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Wings take optional practice, not much news develops

The Red Wings didn't hit the ice until 3 PM this afternoon, and they "took an optional":

MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed...

Late optional skate for #redwings today. About a dozen players on the ice.

As did the Wings...

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Red Wings reveal Stadium Series jersey

Here's the Red Wings' Stadium Series jersey.

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An update on Gordie Howe’s health

From NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:

Gordie Howe's son, Mark Howe, said his father has his personality back and has been living comfortably with his brother Murray Howe and Murray's wife at their home in Sylvania, Ohio.

Brothers Mark and Marty Howe were here to represent the family on a float that will be part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. They spoke to NHL.com about the health of the legendary Hockey Hall of Fame member Monday.

"I talk to [Murray] frequently and dad is eating and sleeping a lot in the early-morning hours and spending quality time during the afternoon and evenings," Mark Howe said.

Mark Howe said he plans on visiting his father, brother and sister-in-law, Colleen, after Thanksgiving.

"The most difficult thing for him right now is probably his speech," he said. "He's getting around pretty well and he knows who you are. I do a lot a lot of Facetime [communication] with him and he knows me. When he's speaking, every so often it disappears so he does a lot of hand gesturing. Other than that, from where he was a year ago to now it's just amazing how well he's doing."


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Afternoon news: Walleye at the Joe; good on Jurco; fantasy hockey news, power rankings & moustaches


1. The Toledo Walleye are practicing at the Joe this afternoon...

2. The Red Wings Alumni are playing against the NTDP in Plymouth, MI tomorrow at 7 PM EST, raising funds for the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band's trip to the Rose Bowl, and Detroit Sports 105.1 FM is going to be broadcasting from the rink:

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Tomas Jurco Named Player Of The Week In The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League announced today that Grand Rapids Griffins left wing Tomas Jurco has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 22, 2015. 

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Savage: Why Larkin wears #71

From MLive's Brendan Savage:

He wore No. 25 during the Red Wings development camp the past two years and that was shaping up as a possibility. But free agency changed that just as it did his secondary plan to wear No. 17. Larkin "was 25, he was going to be 25 and we picked up Mike Green," said Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer. "I had to call him and say 'We got Mike Green. He trumps you.' He said OK and then he went to 17 and we got Brad Richards."

Richards had worn No. 19 with the New York Rangers and No. 91 with both the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks before signing with the Red Wings as a free agent last summer.

"Richie came in and I said 'You can't have 91' and he said 'I'll take 17,'" Boyer said. "Then I called Dylan and said, 'These are your choices' and it ended up 71. He picked 71."

Larkin was going to wear #17 because Doug Brown was a major coaching influence, but he swapped it up...

So is there any significance to No. 71?

"No," Larkin said. "There wasn't much available and I was talking to some friends from Michigan. I like having a 9 in my number but 71 (was) just trying to change it up."

Continued, with Boyer suggesting that #71 is here to stay...

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Mid-day news: Power rankings, ‘love for Larkin,’ Hamonic gossip

Of mid-day Red Wings-related note:

1. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun posited a set of power rankings:

11. Detroit [record] 11-8-2 Last Week: 19 The Wings earned seven out of eight points in their last four games, including impressive weekend wins over the Kings and Blues. The great Pavel Datsyuk netted his first goal of the season Saturday at St. Louis in his sixth game back.

2. Via RedWingsFeed, Ken Daniels eventually appears on Monday's Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast to discuss Dylan Larkin (try the 21:35 mark):

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Sportsnet praises Larkin’s very good week

It would be nice if there was an official "Rookie of the Week" honor, but Dylan Larkin will have to take Rogers GameCenter Live's nod for now:

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week:

- Larkin's goal-scoring streak

Dylan Larkin has scored one goal in each of the last four games, equaling the longest streak for a Red Wings teenager since Steve Yzerman in 1984-85.

Gustav Nyquist was the last Red Wing to score in more than four consecutive games, putting together a six-game streak from March 16-25 (nine goals).

Larkin leads the Red Wings in goals (eight), game-winning goals (three), shots on goal (55) and plus-minus rating (plus-12). He is tied with Arizona's Max Domi for the goal-scoring lead among rookies, ranks third in points (15) and first in plus-minus among rookies.

- Trying to snap losing streak vs. Bruins

No team has given the Red Wings more trouble the past couple of years than the Boston Bruins, who visit Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

The Bruins have won five in a row vs. the Red Wings in the regular season, including 3-1 at TD Garden on Nov. 14, and have won nine of their past10 from Detroit including the playoffs....


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An o-ffensive trend

MLive's Brendan Savage penned an article discussing the Red Wings' up-tick in offense over the past week of play, in terms of both hard numbers and Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill's takes on his team's offfensive game:

[T]hings began looking up in the last week, when the Red Wings posted a 3-0-1 record.

They scored a total of 12 goals for average of 3.00 – better than the NHL standard of 2.66 entering Sunday's action.

"I think results follow process and I think the process has been good for a number of games," said coach Jeff Blashill. "Not every single game but if you go back to San Jose, you go back to Dallas, games where we didn't score, I thought we had lots of chances. We just didn't score.

"Maybe we didn't hit the net enough, maybe we didn't have enough net presence. We just didn't score. But I thought those processes were good. If that process continues, in time I believe you do get the results. I think we've had a little bit more net presence and we've done a better job of hitting the net. Those are two specific areas from those San Jose and Dallas games that have gotten better."

The Red Wings lost 4-1 Nov. 8 vs. Dallas – one of the NHL's top teams – and fell 3-2 to San Jose five nights later.

Savage continues at length, with Blashill dishing a bit of observation and some offensive philosophy.

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