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Red Wings-Canucks game-day updates: Wings reset lines; Franzen back Fri, Helm Sat, Big E to LTIR(?)

Updated 14x at 10:01 PM: The Detroit Red Wings begin something of a gauntlet-running slate of 4 games played over the course of 6 nights when they tangle with the Vancouver Canucks tonight (10:30 PM, FSD/TSN/97.1 FM), and the Wings spent Tuesday insisting that they're ready to address the issues which have contributed to a 4-game losing streak.

The Canucks apparently held a very brief morning skate, because their Twitter account was tossing off quotes from John Tortorella by the equivalent of 10:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time (at least these 10:30, 9:30 and 10 PM starts include a "Fall Back" hour of sleep on Sunday morning!):

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Red Wings prospects Anthony Mantha, Jake Paterson, Zach Nastasiuk to take part in CHL Super Series

On Tuesday, the QMJHL announced that Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha will represent the Q in the first two games of a 6-game "Super Series" between a Russian prospect team and 3 teams reprsenting the Canadian Hockey League's 3 respective leagues (the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League). The first two games will take place on November 18th and 20th in Gatineau and Sherbrooke Quebec, respectively;

Today, via RedWingsFeed, two more Wings prospects were named to the roster of the second Super Series team, representing the Ontario Hockey League in games 3 and 4: Saginaw Spirit announced that goaltender Jake Paterson will play for the OHL's team in Game 4, which will take place on November 25th in Sudbury, Ontario, and the OHL announced that Owen Sound Attack captain and Wings prospect Zach Nastasiuk will take part in Game 3, which will take place on November 22nd in Owen Sound, ON.

The Red Wings' WHL-playing prospects include Kelowa Rockets defenseman Mitchell Wheaton and Prince George Cougars defenseman Marc McNulty, and neither are "top prospects," so I don't anticipate that the Wings will have any representation from the WHL's team.

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Belated Red Wings-Canucks set-up: Wings begin Western swing insisting frustration’s a waste of time

Whoops, proof that it was a very late night and long day for me. I posted this in KK Hockey instead of The Malik Report:

I've got some good news and some bad news.

The bad news first: The Detroit Red Wings kick off a slate of 4 games in 4 Western Canadian cities over 6 nights starting this evening against the Vancouver Canucks (10:30 PM EDT, FSD/TSN/97.1 FM), who possess an 8-3-and-1 record, and have rattled off 4 straight wins, with their most recent coming in the form of a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

The Canucks have been receiving stellar scoring from Henrik and Daniel Sedin, as well as Ryan Kesler, and John Tortorella's riding his big dogs so hard that the Hockey News's Ken Campbell wondered whether playing the trio 22+ minutes per night will burn them out early, and in the practice post, the Globe and Mail's David Ebner noted that Roberto Luongo's 7-3-and-1 record is one win short of setting a career best for a historically slow-starting goaltender.

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Sergei Fedorov Will Return For The Alumni Showdown At Comerica Park

Update: If you missed it, Slava Kozlov told Sports.ru that he's hoping that his current employer, Spartak Moscow, will let him play in the Alumni Showdown, so it's possible that the Russian 5 will be reunited on December 31st.

Update #2: Via Sports.ru's Igor Eronko:

#Spartak confirms Slava Kozlov, still active player in #KHL, will take part in #WinterClassic alumni game #RedWings #TMLeafs

From the Wings' PR department:

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that three-time Stanley Cup Champion and 1994 Hart Memorial Trophy winner Sergei Fedorov has been added to the team’s alumni roster for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, as part of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. Fedorov rejoins his fellow countrymen that comprised the Red Wings’ famed “Russian Five” line, which he centered between right wing Igor Larionov and left wing Vyacheslav Kozlov, with Viacheslav Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov, who is slated to appear as a special guest, manning the blueline.

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Grand Rapids Griffins offer fans a different kind of sporting challenge

This is...Different...Per the Grand Rapids Business Journal's David Czurak:

The AHL defending Calder Cup champions are offering what the franchise calls the "Hat Trick," which has been described as “a three-pronged gastronomic test.”

