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Fox 2, WDIV air reports on preparations at Comerica Park ahead of Hockeytown Winter Festival

Fox 2's Jason Carr reported on the Hockeytown Winter Festival preparations underway at Comerica Park on this morning's Fox 2 news broadcast, and here's a clip of his report:

 


The Wings' Winter Classic website has more info on the events taking place at Comercia Park, "Open Skates" included, but I was not aware of a Red Wings practice taking place on Wednesday, December 18th that would be open to the public...

Update: Here it is, per Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea:

First, a free Detroit Red Wings open practice will take place at noon Dec. 18 on the ice rink inside Comerica Park, which will allow fans to watch the team prepare for the outdoor 2014 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day.

Update #2: Via RedWingsFeed, WDIV's Jamie Edmonds was at Comerica Park today, too:

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Red Wings Monday practice post: Datsyuk in, Howard starting, Helm traveling, Z stays behind

Updated 6x at 3:06 PM: The Detroit Red Wings got back to work at Joe Louis Arena after dropping a disappointing 2-1 decision to Florida on Saturday, and the Wings will need as many hands on deck as possible as the team will play eight games over the course of 14 nights, starting with tomorrow's rematch with the Panthers and Thursday's tilt in Tampa Bay, and continuing with back-to-backs against the Penguins and Bolts at home...

But the, "Good news, bad news" train regarding the Wings' injuries continued to roll along, as reported by the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...

Helm not at practice. He's missed last 2 games with a shoulder injury.

And MLive's Ansar Khan:

Helm (shoulder) not practicing today as Wings take the ice at JLA. Datsyuk, slated to return Tuesday, is skating.

Lines? Khan's got 'em:

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HBO’s latest ‘24/7’ press release: series to air in HD over 3 consecutive Saturdays

Update: NHL.com posted "alternate viewing dates for Episode 1" at 3:11 PM: HBO just posted a press release regarding their installments of 24/7 coverage of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs:

HBO Sports' groundbreaking "24/7" reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy® Awards, will again join forces with the National Hockey League for 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC.Taking viewers inside a historic NHL matchup between Original Six™ rivals Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs®, this innovative four-episode, all-access reality series debuts SATURDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

MORE ABOUT 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC

The show follows the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week. The excitement surrounding the rivalry reaches its apex when the teams meet in the sixth edition of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the stage will be set for more than 100,000 fans to attend the outdoor event.

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On Saturday, the Kings honored ‘Murph’

Via the boss, former Red Wings defenseman Larry Murphy has been spotted at the Red Wings alumni's "training camp" ahead of the Wings-Leafs Alumni Showdown, and he's still taking part in team functions, so "Murph" may be a little less visible in the public eye, but he's around despite his still-controversial ouster from Fox Sports Detroit last spring. 

Murphy was honored for his contributions to the Los Angeles Kings (Murphy's first team) with a bobblehead (skates just as fast as Murph does) and an in-game presentation prior to Saturday's 3-0 Kings win over Los Angeles, and LA Kings Insider's James Nicholson spoke with Murphy prior to the event...

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Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard’s ‘5 Questions’ involve his difficult season thus far

Via RedWingsFeed, the Red Wings' starting goaltender hasn't started very much of late, but Jimmy Howard accentuated the positive while speaking with NHL.com's Dan Rosen in a set of "5 Questions"...

How would you assess your play and the way it's gone for you so far this season?

"It hasn't been going quite as planned, as I would have hoped, but every player goes through stretches like this no matter what they're dealing with. You have to remind yourself that you've got to keep working, that you do have the talent and skill to be out there and eventually you just come out of it."

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In post-Soviet Russia, government shuts down RIA Novosti ahead of Olympics

Those of you who know me decently know that I may have chosen to pursue German in high school and college, but I am most certainly fascinated by the strange goings-on in the unique media environment that is "Russia today," and ahead of some sort of moderately-important athletic competition on the Caucasus' Isthmus whose name I cannot recall, the Russian government is very conveniently "streamlining" what is its equivalent of the Associated Press. Per RIA Novosti's English-language arm:

The Kremlin announced Monday the dissolution of RIA Novosti, the country’s major state-run news agency, amid a significant reorganization of state-owned media assets.

