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Youth Keeping The Wings In The Race

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

There is an argument to be made that the ever-patient Red Wings might have opened doors sooner for their young players, rather than trot out the likes of Dan Cleary, Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson right out of the gate.

Sheahan, Tatar, Nyquist and Jurco all played for Calder Cup-champion Grand Rapids in the AHL last season, and all four have made a successful adjustment to the NHL game. It's early in their careers, of course, but they are part of the reason the Red Wings are still within striking distance of a playoff berth, a position that was pretty much unthinkable for a team that hasn't missed the postseason since 1990 and was supposed to have an easier time with their move to the Eastern Conference.

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Mikael Samuelsson Takes The High Road

via Afton Bladet with rough Google translation (link not translated),

He is still one of the most deserving Swedish NHL veterans, including a Stanley Cup title under his belt, and has played twelve consecutive seasons at the highest level.

- But I do know the most relief. I understand that the outside may look like this must be horrible, but it did not come as a bolt from the blue, and it's mostly nice to finally something happens, say "Samme" when we reach him after the announcement.

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Zetterberg And Datsyuk Not Traveling To Philly

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Mrazek Sent To Grand Rapids

Do you start Howard tomorrow?

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Evening Line, TMR version: did the hockey gods perform an even-up?

For those of you who believe in the "hockey gods," this may have been the "even-up" for the Red Wings' last-30-seconds, off-the-netting-and-in goal against Los Angeles: en route to Sunday night's 5-4 shootout loss against the Florida Panthers, Brian Campbell accidentally but rather flagrantly got his stick up under Tomas Tatar's visor, causing a nasty gash and a decent amount of bleeding.

Instead of awarding the Red Wings a 4-minute power play with about 15 seconds left in regulation, however, neither referees nor linesmen saw the event, and Tatar was absolutely furious as he confronted the referee prior to overtime, very bluntly asking how the ref didn't notice what happened.

Squeamish be warned: there be blood in this clip from, ironically, We All Bleed Red:

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Red Wings-Panthers quick take: Wings fall into Florida’s trap

I don't want to talk about this one. The Red Wings blew a 4-2 lead and dropped a 5-4 decision to the Florida Panthers via a shootout decision because they played a horrible first period and a horrible third period against the team that has their number--and got both a shorthanded goal against the Wings, got a break when Daniel Cleary may or may not have been pushed into Thomas, who sold a third no-goal-against-Detroit call, and definitely got a break when Tomas Tatar was high-sticked under the visor but neither ref nor linesman saw Brian Campbell do it.

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Fox Sports Detroit will re-air Alumni Showdown coverage on Tuesday, February 4th

This definitely qualifies as entry-worthy: According to Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating, FSD will air the entirety of their Alumni Showdown coverage from 7 PM EST until 12 AM EST on Tuesday, February 4th. I hope they don't bleep out Mickey Redmond and Chris Osgood's cursing, but that's just me.

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FSD: Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg won’t play today vs. Florida

Per Fox Sports Detroit's John Keating, the Red Wings are going to sit Henrik Zetterberg against Florida as his "upper-body injury" is acting up, and with Franzen returning, the team's going to hold Zetterberg out for precautionary reasons.


So much for scratching Cleary.

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What do the Red Wings do when the veterans return?

As Paul noted, the Red Wings made one expected move on Sunday, assigning Mikael Samuelsson to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and they made one surprising move as coach Mike Babcock chose to scratch both Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Cleary (edit: It turns out that Cleary will play with Henrik Zetterberg sidelined) today against Florida (5 PM EST, FSD Plus).

Going forward, especially given Ken Holland's statement to the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness yesterday...

“I told Mike (Babcock) ‘dress the 12 forwards you think gives us the best chance to beat Florida,’” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “That means if one of the kids isn’t in the lineup he’ll be sent to Grand Rapids instead of Samuelsson. I don’t want the kids here if they’re not in the lineup.”

And Babcock's take on the statuses of Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening yesterday...

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Franzen In For Cleary Tonight, Andersson Returns Tuesday

Wonder who will sit or be sent to Grand Rapids before Tuesday's game, of course as long as there are no injuries tonight.

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