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Red Wings prospect news: Griffins to host Milwaukee; Bertuzzi, Athanasiou score; Wheaton has a scare

Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha will be in the national spotlight when the second game of the Subway Super Series resumes tonight in Sherbrooke, Quebec (with the QMJHL playing a team of Russian stars at 7 PM EST Sportsnet, TVA Sports and the Fan 590 in Canada; Mantha scored the game-winning goal for the Q on Monday).

On a more local basis, the now-veteran-overloaded Grand Rapids Griffins will host the Milwaukee Admirals in their only home game of the week, so their weekly press release earns precedence this morning:

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Winter Classic’s Hockeytown Winter Festival, Coke Zero Fan Zone details revealed, HBO 24/7 discussed

In theory, anyway, the lid isn't supposed to open over the Hockeytown Winter Festival's specifics until 11 AM this morning, when NHL officials will reveal the specifics of the "Coke Zero Fan Zone" that's going to be held in Comerica Park's parking lot, but the principals in today's presser spoke at length about the numbers and figures involved in holding and details pertaining to fan experiences during both the Hockeytown Winter Festival and the Winter Classic itself in a press conference held prior to Tuesday's Red WIngs game...

But this morning, the Free Press's B.J. Hammerstein was allowed to all but spill the details regarding the Coke Zero Fan Experience...

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Pleiness: Red Wings won’t have Danny DeKeyser’s services for a week or two

Updated 3x at 12:10 AM: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness was the first to the punch with bad news about Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who suffered a shoulder injury on a hit from Patric Hornqvist during Tuesday night's loss to Nashville:

The Wings have lost defenseman Danny DeKeyser for up to 1-2 weeks with a left shoulder separation according to general manager Ken Holland.

DeKeyser will have further tests done Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.

DeKeyser was hit into the boards by Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist on just his second shift of Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to the Predators.

DeKeyser has two goals and six assists in his last 11 games.

For whatever reason, NHL.com chose to post a video of the hit, so here it is:

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Red Wings-Predators quick take: boos were deserved but it’s on ‘this team’ to figure s*** out

I don't "like our team." Quite frankly, being a Red Wings fan, never mind spending the amount of time that I do covering an 0-and-7 team that's now 0-and-8 at home, this job sucks right now and my team sucks right now.

I'm frustrated as all hell get out because the Wings' disparate parts are not working together. As I've said previously--and even given that Danny DeKeyser will be out for an unspecified period of time with a shoulder injury--you can basically swap out Brunner for Alfredsson, who's been more consistent, Filppula for Weiss, who's been equally disappointing, swap out Tomas Tatar for Gustav Nyquist and add in Darren Helm, and this is the same team that went 14 games into the playoffs last spring, but its special teams are better. Its goaltending has been OK and its coach is pulling every trick out of his hat to help the team win.

It still dropped a 2-0 decision to Nashville, and when you've got solid personnel, good special teams, solid goaltending, secondary scoring and enough players and enough coaching to get it done, what do you do?

My problem with the "Free Nyquist" folks involves three factors that have nothing to do with their desire to see the Wings able to dress the best roster available:

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TSN’s McKenzie reports that Red Wings are close to extension with Ericsson

TSN's Bob McKenzie made one observation about Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who will probably miss a little while with a shoulder injury...

And then he dropped a contractual bomb about 29-year-old defenseman Jonathan Ericsson:

And here's a story?

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Red Wings lose Danny DeKeyser to ‘injured shoulder,’ unspecified severity

Update: Doctor Babs has weighed in:

Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser got smooshed by Patric Hornqvist in the first period of the Red Wings' game against Nashville...

And this is all we've got--and it's not good, with Fox Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson reporting that DeKeyser has an "injured shoulder."

Fox Sports Detroit's Darren Eliot and Chris Osgood are doing what the rest of Red Wings fans are doing tonight: worrying.

The Red Wings are confirming:

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Winter Classic talk: estimated attendance 107,000, economic impact around $30 mil, Alum games on FSD

Updated 5x at 7:16 PM: You may take these Tweets regarding the Red Wings and the Winter Classic--from Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika, ESPN's Craig Custance, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea, the Free Press's George Sipple and Michigan Hockey (as well as Michigan Hockey corespondent Stefan Kubus), quoting Wings CEO Tom Wilson--for what you will:

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Wallner: Grand Rapids Griffins plan on rotating veteran scratches due to AHL’s 5-man veteran limit

The Detroit Red Wings' demotions of Cory Emmerton, Jordin Tootoo and Cory Emmerton have yielded something of a sticky wicket for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

AHL rules allow teams to dress five professional-league "veterans" in their lineup, but no more, and the Griffins already had four "veterans" on their roster in the AHL-contracted Jeff Hoggan (the Griffins' captain), Triston Grant, Nathan Paetsch and Brennan Evans.

That's seven players vying for five available spots on the team, and as such, some of the "veterans" will have to sit to make room for the NHL'ers. The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Griffins coach Jeff Blashill about navigating the issue:

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Red Wings auctioning off Jimmy Howard’s pink gear, WIings’ purple sticks for cancer charities

From the Red Wings' PR department


… Online Auction Runs From Nov. 18 – Dec. 1 to Benefit Michigan Charities …

DETROIT– The Detroit Red Wings launched an online auction this week at http://www.DetroitRedWings.com/HFCauction in support of the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. The auction will run from Nov. 18 through Dec. 1 online with the proceeds benefiting three Michigan cancer-related nonprofits.

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24/7 fans won’t find the Todd Bertuzzi that Sportsnet’s Fox is looking for

Sportsnet's Luke Fox is compiling a "Top 10" list of players that Fox believes will stand out in HBO's 24/7 series spotlighting the Red Wings and Maple Leafs as the teams prepare for the Winter Classic. I can tell you for a fact that the player occupying Fox's #9 spot has and perhaps has earned a bad reputation, but he is in fact remarkably thoughtful, articulate and genuine:

Todd Bertuzzi is something of a mystery these days.

The Red Wings winger has, of course, already secured everlasting notoriety for his ugly 2004 attack on Steve Moore, which ended the Avalanche forward’s career, cost Bertuzzi a 17-month suspension (though the 2004-05 lockout meant he missed only 20 NHL games) and about half a million in salary and, of course, lost him the benefit of the doubt for the rest of his time in the league.

But that was a long time ago, and Bertuzzi’s a different player now. A combination of age, back problems and a no-doubt fervent desire to steer far clear of any further league discipline long ago took the dangerous edge out of his game. He’s now a slow winger with a nose for the net and a fine set of hands that are often on display as one of the Red Wings go-to shootout options.

Red Wings fans who've watched Bertuzzi register the bulk of his 5 goals, 4 assists and 9 points whileplaying alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg--after challenging himself to essentially "earn a spot" on the team's crowded roster at 38 years of age--might disagree with the "slow" quip, and Bertuzzi's presence alone serves as something of a "nuclear deterrent" to cheap shots and intimidation:

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