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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blackhawks set-up and scary stats

The Red Wings begin a stretch in which they'll be playing on an every-other-night (or more) basis from tonight until December 7th (playing 13 times in 24 nights) when they host the 9-6-and-1 Chicago Blackhawks this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/CSN Chicago/97.1 FM; Chris Chelios will be signing copies of his memoir, Made in America, on the concourse; the Wings host Montreal on Sunday and then head out on a 3-game road trip to Columbus, Winnipeg and Toronto).

The Hawks last played in a 3-2 shootout win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday, so the 7-3-and-5 Wings don't hold too much of a "rest advantage" over the Hawks despite not having played since Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the same Lightning, and the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc reported that Corey Crawford is on quite a roll (and his 12-2-and-3 record against the Wings is scary)...

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Prospect news: Nastasiuk, Bertuzzi can’t crack Russians at Super Series; on Hicketts & Griffins news

Some of this is new and some of this is "old prospect news," but I hope it's still pertinent.

First and foremost, the Subway Super Series has surprised the hell out of most everybody because the Russian Hockey Federation usually sends a middling squad of players to the WHL-OHL-and-QMJHL series, but this time around, they've dominated.

Wings prospect Joe Hicketts had very good outings in the WHL portion of the series, registering an assist in the WHL's 3-2 loss to Russia on Monday and scoring a goal in Russia's 3-2 win on Tuesday--and Hicketts levied a hard hit that sent Maxim Mamin off on a stretcher...

But as the series shifted to the OHL and Peterborough, Ontario, Thursday, Zach Nastasiuk (who will also play in Monday's game in Kingston) didn't register a point in Russia's 4-0 win, and Tyler Bertuzzi chose to showcase his talents in a single game by taking a roughing penalty that led to Russia's 4-0 goal and getting 2-and-10 for running Igor Shestyorkin late in the game.

The Peterborough Exmainer's Mike Davies reports that the Russians simply put up a wall...

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Garrioch: Bryan Murray has stage 4 colon cancer

Edit: wrong blog, story still awful.

This is just terrible news, from the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:

Bryan Murray is facing the toughest fight of his life. And he’s determined to battle this one head-on. Speaking for the first time publicly in a glimpse at his cancer treatment with TSN’s Michael Farber, the Senators GM confirmed in a segment that aired on Thursday night that he is battling Stage 4 colon cancer.

Murray also has spots on his lung and liver. The doctors are hopeful the treatments will lengthen his life.

“There is no cure for me at this point,” Murray said in the powerful five-minute story that aired on TSN5’s pre-game show before the Senators-Oilers match last night. “The word is we’ll keep doing chemo and, hopefully, reduce the tumours and the effect and I’ll get some time out of that.”

Accompanied by Farber, a former Sports Illustrated columnist and a cancer survivor himself, to one of his regular chemotherapy treatments at The Ottawa Hospital, Murray opened up about his disease.

“It’s a battle. There’s no question,” Murray said. “There’s a lot of emotion involved in it. There’s a lot of down days. You try not to have too many. There are a lot of good days and you try to have more of them.”

Garrioch continues, and TSN's geoblocking their videos now, but they didn't block Farber's seven-minute conversation with Murray.

added, watch the TSN video below too...

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Mickey Redmond talks about the Red Wings’ break, Stephen Weiss, etc. on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Fox Sports Detroit's Mickey Redmond appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Drew Lane show on Thursday, discussing his own recovery from back surgery, Ted Linsday, the Red Wings' attempts to salvage Stephen Weiss's career and the team's shootout woes, all over the course of a 16-minute interview with Lane, Marc Fellhauer and Tom Mazwey:

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Griffins coach Jeff Blashill plans on giving Anthony Mantha as much ice time as he can take

The Grand Rapids Griffins sent Shane Berschbach to the Toledo Walleye to make room for a certain Anthony Mantha, who's expected to make his pro debut with the Griffins during tomorrow night and Saturday's games against the Texas Stars.

