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Red Wings Prepare To Face The Rangers

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is seeking his 500th NHL win (between Detroit and Anaheim he is 499-266-19-110).

"They have good depth," Babcock said. "They have a real nice back end and up front they have good skill and good speed, so they're a hard team for us. They're a fun team to play. It's an Original Six battle, so it'll be a lot of fun."

The Red Wings (15-6-5) are 5-2 in their past seven games. The Rangers (11-9-4) are 4-2 in their past six.

"They have some skilled players," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "You put them on the power play, they will hurt you."

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added 12:30pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"It's definitely been nice to be in the lineup every night and feel healthy," Helm said today. He will take 13 points in 26 games into tonight's contest at Joe Louis Arena against the New York Rangers (FSD+).

"The extra points on the scoresheet are an added bonus, but I'm just happy to be healthy and playing."

Helm hasn't played a full season since 2010-11, when he pumped a career high 32 points into 82 games. From 2011-12 season through last year, he played 111 of 212 games, waylaid by various injuries. He's altered his routine to counter any flare-ups.

"I'm making a concerted effort to make sure that nothing comes back," Helm said. "I want to make sure I'm doing my job. I'm happy with the way things are going."


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Wings Skate This Morning

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Everybody except Abdelkader (shoulder) taking part in morning skate.

Lines the same as last game:

Cleary (extra)

Power play units:

Nyquist-Zetterberg-Franzen, Jurco (net front) and Kronwall

Tatar-Datsyuk-Weiss, Sheahan (net front) and Kindl

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Ted Lindsay Still In Game Shape

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

It’s been half a century since he’s been under NHL contract, but Ted Lindsay still partakes in the training regimen of an athlete preparing for a season-long slog. Three days a week Lindsay hits the weights, sweating through sessions that last as long as three hours apiece. Seven days a week he starts his morning with about an hour’s worth of stretching at his Detroit-area home.

This is a man residing in a body that’s been battered by an 14-year playing career’s worth of cross-checks and spears and punches, all of which Lindsay, who retired as the league’s penalty-minutes leader, returned with a devilish pleasure.

Still, all these decades later, and through a recent heart surgery to replace a calcified aortic valve, he remains a force. Lindsay was once nicknamed Terrible Ted, he figures by a dastardly sports scribe in Toronto, where eons ago he was hated for, among many things, using his stick to punish a fan who dared take a swing at teammate Gordie Howe.


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Regner: Mike Babcock’s record might tip scales toward coach signing extension with Wings

The Red Wings do indeed play the Toronto Maple Leafs twice next week, as Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner notes...

But the Mike Babcock-to-Toronto rumor mill has been in overdrive since last April, and I'm not sure if things can get weirder than Bob McCown's, "What if Mike Ilitch dies and the Ilitches sell the Tigers and Red Wings and that's why Mike Babcock doesn't want to re-sign?" line.

Though that may be looking a gift "Bobcat" in the mouth.

Anyway, Regner reports that he has the inside track on Babcock's non-public-realm contract negotiations with the Wings, and he reports that the Wings' record and strong prospect pipeline may be steering the coach toward enduring a reload instead of abandoning a rebuild. However:

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Impressions/interviews from the Griffins’ 4-1 loss: Mantha, Pulkkinen, Blashill, Sproul & Miele

The Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 4-1 decision to the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday night, as noted in the Shnarped-sponsored live blog, and the Griffins' loss was damn puzzling. The Griffins out-shot, out-chanced, out-skated and I'd argue out-played the Barons, but the Barons were more opportunistic and knew how to play an ugly, second-chance-mucking road game, and it worked to near perfection.

It was incredibly disappointing to watch the Griffins come "oh so close" so many times playing Red Wings-style hockey against a very un-Edmonton-Oiler-like AHL team, and the players were somewhat perplexed by dropping their second game in a row.

