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by George Malik on 02/01/13 at 11:10 AM ET
Updated 6x with a Blues update and Ken Kal's game-day preview at 5:45 PM: The Detroit Red Wings face a stiff test tonight in the St. Louis Blues (7:30 PM, FSD/FS Midwest/NHL Network--again, that means Center Ice and GameCenter Live subscribers who don't get the NHL Network are blacked out tonight/WXYT AM), but there is good news in the player personnel department, per MLive's Ansar Khan...
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...
The Free Press's Helene St. James...
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...
And DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
In the actual text department, MLive's "Ask Ansar" column is now available to read...
Q. I feel that the Red Wings are one top-pair defenseman away from being elite again. (Niklas) Kronwall is not a No. 1 defenseman and needs help. What are the possibilities of adding this type of player in a trade this season? Who could be available by the trade deadline? I can only think of (Keith) Yandle from Phoenix or (Jay) Bouwmeester from Calgary as candidates who could be traded. What do the Wings have to offer? I believe we have depth at forward in Grand Rapids. – Nadeem
Ansar Khan: Yandle and Boumeester are possibilities. In Yandle's case, I think the Coyotes still are seeking a bigger return than the Red Wings and other clubs are prepared to relinquish. If the Flames aren't in the playoff picture on April 1, they might unload Bouwmeester, if he agrees to waive his no-trade clause, because it would wipe $6.68 million from next season's salary cap. But, would the Red Wings want to add that much to their payroll for 2013-14? The Red Wings have a logjam of young forwards between Detroit and Grand Rapids – they won't have room for all of them next season – so I'd expect at least one to be packaged in a potential deal.
Q. While the defense seems to be decent so far, it would still be nice to get a puck- moving defenseman. Think the Wings might take a look at (Lubomir) Visnovsky of the Islanders? He tried to fight a trade to Long Island, so he might not have a huge desire to stay there, and the Isles could be in sell mode this trade deadline. Plus, he could come cheap considering the Isles didn't give up much to get him from Anaheim. -- Chris.
Ansar Khan: I think the Red Wings would look at Visnovsky. He is playing in the KHL, and his agent said he will report to the Islanders by Feb. 11. But he doesn't want to be there, and once the Islanders inevitably fall out of playoff contention, they might as well move him, since he'll be unrestricted in July.
Q. Who do you think might be available via trade, as far as top-four D-men the Wings might have interest in? I looked at the list of possible UFA D-men this summer, and it's not impressive. Some good forwards may become available, but I would think a stud D-man is still priority No. 1, and if it indeed is, the trade route looks to be the best way to go. (using Johan Franzen as trade bait). – Scott.
Ansar Khan: You're right, the list of potential unrestricted free-agent defensemen this summer is not impressive. It includes Visnovsky, Ryan Whitney (Edmonton), Rob Scuderi (Los Angeles), Robyn Regehr (Buffalo), Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg) and Douglas Murray (San Jose). I would think Visnovsky, Whitney, Regehr and Hainsey could be moved as rentals at the deadline, if their teams aren't in playoff contention.
Q. Do the Red Wings, from other teams' point of view, have enough trade bait in their farm system to acquire a big-time defenseman or forward at the trade deadline? – Justin.
Ansar Khan: Gustav Nyquist undoubtedly is the prospect most teams seek when they talk trade with the Red Wings. But, I'm sure they won't part with him unless they get an outstanding player in return. Beyond Nyquist, the Red Wings surely would need to package a prospect or two with a draft pick or a roster player to acquire a higher-end defenseman or forward.
Q. In the offseason I asked if the Wings would be willing to use the amnesty clause on any player after this year. You said you didn't think it would happen. If Franzen keeps his poor play going throughout the year, would your opinion change? -- greggyj.
Ansar Khan: No chance. It makes no sense to buy out Franzen. He has a low salary-cap hit ($3.95 million) for a big man who is good for around 30 goals in a full season, despite his inconsistency. You can't replace that offense for that cap hit, even though the length of the contract (seven more seasons) is not desirable (that's the trade-off for the low cap hit). If they tire of Franzen, they'll get something for him in a trade rather than pay him millions to leave.