News agency RIA Novosti and the state-owned Voice of Russia radio will be scrapped and absorbed into a new media conglomerate called Rossiya Segodnya, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin.

The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia’s news landscape, which appear to point toward a tightening of state control in the already heavily regulated media sector.

In a separate decree published Monday, the Kremlin appointed Dmitry Kiselyov, a prominent Russian television presenter and media manager recently embroiled in a scandal over anti-gay remarks, to head Rossiya Segodnya.

Head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov said the changes were about saving money and making state media more effective.

“Russia has its own independent politics and strongly defends its national interests: it’s difficult to explain this to the world but we can do this, and we must do this,” Ivanov told reporters.

Continued, and of course I'm sure that there's no sort of clamping down upon the freedom of the press ahead of the "Perfect Olympics"--oh, Olympics, that's what it was!--here...

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Red Wings pre-practice news: on Commodore, Nyquist & Tatar, Datsyuk’s Sauce and a Draper interview

As we await a late-starting practice that was supposed to reveal updates on the statuses of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny DeKeyser...

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NHL’s ice-making truck for the Winter Classic to hit road on Tues, stop in Troy on Wed.

According to the NHL, the league's mobile refrigeration truck will hit the road on a two-day trip from Toronto to Ann Arbor, MI starting tomorrow in Oakville, ON:

DECEMBER 9, 2013 ROAD TO THE 2014 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® PRESENTED BY YORK TOUR BEGINS WITH SPECIAL FAN EVENT NEAR TORONTO

Photo Opportunity of the 53-foot Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Ice Truck Presented by York

Photo and Interview Opportunity with Alumni Darryl Sittler and Tomas Holmstrom

TORONTO / NEW YORK (December 9, 2013) – The world’s largest mobile refrigeration unit measuring at 53-feet will start its road trip near Toronto at the Canlan Ice Sports facility in Oakville, Ont., before making its way to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Jan. 1. The outdoor game, less than one month away, will see host Detroit Red Wings face division rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Crain’s Detroit Business’s Shea: expansion of downtown district to rink footprint is a sticky wicket

Via Deadline Detroit, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reports that Detroit's City Council still has some questions regarding the City's benefits if the Council and Mayor decide to expand Detroit's official "downtown" footprint to include the area behind the Fox Theatre and the Cass Corridor near the Masonic Temple--a.k.a. the area in which Olympia Entertainment plans on building a $450 million rink and another $200 million in "economic development" investment.

If the Foxtown and Cass Corridor districts were officially deemed part of "downtown Detroit," they'd be eligible for funding from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation's (the DEGC) "Downtown Development Authority," which would make the Ilitches' rink/economic development footprint eligible to receive the property taxes that the DDA diverts from downtown businesses toward economic development.

Earning that kind of status from a City Council that's never been anything less than primarily concerned with its own bottom line and friends and contractors' pockets requires a stiff admission fee--according to Shea, the City Council wants to see nothing less than a formal concession agreement between the Ilitches and the DDA as the DDA will own and lease the rink to the Ilitches...

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Fatigue Or Lack Of Desperation?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said this loss had little to do with playing at home; it was more about having to play 24 hours after a game in New Jersey – while the Panthers were off and already in town waiting for the Red Wings.

"I thought it was lack of energy, for sure,‘‘ Babcock said. "We had a game last night, they sat in our building, hung out and waited for us.

"There’s no excuse for anything; you got to find ways to win games. But also the way we have to play right now is grinding for 60 minutes. They skated better in the second and third, we didn’t make many plays. That’s from not being there quick enough and not executing good enough. So the bottom line is the schedule-maker wasn’t friendly to us on this one."...

Opinions were divided on just how much this performance could be blamed on fatigue.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with energy,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “We have to be a lot more desperate and determined than that. We stopped skating and started watching hockey instead of playing.”

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