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Post-practice articles: Helm’s ‘close’; Abdelkader named NHL’s first star

Updated 4x at 4:17 PM: The Red Wings' returned to practice today ahead of tomorrow night's NBCSN-aired game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (who play a Columbus Day matinee against the Boston Bruins at 1 PM), and two news items of note were revealed:

First, Jimmy Howard will be starting against Tampa Bay, and second, Darren Helm may or may not be activated to play. If Helm plays tomorrow, the Wings' decision to not place anyone on waivers = Alexey Marchenko would have to be temporarily sent down to Grand Rapids to make room for Helm on the 23-man roster.

MLive's Ansar Khan has confirmed the Wings' options to place Helm (who practiced in Landon Ferraro's spot on the fourth line) back on the roster:

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Fox Sports Detroit posts Mickey Redmond’s interview with Blashill, Babcock

Via RedWingsFeed, Fox Sports Detroit must have listened to the fan requests for this one, because FSD posted the 7-minute interview that Mickey Redmond conducted with Jeff Blashill and Mike Babcock on Thursday evening (the interview aired during Friday's Wings-Maple Leafs game). It's an intriguing "watch" to say the least:

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Broadcast news regarding CBS Detroit’s radio deal; rockers supporting Wings

As Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea notes, the Wings and Tigers' new deal with CBS Radio includes some self-promotional programming for both organizations...

As part of the deal, CBS-owned WWJ 950 AM will add two, hourlong shows touting the Red Wings’ massive hockey arena project: “Inside The Arena” is about the 20,000-seat venue now under construction on 12 acres at Woodward Avenue and I-375, and “Inside District Detroit” focuses on all things related to the expansion of 45-block mixed-use development anchored by the new arena.

“The fans in Hockeytown and throughout the state of Michigan have come to know 97.1 The Ticket and its extended radio network as the broadcast home for Red Wings action and we’re excited to extend the relationship as we celebrate our final two years in Joe Louis Arena and transition into the new Detroit Events Center,” Olympia Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson said in a statement.

A new one-hour Tigers show called “Inside The Ballpark” will include the latest news and information about the upcoming season, CBS said.

And while we're talking about broadcasting, from the Alternative Press's Kyle McCaskey:

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Justin Abdelkader named NHL’s First Star of the Week

Via the Red Wings...

And per NHL.com:

ABDELKADER, LINDBERG AND SMITH NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK

NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2015) – Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader, New York Rangers center Oscar Lindberg and Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 11.

FIRST STAR – JUSTIN ABDELKADER, LW, DETROIT RED WINGS

Abdelkader shared the League lead with four goals and tied for second in the NHL with five points as the Red Wings (2-0-0, 4 points) opened the season with a pair of victories. He recorded his second career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 4-0 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 9, becoming the third player in franchise history to notch three goals in Detroit’s opening game of the season (also Adam Brown in 1945-46 and Brendan Shanahan in 2001-02). Abdelkader then posted 1-1—2, as well as the decisive goal, in a 4-3 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 10. The 28-year-old Muskegon, Mich., native has 65-72—137 in 400 career NHL games, all with the Red Wings. He set career highs in goals (23), assists (21) and points (44) last season (71 GP).

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Practice Tweets: Helm practicing with team; DeKeyser briefly skates

Updated 6x at 12:32 PM: Howard starts Tuesday, Helm still on IR:

The Red Wings returned to practice on Monday after taking Sunday off, and MLive's Ansar Khan reported good pre-practice news:

Danny DeKeyser skating before practice. He is estimated to be out 3-4 weeks from time of injury (strained ligament in foot) on Sept. 30.

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Helm no longer in gray (non-playing) jersey. Might be ready. Ferraro wearing gray jersey along with Jurco and Andersson.

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They would need to trim someone from roster before activating Helm.

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji took note of the change as well:

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‘Three Things’: On Pulkkinen, Abdelkader and a belated Draper interview

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James took note of Teemu Pulkkinen's 2-goal performance against the Carolina Hurricanes in light of the Wings' roster crunch:

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NHL to begin public sale of Stadium Series tix on October 27th

From the NHL:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / OCTOBER 12, 2015
DATES RELEASED FOR THE PUBLIC ON-SALE OF SELECT NUMBER OF TICKET PACKAGES TO UPCOMING OUTDOOR NHL EVENTS

        NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2015) – The National Hockey League today released the dates that a select number of ticket packages for upcoming signature outdoor NHL® events will go on sale to the general public. The dates are as follows:

Events Date & Time On-Sale Begins

  • 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® & Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens Alumni Game  Tuesday, Oct. 20 – 10 a.m. ET
  • 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ – Colorado & Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche Alumni Game  Tuesday, Oct. 27 10 a.m. MT
  • 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ – Minnesota & Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Alumni Game  Tuesday, Nov. 3 – 10 a.m. CT

Ticket packages for all events will be available for purchase via http://www.Ticketmaster.com/NHL and http://www.Ticketmaster.ca/NHL, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL.

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CBS Radio Will Continue To Broadcast The Detroit Red Wings

via a press release...

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) CBS RADIO’s 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) in association with Olympia Entertainment, announced today live on-air a long-term sports and entertainment alliance with the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings. WXYT-FM signed an exclusive multi-year agreement to broadcast games for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers.

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This Week With The Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are 2-0 with victories over Toronto and Carolina, but tougher tests await them this week with Tampa Bay and Montreal, clubs that finished ahead of them in the Atlantic Division in 2014-15.

Here are five things to watch this week:

1. Roster move looming with Helm's return

Darren Helm (concussion, separated shoulder) got in a couple of full practices last week and said he's close to returning. If he's not ready this week he should be back by next week.

Unless the Red Wings have another injury, they'll need to trim a player to open a roster spot for Helm.

The most likely candidate is center Joakim Andersson, a healthy scratch the first two games. He would need to go on waivers before being assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Another option is to send down Alexey Marchenko, who is waiver-exempt. But that would leave them with six defensemen and they're not likely to travel anywhere without a D-man in reserve.

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Prospect news: Saarijarvi’s starting to dominate in the OHL

Of prospect-related note:

Catching up (sorry), on Saturday, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin didn't play in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-0 loss to Lokomotiv;

In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom had an assist in 16:12 as Skelleftea AIK defeated Linkopings HC 3-2 in a shootout;

On Sunday, in the Swedish J20 league, Joren Van Pottelberghe stopped 16 of 17 shots in Linkopings HC's 5-1 win over Malmo;

And I don't know where Hampus Melen is playing at this time, but DRW Prospects does:

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