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Updated 3x at 11:56 AM: The Red Wings welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to Joe Louis Arena this evening (7:30 PM on FSD/ Sun Sports/97.1 FM), and both teams are hoping to sustain momentum generated from wins that snapped 4-game winless streaks, with Detroit having defeated Ottawa on Saturday and Tampa Bay having taken out the Hurricanes on Sunday.
The Red Wings hit the ice first at Joe Louis Arena, as DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...
Based on morning skate it looks like Jimmy Howard will get the #RedWings starting assignment vs. @TBLightning tonight.
And MLive's Ansar Khan noted:
Wings on ice for morning skate. Howard in net usually occupied by the starter.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. NHL.com's Paul Harris penned an article discussing the fact that Henrik Zetterberg's next goal will be his 300th:
"When I came here as an assistant, I had the opportunity to see him day to day, to see [Pavel Datsyuk] day-to-day, to see [Lidstrom] day-to-day," coach Jeff Blashill told the Red Wings website. "It was an eye-opener when I came here as an assistant. Well, not an eye-opener, I shouldn't say that. What it was was a reaffirmation of why some guys are great. They're great because of the approach that they put in every single day. That's why he is what he is. That's why he's one of the best players in the world, has been for a long time and he continues to be because of the approach that he has every single day."
"He's really strong on the puck. I mean, I don't think there's anybody in the NHL as strong as him," Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar said. "I would like to play a similar game that [Zetterberg] does, be strong on the puck and make plays. He's a great example and I love to have him in the locker room."
Neither the Red Wings nor the Tampa Bay Lightning have had particularly good times since the Wings' 3-1 win over Tampa Bay way back on October 12th. Tonight, the teams tangle for the final time in Detroit this season (7:30 PM EST on FSD/Sun Sports/97.1 FM) and the last time until February.
Tampa Bay may sit atop the Wings and in second place in the Atlantic Division standings, but they do so with a 6-5-and-2 record, and win number 6, a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, snapped a 4-game losing streak. As you know by now, the Red Wings' 5-3 win over Ottawa on Saturday snapped a streak in which the Wings lost 5 of 6 games.
In Tampa Bay's case, Sunday's win came in the back half of a back-to-back set of games, and the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reports that the Lightning changed up their lines, breaking up the "Triplets Line" to shake up the team's offense:
We've dealt with this before, but the Ottawa Senators and their press corps remain pretty close to enraged about this hit:
The first piece of structural steel has been put in place that will form a portion of the skeleton of the Detroit Red Wings’ $532.5 million arena.
The piece is a 41-foot, 4-inch I-beam that is part of a $50 million contract awarded earlier this year to Detroit-based Midwest Steel Inc. for more than 9,500 tons of steel, according to a statement Monday from project manager Olympia Development of Michigan.
Midwest Steel also has a contract for structural precast concrete for $7.7 million.
The massive excavation that moved 488,000 cubic yards of soil to create the area of the ice rink and seating bowl 40 feet below street level was completed in August, and hundreds of deep pier foundations were drilled and filled with concrete through September.
And MLive's Ian Thibodeau:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
The fact that "Nyquist" won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Race last weekend yielded questions to Gustav Nyquist about the horse with his name, as noted by the Free Press's George Sipple...
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
As Paul posted, MLive's Ansar Khan penned a practice article that discussed Mike Green and Pavel Datsyuk's health. Khan also posted the Wings' practice lineup, and it involves a few tweaks:
Justin Abdelkader-Henrik Zetterberg-Dylan Larkin
Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Gustav Nyquist
Joakim Andersson/Tomas Jurco-Darren Helm-Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-Landon Ferraro
Niklas Kronwall-Brendan Smith
Danny DeKeyser-Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl-Alexey Marchenko
Kyle Quincey (concussion) and Brad Richards (back) did not skate.
DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose took note of the presence of assistant coach Chris Chelios, who was on the ice with the team for the first time on Monday:
Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin took part in a Twitter-based Q and A via the Red Wings' Twitter account, and here's a Tweet-by-Tweet play-by-play of said Q and A:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"It was just good to be out there with the guys in a structured practice," Green said. "I've been skating here the last few days with Pavel (Datsyuk), but it's not the same once you get back into practice, so today was good."
He said the next step is being involved physically in practice.
"Just battling, making sure it's strong enough to do so and once that's the case then I think it's a green light to go," Green said.
Regarding a possible return this weekend, Green said: "Today was a starting point to lead up to that. We'll see how the next few days go."...
Datsyuk, who started practicing with the team last week after skating on his own for some time, took part in battle drills Monday. He's probably still 1-2 weeks away from returning, following off-season ankle surgery.
"He's out there and involved," Blashill said. "And he was involved a little more today than he was the last week and more last week than he was the week before. So he's taking steps in the right direction.
"But I haven't had a conversation with Pav to say how close are you. I think Pav has to feel like he's 100 percent ready to go before he's going to go, as he should. Our goal ultimately is when Pav comes back, that we have him back for the season, so hopefully we can get him to 100 percent."
Patrick Burke explains...
Update #2: Senators coach Dave Cameron had this to say to the Ottawa Sun's Garrioch...
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