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Broadcast news regarding CBS Detroit’s radio deal; rockers supporting Wings

As Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea notes, the Wings and Tigers' new deal with CBS Radio includes some self-promotional programming for both organizations...

As part of the deal, CBS-owned WWJ 950 AM will add two, hourlong shows touting the Red Wings’ massive hockey arena project: “Inside The Arena” is about the 20,000-seat venue now under construction on 12 acres at Woodward Avenue and I-375, and “Inside District Detroit” focuses on all things related to the expansion of 45-block mixed-use development anchored by the new arena.

“The fans in Hockeytown and throughout the state of Michigan have come to know 97.1 The Ticket and its extended radio network as the broadcast home for Red Wings action and we’re excited to extend the relationship as we celebrate our final two years in Joe Louis Arena and transition into the new Detroit Events Center,” Olympia Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson said in a statement.

A new one-hour Tigers show called “Inside The Ballpark” will include the latest news and information about the upcoming season, CBS said.

And while we're talking about broadcasting, from the Alternative Press's Kyle McCaskey:

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Justin Abdelkader named NHL’s First Star of the Week

Via the Red Wings...

And per NHL.com:


NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2015) – Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader, New York Rangers center Oscar Lindberg and Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 11.


Abdelkader shared the League lead with four goals and tied for second in the NHL with five points as the Red Wings (2-0-0, 4 points) opened the season with a pair of victories. He recorded his second career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 4-0 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 9, becoming the third player in franchise history to notch three goals in Detroit’s opening game of the season (also Adam Brown in 1945-46 and Brendan Shanahan in 2001-02). Abdelkader then posted 1-1—2, as well as the decisive goal, in a 4-3 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 10. The 28-year-old Muskegon, Mich., native has 65-72—137 in 400 career NHL games, all with the Red Wings. He set career highs in goals (23), assists (21) and points (44) last season (71 GP).

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Practice Tweets: Helm practicing with team; DeKeyser briefly skates

Updated 6x at 12:32 PM: Howard starts Tuesday, Helm still on IR:

The Red Wings returned to practice on Monday after taking Sunday off, and MLive's Ansar Khan reported good pre-practice news:

Danny DeKeyser skating before practice. He is estimated to be out 3-4 weeks from time of injury (strained ligament in foot) on Sept. 30.


Helm no longer in gray (non-playing) jersey. Might be ready. Ferraro wearing gray jersey along with Jurco and Andersson.


They would need to trim someone from roster before activating Helm.

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji took note of the change as well:

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‘Three Things’: On Pulkkinen, Abdelkader and a belated Draper interview

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James took note of Teemu Pulkkinen's 2-goal performance against the Carolina Hurricanes in light of the Wings' roster crunch:

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NHL to begin public sale of Stadium Series tix on October 27th

From the NHL:


        NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2015) – The National Hockey League today released the dates that a select number of ticket packages for upcoming signature outdoor NHL® events will go on sale to the general public. The dates are as follows:

Events Date & Time On-Sale Begins

  • 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® & Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens Alumni Game  Tuesday, Oct. 20 – 10 a.m. ET
  • 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ – Colorado & Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche Alumni Game  Tuesday, Oct. 27 10 a.m. MT
  • 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ – Minnesota & Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Alumni Game  Tuesday, Nov. 3 – 10 a.m. CT

Ticket packages for all events will be available for purchase via http://www.Ticketmaster.com/NHL and http://www.Ticketmaster.ca/NHL, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL.

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CBS Radio Will Continue To Broadcast The Detroit Red Wings

via a press release...

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) CBS RADIO’s 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) in association with Olympia Entertainment, announced today live on-air a long-term sports and entertainment alliance with the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings. WXYT-FM signed an exclusive multi-year agreement to broadcast games for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers.

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This Week With The Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings are 2-0 with victories over Toronto and Carolina, but tougher tests await them this week with Tampa Bay and Montreal, clubs that finished ahead of them in the Atlantic Division in 2014-15.

Here are five things to watch this week:

1. Roster move looming with Helm's return

Darren Helm (concussion, separated shoulder) got in a couple of full practices last week and said he's close to returning. If he's not ready this week he should be back by next week.

Unless the Red Wings have another injury, they'll need to trim a player to open a roster spot for Helm.

The most likely candidate is center Joakim Andersson, a healthy scratch the first two games. He would need to go on waivers before being assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Another option is to send down Alexey Marchenko, who is waiver-exempt. But that would leave them with six defensemen and they're not likely to travel anywhere without a D-man in reserve.


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Prospect news: Saarijarvi’s starting to dominate in the OHL

Of prospect-related note:

Catching up (sorry), on Saturday, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin didn't play in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-0 loss to Lokomotiv;

In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom had an assist in 16:12 as Skelleftea AIK defeated Linkopings HC 3-2 in a shootout;

On Sunday, in the Swedish J20 league, Joren Van Pottelberghe stopped 16 of 17 shots in Linkopings HC's 5-1 win over Malmo;

And I don't know where Hampus Melen is playing at this time, but DRW Prospects does:

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The overnight report: On a refreshed Zetterberg; Pulkkinen’s job and ‘fantasy Larkin’ island

In both English and Swedish, Henrik Zetterberg's been the most outspoken Wing in terms of explaining that the leadership group both knew what was going on with Mike Babcock's "job search" and knew most surely that the Red Wings could use a new voice, and after a summer spent training harder, Zetterberg's been the most energetic forward not named Larkin or Abdelkader on the Wings' roster.

That's not a surprise to the man himself, as he told the Free Press's Helene St. James...

"It's been a good start," he said. "But I have been playing with some young, fresh guys too, so that keeps me younger."

Zetterberg is intent on having a better season than his last one, which saw him lead the team in scoring with 66 points in 77 games - but with just three goals after Jan. 27.

"Last year I had a good start," he said, "and then I was nowhere to be found in the end. But I had a good summer this year, I was able to do a lot workout-wise and not spend so much time rehabbing my back as the year before. So hopefully that will translate to a steadier season."

And the Red Wings' new coach has suggested that Zetterberg's been a huge reason why Jeff Blashill's transition from the Griffins to the Red Wings' bench has been so seamless:

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Dylan Larkin Doing Just Fine On The Wing Or At Center

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Dylan Larkin has flourished on the wing for five periods and looked good at center for another period.

The 19-year-old rookie continues to earn the trust of Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill.

After playing right wing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader for most of the first two games, Larkin was moved to center with Tomas Tatar and Teemu Pulkkinen during the third period of Saturday's 4-3 victory at Carolina.

"I think that's an important part as a player, especially as a young player to be able to play different positions," Blashill said. "We didn't move him to center because he was struggling. On the wing I actually thought he was doing a pretty good job. I actually thought Z's line was the one line that was going, but we thought we had to get some other combinations going so we could get more one through four (lines) action.

"The thing that I like about Larks is that he can do both at a young age and that's important."

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