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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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Red Wings-Panthers quick take: Wings losing grip on playoffs after another OT loss

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to snap out of a lull against a historically difficult opponent in the Florida Panthers on Monday night. The Wings rather desperately needed to gain some traction in the Atlantic Division standings, and defeating a division rival would help their stead.

The Red WIngs managed to lose yet again, scoring a 1-0 goal from Henrik Zetterberg, who snapped a 22-game scoring drought, but Detroit surrendered the game-tying goal at 10:09 of the 3rd, and for whatever reason, the WIngs couldn't or wouldn't obstruct James Reimer's sightlines, so his 34-save performance out-shined an equally superb 27-save performance from Jimmy Howard, who didn't deserve to lose...

All on a night where there were three entertaining fights and the Wings seemed to be genuinely engaged and energetic for the vast majority of the game.

Andreas Athanasiou bumbled the puck at the offensive zone blueline, Danny DeKeyser lost his stick checking the Panthers coming down ice, and Nick Bjugstad found Mike Matheson just behind DeKeyser's butt, and he jabbed the game-winning goal into the net because Anthony Mantha inexplicably went off for a line change on a 3-on-2.

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Evening news: Videos of note; Griffins and Wings-Bruins teasers; on AA and Mantha, cap talk & Barkov

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game Day Preview video...

2. And Fox Sports Detroit also posted a video chronicling the job of Little Caesars Arena's "transition team":

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Would you call Lansing to lobby for a Red Wings license plate?

From WXYZ's Max White:

The four professional sports teams in Detroit are coming together and asking for your help to get the Michigan legislature to pass a bill allowing team logos on Michigan license plates.

Senate Bill 178 was introduced by State Sen. Jim Stamas in February and would allow the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and Michigan International Speedway to put their official logos on license plates.

When a person chooses the plate, the money raised would support funds for each team, specified as the Detroit Red Wings Fund, Detroit Pistons Fund, Detroit Tigers Fund, Detroit Lions Fund and MIS Cares Fund.

All four of the teams tweeted Monday morning, asking residents to contact their state representative to vote for the bill in the Michigan House of Representatives. The tweets included photos of what the plates could look like

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Red Wings-Panthers game-day updates: Wings look to bear down defensively as Panthers look to dig in

Updated 5x at 1:42 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed very little on the Red Wings' side of the ice, but it appears that Aleksandr Barkov will be returning for the Panthers.

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings will celebrate "D-Boss bobblehead night" by attempting to bear down defensively:

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Friedman on the Oilers’ interest in Mrazek

From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's 31 thoughts:

1. Laurent Brossoit is improving in the Edmonton goal, but the Oilers have looked at some external contributions to their crease. Nick mentioned Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson, playing extremely well for AHL Manitoba, but another goalie they looked at was Detroit’s Petr Mrazek.

Remember, he blanked the Oilers 5-0 last month. But, he’s really struggled lately and Edmonton was watching so it’s probably on the backburner now. I thought something might be imminent when, after making it look like they were scratching Ryan Strome Saturday in Montreal, he played and Anton Slepyshev sat. Slepyshev does not need waivers, and could be sent to Bakersfield if the team needed a roster spot.

Update: Also:

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