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Prospect news: OHL/WHL round-up; Larsson commits to Denver; Setkov re-signs with Malmo

Of prospect-related note:

In the OHL, Jordan Sambrook had 1 shot in the Erie Otters' 3-2 OT loss to London;

In the WHL, Lane Zablocki took 2 shots and a penalty in his Lethbridge Hurricanes debut, a 5-3 Lethbridge loss to Saskatoon;

And Dennis Cholowski missed the Prince George Cougars' 5-4 win over Victoria as Cholowski's attending Hockey Canada's World Junior selection camp.

In the USHL, Tri-City Storm goaltender Filip Larsson made his college commitment, choosing to attend the University of Denver. Per the USHL's website:

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Red Wings make their annual visit to Chlidren’s Hospital

The Red Wings made their annual pre-Christmas visit to Children's Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, and the team did its best to put a smile on ill children's faces, as noted by WXYZ's Brad Galli:

Red Wings TV also chronicled the visit...

And DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji also spoke with the Wings during their visit...

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Wallner: Evgeny Svechnikov struggles to overcome his self-criticism

Evgeny Svechnikov has struggled to put his game together after recovering from a neck injury, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that Svechnikov, like Martin Frk before him, is finding that self-criticism an extreme impediment to success:

The Grand Rapids Griffins second-year pro has not scored since Nov. 8, a span of 12 games, and his five points (2-3-5) in 20 games is lowest among forwards. Not the way the team's top pick in 2015 was expected to start out. And, most disappointed by the numbers may be Svechnikov.

"I never struggled like this and it's a challenge for me this year," he said after Tuesday's practice. "I think it's more tough mentally because I used to score goals and now I'm not. But, I'm still good. I come into the rink every day with the same positive attitude. Honestly, I'm going to tell you I never expected it. But, I don't give up. I keep pushing forward. That's all I can do and forget about the past."

It is a hardship Svechnikov has taken upon himself before. He is aware of his place as the Red Wings' top pick in 2015 (No. 19 overall), said coach Todd Nelson, who thinks Svechnikov places undue pressure on himself.

"His problem is he's his own worst critic," Nelson said. "Sometimes, he puts a lot of pressure on himself and when that happens, things go in a bad way. I just have to read off him to see how he's feeling and give him confidence because, right now, nobody likes what we're going through," the coach said. "In his case, he squeezes his stick tighter every game he plays. Bottom line is go out and have fun, play the system well and work hard."

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Articles from practice II: ‘The process’ isn’t going away any time soon.

The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article from the Red Wings' practice, and all I can say is this: if you were expecting the Red Wings to pitch a different company line after dropping 9 of 10 games, prepare to be disappointed.

With the Wings set to host a team that's won 8 out of their past 10 games, with Wing-killer Tuukka Rask in the net, Detroit isn't going to make any substantial changes to their lineup (save demoting Tyler Bertuzzi), nor their outlook:

“That’s one of the things we talked about this morning, when you are doing the right things and still losing, it’s easy to try to do something different,” veteran forward Frans Nielsen said Tuesday. “But we have to try and remember that we’ve been creating a lot of scoring chances and playing some good hockey lately. So try not to get frustrated.

“We have to keep believing in what we are doing. We are playing good enough to get a win, so we just have to keep digging in and playing the same way. We can’t get frustrated about it. We can’t start cheating or playing a different way.”

Coach Jeff Blashill echoed at practice what he’d said after Monday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Florida.

“One of the hardest things in life to do is to trust the process when you are not getting results,” he said. “In any facet of life. A mistake people make is they go away from the process. They panic too early and they don’t stay with it. You have to trust the process.

“We out-chanced them before the goal went in 19-6 last night. We’ve out-chanced our opponents 49-34 over the last three games, and the worst of that was the Winnipeg game. Being frustrated doesn’t help you. If we stay with it, I believe we will get the results over the long term.”

St. James continues at length, and she posted a video of comments made by Nielsen and Blashill:

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Articles from practice: Bertuzzi demoted; Wings-B’s previews; on goal-scorers, etc.

The Red Wings' practice at Little Caesars Arena must have been uneventful, because a trio of Tweets constituted the entirety of reporting from the Wings' practice facility.

They consisted of "Bertuzzi sticking with the Wings," per the Free Press's Helene St. James, and "Howard in the starter's net" and "no line changes" Tweets from MLive's Ansar Khan.

