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Datsyuk out tonight with lower-body injury; Red Wings without Gustavsson for two months

Fox Sports Detroit is reporting that Pavel Datsyuk is out with a "lower-body injury" tonight, and now...

[Edit/update: FYI: MICKEY says that Pavel had a "slight tweak" and that it's precautionary, Wings hope he'll be back Sunday. /end update]

Per Khan in text form:

General manager Ken Holland said surgery isn't planned at this time for Gustavsson, who'll be re-evaluated in four-to-six weeks.

Let's hope this is precautionary:

Update: and I guess it's message-sending time:

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Tomas Jurco Trying To Stay Positive & Ken Kal Preview

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"It's hockey. It's business," Jurco said. "I'm still young and there's nothing I can do about it. I just have to keep working hard."

Jurco has no goals and two assists in 12 games. While his primary linemates, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan, have improved after slow starts, Jurco is finding the going tougher in his second NHL season.

"Tats is getting going and he starts scoring; he had some struggles in the beginning too, and Riley as well," Jurco said. "I'm the only one still left that I can't break it no matter what. I guess I have to stay positive and hopefully it's going to go in.

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Below, watch Ken Kal with the gameday preview...

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Babcock On Cleary And Lashoff Plus The Wings Camouflage Pre-Game Sweater

from Bill Roose at the Wings' website,

“If you want to stay in the game, you have to be a good pro, whether you’re just starting or you’re just finishing,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought both of them were excellent. I thought Cleary showed good leadership and played right. I think Lash has been great since he’s gotten in, almost mistake free. To me those are good signs.”

Lashoff has played in the past three games, replacing veteran Kyle Quincey, who suffered an ankle injury last Friday against Los Angeles.

Despite missing the first 10 games as a healthy scratch, the 24-year-old Lashoff has been solid this week, logging nearly 15 minutes of ice time per game. But he says he still must be cognizant of maintaining gap control and getting back to the puck in the defensive zone.

“Just to make sure you’re up in the play in terms of being able to take their time and space away,” he said. “Things might seem a little faster, but in practice I think we do a lot of good drills to work on controlling the gap and taking away time and space.”

As for when Quincey is likely to return, Babcock said, “I think he thinks he’s ready. After he practices and shows us he’s ready he’ll go in.”

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Also from Craig Peterson at the Wings' website a story on the camouflage sweaters the Wings will wear during the pre-game skate...

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Game-day post, Red Wings vs. Devils: new lines but no lineup changes for Wings; no skate for Devils

Updated 7x at 4:16 PM: The Red Wings hope to snap a 3-game winless streak when the y host the New Jersey Devils tonight (7:30 PM EST on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM; tonight is Military Appreciation Night), and MLive's Ansar Khan reported that a surprising participant took part in the Wings' morning skate:

Stephen Weiss skating this morning with Wings after injuring groin nine days ago.

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Lines:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Franzen
Tatar-Datsyuk-Abdelkader
Nestrasil-Sheahan-Helm
Miller-Glendening-Cleary
Andersson. Jurco extras

Khan continued...

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Yet another ‘Red Army’ article yields my take on living Russian 5 legacies

As I've followed the upward trajectory of the Gabe Polsky documentary Red Army over the past eight months, I have left my commentary to the ends of blog entries, so this time, I'm talking about the film as it applies to Red Wings fans like myself first.

I'm 36, so I started following the Red Wings' attempts to draft and actually bring over players from the Eastern Bloc since the mid-80's and have been a passionate fan since watching an exhibition game between Detroit and Toronto on September 22nd, 1991, so the film world's fascination with the Vladimir Tarasov-inspired Soviet machine and the adversarial relationship between the Soviet National Team and coach Viktor Tikhonov, the players' defections and battles to legally leave a collapsing Soviet Union and their still complicated relationships with Putin's Russia and Putin's KHL aren't exactly new to the vast majority of Wings fans.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Devils set-up and Monty Python references

The 6-3-and-4 Red Wings will attempt to snap a 3-game winless streak when they host the New Jersey Devils this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/MSG Plus/97.1 FM; tonight is Military Appreciation Night and the Wings' 4th game in 6 nights), and the Wings can thank their struggles in no small part to the...St. Louis Blues?

Prior to the Red Wings' 4-3 OT loss to the New York Rangers, the Rangers had dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to St. Louis that left them pretty ornery, and the Devils wrapped up a home-and-home series with said Blues earning zero of four points, losing 2-0 to St. Louis on Tuesday and dropping a 4-3 decision in St. Louis on Thursday.

New Jersey was almost able to rally from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits, scoring 3 goals in the game's final 3:25, but Blues goalie Jake Allen held the fort during a 13-shot 3rd period barrage. NHL.com's Louie Korac recapped the action:

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Stretchergate explained

Is okay, they try to find pulse on Tuesday, he have none to begin with.

Pavel Datsyuk played 20:47 in the Red Wings' 4-3 OT loss to New York on Wednesday, leading the Wings in shots with 4, taking 3 more attempts, registering a hit, giveaway, 2 blocked shots, an 11-and-12 performance on faceoffs and a -1.

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FYI: Chris Chelios’s ‘Made in America’ book tour coming to Michigan

As an FYI, Chris Chelios is taking part in a book tour for his recently-released memoir, Made in America, and the tour (book signings included) is coming to Michigan next week. Triumph Books asked us to let you know about it. He'll also be looping back through Chicago and Metro Detroit in early December, but here's the more immediate schedule:

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Nick Cotsonika, Mickey Redmond talk about the Wings on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

The Red Wings' beat writers spent Thursday afternoon updating Jonas Gustavsson's status and penning off-day articles, but Detroit Sports 105.1 FM held two interviews regarding last night's 4-3 OT loss to the Rangers.

First, Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery spoke with Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika regarding the NHL's replay system or the lack thereof as it pertains to the goals and non-goals in New York, Ottawa and Buffalo...

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Prospect news: Coreau joins Griffins on road trip; ‘Tip a Griffin’ info

The Grand Rapids Griffins are en route to Milwaukee to play the Admirals tomorrow night and then to travel south to play the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, and the Griffins have recalled Jared Coreau from Toledo to substitute for Petr Mrazek.

Mrazek's going to be in Detroit for as long as it takes for Jonas Gustavsson to recover from his dislocated shoulder.

There are two OHL-playing prospects taking part in games this evening in Tyler Bertuzzi and Zach Nastasiuk, but other than that, today's prospect news comes from Europe:

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