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Practice Tweets: Wings prepare for Flyers minus Thomas Vanek

The Red Wings hit the ice for practice at 11 AM this morning, preparing for Wednesday's "NBCSN Rivalry Night" game against a Philadelphia Flyers team they haven't defeated in Philly since 1997.

MLive's Ansar Khan reported in...

And Khan continued...

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Custance: Wings should be PDO-kay

ESPN's Craig Custance examined the teams with the highest "PDO" of the regular season thus far, determining which teams' starts are sustainable over the long haul, and Custance--and an NHL scout--had this to say about the Red Wings:

Detroit Red Wings

PDO: 105.3

Driving force: Detroit has a top-five save percentage and shooting percentage

Scout’s thoughts: “Here’s what it is. Jimmy Howard has played out of his mind this year. I think they have a great duo in net. I think Jimmy Howard knows, 'I have an opportunity to go to Vegas [in the expansion draft] if I play out of my mind.' I don’t think the defense is as bad as some think it is. Alexei Marchenko and Jonathan Ericsson won’t give you a lick of offense, but they are tough down low and transition the puck out well enough. Mike Green can put the puck in the net. They have so much depth up front, and one of the best fourth lines with Luke Glendening, Steve Ott and Drew Miller who are really effective at what they do. They’re going to go up and down this year, but in the average I think they’ll be better than most teams.”

Custance continues in the Insider-only entry...

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‘Three Things’: Halloween costumes, a charitable note and leadership talk

Of Red Wings and spooooooky-related note (so I'm late, here's some candy):

1. In the humorous and humerus vein, Michigan Hockey collected and compiled the internet's best hockey costumes, focusing on those with Michigan ties, and there are some "beauties" in here...and some disturbing images...

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Delving into the ‘deeper stuff’ surrounding the Pistons’ move downtown

I'm at something of a loss as to how to fit the rhetorical coverage of the Pistons' now all-but-inevitable move downtown to join the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena, because there's a level of socio-political-ethnic-economic-and-ethnic-and/or-racial stuff that's involved with a basketball team moving back to the City of Detroit that's deep and multi-layered, and I don't know if all of that stuff belongs on a hockey blog.

This blog's level of discourse is at a certain level, and while it may get a lot deeper than, "Will the ice be good at LCA if the Wings share their rink with the Pistons?" at times, we're not exactly asking whether the Pistons' move downtown will help facilitate a better mixing of socioeconomic and ethnic groups in the neighborhoods surrounding the District Detroit than a hockey team alone could help achieve on its own.

We're going to give that kind of talk an entry's worth of time, and then we're going to move on.

The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo asks questions on the socio-ecnomic-and-ethnic level while praising the ownership groups for helping smash the "Eight Mile Barrier" as it applies to sports teams...

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NBC hypes ‘Wednesday Night Rivalry’ game between Wings and Flyers

From NBC Sports:

CLAUDE GIROUX AND PHILADELPHIA FLYERS HOST DYLAN LARKIN AND DETROIT RED WINGS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY ON NBCSN

Wednesday Night Rivalry – Red Wings-Flyers – 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Tuesday Night Doubleheader on NBCSN – Lightning-Islanders at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Sharks-Coyotes at 10 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 31, 2016 – Wednesday Night Rivalry heads to the City of Brotherly Love this week, as Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers host Dylan Larkin and the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow night with a doubleheader on NBCSN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET, when John Tavares and the New York Islanders host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The action shifts west to Arizona at 10 p.m. ET, when Joe Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks visit Oliver Ekman-Larsson and the Coyotes.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of this week’s NHL matchups on NBCSN.

Four-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call Red Wings-Flyers from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Afternoon news: Snapping the Flyers’ hex; OMG’s Corsi is bad; power rankings and Twitter stuff

Updated 4x at 5:01 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. As MLive's Ansar Khan notes, the Red Wings will be battling a rather incredible historical record against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday:

Broad Street has been like Elm Street for the Red Wings for nearly two decades. Detroit has lost 11 consecutive games in Philadelphia, getting outscored 48-20.

The Red Wings have two chances in a span of six days to snap that streak. Their first try is Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network exclusive). Detroit hasn't won in Philadelphia since June 3, 1997 – Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The Flyers (4-5-1) have dropped two in a row at home. They've been strong offensively (third in goals per game, third on the power play) and weak defensively (29th in goals against). Goaltenders Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth both have a sub-.900 save percentage.

Claude Giroux is tied for the league lead with 12 points and linemate Wayne Simmonds has 11 points.

Khan continues, discussing the Wings' goaltending, scoring issues and this week's home games...

2. The Hockey News's Dom Luszczyszyn reports that the "OMG" line is doing particularly bad from a puck possession standpoint:

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Alumni News, Martin Frk On Waivers

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‘Three Things’: On leadership, pucks and pumpkins and a mural at the Joe

Of Red Wings-related note:

1. The Red Wings' 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers yesterday afternoon yielded some questioning of the Wings' leadership group after the game, but Wings coach Jeff Blashill insisted that his team's two-game losing streak doesn't mean it's time to panic, as the Free Press's Helene St. James noted:

“I have a 100% belief in the group in this locker room, so I’m not concerned, long term, at all,” Blashill said. “I’m concerned about tonight, which wasn’t good enough. But I don’t have any worries about the level of leadership or the level of character that we have, to a man, in this locker room.”

St. James continues...

2. Today is Halloween, and the Grand Rapids Griffins posted a...unique...video of the team "celebrating" Halloween by shooting the heck out of a set of pumpkins at Van Andel Arena:

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Henrik Zetterberg On Detroit’s Loss To Florida

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

After four good performances at home, the Detroit Red Wings turned in a couple of clunkers over the weekend.

That's unacceptable to Henrik Zetterberg, especially in the final season at Joe Louis Arena. His biggest concern following back-to-back losses to Boston and Florida are the slow starts.

"I thought they really came in and took charge again, something that we got to be better at," Zetterberg said following Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Panthers.

"Just the way we're losing battles in the first period. I think they're coming in here with a lot more urgency than we have and that's something that we've got to change. It's something that I've got to be better at in preparing the guys.

"It's a big year for us at Joe Louis, we want to have good starts, good games for our home fans, and we need to have better effort than that."

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers wrap-up

The Red Wings' 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers was a horrible effort by an undisciplined and un-focused Wings team that's lost two straight games after sustaining a 6-game winning streak. The Red Wings plain old played poorly--possibly worse than they did on Saturday against Boston--and they'll get Monday off before regrouping on Tuesday for a tilt against the Flyers on Wednesday (and the Wings haven't won a regular-season game in Philadelphia since 1997).

For the Wings, Sunday's game was an embarrassment; for the Panthers, the game was a fitting effort for a team that had lost 3 straight games and needed to rebound from a 3-0 loss to Buffalo on Saturday, as the Panthers told the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov:

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