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Red Wings Well Represented In Sochi

Red Wings fans will have plenty of options to cheer for with the 2014 Sochi Olympics (behind their home country of course) as ten of Hockeytown’s finest have been selected to represent their native countries.

Detroit’s system will have players represented in all positions in the Olympics as two goaltenders, two defensemen and six forwards.

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6 Wings On Team Sweden

Full Team Sweden roster is here.

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Most Of The Injured Wings Are Close To A Return

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Franzen, out since Dec. 15 with a concussion, has been cleared to practice, general manager Ken Holland said.

There is no timetable for his return but Holland didn’t rule out the possibility of Franzen playing Saturday in Los Angeles. If he’s not ready by then, he won’t play until Jan. 16 at the New York Rangers....

Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) and Danny DeKeyser (groin) are listed as possible for Thursday after sitting out Saturday’s 5-1 win at Dallas. It depends on how they feel the next two practices.

Holland did not have an update on Darren Helm (groin), who has missed the past two games.

Jonas Gustavsson will not dress on Thursday. His condition will be reassessed on Friday. If he’s not ready to play Saturday, Holland said he will be held out until at least Jan. 16.

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In Case You Were Wondering, No Practice For The Wings Today

 

And one more tweet from St. James...

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Praise For Alexey Marchenko

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

"He was good," Babcock said. "I heard he could really pass the puck. He knows how to play, he doesn't get in trouble so I thought that was real positive.

"We've had a ton of kids up. Some grab it and hold on to it. (Luke) Glendening looks to me like he doesn't want to go anywhere. So if I'm Marchenko, that's what I do. I make sure I don't go anywhere."

Marchenko saw 13 minutes, 21 seconds of ice time in his debut – 57 seconds of it while short-handed – and he had a plus-2 rating after being on the ice for goals by Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller that helped give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.

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Malik update- George told me this morning he is feeling better but still day-to-day.

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Mike Ilitch Part Of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business

from SportsBusiness Journal,

Easily the most diverse group in the five years of the honor highlights this year’s class of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business. The award recognizes the architects and builders of sports, and the 2014 class brings together six honorees who have done that in all corners of the industry and with very different roads in getting there....

Michael Ilitch, who became a pizza guy after his dreams of playing big league baseball flamed out, only to end up owning the team he dreamed of playing for, and winning championships in his hometown.

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On The Positive Side

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

They hope Howard’s 44-save performance in Saturday’s 5-1 victory at Dallas is a sign of things to come.

Fortunately, backup Jonas Gustavsson, though continuing to battle groin issues, has stepped up when healthy. He has been their savior, going 11-3-2, with a 2.39 GAA.

“Gustavsson’s been a great story on the positive side,” Holland said.

There are other positives:

They have flourished on the road (13-4-3). Their best players (Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall) have been strong. Alfredsson, at age 41, looks rejuvenated. Franzen, before his concussion, was displaying the kind of consistency he’s been lacking for several years. Young players like Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and DeKeyser have provided a spark.

“On one hand, I’m disappointed where we’re at from a points standpoint, but there are (39) games left,” Holland said. “A lot of things aren’t nearly as good as I expected when we built this team in the summer, but the good news is we’re not that far out.”

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This Is Not A Jinx - Wings Could Be Much Healthier On Thursday

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings will get some sun and get in a couple of practices during a stopover in Phoenix the next two days, before Thursday's game at San Jose.

By then, they hope to get a few bodies back.

Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Jonas Gustavsson are day-to-day; some or all of them could return against the Sharks. The trip concludes with games at Los Angeles and Anaheim Saturday and Sunday.

“After Tuesday’s practice, I’ll hone in to see if we need to call someone up or send someone down,” general manager Ken Holland said on Sunday.

Datsyuk has an undisclosed lower-body injury (not a groin, Holland said).

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Wings Welcome Warm Weather

The Wings will be spending a few days in Arizona before heading to play San Jose on Thursday, LA on Saturday and Anaheim on Sunday...

Brendan Savage of Mlive writes the Wings are looking forward to a little warmth,

"It's nice. It's really nice," goaltender Jimmy Howard said before making 44 saves in the victory over Dallas, Detroit's 13th road win in 20 games away from Joe Louis Arena this season.

"I know all of us couldn't wait to get on the plane. Even though it's not in the 70's or 80's down here, it was nice to land and see green grass.  It's about 60 degrees warmer than back there."

Not only was Michigan dealing with sub-zero temperatures when the Red Wings boarded their plane, the Red Wings were also coming off Wednesday's Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.

The temperature at game time in the Winter Classic was 13 degrees and it snowed from the opening faceoff until the end of the shootout.

So that makes the Red Wings appreciate the warm weather even more.

"It's unbelievable," said defenseman Brendan Smith. "It's really nice. To get away from that freezing cold and get a little Vitamin D is going to be really nice for us, especially after the outdoor game. It's nice to get away from everything.

"It's kind of the start of a new season now."

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Wings/Stars Highlights

In case you missed the game last night or want to catch the highlights, here you go, Dallas style..

 

I also wanted to let you know George is dealing with concussion-like symptoms resulting from his recent accident and will return as soon as possible.

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