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Red Wings-Oilers game-day updates: Cleary, MacDonald to tangle with Khabibulin and Oilers

Updated 8x with charitable donut news at 7:14 PM: As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to tangle with the Edmonton Oilers tonight (7 PM EST, FSD Plus, not FSD/TSN/71.1 FM), MLive’s Ansar Khan reports that Joey MacDonald will get the nod in goal…

Everyone is skating at Wings practice: 93-13-44, 51-40-26, 20-43-11, 48-8-96 (39); 5-18, 55-23, 52-4/22; 31-29 (35)
MacDonald is starting for Wings tonight. Mursak and Commodore scratched.

And the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that Danny Cleary will indeed play for the Wings tonight:

Cleary in tonight against Oilers
MacDonald starting, Commodore and Mursak are out

The Windsor Star’s Bob Duff confirms…

#redwings will scratch Mursak, Commodore for Wednesday’s game vs. #oilers. Joey MacDonald gets the nod in goal.

And on the OIlers’ side of things, their Twitter account reports that Nikolai Khabibulin will get the nod in goal this evening:

Tom Renney & the #Oilers hit the ice for practice in Detroit. Khabibulin expected to start tonight. http://t.co/j2v1bzki

Update 0.5: Here’s a little bit more from the Red Wings’ Twitter account:

The team is on the JLA ice for their morning skate. Brad Stuart, who missed Monday’s game with an illness is out there.
All three goaltenders are dressed for the AM skate. MacDonald and Conklin are facing shots at each end.
Kronwall says he is happy to be home. Also said that fans have played a big role in the team’s JLA winning streak. ‘They have been amazing.’
Holmstrom was asked how many goals he’s had taken away over the years. He laughed ... ‘You should ask Nick, 50 of those were probably his.’
Holmstrom plays in his 999th NHL regular season game tonight.
Jimmy Howard waiting patiently to get to his locker, as Joey MacDonald is interviewed by TV. http://t.co/etiJghZA
According to Mike Babcock, Brad Stuart is in tonight’s lineup. Kindl and Mursak are also in. Mike Commodore is a healthy scratch.
Babcock: To play 1,000 games in this league, not only do you have to be very good, but you also have to be determined. (On Holmstrom)
LINEUP NOTES: Brad Stuart, who missed Monday’s game with an illness is in. Mursak and Commodore are healthy scratches.
For those of you wondering (and you know who you are) when Kindl will get Twitter: http://t.co/vMpmFmkc

Update #1: No news is no news regarding Jimmy Howard’s finger, per the Free Press’s Helene St. James:

Howard status quo on finger injury - when he plays is up to his pain tolerance. Still hasn’t taken shots during practices

Update #2: Here’s a bit more about Howard from MLive’s Ansar Khan...

Goaltender Jimmy Howard skated again, but still is not ready to face any shots because of his broken right index finger. He saw the doctor today, but was given no definitive timetable on when he can return.

“It all depends on pain threshold, what I can withstand out there,’’ Howard said.“Every single day my finger is getting better. One thing the doctor said was I’m lucky being young enough where the bone is going to (heal) faster. Hopefully by the end of the week I’m out there taking shots.’‘

Howard said he’d like to get in a couple of practices where he’s facing shots before playing. That rules out a return for Friday’s game against Anaheim, as the Red Wings are not practicing Thursday. The earliest he could return is Sunday against Philadelphia, but even that might be optimistic.

“Ideally, I’d really love a couple of good practices before I get in there,’’ Howard said. “It’s been seven days now, the timing can go away.’‘

He is not concerned about returning too soon and making it worse.

“It would have to be like getting struck by lightning, that’s what (the doctor) basically said this morning, to do any further damage,’’ Howard said.

And Khan offered an update regarding Pavel Datsyuk as well:

He’s got a – I don’t even know – hand, wrist, forearm,’’ Babcock said. “He just doesn’t feel like he should take (faceoffs) right now. He can take them at key times of the game if we need him. We’re just going to back him off for a bit and get him ready to go.’‘

The Detroit Nws’s Eric Lacy also provided a Howard update...

