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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week:

Little Bert's debut

Forward Tyler Bertuzzi will make his NHL debut Tuesday in Philadelphia (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). The club needs some greasy goals by getting to the net for tip-ins and second chances and hopes the gritty winger can aid that effort.

Bertuzzi, the nephew of former Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi, has 14 goals in the past two playoffs for Grand Rapids. The plan is to start him on a top line with Frans Nielsen and Dylan Larkin and play him significant minutes.

Another shot in Philly

The Red Wings last week earned their first point in Philadelphia in nearly 20 years. But they should have gotten two points, after losing the lead with 1:04 left in regulation and falling 4-3 on Jakub Voracek's overtime goal.

Both teams are 6-6-1. Detroit is 0-11-1 in Philly since the 1997 Stanley Cup finals and has been outscored there 52-23.

The Flyers have registered 40 or more shots in four of their past seven games and are led by Claude Giroux (14 points), Voracek (13 points) and Wayne Simmonds (12 points).

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Little Caesars Arena’s cost-to-build rises

We will call this, "Not surprising, if not completely expected": the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar reports that Little Caesars Arena's expected cost has risen again, though the vast majority thereof will be paid for by the Ilitches:

The cost to build Little Caesars Arena has risen by $105 million to $732.6 million, according to Detroit officials. It’s unclear if any of the increase is because of a possible move by the Detroit Pistons to share the venue with the Detroit Red Wings.

The revised estimate released by the city’s Downtown Development Authority doesn’t mean there have been massive cost overruns, development authority officials say. Nor does it mean the city or taxpayers are on the hook for additional expenses.

The increase is mainly because of more specific prices paid for such things as materials, permits, design refinements, subcontractor agreements and other costs that were expected to rise in building the state-of-the-art venue, officials said. Construction began last year, and the venue is slated to open next fall.

“The increases represent enhancements or changes that our private partner, Olympia Development of Michigan, will be paying for — as they are required to do under our contract,” said Moddie Turay, executive vice president for real estate for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation — which administers the Downtown Development Authority — in a written statement Thursday.

Aguilar continues...

Update: Oh look, a surprise companion article from the Detroit News's Rod Beard:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flyers set-up—12 is enough?

The Red Wings hope to snap a 12-game winless streak in Philadelphia when they battle the Flyers this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/CSN Philly/97.1 FM), and while the Flyers don't share Detroit's 5-game losing streak, they do share the Wings' 6-6-and-1 record, and, like the Red Wings, the Flyers are struggling to out-score their mistakes.

The difference between the Flyers and the Red Wings is simple:

The Red Wings are struggling to score, and the Flyers are struggling to keep the puck out of their own net.

The Flyers are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, and while they've won 2 of their past 3 games, the Flyers are likely to change goaltenders for tonight's game, going with Steve Mason instead of Michal Neuvirth tonight, as the Courier-Post's Dave Isaac noted:

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Tyler Bertuzzi’s stepdad a ‘proud papa’

From the Sudbury Star's Bruce Heidman:

Sudbury native Tyler Bertuzzi will play his first NHL game Tuesday.

The talented pest got the call Sunday from the Detroit Red Wings to make his NHL debut Tuesday at Philadelphia against the Flyers.

"We're all really, really excited," said Bertuzzi's stepfather, Adrian Gedye. "We got the call from (Sunday) night from him to say he got the call-up and we are just ecstatic for him and all the people who have supported him along the way, and the Red Wings make it special for his family and we're flying out tomorrow morning to attend the game."

Gedye said the family is bursting with pride for the 21 year old.

"At times you want to pinch yourself, but he has worked so hard and it is nice to see it happen, and he just works day by day and never takes anything for granted and works as hard as he can," he said. "He has made great strides and we are just happy to be along for the ride and happy to support him and share the journey."


