account was tossing off quotes from John Tortorella by the equivalent of 10:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time (at least these 10:30, 9:30 and 10 PM starts include a "Fall Back" hour of sleep on Sunday morning!):

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Red Wings prospects Anthony Mantha, Jake Paterson, Zach Nastasiuk to take part in CHL Super Series

On Tuesday, the QMJHL announced that Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha will represent the Q in the first two games of a 6-game "Super Series" between a Russian prospect team and 3 teams reprsenting the Canadian Hockey League's 3 respective leagues (the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League). The first two games will take place on November 18th and 20th in Gatineau and Sherbrooke Quebec, respectively;

Today, via RedWingsFeed, two more Wings prospects were named to the roster of the second Super Series team, representing the Ontario Hockey League in games 3 and 4: Saginaw Spirit announced that goaltender Jake Paterson will play for the OHL's team in Game 4, which will take place on November 25th in Sudbury, Ontario, and the OHL announced that Owen Sound Attack captain and Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk will take part in Game 3, which will take place on November 22nd in Owen Sound, ON.

The Red Wings' WHL-playing prospects include Kelowa Rockets defenseman Mitchell Wheaton and Prince George Cougars defenseman Marc McNulty, and neither are "top prospects," so I don't anticipate that the Wings will have any representation from the WHL's team.

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Belated Red Wings-Canucks set-up: Wings begin Western swing insisting frustration’s a waste of time

Whoops, proof that it was a very late night and long day for me. I posted this in KK Hockey instead of The Malik Report:

I've got some good news and some bad news.

The bad news first: The Detroit Red Wings kick off a slate of 4 games in 4 Western Canadian cities over 6 nights starting this evening against the Vancouver Canucks (10:30 PM EDT, FSD/TSN/97.1 FM), who possess an 8-3-and-1 record, and have rattled off 4 straight wins, with their most recent coming in the form of a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

The Canucks have been receiving stellar scoring from Henrik and Daniel Sedin, as well as Ryan Kesler, and John Tortorella's riding his big dogs so hard that the Hockey News's Ken Campbell wondered whether playing the trio 22+ minutes per night will burn them out early, and in the practice post, the Globe and Mail's David Ebner noted that Roberto Luongo's 7-3-and-1 record is one win short of setting a career best for a historically slow-starting goaltender.

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Sergei Fedorov Will Return For The Alumni Showdown At Comerica Park

Update: If you missed it, Slava Kozlov told Sports.ru that he's hoping that his current employer, Spartak Moscow, will let him play in the Alumni Showdown, so it's possible that the Russian 5 will be reunited on December 31st.

Update #2: Via Sports.ru's Igor Eronko:

#Spartak confirms Slava Kozlov, still active player in #KHL, will take part in #WinterClassic alumni game #RedWings #TMLeafs

From the Wings' PR department:

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that three-time Stanley Cup Champion and 1994 Hart Memorial Trophy winner Sergei Fedorov has been added to the team’s alumni roster for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, as part of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. Fedorov rejoins his fellow countrymen that comprised the Red Wings’ famed “Russian Five” line, which he centered between right wing Igor Larionov and left wing Vyacheslav Kozlov, with Viacheslav Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov, who is slated to appear as a special guest, manning the blueline.

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Grand Rapids Griffins offer fans a different kind of sporting challenge

This is...Different...Per the Grand Rapids Business Journal's David Czurak:

The AHL defending Calder Cup champions are offering what the franchise calls the "Hat Trick," which has been described as “a three-pronged gastronomic test.”

It consists of three jumbo hot dogs with a choice of toppings, a three-patty burger and fries.

The Hat Trick will sell for $20, and whoever can eat the whole thing in 20 sure-to-be-memorable minutes will win a T-shirt and the personal satisfaction of “having consumed an unthinkable number of calories to fuel them as they cheer on the Griffins.”

The Griffins will offer the Hat Trick at every non-Friday home game, with the first one coming up on Wednesday, when they host the Charlotte Checkers.

The delicacy can be ordered at the guest services desk, behind section 104, and picked up at concession stand No. 2, behind section 110.

Continued, with news about the food and beverage choices offered by the Griffins' concessions service, SAVOR, as well as their inspiration for the "Hat Trick" in the West Michigan Whitecaps' sports-related eating challenges...

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