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Red Wings to auction off Joe Louis Arena items starting Saturday morning

From the Red Wings:


Items featured at http://www.BidOnTheJoe.com will include “Al the Octopus,” the “Greatness is a Choice” sign from Red Wings locker room, photos celebrating Stanley Cup Championships, historic signage from inside and outside arena, Red Wings’ player lockers and more

Details of a separate sale of Joe Louis Arena seats
will be announced in coming weeks

Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment Offices Relocating to Acclaimed Little Caesars Arena; Organizations Expect to Vacate Joe Louis Arena by December 31, 2017

DETROIT – In advance of the holiday shopping season, Olympia Entertainment announced today that Detroit Red Wings and Joe Louis Arena fans will have an opportunity to own a piece of the storied arena’s history through an online memorabilia auction that begins on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Auctioning will begin this Saturday at 7 a.m. ET at http://www.BidOnTheJoe.com Avail.able collectibles include “Al the Octopus,” the “Greatness is a Choice” sign that was displayed in the Red Wings’ locker room, photos celebrating Stanley Cup Championship teams and Red Wings greats, arena signage, used player lockers, the Red Wings’ official locker room doors and much more. The auction, being held in conjunction with Schneider Industries, will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. Details of a separate sale of the seats at Joe Louis Arena will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Detroit’s Penalty Kill Has Been Good

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Looking at Thursday’s NHL statistics, the Red Wings’ penalty kill has dropped to 10th at 82 percent, after being in single digits for a lengthy period of time. But it’s been a brief slip.

After killing five of six Jets power plays, and doing so during crucial points of the game, the Red Wings again showed how effective their penalty kill can be.

“Our (penalty) kill has done a real good job,” Blashill said. “When teams get time to set up in the zone, they generally get some (offensive) chances. But we’ve done a pretty good job on the forecheck, and our killers did a real good overall (Tuesday).

“Our kill, actually, has leaked out of the top 10, but it’s actually been real good.”

Blashill didn’t want to see his penalty-killing unit on the ice so much against the Jets. But, in the end, it was the Red Wings’ who had the edge in special teams.


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Red Wings to ring bells for the Salvation Army on Friday, take 2

From the Red Wings:

… Current Players, Alumni and Broadcast Personalities to Bell Ring on Friday, Dec. 8 Across Metro Detroit to Raise Funds for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will compete for bragging rights on Friday, Dec. 8, to see which group can raise the most money for The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit’s Red Kettle Campaign, as four teams bell ring at different Metro Detroit retail locations from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Fans are asked to make a $10 donation per autograph at all four locations.

Fans visiting Hockeytown Authentics in Troy can obtain an autograph from forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, in addition to FOX Sports Detroit Broadcasters Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond, by making a $10 donation per autograph. Fans can also shop and take advantage of a 25 percent discount on Red Wings merchandise at Hockeytown Authentics during the bell ringing event, excluding Authentics merchandise.

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The overnight report: On Secret Santas, overachievers, Green, Nyquist and battle drills

Of disparate Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Red Wings did a very good deed with kids from Detroit's Clark Park, engaging in a shopping spree with youngsters who didn't know that in addition to buying presents for sick kids in Children's Hospital, the kids would be able to purchase their own gifts as well. WXYZ's Brad Galli chronicled the shopping trip via a Facebook video:

2. In the overchiever's category, Dr. Murray Howe has written a book about his father, Gordie, titled, Nine Lessons I Learned From My Father. Murray is taking part in a book tour presently, and he's currently in Vancouver, where his father was a minority owner of the WHL's Vancouver Giants. Murray told the Vancouver Province's Steve Ewen that his book could have been much, much longer:

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Prospect news: Smith scores, Zablocki gets in a fight and Cholowski’s WJC job isn’t done

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin didn't play in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's 2-1 OT win over Sochi;

In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Malte Setkov remains sideined from IK Pantern's lineup. IK Pantern won 3-2 in OT over IF Troja;

Mattias Elfstrom didn't register a point in Vasterviks IK's 2-0 win over Timra;

Gustav Lindstrom took a penalty in Almtuna IS's 4-2 win over Bjorkloven;

In the NCAA, Chase Perry stopped 11 of 13 shots for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers in mop-up duty, playing the 3rd period of Rensselaer's 6-3 loss to New Hampshire;

In the OHL, Givani Smith scored a goal on 5 shots as his Guelph Storm won 6-3 over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Kaden Fulcher stopped 22 of 28 shots for Hamilton, and Reilly Webb finished at -1 with 1 shot.

