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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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Articles from practice: Wings narrow their focus ahead of pivotal game vs. Buffalo

As Paul noted, the Red Wings practiced with new lines on Tuesday, hoping to snap a 4-game losing streak when they travel to Buffalo to battle the Sabres tomorrow evening.

Jimmy Howard will start, and Dylan Larkin will play at center, between Gustav Nyquist and Thomas Vanek, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan...

Larkin practiced at center Tuesday and is expected to start Wednesday's game at Buffalo in the middle, flanked by Gustav Nyquist and Thomas Vanek, as the Red Wings seek an offensive boost.

"That's three real high-end offensive players," coach Jeff Blashill said. "So, we've got to try to create scoring any way we can and we're hoping that combination, if we go with it, could create some scoring."

The Red Wings scrapped their preseason plan of having Larkin center the top line after just four games, when he was having difficulty adapting to his natural position, after playing almost all his rookie season on the wing. A move back to the wing sparked Larkin, who had four goals in stretch of seven games, once again utilizing his speed to beat opponents wide. But had just one point in his past eight games (a goal), slumping like most of the team.

"It's going to be fun," Larkin said. "Getting more pucks hopefully and winning faceoffs, so that'll be good."

Khan continues, and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness continues:

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Red Wings send Jurco to Grand Rapids for 2-game conditioning stint

Per the Free Press's Helene St. James...

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And MLive's Ansar Khan:

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It’s Official, The Detroit Pistons Will Play At Little Caesars Arena

DETROIT – Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. President and CEO Christopher Ilitch and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced today agreements under which the Pistons will move to downtown Detroit and begin playing at the new Little Caesars Arena starting next season.  

The move will include construction of a new state-of-the-art Pistons practice facility and corporate headquarters that will bring substantial new investment and economic activity to the city, and a comprehensive community benefits plan that will bring millions of dollars more into Detroit neighborhoods.  

“This is a historic day for our franchise, and for the City of Detroit,” Mr. Gores said. “We’re moving to a beautiful new arena that will provide a state-of-the-art fan experience, and we’re investing in the future of Detroit. 

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Dylan Larkin Back At Center

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Larkin practiced at center Tuesday and is expected to start Wednesday's game at Buffalo in the middle, flanked by Gustav Nyquist and Thomas Vanek, as the Red Wings seek an offensive boost.

"That's three real high-end offensive players," coach Jeff Blashill said. "So, we've got to try to create scoring any way we can and we're hoping that combination, if we go with it, could create some scoring."

The Red Wings scrapped their preseason plan of having Larkin center the top line after just four games, when he was having difficulty adapting to his natural position, after playing almost all his rookie season on the wing.

A move back to the wing sparked Larkin, who had four goals in stretch of seven games, once again utilizing his speed to beat opponents wide. But had just one point in his past eight games (a goal), slumping like most of the team.

"It's going to be fun," Larkin said. "Getting more pucks hopefully and winning faceoffs, so that'll be good."

Larkin has won just 42.1 percent of his draws (32-of-76).

"I didn't feel comfortable (at center) until the fourth game and they switched it up," Larkin said. "It's hard, it's a battle every faceoff. It's not easy playing that position. You have to be able to move your feet, take offensive chances and be quick in your own zone."

read on for more on the Wing after practice today...

added 2:57pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Frans Nielsen Is Right

 

Wakiji has a few more tweets on this topic from Nielsen...

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