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Good And Bad News For The Wings

from Pat Caputo of Heritage.com,

The good news for the Red Wings: They have 10 players selected to compete in Sochi, along with Mike Babcock, who is sitting on the hot seat as Canada’s Olympic coach.

The bad news: The Red Wings have 10 players selected to compete in Sochi.

It is the ultimate good-news, bad-news tale for an NHL squad. It can’t be a bad team if there are 10 players represented at the Olympics, but while most of the league is resting for a playoff push, the majority of Red Wings will be playing. And then, upon return, the Red Wings will be asked to ratchet up their collective game to make the playoffs for the 23rd straight season, which is anything but a given at this stage.

Oh, then there is the matter of the schedule leading to the Olympics. It’s very difficult, and could provide the key to the Red Wings’ season.

The Red Wings have road trips to the New York Rangers and Philadelphia (both teams have gotten hot), and Washington and Tampa Bay before the Olympics.

The Red Wings’ home games figure to be as or more difficult than the road trips – vs. Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago, Washington, Montreal and Vancouver. There are no lay ups in there, except for perhaps a road trip to Florida. It is the Red Wings’ last game before the Olympic break.

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Detroit’s Morning Practice

Khan tweets,

No Datsyuk or Alfredsson at practice today. Franzen and Helm skating but really taking part in line rushes.

Lines they started with: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Jurco-Sheahan-Bertuzzi, Miller-Andersson-Samuelsson, Cleary-Glendening-Eaves.

More updates coming...

added 10:53am, More from Khan,

All three goalies are alternating in nets. Mrazek, Howard and Gustavsson going from end to end.

Defense pairs the same as yesterday: Kronwall-Smith, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Kindl, Ericsson also skating but not playing tomorrow.

added 11:50am, Khan...

Howard said he is good to go and was told he will start tomorrow at Rangers.

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The Youngsters In Detroit

Dan Rosen of NHL.com takes a look at some of the younger players on the Detroit Red Wings,

Joakim Andersson is one of three players (Drew Miller and Kyle Quincey) who have played in all 46 games for the Red Wings this season. Tomas Tatar is sixth on the team with 19 points. Danny DeKeyser is a top-four defenseman playing 21 minutes per game. Gustav Nyquist has 10 points in 21 games since being recalled from Grand Rapids. Brian Lashoff is playing nearly 15 minutes per game as a third-pair defenseman.

Babcock is particularly high on forwards Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendening and Tomas Jurco.

"Let's be straightforward," Babcock said. "In the cap world sometimes guys on your minor-league team don't get to play on your [NHL] team even when they're ready. Riley Sheahan is right there. Jurco is right there. Glendening is there for sure.

"Sheahan has four points in six games. He's a big man and knows how to play. Jurco can flat-out skate and he knows how to play. Glendenning wears on people, he plays hard and we like him."

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Pavel Datsyuk Named Captain Of Team Russia

via Sport Express (link not translated),

Russia coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov at a press conference announced that the captain of the Russian Olympic team will forward the "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk, the correspondent "SE" Peter Tereshchenkov.

- Who will be the captain?

- When together with a staff discussed this issue, it was unanimously agreed that they would be Pavel Datsyuk.

 

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‘Gus’ In A Slump

Ansar Khan of Mlive on the slumping Nyquist,

Gustav Nyquist has gone cold after a hot start with the Detroit Red Wings.

The best way for him to heat up is to shoot more and get on the inside.

“You don’t get any points in the league for style, you have to get the puck to the net,” coach Mike Babcock said. “So when you’re a pure passer and you don’t feel that’s your job you never shoot the puck.

“Most guys with lots of assists got it by passing it off the goalie; that isn’t part of his repertoire yet. We’re working on that. He’s working on that.”

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Wings Recall Tomas Jurco

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From The Wings’ Practice Today

Khan tweets,

Alfredsson (back spasms) not skating today. Zetterberg has day off but Ken Holland said he will play Thursday at Rangers.

Injured players Datsyuk, Franzen, Helm all skating.

Howard (hip flexor) sharing a net with Gustvasson (groin) in warmups. Mrazek has net to himself.

More updates to come...

added 11:37am, via Chuck Pleiness tweet,

Franzen is having quite an intense practice. Lots of shoving along the boards and by crease. Good sign he could be getting close to return.

added 11:41am, per Khan,

Datsyuk leaves practice early.

added 12:27pm, via Khan,

Howard said he is ready to play Thursday. Helm said he's still not feeling good enough and is day to day.

added 1:23pm, Khan again,

Franzen said he's still experiencing dizziness and doesn't feel good. Status for Thursday uncertain.

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Wings Need Points

The Wings had an off day yesterday and will practice today as they prepare for a road game against the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Ansar Khan of Mlive with a look at where the Wings stand right now...

Only five points separated nine teams before Monday’s games.

“We got to win another game; we need points badly,” Babcock said. “We’ll get a bit of a rest and get ready to compete hard.

“Bottom line is we just got to keep plugging, getting better. I wouldn’t bet against us.”...

“Goaltending has been really good on the road; that’s been a huge plus for us,” Babcock said. “We’re a team, with the way we score and the people we have out of the lineup, we need goaltending. You get past two (goals against), we’re in trouble.”...

Babcock also likes how some of the recent call-ups from the Grand Rapids Griffins are playing.

“The guys we called up play hard,” Babcock said. “Riley Sheahan, I thought, was great. (Luke) Glendening plays hard every night. (Tomas) Jurco when he was up played real well. So to me we’ve gotten a lot of good (play) from Grand Rapids.”

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How Is The 2013 Draft Class Of The Detroit Red Wings Doing?

Brendan Savage takes a look at the 2013 draft class of the Detroit Red Wings.

I am skipping over Mantha so let's look at...

• Zach Nastasiuk, RW

The Red Wings' second-round pick (48th overall), Nastasiuk (6-1, 190) has 13 goals, 19 assists and a minus-9 rating to rank third among scorers for the OHL's Owen Sound Attack.

He's 15th on the Red Wings' prospects list.

Nastasiuk is also Owen Sound's captain.

• Tyler Bertuzzi, LW

In 29 games for the OHL's Guelph Storm, Bertuzzi (6-0, 178) has 10 goals, 25 assists, 49 PIM and a plus-9 rating. He leads the Storm in PIM per game at 1.69.

He was the Red Wings' second-round pick (58th overall) and is tied for 20th on the Red Wings' prospects list.

Bertuzzi is the nephew of Todd Bertuzzi, the Red Wings' veteran forward.

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Winter Classic Brings In Big Money

from SportsBusiness Journal,

The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic not only generated the largest attendance and broadcast viewership for a regular-season game in league history, it also made a profit of more than $20 million.

According to an NHL source, the Jan. 1 game at Michigan Stadium posted more than $30 million in revenue against costs of $10 million. Approximately two-thirds of the revenue was derived from ticket sales, with 105,491 fans paying an average ticket price of $186 for an estimated take of $19.6 million. An additional $10 million in revenue came from retail and advertising sales.

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