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Red Wings Friday practice post: Zetterberg likely to return vs. Panthers; Tatar in transit

Updated 10x at 3:40 PM: The Hockeytown Winter Festival, the Alumni Showdown and Winter Classic are all taking place over the next six days, but the Detroit Red Wings themselves won't be trying out "Snowilla" or watching Jake and Dean Chelios take part in the Great Lakes Invitational tonight (Michigan Tech plays Michigan State at 3:30 on FSD and Michigan vs. Western Michigan at 7 on FSD Plus) or tomorrow.

The Wings get back to work today ahead of a pair of games in Florida on Saturday (7 PM start against the Panthers on FSD) and in Nashville on Monday (8 PM start against the Predators on FSD), as DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose noted...

Christmas break is over for the #RedWings who are back practicing this morning at Joe Louis Arena. They play in south Florida on Saturday.

And the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reported both good and bad news regarding the team's injury situation:

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Former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov finally resumes playing career

The Hockey Hall of Fame will have to wait two more years to welcome Sergei Fedorov, because, after three months and an inordinate amount of hype, Fedorov resumed his professional career as a GM-turned-player skating for CSKA Moscow:

The Spengler Cup is an annual tournament that takes place in Davos, Switzerland, and Fedorov and CSKA are playing against the Rochester Americans presently.

Via the IIHF, here he is:

Update: Fedorov told Sport-Express that he'll continue playing at the Spengler Cup, but may or may not take part in regular-season KHL games, and Fedorov registered an assist, too!

Update #2: CBS Sports' Chris Peters posted some Fedorov photos.

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Red Wings overnight report: the Hockeytown Winter Festival begins today; Wings get back to work

The Red Wings will resume practicing today ahead of a pair of games in Florida on Saturday (7 PM on FSD) and in Nashville on Monday (8 PM on FSD Plus), with the team hoping to rebound from a difficult loss to the Islanders and hoping to welcome back at least some of Henrik Zetterberg (back), Darren Helm (shoulder), Jimmy Howard (knee), Justin Abdelkader (concussion) and/or Johan Franzen (concussion) prior to the Winter Classic...

But Downtown Detroit will be hopping with other hockey action today as the Hockeytown Winter Festival kicks off with a pair of Fox Sports Detroit/FSD Plus-aired Great Lakes Invitational Games (Michigan Tech vs. Michigan State at 3:30 and Michigan vs. Western Michigan at 7; Wings prospect Mike McKee plays defense for WMU) at Comerica Park.

MLive's Gus Burns posted the Hockeytown Winter Festival's schedule...

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Red Wings prospect news: Griffins lose to Admirals; more Mantha talk

The Red Wings' prospects got back to work on Thursday, and while Anthony Mantha's hat trick for Canada at the World Junior Championship stole the show, the Wings' Swedish and AHL prospects were busy on Thursday, too.

For the Grand Rapids Griffins, Boxing Day was an unpleasant day. The Griffins dropped a 4-1 decision to their nemesis, the Milwaukee Admirals, and Tom McCollum got pulled after giving up 4 goals on 16 shots, Teemu Pulkkinen both scored a goal and absorbed a thundering bodycheck, and putting things delicately, the Griffins opened up a two-games-in-two-nights slate (they play in Rockford tonight and then host the Toronto Marlies at Comerica Park this upcoming Monday before going back indoors to tangle with Toronto on New Year's Eve) losing to a bitter rival.

The Griffins' website provides a spare recap and a Flickr photo gallery...

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NHL warns fans of counterfeit Winter Classic merchandise

There's a simple rule about merchandise regarding any large sporting event: If it's priced too good to be true, it's probably fake.

That most certainly applies to the Winter Classic jerseys, hats, t-shirts, banners--hell, WDIV reports that the Detroit Sports Commission is selling the street pole banners currently adorning streetlights on Woodward and Jefferson Avenues for $150 a pop--everything that could possibly have a Red Wings, Maple Leafs and/or Winter Classic logo has been made, but the "real stuff" and the "fake stuff" are surprisingly similar and both mostly made in China these days (easy tip-off #1: Reebok no longer makes merchandise with an "RbK" wordmark; they use a full "Reebok" script, so if you see "RbK" logos, it's fake).

The Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby reports that the NHL's going to conduct a pre-event crackdown on counterfeit stuff sold in both Detroit and Ann Arbor...

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Episode 3 of HBO’s 24/7 series will focus on a game the Red Wings actually won

HBO posted what's becoming a weekly routine in its press release regarding the 24/7, Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic series (its full name), and it sounds like the Red Wings picked the right game to win:

24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC

DEC. 28 EPISODE  Episode #3

Debut: SATURDAY, DEC. 28 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other  HBO  playdates:  Dec. 28 (3:25 a.m.), 29 (8:45 a.m.), 30 (7:00 p.m., 2:30 a.m.) and 31 (2:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 29 (11:30 p.m.) and 30 (1:30 p.m.)

