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Here Come The Big, Bad Bruins

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Bruins have won five in a row from the Red Wings, dating back to Detroit's 2-1 victory in the 2014-15 season opener. Including the playoffs, Boston has won nine of the past 10 meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals.

"They're big and strong and like to play the game on the wall and be on the cycle," Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said. "Get the tempo as high as we can and play a fast game. I thought we did a really good job (against) two playoff teams that have Stanley Cup aspirations. Hopefully we can carry that over against a good Boston team that's also playing well."

The Bruins (11-8-1) have won three in a row. The Red Wings (11-8-2) are 3-0-1 in their past four and begin a six-game homestand.

"A couple of good wins on the weekend and as I said to the guys today though, this is a relentless business and we better be good again tomorrow," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "But I like the fact that we've improved as a hockey team."

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Bruins set-up; mo’ charitable news, videos and more stuff

If the 11-8-and-2 Red Wings are to enter the American Thanksgiving holiday in the Atlantic Division's playoff picture, they'll have to snap a 5-game winless streak against the 11-8-and-1 Boston Bruins (7:30 PM EST on FSD/NESN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM). The Red Wings are aware of and complimentary toward their rivals, as they told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

“Everything comes down to good leadership and the structure they have,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “They have a coach (Claude Julien) who wants them to play a certain way and they know if they play that way, they’ll be successful with it. And they have players like (Patrice) Bergeron, (David) Krejci, and (Brad) Marchand, and big (Zdeno) Chara, and (Tuukka) Rask, it’s not like they’ve lost all their pieces.”

For coach Jeff Blashill, the past history against the Bruins is in the past. Blashill is concentrating on the present, and attempting to match-up with a good Bruins team.

“It’s a much different team,” said Blashill, noting only 11 Bruins players were on the roster opening night 2014-15 compared to now. “We went in there (early November) and lost a game that at times we could have made it a little different game but we didn’t.

“They’re a good hockey team. I watch teams every night, teams are extremely close. The difference is so minimal. They’re a real good hockey team, we’re trying to become a real good hockey team, they’re well coached, they make it hard to get to their net.”

And DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

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Prospect news: Kadeikin’s ice time on increase, Ehn’s on decrease; Grifins file weekly release

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 12:54 and finished at +1 in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 loss to the Ak Bars Kazan;

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn played 48 seconds in the Frolunda Indians' 4-3 win over Lulea;

In the QMJHL, Evgeny Svechnikov had an assist in the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles' 7-2 loss to Halifax;

And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release:

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Khan speaks with Landon Ferraro regarding his ‘return’ to Detroit as an opposing team’s player

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with former Wing Landon Ferraro regarding his waiver claim by the Boston Bruins, who happen to be playing the Wings tomorrow night:

"The Wings are so deep right now," Ferraro said. "It was between me or Andy (Joakim Andersson) or Jurcs (Tomas Jurco), whatever they were going to do. They thought that (waiving him) was the best move. At the same time, you look and they've got AA (Andreas Athanasiou), (Anthony) Mantha, they have (Tyler) Bertuzzi, they have a ton of guys who are ready to go. It's so deep. I think this is a good fit for me, I'm excited and (Monday) was a lot of fun to get into a game again and get moving."

Ferraro drew his first career assist in his Bruins debut Monday, a 4-3 shootout victory in Toronto. He returned to Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, practicing with his new club, which plays the Red Wings on Wednesday (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit).

Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldn't confirm if Ferraro will be in the lineup, but if he is, the 24-year-old forward said it will be "weird" playing against a team he was practicing with on Saturday.

"I've known some of these guys for 5-6 years, so it was going to be weird (anyway), but 2-3 days after is a little quicker than I thought it was probably going to happen," Ferraro said. "At the same time, it's a big game for us and we have to make sure we have these points to try and move ahead and get our season rolling here."

Khan continues, and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman weighed in on the Wings' decision to waive Ferraro:

24. After the Detroit Red Wings lost Landon Ferraro to Boston, I looked through the roster. Barring a trade, it looks like they had two waiver choices: Ferraro or Teemu Pulkkinen. Not surprised the Red Wings chose to keep Pulkkinen — it fits their modus operandi. And Ferraro might be a better fit for the Bruins, anyway.

Update: Here's more from DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

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Post-Practice News On The Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Danny DeKesyer got hit in the face by a deflected puck during practice today, necessitating stitches.

Just another day at work for the rangy homegrown defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings.

DeKeyser had to go to the hospital for repairs, but coach Jeff Blashill expects him to be fine and available to play Wednesday, when the Wings take their two-game winning streak up against the Boston Bruins and their three-game winning streak (7:30 p.m., FSD).

