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Prospect news: Sulak hits 30 (minutes played) and the Griffins’ weekly presser

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, on Monday, Alexander Kadeikin played 12:31 in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 2-0 win over Admiral Vladivostok;

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn took a penalty and won 43% of his faceoffs in 22:04 played as the Frolunda Indians lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Malmo Redhawks;

In the Finnish Liiga, Libor Sulak had an assist and finished -1 in a staggering 30:41 of ice time as his Lahti Pelicans lost 7-5 to Sport;

And here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' weekly press release:

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Ken Daniels shares his story with Fox 2

From Fox 2's Jennifer Hammond:

While calling the action on the ice can be challenging, it's nothing compared to what Red Wings announcer Ken Daniels faced outside the broadcast booth. He lives his life on camera as the Wings' play-by-play man, but for the past 12 months Daniels has been living a private hell.

In 2016, his 23-year-old son Jamie became one of the many victims of the nation's opioid epidemic.

Ken's life was forever changed on December 7, 2016 when the Birmingham Police knocked on his door to tell him that Jamie had been found dead in his home in south Florida. For Ken, the news was beyond painful since Jamie had been clean for seven months and had been living in a sober home in Boynton Beach. Jamie was also working in the field of law, which he studied at Michigan State.

It was months later that the Daniels family learned cause of death was acute heroin with fentynl, the worst nightmare for any parent of an addict.
"How do you go on when someone says, 'How you doing today?' Well, how do you think I'm doing? But, there's a time when people forget and you go on. So, when anyone says, 'How you doing?' to me now? The thought in the back of my head is, I'll never be great. I just won't be. And, right away, Jamie comes to mind," Daniels says.

As Daniels began a tour for his hockey book "If These Walls Could Talk," he continued sharing a more private side of his life -- one that was once pained with shame and the stigma of drug abuse.

"'He's the one who does games on TV.' Now it's become, 'There's that guy whose son passed away,'" Daniels says. "That's how I feel I've become known."


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Dennis Cholowski named Prince George Cougars’ captain

From the WHL's website (with a video included in the release):

The Prince George Cougars announced their leadership group for the remainder of the season Tuesday, naming defenceman Dennis Cholowski the 23rd Captain in franchise history.

In addition to naming Cholowski Captain, the Cougars have also named Josh Anderson and Brogan O’Brien Alternate Captains.

“Your leadership group is one of the foundation pieces in having a successful team, on and off the ice. These three young men embody the leadership qualities you want in Captains and I feel we are in great hands going forward,” said General Manger Todd Harkins.

Originally selected by the Cougars in the 10th round (200th overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Cholowski leads all Cougars’ defencemen in scoring and is 18th in the WHL, with six goals and 17 points in 20 games. The Langley BC, native recently played for Team WHL at the 2017 CIBC Canada – Russia Series, in Moose Jaw and Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The 6’1, 200 pound defenceman was the Detroit Red Wings’ first pick, 20th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, New York.

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Dylan Larkin’s Commitment To Defense

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Dylan Larkin's commitment to responsible defense was essential for his transition to center. His improved 200-foot game hasn't forced him to sacrifice offense.

Larkin has only four goals in 21 games, but he leads the Detroit Red Wings with 20 points.

"I came into the season with the mindset of wanting to make my linemates better," Larkin said. "The way I look at a centerman is as someone who is the director of the line. How the line plays and the kind of game they're having usually depends on the game the centerman is having.

"It's doing things like going back and getting pucks. You're not going to get the breakaway or two-on-one, but you might help set it up. It's doing things that as a winger you don't have to worry about doing in the D-zone. I'm just trying to focus on being good defensively and that will lead to getting pucks and getting offensive chances."


Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press with her report...

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Post Practice Talk From The Wings

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

During the Red Wings' last road trip, the team went .500 and found something to help in the process.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill put together a line with Frans Nielsen at center and Luke Glendening and Darren Helm on the wings to match up against other teams' top lines.

Since all three are natural centers, any one of them can take a face-off and all of them are important on the penalty kill.

"They've been excellent. That (Nathan) MacKinnon line is a great line and (Mikko) Rantanen's a really good player, McKinnon's one overall, (Gabriel) Landeskog's two overall," Blashill said. "They went head to head against them all night long and until the very last wee moments of the game, shut them down. They've created lots of zone time, they've created lots of energy. In the last game we had to kill so many penalties that they ended up playing tons of minutes. But I think they've done an excellent job."

The next challenge for that line will be Edmonton's top line of Patrick Maroon-Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl.

continued including the Wings will be practicing on Thanksgiving.

Below, watch Jeff Blashill after practice today...

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The Morning Skate

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All Frans Nielsen

from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,

How do you feel about the way you’ve played personally this season?

I like my game so far. I’ve definitely struggled a little bit with the points, but I just try to play the same way, and usually it adds up over 82 games.

You spent five years developing in Sweden, four with Malmo and one with Henrik Zetterberg’s club, Timra. As a Red Wing, what’s impressed you the most about how Zetterberg carries himself as the captain?

It’s been really fun. He’s been everything I hoped for. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him have a bad game. He’s just one of those players. He’s not always on the scoresheet, but he always does something for the team. He’s a fantastic leader that way.

more, includes Danish players talk and even a Brett Hull question...

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Are The Detroit Red Wings A Better Team Than Last Year?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are only two points ahead of their pace from 2016-17 one-quarter of the way through the season.

But there are more reasons for optimism this year, or so it seems.

That’s due in part to the growth and assertiveness of young forwards Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou. It’s also encouraging that the team has improved in virtually every statistical category.

The Red Wings finished 2016-17 ranked 26th in goals per game (2.41) and goals against (2.98). They were 27th on the power play (15.1 percent) and 16th on the penalty kill (80.8 percent).

Through 21 games this season, they are tied for 18th in goals per game (2.90), 10th in goals against (2.71), eighth on the power play (22.4 percent) and sixth on the penalty kill (84.6 percent).

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Wings Needs Their Speed Game Back Against Edmonton

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Oilers, whom the Red Wings throttled two weeks ago at the start of their recent 6-2-1 run, will be in town Thanksgiving eve, and by then the sting of the late-game loss to the young Avalanche might have subsided.

The Wings hope to play as they did shutting out the Oilers, 4-0, and putting Connor McDavid on the bench, rather than the considerably less effective effort against Colorado, when the pace so integral to their success slowed.

Speed is generated by the legs. But it starts in the head.

Whatever source suddenly became depleted, it showed all around the ice Sunday.

A slower hockey team can take more penalties. One sure way of catching up to a skater is by hooking, holding or tripping. A slash also can provide some deterrence.


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Grand Rapids Griffins Send 3 Players To The Toledo Walleye

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday reassigned defenseman Vili Saarijarvi (VIH-lee SAH-ree-YAHR-vee) and forward Dylan Sadowy (SAD-oh-way) from the Grand Rapids Griffins to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, while the Griffins assigned forward Luke Esposito to Toledo. 

In his first full professional season, Saarijarvi, 20, has played in four games with the Griffins, tallying one assist and two penalty minutes. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound blueliner has accounted for one assist and a plus-one rating in three games with the Walleye. 

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