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Babcock Praises The Defense

Paul here again, George has a new laptop and should be back today at some time.

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Mike Babcock is wary of plans because they so often go awry, but nearly halfway through the Detroit Red Wings' season, it appears he's found a defense corps that can make things happen.

Babcock again praised the group of six that helped deliver a 2-1 shootout victory Thursday at HP Pavilion against the Sharks. It was the same suspects that Babcock saw much good during Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Los Angeles: Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Brendan Smith, Kyle Quincey, Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl.

"I liked our D tonight," Babcock said. "I thought it was the best group we've had all year. We looked like a hockey team at times."

continued and watch the highlights of last night's SO win over the Sharks below...

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A Familiar Face In A Different Place

Brad Stuart on tonight's game and other topics of interest.

 

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Wings Play A Great Road Game, But…

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Daniel Cleary was cut by a high stick, Brendan Smith was dazed by a blindside hit, and the Detroit Red Wings felt they were burned by the officiating Wednesday.

The Red Wings played a strong defensive game against the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, holding a one-goal lead much of the night.

But, they took one penalty too many, and it cost them, as the Kings scored twice in the final 10 minutes to pull out a 2-1 victory at Staples Center.

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After 2 Periods, Wings Up 1-0 Over Kings

Kyle Quincey with one of the stranger goals this season.  Puck is comes off of the glove hand of Bernier, hits him in the back of the head and directs into the back of the net.

I can't pull a Malik and stick around for the end of the game, so feel free to use this post for post-game too.

George does need a new laptop and will be shopping early tomorrow for one, so hopefully he shall return soon after the purchase.

 

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Wings Lineup For Tonight’s Game Against The Kings

Filppula is out tonight just in case you were unsure...

 

 

added 3:54pm, from Ansar Khan,

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Audio- Jarret Stoll On Pavel Datsyuk

via LA Kings Insider,

 

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Brunner Another European Found By The Wings

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

To Wings GM Ken Holland, there is a simple reason why players such as Brunner go undiscovered for so long: The NHL is the best men’s league in the world, and players become men at different ages. Some are men at 18. Most grow into men later – some much later, some in out-of-the-way places.

Brunner is listed at 5-foot-11 and 184 pounds. Now. How much smaller was he at draft age? And how many scouts saw him playing in Switzerland? And who could project how he would develop in the Swiss league, let alone how he would play in the NHL one day?

Consider how all this came together. The Wings didn’t know about Brunner until Holland received a tip over email.

He went way back with a guy named Stacy Roest. Holland knew him from the Medicine Hat Tigers, when Roest was playing in junior and Holland was scouting in western Canada. He had signed Roest to his first pro contract and later promoted him to the NHL. They live on the same British Columbia lake in the offseason.

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Filppula Not Skating Today, Another Wait And See Injury

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The Health Of The Wings

Paul here for George as he waits for his laptop to be fixed.  Maybe later today or tomorrow is the estimated time.

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Every visit to a doctor keeps yielding the same information: Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm just needs time to heal from his back injury.

Helm hasn't played hockey in a month, hasn't even skated in that time, hasn't so much as worked out. He went to see another specialist Monday in New York, and the diagnosis remains the same.

"It's a strained ligament," general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today. "Darren is very frustrated, and we are, too. It's not healing as fast as we'd hoped, but we have to make sure we're conservative. It was important to get another opinion.

"Every test has been negative; there's no damage. So we just have to be patient. The doctor gave him some different pain medication to help speed the healing process, but it's a slow process."

continue for Bettuzzi, Franzen, Smith and other updates...

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Helm Sees A Back Specialist In New York

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

Darren Helm saw a back specialist in New York on Monday, who thinks he may have seen something different on the MRI.

“He gave him some medication,” Holland said. “We’re going to see where he’s at 4-5 days. When we’re back in town we’ll see how he’s responded to the medication, Friday or Saturday.”

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