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Post-Practice News On The Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Danny DeKesyer got hit in the face by a deflected puck during practice today, necessitating stitches.

Just another day at work for the rangy homegrown defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings.

DeKeyser had to go to the hospital for repairs, but coach Jeff Blashill expects him to be fine and available to play Wednesday, when the Wings take their two-game winning streak up against the Boston Bruins and their three-game winning streak (7:30 p.m., FSD).

Blashill said Petr Mrazek is starting in goal, and that is the only planned lineup change.

DeKeyser, who missed a few shifts Friday after taking a puck to the face, is coming off of one of his best games of the season, in Blashill's estimation, in Saturday's overtime victory at St. Louis.

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added 1:41pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

added 2:17pm, Ted Kulfan below too...

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Practice Tweets: Howard likely starter vs. Boston; lines unchanged; Cleary fitting in with Griffins

The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena to prepare for tomorrow night's game against the Boston Bruins (7:30 PM EST on FSD/NESN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and MLive's Ansar Khan reported that it looks like Jimmy Howard will start on Wednesday evening:

#redwings on ice for practice. Howard occupying net usually manned by next game's starter.

...

#redwings lines:
Abdelkader-Zetterberg-Larkin
Richards-Datsyuk-Pulkkinen
Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist
Miller-Glendening-Helm
Andersson extra

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Defense:
Kronwall-Green
DeKeyser-Ericsson
Smith-Marchenko
Kindl

If you missed it, per WXYZ's Brad Galli:

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Morning news: On Hockey Hall of Fame-worthy goalies, an offensive up-tick and charitable news

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. NHL.com's Kevin Weekes believes that 4 goalies who've been snubbed by the Hockey Hall of Fame should be granted entry, and their ranks include Curtis Joseph, Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood:

Chris Osgood -- Osgood is in the exclusive club of 400 wins (401). I know he spent time in different places, but he is a Detroit Red Wing through and through. After he got some consistency and got acclimated playing in the League, he gave them a lot of stability for a long time, even in the latter stages of his career when he worked on his game and added a butterfly base, which he needed to do to survive. He was able to do that, and it served him well.

Osgood won the Stanley Cup three times (1997-98, 2008) and was the starting goalie during the 1998 and 2008 playoff runs. In 1997, he was Vernon's backup. Osgood is a three-time all-star and two-time winner of the Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the League, and his .539 winning percentage ranks in the top five.

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The overnight report: On the Wings’ home stand, Richards and Datsyuk, Jurco and power rankings

The Red Wings held practice on Monday prior to opening up a stretch of 11 of 13 games at home prior to Christmas--before a second half spent more on the road than home, especially in January and February, when the Wings play 10 of 13 away from Joe Louis Arena--and the Wings discussed making hay while the home sun shines with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

“Two road games until Christmas? That’s exciting,” forward Brad Richards said. “We should be excited about that opportunity.”

But there is caution. The Red Wings are only 5-5-1 at Joe Louis Arena thus far this season, a record that will need improving if they want to move up the standings.

“We had a stretch of games where we weren’t playing well and not doing things the way we should be and a lot of those games were at home and we lost those,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “When you go on the road, you tend to play a simpler game, especially the first 10 minutes. Maybe we can carry that over to home ice and play a little simpler and not give teams the quality chances we’ve given.”

For coach Jeff Blashill it doesn’t matter where the Red Wings are playing, just as long as they continue to improve upon what they’ve done.

“It’s important just because we need wins, period,” Blashill said. “No matter if we were facing 13 road games, I would feel the same way. We need to find a way to win games. Now, you don’t want to face the prospects of not doing well and having to face a ton of road games in January. We just have to continue to build as a hockey team, as we have and we have to continue to.”

Kulfan continues, and MLive's Ansar Khan picks up the narrative from there, discussing the impressive line of Brad Richards, Pavel Datsyuk and Teemu Pulkkinen:

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The Detroit Red Wings Will Be Playing On Wednesday In Front Of Another Sell-Out Crowd

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings will celebrate a tremendous milestone with their fans Wednesday night.

“It’s remarkable,” said forward Justin Abdelkader when asked about the current sellout streak that will reach 200 consecutive games this week. “We have such great support here in Detroit, the best fans, I believe. “It’s a credit to the organization, the success that the management group and the ownership has put on ice and just the loyalty of the fans.”

The sellout streak, which includes postseason games, began in the second quarter of the 2010-11 season when the Red Wings hosted the Dallas Stars on Dec. 19, 2010. Detroit suffered an overtime loss in that contest, but since then the Wings have compiled an impressive .628 winning percentage with a home record of 98-52-30 through the regular season.

The streak also includes the 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium and 18 postseason games at Joe Louis Arena. With the record crowd of 105,491 that braved the snow and frigid temperatures at the New Year’s Day game in Ann Arbor, more than 4 million fans have attended Wings home games in nearly five seasons.

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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

FYI:

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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