With a press box full of scribes who would usually be taking in the Red Wings' only home game against Chicago, there are a whole lot of expectations upon a player who's missed two months with a broken leg to deliver some sort of virtuoso performance, and that worries me.

Mantha's going to take at least a few games to truly get into game shape (he's continued to work out and he's practiced for the better part of a week now, but even the Datsyuks of the world will tell you that it takes game action to truly "get your wind back"), and it's going to take a month or two for Mantha to truly adjust to playing AHL hockey and playing pro hockey against players who are 10 years older and 20 pounds heavier than the 6'5," 217-pound winger.

According to the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner, Griffins coach Jeff Blashill plans on seeing what big #8 can handle in terms of ice time right out of the gate..

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Off the glass and in for Ryan Sproul

During last night's Grand Rapids Griffins win over Lake Erie, Ryan Sproul did this:

Per the Griffins' YouTube channel:

ESPN's Joe DeMartino took note of the shot:

Normally, missing the net entirely on a slap shot is not the best way to score a goal. The whole point is to get the puck "in the net," not "a foot over the goalie's head."

Don't tell that to Ryan Sproul of the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, who hopefully called "bank" on this shot.

By the by, let's extend some sympathy to poor Lake Erie Monsters goaltender Calvin Pickard, who literally did not see that goal coming.

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Wings will welcome hints of ‘subtle interference’ back to Detroit tomorrow

Ahead of tomorrow's game between the Red Wings and Blackhawks, Patrick Kane made a comment to the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus that sounds like it comes right out of Eddie Olczyk's playbook:

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Practice post: It appears that Datsyuk will return to Red Wings’ lineup Friday

Updated 9x at 2:48 PM: The Red Wings will resume play against the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night (7:30 PM EST on FSD/CSN Chicago/97.1 FM; Chicago has a 9-6-and-1 record and last played on Tuesday, defeating Tampa Bay 3-2 in a shootout), and starting on Friday, the Wings play on an every-other-night-or-more basis until December 7th, playing 13 games over the course of 24 days.

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reported something along the lines of "no changes save Datsyuk returning to the lineup alongside Tomas Jurco" from Thursday's practice...

Babcock has same players dressed in same colors at practice today. Cleary, Weiss and Nestrasil all in Gray.


Babcock going with same lines he used at practice Wednesday, which means Jurco out there with Datsyuk and Abdelkader

As did MLive's Ansar Khan:

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Prospect news: Griffins snap home winless streak; Mantha debuts Fri; Hicketts solid at Super Series

Updated with Walleye-practice-at-the-Joe news at 11:23 AM: The biggest prospect news of the week obviously involves Anthony Mantha making his professional debut during the Grand Rapids Griffins' set of home games against the Texas Stars this Friday and Saturday night (the Wings officially assinged Mantha to Grand Rapids after Wednesday's Griffins game), and WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski spoke with Mantha prior to the Griffins' Wednesday night game against Lake Erie...

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Report: Daniel Alfredsson to decide whether to retire or return to Red Wings ‘before December’

From Sportsnet's Luke Fox:

It sounds like we could be mere days away from a Daniel Alfredsson decision.

“Sources say a decision on Daniel Alfredsson’s future will likely come before December,” TVA Sports reporter Louis Jean tweeted Thursday morning. “If Alfredsson doesn’t skate with the Wings in the next week or so, he’ll likely retire.”

Alfredsson is an unrestricted free agent who is only interested in re-signing with the Red Wings. He will turn 42 on Dec. 11. The veteran, who led Detroit in scoring last year, was skating with the club in September, but his training was derailed by back problems.

The Wings have left the door open for Alfredsson to return. The Swede still wants to win a Stanley Cup, but it’s been several weeks since he has laced up his skates.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported last month that Alfredsson would need to skate pain-free for two weeks straight in order to feel comfortable with a return.


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