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NHL announces details of Epix ‘Road to the NHL Outdoor Classics’ series

From the Red Wings:


Ross Greenburg to Return as Producer of Docuseries Chronicling Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs for 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ and Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues for 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®

Four-Episode Limited Series Premieres December 16 at 10 PM ET/PT, 9C on EPIX

NEW YORK (Nov. 21, 2016) – Premium TV network EPIX® and the NHL®, partnering for a third season, today announced that EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics will make its U.S. Television Premiere on Friday, Dec. 16 at 10pm ET/PT, 9C on EPIX with four weekly episodes. This season, the series tells the stories of athletes and coaches from four teams and their journey to two games played on outdoor rinks. In commemoration of the League’s Centennial Celebration, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will compete in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ on New Year’s Day in Toronto, Canada. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues meet in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on January 2, in St. Louis. In addition to its airing on EPIX, U.S. hockey fans will be able to stream each episode of EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics™ as a simulcast on EPIX.com, NHL.com and the websites for the four teams participating in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ and the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.                                                               

Produced by 53-time Emmy® award winner Ross Greenburg, narrated by Bill Camp (Jason Bourne, Birdman, 12 Years A Slave) and presented in partnership with NHL Original Productions, EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics will provide viewers with a sports tech-driven, intimate look at these athletes in their professional and personal settings, capturing all the action, drama, heartaches and triumphs as they unfold.x

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Could the Pistons announce move to Detroit on Tuesday?

From the Free Press's Vince Ellis, via RedWingsFeed:

After years of speculation, the Detroit Pistons are on the verge of announcing their return to downtown Detroit.

Talks between Pistons owner Tom Gores and his representatives and the Detroit Red Wings, the Ilitch family and Olympia Entertainment have progressed to the point that an official announcement could come as early as Tuesday, a person with firsthand knowledge of the situation told the Free Press this morning.

The Free Press reported late last month that the sides were close to an agreement in which the Pistons would move into the still-being-built Little Caesars Arena next season, sharing the new building with the Red Wings.

Gores later confirmed that the sides “were close” to a deal.

The source told the Free Press that last-minute negotiations center around the arena modifications needed to accommodate an NBA team.


Update: Here's more from Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea:

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AHL on the Beat profiles Matt Lorito

From "AHL on the Beat's" Jason Pearson:

For second-year professional Matt Lorito, the adjustment to the Grand Rapids Griffins has been nothing short of smooth and efficient. Off the ice, he avoided any potential hassles by moving in to his new downtown place before opening night. On the ice, he has proven his worth as a top-six forward for the Griffins by displaying not just his refined scoring touch but also his adaptability, enabled by both his keen hockey sense and innate skating ability.

After leading the Albany Devils – who, by the way, posted the third-best record in the AHL – in points and assists during his rookie campaign in 2015-16, Lorito landed with the Detroit Red Wings organization via the free agent market this past summer.

In many instances, joining a new organization, let alone jumping from rookie to sophomore season and being asked to play more center than in the preceding year, can contribute to a delay in immediate production. Not in Lorito’s case.

The 5-foot-9, 171-pound centerman started his Griffins career on a four-game assist streak, and his six points through the season’s first five games were the most by a player to begin his Grand Rapids career since 2011-12.

So where can these stat lines be attributed?


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St. James: Red Wings lose Marchenko for ‘a couple of weeks’

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:


Update #2: Here's Khan in text form:

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Prospect weekend round-up: Walleye win handily over K-Wings; Hronek, de Haas, Pope progress

Catching up with this past weekend's prospect news:

In the ECHL, on Saturday, Alden Hirschfeld scored 2 goals, Evan Rankin added 2 assists and Jake Paterson stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Toledo Walleye defeated the Kalamazoo K-Wings 6-2. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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Red Wings preach patience, process and results amidst 2-8-and-1 streak

The Detroit Free Press's George Sipple noted that Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg did what he had to do last night--he preached patience and calm after last night's 3-2 loss to Calgary...

Captain Henrik Zetterberg said when the team plays well, they’re creating chances and playing with speed. “When we’re not, we’re getting caught in our own end. ... Seems like we spend forever in there.”

Zetterberg said losing isn’t fun. After dropping their first two games of the season in Florida, the Wings rattled off six straight wins. But they are 2-8-1 over their last 11 games.

“We’ve gotta turn this around,” Zetterberg said. “Stretches like this makes you stronger.”

Zetterberg said the Wings are going to get back on track. That will start with practice today.

But Wings coach Jeff Blashill was more pointed than usual in his comments, as the Windsor Star's Bob Duff noted:

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Wings’ Losing Streak Continues

from Brenda Savage of Mlive,

It's been almost a decade since the Detroit Red Wings endured an even worse slump than the one they're battling right now.

Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena was the Red Wings' fourth straight setback, sixth in their last seven home games and ninth in the last 11 overall.

Since winning six straight games in October, the Red Wings have a 2-8-1 record.

Believe it or not, the last time they went through a stretch like that wasn't during any of the previous four seasons, when they struggled to keep their 25-season playoff streak alive.

Nope, it was during a season that ended with the Red Wings hoisting the Stanley Cup.

But the difference between the 2007-08 team and this one are enormous.


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Savage: Marchenko ‘out for a little bit’ with an upper-body injury

From MLive's Brendan Savage:

Injuries continue to mount for the slumping Detroit Red Wings.

Defenseman Alexey Marchenko is the latest player to be sidelined after suffering an upper-body injury in the second period of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena.

He did not come out of the dressing room to start the third period.

"Looks like he'll be out for a little bit," said coach Jeff Blashill. "I'll have more for you tomorrow."

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Red Wings-Flames quick take: pretty. Pretty ugly.

The Red Wings hoped to snap a 3-game losing streak as they hosted the Calgary Flames on Sunday evening, and the Red Wings had a very good game going for stretches in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd periods...

But Detroit couldn't hold the lead when Tomas Tatar opened the scoring, the Wings couldn't hold the lead when Anthony Mantha tied the game, and with 7:46 remaining in the game, the Wings surrendered a lazy game-winning goal en route to a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames that is the Wings' 4th loss in a row.

Nobody seemed to understand why Mantha sat when Jimmy Howard got tagged with a delay-of-game penalty @ 18:13 of the 3rd, either...

And while I know that many of you are already on the, "Tank for Patrick" bandwagon, this team isn't going to go that way, and I'm hoping that at least Dougie Hamlton's 3-point night gave Ken Holland some impetus to go out and trade for a damn defenseman, especially now that Alexey Marchenko got nicked up.

Detroit absolutely has to defeat the Sabres on Wednesday and win the vast majority of its 4 remaining games before December 1st, if only to feel better about itself after what has been a November so poor that the Wings are going to spend the balance of the season trying to dig out of it.

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