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Red Wings-Bruins game-day articles: Vanek out for Wings, Rask to start for B’s(?)

Updated 5x at 1:50 PM: The morning skate ahead of tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings (7 PM EDT on FSD/NESN/97.1 FM; tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Joe) revealed two important personnel decisions for the Wings and Bruins, respectively:

The Wings are holding Thomas Vanek out of the game as his "mid-body injury" is still bothering him, but the Bruins are going to get Tuukka Rask back between the pipes, where he will oppose Jimmy Howard.

Probably, anyway, as NESN's Jack Edwards noted...

And the Bruins confirmed...

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Alumni news: Pulkkinen clears waivers this time

This time around, nobody claimed Teemu Pulkkinen off waivers...

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Red Wings post video for Hockey Fights Cancer night

Tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer night at Joe Louis Arena, and the Wings posted a Twitter video stating who they "fight for":

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Red Wings-Bruins morning skate Tweets: Vanek still out

Updated 3x at 11:55 AM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to extend their winning streak to 7 games as they host the Boston Bruins this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/NESN/97.1 FM; tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Joe).

Detroit hit the ice for the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena a little early, around 10:25 AM, with Thomas Vanek's status for tonight's game up in the air, as noted by the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

wings on ice, morning skate.
@JoeLouisArena #Detroit

#BOSvDET 7 pm

@NHLBruins @DetroitRedWings

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BAHstn without rask, bergeron backes and khodobin, and pastrnak suspended for body check.
@NHLBruins 3-4-0
@DetroitRedWings 6-2-0
#BOSvsDET

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Looks like thomas vanek, listed as day-to-day is not TODAY.

#RedWings

MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Prospect news: Griffins lose in Charlotte; Walleye win; Givani Smith scores 2 goals

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, it's good-news-bad-news for the Grand Rapids Griffins. The good news is that Anthony Mantha scored his 7th goal in 6 games; the bad news is that the Griffins blew a 2-0 lead and lost 4-2 to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday.

The Griffins filed a recap...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Bruins set-up

The Detroit Red Wings will open a set of two games in slightly less than 48 hours--and continue a stretch of 3 games played over the course of 4 nights--as they host the Boston Bruins this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/NESN/97.1 FM; tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the Joe), and tonight's game will be a "study in contrasts" in more than one sense of the term.

The Red Wings are on a 7-game winning streak and possess a 7-and-2 record, and are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over St. Louis;

The Bruins are on a 3-game losing streak and have a 3-and-4 record, having most recently dropped a 5-2 decision to the New York Rangers, and the Bruins have surrendered 14 goals over their past 3 games.

Boston will also be playing on Saturday without David Backes (elbow surgery) and David Pastrnak (suspended), but they're highly likely to get a difference-maker back in the lineup who's hexed the Wings--Tuukka Rask practiced with the B's on Friday, and as WEEI's Ty Anderson notes, the Bruins have been a different team with Rask in the lineup:

Rask is 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals against average and .947 save percentage on the year.

Ah, but is Rask going to play after a practice and a morning skate? Anderson reports that that answer is a murky one:

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Labatt Blue ‘commisions’ a mural at the Joe

From the Detroit Red Wings:

Commissioned by Labatt Blue, renowned goalie mask artist David Arrigo will live paint a new hockey and beer-inspired mural on the Joe Louis Arena concourse during Red Wings' home games this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 29 against the Boston Bruins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 30 against the Florida Panthers at 5:00 p.m.

Fans in attendance at home games this weekend can watch Arrigo paint the large mural on the Joe Louis Arena concourse outside Sections 101 & 128. The mural will celebrate the passion experienced on game nights at The Joe and will feature the Joe Louis Arena scoreboard, Red Wings players, local city landmarks and the "Farewell Season at The Joe" logo.

Who: Renowned goalie mask artist, David Arrigo

What: Live painting of a large hockey-themed mural on the Joe Louis Arena concourse, commissioned by Labatt Blue

When: Red Wings home games on Saturday, Oct. 29 vs. Boston Bruins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 30 vs. Florida Panthers at 5:00 p.m.

Where: Joe Louis Arena concourse - Sections 101 & 128

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Custance on the Wings’ non-rebuild renovations

Via RedWingsFeed, ESPN's Craig Custance wrote a superb and superbly lengthy column about the Red Wings' attempts to continue winning minus a full rebuild, and this is a column which you really should read in its entirety:

Detroit has opted not to go all-in on the youth movement, and if there's a franchise that has earned the benefit of the doubt, it's this one.

"The media wants a young game, they want the speed, they want the addiction," [Steve] Ott said, before being interrupted momentarily.

Don't blame it all on us, Steve.

"No, I think it's true," he continued. "Who is the model that built completely young and won everything? It hasn't happened. Why has that not happened? You tell me."

Because successful teams need a mix of youth and experience. It's early, but the Red Wings believe they have the right mix. They're winning with veterans and young guns, they have a kid in forward Anthony Mantha, who is banging on the door with six goals in five AHL games. They don't think Tyler Bertuzzi is too far behind him. Eventually Evgeny Svechnikov will be there, too.

There's a plan in place to keep the success going. No, the Red Wings are not interested in tearing it down. Just winning, as they've done for two and a half decades. Perhaps, in Detroit, they've earned the right to keep trying.

Custance continues at length...

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Pistons’ Tom Gores says team is ‘close’ to a deal to move to Little Caesars Arena

From the Free Press's Vincent Ellis comes this report regarding the Pistons' probable move to Detroit to share Little Caesars Arena with the Red Wings:

Running late because of construction along Lapeer Road, Gores sat at the Palace podium shortly before tip-off and got right to the point.

“I think if we’re going to do it, it’s going to be soon,” Gores said. “I’ve always been relatively transparent with you guys and we’re getting close, we’re getting close.

“At the same time, I always want to appreciate the Palace and this great arena. As I said before, we’re going to adorn it, but at the same time I have to be honest with you guys we’re getting close.”

When asked to clarify, he added: “Very close to a deal. We’ll see.”

He declined to discuss the remaining sticking points, but they are dwindling by the day. He said the plan would be to begin play downtown next season.

The Detroit News's Rod Beard confirms...

Gores declined further comment about where the talks stand.

“I don’t really want to get into the deal and want to respect the Ilitch family,” he said. “We’re very close in crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s.”

As does CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield:

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More Fowler trade talk, this time from Khan

Among MLive's Ansar Khan's mailbag questions and answers:

Q: Trouba seems to be out of the Red Wings' price range, but what about (Cam) Fowler? He's the kind of puck-mover that would boost this D. – Chris

A: There was a belief that when the Ducks signed Hampus Lindholm, which they did Thursday, they would be forced to move Fowler for cap concerns. But now it appears they will have the cap space to keep Fowler, at least this season, and reports indicate he won't be traded anytime soon.

If the Ducks struggle to score, they might reconsider.

The Red Wings like Fowler but don't view him as a top-pair defenseman, so I don't think they'd pay a premium for him. Nyquist and Tomas Tatar are the Red Wings' most viable trading chips, among roster players, but they would be sacrificing offense to upgrade their defense.

I don't think the Red Wings will trade Mantha, the big, promising winger who's off to a good start with the Grand Rapids Griffins (six goals in five games). Plus, the Red Wings are close to the cap ($571,806 under per CapFriendly.com), so they must shed an equal amount of salary in any trade.

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