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Red Wings and Absolut Vodka to host Playoff Viewing Party on Friday night

by John Hahn / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT – The Red Wings and Absolut Vodka will be hosting a special viewing party on Friday, April 20, when Detroit squares off with the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal Stanley Cup Playoff series (8:00 p.m. – FSD and 97.1 The Ticket). All citizens of Hockeytown are invited to join the Volunteer Energy Red Patrol at Hamlin Pub in Rochester Hills (1988 S. Rochester Rd.) to experience the unparalleled excitement of postseason hockey in a festive atmosphere while enjoying food and drink specials, interactive games and drawings for Red Wings merchandise and autographed memorabilia.

Former Red Wings defenseman Jason Woolley will be also on hand for the proceedings on Friday, mingling with fans and signing autographs throughout what promises to be a fun-filled evening. Additional information on Official Red Wings/Absolut Playoff Viewing Parties can be obtained by visiting


In order to help citizens of Hockeytown justify their annual case of playoff fever to employers, coworkers, and loved ones alike, the Red Wings have launched an Excuse-O-Matic explanation generator at This fun microsite allows fans to select from a variety of viable excuses that explain why they might smell like octopi, have to grow a scraggly beard, or be exhausted from watching a quadruple-overtime marathon that started in a later time zone. Fans are then able to choose which Detroit player they’d like to digitally sign off on the excuse, which can then be personalized and emailed to bosses, relatives, etc.
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