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Wallner: Bob Kaser to substitute for Ken Daniels on Tuesday

According to the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner, Grand Rapids Griffins play-by-play announcer Bob Kaser will substitute for Ken Daniels during the Red Wings-Phoenix Coyotes game on Tuesday:

Bob Kaser, the radio voice of the Grand Rapids Griffins, will handle the play-by-play broadcast Tuesday of the Detroit Red Wings' game on Fox Sports Detroit under difficult circumstances.

The veteran broadcaster will fill for Ken Daniels, the Red Wings' veteran announcer whose 23-year-old son, Jamie, passed away on Dec. 7.

It will be Kaser's first TV broadcast with the Red Wings. Matt Shepherd's of FSD filled in previously.

"I'm flattered and honored to be considered to do this," Kaser said, praising the skills of Daniels. "But the circumstances are just horrible. Let's call it what it is. So it will be a tough deal to get through, no question."

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Red Wings to ring bells for the Salvation Army on Friday, December 16th

From the Red Wings:

RED WINGS COMPETE FOR BELL RINGING BRAGGING RIGHTS ON FRIDAY, DEC. 16
… Holland, Blashill, Draper, Osgood, Chelios, Larkin, Glendening, Abdelkader & Helm to Bell Ring on Friday, Dec. 16 Across Metro Detroit to Raise Funds for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will compete for bragging rights on Friday, Dec. 16, to see which group can raise the most money for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, as four teams bell ring at different Metro Detroit retail locations from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Fans are asked to make a $10 donation per autograph at all four locations.

At the Kroger in Northville (425 North Center St.), Head Coach Jeff Blashill will join Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland, who is serving as Honorary Chairman of the 2016 Red Kettle Campaign for the 11th straight year. The duo will look to defend their bell-ringing title, as Blashill and Holland raised more than $6,000 last year in the two-hour span.

Fans visiting Hockeytown Authentics in Troy can obtain an autograph from forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm by making a $10 donation per player. Forwards Dylan Larkin and Luke Glendening will also represent the Red Wings at Kroger in Royal Oak, while Red Wings Alumni Chris Chelios, Kris Draper and Chris Osgood will bell ring at the second Kroger location in Northville (17447 Haggerty Rd.).

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St. James offers an assessment of the struggling Wings

The Free Press's Helene St. James offers an assessment of the underachieving Red Wings this morning:

[Jimmy] Howard’s .945 save percentage ranks second, and his 1.68 goals-against average is third overall. He is a bright spot on a team that, so far, has squandered the first two games of a five-game home stand. Today is a scheduled day off, with the next game coming against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday (7:30 p.m., FSD).

Other than a handful of veterans, led by Henrik Zetterberg, Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek and Mike Green, and youngsters Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou, most of the other players need to figure out how to make the Wings better -- quickly -- or Howard’s stellar work won’t reflect in victories.

The lack of production from Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar is especially egregious -- at four goals apiece, they are on pace for 11-goal seasons. The Wings were counting on 25-30 from each. Neither drives to the net like needed.

Riley Sheahan is now at 29 games and no goals, on pace for 14 points and a minus-31 rating. He did, at least, have a couple of good chances in Friday’s 4-1 loss to Columbus. But the lack of goal support in front of Howard is disturbing -- it was only thanks to his 35-save performance that the Wings emerged from Sunday’s 1-0 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers with a point.

St. James continues...

Update: MLive's Ansar Khan also discussed Jimmy Howard's play:

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Prospect news: Griffins lose in Chicago; Walleye win in Alaska; Hronek 1+1

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, Evgeny Svechnikov scored the game's first goal and Jared Coreau stopped 16 of 19 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins lost 4-1 to Chicago. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flyers wrap-up—offensively challenged

The Red Wings battled their way to a 1-0 OT loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday evening, and the Red Wings spoke with a surprising level of frustration after dropping to 2-7-and-3 at home in the second game of a 5-game home stand. The Wings are incredibly concerned with their inability to score, and understandably so.

For once, I'd suggest that you listen to coach Jeff Blashill's post-game remarks, because he was pointed and a bit P.O.'ed after the game:

The Flyers' win was their 9th straight victory, and as the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi noted, goaltender Anthony Stolarz was very happy to "steal" one for the Flyers:

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Red Wings-Flyers quick take: Damn fine game but an OT loss nonetheless

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to end the Philadelphia Flyers' 8-game winning streak Sunday evening at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings played an excellent game and a so-so overtime period, earning a hard-fought point in the form of a 1-0 OT loss...

And this game was incredibly frustrating from a results standpiont, but very good for the Wings from a "progress" standpoint. The Wings held their own against one of the hottest teams in the league, the Wings' PK was excellent, and the Wings just couldn't dent Stolarz.

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Afternoon news: A Game-Day Preview, Wings-Flyers stuff, on Vanek’s influence, etc.

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:

2. MLive's Ansar Khan summarizes Jeff Blashill's pre-game comments as neither the Wings nor Flyers held a morning skate:

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Jimmy Howard Starts Today And Jonathan Ericsson Still Out

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Before The Puck Drops Between Detroit And Philadelphia

Remember, the game starts just after 5:00pm ET today...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

* The Flyers have won eight in a row, equaling Montreal for the longest streak in the league this season. They have outscored opponents 30-19 during this stretch. The franchise record for consecutive wins is 13, set in 1985.

* Philadelphia is fourth in the NHL in goals per game (3.23) but 28th in goals against (3.07). The Flyers have the league's top power play (25 percent).

* Four of Andreas Athanasiou's 13 career goals have come against the Flyers, including the tying marker in the third period on Nov. 8. Athanasiou also netted the shootout winner in that game.

* The Red Wings have not allowed a power-play goal in their past seven games, killing all 18 chances against. They are 29-of-30 on the penalty kill in the past 11 games. The Flyers are 7-of-20 on the power play in their past four games.

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Prospect news: Walleye lose in Alaska

Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye's Alaskan adventure continued on Saturday, yielding an 8-6 loss to the Alaska Aces in Anchorage. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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