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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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Samuelsson Assigned To Grand Rapids, Franzen Activated

Ken Holland told the beat writers Samuelsson cleared waivers and has been assigned to Grand Rapids, plus Johan Franzen has been activated.

Now the question is will Samuelsson report?  If he wants to get paid, he will.

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Franzen Ready, Datsyuk Is Not

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“I haven’t had any issues, so hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow and it’s the same way,” Franzen said. “I hope to play.”

Franzen skated on a line with Darren Helm and Daniel Alfredsson during practice.

The fact he’s missed 16 games because of the concussion baffles Franzen, who didn’t think this would be a long-term problem.

“I thought it would be a five-day kind of thing,” Franzen said. “It wasn’t much of a hit, and usually it takes that long before you get rid of the headaches and everything’s working properly.

“But it just hung in there, and it wouldn’t go away. I’ll cross my fingers and hopefully it’ll stay away.”

more including Datsyuk hoping to play next week...

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Samuelsson On Waivers


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Wings Hit The Ice For Practice

Updates to this post as needed.

added 12:25pm, More from Khan...

Could Franzen be ready? He's skating in place of Cleary on a line with Helm and Alfredsson.

Fourth line still has Glendening with Miller and Eaves. Andersson and Cleary are alternating in.

added 12:35pm, Khan again say Datsyuk not participating in all the drills plus this...

Looks like players just alternating on top 2 lines: Nyquist, Abdelkader, Sheahan, Tatar, Jurco, Bertuzzi, Samuelsson and Datsyuk.

added 12:52pm, Khan one more time,

Franzen said he's felt good for three days in a row. Hopes to play tomorrow but will be a game time decision.

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Riley Sheahan Realizes He May Be Headed Back To Grand Rapids

"The first few times I got called up, I wasn't really taking advantage of the opportunity and now I feel a lot more comfortable and confident."

"I think I've just been going out every day and trying to work my hardest. My spot here isn't solidified. I think I'm going to have to spend more time in Grand Rapids but I'm trying to make the most of my opportunity here. (Coach Mike Babcock) always says take your piece of the cake so I think that's what I'm trying to do.

"I'm just trying to make plays and use my size to my advantage and things like that. It's nice he feels confident putting our line out there and I think we're performing pretty well. With the injuries, they know they need some help and I think the guys in Grand Rapids have been doing a good job with that."

That's Riley Sheahan after last night's game.  More from Brendan Savage of Mlive.

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