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Afternoon news: Tweets of note, playoff questions and a wise philosophy

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Dylan Larkin has reached Montreal to take part in Team North America's World Cup training camp...

2. Danny DeKeyser also sent out this Tweet on Saturday evening...

3. While we're doing "Twitter stuff," if you are heading to "Arts, Beats and Eats"...

And this is just cool:

4. In slightly less cheery news, USA Today's Kevin Allen listed 5 teams that may miss the playoffs this season, and his list is lead by the Detroit Red Wings:

1. Detroit Red Wings: It's very difficult to read this team because it's not clear what their young players will do.Is goalie Petr Mrazek on his way to stardom, or is he the goalie who struggled late last season? How many goals will Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar score? How will the Red Wings react to losing Pavel Datsyuk to the Kontinental Hockey League? Is their defensive unit strong enough? Plenty of questions. If it all comes together, they will make the playoffs for the 26th consecutive season. But this is the most vulnerable the Red Wings have been since the playoff streak began.

It's not an appealing answer, but when I had a chat about the Wings with my friend Steve on Friday night, "We'll have to wait and see" was my most common answer to his questions about the offense, defense and goaltending. That's the truth of the situation: there are tons of questions regarding the Datsyuk-less Wings, and we're going to have to wait until the season begins to see how things go;

5. In the prospect department, Vili Saarijarvi offers some wise advice regarding dealing with tumultuous situations in an interview with the Mississauga News's Ian Colpitts. Saarijarvi was asked about the difficulties he faced in playing for the troubled Flint Firebirds last season, as well as any potential frustration he feels about wrist surgery delaying his debut for the Mississauga Steelheads:

“A big thing for me last year was (only) thinking about the things I can control and it’s pretty much the same thing now,” he said.  “There’s nothing I can do about it besides rest and give some positive energy around the guys here. I think time will go by fast.”

6. In game action, in Olympic Qualifying games, Frans Nielsen had 2 assists and 2 shots in Denmark's 5-2 win over Poland, but the Danes didn't make the Olympic cut as they went 1-and-2 during qualifying play;

In the KHL, Pavel Datsyuk scored the salt-away goal as SKA St. Petersburg defeated Neftekhimik 5-1, and Datsyuk won 16 of 20 faceoffs in 16:34 played;

7. And we're getting down to the short strokes in terms of my attempts to raise funds for the Wings' prospect tournament and main camp, and I'm $800 into a $2,000 fundraising goal with only 12 days before the tournament. If you can shake some quarters out of your pant legs and lend a hand, I'd be grateful:

There's less than a month until the Red Wings' fall prospect tournament and main training camp in Traverse City, MI. In the past, you've been kind enough to help me attend Wings events in Traverse City, and I need to request your assistance again.

I'm kindly requesting that if you are able, you might be able to lend a hand in my quest to make it to the Cherry Capital to cover the prospect tournament and training camp from September 16th through 26th. Any amount is helpful and the smaller donations tend to pave the road up US-127 and I-75.

I use Paypal as it's the easiest manner to get things done, but you can email me if you wish to employ an alternate method.

I am incredibly grateful for your readership and I thank you for your time.

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The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.