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“I Don’t Think He Will Ever Be Healthy, He’s Broken Down”

That's Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet today on Pavel Datsyuk.

Kypreos and Doug MaClean talked some Wings today on Hockey Central at Noon and the conversation starts around the 7:08 mark.

Go here, then click the listen button for the December 10th podcast and it wasn't all negative talk either.

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Videos- Previews From Both Sides, Wings/Leafs

via the Detroit Red Wings,

Featuring - Ken Kal, Babcock, Weiss, Tatar, & Nyquist.



via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

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Wings Ready For The Leafs

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"They're a team that lives off transition, they want to get the puck onto their forwards' sticks and make plays," Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said. "It's just important for us to keep going the way we have been, rolling four lines, keeping them off our D and having (possession) in the offensive zone."

It figures to be another festive atmosphere, with many Leafs fans in attendance.

"It's always a great atmosphere, it's always a lot of fun with the 'Let's Go Red Wings' and the 'Go Leafs Go' chants," Howard said. "It always makes for like a playoff atmosphere."

Said Babcock: "I hear about it all the time afterwards, I don't really notice that stuff myself to be honest. It's exciting for the players. You want hockey to be important, so the more rivalries you have the better you are."

It's always an important game for Ontario natives like Kyle Quincey and Stephen Weiss.

"I was a huge Leafs fan growing up, so it's always fun getting a chance to play them," Quincey said. "Now being in their division, it's always a meaningful game. It's always an exciting game and it's always fun getting up for it."


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Wings’ Skate This Morning

per Khan tweet,

First power play:
Franzen-Datsyuk-Zetterberg, Jurco (net front), Kronwall
2nd power play:
Tatar. Weiss, Nyquist, Sheahan (net front), Kindl

Khan also mentioned lines are the same as yesterday too.

Other media reports state Abdelkader on the ice but still wearing the no-contact gray.

added 11:36am, via Khan,

Andersson and Kindl in for Cleary and Lashoff are the changes tonight from the previous game, in addition to Howard starting.

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High Praise From Mike Babcock On The Detroit Red Wings

"They (the team's veterans) have been here through the good times and the slower times and now they see our team on the climb again," Babcock said. "This is the best team we've had here since '09, not necessarily point-wise, but direction-wise. We have more players that are hungry and going in the right direction than we have in a long time."

That's Mike Babcock via Ansar Khan of Mlive where you can read more on the Wings...

added 4:40pm, below, watch Babcock talking about the team via Helene St. James tweet.

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

These are fun times for the Detroit Red Wings. Their depth has carried them near the top of the NHL, and their next opponent guarantees a festive atmosphere at the Joe.

The Wings returned to work today, after using Monday to catch their collective breath following three games in four nights. Wednesday brings to town the Toronto Maple Leafs (8 p.m., NBCSN), which means that the stands will be full of fans of both teams. "It's always a lot of fun with the 'Go, Wings, go' and the 'Go, Leafs, go' chants," Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said. "It always makes for a playofflike atmosphere."

Howard is a big reason the Wings perch atop the Eastern Conference, having bounced back from a poor 2013-14 to start 13-5-4 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. That has helped the Wings to a 17-6-5 record and a goal differential of 18.


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Wings’ Practice Report

via Chuck Pleiness tweets,

Justin Abdelkader on the ice for practice, Wearing a gray jersey, which means no contact for him. He's likely out Wednesday against Leafs.

Cleary appears to be the odd man out for Wednesday's game. He's the extra forward in Red.

Updates from practice will be added to this post as needed.

added 11:16am, via Khan tweet,


added 12:34pm, MSM reports Babcock says Abby not ready yet, progressing but will not play tomorrow.

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How Is Anthony Mantha Doing And Detroit’s ‘Top’ Line

"Anthony's progress is, to me, what I expected," Griffins coach Jeff Blashill said Monday. "That's the process of a young player learning to be great every night. The hardest jump, I think, is the jump from juniors or college to the AHL. I think it's harder than the jump from the AHL to the NHL. Anthony has been very good, and I think he'll be even better in time — it's just a matter of how quickly."

more on Mantha from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

 Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm have teamed up to form the Detroit Red Wings' most dangerous line during their three-game winning streak.

This is what coach Mike Babcock envisioned when he put them together in training camp. Their time together didn't even last one full preseason game, however, as Datsyuk (shoulder) and Helm (broken nose, pulled groin) were injured.

Now they're healthy and on a roll, giving the team more scoring depth.


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Darren Dreger On Mike Babcock

Or something like this on TSN Radio 1050 a few seconds ago.

If Babcock was going to agree to a contract, he would have done it by now.

Detroit is overachieving and Babcock may go to the open market.

added 1:03pm, via Hope Smoke tweets,

Dreger "my sense is, if Babcock were going to agree to a contract in Det he would have done it by now."

Dreger "I know Det is willing to make him the NHL's highest paid coach"

Dreger "if $3 mill isn't enough than he [Babcock] is obviously looking at the open market"

added 1:12pm, Elliotte Friedman on the other hand...

added 1:48pm, You can listen to Dreger on Babcock, starting at the 4:20 mark here.

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A Very Good Start For The Detroit Red Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings couldn't have envisioned a better start one-third of the way into the season.

They've won seven of their past eight games to tie the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, just two points behind the league-leading Anaheim Ducks.

Their goaltending has been strong, the defense better than most anticipated and they're as deep up front as they have been in some time, with three capable scoring lines.

The Red Wings (17-6-5) rank among the NHL's top eight teams in goals for (fourth at 3.11), goals against (seventh at 2.39), the power play (eighth at 21.8 percent) and the penalty kill (third at 87.1 percent).

Here are five things to watch for this week:


added 12:05pm Pavel Datsyuk names First Star of the Week.

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