Via RedWingsFeed, "Field of Schemes" Neil deMausse took a look at the news from Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea that Ilitch Holdings and Olympia Entertainment have at least "floated" the idea that the State of Michigan's Strategic Fund could end up owning the new rink the Wings build and lease it to the organization to save on tax liabilities.
As deMausse book of the same name, Field of Schemes, criticizes any public subsidization of sports facility construction or operations, you canassume that he doesn't take too kindly to the concept...
In the warm fuzzies department, the Plymouth-Canton Patch's John McKay reports that Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer spoke to Smith Elementary School students in Plymouth on Thursday (and the article includes a phonto gallery and video from the event) as part of the Wings' School Assembly Program, and you can assume (might as well use it twice) that Fischer delivered an impassioned take on taking care of one's phhysical and mental health:
The message of maintaining health hits home for Fischer, who survived his own health scare in 2005 when he suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the bench during a game against the Nashville Predators. The incident ended Fischer's playing career and he said he uses his experience to teach others to not take things for granted.
"When anybody is a survivor of any life-threatening condition, from cardiac to cancer to other things, you look back at maybe what I could have done and what I didn't do," he said. Instead, he said, it's more effective to teach others to overcome adversity.
Seven and a half years after the incident, Fischer, 32, is living in Northville, free of the symptoms that ended his playing career. He remains involved with the Red Wings organization as director of player development, scouting hockey talent around the world for one of the sport's best-known teams.
While Fischer's globe-trotting day job has its perks, he said putting on the winged wheel jersey again in front of a group of excited young fans was special.
"I travel around the world most of the season and go to see all the drafted players we have all over the world, from Finland to Sweden to Russia to all over North America from Halifax to Vancouver, so the territory's pretty broad," he said. "But being here in the Red Wings jersey, it's pretty nice."
On Thursday, Fischer and a group of "coaches" making up the Detroit Red Wings Assembly Team served as ambassadors for the sport, introducing hundreds of elementary school students to basic hockey skills, such as stickhandling, and encouraged healthy and active lifestyles.
"We try to open people's eyes, especially the little kids, and get them excited about moving and eating healthy with fresh fruits and veggies," Fischer said.
Fischer regaled students with stories of the euphoria he experienced when he and Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 2002—which he characterized as his "secret dream" as a child—while he and the assembly team shared with students lessons on education, dedication and striving for personal goals.
And as this is a game-day update post, the Associated Press's preview of tonight's Wings-Blues game ought to receive some attention:
The Blues (6-1-0) can match their 7-1-0 start from the 1997-98 season with a win. After the team's only loss of the season to Chicago on Jan. 22, they've responded with four straight victories, including a 4-1 win at Columbus on Thursday.
St. Louis tallied three goals in the game's first 14 minutes. All four scores came from a different player, and seven players recorded an assist. It was another example of offensive depth for the Blues, who have three players with at least four goals and five others with at least four assists.
Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko leads the team - and all first-year players - with five goals after scoring St. Louis' third goal Thursday. The Blues' first-round pick in the 2010 draft, Tarasenko also has four assists in his first seven games.
Detroit (3-2-1) has won two of three since starting 1-2-0, which included a 6-0 loss to St. Louis on Jan. 19 that was the Red Wings' worst season-opening defeat since 1958. They notched a 4-1 win over Dallas on Tuesday behind two goals from Valtteri Filppula and Pavel Datsyuk's two assists.
Though the Red Wings have been outscored 4-0 in the first period this season, the team's penalty kill continues to improve. Detroit gave up six goals on the opponents' 12 power-play opportunities in the first two games, including four on five chances against St. Louis. Coach Mike Babcock's squad has allowed two on 18 chances over four games since.
The Red Wings were 18th in the league last year, successfully defending 81.8 percent of opponents' power plays.
The Red Wings won the teams' final four meetings last season before their opening-night matchup. St. Louis had tallied just five goals in those four contests before scoring six in the opener. Detroit has won three straight and six of seven meetings at Joe Louis Arena.
