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It’s a ‘Fauxback’ Grand Rapids Griffins game preview

The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a "Fauxback" game against the Milwaukee Admirals, wearing "throwback" jerseys tonight...

And the Griffins' Game-Day Preview video is cleverly done to set the stage for tonight's game in vintage form:

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‘Three Things’: A Game-Day Preview, Blue Jackets roster news and Nyquist on Nyquist

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game-Day Preview ahead of tonight's game against Columbus:

2. The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline explained why the Blue Jackets recalled Oliver Bjorkstrand from Cleveland on an emergency basis:

3. And the Free Press's Helene St. James discussed Gustav Nyquist's scoring struggles with Nyquist himself:

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Twitter highlights from a Russian Fedorov interview

Sergei Fedorov recently gave an extremely long interview to Sport-Express, as published on CSKA Moscow's website, and Sport-Express's Igor Eronko posted several Twitter highlights from the interview:

That would be Joseph Zada, the real estate scammer who Fedorov sued for $50 million...

Fedorov's family still lives in Metro Detroit, and if you can handle the Google-translated Russian, the interview's actually very good.

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University of Michigan alums, Wings alums to do battle for Michigan alum with ALS

From the University of Michigan:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team and the Dekers Blue Line Club will be hosting an alumni game to benefit Scott Matzka and his battle with ALS on Saturday, Jan. 7. Faceoff against the Detroit Red Wings alumni team is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Yost Ice Arena.

Matzka was a four-year letterwinner at U-M (1998-2001) and was a member of the Wolverines' 1998 NCAA national championship team. During his Michigan career he racked up 91 points (35 goals, 56 assists) in 166 games. He proceeded to have a successful 11-year professional career in North American and European leagues.

The Michigan alumni roster will be made up primarily of Matzka's former teammates (as of Dec. 9): Gregg Malicke ('98); Sean Ritchlin ('99), Dale Rominski ('99), Andrew Merrick ('00), Sean Peach ('00); Bob Gassoff ('01), David Huntzicker ('01), Robbie Kohen ('01), Josh Langfeld ('01), L.J. Scarpace ('01), Bill Trainor ('01), Kevin O'Malley ('02), Jay Vancik ('02), Andy Hilbert ('03), Mark Mink ('03), Jed Ortmeyer ('03), Mike Roemenski ('03), John Shouneyia ('03), J.J. Swistak ('03).

The Detroit Red Wings alumni roster includes the following players (as of Dec. 9): George Bowman, Brent Fedyk (470 NHL games), Jiri Fischer (305), Mike Knuble (1,068), Joe Kocur (820), Petr Klima (786), Eddie Mio (192), John Ogrodnick (928), Pat Peake (134), Brian Rolston (1,256), Tim Taylor (746).

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Red Wings-Blue Jackets game-day articles: AA, Marchenko return; Larkin prepares to battle Werenski

Updated 5x at 2:20 PM: The Red Wings will welcome Andreas Athanasiou and Alexey Marchenko back into the lineup as the Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Ohio/97.1 FM; tonight is Toys for Tots collection night at the Joe), and Petr Mrazek will start opposite Sergei Bobrovsky, but other lineup changes remain up in the air as Detroit held an optional morning skate--and Columbus doesn't hold a morning skate at all.

MLive's Ansar Khan reported in on the Wings' probable lineup, which includes Athanasiou and Marchenko, after the morning skate:

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When Jeff Blashill speaks for us all

The Red Wings posted a Twitter video of Jeff Blashill addressing the passing of Ken Daniels' son:

Update: Also:

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Red Wings-Blue Jackets morning skate Tweets and articles: Athanasiou, Marchenko to return tonight

The Detroit Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Ohio/97.1 FM; tonight is the Toys for Tots collection night at the Joe), and as strange as it might sound, this is a "measuring stick" game as the 13-11-and-3 Wings face the 15-5-and-4 Blue Jackets.

The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena just after 10:30 AM for their morning skate, per DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

MLive's Ansar Khan...

Optional morning skate for #RedWings, with 10 skaters and Howard on the ice.

Blue Jackets commentator Rob McElligott...

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About the Red Wings’ ‘Hometown Holiday Assist’

As noted last night, the Red Wings and kids from Jack Adams Arena in Detroit teamed up to give both kids at Children's Hospital in Detroit and the youngsters taking part in the shopping trip a happy Christmas, and DetroitRedWings.com's Josh Berenter wrote an article about the event held last night at Meijer in Madison Heights:

The age-old adage during the holiday season is it's better to give than to receive. And sometimes, selfless generosity can go a long way and pay dividends.

That was the case Thursday night for 20 metro Detroit children who teamed up with the Detroit Red Wings Foundation for the third annual Hometown Holiday Assist.

20 kids from Jack Adams Memorial Arena's introductory hockey program joined Red Wings players Mike Green, Jimmy Howard, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul, along with members of the Lady Wings organization at Meijer in Madison Heights, Mich., to purchase gifts for Children's Hospital of Michigan patients unable to go home for the holidays.

"Our entire organization cherishes the holiday season as a time for giving to others, and often to those you don't personally know," said Kevin Brown, director of community relations and Detroit Red Wings Foundation. "Hometown Holiday Assist is about so much more than providing gifts to Detroit's youth."

"It reinforces a powerful message of placing the needs of others before oneself. We know the children walked away from this event with a stronger appreciation of making someone else's holiday just as special as their own."

Berenter continues...

And, via the Wings:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blue Jackets set-up

The Detroit Red Wings open their longest home stand of the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Ohio/97.1 FM; today is the Toys For Tots toy collection night at the Joe) with a surprisingly stiff opponent.

The aforementioned 13-11-3 Red Wings are about to kick off a stretch of 5 straight games at the Joe and 7 games played over the course of 12 nights against the 15-5-and-4 Columbus Blue Jackets, one of the hottest teams in the NHL.

The Blue Jackets most recently defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 on Monday, and Columbus has won 4 straight games and 5 of their past 6.

Columbus has enjoyed a leisurely week of practices and off-days, and as a result, the Blue Jackets were able to summarize "who's hot" in the scoring department via a Tweet...

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Prospect news: Kadeikin registers 2 assists; Hronek posts a helper

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin had 2 assists in 11:53 of ice tim in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 3-2 loss to Severstal;

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 7:02 in TPS Turku's 4-2 win over Jukurit;

In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom's Skelleftea AIK lost 3-1 to Lulea;

Christoffer Ehn had 4 shots in 12:44 of ice time as the Frolunda Indians lost 4-0 to Leksands IF;

And in the OHL, Filip Hronek had an assist and 7 shots in the Saginaw Spirit's 3-0 win over Sarnia.

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