It’s remains unclear when Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard will return to the team’s lineup or when he’ll even be able to take shots in practice. Howard, though, did conditioning work during Wednesday’s morning skate at Joe Louis Arena and expressed optimism about his return from a fracture in his right index finger.

“It just all depends on the pain threshold,” Howard told reporters. “Ideally I would like to have a few practices (stopping shots) before (returning to the lineup).”

Howard said he believes his fractured finger can’t get any worse if he begins stopping shots in practice within the next week or so.

Howard injured his finger Thursday in Vancouver, where he was hit by a puck. He’s started 44 games for the Red Wings this season and has a 32-11-1 record.

As did the Free Press’s Helene St. James:

“I got nothing for you,” [Howard] said, laughing, to reporters. “I’ve seen a doctor. I saw him this morning. It was the same news as before - it’s just going to take a little while to heal.”

Howard said he’ll start taking shots as soon as he feels able to do so. He’s fiddling around with his equipment so he can wear his blocker glove and hold his stick despite a bandage, but the biggest indicator of when he’ll be ready to play is his pain tolerance.

“It all depends on how it feels,” he said. “This whole thing, with it being broken, it’s basically going to be on how the finger feels out there.”

The Wings just played the Oilers five days ago, in Edmonton, where they rallied from a two-goal deficit only to lose in a shootout. That was MacDonald’s first appearance of the season; he played well after subbing in to start the second period and had a good night Monday at Phoenix, too. He’s only allowed three goals in regulation since joining the lineup.

The biggest issue tonight will probably be the Wings’ energy level. They’ve been through an exhaustive two months, and only came home Tuesday from Phoenix.

Update #3: The Windsor Star’s Bob duff reports that Tom Renney will return to the OIlers’ bench:

#oilers coach Tom Renney got text from #sabres coach Lindy Ruff after suffering concussion. “Bad day for coaches. I just broke three ribs.”
#oilers Renney said he failed two baseline tests before being cleared to return to bench tonight vs. #redwings.
#redwings Lidstrom on Winter Classic: “I think it’s great for the fans, great for Detroit and great for the state of Michigan.”

• In the “For Further Reading” department, Sportsnet’s Patrick Hoffman notes that the Wings could have a zero-goal-scorer on their hands…

In 2007, there was much uncertainty when it came to Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings.

Because of the low salary cap, the Red Wings and Datsyuk were in the midst of contract talks when a midseason trade rumour almost became reality.

The deal would have sent Datsyuk to the New Jersey Devils for then talented forward and point-producer Scott Gomez. While this rumour sounds like a deal dreamed up by fantasy hockey GMs, it was reported as a nearly done deal by Fox Sports Detroit.

Luckily for the Wings, the transaction never occurred. Datsyuk, of course, is one of the game’s best two-way players and a key component of the team’s Stanley Cup victory in 2008.

• 97.1 the Ticket’s Jeff Riger suggests that Nicklas Lidstrom is the Wings’ best player ever;

• And MLive’s Ansar Khan’s article about the Wings’ home-ice stand,/a> from earlier this morning is available as well.

Update #4: NHL.com’s Brian Hedger fired off a
boatload of Twitter updates:

According to Babcock, yes RT @czappia19:@BrianHedger honest opinion! Has Zetterberg seemingly had a jump in his step lately ? #Redwings
#Oilers coach Tom Renney says he will be coaching against #Redwings tonight after getting beaned in the head w/puck in skate at Toronto.
Renney says he will not wear a helmet in practices, but says coaches at lower levels may want to consider it. #Oilers #Redwings
Renney said underwent baseline testing for concussion ... and failed twice. Said experience gives him better understanding of the issue.
On the Detroit side, I had a good chat with Zetterberg about his season, and he’s “beyond the point of frustration” with his 9 goals.
Pointed out to Zetterberg that his line is still producing and the wingers are scoring ... “Yeah, but I need to score more goals. Period.”
OK, before I dive into the mountain of notes ... a funny Holmstrom story relayed by Draper today is upcoming. #Redwings
Draper said Holmstrom once came into the training room when Bowman was coach and asked: “Drapes, how do I get out of the coach’s dog YARD?”
Draper to Holmstrom: “You mean dog HOUSE, right Homer?” Holmstrom: “Yah, yah, dog house, dog yard ... I’m in it. How do I get out?”
Also, Zetterberg stuck by his statement earlier this season, when he told me #Redwings will be the most boring team to be on 24/7.
Lidstrom said that if #Redwings are on 24/7 next year (wink wink), people might be surprised that Datsyuk is more serious than he seems.

