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The Slumping Darren Helm

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

It’s a disturbing thought.

For a dozen Red Wings, their next goal will be their first goal this season.

In the case of Darren Helm, it’s not without his September setbacks. He missed training camp, the exhibition season, and the first four games of the regular season.

“It sucks,” said Helm, who suffered a separated shoulder as well as a concussion in the opening minutes of camp when he collided head-on with invitee Jerome Verrier.

“I’ve played in 13 or 14 games now,” Helm added, “I’ve had my camp, I’ve had my exhibition, there’s no excuses right now for any poor play that comes along. There’s no excuse now.”

Unfortunately, Helm has no goals with a minus-4 rating in those 13 games. He has just one assist, a second-period helper on Jonathan Ericsson’s lone goal that came in a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 31.


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A One-Year Contract Extension For Xavier Ouellet

added 4:23pm, Contract details added below...

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the team has signed defenseman Xavier Ouellet to a one-year contract extension.

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Red Wings Alums to play NTDP to help Plymouth-Canton Marching Band go to Rose Bowl

Here's an FYI from WXYZ:

Former Red Wings will take the ice this weekend to help a local marching band.

Members of the team's alumni association are playing a charity game on Sunday November 24th at the USA Hockey Arena.

They're raising money to help send the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band to Pasadena for the Tournament of Roses Parade.

And they're going to play the NTDP!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online: http://pcmb.net/events/pucks-for-pasadena

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Red Wings-Senators game-day articles: Larkin will play with Datysuk tonight

Updated 5x at 2:57 PM: The Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators tangle tonight in Canada's capital (7:30 PM EST on FSD/TSN 5/RDS/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed that Jimmy Howard will oppose Craig Anderson, and that Teemu Pulkkinen will return to the Red Wings' lineup.

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Mike Green discusses leaving the Capitals and joining the Red Wings

From Sports Illustrated's Alex Prewitt:

While he was down in Florida for the NHL draft, Holland phoned Green, who was in Calgary. Holland talked about life in Detroit, and how the Red Wings were hunting for a right-shot defenseman. (They had offered Niskanen a deal the previous summer, but didn’t make his final cut.) He told Green, then 29 years old, that he envisioned him returning to a top-four role, after Green averaged his lowest ice time (19:06 per game) since his rookie season. Then Holland asked if Green wanted to talk again. Green said no. He had all the information he needed, enough so that by 2 p.m. on July 1, Holland and Green’s agent were exchanging salary figures and discussing terms.

“I knew we had a deal done, we just had to put some finishing touches to it,” Holland says. “The sense I got from his agents was he was at the top of our list and we were at the top of his list.”

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Red Wings-Senators morning skate Tweets: Howard starts, Pulkkinen returns

The Detroit Red Wings hope to turn their ship around against the Ottawa Senators this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/TSN 5/RDS/97.1 FM). The Wings are hoping that their offense finally sparks against an opponent that Detroit's looking up toward in the Atlantic Division Standings this morning, sitting 2 points behind the final Atlantic playoff spot (occupied by the Lightning) and in 10th place in the Eastern Conference a week-and-a-half before American Thanksgiving.

The Senators preceded the Wings on to the ice at the Canadian Tire Centre, as noted by the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch...

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Marsha, Marsha Marsha, I mean Babcock, Babcock Babcock

I just don't agree with this. The Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins aren't missing Mike Babcock, they're both adjusting to new coaches and young players finally expected to step up and start producing. I think Sportsnet's Damien Cox is spinning his wheels here:

Detroit, now 8-8-1 on the season, hoped to see a quick improvement when Pavel Datsyuk returned for his first game of the season on Friday. Instead, the Wings lost that night and on Saturday to drop new coach Jeff Blashill below .500, with possession, once a Detroit strength, continuing to be an issue.

Possession has been fine for the last three games.

The minor league Grand Rapids Griffins, meanwhile, have been a point of pride for Ken Holland and Co. for several years, but early in the season that club is 2-8-0-1 under new coach Todd Nelson. Highly touted draft pick Anthony Mantha has two goals in 11 games.

Two of those goals came recently, and the Griffins are adjusting to having Todd Nelson as their coach--and they've had an terrible, awful, no good very bad schedule that's been split between weekend games and no games.

The Leafs are finding Babcock is having an impact not just on the NHL club, but on the AHL Marlies and throughout the organization. You wonder if the Wings are having trouble replacing that.

That's bullshit. Mike Babcock isn't the reason the Marlies are winning and no Mike Babcock isn't the single reason that the Red Wings are finding that adjusting to a new coach--while Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar struggle to find their form as "go-to guys"--is a lot harder than they thought it would be.

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‘Sputtering’ Wings

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun made the following observation while dishing out power rankings:

19. Detroit [record] 8-8-1 Last Week: 18 You keep waiting for the Red Wings to get going but losses like those on the weekend to the Sharks and Bruins keep them sputtering in neutral.

I said on Saturday that the Wings look like they did during the Babcockian slide down the stretch last season, and I still believe it, but I also believe that it's going to take an entire half season for the Wings to adjust to a new coach and vice versa.

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TSN: Gordie Howe successful in lawsuit against former business manager, who’s declaring bankruptcy

From TSN's Rick Westhead:

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No Offense For The 4th Line

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week:

When will fourth line chip in?

The Red Wings can usually count on some offense from their fourth line, but the unit hasn't accounted for a goal in 17 games, regardless of who's played there.

Luke Glendening, who notched 12 goals last season, and Drew Miller are fixtures on the line but have just one assist each. Darren Helm, who's off to the worst start of his career (one assist in 13 games) has logged time on the line in recent games. Joakim Andersson (11 games) and the injured Landon Ferraro (10 games), who've played mostly on the fourth line, have no points.

When a team is struggling to score like the Red Wings, offense from unexpected sources can provide a lift. But they haven't gotten it.

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