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Petr Mrazek’s going to be wearing a snowman-themed mask this month

Via InGoal Magazine, Petr Mrazek's going to be wearing a Christmas-themed mask designed by Ray Bishop this month, and the mask is pretty dang awesome:

You can see more images of Mrazek's mask on Bishop Designs' Facebook page, and InGoal Magazine goes into the details of said mask...

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Practice post II: Weiss OK, Abdelkader progressing, Howard to start for Red Wings on Saturday

Updated 4x at 2:53 PM: As Paul noted, the Red Wings began practice at Joe Louis Arena--prior to tonight's kettle bell-ringing competition to benefit the Salvation Army--without an important player, (especially in last night's win over Dallas), who MLive's Ansar Khan reported was out with a...familiar injury:

Weiss, who was a game-time decision last night (groin), not skating today. Abdelkader (shoulder) also not on the ice.

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Lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Franzen Tatar-Datsyuk-Helm Jurco-Sheahan-Cleary Miller-Glendening-Andersson\

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirmed...

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Stephen Weiss Not Practicing Today

via Chuck Pleiness tweets,

No Stephen Weiss at practice today. Hopefully it's just a maintenance day for him with how hot he's been since returning from injury.

No Justin Abdelkader either. He's had flu and also injured his shoulder on Sunday. Rest of the players on ice at practice.

More on practice as it becomes available...

added 12:07pm, Ansar Khan tweet,

Weiss, who was a game-time decision last night (groin), not skating today. Abdelkader (shoulder) also not on the ice.

added 12:10pm, Khan tweet,

Lines:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Franzen
Tatar-Datsyuk-Helm
Jurco-Sheahan-Cleary
Miller-Glendening-Andersson

added 12:31pm, Khan tweet,

Cleary taking Weiss spot on 2nd power play. However, Cleary's at net front instead of Sheahan (slot). Datsyuk, Tatar and Kindl also on unit.

First power play unit remains Nyquist, Zetterberg, Franzen, Jurco (net front) and Kronwall.

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A Few Notes On The Wings

Scott Cullen of TSN with some notes on Detroit among other topics...

Stephen Weiss - In a highly-improbably turn of events, the Red Wings centre is becoming a major contributor. He scored a goal and added two assists in a 5-2 win over Dallas, and it gives Weiss nine points (4 G, 5 A) in seven games. He had eight points (3 G, 5 A) in 43 games over the previous two injury-marred seasons combined.

Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in Detroit's 5-2 win over Dallas, and now has eight points (6 G, 2 A) in five games since returning from his latest injury…Red Wings LW Darren Helm scored a pair of goals against Dallas, giving him six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past six games…Red Wings C Riley Sheahan chipped in a couple assists and had dominant possession (13 shot attempts for, 2 against, 86.7%), giving him nine points (4 G, 5 A) in the past 10 games…Red Wings LW Tomas Tatar added a pair of assists, giving him 12 points (6 G, 6 A) in the past 11 games.

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Detroit Red Wings Ranked #11 In NHL Power Rankings

Here is what Corey Masisak of NHL.com writes about the Wings before last night's win...

11. Detroit Red Wings (14-6-5)

Six wins in eight games has helped the Red Wings get beyond an inconsistent start to the season. They prevent shot attempts and earn advantageous faceoffs (second in the League in Corsi-against per 60 minutes and second in percentage of offensive zone faceoffs). They are the equivalent of a football team that plays solid defense and wins the field position battle. In both sports, those types of teams win a lot.

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Join Us For Our Live Blog During The Grand Rapids Griffins Game Tonight

The Griffins will be hosting the Oklahoma City Barons at 7:00pm ET tonight and George Malik will be in attendance.

George has been itching to go to Grand Rapids and tonight works out perfectly, no Wings game plus only three NHL games.

The live blog post will be up at 6:00pm tonight and we invite you to join in on the conversation.

Kukla's Korner partner Shnarped will also be involved an they will be passing out a few goodies during the live blog too.

Make sure to check out what Shnarped offers to fans of our glorious game and it is a great way to communicate directly with the hockey players.

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Post-Game Talk After Wings Win Over The Stars

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Two nights after an outing described as brutal by their coach, they built a good lead, and then rebuilt it, to earn a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.

"Huge for us get a good balance of scoring," Stephen Weiss said after a three-point night. "Thirty teams would love to take that. Power play got another one. All four lines were good. We did a real good job tonight getting back where we want to be."

Weiss, Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk all scored in a first period that also saw Tomas Jurco produce his eighth point in the last nine games. Kyle Quincey came through with his first goal of the season in the third period, and Helm secured the victory with his second goal of the night.

"We've got guys clicking together, we've got some good chemistry out there," Helm said. "We're a confident group. It was a big bounce-back game, for sure."

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added 8:50am, also from St. James,

In an unusual move, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland gathered all his scouts for brief meetings this week.

"It's the first time we've done it for just one day, and here in early December," Holland said. The trade deadline isn't for another three months, and Thursday night's game against Dallas was only the 26th of the Wings' season.

"Just thought it would be good to touch base now," Holland said, "instead of waiting till late January."

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Stars: Weiss, Quincey, Helm star in a pleasantly surprising win

Daniel Cleary decided that he wanted to wear #11, so Wings fans were doing double-takes during the pre-game warm-up, watching Daniel Alfredsson take his victory lap in Ottawa and Cleary wear his third number in under 12 months.

Cleary took the warm-up but didn't skate for the Wings on Thursday nigt, but they didn't need him. Instead, the Wings received a 3-point outing from Stephen Weiss (1 goal and 2 assists), a 2-goal night from Darren Helm, a 2-point night by Kyle Quincey and a supremely understated performance by Jimmy Howard in the net (22 saves, including 11 of 12 in a 2nd period in which the Wings were out-shot) en route to a 5-2 game that was all about taking control of what was a tighter affair than the scoresheet indicated--until the Wings ran away with it, anyway.

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Mickey Redmond shares memories of playing for Jean Beliveau’s Canadiens

On Wednesday, Mickey Redmond spoke with Sportsnet's HockeyCentral at Noon about playing alongside Jean Beliveau during his time with the Canadiens, and he relates quite the set of stories about both his and his father's status as having played with Beliveau:

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Ted Lindsay talks about having an aortic valve replacement at 89 years of age

The Ted Lindsay Foundation Tweeted this, and it pretty much speaks for itself:

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