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For Thursday, November 5, 2015

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Detroit Red Wings News

Detroit Red Wings making progress in efforts to sign Justin Abdelkader to long-term deal | MLive.com
"The club and Abdelkader are putting 'the finishing touches' on a long-term deal that might be completed within the next couple of weeks, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told M-Live."

Red Wings' Dylan Larkin has room for improvement but 'impact so far has been very good' | MLive.com
"Dylan Larkin has room for improvement, but he's already the best player on the team!"

Olympia announces new details for new arena - MiHockey - MiHockeyNow & MiHockeyMag
I wonder if the Great Lakes Invitational would be played on the second sheet of ice or on the main ice that the Red Wings will play their games on.

On Henrik Zetterberg's Unsustainably Hot Start - TSS
Will it get sustainable when Pavel Datsyuk returns?

JOE LOUIS JOURNAL: Running timeline of the Lightning's 2-1 loss - Tampa Bay Lightning - News
Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns gives a behind-the-scenes look of the Lightning-Red Wings game on Tuesday night.

NHL.com uploads Lidstrom, Fedorov videos to Youtube | The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
I've watched Fedorov's five goals and Lidstrom's bomb in Game 2 against Carolina about a thousand times each, and now we finally have higher quality video.

Red Wings arena cost at $627M, could go higher | The Detroit News
From $450 million.

Nicklas Lidstrom subtly transformed Detroit Red Wings in Hall of Fame career | ESPN
"Nicklas Lidstrom was the best player on the ice all the time, every game, making it an easy decision to induct him into the Hockey Hall of Fame." If the decision was so easy, why didn't they waive the waiting period for him?

Jeff Blashill appears on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM | The Malik Report - Kukla's Korner
The head coach spends about 10 minutes with Matt and Maz.

Vili Saarijarvi named OHL defenseman of the month - MiHockey - MiHockeyNow & MiHockeyMag
The Flint Firebirds' defenseman and Red Wings prospect had 16 points in 14 games.

Around the NHL

Former hockey pros and the NHL are locked in a legal war over head trauma - SBNation.com
Retired NHLers are speaking up about the effects of head trauma even as the league braces for a long court battle.

Arizona Coyotes hire arena consultant - Five For Howling
So it looks like the Arizona Coyotes are expected to move ou tof Glendale to another Arizona locale.

Eichel heard about McDavid's injury, taking no chances - Die By The Blade
This is pretty funny.

Nightmare Fuel: Could the Kings Withstand the Loss of Anze Kopitar? - Jewels From The Crown
Maybe.

Blackhawks vs. Blues final score: Chicago drops 3-goal lead in 6-5 OT loss to St. Louis - Second City Hockey
Can't say I was expecting this much scoring in a game between these two teams.

Bingo Bites: Fans Speak Out On Matt O'Connor's Progress - Silver Seven
Now i'm really wondering if Matt O'Connor has gotten over that goal from the national championship game.

ReCat: Ducked In Anaheim - Litter Box Cats
5.1 seconds.

Reports: Pens to keep Sprong past his 10th game - PensBurgh
Another teenage rookie staying in the NHL.