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No Cap Issues When DeKeyser Returns

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (separated shoulder on Nov. 19) hoped to be cleared by the doctor Thursday evening. He didn’t rule out returning Saturday in Toronto or Monday.

“I feel great,” DeKeyser said. “Some stuff is going to come back to me when I start playing as far as maybe being in game shape and that kind of thing, but I’m skating well and moving the puck well; I’m shooting well, so I feel really good.”

He added, “The strength has come back, and range of motion’s fine; even when I’m winding up to shoot slappers it’s been feeling very good so as far.”

The Red Wings have no salary cap issues when DeKeyser returns because Zetterberg is on LTIR. And when Zetterberg comes off LTIR, there's a chance Weiss will go on LTIR.

more on the Wings, basically a recap of the morning skate...

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From Detroit’s Morning Skate

All via tweets from Ansar Khan,

Zetterberg skating with team for first time in more than 2 weeks. Had skated on his own a few times.

Abdelkader skating again. Franzen and Nyquist are not skating. Howard was on ice earlier but not ready to practice yet.

Wings skating with these lines: Jurco-Datsyuk-Alfredsson, Miller-Andersson-Tatar, Cleary-Glendening-Eaves, Bertuzzi-Sheahan-Tootoo.

Samuelsson appears to be a healthy scratch. Eaves takes his place at right point on 2nd PP unit. Sheahan up front on 2nd PP unit.

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Babcock And A Few Wings Talk After Their Outdoor Practice

First up Mike Babcock after the Wings practiced at Comerica Park today.

Below a few of the players talked with NHL.com after their skate.

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Tootoo Back To Detroit

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled right wing Jordin Tootoo from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Tootoo, 30, has skated in 50 games with the Red Wings over the last two seasons, recording eight points (3-5-8) and 83 penalty minutes. In 536 career NHL contests since 2003-04, Tootoo has totaled 133 points (49-84-133) and 808 penalty minutes in 536 games between Nashville and Detroit. The Churchill, Manitoba, native has skated in 12 games with Grand Rapids since joining the team on Nov. 14, tallying four points (1-3-4) and 23 penalty minutes. He has appeared in 112 career AHL games with the Milwaukee Admirals and Griffins, registering 53 points (24-29-53) and 422 penalty minutes.

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No Suspension For Quincey

Also, Engelland suspended for five games (video) for the hit on Abdelkader.

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Babcock Had Thoughts Of Canceling The Outdoor Practice

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

With the Wings slumping of late, going 0-4-2 in their last six, Babcock had thought about cancelling this outdoor activity.

“When you plan it initially it’s just part of your team building process you go through with your team,” Babcock said. “We’re having a family thing here after for guys that want to use it. After last night’s game I was going to cancel it to be honest with you because we had fans coming we didn’t. It’s always good not to react to those situations. It was good, we had a good practice, a good meeting, we have to get things right.”

The Wings, who lost 5-2 to Anaheim on Tuesday, host Calgary on Thursday.

“You try to do enough team building throughout the year to change things up to break up the monotony,” Babcock said. “It’s always fun to be outside. It’s something special. When I walked out a Wrigley (Field) that’s what it felt like walking out there today.”

more on the Wings including Abdelkader talking about his health...

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Audio- Elliotte Friedman Of Hockey Night in Canada Talks Detroit Red Wings

Elliotte Friedman was on 105.1 Detroit Sports with Matt Dery today and talked Wings, all Wings.

From what is the problem to what should the Wings do...


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Live Stream- The Detroit Red Wings Practice At Comerica Park

The Wings are scheduled to skate at Comerica Park at noon today.

Watch it below...

update 12:54pm, Practice is over, stream complete.

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Red Wings-Ducks quick take: Wings may be undermanned, but enough is enough

I understand that the Red Wings had eight "regular" players absent and nine once Kyle Quincey boneheadedly boarded Ryan Getzlaf, but watching Tomas Jurco's first NHL goal give way to five Ducks goals--after Mike Babcock went out of his way to state that the Wings couldn't race Anaheim to 5 goals--yielded what I would argue is the lowest point of the Red Wings' season, and what I hope remains as such, in the form of a 5-2 loss to the Ducks.

Plain and simple, the Wings were awful. They killed 3:25 of the Quincey major and killed every other Ducks penalty, but Gustavsson (who was ran by Selanne prior to the first goal; it was uncalled) gave up 3 ugly goals in which he received no help whatsoever from a Wings defense corps standing around as the Ducks cycled it down low and slid pucks into the net, and Mrazek surrendered what ended up being the dagger on his first shot against.

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Red Wings’ Kyle Quincey makes a boneheaded hit, booted for boarding Getzlaf

Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey received a major penalty for this hit on Ryan Getzlaf, and every Red Wings fan agreed that this was stupid and unnecessary:

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