The Wings' Game Day blog is up and running as well. Part the first:
Wings Look for Redemption Against Blues
“We've got to make sure the first five minutes we're on our toes and not on our heels. It's going to be exciting. I'm all about that.” – Jordin Tootoo
After a 6-0 loss in their season opener against St. Louis, the Red Wings will try to get even with the Blues at The Joe.
Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.
You can watch tonight’s 7:30 PM game on Fox Sports Detroit or NHL Network, or tune in on AM1270.
Part the second:
On This Day in Red Wings History...
On February 1, 2008
Behind goals from Zetterberg and Draper, Dominik Hasek recorded his 80th career shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Avs at The Joe.
Update #0.5: Per the Wings website's game notes, Chris Lee and Ian Walsh will referee tonight's game, with Derek Amell and Mark Shewcyk working the lines.
Update #1: Great news about Ian White from the Wings' beat writers:
Given the cautious nature of the Wings' medical staff, let's just go with, "Ian White will probably return sometime next week."
Update #1.5: If you are interested in the background stories regarding Zetterberg's "Swedish Snowballs," MLive's Eric Lacy provides them.
Update #2: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James' morning skate report:
Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is ready to go after being under the weather for a few days.
Zetterberg said he will play tonight, when the Wings host the St. Louis Blues (7:30 p.m., NHLN-US, FSD) at Joe Louis Arena. He missed Thursday's practice because he "had throat issues and had a fever for a few days, but I feel better today. I'll play."
The Wings lost, 6-0, at St. Louis on opening night, outplayed in every aspect of the game. The Wings since have gone 3-1-1. The Blues, 4-1 winners Thursday at Columbus, have gone 5-1 since first playing Detroit.
"We want to play better tonight," Zetterberg said. "The Blues are a good team; they've been playing well, so it's going to be a battle. It would be nice to get that first (goal), but if we don't, we just have to find a way to win the game anyway."
Zetterberg's availability means the Wings will play with the same lineup two games in a row for the first time this season. Jimmy Howard is starting in goal, as usual.
Update #2.5: St. James posted a clip of Mike Babcock's game-day presser in her Zetterberg story...
And Ken Kal offers his "Three Keys" to tonight's game:
Play Physical - The Red Wings need to bang with the Blues, but be disciplined enough to stay out of the Penalty Box.
Raise the Intensity - In the first game against St. Louis, the Blues were more competitive than the Wings, so they'll need to take it up a notch tonight.
Get Out to an Early Lead - The Wings have played 6 first periods this year without a goal, so they'll need to feed off the crowd, and try to get on the board first.
Update #3: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness offers injury updates...
Ian White (leg laceration) took part in the optional practice and said he’ll be ready to play Tuesday against the Calgary Flames.
“I can’t bend it past 120 degrees, so it’s still pretty stiff,” White said. “Fortunately, skating you probably don’t bend your leg even 90 degrees, so skating’s pretty easy, no pain doing anything on the ice, just need to get that range of motion back. I was actually hoping to play today because I was skating for a few days now, felt fine skating but then the doctor explained if you fall and that leg jack knifes or whatever then it’ll blow everything up in there,” White added. “I’m aiming for Tuesday, we’ll see. It gets a little bit better every day and hopefully I’ll be back then.”
Babcock will wait and see as well.
“He said he’s going to go on Tuesday, I said we’ll see after practice and decide if he’s going on Tuesday,” Babcock said.
White still has stitches in his leg.
“We’ve got to keep the stitches in there as long as possible because once you start going like that, you know it would rip open if they weren’t there,” White said.
Mikael Samuelsson (groin) is getting closer to returning to the ice.
“It’s in a matter of a couple of days I’ll start skating so that’s going to be good,” Samuelsson said. “We were more cautious than we’ve been in the past. I thought I was good to go in training camp, I pulled it a little bit and this time I didn’t really pull it but it was still sore. I’m being cautious about it so it doesn’t happen again.”
Babcock didn’t seem like backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) is close to returning.
“The goaltenders there doesn’t seem to be any light here at the end of the tunnel,” Babcock said. “As a goalie if you haven’t played and you have to win every night how can you put that guy in? Howie can’t play every night, like eventually you have to have someone play.”
