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Red Wings-Sabres game-day articles: game set-ups and stats, FYI’s and more

The Detroit Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG B/Sportsnet 360/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed a Detroit lineup in flux as the Wings may or may not dress Brian Lashoff in Trevor Daley's place, and may or may not have Darren Helm's services this evening (possibly necessitating another 11-forward-7-D combination).

Jimmy Howard will start opposite Robin Lehner in goal, and former Grand Rapids Griffin Kyle Criscuolo will make his NHL debut against his former team's parent club.

The Buffalo News's Mike Harrington posted a set of five "Things to Know" about tonight's game. Among them:

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Khan: Blashill explains decision to recall Lashoff, not Hicketts + Griffins stuff

MLive's Ansar Khan very specifically spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill about the Wings' decision to recall Brian Lashoff over Joe Hicketts:

"First of all, I expect Danny (DeKeyser) to be back on Sunday," Blashill said. "I think with young players, whether it be Hicketts or somebody else, one, before you bring them up you'd like to know they're playing for sure. Two, we try not to have a roller coaster with our young players, where they're up and they're down and they're up and they're down. He needs a chance at some point, but you'd like him to get 10, 15, 20 games when that chance happens."

Hicketts has one goal and four assists in 16 games with the Griffins, in his second pro season. Many question whether his size (5-8, 180) will prevent him from playing in the NHL on a regular basis, but he moves the puck well and has an element of grit.

Blashill continued...

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HSJ:Witkowski goes hunting, finds out he’s suspended

Updated 3x with more video at 1:24 PM:  Firearms season is firearms season:

Update: Here's more from CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield:

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Red Wings-Sabres morning skate Tweets and articles: Helm, Daley skate as Wings meet Criscuolo again

Updated 2x with Sabres lines at 12:32 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG-B/Sportsnet 360/97.1 FM), and while the 9-8-and-1 Red Wings have a better record than the 5-9-and-4 Sabres--who've lost 3 straight games--Buffalo tends to win against Detroit, and win regularly.

The "story" from Buffalo is an ironic one for Grand Rapids Griffins fans: Kyle Criscuolo will be making his NHL debut against the Red Wings tonight, and Criscuolo made the NHL in part thanks to a very good season with the Griffins last year.

The Red Wings said, "Hello" with good news:

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Red Wings recall Brian Lashoff

From the Red Wings:

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Video- Ruling On Luke Witkowski’s Ten Game Suspension

Here is the explanation...


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Wings-Flames suspensions, part 2: Witkowski and Tkachuk take the ‘hits’ & Wings roster updates

Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos, the Free Press's Helene St. James and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan reported that Red Wings defenseman Luke Witkowski had been suspended for 10 games due to his part in the Red Wings-Calgary Flames brawl on Thursday, with Witkowski getting 10 for leaving the bench to engage in an altercation.

Matthew Tkachuk also was informed that he would have a phone hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Friday, but

That was only disciplinary action that took place on Thursday. Per the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Twitter...

The NHL's press releases regarding Witkowski and Tkachuk's discipline offer no surprises.

If you missed the scraps...

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Michigan Amateur Hockey Association to shoot for world record hockey tournament

This is incredibly impressive. From Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:

During the 2018 holiday season, there will be (hopefully) an incredible amount of hockey being played within the Great Lakes State.

Tournament provider OneHockey has partnered with the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association in a mission to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for tournament participation numbers with their the Holiday Invite 2018.

The massive tournament will take place across the state of Michigan from Dec. 27-30.

An estimated 1,000-plus teams, 23,000-plus players and 75 sheets of ice participating would all set new records; the current highmarks came at a tournament in Calgary in 2007 that saw 664 teams, 10,992 players and 42 sheets of ice in total.

“It will be so exciting for these hockey teams to be part of a Guinness World Record,” said MAHA president George Atkinson. “What an accomplishment. This would be any player’s dream, and there’s no better place to do that then in Michigan.

“Michigan is right behind Minnesota hockey as far as the most hockey players. This is a dream of a tournament in size and magnitude for our state and association to be a part of.”


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Wings-Flames suspensions: Kypreos reports Witkowski gets 10 games, Tkachuk to have hearing with NHL

From Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos:

More to come...Definitely more to come.

And Sportsnet's Jeff Marek and John Shannon had a chat about this:


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Custance: Trevor Daley’s got a rib injury

Well this is unfortunate:

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