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Practice post: Red Wings to face Panthers without Abdelkader; Wings discuss winning streak

Updated 6x at 5:24 PM with this:

As Paul noted:

1. Somewhat surprisingly, Joe Hicketts was the only Red Wings prospect named to Team Canada's World Junior Selection Camp roster. Neither Tyler Bertuzzi nor Zach Nastasiuk made the cut;

2. And Justin Abdelkader didn't practice for the Wings today, and is out for tomorrow's game against Florida (the Panthers are playing in Columbus tonight, and the Miami Herald's George Richards reports that Al Montoya is starting for Florida this evening).

MLive's Ansar Khan Tweeted out the Wings' lines...

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Ken Holland On Hockey Central At Noon

via Sportsnet,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland joins Hockey Central @ Noon to discuss his club's recipe for success thus far in a season that many thought would see the perennial contenders struggle.

I listened to the 12 1/2 minute interview and Holland talked the start by the Wings, praised Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall.  Then discussed Joe Hicketts, Stephen Weiss and Babcock contract..

Listen here....

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Joe Hicketts Invited To Canada’s WJC Camp

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Victoria's Joe Hicketts is the only defenceman invited to this camp who wasn't invited to the summer camp. At 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, he's not blessed with extraordinary size or speed, and the 1996-born blueliner wasn't drafted by an NHL team last summer.

But after attending Detroit's summer prospect camp, and then getting invited to the Wings' rookie tournament team in Traverse City, the undrafted free agent sufficiently impressed the Wings to get an NHL contract. He's been an offensive dynamo in the WHL this season.

With seven goals and 36 points in 28 games, he leads all WHL defencemen in scoring, but he's fifth amongst all players in the WHL. It doesn't hurt that Lowry, who will handle the defencemen for Groulx, is Hicketts' head coach in Victoria.

For a defenceman of that stature in the WJC, Hicketts doesn't have the same dynamic qualities to his game as, say, Ryan Ellis in 2009 and 2010, but he has a scrappy get-things-done mentality and puts up points.

more on Canada's roster...

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Justin Abdelkader Not Practicing Today For The Wings

via Chuck Pleiness tweet,

Justin Abdelkader the lone player missing from practice today. He injured his shoulder late in the second period Sunday.

This post will be udated as needed.

added 11:25am, via Ansar Khan tweets,

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

Defense:
Ericsson-Kronwall
Quincey-DeKeyser
Smith-Kindl
Lashoff

added 12:12pm, Khan tweet,

Babcock had no update on Abdelkader other than he is out tomorrow and is day to day. Hurt shoulder on hit from Sbisa.

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Prospect news: Paterson to remain with Saginaw for now; profiling Turgeon and Mantha

There's not a whole lot of prospect news this morning, but:

Ahead of today's announcement of Canada's World Junior pre-tournament camp roster (Tyler Bertuzzi, Joe Hicketts and Zach Natsasiuk are all strong candidates to be named to said team), tomorrow's announcement of Team USA's World Junior pre-tournament camp roster (Dylan Larkin will be named to the team and Dominic Turgeon is a possible addition), the impending Swedish WJC team-naming (Axel Holmstrom's a strong candidate), and tomorrow's Grand Rapids Griffins game against the Toronto Marlies (whew, that was a mouthful)...

A very surprising development took place with the OHL's Saginaw Spirit. It's assumed that Saginaw is going to trade overage goaltender and Wings prospect Jake Paterson, but the Saginaw News's Cory Butzin reports that the team chose to release goaltender Nikita Serebryakov and continue to utilize Paterson as their starter for the present moment:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canucks conspiratorial wrap-up and unrelated fantasy hockey talk

The Red Wings' 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks was the only game on the NHL schedule on Sunday, and between the power outage at the Joe, the Miller vs. Miller angle, Justin Abdelkader's shoulder injury or the fact that the Red Wings' fourth straight win  leaves Detroit now 1 point behind both the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens and Lightning--as well as the Eastern Conference-leading Islanders and Penguins...

You'd think there were more than enough "angles" to cover this game that didn't involve near-conspiracy-theory interpretations of Tom Kowal and Tim Peel's refereeing. Pavel Datsyuk's 2-goal performance, maybe, Tomas Jurco's status as a point-per-game player despite playing on the "shut-down line," sure, or perhaps the Wings having won 8 of their past 11 games, with a favorable home schedule awaiting them this month (with a Florida Panthers team that will have played in Columbus this evening comming to town on Tuesday), those are all good angles.

Especially when "We Wuz Robbed" is something we usually hear from the Red Wings' fans, myself included.

However, "We Wuz Robbed!" is exactly where we begin, and we don't begin it with the Red Wings suggesting that Peel or Kowal were terrible. We begin with the Vancouver Province's Jason Botchford summarizing the biggest of the of Canucks' many beefs with the refs...

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Gordie Howe’s resting after his latest stroke, but his health is trending downward

Sunday's during-the-game news that Gordie Howe's suffered another stroke is...It's not good. From a plain old knowledge-of-general-patterns-of-geriatric care perspective, these mini-strokes are going to continue occurring on a semi-regular to regular basis, and at some point, he's going to have a major stroke again.

Regardless of the man's legendary will or physical and mental toughness, Mr. Hockey is only going to be with us for so long, and I'm very glad that his family is treating their father's condition as near-end-of-life in its severity. That is an accurate description of his physical health.

Mark Howe, the Red Wings' director of pro scouting, told the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa that an epidural has relieved his father's back pain, but the strokes Howe's had since the big one in October have all but eliminated his ability to speak or walk:

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Red Wings-Canucks Miller vs. Miller wrap-up

With only one game on the NHL schedule, this sort-of-half-breakaway that Drew Miller had on his brother Ryan got quite a bit of play...

And the family apparently talked it up after the game:

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Justin Abdelkader expected to be ‘day to day’ after suffering shoulder injury

Justin Abdelkader jammed his left shoulder while hitting Luca Sbisa during the second period of yesterday's 5-3 Red Wings win over Vancouver, and he didn't return for the 3rd period...

But Wings coach Mike Babcock told MLive's Ansar Khan that the Wings don't believe that Abdelkader's injury is serious:

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Todd Bertuzzi, Jordin Tootoo make appearances in Rogers Hometown Hockey

As part of Sportsnet's Hometown Hockey series, which traveled to Brandon, Manitoba on Sunday, Sportsnet aired a video in which Stephen Brunt shared the tale of a connection between Brandon's most famous hockey alumnus, Brad McCrimmon, and an unlikely mentee in former Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi.

This is an incredibly sweet video and I strongly encourage you to listen to McCrimmon's wife, son, daughter, and even Todd share the kings of things that we rarely hear about but "make the man"...

Brad and his brother Kelly, who is the owner, general manager and coach of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings, helped Jordin Tootoo deal with the suicide of his brother Terence during the brothers' tenure with the Wheat Kings...

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