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An incredibly unique hockey-meets-politics column

Sometimes one must acknowledge creativity in non-hockey discussion, and the Oakland Press's Pat Caputo penned a column about the concept that one must separate the politics of a regime from the average person living in a country, and, well...

The world is in crisis mode because of what is transpiring in Ukraine. Russia is not respecting an international border. It’s brought back memories of that not-so-fuzzy feeling we had toward the Russians during the Cold War.

While the Cold War thawed, there has always been lingering animosity on both sides politically.

My hope is there won’t be the same intense dislike when it comes to the Russian people.

The Russian 5, and Pavel Datsyuk, their countryman, who followed them playing for the Red Wings, not only proved to be terrific hockey players, but presented distinctly different personalities.

Caputo continues, and his article's most certainly an intriguing read.

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Wings Have Issues Protecting A Lead

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Rangers have defeated the Red Wings twice. They won 3-2 on Derick Brassard’s overtime goal on Oct. 26 at Joe Louis Arena and 1-0 on Jan. 16 at Madison Square Garden, when Henrik Lundqvist 38 saves and Mats Zuccarello scored with 5:58 remaining in the third period.

The first meeting between these clubs is one of nine games the Red Wings have lost when leading after two periods (three in regulation, six in overtime or a shootout)....

Said forward Justin Abdelkader: “You got to stick with your structure, can’t have mental mistakes late in the game. Unfortunately, pucks are finding a way to go in. so we just got to play within our system, don’t do anyone else’s job. We don’t need to sit back, we need to keep pushing forward.”

Coach Mike Babcock said one of the reasons for the blown leads is his team can’t score enough – the past five games notwithstanding (20 goals).

“If you don’t score enough then games are closer than they need to be so teams are always in the game,” Babcock said. “We don’t put you away. … That’s been the theme all year.”

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Petr Mrazek Up, Gustavsson Has A Sore Groin

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Yes, Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson said that if he continues his career, he’ll remain a Wing

I apolgize for being a little late to the party on this one, but I was having fun fun fun anxiety attacks today, so here's what Daniel Alfredsson had to say about his playing future, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose (he's going to wait and decide after the season, but if he continues to play, he will continue to play in Detroit):

“I’ve gone through this the last two years,” Alfredsson said. “I’ve talked to other players before. The consensus I get is play as long as you can, pretty much from everyone. If you feel you still have the energy and desire definitely continue as long as you can. That’s been the common theme.”

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Red Wings-Devils quick take: Heavens no, hell yeah

The Detroit Red Wings are a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in the Azeri rebel ham sandwich that Jimmy Howard may or may not have eaten during the Olympics.

In simpler and plainer English, I don't think that we're going to figure this team out, at least not until it does or does not make the playoffs, because the night after the Wings punted away a point in their 4-3 OT loss to Colorado, the Wings played similarly messy hockey, their goaltending was even shakier than it was against the Avs, the kids continued to make mistakes, the defense was doofy in terms of allowing the Devils to walk in and score...

And yet the Wings managed to just lay waste to Corey Schneider's goals-against average, rallying from a blown 3-2 deficit 11:44 into the second with five straight goals--including a trio scored 3 minutes and 14 seconds--en route to a 7-4 win whose lustre wasn't dimmed by Smith and Kindl letting Adam Henrique to walk in and make the score look closer than it was with 1:18 remaining.

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Just Terrible News, Michigan High School Hockey Player Dies In His Sleep Due To Enlarged Heart

from Kyle Moroney of Mlive,

Hours before he was supposed to lead a team into the MHSAA semifinal ice hockey tournament, Grandville High School's hockey team co-captain Ryan Fischer passed away, according to school and MHSAA sources.

Ryan, 17, was found unresponsive in his home early this morning, school officials said.

"From my understanding, (Ryan) went to sleep last night. There were no symptoms, no warning signs. He was unresponsive when his father went to wake him up this morning," said Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff.

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Red Wings reassign Pulkkinen to Grand Rapids

From the Wings' PR department:

PULKKINEN RETURNED TO GRAND RAPIDS
… Finnish Forward Leads AHL Rookies in Goals with 24 …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

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Your Morning Detroit Red Wings’ News

via Khan tweets,

Babcock said in addition to Gustavsson starting tonight vs. Devils only change is Kindl in for Lashoff. Kindl (knee) hasn't played since 2-3

Helm said he'll be out at least another week due to concussion-like symptoms. Said he hit head on ice and was grazed in chin in Ottawa.

added 12:16pm, Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front has more on Helm,

“The tests I did nothing really showed too much,” Helm said. “I’m not really having symptoms that people normally have with concussions. There are small symptoms there that show that I could possibly have one, but I’m not one of those bad cases where guys are throwing up or are really dizzy or having trouble with the light. I am getting the headaches and it’s keeping me off the ice and from working out. That vision thing as well from the game is something concerning as well.”...

“The next game it wasn’t that bad, we had a day off right after and I was fine,” Helm said. “Practice went well, a little bit of a headache that night and it carried over to the game (in New Jersey).

“It was never a piercing headache and kind of came and went as well,” Helm continued. “It was never bad. Then the Jersey game I got a headache, it wasn’t killing me, the headache itself wasn’t keeping me out of the game, but I was having troubles with vision, seeing the puck. I was told it was kind of migraine symptom that could have been caused by the head as well.”

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Red Wings-Avs quick take: a ‘learning experience’ is generally not a pleasant title for a game

Update: FSD: 7 AM and 6 PM EST Friday = 1-hour replays of the Lidstrom retirement ceremony. FTR.

The Detroit Red Wings raised Nicklas Lidstrom's number to the rafters, and got off to a wonderful start against the despised Colorado Avalanche...

But the Wings have never won a game in which Lidstrom was publicly announced as in attendance in his post-playing career, and as the crowd left surprisingly early (perhaps they were subscribing to a certain Avs scribe's Tweets complaining about the late start), the gas seemed to go out of the Wings' young guns and new players alike--and yes, the "Kid Line" was once again in "learning" mode, because they were both responsible for the 2-1 goal...

And the 3-2 game-winner in OT, with Jimmy Howard really playing much better than his 3-goals-on-25-shots total suggests, and now the Wings facing a surprisingly early start against the Devils having lost two straight games.

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Number 5’s up where it belongs

Updated with a ton of video at 9:08 PM: Nicklas Lidstrom was given an African safari and a Dodge Ram quad cab (a diesel for Sweden) as his number was retired to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena this evening:

Lidstrom thanked Brad McCrimmon, Steve Yzerman, Scotty Bowman, Mike Babcock, the Ilitches, his teammates, his family and the fans, but in the end, he is a family man, and that's why he moved home to Vasteras to coach his sons' hockey team:

No tears. But close. And yes, Henrik Zetterberg looked like he was pretending to not be wearing a post-surgical back brace while wearing a suit, and Pavel Datsyuk was limping, but Datsyuk always limps, even when he's healthy. And Vladdie and Homer were the other heroes of the night.

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