It consists of three jumbo hot dogs with a choice of toppings, a three-patty burger and fries.

The Hat Trick will sell for $20, and whoever can eat the whole thing in 20 sure-to-be-memorable minutes will win a T-shirt and the personal satisfaction of “having consumed an unthinkable number of calories to fuel them as they cheer on the Griffins.”

The Griffins will offer the Hat Trick at every non-Friday home game, with the first one coming up on Wednesday, when they host the Charlotte Checkers.

The delicacy can be ordered at the guest services desk, behind section 104, and picked up at concession stand No. 2, behind section 110.

Continued, with news about the food and beverage choices offered by the Griffins' concessions service, SAVOR, as well as their inspiration for the "Hat Trick" in the West Michigan Whitecaps' sports-related eating challenges...

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Grand Rapids Griffins frame their week ahead; talkin’ about McCollum and Ferraro

Updated 2x at 7:17 PM: The Grand Rapids Griffins won two of three games last weekend, which was pretty darn impressive that they played at home, in Chicago and then in Des Moines, Iowa over a 36-hour period (and AHL teams ride ye olde iron lung).

This week, the Griffins will play 2-out-of-3 on the road, just as they did last weekend, but they'll hope to earn a measure of revenge for last Friday's 5-0 home-ice drubbing by the Charlotte Checkers when they welcome Rick DiPietro (seriously) and company to town tomorrow, as noted by the Griffins' weekly press release:

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Feisty Babcock (now with post-Monday-practice Babcockian wisdom)

Update: As noted in the overnight report, Babcock was definitely fired up on Monday, and WXYZ (via RedWingsFeed) posted a clip of Babcock's post-Monday-practice comments:

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Red Wings Tuesday practice post in progress: Wings fly ahead to Vancouver; Alumni Showdown talk

Updated 14x at 9:07 PM: The Detroit Red Wings chose to make a slightly surprising decision on Monday. After laying their faults bare during Monday's practice.

The Wings flew to Vancouver on Monday afternoon, choosing to make the four-and-a-half-hour trip west ahead of a four-games-in-six-nights slate of Western Canadian games (Wednesday against Vancouver, Friday in Calgary, Saturday in Edmonton and Monday, November 4th in Winnipeg).

As such, the Vancouver Sun's Elliott Pap reports that at least three members of the organization watched the Vancouver Canucks rattle off their fourth straight win, a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals:

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Red Wings early overnight report: Babcock dissects Wings’ problems; on hockey bios & Star Wars Night

Updated 3x at 2:16 AM: Some of this will be a bit repetitious, but there's a reason for it: it appears that no one captured what Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had to say after the Red Wings' practice on Monday, and that's disappointing--because Babcock very bluntly critiqued both his players and his coaching staff's performance over the past four games, essentially outlining a) what he believes his team's doing wrong and b) what the team needs to do to snap its 4-game winless streak.

The Detroit News's David Goricki captured the vast majority of Babcock's comments...

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Duff: Megatron, Miggy and the Magic Man are Detroit’s triple threat

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff rarely mixes sports metaphors, but he does so this evening as he feels that Metro Detroiters of all nationalities should appreciate a "triple threat's" worth of sublimely-talented athletes (and if you're not from "around here," you might not know that Windsor, Ontario is located due south of Detroit, and tends to be split 50-50 between those who cheer for Detroit sports teams and those who look up the 401 Highway to Toronto's teams):

It was a performance for the ages, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or maybe not, if you happen to live in the Detroit area.

In terms of the chance of seeing greatness in action, currently no fans in sports are as lucky as those who live around here.

They can go to Ford Field and see the NFL’s best receiver Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. Up the street at Comerica Park is where during baseball season, the game’s best hitter, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, sends balls into orbit. Across town at Joe Louis Arena, centre Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings is a dazzling magician with the puck, operating as hockey’s best two-way performer.

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