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Steve Ott gets Chara with a spear

Steve Ott, for reasons beyond me, speared Zdeno Chara on the first shift of the Red Wings-Bruins game. The Bruins made sure to show it to the world...

And Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley didn't like it:

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On ‘sharing the rink’ with the Pistons

CBS Detroit's Dan Jenkins offers a unique take on the Pistons' highly probable move downtown, suggesting that Red Wings fans need not to feel "less special" because their rink will be shared with an NBA team:

14 cities host both NHL and NBA teams. Of those 14 cities, 10 of them have one arena for both franchises. Detroit is one of the four that doesn’t.

The others are Miami (Florida Panthers and Miami Heat), Phoenix (Arizona Coyotes and Phoenix Suns) and Minnesota (Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Timberwolves).

What a lot of people might not realize is that there are plenty of historic hockey franchises that share an arena with an NBA team, including four of the Original Six!

The idea isn’t that profound. The Red Wings and Pistons shared the old hockey barn Olympia Stadium for four years.

Not only would the Pistons’ potential move downtown make sense from a business standpoint, it would double the amount of games hosted at the new arena and give more than just hockey fans something to be excited about.

So, yes; I know Red Wings fans were originally excited about getting a brand new, shiny arena all to themselves. But having all four professional sports franchises within blocks of each other is more important than that.

Jenkins continues, and what do you think about the Wings sharing the barn with the Pistons?

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Evening news: on Hockey Fights Cancer night, Kronwall, Wings-B’s line-ups and videos

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. It's Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Joe...

And, according to DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji, Brendan Smith and Henrik Zetterberg are doing their best to aid the cause:

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Ken Kal With Your Game Day Preview

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St. James: Kronwall on the slow road to recovery

Niklas Kronwall skated with the Red Wings today, and after taking part in the morning skate, he spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James regarding his recovery from chronic knee issues:

“It’s been feeling really good here as of late, so hopefully in the near future I will be practicing full-out with the team,” Kronwall said. "I’ve been skating with our strength coach for some time. It’s time I start practicing with the team and get in real hockey condition and make sure I can tolerate all the battling stuff.”

Finding practices is itself a bit of a rub as the Wings were off Friday after a late night coming home from St. Louis. Sunday is an afternoon start and not conducive to a morning skate, and in general the compactness of the NHL schedule means limited practice opportunities.

“It makes it really hard for a guy like Kronwall to get the type of practice time you want to get in order to get yourself ready to play,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “In his case, it's the battling, and he hasn't had an opportunity to do a lot of battling, and the battling is going to be the biggest thing.

“When you are out at the beginning of the year with injuries it’s hard. You don’t have that same base to rely back on. And this is something that he is going to have to continue to battle the rest of his career. There’s no quick fix to this. It’s going to be a matter of maintenance and handling it the right way.”

St. James posted a video of Kronwall and Blashill speaking with the media, and WXYZ's Brad Galli asked Kronwall how much he "has left" in the tank:

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Red Wings-Bruins game-day articles: Vanek out for Wings, Rask to start for B’s(?)

Updated 5x at 1:50 PM: The morning skate ahead of tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings (7 PM EDT on FSD/NESN/97.1 FM; tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Joe) revealed two important personnel decisions for the Wings and Bruins, respectively:

The Wings are holding Thomas Vanek out of the game as his "mid-body injury" is still bothering him, but the Bruins are going to get Tuukka Rask back between the pipes, where he will oppose Jimmy Howard.

Probably, anyway, as NESN's Jack Edwards noted...

And the Bruins confirmed...

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Alumni news: Pulkkinen clears waivers this time

This time around, nobody claimed Teemu Pulkkinen off waivers...

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Red Wings post video for Hockey Fights Cancer night

Tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer night at Joe Louis Arena, and the Wings posted a Twitter video stating who they "fight for":

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Red Wings-Bruins morning skate Tweets: Vanek still out

Updated 3x at 11:55 AM: The Detroit Red Wings hope to extend their winning streak to 7 games as they host the Boston Bruins this evening (7 PM EDT on FSD/NESN/97.1 FM; tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Joe).

Detroit hit the ice for the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena a little early, around 10:25 AM, with Thomas Vanek's status for tonight's game up in the air, as noted by the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

wings on ice, morning skate.
@JoeLouisArena #Detroit

#BOSvDET 7 pm

@NHLBruins @DetroitRedWings


BAHstn without rask, bergeron backes and khodobin, and pastrnak suspended for body check.
@NHLBruins 3-4-0
@DetroitRedWings 6-2-0


Looks like thomas vanek, listed as day-to-day is not TODAY.


MLive's Ansar Khan...

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Prospect news: Griffins lose in Charlotte; Walleye win; Givani Smith scores 2 goals

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, it's good-news-bad-news for the Grand Rapids Griffins. The good news is that Anthony Mantha scored his 7th goal in 6 games; the bad news is that the Griffins blew a 2-0 lead and lost 4-2 to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday.

The Griffins filed a recap...

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