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Datsyuk Back On Tuesday

FoxSports Detroit announced on the air tonight Datsyuk will return on Tuesday when the Wings travel to south Florida to take on the Panthers.

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Stephen Weiss Knows He Is Struggling

The Panthers play the Wings in Detroit on Saturday night...

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,

... while Weiss is relishing his newfound relevance just by playing for the New York Yankees of hockey, he admits his slow start of four points in 23 games has made for a tougher transition.

"You guys know why I came here, to win games and be on a good team,'' Weiss told the Sun Sentinel via cellphone Thursday en route to New Jersey where the 14-8-7 Red Wings played the Devils Friday night.

"It's awesome to be at the top of the standings and nice for a change for sure. Personally, it's been a struggle. … You try not to read the newspapers and keep all that stuff out of my head. It's been tough.''

"When I was out of the lineup we had some lines that were really playing well so it was tough to creep your way back up,'' said Weiss, who missed six games with a groin injury. "With the injuries, now I have a chance to move up and play more minutes.

"Hopefully, I can keep playing better and gain more trust from the coach [Mike Babcock] and find my game. It hasn't come as easily as I would've liked.''

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Skate At Comerica Park

from the Detroit Red Wings,

DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment revealed today activities for the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ with two weeks of events taking place on the ice rink inside Comerica Park Dec.16-24.

Public open skates inside Comerica Park will allow fans of all ages to have the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of skating on the same ice as their Red Wings and Maple Leafs Alumni hockey heroes.

Open Skate Dates & Times
• Tuesday, Dec. 17: 8 - 8:50 a.m., 9:30 - 10:20 a.m., 11 - 11:50 a.m., 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 20: 9 - 9:50 a.m., 10:30 - 11:20 a.m.
• Tuesday, Dec. 24: 8 - 8:50 a.m., 9:30 - 10:20 a.m., 11 - 11:50 a.m., 12:30 - 1:20 p.m., 2 - 2:50 p.m.

Public open skate events are available for purchase in 50-minute increments. Prices are $25/adult, $15/kids 14 & under and $5/non-skater. Kids 2 & under are free. Fans can bring their own skates or rent skates for $10.

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Finding A Way To Win

Ansar Khan of Mlive checks in after the Wings' optional skate today...

With Pavel Datsyuk (concussion), Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc) and Darren Helm (shoulder) all out against the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit), others must step up.

“This is who we got, this is who we’re playing, let’s find a way to win,” coach Mike Babcock said after the optional morning skate at the Prudential Center. “Opportunity knocks right now. With good structure and good work habits we’re going to be just fine.

“So we’re not spending a whole lot of time worrying about the people who aren’t here.”

Todd Bertuzzi returns after missing six games with an upper-body injury. He’ll play on what might be considered the top line, with Johan Franzen at center and Gustav Nyquist at left wing.

“I’m excited to be back,'' Bertuzzi said. "I’m playing with two good players; kind of keep it simple. My job really doesn’t change: Get them the puck, go to the net and get to the hard areas.’’

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For those of you wondering about George, he is ill and will return when his health improves.

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Babcock Looking For A Road Win, Turns To Gustavsson

from chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

It’s all about winning games according to Wings coach Mike Babcock and therefore he’s turning to Jonas Gustavsson between the pipes Friday in New Jersey.

“Well, I mean we’ve got to win games and he’s doing that right now for us so the bottom line is he’s starting,” Babcock said. “We’re going to watch the game and he’s been real good for us.”

Gustavsson is 7-0-1 this season with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.

“He’s found a way to get hit by pucks and we’ve found a way to win now I don’t know if it’s cause we’ve relaxed more on the road or I don’t know the answer to those questions I just know we’re in the winning business, we need points,” Babcock said.

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At The Wings’ Practice Today

 


Also, Helm not skating, waiting for an update.

added 1:08pm,

 

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The Story Of Last Night’s Game

Quotes via Anshar Khan of Mlive,

- “We didn’t do enough good things to win the game and it starts with specialty teams,’’ defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “We need to do a way better job on the power play. We had a lot of power plays in the second and we could not take advantage of it and they found a way on their PP to take advantage of their opportunities.’’

- “Our PK has been great all year and it’s been better and better but tonight for whatever reason we didn’t get it done,’’ Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said. “Especially with the guys we have out now our specialty teams have to be really good and we have to protect those 3-1 leads.”

- Jimmy Howard allowed five goals on 33 shots in a performance coach Mike Babcock said he couldn’t immediately evaluate.

“I haven’t broken down the tape, so I got no idea,’’ Babcock said. “I just know when you give up as many goals as we did, it’s not a good thing.’’

- “There’s an opportunity for every one of these guys right here to lead, to grab a bigger piece and do their part,’’ Babcock said. “I thought Tatar was a factor in tonight’s game. To me that means you get more. If you’re not a factor, you get less; it’s real simple. So grab your piece while you got a chance.’’

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Video- Watch And Listen To Alfredsson While On The Ice In Ottawa

The video is a little over four minutes long.

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No Worries Tonight

There are only three NHL games scheduled for tonight and a group of four writers from The Hockey News pick their best bets

The Hockey News Best Bets (with season record):
Ken Campbell, Senior Writer (9-6): Phoenix over Calgary
Ryan Kennedy, Associate Senior Writer (7-8): Detroit over Philadelphia
Adam Proteau, Writer/Columnist (9-6): Detroit over Philadelphia
Rory Boylen, THN.com Post-To-Post Blog Editor (8-7): Detroit over Philadelphia

So sit back and relax tonight, the Wings have this one wrapped up.

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Happy 81st Birthday Alex Delvecchio

One of the most underrated players in the history of the game, Hockey Hall of Fame member Alex Delvecchio.

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