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Red Wings-Canucks morning skate Tweets and articles: slight line tweaks at the morning skate

Updated 2x at 11:28 AM: The Red Wings hope to get on a roll against the struggling Vancouver Canucks this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet Vancouver/97.1 FM). The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena just after 10:30 AM for their morning skate, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

#RedWings lines at skate:
Sheahan-Glendening-Ott (Miller extra)


#RedWings defense pairs at skate:
Ouellet and Sproul extras it appears.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canucks set-up—sustaining a streak important for both teams

The Red Wings face a unique challenge in battling the Vancouver Canucks this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/Sportsnet Vancouver/97.1 FM) because the Canucks had lost 9 straight games prior to Tuesday's 5-3 win over the New York Rangers.

With rumors of coach Willie Desjardins' seat behind the bench becoming particularly warm, the 5-8-and-1 Canucks stood tall against the Rangers, and they will look to turn their season around as they wrap up a 6-game road trip...

Against a Red Wings team for whom desperation is also a familiar feeling. At 7-7-and-1, the Red Wings have no room for charity toward the Canucks. A 1-game winning streak won't do much of anything to stabilize a Wings team that lost 5 straight prior to Tuesday's shootout win over the Flyers, and a setback against the Canucks sure as hell wouldn't calm the nervous folks that make up the Wings' fan base.

Both teams took Wednesday off, so setting up this game from the Canucks' perspective requires looking back at their win on Tuesday, as described by NHL.com's Dan Rosen...

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Prospect news: Mantha, Frk score in Griffins shootout win; Walleye win school-day game vs. Kalamazoo

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Anthony Mantha scored a goal and added an assist, Martin Frk scored 2 goals, Ben Street and Mitch Callahan had 2 assists apiece and Evgeny Svechnikov scored the shootout winner as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Lake Erie Monsters 5-4 in a shootout.

The Griffins' website filed a recap:

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Duff remembers Joe Turner

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff penned an article remembering Joe Turner, a Red Wings goaltender and World War II soldier who embodies the spirit of Veterans' Day/Remembrance Day:

Joe Turner’s National Hockey League career lasted one day.

He wore No. 1.

Turner’s combat tour in the Second World War lasted one day.

He lost his life in the line of duty because Turner wasn’t looking out for No. 1.

In the late 1930s, the Detroit Red Wings were certain that they’d landed their goaltender of the future. Windsor’s Turner was a junior sensation, leading the OHA in goals-against average with Stratford in 1937-38 and in shutouts with Guelph in 1938-39. Moving up to the senior ranks for the 1939-40 season, the Red Wings prospect led the Michigan-Ontario League in wins, shutouts and GAA.

By the 1941-42 season, Turner, 22, was playing pro for Detroit’s AHL farm club, the Indianapolis Capitols.

“He was the whole team in Indianapolis,” teammate Les Douglas recalled to the National Post in 1998 of Turner, nicknamed ‘No-no’ due to his stinginess between the pipes. “We could attack all we wanted. We knew Joe was back there for us.”

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Evening news: On sustaining a streak, Bertuzzi, goaltending and Athanasiou

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James suggests that the Red Wings need to sustain a winning streak to snap back from their losses of late...

Ending a losing streak won’t mean much if it doesn’t translate into a winning streak.

That essentially was the message from Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg heading into Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Four games into their second 10-game segment, the Wings have just three points, and the goal is to bank 12 every segment. Hence, the measured tone of Zetterberg after Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout victory at Philadelphia.

“It’s nice to get back to the winning side, but it’s one game,” he said. “We’re going to play a desperate team at home next game, so we have to get ready.”


The Wings rallied from a slow start in Philadelphia and twice tied the game. They had a good forecheck most of the night, and good offensive-zone possession for a second straight game.

“I think zone-time wise, I was pleased with it against Edmonton, thought we did a good job” in Philadelphia, Blashill said. “We’re a little bit too passive in our D-zone, we can get better in terms of just being fast and getting out of there a little bit quicker. But I thought our zone time offensively was good.”

St. James continues, discussing Niklas Kronwall's ice time...

2. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article discussing the trust the Wings showed in Tyler Bertuzzi last night:

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Mid-day news: On Athanasiou’s break-out game; Twitter news and a power rankings haiku

Updated 3x at 1:44 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article about Andreas Athanasiou's performance last night:

"I thought he did a good job staying on it all night," Blashill said. "I thought he was engaged all night, I thought he was winning puck battles all night. When he's that, he's a very talented player. When he's competing at that high level this is what you get out of him. He's an excellent player that can break a game open out of nothing."

Athanasiou said of finishing stronger this time: "I did what I normally do, just stick to my game, play within the structure of what he says to do and fortunately I got the break tonight."

The Red Wings (7-6-1) snapped a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) and ended their 12-game drought in Philadelphia (0-11-1), which dated back to the 1997 Stanley Cup finals.

Detroit won in Philadelphia for first time since 1997 Stanley Cup finals, but more importantly stopped a current five-game slide.

Athanasiou is tied for the team lead with four goals in 12 games, despite averaging only 12:38 in ice time.

"I don't know how many times I've been standing here talking to you guys after a game and I've been telling you that he is good," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "It's amazing what he does with the minutes he gets. Now he gets a little bit more minutes. He keeps delivering."

Khan continues at length...

2. Of Twitter-related note:

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Ticket Sales For The NHL Centennial Classic Go On Sale Tomorrow

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Nov. 9, 2016) – The NHL® announced today that a limited number of tickets to the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ at Exhibition Stadium between the Detroit Red Wings and the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs will go on sale to the public tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 10.

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A Much Needed Win By The Detroit Red Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"As we went into overtime I thought it was important for us to get two points just because I thought we played a pretty good game," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We played some games where it's kind of gone the other way, so it was good for us to get two points here."

The Red Wings could have been deflated after Sean Couturier snapped a 1-1 tie at 6:51 of the third period, following some sustained pressure.

But Athanasiou responded quickly, taking a pass from Danny DeKeyser in full stride, splitting the defense and roofing a shot past Steve Mason at 8:50.

"I was coming through the middle with speed," Athanasiou said. "DK made a great pass. I saw a little bit of space between those two D and I thought I could make it. Fortunately, I got through and made a move."

Athanasiou then scored on Detroit's third and final shootout attempt, after Howard stopped Travis Konecny, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.


Watch extended highlights below...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flyers wrap-up—finally, a win in Philly (and a win, period)

Updated 2x at 2:10 AM: The Red Wings' 3-2 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers erased a 12-game bugaboo against the Flyers in Philly, and it also snapped a 5-game winless streak, hopefully laying the groundwork for better things to come from a 7-6-and-1 team.

Even if you're still peeved about the Wings' record, you've got to admit that Andreas Athanasiou's deke-and-dangle goals were pretty cool (via AWood40):

Our friends from Philadelphia were upset with the fact that they lost the game--a game they led 2-1 in the 3rd period--as they told the Bucks County Courier Times' Wayne Fish:

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Prospect news: Ehn’s Indians advance in CHL; Griffins file weekly release

Of prospect-related note:

In the Champions Hockey League, Christoffer Ehn had 2 shots in the Frolunda Indians' 4-1 win over Eisbaren Berlin. Frolunda will advance to the "round of 8"

In the OHL, Jordan Sambrook finished at +2 in the Erie Otters' 5-1 win over Owen Sound;

And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release:

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