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Game-day post, Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs, round 2: No morning skate for Wings; stats and videos

Updated at 12:10 PM, FYI:

The Detroit Red Wings hope to sweep their home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight (7 PM EDT on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S. with the usual Center Ice/GCL blackout/97.1 FM).

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The overnight report: On Nyquist, the Red Wings’ PK, a Sheahan-Jurco moment, Bertuzzi and Hicketts

Updated substantially at 4:48 AM: I've been to cities much larger than Detroit was during its heyday, but when I've visited Toronto, Washington D.C., Chicago or anywhere else that makes even Metro Detroit's 4.5+ million population look like a postage stamp, I've always had the same feeling toward the end of my trip: "I want to go home, where it's not this nuts." I will take the desolate buildings and Metropolitan Area spread out over an area larger than Rhode Island any day.

My feelings are similar in a professional sense every time the Red Wings travel to Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia or of course Chicago; even with Tuesday's game in Montreal in the offing, I think I'll breathe a sigh of relief after the Wings wrap up their home-and-home series with the Centre of the Hockey Universe [a.k.a. Toronto and its Maple Leafs] and the Centre of the Hockey Media Universe this evening (7 PM EDT, FSD/CBC/NHL Network with the requisite Center Ice/GCL blackout/97.1 FM).

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs wrap-up and Wings-Leafs set-up: Zetterberg dominant, Leafs media still Babsing

The Red Wings flew back to Metro Detroit having rebounded from Wednesday's loss to Boston in fine fashion, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in what may have been the Wings' most complete performance of their 4-game-old 2014-15 campaign.

Tonight, the teams tangle again at what's likely to be a split Joe Louis Arena (7 PM on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S. with the usual Center Ice blackouts/97.1 FM) and  a front office that's pretty pissed off at Bob McCown, with Jonas Gustavsson playing goal for the Wings and Johan Franzen "possible" after suffering leg spasms subsequent to tumbling as he scored his second goal of the game.

Franzen had this to say about his issue to the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno:

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Red Wings prospect news: Griffins defeat Charlotte; Bertuzzi, Turgeon score 2, Hicketts w/ 2 assists

The Red Wings' prospects had a pretty solid Friday night, and the headliners were the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, who defeated the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 despite a 41-save performance from former Griffin Drew McIntyre.

The Griffins' website posted a recap of the game:

Teemu Pulkkinen scored his second goal of the season 46 seconds into the third period and Petr Mrazek made 18 saves as the Grand Rapids Griffins (2-1-0-0) defeated the Charlotte Checkers (1-3-0-0) Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

In the Checkers’ home opener, it was the Griffins who controlled the flow of the game as 10 penalties were called against Charlotte, which led to nine power play opportunities for Grand Rapids.

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Quick take: Red Wings-Maple Leafs, round 1: Zetterberg, Nyquist, Franzen power Wings over Leafs

Mostly good, very, very little bad, including denials from Ken Holland and Jimmy Devellano regarding the Wings' supposed sale possibilities.

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night, taking game 1 of the back-to-back series by a 4-1 margin, and from Kyle Quincey playing well to Jimmy Howard looking strong when the Wings were out-shot in the 2nd to some superb play by...Jakub Kindl...Almost everything went well:

Regrettably, after scoring his second goal, Johan Franzen left the game with what was deemed a "lower-body injury," and we got a post-game sigh of relief via RedWingsFeed:

The teams go back at 'er on Saturday at 7 PM (on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), and aside from Andrej Nestrasil and the Riley and the Slovaks line not finding their hands yet (though Tomas Tatar has the "Joe Hicketts my center of gravity is several feet below the ice" thing going), the Wings played a superb overall game, rebounding from Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Boston and witnessing a command performance by a Henrik Zetterberg who seems to be "finding his wind."

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Jimmy Devellano, Ken Holland deny Bob McCown’s Red Wings sale rumors

Updated 2x with text as well as Tweets at 8:47 PM: Well here you have it:

So Paul reported that Sportsnet's Bob McCown suggested that Mike and Marian Ilitch might have entertained offers for the Red Wings and/or might be interested in selling the Red Wings during Friday's Prime Time Sports broadcast.

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Video- Game Preview From Toronto

With your host Ken Kal.


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Red Wings GM Ken Holland ‘plays goal’ on The Fan 590

After Kris Draper made a morning appearance on The Fan 590, Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Sportsnet's HockeyCentral at Noon, discussing:

1. His decision to not discuss Mike Babcock's contract status in the media (the Wings' PR staff informed the Toronto media corps that Babcock would not answer questions about his contract at the morning skate),

2. The fact that so many former Wings coaches or players (Brendan Shanahan, Bill Peters, Paul MacLean, Jim Nill, Todd McLellan, Steve Yzerman, etc. etc.) have gone on to make meaningful impacts upon other teams;

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Red Wings sign Tyler Bertuzzi

Wonderful signing, well-earned and well-deserved:

Here's the Wings' official press release:

The Detroit Red Wings today signed winger Tyler Bertuzzi to a three-year contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

Bertuzzi, 19, is in his fourth season with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League and has tallied five points (1-4-5) in six games to start the 2014-15 campaign. Named an alternate captain on Guelph this season, the winger helped the Storm capture the OHL Championship last season and advance to the Memorial Cup championship game. The 6-foot-1, 190-lb., forward led the Memorial Cup with five goals in four games. In all, Bertuzzi has recorded 78 points (29-49-78) and 247 penalty minutes in 139 games with Guelph over the last four seasons (2011-14). The Sudbury, Ontario native was drafted in the second round (58th overall) by the Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.


Update #2: FYI from the Production Line:

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Game-day post: Red Wings battle Maple Leafs; Reimer vs. Howard, Abdelkader in, Datsyuk ‘stayed home’

Updated 12x at 2:51 PM: The Maple Leafs' morning skate preceded the Red Wings' practice ahead of tonight's back-to-back-starting game between Detroit and Toronto (7:30 PM on FSD/Sportsnet Ontario/97.1 FM), and in the "no surprise department," per TSN 1050's Jonas Siegel:

Joffrey Lupul is on the ice for Leafs morning skate. Missed practice yesterday.


Lupul confirms he'll play tonight.

Ditto in the "No surprise department," per the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno:

If the morning skate is to be believed, James Reimer will make his third straight start for the #leafs. They host #redwings tonight.

Slight suprise, per NHL.com's game notes: Tim Peel and Graham Skilliter will referee tonight's game, with Mark Shewchyk and Steve Miller working the lines.

So there's a "Starter's Net?"

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