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Red Wings-Capitals morning skate Tweets and articles: lineup changes for the Wings are murky

The Red Wings hope to snap their 2-game losing streak as they face the Washington Capitals this evening (7 PM EST on FSD Plus/CSN Mid-Atlantic/97.1 FM). According to MLive's Brendan Savage, the Wings have struggled against the Capitals of late...

• The Red Wings have a 3-2-4 record in their last nine meetings with the Capitals dating back to 2013.The Capitals, whose offense has ranked sixth or better in the East for four straight seasons, have averaged 2.55 goals in those nine meetings with the Red Wings. Throw out Washington's 6-5 win in 2013-14 and that number drops to 2.13.

The Associated Press's game preview notes that Braden Holtby has been dominant against the Wings...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Capitals set-up

The Red Wings hope to snap a 2-game losing streak when they face one of the league's hottest teams this evening, facing the Washington Capitals (7 PM EST on FSD Plus/CSN Mid-Atlantic/97.1 FM).

The Capitals sit at 10-4-and-2 after their 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, and that win snapped a 2-game losing streak; the Red Wings are admist a 2-game losing streak and sit at 8-8-and-1, and the Wings are very wary of both the threat that the Capitals pose and the fact that the team isn't at or near the playoff pack disturbingly close to American Thanksgiving.

For the Capitals, who didn't practice on Thursday, their victory over Pittsburgh was a return to form, as Capitals.com's Mike Vogel noted:

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A note about Filip Hronek

The Free Press's George Sipple attended today's press conference discussing the "OHL Farwell to the Joe" game between the Windsor Spitfires and Saginaw Spirit on December 4th, duly noting that the Spirit possess an important Wings prospect:

The event will give Draper and other members of the Detroit Red Wings’ front office another chance to see defenseman Filip Hronek, whom the Wings picked in the second round of this year's NHL draft. Draper, a special assistant to Wings general manager Ken Holland, has seen the Spirit play three times this season and told the Free Press that he’ll see them at least once more -- on Saturday -- before the Dec. 4 game at Joe Louis Arena, which is closing after this season.

Hronek (6 feet, 170 pounds) leads the Spirit with 13 assists and is tied for the team lead in scoring (15 points) with forward Mitchell Stephens.

Spirit coach Spencer Carbery and Spitfires coach Rocky Thompson joined Draper and Pat Peake at a news conference today at Joe Louis Arena to drum up interest in the game. Peake was the first star of the Compuware Ambassadors, who went on to play at Joe Louis Arena as the Detroit Junior Red Wings in the early 1990s. He later played for the Washington Capitals in the NHL.

“Filip’s gotten off to a great start,” Carbery said. “I think he’s actually pretty unique, leading our team in scoring as a defenseman. Your prototypical power play (leader). ... A real terrific skater. Plays with his head up. Makes a lot of plays. Really exciting to play at the OHL level. He’ll be a real treat to see December 4th in this building.”

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Khan: Wings aware of their status in the standings

MLive's Ansar Khan asked the Red Wings to scout the Washington Capitals, but before he did so he duly noted that the Red Wings were in a similar position--out of the playoff hunt--last year at this time:

The Detroit Red Wings have the same record after 17 games as they did a year ago, but they're trending in the wrong direction, going 2-6-1 in their past nine games.

They are three points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but also three points out of last place in the Atlantic Division.

Last season, after an 8-8-1 start, they gained points in their next 13 games (8-0-5) to get back in the thick of the playoff chase.

They'll try to get back above .500 Friday when they visit Washington, their third consecutive game against a Stanley Cup contender.

"We know we have to win games to get back into the race here," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "It's still early, but we don't want to drop back too far. We know when we're not stubborn and play the way we should we're a good team."

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Caps’ Kuznetsov tries to emulate Pavel Datsyuk

From the Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan:

Evgeny Kuznetsov had worked 10 days straight this summer with his idol’s trainer before he asked, “When are we going to have days off?” Upon hearing Pavel Datsyuk never needed a day off, Kuznetsov decided he didn’t either.

