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Toledo Walleye raising funds for police, fire departments

The Toledo Walleye have a unique ticket-buying promotion underway:

SUPPORT LOCAL HEROS DURING BATTLE OF THE BADGES ON DEC. 3

A local rivalry is renewed! The Toledo Police and Toledo Fire Department hockey teams will hit the ice for the annual Battle of the Badges hockey game on Saturday, December 3. This is a great opportunity for T-Town Hockey fans to enjoy a doubleheader at the Huntington Center while supporting our local first responders.

The Police vs. Fire Department hockey game will be played at 3:30 p.m. That’ll be followed by the Toledo Walleye taking on Quad City at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are available at a special rate of $15 and are good for both games! Plus, a portion of each ticket sold will benefit Police and Fire Department charities!

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Practice Tweets: Bertuzzi joins the team; Wings prepare for Flyers

Updated 6x with a video of Bertuzzi's remarks at 12:11 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena after Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, hoping to regroup ahead of Tuesday's game in Philadelphia, and a new face joined them, per DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

#RedWings Bertuzzi practicing on a line with Nielsen and Larkin this morning.

The Free Press's Helene St. James...

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‘Gotta find a way’

CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield finds some irony in the Red Wings' post-loss lapses into hockey cliche territory:

Three words popped up over and over again in the Red Wings’ locker room following their 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night: “Find a way.”

Almost always, they were preceded by two others: “We gotta.”

Lately, the Wings haven’t – and they’re mired in a five-game losing streak as a result. Four of those defeats have come by two goals or less.

“We gotta find ways to win these games, not lose them,” said Justin Abdelkader. “Anytime you lose some games in a row, you gotta dig deep and find a way. It’s never easy to break a streak like that but we just gotta” – you guessed it – “find a way.”

Like muffled, broken records, the Wings stressed the need to spend more time in the offensive zone, throw more pucks on goal and get more traffic in font. They struggled in all of these areas against the Oilers, particularly in the third period.

Detroit managed just 11 shot attempts in the final 20 minutes. Only four of them reached the net.

Burtchfield continues, and I at least appreciated the Wings' honest takes on how they are to "find a way"--by simplifying their play and bearing down on scoring chances.

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Red Wings recall Tyler Bertuzzi, place Thomas Vanek on LTIR

Well then:

Vanek will have to miss a total of 10 games to qualify for the LTIR; he's already missed 6 games with his groin and/or hip flexor issue.

Update: Here's the Wings' press release:

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Searching For Answers

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"It's not a good trend, that's for sure," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "It was a tough game, but both teams played pretty well, both goalies played well.

"But it's hard for me right now to say what needs to be changed. Maybe we're a little bit too much outside. I thought we spent a lot of time in their end, but we didn't get enough shots through or enough shots overall."...

"We've got to get more aware of getting bodies to the net and getting pucks to the net and they've got to know it's being delivered there," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We've got to find a way, especially on our entries, to be a little bit more about shooting ... with bodies going to the net that hopefully creates chaos."...

"We got to get an ugly one," Howard said. "That's getting in on the forecheck, crashing the net and just getting some ugly goals, not looking for the perfect pass set-up play, just putting pucks on net and hoping it hits something and goes in the net.

"I don't think we're playing as bad as it looks. I think we've been doing a lot of good things out there, just come out on the wrong end."

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Prospect catch-up post: Griffins split weekend series; Walleye split; Pope posts 4 assists

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, on Friday, the Grand Rapids Griffins said, "Hello" to former captain Jeff Hoggan and former forward Teemu Pulkkinen and said farewell, with Matt Lorito and Robbie Russo scoring a goal and adding an assist apiece and Jared Coreau stopping 30 shots as the Griffins defeated the Iowa Wild 4-1.

The Griffins' website filed a recap...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Oilers wrap-up—simplify, do or die, simplify

The Red Wings' 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday was the Wings' fifth straight defeat of some sort, and it was a particularly lethargic effort from a Red Wings team that rather desperately needs to reclaim the fast-skating, high-energy efforts with which it built a 6-game winning streak earlier this season.

Going into Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, where the Wings have lost every game they've played there since 1997, is it time to worry? Maybe so, but the Red Wings will have ample opportunities to either dig themselves into a deep hole or dig out of it as they play 3 more times over the next 6 nights, so the team's troubles will play themselves out on the ice.

Our friends from Edmonton were incredibly happy about having defeated a Red Wings team that was both far rested and much healthier, as Oilers coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Sun's Robert Tychkowski:

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Red Wings-Oilers quick take: time to worry?

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap a four-game winless streak against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday afternoon, with the Wings hoping to capitalize upon a combination of Oilers fatigue and injuries, with Jimmy Howard coming in to stablize the Wings' crease and Niklas Kronwall stepping back in to aid the Wings' blueline.

The Red Wings plain old played the wrong way for a team that was 0-3-and-1 going into the game, displaying less and less pluck, determination and drive as the game went on, and a bad break yielded a 2-1 goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins that Edmonton had no problem defending because Jonas Gustavsson only had to stop 4 shots in the 3rd period and 11 of 23 after the 1st period.

Detroit directed another 17 shots into Oilers players' bodies and fired 7 wide of the net--Green had 4 shots blocked alone, so at least he was trying, and trying mightily--but too many of his teammates seemed content to play out the string, and that's disconcerting.

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Numbers and the eyeball test suggest that the Red Wings need to improve significantly

CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield penned an article discussing the Red Wings' terrible team Corsi stat, but the stat that provides the most "pop" comes in the form of verbal statements from Red Wings director of amateur scouting Mark Howe:

“From what I’ve seen so far, I would say we’re not playing well enough right now to get in the playoffs,” said Howe, prior to Detroit’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night, their fourth straight defeat. “Our goaltending has absolutely been excellent, but our team play – and it’s not just our defense – our team play has not been consistent enough.

“And when you don’t play consistent you’ll end up, like right now, in a three-game losing streak. One game we couldn’t score, one game we were tired and we let the last game get away. If you want to make the playoffs you can’t afford to lose those kind of points."

And you can’t afford to play the way the Wings have so far.

Only two playoff teams in the past five years – an 80-team sample – have posted a five-on-five Corsi lower than the Wings’ current mark of 44.7 percent. Both of them, Toronto (2012-13) and Calgary (2014-15), lost in the first round.

At this rate, it’d be a shock to see the Wings get that far. Thankfully they have 71 games to turn it around.

Burtchfield continues...

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Red Wings-Oilers pre-game coaches’ comments: Kronwall, Glendening, Howard in for DET

The Red Wings and Oilers battle this afternoon a 5 PM EDT (on Fox Sports Detroit, Sportsnet West and 97.1 FM), and the Oilers will be coming to town hoping to build upon a 4-3 shootout win over the New York Islanders on Saturday, while the Red Wings hope to snap a 4-game losing streak with Jimmy Howard in the net.

The Oilers, who are starting Jonas Gustavsson opposite Howard, may play without as many as 8 roster players, while the Red Wings are hoping to get Niklas Kronwall back in the lineup.

Here's the Red Wngs' Game-Day Preview video...

Here's the Oilers' game-day preview video...

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