Khan added one post-practice Tweet (and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan broached the same subject):

The "tomorrow morning" timeline changed when the Red Wings assigned Bertuzzi to Grand Rapids just after 2 PM,

The Red Wings (1-5-and-4 over their past 10 games) will be hosting a Boston Bruins team that's on an upward trajectory tomorrow--having won 8 of their past 10 games--as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner:

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Red Wings send Tyler Bertuzzi to Grand Rapids Griffins


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Tweets and articles from practice: Bertuzzi’s sticking around (for now); Rask vs. Howard on Wed

The Detroit Red Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just before noon on Tuesday, preparing for big match-ups against the Bruins (on Wednesday) and Maple Leafs (on Friday).

The Wings have won only 1 of their past 10 games (1-5-and-4), including last night's 2-1 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers, but the team insists that its "process" has been good for the past two games.

As the Wings hit the ice at their practice facility, the Free Press's Helene St. James Tweeted this about Tyler Bertuzzi...

The Griffins may need Bertuzzi more than the Wings do at this point. At 9-13-and-3, the Griffins sit next-to-last in the Central Division, some 18 points behind the division-leading Manitoba Moose.

This should also come as no surprise, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

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A ‘Happy Thought’ or two for the Red Wings

Sportsnet's Sean McIndoe, a.k.a. Down Goes Brown, penned a list of "Happy Thoughts for the NHL's Most Disappointing Teams," and the Red Wings made his "disappointing list":

11. Detroit Red Wings

The negative: After failing to qualify for the playoffs last year for the first time since 1990, the Wings look set to make it two straight misses.

Positive thought #1: The new arena is nice. And you didn’t even have to pretend to be moving to Houston to get it.

Positive thought #2: Let’s be honest — the best thing that could happen to the Red Wings would be to bottom out and convince management that it’s time for a full-fledged rebuild. Ken Holland still seems to be resisting that idea, but a 70-point season might leave him with no choice.

Positive thought #3: Wings fans might get to watch Steve Yzerman win another Cup this year, so there’s that too. But yeah, it’s mainly the rebuild.

McIndoe continues, and "let's be honest," under Ken Holland, there is not going to be a full rebuild, regardless of how the team does this season. It's not going to happen, not with a new rink and not with the contracts the Wings have on the books.

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Jeff Blashill Concerned About The Wings’ Confidence

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings (11-13-6) are 1-5-4 in their past 10 and continue to slide down the Atlantic Division standings. Coach Jeff Blashill encouraged his team not to lose faith.

"I think it's an easy thing for confidence to wane," Blashill said. "We can't let it happen. You don't gain great moments without going through hard times. We got to figure it out. We got to stay with it. Confidence should come from knowing you've done the work and knowing that your process is good."...

"For two games in a row ... we got tons of chances, we did tons of things good, and we didn't get results," Blashill said. "So, the worst thing you can do is not trust in the process and change the way you're playing. If we continue to play that way, you're going to get results."

The Red Wings are 0-5 in overtime.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers wrap-up—the L’s are adding up

The Detroit Red Wings insisted that the sky is not falling after their 2-1 OT loss to the Florida Panthers, suggesting instead that their 1-5-and-4 record over their past 10 games is not reflective of "the process" to which the team is adhering, and must adhere going forward to battle its way back into playoff contention after blowing the vast majority of its home-ice stand.

After Wednesday and Friday's games against the Bruins and Maple Leafs, respectively, the Wings will go on the road for four games, and they'll wrap up the pre-Christmas slate with back-to-backs against the Islanders and Flyers before playing in Boston on the 23rd.

By Christmas, if the Red Wings start winning regularly, it's entirely possible that the Wings will be back in the playoff hunt; if they lose the vast majority of their games, it's arguable that you and I can cross off the 2017-18 season as a "learning experience" before 2017 is over.

Saying all the right things and doing all the right things aren't translating to results for the league's 27th-best team, and for fans of the 11-13-and-6 Red Wings, it's getting tiring to keep hearing that everything is fine when it could be argued that the three fights in Detroit's 2-1 OT loss to the Panthers were the most emotion that the entire organization has shown in weeks.

Our friends from Florida tied the Red Wings in points on Monday night, and the Panthers told FloridaPanthers.com's Jameson Olive that this wasn't how they drew up a win, but they'd take it nonetheless:

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