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Red Wings-Flyers quick take: the curse is over!

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap a 12-game losing streak at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, tangling with the Philadelphia Flyers for the second time in seven days.

The Red Wings did it, by hook, by crook and by shootout, defeating the Flyers 3-2 on election night, and it was a beautiful thing to see Athanasiou score in regulation and in the shootout, to see the Wings get great goaltending by Jimmy Howard, and witnessing Frans Nielsen and Mike Green really step up their play was encouraging as heck.

Mostly, the Wings snapped a 5-game losing streak and a 12-game losing streak in Philly, so a win by any means was beautiful.

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Evening news: A Game-Day Preview video; on Bertuzzi and a Flyers preview video

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Red Wings posted their Game-Day Preview video, and it includes Henrik Zetterberg, Tyler Bertuzzi, coach Jeff Blashill, Jimmy Howard and of course Ken Kal:

2. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article about Tyler Bertuzzi...

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Red Wings-Flyers game-day Tweets and articles: On Howard, Bertuzzi, Mason and the election

Updated 4x at 3:08 PM: The morning skate ahead of tonight's game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers (7 PM EST on FSD/CSN Philly/97.1 FM) revealed both teams' lineups, per NHL.com's Adam Kimelman...

Red Wings lines from morning skate:






Red Wings defense:

DeKeyser-Green Ericsson-Marchenko


Sproul and Ouellet are scratched.

Looks like Jimmy Howard in goal

And the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

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Red Wings-Flyers morning skate Tweets and articles: Howard vs. Mason; Flyers ‘take an optional’

The Detroit Red Wings hope to snap a 12-game losing streak in Philly as the Wings  battle the Philadelphia Flyers tonight (7 PM EST on FSD/CSN Philly/97.1 FM). The Red Wings were to make their personnel decisions based upon today's morning skate, so:

The Flyers took to the ice first, per NHL.com's Adam Kimelman...

Steve Mason out for the early work he usually does when he's starting in goal for Flyers


Claude Giroux, Mark Streit, Radko Gudas missing from Flyers morning skate. Likely maintenance days but awaiting official word


Flyers said morning skate was optional so guys who didn't skate opted not to.


Hakstol said Nick Cousins will be healthy scratch tonite

The Courier-Post's Dave Isaac (who posted the Flyers' probable roster below)...

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Scotiabank named Centennial Classic sponsor



Outdoor Game Featuring Original Six™ Match-Up Launches NHL Centennial Celebrations

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Nov. 8, 2016) – Scotiabank, the official bank of the NHL®, has been named title partner of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™, the League announced today. This marks the first time Scotiabank has signed on as title partner of a signature League event. The January 1 outdoor game will feature an Original Six™ match-up when the Toronto Maple Leafs face-off against the Detroit Red Wings at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Ont., launching the League’s year-long Centennial celebrations.

“The 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ has all the elements of celebrating the rich history of the NHL, from the Original Six™ match-up featuring two storied Clubs, to the partnership of one of Canada’s first banks,” said Kyle McMann, NHL Group Vice President, Business Development, Global Partnerships. “We believe January 1, 2017 will embody the spirit of the 5th Season, and we're thrilled to partner with Scotiabank, a brand that celebrates hockey at all levels, as we launch the celebration of our Centennial with fans in Toronto and around the world."

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week:

Little Bert's debut

Forward Tyler Bertuzzi will make his NHL debut Tuesday in Philadelphia (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). The club needs some greasy goals by getting to the net for tip-ins and second chances and hopes the gritty winger can aid that effort.

Bertuzzi, the nephew of former Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi, has 14 goals in the past two playoffs for Grand Rapids. The plan is to start him on a top line with Frans Nielsen and Dylan Larkin and play him significant minutes.

Another shot in Philly

The Red Wings last week earned their first point in Philadelphia in nearly 20 years. But they should have gotten two points, after losing the lead with 1:04 left in regulation and falling 4-3 on Jakub Voracek's overtime goal.

