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Evening news: Game-Day Previews; on Mantha and ‘American Thanksgiving’

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here are the Red Wings and Sabres' Game-Day Preview videos:

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Red Wings-Sabres game-day articles: O’Reilly returns for Buffalo; Bertuzzi rejoins Wings’ lineup

Updated 6x at 2:20 PM: The Red Wings battle the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG B/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed that Ryan O'Reilly will return for the Sabres, with Jimmy Howard opposing Robin Lehner in the nets.

The Sabres' press was first out of the chute with game-day articles, and the Buffalo News's Mike Harrington noted that Jack Eichel's participation in the morning skate stole the show:

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Red Wings-Sabres morning skate Tweets and articles: O’Reilly returns for BUF; Howard vs. Lehner

The Red Wings battle the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG B/97.1 FM), with the Wings hoping to snap a 4-game losing streak.

The Sabres hit the ice first at the KeyBank Center, per Buffalo Hockey Beat's Bill Hoppe...

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It’s Possible Three Of The Detroit Pro Teams Could Create Their Own Media Network

from Frank Witsil of the Detroit Free Press,

All three teams — the Tigers, Wings and Pistons — are currently under television contracts with Fox Sports Detroit, but merging rights could give Detroit teams advantages, and potentially leverage, in negotiating more lucrative multimillion-dollar TV contracts for media rights.

The Tigers and Wings are both owned by Mike Ilitch, the founder and owner of Little Caesars Pizza.

The aim in forming a team-owned regional sports network is to generate more money for contracts, Zimbalist said. The downside, he said, is that the teams have to share the revenue; but with enough synergy among the teams, there could potentially be more advertising dollars overall and more power when negotiating with cable companies.

Another challenge: It is difficult to anticipate what the distribution systems will look like in the future because technology is changing so quickly.

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Before The Wings And Sabres Meet Tonight

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

• The game is a matchup between the two worst teams in the Atlantic Division. Buffalo is in seventh place with 18 points, one more than the Red Wings. They also rank 14th and 15th in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders are in last place in the East.

• After his first 19 games last season, Dylan Larkin's plus-13 rating was among the best in the NHL. This season he's minus-7. ... Five of Frans Nielsen's eight points have come on the power play. That leads the Red Wings. ... Three of rookie defenseman Ryan Sproul's four points have been on the power play. ... Riley Sheahan's minus-10 rating is the worst among Red Wings. He has three assists in 19 games.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Sabres set-up

The Detroit Red Wings hope to snap their 4-game losing streak as they battle the Buffalo Sabres this evening (7 PM EST on FSD Plus/MSG B/97.1 FM). The Red Wings have a bit of a task on their hands as the 7-8-and-4 Sabres have won their past 2 games, including a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday.

The Sabres "took an optional" on Tuesday, but BuffaloSabres.com's Jourdon LaBarber reports that Ryan O'Reilly is inching toward a comeback...

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Prospect news: Marsh scores in return to Val-d’Or and the Griffins’ weekly release

Of prospect-related note:

In the SHL, Axel Holmstrom's Skelleftea AIK lost 5-3 to Farjestads BK;

Christoffer Ehn won 55% of his faceoffs in 14:07 of ice time in the Frolunda Indians' 2-1 shootout win over the Malmo Redhawks;

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 9:31 in TPS Turku's 2-1 loss to the Lahti Pelicans;

In the Swiss NLA league, Joren van Pottelberghe gave up 3 goals in HC Davos' 6-3 loss to Geneve Servette;

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‘Hour Detroit’ magazine profiles Dylan Larkin

From Hour Detroit's Jeff Waraniak:

At the Larkin family house, Kevin Larkin is tidying up before his wife gets home. In the garage, he stacks boxes full of hairbrushes, curling irons, and other products — part of his wholesale beauty supply business servicing metro Detroit salons.

“I was surprised with Dylan coming to the forefront with the Red Wings how many hairdressers are hockey fans,” he says.

Inside the house, he clears the kitchen table of a bag of Red Wings swag and salon supply catalogs.

“I like to tell my customers that they were unofficial sponsors helping Dylan get through minor hockey,” he jokes. “Dylan broke three sticks in one weekend, once. That’s $750!”

He lifts a black suit coat from the back of a kitchen chair. It’s Dylan’s. He’d left it in a hotel during a Red Wings road trip and instead of shipping it back to his own place, he had it sent here to his parents’.

“Kids, man!” Kevin says, and takes the coat to Dylan’s room.

With comparisons to Steve Yzerman buzzing throughout the hockey world, it can be hard for Red Wings fans to remember that 20-year-old Dylan Larkin is still, in many ways, a kid. Even here in the Larkin house, his identity is in flux. On one wall, family photos show Dylan learning the game at local rinks. On another, there are photos of Dylan sitting with Red Wing greats like Ted Lindsay and Gordie Howe in the locker room at Joe Louis Arena.

And in Dylan’s room, where Kevin stores Dylan’s suit coat, bobbleheads and baseball hats rest among collectibles from the 2016 NHL All-Star Skills Competition where Dylan broke the record as the NHL’s fastest skater.

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Ott for the ASG?

CBS Detroits' Will Burtchfield reports that John Scott has an idea as to which "folk hero" should be voted into the 2017 All-Star Game:

Voting power remains in the hands of the fans, who can select one player from each division regardless of position. One of those fans is now John Scott himself, as the 34-year-old retired at the end of last season.

So if Scott were to fill out a ballot, who would he vote for?

“I think for sheer entertainment factor, to have someone like John Scott, I’d go with my buddy Steve Ott,” Scott told Yahoo.com’s PuckDaddy podcast on Monday. “He’s always funny.”

Scott also nominated Sharks’ defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, calling him “the best defenseman in the league.”

“But those two guys you can’t go wrong with,” Scott added.

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Talking about the Pistons-Wings ‘marriage’

I was out of the office doing "normal people stuff"--taking the mom to a physician's appointment and doing pre-Thanksgiving shopping--but my timing was terrible, and I missed the actual announcement that the Pistons are moving downtown to share Little Caesars Arena with the Red Wings.

In terms of what you need to know as a Red Wings fan, the press release the Wings and Pistons released is actually very comprehensive, MLive's Dana Afana and Aaron McMann weigh in, the Free Press's Brian Manzullo, Joe Guillen and John Gallagher, James Jahnke, John Wisely and John Gallagher explain the situation, the Detroit News's Geoff Robinson, Tony Paul and the News itself weigh in, and Louis Aguilar and Ian Thibodeau summarize the key points:

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