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Evening news: Babcock stirring Red Wings’ Kid Line(s); PP needs work; Habs present challenge

The Red Wings practiced on Monday and flew to Montreal ahead of Tuesday's game against the Canadiens (7:30 PM on FSD/RDS/97.1 FM), and the Wings were able to return Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids as Jimmy Howard's good to go, and the Wings believe that Pavel Datsyuk is very close to returning to the lineup after missing nearly a month with a shoulder injury.

The Wings also placed Johan Franzen on 7-day IR due to a groin issue, so the team won't have to make a decision as to which player will be sent to Grand Rapids to clear space on the 23-man roster until Franzen's healthy.

Pavel Datsyuk told MLive's Ansar Khan that he might return tomorrow:

"We'll see; day to day," Datsyuk said. "Shooting for a long time is good. It's only the contact still. But I had last week. We see what happens tomorrow."

If he can't play Tuesday, is he confident he'll be back later in the week, Thursday or Saturday?

"I hope," Datsyuk said. "You never know but what I'm looking for."

Datsyuk's presence on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader meant a line shuffle, and as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan notes, Wings coach Mike Babcock hopes that placing Gustav Nyquist on the Sheahan-Tatar line will spark "Riley and the Slovak":

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Well-played, Buffalo, well-played.

This is rather amusing, as noted by RedWingsFeed:

Hoping that the Sabres raise the jersey to the rafters, take it down, place it next to a Stanley Cup, raise it to the rafters, take it down, place it next to a Stanley Cup, take it down, send it to the Czech Republic, send it to Russia, and then bring it back and finally raise it to the rafters one last time. For now. We think.

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WHL Names Joe Hicketts Player Of The Week

via the WHL,

The Western Hockey League announced today that Victoria Royals’ defenceman Joe Hicketts is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 19, 2014. 

Hicketts amassed a goal and six assists for seven points along with a +5 rating in four road games over the past week, helping the Royals post a 3-1-0-0 record in that span.

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Red Wings kick off ‘Viewing Parties’ on Tuesday

FYI:

RED WINGS OFFICIAL VIEWING PARTIES FOR 2014-15 SEASON KICK OFF ON TUESDAY
... 17 Viewing Parties Scheduled Throughout Michigan Set to Feature Alumni Appearances, Food & Drink Specials and Contests to Win Red Wings Tickets …

DETROIT –The Detroit Red Wings are proud to announce another year of Red Wings Official Viewing Parties for the 2014-15 season. Red Wings fans will have the opportunity to connect and cheer on the team with thousands of their peers during the 2014-15 season at a variety of locations throughout Michigan.

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St. James: Red Wings place Franzen on 7-day injured reserve

Still updating the practice post, but now we know why the Red Wings haven't made any personnel moves to accommodate Pavel Datsyuk's return, per the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Red Wings to hold Hockey Fights Cancer night on Thursday

From the Red Wings' community relations department:

Red Wings recognize Thursday as Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Van Andel Institute - Purple Community
Fans encouraged to wear purple as dashers go lavender Thursday night; fans in attendance receive purple rally towel & My Purple IsSM sign

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night, presented by Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community on Thursday, Oct. 23, when the Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit & 97.1 The Ticket).

All 30 NHL teams will host a Hockey Fights Cancer Night, however the Red Wings are one of only seven teams that will celebrate their Hockey Fights Cancer Night game with all-lavender dasherboards, which is the color that represents awareness for all forms of cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear purple to Thursday’s game to support cancer awareness.

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Practice post: Datsyuk hopes to return Tuesday vs. Montreal; Howard good to go

Updated 12x at 2:33 PM: The Red Wings will be very busy this week, heading to Montreal tomorrow, hosting Pittsburgh on Thursday and then heading to Philadelphia for a Saturday night tilt, as 97.1 the Ticket's Ken Kal notes...

Good Morning. Three of next 4 Red Wings games are on the road. Tomorrow vs Montreal. Hear the game at 7:10 @971theticketxyt

The Wings' "road trip" is a little oddly-timed: the team will technically be "on the road" tomorrow and then from Friday until Thursday, October 30th, but the Wings have a 3-day break after their game against the Flyers, so the team will return to Metro Detroit before heading back on the road to play the Capitals in Washington, DC on October 28th; the month ends with a home game against the Kings on October 30th.

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Red Wings return Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids

Jimmy Howard's slight groin injury must have healed:

RED WINGS RETURN MRAZEK TO GRIFFINS
… 22-Year-Old Goaltender Has Appeared in 11 Career NHL Games for Detroit …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek owns a 2.00 goals-against average and a 0.907 save percentage along with a 1-1 record in two appearances with the Griffins this season. The third-year pro has played in 76 career games for Grand Rapids, owning a 46-26-3 record, a 2.23 goals-against average, a 0.919 save percentage and four shutouts since debuting for Grand Rapids in 2012-13. Mrazek has also appeared in 34 postseason games with the Griffins, helping the team capture the Calder Cup in 2013 after posting a 15-9 record, a 2.31 goals-against average and four shutouts while playing every minute of Grand Rapids’ first championship run. In 2013-14, Mrazek was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team after finishing second in the league in goals-against average (2.10) and third in save percentage (0.924), along with a 22-9-1 record.

 

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The overnight report: trade rumors; on the follow-on rink, Weiss, Mantha and ‘the week ahead’

The Red Wings have a very busy week ahead: the Wings head to Montreal to play the Eastern Conference-leading, 5-and-1 Canadiens (who defeated Colorado 3-2 two days ago) on Tuesday, the Wings host the Penguins on Thursday (Pittsburgh's 3-and-1) and the Wings head to Philadelphia on Saturday the 25th (Philly's 1-2-and-2).

At today's practice, the Wings hope to hear good news about Johan Franzen (leg spasms), Jimmy Howard (groin; his 48-hour IR status expires today) and Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder, slated to return Saturday), but the team received its customary Sunday off after sweeping this past weekend's home-and-home series against Toronto.

Yes, as you might expect, Sunday's crop of articles included some Red Wings-related trade rumors from the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, and I'm sure that the Toronto Sports Talk Radio gang will get right back to work playing up the Babcock-to-Toronto scenario today...

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Red Wings prospect news: Bertuzzi stars in battle against Paterson; Melen posts 2 assists

Sunday was a "relatively quiet" day by weekend prospect standards. However:

In the KHL, Adam Almquist finished at -1 and played 21:38 in Severstal Cherepovets' 3-2 shootout win over Avtomobilis Yekaterinburg;

Alexander Kadeikin (or Kadeykin, depending on how you transliterate his name) didn't play in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 OT win over Avangard Omsk;

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