Both teams are 6-6-1. Detroit is 0-11-1 in Philly since the 1997 Stanley Cup finals and has been outscored there 52-23.

The Flyers have registered 40 or more shots in four of their past seven games and are led by Claude Giroux (14 points), Voracek (13 points) and Wayne Simmonds (12 points).

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Little Caesars Arena’s cost-to-build rises

We will call this, "Not surprising, if not completely expected": the Detroit News's Louis Aguilar reports that Little Caesars Arena's expected cost has risen again, though the vast majority thereof will be paid for by the Ilitches:

The cost to build Little Caesars Arena has risen by $105 million to $732.6 million, according to Detroit officials. It’s unclear if any of the increase is because of a possible move by the Detroit Pistons to share the venue with the Detroit Red Wings.

The revised estimate released by the city’s Downtown Development Authority doesn’t mean there have been massive cost overruns, development authority officials say. Nor does it mean the city or taxpayers are on the hook for additional expenses.

The increase is mainly because of more specific prices paid for such things as materials, permits, design refinements, subcontractor agreements and other costs that were expected to rise in building the state-of-the-art venue, officials said. Construction began last year, and the venue is slated to open next fall.

“The increases represent enhancements or changes that our private partner, Olympia Development of Michigan, will be paying for — as they are required to do under our contract,” said Moddie Turay, executive vice president for real estate for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation — which administers the Downtown Development Authority — in a written statement Thursday.

Aguilar continues...

Update: Oh look, a surprise companion article from the Detroit News's Rod Beard:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flyers set-up—12 is enough?

The Red Wings hope to snap a 12-game winless streak in Philadelphia when they battle the Flyers this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/CSN Philly/97.1 FM), and while the Flyers don't share Detroit's 5-game losing streak, they do share the Wings' 6-6-and-1 record, and, like the Red Wings, the Flyers are struggling to out-score their mistakes.

The difference between the Flyers and the Red Wings is simple:

The Red Wings are struggling to score, and the Flyers are struggling to keep the puck out of their own net.

The Flyers are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, and while they've won 2 of their past 3 games, the Flyers are likely to change goaltenders for tonight's game, going with Steve Mason instead of Michal Neuvirth tonight, as the Courier-Post's Dave Isaac noted:

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Tyler Bertuzzi’s stepdad a ‘proud papa’

From the Sudbury Star's Bruce Heidman:

Sudbury native Tyler Bertuzzi will play his first NHL game Tuesday.

The talented pest got the call Sunday from the Detroit Red Wings to make his NHL debut Tuesday at Philadelphia against the Flyers.

"We're all really, really excited," said Bertuzzi's stepfather, Adrian Gedye. "We got the call from (Sunday) night from him to say he got the call-up and we are just ecstatic for him and all the people who have supported him along the way, and the Red Wings make it special for his family and we're flying out tomorrow morning to attend the game."

Gedye said the family is bursting with pride for the 21 year old.

"At times you want to pinch yourself, but he has worked so hard and it is nice to see it happen, and he just works day by day and never takes anything for granted and works as hard as he can," he said. "He has made great strides and we are just happy to be along for the ride and happy to support him and share the journey."


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Givani Smith gets a Canada-Russia series ‘player to watch’ plug

Among Sportsnet's Sam Cosentino's "Players to Watch in the CIBC Canada-Russia series," and specifically, the OHL-vs-Russia games on November 10th and 14th:

10. Givani Smith, RW, Guelph Storm
While it’s hardly a great measuring stick, Smith was sensational on the final day of Biosteel camp, standing out among established NHL veterans. He’s got size, strength and speed along with a sneaky goal-scorer’s touch. Detroit selected Smith 46th overall in 2016 NHL after he led the OHL in PIM while also scoring 23 goals to pace a lackluster Guelph Storm squad. Smith has opened the season on a point-per-game pace, while continuing to lead the team in penalty minutes. As an underager, it will be an uphill climb, but he may surprise, while getting an opportunity to play in both OHL games.

Cosentino continues, and it's nice to see Givani get a "plug"...

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