Again, this is just a guess, but I think Tom McCollum will start tomorrow in Columbus...
MLive's Ansar Khan's offered a slate of injury updates as well...
“I was actually hoping to play today because I was skating for a few days now, felt fine,'' White said Friday, after taking part in the morning skate. “But then the doctor explained if you fall and that leg jack-knifes it'll blow everything up in there. I'm aiming for Tuesday, we'll see. It gets a little bit better every day and hopefully I'll be back then.''
White was cut just above the knee by teammate Jimmy Howard's skate during the third period against Dallas on Jan. 22. There was no tendon damage, but he needed to have some of the muscle re-attached.
“Can't bend it past 120 degrees, so it's it's still pretty stiff,'' White said. “Fortunately, skating you probably don't bend your leg even 90 degrees, so skating's pretty easy. No pain doing anything on the ice, just need to get that range of motion back.''
The Red Wings will dress the same lineup tonight against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit) they used in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Stars. Henrik Zetterberg was back on the ice this morning after missing practice Thursday with a high fever.
Here is tonight's lineup:
Johan Franzen-Henrik Zetterberg-Damien Brunner
Valtteri Filppula-Pavel Datsyuk-Todd Bertuzzi
Daniel Cleary-Justin Abdelkader-Patrick Eaves
Drew Miller-Cory Emmerton-Jordin Tootoo
Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey-Brendan Smith
Kent Huskins-Jakub Kindl
Jimmy Howard (starting)
Defenseman Brian Lashoff is a healthy scratch.
Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (groin) has not been on the ice the past two days and does not appear to be ready to return anytime soon.
Also out are forwards Darren Helm (back), Mikael Samuelsson (groin) and Jan Mursak (shoulder), defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and goalie Joey MacDonald (back).
As has the Free Press's Helene St. James...
Coach Mike Babcock said this morning that White plans to be in the lineup Tuesday, when the Wings host Calgary. He's out tonight against the Blues and Saturday at Columbus, which will make it at least five games missed since getting a gash on his left leg Jan. 22 against Dallas.
Babcock sounded less confident that White would be ready to play Tuesday, but White did skate today.
Forward Darren Helm isn't even expected to test his sore back by going on the ice until next week. Forward Mikael Samuelsson told the Free Press he's still not sure when he's coming back from his pulled groin; he hasn't even begun to skate. Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and forward Jan Mursak (collarbone) remain weeks away.
And as for backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and his groin injury, "There doesn't seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. Whitey is the only one making any noise."
I don't know what the hell to say about this quip from MLive's Brendan Savage...
THE ISSUE: The Red Wings had high hopes for forward Damien Brunner when they signed him last summer after he led the Swiss A League in scoring last season with 24 goals and 60 points in 45 games.
One concern, however, was how quickly Brunner could adjust to the NHL's more physical style of play. After signing him to a one-year, two-way contract, the Red Wings planned on Brunner playing in Grand Rapids during the lockout to help him get accustomed to the smaller ice surface in North America.
But Brunner opted to stay in the Swiss league and ended up playing on a line with Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. Things went so well – Brunner was leading the Swiss league in scoring with 57 points in 33 games – that he opened the season in Detroit on a line with Zetterberg.
Now, after six games, Brunner leads the Red Wings with three goals and his four points are tied for the fifth-most on the team. Has he lived up to expectations or exceeded them in making his transition to the NHL?
And, via RedWingsFeed, the Windsor Star has posted a video of Babcock's morning skate comments:
Update #4: The Babcock video came from teh Windsor Star's Bob Duff, who, via RedWingsFeed, somewhat smarmily took note of the fact that the Wings are trying to "measure up" against the Blues, not the other way around:
“We were embarrassed the first time,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re competitive, so you want to see where you stand. St. Louis and San Jose seem to be rolling along in the West and Chicago, we had Chicago kind of like we have these guys in a back-to-back situation, so we have to get out there and start playing hard.”
Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi, for one, believes people will see a much improved version of the Red Wings in action tonight.
