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Wings Are Practicing A Little Later Than Normal

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Cleary. Weiss, Nestrasil skating in gray jerseys usually worn by players who'll be scratched. Could mean that Jurco is back in lineup.

Jurco skating on line with Datsyuk and Abdelkader.

Other lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Franzen, Tatar-Sheahan-Helm, Miller-Glendening-Andersson.

Will update this post as needed.

added 3:57pm

All indications from the media is Datsyuk looks like a go for Friday.

added 4:26pm, Added two videos via Pleiness of Babcock post-practice.

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What Would It Take To Get Mike Green?

from Rob Vollman of ESPN (Insider),

Based on a chart of that first criteria (scoring from the point), the remaining requirements suggest that potential destinations for Green could include the Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, and Detroit Red Wings. There may have been intriguing possibilities of landing somewhere like New Jersey or Montreal, but the former lacks veterans to handle the tough minutes, and the latter has already made their move for an offensive specialist blueliner with the recent acquisition of Sergei Gonchar.

For the handful of destinations on which we speculated above, Detroit is probably in the position to bargain the most aggressively. A package that included penalty killing and defensive specialist Darren Helm along with one of their abundance of blue chip prospects up front could be just the ticket.

more (ESPN Insider)...

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Anthony Mantha may make Grand Rapids Griffins debut on Friday

From Fox 17's Jason Hutton:

The Grand Rapids Griffins are hopeful that Anthony Mantha, the Red Wings first-round draft pick (20th overall) in 2013, will be able to make his professional debut Friday night when they host Dallas.

Mantha, has been out since fracturing his tibia in the first game of the annual prospects tournament back in September. “We believe that he’s going to be ready for Friday,” said Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill. “We’ll take it on Thursday and make sure, but we believe he is going to be ready for Friday.”

Grand Rapids could use the help. The team has won just 3 of it’s first 10 games.

“I think when you insert an elite player it can certainly give you a boost, and when you insert an elite player in this lineup with that kind of size is something that we are missing that can give you an even bigger boost” Blashill said Tuesday after practice.

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Tomas Holmstrom, subtle internet service provider salesperson

HockeySverige's Uffe Bodin sent me a Tweet that yielded a cornucopia of Tomas Holmstrom humor:

You probably remember Tomas Holmstrom "grilling" commercial for the Swedish internet service provider T3--with an emphasis on Homer's lack of subtlety--but there's an entire set of, "At home with Tomas Holmstrom" commercials emphasizing that Holmstrom's representing "real broadband":

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Wings Continue To Show Interest In Tyler Myers


What I keep hearing and reading it is still Mantha or Nyquist or Tatar and a first round pick for Myers.

added 3:16pm, from Nichols on Hockey,

Darren Dreger was on TSN 1040 Tuesday morning.

On if the Sabres will be patient enough with Tyler Myers that could still be a part of the McDavid or Eichel era in Buffalo:

“I think that... Buffalo would consider trading Tyler Myers. The Detroit Red Wings have probably been the most persistent and consistent in showing interest in Myers. They heavily scouted him last year. They continue to heavily scout him now. The asking price has always been too high. Most recently, I believe, it was Dylan Larkin, a prospect for the Red Wings, and maybe Jakub Kindl would need to be thrown into that mix as well. And it’s a bit too much of a gamble.


Update from George: Here's the audio, via Hope Smoke on Twitter:

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Shootouts A Problem For The Red Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The skills competition the NHL uses to break ties in the regular season would seem to suit the Detroit Red Wings and their puck-danglers.

But the shootout hasn't been kind to them since it was implemented in 2005-06. They've been particularly ineffective since the start of 2013, winning just 7-of-24 of these breakaway competitions.

They're 0-3 this season, and they're concerned about the points they're leaving on the table.

"If you don't take care of shootouts, that's a lot of lost points," Gustav Nyquist said. "Down the stretch we know from last year and two years ago, it's been close. You know those shootout points are really going to matter. We got to find a way to get them."


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Tyler Bertuzzi Named OHL Player Of The Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Detroit Red Wings prospect Tyler Bertuzzi of the Guelph Storm is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 9 scoring two goals and six assists for eight points in three games.

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Brennan Evans Of The Grand Rapids Griffins Suspended Four Games

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. …  The American Hockey League today announced that Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans has been suspended for four (4) games as a consequence of a kneeing incident in a game at Milwaukee on Nov. 7. 

Evans was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline).

Evans will miss Grand Rapids’ games Wednesday (Nov. 12) vs. Lake Erie, Friday (Nov. 14) vs. Texas, Saturday (Nov. 15) vs. Texas and Nov. 21 at Lake Erie. 

You can briefly watch the hit on Viktor Stalberg below...

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How Mike Babcock Wants His Wingers To Play

from Justin Bourne of The Score,

One of hockey’s best coaches is Detroit’s Mike Babcock, who was an early adopter when it came to getting his wingers involved on D. Here’s how he described his philosophy on wingers to me earlier this season.

I want them involved. When you think about it, when I played the neutral zone used to be bigger, and the end zones were smaller so you could just stand next to your guy. Today what you gotta do is find your D-man and cut off the top. And from a low sagged position, otherwise there’s too much room. So they made it way harder, wingers used to be able to sleep, they could pick up their guy coming out of the offensive zone and take the guy back, they didn’t have to do anything. Now, you gotta compress the zone, you gotta make it smaller, you gotta give the offense no time and yet, you gotta find a way to cut off the top, and if you don’t, you gotta find a way to get in the shooting lane, so the job of the winger is way harder than it was.


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Datsyuk And Weiss On The Ice Today

Media reports from practice are both Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss are on the ice today.

The Wings will have an off day tomorrow then get back at it on Wednesday for the game on Friday against the Blackhawks at the Joe.

So line combos, defensive pairings may change as we get closer to the Friday game.

I will update this post if anything noteworthy pops up while the Wings are on the ice.

added 12:36pm, via Khan tweets,

Wings working on shootouts in practice. They're 5-12 in shootouts since start of 2013-14 season.

Tony Granato running practice today because Mike Babcock taking personal day.

added 1:10pm,


added 1:22pm, updates after practice...

added 1:35pm, Datsyuk talks about returning...

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