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The overnight report: Red Wings-Senators set-up—late (literal) start for this one

The Detroit Red Wings embark upon a 7-game road trip as they face the Ottawa Senators this evening (8 PM EST start on FSD/TSN 5/RDS/97.1 FM), with the Wings hoping to serve as the spoiler as the Senators retire Daniel Alfredsson's #11 prior to tonight's game (the actual jersey retirement ceremony begins at 6:30 PM EST, with warm-ups scheduled to start at 7:30 PM).

It is highly likely that Jared Coreau will start opposite Mike Condon this evening, and the Red Wings' practice on Wednesday revealed that Mike Green isn't quite ready to return from his "upper-body injury."

The 20-12-and-3 Senators sit quite a ways ahead of the 15-16-and-4 Wings in the Atlantic Division standings, and the Senators' most recent outing, a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers, snapped a 4-game winning streak.

Ottawa's lineup will undergo a slight revision as one of their forwards, Zack Smith, has been sidelined with an abdominal strain, as noted by the Ottawa Citizen's Ken Warren...

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Prospect news: Callahan 1+2 in Griffins’ win over Cleveland; Walleye beat Kalamazoo; JvP stops 42

Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Lake Erie Monsters 3-2. Mitch Callahan and a goal and 2 assists, Matt Lorito had 2 assists, Eddie Pasquale stopped 19 shots and Ben Street scored the game-winner late in the 3rd period.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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A bit more about the Wings’ celebration of the 97 Stanley Cup championship team

A day after the Red Wings honored their 1997 Stanley Cup-winning team, the local sports media is still talking about the star-studded event. WXYZ's Brad Galli filed a report this evening...

The Free Press's Brandon Folsom discussed the "process" by which the powerhouse teams of the 90's evolved into a Cup championship team...

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All’s going well at the Centennial Classic rink

From the Toronto Sun's Maryam Shah:

A little over two weeks of up to 12 hours a day. That’s how long it takes to set up an outdoor ice rink fit for professional hockey players in the dead of winter.

The little sun that does appear is no help when you’re trying to keep a sheet of ice frozen at an optimal -5.5C.

That’s why Mike Craig — National Hockey League senior director of facility operations — and his 16-strong crew laid down reflective blankets Wednesday on part of the ice rink they have constructed for the first NHL Centennial Classic at BMO Field (or Exhibition Stadium, which is what the NHL is calling it due to Scotiabank’s sponsorship).

The Maple Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings Sunday at 3 p.m. in a game that marks 100 years of NHL hockey and the Leafs.

The day before, the NHL Alumni Game will feature former Leafs and Wings players, including Darryl Sittler, Mats Sundin and Wendel Clark for the blue and white, and current Leafs president Brendan Shanahan for Detroit.

“When you’re out and around and (with) the energy and the atmosphere of the day — cold won’t even be a factor,” Clark said on Wednesday, surveying the outdoor rink. The weather forecast is calling for 1C with a chance of snow on Saturday, and 2C with some sun on Sunday.

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Red Wings officially reassign Bertuzzi, Lashoff to Grand Rapids

From the Red Wings:

Here's the Wings' press release:

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Articles from practice: Green progressing; Wings discuss road record; Coreau may start tomorrow

The Red Wings took part in one final practice in Metro Detroit before they embarked upon their 7-game road trip, with the team skating in Taylor on Wednesday. While there were no lineup changes from Tuesday's game against Buffalo, there was news to be had in the injury department, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green hasn't started practicing with the team but is skating on his own and hopes to return during the road trip to California next week.

"Hoping, yeah," Green said Wednesday. "Probably the latter part of the trip, but around there."

The latter part of the three-game trip would be Jan. 7 in San Jose.

"I'm still able to skate, stay in shape," Green said. "I'm going to continue to do that and do the off-ice stuff as much as I can."

Green suffered an upper-body injury on a hit from Anaheim's Ryan Kesler in the final minute of the Red Wings' 6-4 victory on Dec. 17.

"He just got me good," Green said. "It's something that's been lingering for a long time, sort of got exposed and unfortunately I have to take some time off."

Khan also reported that the Red Wings would reassign Brian Lashoff and Tyler Bertuzzi to Grand Rapids, as Wings coach Jeff Blashill explained:

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St. James: How Kris Draper recruited Chris Osgood to play in the Centennial Classic alumni game

The Free Press's Helene St. James reveals how Kris Draper was able to convince reluctant Wings-Leafs Centennial Classic Alumni Game participant Chris Osgood to actually take part in the game:

"I must admit I talked to his wife and I got her to talk to their son,” Draper told the Free Press in an exclusive interview. “Max talked to his Daddy about how fun it’d be to see him play. He was hemming and hawing, and I played a little dirty pool. Within 48 hours, he was convinced.”

Max Osgood, 5, never saw his father play in the NHL.

“I am glad Ozzie is coming,” Draper said. “It’s great for him to be a part of this. He is going to enjoy himself, and I am excited for Max to see his dad on the ice. He never saw him with us, so that is why I used that angle.”

The rest of the roster for the event -- a sort of All-Star alumni game that serves as an appetizer for Sunday’s Centennial Classic between the Wings and Leafs at BMO Field -- was built by enthusiasm.

Nicklas Lidstrom will be there, which, of course, means that Tomas Holmstrom will be there. So will Chris Chelios, Martin Lapointe and Igor Larionov. And Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty and Joe Kocur, enabling the formation of both versions of the Grind Line. Jiri Fischer and Paul Coffey are in. Ditto Doug Brown and Slava Kozlov.

But neither Steve Yzerman, the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, nor Sergei Fedorov, general manager of CSKA Moscow of the KHL, are playing. “We were hoping,” Draper said, “but we understand why they are not.”

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Centennial Classic tickets can still be had

Via Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshsynski, the Canadian Press's Jonas Siegel reports that the Centennial Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs is not sold out:

Tickets are still available to the NHL's Centennial Classic, the next in a long line of high-profile sports events in Toronto.

A search of Ticketmaster shows that blocks of eight seats can still be had in multiple sections for Sunday's tilt between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, beginning at a per-ticket price of $229. The least expensive seats ($129 per-ticket) appear to be mostly gone.

A league source said only a limited number of seats are left and a sellout of BMO Field is expected.

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Remaining tickets won't come cheap either. The least expensive pair still available at Ticketmaster will still cost more than $500 before taxes.

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Practice Tweets: Wings skate in Taylor before road trip; Lashoff, Bertuzzi sent back to GR

The Red Wings hit the ice in Metro Detroit for one final practice before heading out on their 7-game road trip, with the team opening said trip against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, but with WJLB's "Big Show at the Joe" taking place tonight, the Wings had to skate elsewhere today:

Jared Coreau in starter's net for #RedWings. He's expected to get the start tomorrow at @Senators

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spotted Justin Abdelkader taking part in the skate...

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Wings highlight 1997 Cup championship-honoring event

Fox Sports Detroit posted a boatload of videos chronicling last night's ceremony honoring the 1997 Stanley Cup Championship team, and today, the Red Wings posted a Twitter video of the highlights of said event:

According to MLive's Dana Afana, this won't be the only team reunion:

The team plans to celebrate its "Farewell Season at The Joe" with events honoring the Stanley Cup Championship teams that played at the Joe Louis Arena in its 38-year history.

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