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Givani Smith gets a Canada-Russia series ‘player to watch’ plug

Among Sportsnet's Sam Cosentino's "Players to Watch in the CIBC Canada-Russia series," and specifically, the OHL-vs-Russia games on November 10th and 14th:

10. Givani Smith, RW, Guelph Storm
While it’s hardly a great measuring stick, Smith was sensational on the final day of Biosteel camp, standing out among established NHL veterans. He’s got size, strength and speed along with a sneaky goal-scorer’s touch. Detroit selected Smith 46th overall in 2016 NHL after he led the OHL in PIM while also scoring 23 goals to pace a lackluster Guelph Storm squad. Smith has opened the season on a point-per-game pace, while continuing to lead the team in penalty minutes. As an underager, it will be an uphill climb, but he may surprise, while getting an opportunity to play in both OHL games.

Cosentino continues, and it's nice to see Givani get a "plug"...

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Custance on Howard, expansion draft candidate

From ESPN's Craig Custance's "10 takeaways" from this past weekend, an Insider-only entry:

7. Headed to Las Vegas?

The management group for the Las Vegas expansion team took in both games in Detroit over the weekend, as they were in town for the under-17 Five Nations tournament being held in nearby Plymouth. General manager George McPhee was at Joe Louis Arena Friday, and assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon was there for both games, against the Jets and Oilers.

Both said they’re watching players closely who could be candidates for the expansion draft. At this point, the Vegas management team has a pretty good idea of who will be available.

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard turned in a strong performance in front of them on Sunday, stopping 26 of 28 shots, with neither goal scored on him one you could put on his shoulders. Howard now has a .965 save percentage after adjusting the way he plays in the offseason. He’ll most likely be there for the taking when the expansion draft rolls around.

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Articles from practice: Bertuzzi, Blashill discuss #59’s recall from Grand Rapids

Updated 7x at 3:14 PM: The Red Wings practiced with Tyler Bertuzzi on the second line after his recall from Grand Rapids, but "maintenance days" for Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall indicate that we won't know the Wings' final lineup for tomorrow night's game in Philadelphia until after Tuesday's morning skate.

After practice, Bertuzzi spoke with the media, as recorded by MLive's Ansar Khan:

CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield (via RedWingsFeed) also asked why the Wings chose to recall Bertuzzi over Anthony Mantha, who's tearing it up in the AHL:

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Wings announce Little Caesars Arena construction tour contest

From the Red Wings:


Little Caesars Arena on schedule for September 2017 opening; contest and video series provide VIP access to site

DETROIT – With less than a year to go until Detroit’s new, 20,000+ -seat downtown arena opens, Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings announced a VIP Fan Access contest in which 12 people, and a guest, will win the opportunity to tour the Little Caesars Arena construction site.

Little Caesars Arena will serve as home of the Detroit Red Wings NHL franchise and countless other sports, entertainment and community events, and is on schedule for completion in September 2017, prior to the NHL hockey season.

Fans can enter the VIP Fan Access contest through Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment and Little Caesars Arena social pages. The contest will run from Nov 7-Nov 17, 2016. Details and rules/regulations can be found here: http://www.OlympiaEntertainment.com/Contests/Detail/LCAVIPFanaccess/


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Toledo Walleye raising funds for police, fire departments

The Toledo Walleye have a unique ticket-buying promotion underway:


A local rivalry is renewed! The Toledo Police and Toledo Fire Department hockey teams will hit the ice for the annual Battle of the Badges hockey game on Saturday, December 3. This is a great opportunity for T-Town Hockey fans to enjoy a doubleheader at the Huntington Center while supporting our local first responders.

The Police vs. Fire Department hockey game will be played at 3:30 p.m. That’ll be followed by the Toledo Walleye taking on Quad City at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are available at a special rate of $15 and are good for both games! Plus, a portion of each ticket sold will benefit Police and Fire Department charities!

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Practice Tweets: Bertuzzi joins the team; Wings prepare for Flyers

Updated 6x with a video of Bertuzzi's remarks at 12:11 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena after Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, hoping to regroup ahead of Tuesday's game in Philadelphia, and a new face joined them, per DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

#RedWings Bertuzzi practicing on a line with Nielsen and Larkin this morning.

The Free Press's Helene St. James...

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