“I think we’re doing the right things,” Bertuzzi said. “I think it’s starting to come together, but we’re nowhere near where I think we should be. At the same time, it’s a season where you take – it’s boring to say – one game at a time. That’s all you can do because points are crucial. St. Louis is playing well right now. They’re big, they’re strong and they’re tough and we’re going to have to match that.”
The Wings will go with the same lineup that handled Dallas 4-1 Tuesday. Captain Henrik Zetterberg will go after a mild bout of the flu kept him out of practice Thursday.
There’s good news and bad news on the injury front for the Red Wings. Defenceman Ian White (leg laceration) joined his teammates for Friday’s morning skate.
I’m aiming for Tuesday, we’ll see,” White said. “It gets a little bit better every day and hopefully I’ll be back then. I was actually hoping to play today, because I was skating for a few days now, and felt fine skating but then the doctor explained if you fall and that leg jack knifes or whatever, then it’ll blow everything up in there.”
Meanwhile, forward Mikael Samuelsson and goalie Jonas Gustavsson, both idled by groin strains, are nowhere near ready to play and the status of forward Darren Helm (back) is also uncertain. Defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), goalie Joey MacDonald (back) and forward Jan Mursak (collarbone) are long-term injuries.
“The goaltenders, there doesn’t seem to be any light here at the end of the tunnel and we didn’t see Helm out there again,” Babcock said. “Mursak is a ways away, Samuelsson hasn’t skated at all. Whitey’s the only making any noise.”
Update #4.5: Here's the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's game-day update:
A day after missing practice with an illness, Zetterberg was back on the ice and will be in the lineup tonight when the Red Wings play the St. Louis Blues.
"I feel better," said Zetterberg, whose seven points (two goals, five assists) trails only Pavel Datsyuk's eight points (two goals, six assists) on the team. "I had some throat issues and had a fever the last couple of days, but I feel better today."
The Red Wings will need Zetterberg and everyone else in better form than the Wings were on opening night when St. Louis soundly defeated the Wings 6-0. That victory spurred the Blues to what's been an outstanding start, the Blues going 6-1-0 after Thursday's 4-1 victory in Columbus.
Zetterberg said "it was definitely not" one of the Red Wings' better games.
"We want to play better," Zetterberg said. "They're a good team and they've been playing well. It'll be a battle tonight."
The Red Wings have made it hard on themselves by not scoring a first-period goal through the season's first seven games.
"That would be nice to get that first one," Zetterberg said. "If we don't, we have to find a way to win the game anyway."
Coach Mike Babcock is not changing his lineup from Tuesday's victory over Dallas, meaning Jakub Kindl remains on defense (Brian Lashoff will be a healthy scratch).
Update #4.75: Of not insubstantial note regarding next week's schedule, albeit in the fantasy hockey vein, from ESPN's Sean Allen:
Detroit Red Wings: The Wings catch the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings at home next week, with a road game against the St. Louis Blues sandwiched between the Alberta teams. While the line of Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Damien Brunner is almost universally owned in fantasy leagues, it's arguable that the line of Pavel Datsyuk, Valtteri Filppula and Todd Bertuzzi is the one you want to own. The trio has only been together for three games because Bertuzzi started the season injured. In three games together, Bertuzzi has three points, while Filppula and Datsyuk each have five. Filppula is available in only 20 percent of ESPN leagues, but Bertuzzi can be scooped up in 95 percent of leagues.
Update #5: Here's DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's game-day update:
The Red Wings’ defense, which has had as many as four members injured as once, is finally beginning to return to full strength. However, not the same can be said about other areas of the team, coach Mike Babcock said.
Center Darren Helm (back), defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo (collarbone), goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) and forwards Mikael Samuelsson (groin) and Jan Mursak (shoulder) are still days from returning to the lineup.
“The goaltenders, there doesn’t seem to be any light here at the end of the tunnel and we didn’t see Helm out there again,” Babcock said. “Mursak is a ways away, Samuelsson hasn’t skated at all. Who else is hurt? Whitey’s the only making any noise.”
Meanwhile, Jimmy Howard has done an amazing job without taking time off. He’ll make his seventh consecutive start when the Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues tonight at The Joe.