Blashill said Petr Mrazek is starting in goal, and that is the only planned lineup change.

DeKeyser, who missed a few shifts Friday after taking a puck to the face, is coming off of one of his best games of the season, in Blashill's estimation, in Saturday's overtime victory at St. Louis.

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added 1:41pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

added 2:17pm, Ted Kulfan below too...

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Practice Tweets: Howard likely starter vs. Boston; lines unchanged; Cleary fitting in with Griffins

The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena to prepare for tomorrow night's game against the Boston Bruins (7:30 PM EST on FSD/NESN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and MLive's Ansar Khan reported that it looks like Jimmy Howard will start on Wednesday evening:

#redwings on ice for practice. Howard occupying net usually manned by next game's starter.

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#redwings lines:
Abdelkader-Zetterberg-Larkin
Richards-Datsyuk-Pulkkinen
Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist
Miller-Glendening-Helm
Andersson extra

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Defense:
Kronwall-Green
DeKeyser-Ericsson
Smith-Marchenko
Kindl

If you missed it, per WXYZ's Brad Galli:

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Morning news: On Hockey Hall of Fame-worthy goalies, an offensive up-tick and charitable news

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. NHL.com's Kevin Weekes believes that 4 goalies who've been snubbed by the Hockey Hall of Fame should be granted entry, and their ranks include Curtis Joseph, Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood:

Chris Osgood -- Osgood is in the exclusive club of 400 wins (401). I know he spent time in different places, but he is a Detroit Red Wing through and through. After he got some consistency and got acclimated playing in the League, he gave them a lot of stability for a long time, even in the latter stages of his career when he worked on his game and added a butterfly base, which he needed to do to survive. He was able to do that, and it served him well.

Osgood won the Stanley Cup three times (1997-98, 2008) and was the starting goalie during the 1998 and 2008 playoff runs. In 1997, he was Vernon's backup. Osgood is a three-time all-star and two-time winner of the Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the League, and his .539 winning percentage ranks in the top five.

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The overnight report: On the Wings’ home stand, Richards and Datsyuk, Jurco and power rankings

The Red Wings held practice on Monday prior to opening up a stretch of 11 of 13 games at home prior to Christmas--before a second half spent more on the road than home, especially in January and February, when the Wings play 10 of 13 away from Joe Louis Arena--and the Wings discussed making hay while the home sun shines with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

“Two road games until Christmas? That’s exciting,” forward Brad Richards said. “We should be excited about that opportunity.”

But there is caution. The Red Wings are only 5-5-1 at Joe Louis Arena thus far this season, a record that will need improving if they want to move up the standings.

“We had a stretch of games where we weren’t playing well and not doing things the way we should be and a lot of those games were at home and we lost those,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “When you go on the road, you tend to play a simpler game, especially the first 10 minutes. Maybe we can carry that over to home ice and play a little simpler and not give teams the quality chances we’ve given.”

For coach Jeff Blashill it doesn’t matter where the Red Wings are playing, just as long as they continue to improve upon what they’ve done.

“It’s important just because we need wins, period,” Blashill said. “No matter if we were facing 13 road games, I would feel the same way. We need to find a way to win games. Now, you don’t want to face the prospects of not doing well and having to face a ton of road games in January. We just have to continue to build as a hockey team, as we have and we have to continue to.”

Kulfan continues, and MLive's Ansar Khan picks up the narrative from there, discussing the impressive line of Brad Richards, Pavel Datsyuk and Teemu Pulkkinen:

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The Detroit Red Wings Will Be Playing On Wednesday In Front Of Another Sell-Out Crowd

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings will celebrate a tremendous milestone with their fans Wednesday night.

“It’s remarkable,” said forward Justin Abdelkader when asked about the current sellout streak that will reach 200 consecutive games this week. “We have such great support here in Detroit, the best fans, I believe. “It’s a credit to the organization, the success that the management group and the ownership has put on ice and just the loyalty of the fans.”

The sellout streak, which includes postseason games, began in the second quarter of the 2010-11 season when the Red Wings hosted the Dallas Stars on Dec. 19, 2010. Detroit suffered an overtime loss in that contest, but since then the Wings have compiled an impressive .628 winning percentage with a home record of 98-52-30 through the regular season.

The streak also includes the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium and 18 postseason games at Joe Louis Arena. With the record crowd of 105,491 that braved the snow and frigid temperatures at the New Year’s Day game in Ann Arbor, more than 4 million fans have attended Wings home games in nearly five seasons.

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Wings take optional practice, not much news develops

The Red Wings didn't hit the ice until 3 PM this afternoon, and they "took an optional":

MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed...

Late optional skate for #redwings today. About a dozen players on the ice.

As did the Wings...

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