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Red Wings-Coyotes game-day articles: Nyquist needs to break Schneid; Gustavsson doing better

Updated 4x at 4:49 PM:

The Red Wings' mostly optional morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Arizona Coyotes (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Arizona/97.1 FM) revealed very little other than a "no lineup changes" message, though Darren Helm issued quite the baby-birthing story.

"If you missed it," here were the articles and Tweets of note from the morning skate news cycle:

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Darren Helm and Mrs. give a whole new meaning to ‘baby on board’

Updated 6x at 4:27 PM:

So this is a real story, from MLive's Ansar Khan...

Helm told amazing story of how his new daughter was delivered in the car on way to hospital. Baby and mother are good. Dad a little frazzled

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

#RedWings Darren Helm told story of his second daughter being born in his car on the side of I-96 freeway at 2:15 Monday morning.

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

Babcock says same lineup tonight as it was Sunday...also, quite the story from Darren Helm regarding his new born...baby was...

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born in the back seat...Said the entire experience was much more nervous and exhilarating than any hockey game.

Update: Kulfan penned an article about Helm's adventure:

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Red Wings-Coyotes morning skate Tweets: It’s an ‘optional’ and Datsyuk remains out

The Red WIngs can either take advantage of the 29th-place Coyotes to earn two "gimme" points or turn tonight's tilt against Arizona into a "trap game" (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/FS Arizona/97.1 FM) that allows the Senators (4 points behind Detroit) and Bruins (5 points behind Detroit) to close in upon the Wings' 3rd and final Atlantic Division playoff spot.

As MLive's Ansar Khan noted in his "5 Things to Watch," the Coyotes haven't exactly been world-beaters this year:

2. Coyotes in the hunt for top pick: Arizona is in a three-way battle with Buffalo and Edmonton for the worst record in the NHL; don't count out the Coyotes, who've lost six consecutive games in regulation, eight in a row overall (0-7-1), are 1-17-1 in their past 19 and seem determined to bring Connor McDavid to the Desert.

The team with the fewest points gets the most balls in the draft lottery, with the best chance to secure the No. 1 pick, which is certain to be McDavid.

The Coyotes visit Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday (7:30). The teams have split six games since the start of the 2013 season.

In theory, the Wings should be able to earn 2 points over Thursday's opponent, the San Jose Sharks, pretty easily, too, but those pesky Senators aggravated the Sharks by defeating them 5-2 last night.

Anyway, the Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena for their morning skate shortly after 10:30 AM, and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa was the first beat writer to check in...

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Red Wings to raise funds for Make-A-Wish of Michigan on Thursday

From the Red Wings:

RED WINGS TO HOLD ‘WINGS FOR WISHES’ GAME ON THURSDAY
… Mystery Puck Draw, Online Fundraiser to Benefit Make-A-Wish® Michigan …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host their third annual ‘Wings for Wishes’ night to benefit Make-A-Wish®  Michigan on Thursday, March 26 when the team takes on the San Jose Sharks at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket). In its first two years, ‘Wings for Wishes’ night has raised more than $30,000, which has helped Make-a-Wish® Michigan grant the wishes of six Michigan children.

The team’s wives and girlfriends will hold a mystery puck draw on the concourse behind Section 126 when doors open at 6:00 p.m. For $35, fans will have the opportunity to purchase from an assortment of 300 hockey pucks signed by members of the 2014-15 team and packaged in a black box to conceal the autograph. Each puck has been signed by a Red Wings player and comes with a certificate of authenticity. One in three pucks available at Thursday’s game has been signed by Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist. The fan who purchases and opens the puck signed in gold by Nyquist will meet him after the game.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Coyotes set-up. It’s a ‘gimme game’...AND a ‘trap game’

Given the Red Wings' suddenly precarious standing as the 3rd-place team in the Atlantic Division, with the surging Ottawa Senators 4 points behind the Wings (who defeated San Jose 5-2 on Monday; Detroit has 1 game in hand on Ottawa, and Detroit hosts San Jose on Thursday), and the Boston Bruins 5 points behind (who are idle until Thursday, though Detroit has 2 games in hand on Boston)...

You'd think that tonight's game against the Arizona Coyotes (7:30 PM EDT, FSD/FS Arizona/97.1 FM) would constitute either a "gimme" game or a "trap" game, and in this case, the best answer to both suggestions is, "Yep."