As the Washington Capitals forward works on his own game to regain the scoring touch he flashed for the majority of last season, he is again reminded to model himself after Datsyuk, the longtime Detroit Red Wings center who retired from the NHL this year.

“I always use the term, ‘Play a little more like Pavel Datsyuk,’” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said. “Pavel Datsyuk has maybe the highest skill level that we’ve seen in this league and up there with anybody in the league, but you wouldn’t know it the way he plays because he plays with sort of that blue-collar mentality. I know there’s a connection between Kuzy and Datsyuk, so I always use that term for visual for him.”

Said Kuznetsov: “Trying to copy Pavel, you will have same chances like walk from here to China without food. For me, it’s like that. So, it’s really tough. But I try to play like he did sometimes on the ice. You know, I’m not alone in the league who’s trying to be like him.”

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Articles from practice: Smith out, Howard starts vs. Caps

Updated at 4:17 PM: The Red Wings practiced ahead of tomorrow night's game against the Washington Capitals at the Joe today, tweaking their lines slightly (to Brendan Smith's detriment) and preparing to start Jimmy Howard tomorrow evening. MLive's Ansar Khan Tweeted out the Wings' lineup...

#RedWings power-play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Green-Sproul
& Tatar-Nielsen-Larkin, Mantha, Kronwall


Looks like Smith is out on defense:
Smith/Ouellet (extras)


#RedWings lines:


Jimmy Howard will start tomorrow for #RedWings at @Capitals

And here's Khan's practice report:

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Caples: Spitfires, Spirit prepare for ‘Farewell to the Joe’ game on December 4th

From Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:

The Saginaw Spirit and the Windsor Spitfires held a joint press conference at Joe Louis Arena Thursday morning to discuss their ‘Farewell to the Joe’ game on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.

The game will serve as the OHL’s last inside the historic hockey building, and it will feature numerous events and tributes for a Sunday full of celebrations as the league says goodbye to The Joe.

“I can tell you from being around our guys and the guys in the locker room know this game is going in, it’s a pretty special deal, not only with this building and it being its last year, the history, the players and the storied organization that the Wings,” said Spencer Carbery, head coach of the Spirit. “That these players are getting to play here, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in an NHL building, in front of a great crowd, such a historic place. They are extremely excited to be able to have the honor of playing in this city. For a majority, it’s once-in-a-lifetime; they’ll never get another opportunity to do this after December 4.”

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Ken Kal on the IR

From the Free Press's George Sipple and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

Thankfully the Wings are in good hands with Kaser behind the mic.

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Practice Tweets: Smith ‘out’ as lines, d-pairs changed up; Howard likely to start vs. Capitals

The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena for a late-morning practice today, preparing to face off against the 10-4-and-2 Washington Capitals tomorrow evening (7 PM on FSD Plus).

Tyler Bertuzzi returned from Grand Rapids in time to take part in today's practice, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

#RedWings Howard in starter's net for practice.


#RedWings Kronwall skating today, as expected.


#RedWings Blashill mentioned yesterday that Ott has played center and this morning he is centering Bertuzzi and Miller.

MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Red Wings make Bertuzzi recall official

The Red Wings have made Tyler Bertuzzi's recall official:

… Darren Helm Placed on Long-Term Injured Reserve …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled left wing Tyler Bertuzzi from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings placed Darren Helm on long-term injured reserve.

Bertuzzi was assigned to Grand Rapids on Tuesday and played in the Griffins’ 6-3 win over the Texas Stars last night, picking up a power-play goal and an assist. The 21-year-old winger has tallied six points (3-3-6), a plus-four rating and 32 shots on goal in 10 games for Grand Rapids this season. Bertuzzi made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on Nov. 8 at Philadelphia and appeared in three games for the team last week, picking up five hits and two shots on goal in 9:57 average time on ice. The 6-foot-1, 198-lb., winger has skated in 83 games for the Griffins since 2014-15, notching 37 points (16-21-37) and 139 penalty minutes and adding 20 points (14-6-20) and 18 penalty minutes in 23 AHL postseason games.

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