Detroit  heads  to  Toronto  for  the  teams’ only head-to-head competition prior to their much-anticipated Jan. 1 outdoor showdown.

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NBC, NBCSN will air Winter Classic, Alumni Showdown

Fox Sports Detroit has already announced that it will air the Great Lakes Invitational, the Griffins-Marlies AHL game and the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown games, the CBC has confirmed that it will air the Winter Classic and the preceding Alumni Showdown games, and today, NBC announced its broadcast schedule for the Hockeytown Winter Festival and the Winter Classic itself:


DETROIT RED WINGS HOST TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS BEFORE 100,000+ FANS ON NEW YEAR’S DAY IN 2014 NHL WINTER CLASSIC ON NBC

  • World-Record Crowd of 100,000+ Anticipated for Original Six Clash at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day
  • Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire to Call Action at Ice Level for First Time in NBC Sports Broadcast-Television History
  • NHL Live’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick On-Site From “The Big House”
  • Team USA Men’s and Women’s Hockey Rosters to Be Announced

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 26, 2013 – Two storied NHL franchises will face off at one of college football’s most historic stadiums in front of more than 100,000 fans on New Year’s Day, when NBC presents the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET, from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. In addition, NBCSN will present coverage of the Maple Leafs-Red Wings Alumni Games on New Year’s Eve, a pre-Olympic exhibition game in women’s hockey between Team USA and Team Canada on Saturday, Dec. 28, and a matchup of the previous two Stanley Cup winners on Monday night, when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings.

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Red Wings mid-day news: on ups and downs, the youth movement, Santa pads and the Winter Classic

The Detroit Red Wings will play games 40, 41 and 42 on Saturday (in Florida), Monday (in Nashville) and at the Winter Classic on Wednesday. The team has a 17-13-and-9 record overall, a 6-10-and-6 home record, and the Wings will be both without Jonathan Ericsson's services for the better part of a month and they'll also find themselves hoping to rebound from a humiliating 3-0 loss to the Islanders when the Wings return to practice tomorrow.

The Wings' season has been downright bipolar, with the team vacillating between long losing or "winless" streaks and several stretches of sustained dominance--with the former types of games outnumbering the latter performances--and the Wings had to admit that their fans had every right to boo the team off the ice on Monday.

In an article discussing the thoroughly mixed status of the Wings' 2013-14 campaign thus far, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan noted that Niklas Kronwall believes his team has much, much more to give...

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Red Wings, Detroit Rescue Mission to collect winter clothing at Alumni Showdown games

From the Red Wings' community relations department:

Hockeytown warm up winter clothing collection at the Alumni Showdown doubleheader
Fans who donate can win a team-signed Winter Classic hat on Dec. 31

The Detroit Red Wings are asking fans to bring new or gently-used winter outerwear to the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ Alumni Showdown games on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs doubleheader will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Volunteers will be on hand at all entrances of Comerica Park to collect adult and children’s winter clothing wear and monetary donations. All items collected on Dec. 31 will be distributed to Detroit Rescue Mission (DRMM) to help keep the homeless warm.

For each item donated or monetary donation, fans will have the opportunity to win a Detroit Red Wings team-signed Winter Classic hat. One winner will be announced at the game and fans must be present to win.

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TIME posts an article about Winter Classic’s wider appeal

This morning, Sportsnet's Brett Popplewell has penned an article discussing the disconnect between the city of Detroit's financial straits and its fans' passion for the city's sports team (again, it should not be ignored that appxorimately one in every six Southeastern Michiganders acutally lives within the City's limits), the Denver Post's Adrian Dater has suggested that it's in fact the Mile High City that will serve as the "ultimate" location for outdoor hockey, Leafs alums Todd Warriner and Brad May have given interviews about playing for the Leafs' Alums during the Alumni Showdown...

And as the four teams taking part in the Great Lakes Invitational prepare to kick off the Hockeytown Winter Festival tomorrow with a pair of GLI games at Comerica Park tomorrow (Fox Sports Detroit will air all GLI games, the Griffins-Marlies game on the 30th and the Alumni Showdowns: tomorrow's games pit Michigan Tech vs. Michigan State at 3:30 and Western Michigan vs. Michigan at 7)

Time Magazine's Tim Newcomb spoke with NHL VP of events Don Renzulli about the Winter Classic's attempts to generate wider enthusiasm about and support for the game among both dedicated hockey fans and "newbies" who are attending the events for experience's sake:

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