Commenting on the glutton of injuries, Babcock said, “They’re a long way away. You haven’t played in eight months and then you’re hurt. Gustavsson the same thing. As a goalie if you haven’t played and you have to win every night how can you put that guy in? Howie can’t play every night, like eventually you have to have someone play.”
As for whether White will be available for the Calgary game on Tuesday, Babcock was less optimistic.
“He said he’s going to go on Tuesday,” he said. “I said we’ll see after practice and decide if he’s going on Tuesday.”
Update #6: From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
Here's Roose's article:
As word of the Royal Swedish Snowballs spread through the Red Wings locker room, some players thought they were being duped when told of their captain’s entrepreneurial endeavor.
“Com’on, is this for real?” asked Patrick Eaves, when told of Henrik Zetterberg’s new business venture. “I feel like I’m being punk’d right now.”
It’s no practical joke, Patrick.
Zetterberg is a co-owner of a Sweden-based company that introduced metro Detroit to the traditional Scandinavian treats last September. But the light vanilla crème, chocolate, and coconut concoction will finally make its Joe Louis Arena debut Friday night when the Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues.
Fans can gobble up the tasty morsels at all remaining home games. A four-pack of the delicious treats are just $6, and can be found at three JLA locations – East End Joe’s (section 116), Hockeytown Grill (section 126), and Mike’s Inside Scoop (section 112). Individual snowballs, for $1.50 each, can also be purchased at the Mike’s Inside Scoop location.
Sales for the Royal Swedish Snowballs – manufactured at Just Baked, a specialty cupcake and bakery with 12 locations across suburban Detroit – have been brisk enough for the company to take another step, Zetterberg said.
“It’s been good,” he said. “It’s exciting, and when we started it was a goal of ours to have them here at The Joe and now we’re here. It’s been a long wait, a long road, but it’s exciting to have them out there.”
Drew Miller likes them, but not before wondering what took so long for his teammates to learn of the low-calorie Swedish Snowballs.
“You would think that with him being the new captain and all that he would share with his teammates a little bit, have them on the plane,” said Miller, sarcastically.
When told of Miller’s request, Zetterberg was quick to point out how spoiled the players are on Red Bird III. “We have a lot of treats on there already,” he said. “But I will bring some along on one of these trips.”
The Blues did eventually posit a game preview...
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Dan O'Neill eventually offered a game-day update...
The Blues will make a number of lineup changes when they face the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
Jaroslav Halak will be back in goal, replacing Brian Elliott, who stopped 24 of 25 shots in the victory at Columbus. Halak was in goal when the Blues beat Detroit 6-0 on Opening Night in St. Louis. With 15 shutouts for the Blues, Halak is one shy of Glenn Hall's franchise record of 16.
“Only in the last two practices have both guys looked up to speed, where they were last year,” Hitchcock said of his netminders. “This will be a hell of test for Jaro, but I think he's up to it.”
Defenseman Wade Redden was feeling better after a bout with a flu bug and is expected to return after missing the Columbus game. Unless he relapses, Redden will play alongside Alex Pietrangelo. Hitchcock indicated he would wait until game time to decide who would come out, Ian Cole or Kris Russell.
Matt D'Agostini, whose only action this season came in a loss at Chicago, also is be back in the lineup, along with rookie Jaden Schwartz. Scott Nichol and Jamie Langenbrunner will come out, which means Vladimir Sobotka will go back to playing center on the fourth line, between D'Agostini and Ryan Reaves.
And the Wings eventually posted a game-day preview video in which Ken Kal speaks to Jonathan Ericsson about Zetterberg's Swedish Snowballs:
One more thing: From 97.1 the Ticket's Ken Kal, who will be broadcasting his play-by-play on 1270 AM tonight (here's the "listen live" link):
One more one more thing: from the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
The Wings have yet to get a goal from one of their bottom six forwards.
“Good way to fix it is put (Darren) Helm in the mix and he’ll fix that in a hurry,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “In the meantime, just keep grinding and don’t give anything up. If you’re not getting anything don’t give anything up.”
Also, via RedWingsFeed, Ken Kal spoke to NHL Live about the Wings:
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