The Coyotes sit in 29th place in the league and have lost 8 straight games, including Sunday's 3-1 loss to Vancouver. They're embarking on a 3-game road trip that will take them through Detroit, Buffalo for a Connor McDavid Derby showdown and then Pittsburgh, and the biggest news regarding a traveling Coyotes team on Monday involved the likely departure of goalie guru Sean Burke for greener pastures.

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It’s always ‘national puppy day’ for Riley Sheahan

The "Awww factor" in this story from WDIV Local 4 Sports' Jamie Edmonds goes up to eleven:

It's Monday morning and Red Wings center Riley Sheahan is on the ice at his day job preparing for the NHL playoffs and talking business.

After work, Sheahan has a very important stop -- one that he's had on his schedule all season. The pro hockey player has a long-standing date with dogs at the Michigan Humane Society.

"It’s really cool. He comes out once a month. Sometimes he sneaks out here some other times as well. You can really tell he loves the animals here," said Ryan McTigue, of the Humane Society.
Sheahan's love for animals turned into an idea: he calls it "Riley's Rescues."

"I had the opportunity to help the Humane Society. I've always had a passion for dogs," said Sheahan.

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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Tickets Go On Sale This Friday

DETROIT – The 11-time Stanley Cup® Champion Detroit Red Wings announced today that tickets for the 2015 Stanley Cup® Playoffs will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. Red Wings fans will be able to purchase tickets for each of the team’s first two potential opening-round home contests against a to-be-determined opponent.

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Kerry Fraser On The Justin Abdelkader Goal

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

Justin Abdelkader violated rule 10.3 when he played the puck with a broken stick and knocked the puck into the net. Even though all goals are reviewed, this particular play is not presently listed in rule 38.4 (Situations Subject to Review). The use of a broken stick had to be detected by the referee(s) on the ice in real-time or through a conference of officials after the puck was played by Abdelkader and entered the net. The goal should have been disallowed and a penalty imposed against Abdelkader as per the letter of the law and contained in the rule.

The only way that this goal would be deemed legal is if Abdelkader's stick broke in the act of shooting and the puck then entered the net. 

This was a missed call that resulted in the scoring of an illegal goal. The General Manager's need to expand their recommendations for referee video review to determine not just the presence of goalie interference but the legitimacy of all potential goals. The play in question should also be one for a "coach's challenge". 

Let's examine the specifics of this play. While the integrity of Justin Abdelkader's stick may have been compromised previously, it is important to note that Alex Pietrangelo (or any Blues player) did NOT make contact with or slash Abdelkader's stick shaft which could have broken the stick. Had that occurred a slashing penalty would most likely have been assessed. Regardless as to how a stick is broken, there is no discretion for the referee to allow a player to continue playing with a broken stick. The player must drop the broken stick before participating in the play!

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Video of the goal is below...

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Pavel Datsyuk Feels Better, But Not At 100% plus Practice Reports and prospect stuff

Updated 4x at 4:21 PM:

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I feel OK," Datsyuk said. "It's not ready to play. I think I need (to) skate more with team and I'll feel better."

He said he's not concerned about it.

"I (was) hoping I (would) play yesterday but it's like not really help team," Datsyuk said. "I hope I play tomorrow but I don't think so I play tomorrow. I have small chance. I skate tomorrow and we see."

Datsyuk didn't take part in three-on-three drills at the start of practice and didn't skate line rushes. He just joined in from time to time. He also didn't practice on the power play.

"It's a little bit bother me like three weeks," Datsyuk said. "Of course it feels better now but not 100 percent."

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Update: The Free Press's George Sipple also posited a practice report, discussing the Wings-Coyotes match-up...

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Pavel Datsyuk rules self out for Tuesday’s Wings-Yotes game; Helm’s a dad again

via Ansar Khan tweet,

Wings filing onto ice for practice. Datsyuk is skating with team for first time since game at Pittsburgh 8 days ago.

more updates as they become available....

added 11:08am, via Khan....

Datsyuk not taking part in three-on-three drills at start of practice. Dangling the puck in the corner.

added 11:11am, Khan again,

Helm is not skating

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Gustavsson was skating before practice but has left the ice.'

George taking over @ 11:25: DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirms:

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