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Grand Rapids Griffins-Texas Stars Game 1 open post

The Grand Rapids Griffins begin their second-round series against the Texas Stars tonight at 8 PM EDT. If you want to weigh in on the action, here's an open post to suit your needs.

You can follow along via the Grand Rapids Griffins' Twitter and game-day Twitter accounts, the Texas Stars' Twitter account, or a box score that will be posted on AHL.com shortly; you can listen to the game on WOOD Radio, AHLLive.com (for a fee) will broadcast the game, and I'm sure there are...Other...means of keeping up with the action (which you may post in the comments section below).

The Griffins posted an infographic regarding the teams...

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Red Wings prospect Tyler Bertuzzi’s re-cast himself as a scorer, but he’s still pissing people off

While Anthony Mantha's been scoring oodles of goals and catching Mike Babcock's eye as the Val-d'Or Foreurs battle the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the QMJHL's championship series, a slightly less-heralded Wings prospect's racked up a point per game as his team's closed in on a Memorial Cup berth.

The Guelph Storm can wrap up the Ontario Hockey League's Robertson Trophy and a spot in the Memorial Cup on Friday, at home, as last night's 10-1 rout over the North Bay Battalion gave the team a 3-games-to-1 lead in the OHL's championship series.

The team didn't expect Tyler Bertuzzi to be available--period--as he missed the latter half of this past season battling recurring back and neck issues, but Bertuzzi returned just before the playoffs began, and he's posted 10 goals, 7 assists and 17 points over the course of 17 games.

He's in sixth place in team scoring, and his neck issues probably mean that pursuing a career as a fighter/instigator would be foolhardy, but the Guelph Mercury's Tony Saxon reports that Bertuzzi's still doing his best to annoy his opponents (and their fans), all while re-casting himself as a scorer who happens to be a pest instead of a pest-and-or-undersized fighter who can occasionally produce offensively:

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The Left Wing Lock posts details regarding Red Wings’ development camp

From Sarah Lindenau of the Left Wing Lock:

The Detroit Red Wings have finalized dates for the 2014 Red Wings Development Camp.  The  camp, currently slated for July 4th through the 8th at Centre I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, MI, will showcase the organizations top prospects and 2014 NHL entry draft selections. The development camp is an educational and training camp for Detroit’s prospects and is the only time to see many of the organizations college and European prospects. The past three development camps have included 13 players who made their NHL debuts for Detroit over the last two seasons: Adam Almquist, Mitch Callahan, Danny DeKeyser, Landon Ferraro, Luke Glendening, Tomas Jurco, Brian Lashoff, Alexey Marchenko, Petr Mrazek, Gustav Nyquist, Xavier Ouellet, Teemu Pulkkinen and Ryan Sproul.

Daily practice sessions will begin on July 4th with an intrasquad scrimmage currently scheduled for July 5th. Ticket prices for the 2014 development camp are $5 per day and will be available at the door. More information on the camp including a detailed schedule and roster will be posted when it is available.

Lindenau continues with news about Centre Ice's prospect tournament and training camp ticket sale.

Here's the Wings' press release (mosty the same):

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Red Wings afternoon news: on the Worlds, the Griffins, Blashill, Babcock and Niskanen

Updated 4x at 5:12 PM: As noted in the overnight report, the Red Wings' players at the World Championships will get underway tomorrow with the U.S. (and Danny DeKeyser and Justin Abdelkader) battling Belarus at 1:45 PM EDT (on NBCSN) and Tomas Tatar's Slovaks facing off against Jakub Kindl's Slovaks at 1:45 as well.

MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Wings GM Ken Holland regarding DeKeyser, Abdelkader, Tatar, Kindl and Gustav Nyquist's participation in the Worlds and Holland suggested that the youngsters should benefit from the experience--even though the tournament's a little less star-studded than usual thanks to a combination of Olympic-year fatigue and contributing teams "going long" in the NHL playoffs = this year's tournament is more about young players establishing themselves than it is about star power:

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Red Wings overnight report: preparing for the Worlds, Griffins-Stars, more Babs and new old news

The World Championships begin on Friday, and it appears that at least one of the rinks in Minsk, Belarus is up to Sochi standards in terms of game-readiness, per SVT's Marie Lehmann:

Danny DeKeyser, Justin Abdelkader and Team USA will battle Belarus at 1:45 PM EDT (Minsk time = 7 hours ahead of EDT), and the battle between Tomas Tatar's Slovaks and Jakub Kindl's Czechs starts at the same time. NBCSN will air the Americans' preliminary round games, but one will need to utilize...alternate means...to watch the rest.

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Red Wings playoff prospect news: Bertuzzi’s Storm win a barn-burner; Mantha scores 2 in loss

The Red Wings' pair of prospects playing in Major Junior Hockey championship series both played well--for the second night in a row--but they experienced very different results (and this is another one of those, "I will post more stories as they become available" entries):

In the OHL, Tyler Bertuzzi scored a goal, added an assist and finished at +2 as his Guelph Storm routed the Brampton Battalion 10-1, taking a 3-games-to-1 lead in the Robertson Cup Final. Bertuzzi's registered 10 goals, 7 assists and 17 points in 17 playoff games played, and his Storm can wrap up the OHL title on Friday in Guelph.

The Storm's website and the Canadian Press have already posted recaps, the OHL has posted a highlight clip, and Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager posited a recap:

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QMI agency names Red Wings fans one of North America’s ten best fan bases

I would normally not make this an entry in itself, but I scrolled through this the first time thinking, "Meh, yeah, whatever," and Paul brought to my attention the fact that, despite our conspicuously empty seats during the regular season, the QMI News Agency/Toronto Sun deemed the Detroit Red Wings fans' to be among the "Top 10 fan bases in North American sports":

DETROIT RED WINGS: Detroit is a sports town with four major league teams: Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and, of course, the Red Wings. The Red Wings are the most popular team in Detroit, however, and hold the key to the city’s heart. This team has the biggest fan base out of them all, as well as a highly respected and decorated coach, Mike Babcock. Not to mention some really great history involving an octopus and a sea of red in the stands. In 2011, the Red Wings celebrated their 25 millionth fan to enter the Joe Louis Arena.

Cue the fans signing a popular Journey song slightly oblivious of a geographical error:

I know that our mainstream media outlets don't give the Wings the kind of bandwidth they do every move the Lions make or don't make, but Wings fans are fiercely protective of their team, and Wings fans' fervent passion for their team is certainly the reason bloggers like me have steady jobs.

Add in a tradition of excellence, to the point that the Wings' coach, GM and players expressed their dissatisfaction with their "playoff drought" in not making the Conference Finals on a regular basis during locker room clean-out day, and add in a dash of "Detroit vs. Everybody" paranoia, and you've got a plucky bunch of would-be sports underdogs supporting a team that won't stay down during its "transition" phase.

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Grand Rapids Griffins posit exhaustive Griffins-Stars playoff preview

The Grand Rapids Griffins will open their second-round playoff series against the Texas Stars tomorrow, and the Griffins' PR department sets the stage with a massive series preview:

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Red Wings’ Jonas Gustavsson battling Marc-Andre Fleury in latest TSN Play of the Year Showdown

Via RedWingsFeed, it's time to get votin.' TSN's latest Play of the Year Showdown features Jonas Gustavsson's behind-the-back glove save on New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique...

Battling against a Marc-Anrdre Fleury glove save on Erik Karlsson that was--and it pains me to say this--equally remarkable. It's gonna be a photo finish here, and I'm going with Gustavsson because I'm biased, and Ken Daniels makes the call.

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Red Wings mid-day news: 13 more minutes of Babcock; Samuelsson and arena and Mantha fun

Via the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa, it appears that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock made the radio rounds, this time speaking with Calgary's The Fan 960's "Boomer and Rhett," and he was emphatic about his contract status and the rampant speculation about him jumping to Toronto (and he expanded upon last night's comments to RDS about one Anthony Mantha). You can listen to the interview here...

And here are "Boomer and Rhett's" Tweets:

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