And in the WHL, Lane Zablocki finished at -1 with 2 shots and 7 penalty minutes--2 for slashing and 5 for fighting--in the Red Deer Rebels' 4-0 loss to Lethbridge.

Also in the WHL, Dennis Cholowski was named to Canada's World Junior Selection Camp roster, but Cholowski told the Prince George Citizen that he knows he's got to earn his spot on the final roster:

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Griffins recall Saarijarvi, Borkowski ahead of 3-games-in-3-nights slate

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday reassigned defenseman Vili Saarijarvi (VIH-lee SAH-ree-YAHR-vee) to the Grand Rapids Griffins from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, while the Griffins recalled forward Mike Borkowski from Toledo.

In his first full professional season, Saarijarvi, 20, has scored six points (2-4—6) and added two penalty minutes and a plus-two rating in 10 games with the Walleye. He notched back-to-back two-point games on Nov. 24 and 26. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound blueliner has appeared in four contests with Grand Rapids this season, contributing one assist and two penalty minutes.

Detroit’s second choice, 73rd overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Saarijarvi tallied 31 points (11-20—31) in 34 regular season games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads in 2016-17 before leading all team defensemen with 15 points (5-10—15) in 20 playoff appearances.

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Articles from practice: Wings reflect on win over Jets, taking steps forward; Zetterberg’s day off

Updated 4x at 5:12 PM: The Detroit Red Wings engaged in a spirited practice the day after snapping a 7-game losing streak at the expense of the Winnipeg Jets. Henrik Zetterberg didn't take part in practice due to taking a "maintenance day."

MLive's Ansar Khan reported that coach Blashill will give both Zetterberg and the rest of the Wings Thursday off as the Wings don't play again until Saturday's matinee game against the Blues (with the Blues game kicking off a stretch of 4 games to be played over the course of 7 nights).

If you missed it, both of the Red Wings' goalies revealed their "holiday-themed masks," which are going to be auctioned off for charity after the holiday season...

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Red Wings to ring bells for the Salvation Army on Friday

Via the Free Press's Perry A. Farrell:

Current and former Detroit Red Wings players will serve as Salvation Army red kettle bell ringers at four metro Detroit retail stores that are competing against each other to see who can raise the most money.

Autographs will be available at all locations for a suggested minimum $10 donation, with a limit of three pieces of memorabilia per fan. Those who are unable to donate to their favorite player, alumnus or announcer in person, can support The Salvation Army by texting REDWINGS to 41444 to make a contribution.

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Prospect news: Walleye lose matinee game to Fort Wayne

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye held a matinee game for Toledo-area schoolchildren, and things did not go well. The Walleye built a 2-1 lead over Fort Wayne on the strength of a pair of goals by Mike Borkowski, but the Komets scored 3 goals in 3:27 of 3rd period play (and then an empty-netter) to pull off a 5-2 upset.

In terms of Red Wings prospects, Zach Nastasiuk had an assist and 4 shots, finishing at -1, and Vili Saarijarvi had 5 shots and finished at -1; Matej Machovsky stopped 23 of 27 shots.

The Walleye's website posted a recap and a highlight clip:

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Prospect news: Cholowski named to Canadian WJC selection camp; on Svechnikov’s sophomore slump

Of prospect-related note this afternoon:

1. Hockey Canada announced its World Junior Selection Camp roster today, Dennis Cholowski was named to the team. Somewhat surprisingly, Michael Rasmussen and Givani Smith didn't make the cut.

Cholowski joins Filip Larsson and Gustav Lindstrom (Sweden), Kasper Kotkansalo (Finland) and Malte Setkov (Denmark) as the Wings prospects battling for World Junior Championship jobs.

I would suggest that Rasmussen (upper-body injury) and Smith (ankle injury) have missed too much time with injuries to be considered for the WJC camp. Rasmussen will get another chance next year;

2. And The Athletic's Katie Strang penned an article about Evgeny Svechnikov's sophomore slump:

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