Thankfully for the Griffins, the team will head to Rockford, IL to play the IceHogs tomorrow, and they'll wrap up a 3-games-in-less-than-3-nights slate with a Sunday matinee in Milwaukee, so the players seemed to be turning the page as much as possible during their post-game comments.

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Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Oklahoma City Barons live blog

The Grand Rapids Griffins had an incredibly difficult start to the 2014-15 season, losing 9 of their first 12 games and not earning a home-ice win until their 6th home game--against Lake Erie on November 12th--and all of that was particularly shocking given that the Red Wings have been relatively healthy during that period of time, yielding Xavier Ouellet being called up and Petr Mrazek subbing for Jonas Gustavsson.

Grand Rapids has proceeded on a mostly upward trajectory since that win, however, and that's a very good thing for a team whose top line's worth of players (Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and Gustav Nyquist) and checking center (Luke Glendening) are all members of the Red Wings this season.

Since the Griffins' win against Lake Erie, Grand Rapids has won 6 of their 8 remaining November games, and while the Griffins began December with a 4-2 loss to Toronto, the Griffins head into tonight's game against Oklahoma City (7 PM EST start on WOOD Radio and the AHL Live); Grand Rapids will then play in Rockford on Saturday and Milwaukee on Sunday, so it's going to be a busy weekend for the team.

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Petr Mrazek’s going to be wearing a snowman-themed mask this month

Via InGoal Magazine, Petr Mrazek's going to be wearing a Christmas-themed mask designed by Ray Bishop this month, and the mask is pretty dang awesome:

You can see more images of Mrazek's mask on Bishop Designs' Facebook page, and InGoal Magazine goes into the details of said mask...

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Practice post II: Weiss OK, Abdelkader progressing, Howard to start for Red Wings on Saturday

Updated 4x at 2:53 PM: As Paul noted, the Red Wings began practice at Joe Louis Arena--prior to tonight's kettle bell-ringing competition to benefit the Salvation Army--without an important player, (especially in last night's win over Dallas), who MLive's Ansar Khan reported was out with a...familiar injury:

Weiss, who was a game-time decision last night (groin), not skating today. Abdelkader (shoulder) also not on the ice.


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

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirmed...

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Stephen Weiss Not Practicing Today

via Chuck Pleiness tweets,

No Stephen Weiss at practice today. Hopefully it's just a maintenance day for him with how hot he's been since returning from injury.

No Justin Abdelkader either. He's had flu and also injured his shoulder on Sunday. Rest of the players on ice at practice.

More on practice as it becomes available...

added 12:07pm, Ansar Khan tweet,

Weiss, who was a game-time decision last night (groin), not skating today. Abdelkader (shoulder) also not on the ice.

added 12:10pm, Khan tweet,


added 12:31pm, Khan tweet,

Cleary taking Weiss spot on 2nd power play. However, Cleary's at net front instead of Sheahan (slot). Datsyuk, Tatar and Kindl also on unit.

First power play unit remains Nyquist, Zetterberg, Franzen, Jurco (net front) and Kronwall.

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A Few Notes On The Wings

Scott Cullen of TSN with some notes on Detroit among other topics...

Stephen Weiss - In a highly-improbably turn of events, the Red Wings centre is becoming a major contributor. He scored a goal and added two assists in a 5-2 win over Dallas, and it gives Weiss nine points (4 G, 5 A) in seven games. He had eight points (3 G, 5 A) in 43 games over the previous two injury-marred seasons combined.

Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in Detroit's 5-2 win over Dallas, and now has eight points (6 G, 2 A) in five games since returning from his latest injury…Red Wings LW Darren Helm scored a pair of goals against Dallas, giving him six points (2 G, 4 A) in the past six games…Red Wings C Riley Sheahan chipped in a couple assists and had dominant possession (13 shot attempts for, 2 against, 86.7%), giving him nine points (4 G, 5 A) in the past 10 games…Red Wings LW Tomas Tatar added a pair of assists, giving him 12 points (6 G, 6 A) in the past 11 games.

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