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The Red Wings’ uphill climb to the playoffs doesn’t get any easier this week—or next week

The Red Wings dropped a disappointing 4-1 decision to Chicago on Sunday night, and Tuesday's opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs, sit seven points ahead of the Wings despite having lost 4-2 to Washington on Sunday afternoon.

Detroit opened up a slate of 5 games to be played over the course of 8 nights on Sunday: they'll host Toronto on Tuesday, host Pittsburgh on Friday, and then play back-to-backs against Minnesota next Saturday and Sunday. They lather, rinse and repeat on the road against the damned Blue Jackets on Tuesday the 25th, the Wings host the Canadiens on Thursday the 27th, and they close out the month by heading to Toronto on Saturday the 29th and hosting the Lightning on Saturday the 30th.

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Red Wings sign college free agent Colin Campbell

As Micahel Ortel on Twitter noted, the Red Wings have dipped into the NCAA free agent marketplace:

Hockey's Future's DJ Powers listed Campbell among her list of NCAA free agents:

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Red Wings-Blackhawks quick take: gotta try to find a way

After the Wings found out that they couldn't nurse a 0-0 tie, after Niklas Kronwall chased Patrick Kane to the blueline and the kid line kind of collectively brain-farted and watched the Hawks score the 2-1 goal, after Hossa picked the low corner and made it 3-1, I got angry (and the game ended ingloriously thanks to a 4-1 shorthanded goal where Franzen got his pocket picked by Hossa and neither Kronwall nor Alfredsson were anywhere to be found).

As a Red Wings fan, as someone who desperately wants to believe that a team with ten players hurt--including Datsyuk and Zetterberg--can somehow make the playoffs, even when Kyle Quincey's tripping Brendan Smith and guys are getting hurt every game and the Wings' opponents are the ones getting healthier and stronger and keep on *#$%@& winning...

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This couldn’t possibly be a head shot, could it?

The player who keyed the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 goal over the Detroit Red Wings just happened to do this to Teemu Pulkkinen just a little under 3 minutes before assisting on Ben Smith's goal.


A little high, Mr. Duncan Keith?

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Red Wings-Blackhawks pre-game chatter

I've been sidelined with a double whammy of sorts--I hate it when my illnesses take center stage, but I battle both a severe anxiety disorder and "major" depression--so I've spent the last week-and-a-half being the poster boy for, "Yes, it turns out that mental illnesses can be so physically painful that they can knock you off your feet."

I've been watching and trying to keep up with reading as best I can, I know theres a prospect catch-up post of doom desperately needed as Mattias Backman's Linkopings HC are playing playoff hockey in the SHL, Mattias Janmark's AIK Stockholm have to play for their spot in the SHL in the Kvalserien starting tomorrow, David Pope's West Kelowna Warriors have already been booted from the BCHL playoffs, and all of the Wings' Major Junior and NCAA-playing prospects know whether they're going to play playoff hockey or not (a certain Anthony Mantha finished his season with 57 goals, 73 assists and 120 points in 57 games played, and Andreas Athanasiou's 49 goals, 46 assists and 95 points in 66 games played placed him 5th in OHL scoring)...

But as I intimated and Paul duly noted, the bottom line regarding the Red Wings' probabily to making the playoffs is simple: it's bad.

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Video- Comeback Saturday

Some of you may have been keeping an eye on a few of the games last night and may have thought, ah, Columbus with a loser point.

But not to be, for the first time in NHL history, a team down 2-0 in the shootout comes back to win the it and yes, that team was Columbus.,

Also, it looked like the Canadiens would lose in regulation, down by 3 goals with under 4 minutes to play, then this...

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A theoretical conversation between a Red Wings fan and a Blackhawks fan

It's getting to be a running joke. Ahead of Sunday evening's game against Chicago (7:30 PM EDT, on NBCSN) and this week's games against Toronto (on Tuesday), Pittsburgh (on Thursday) and back-to-backs against Minnesota (next Saturday and Sunday), if a Red Wings fan and a Blackhawks fan were to have a conversation about the team's respective personnel issues, it'd be painful to listen to.

Blackhawks fan: "Hey, we're getting Hossa back for the game! Are you guys ready?"

Red Wings fan: "Uh, sure. Yeah, we can shut him down."

Blackhawks fan: "You guys'll have Datsyuk and Zetterberg ready for Hossa, right?"

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Mike Babcock On Detroit’s Injuries

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"They're hurt, they're hurt," he said. "Helmer would have been in a week ago if it was up to me. That's why I'm not allowed to be involved in that. But getting ready for summer isn't a priority. We need guys back. So how can we get them back? Well a guy with a broken foot and broken rib, they're not coming back. The head one, you never know. We could use anybody available."

more from after practice today...

added 3:32pm, Release of Tootoo recall is below...

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Updates From The Wings’ Practice

Practice updates taken from tweets by Ansar Khan and Chuck Pleiness.

All players who played last night practicing today except Bertuzzi.

Helm skated but left when practice started.

Gustavsson sharing a net with Mrazek.

Wings made a first line switch during the game last night, putting Franzen, Nyquist and Legwand together and that line practiced today.

added 12:59pm, Per Khan tweet, Holland says Bertuzzi is out, Tootoo being recalled.

Bertuzz is day-to-day.

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Red Wings-Oilers quick take: ugly is sometimes beautiful

The Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers was the LIVING EMBODIMENT of an ugly win, but in a month, it could be a beautiful, beautiful thing for a team that's now -20 in terms of goal differential in the 3rd period and managed to fire more pucks wide or into Oilers players (35) than it did on Viktor Fasth.

With nine players injured, the lines shaken up a bit (Nyquist with the "Kid Line" until Abdelkader replaced him in the 3rd period) and Teemu Pulkkinen playing in limited action during a superb NHL debut (2 shots, 3 more attempts, and a hit in 7:36 played), the Red Wings played...

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