And here’s a bit more from the Oilers:

“Having not played in a while, I’m going to go out & keep it simple. I want to get a couple shots early.” - Khabibulin on getting the start.
“It’s going to be fun. Detroit is a great team & always a good challenge for us. I’m looking forward to it.” - Paajarvi on tonight’s game.
“We need to play harder for a bit longer. It’s a 60-minute cliche, but we need it against this team.” - Gagner on facing the Red Wings.
“We need to alleviate the problems we encountered in Toronto by managing the puck better.” - Renney on tonight’s game.

Update #5: Via the Oilers’ website, here’s Tom Renney’s presser:

Here’s a bit more about Jimmy Howard from the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff as well:

#redwings Howard on return from broken finger: “Just all depends on pain threshold, what I can withstand out there.’‘
#redwings Howard on his finger injury: “Hopefully by the end of the week, I’m out there taking shots.’‘


Update #6: Here’s more from Hedger...

Babcock on HBO, NHL36/Lidstrom: “Ask Nick how many guys ate lunch with him. You saw those cameras. You saw Nick. You never saw anyone else.”
Babcock: “[Datsyuk] just doesn’t feel like he should take [draws] right now. He can take them at key times of the game if we need him.”
Babcock on Z: “I actually think Hank’s been great. I thought Hank was our best forward on the trip. He’s been great the last little while.”
Babcock on Z: “One thing about him, he gets better in the second half every year, and I expect the same this year.” #Redwings
Babcock on Z: “Would he like to have 40 (goals)? Absolutely. But he doesn’t. So let’s just keep winning. That’s the big thing for me.”
Babcock: “Those personal stats, I don’t think there’s one guy in the room who spends a whole lot of time worrying about it ...”
Babcock cont’d on stats:“It’s nice to have them, but that’s not the measure for our group. Our group is about winning. We’re trying to win.”
Question to Holmstrom today: “Does your body feel like you’ve played almost 1,000 games?” Holmstrom: “More like 1,500.” #Redwings
Holmstrom, of course, wears 96 because that’s the year he came over from Sweden ... but Bowman once cracked “He think’s he’s Pavel Bure.”
Bowman once [jokingly] told Holmstrom: “You should’ve picked 98 because that’s when you’re going back.” #Redwings
Haven’t even begun to transcribe Datsyuk today. Got him talking about outdoor hockey etc.
I know Pav was asked about Winter Classic being good for #Redwings popularity & he said: “Head very small right now. Only thinking hockey.”

Hedger talked to Oilers coach Tom Renney about his status...

In case you’re wondering whether coaches have to undergo the same kind of baseline testing for concussions that players do, ask Edmonton Oilers bench boss Tom Renney.

“Yes, they do,” said Renney, who missed Monday’s game in Toronto with concussion-like symptoms after he accidentally was hit in the head with a puck during the Oilers’ morning skate. “Failed it twice. It’s a good thing they had the Coke machine in Toronto or I would not have known who we played last.”

Renney was back on the ice for the Oilers’ skate on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena and plans to coach from the bench when they face the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Missing Monday’s game was tough to accept, but he had no choice in the matter based on how he was doing physically.

“I didn’t want to,” Renney said. “I’m having a hard time. My blood pressure’s rising right now as we speak and I’m feeling light-headed. I couldn’t have coached, quite honestly.”

He was in good enough shape on Wednesday to joke around about the incident with reporters, but said if things take a turn for the worse between the skate and game time, he won’t hesitate to let associate coach Ralph Krueger run the bench for a second straight game.

“I’ll be fine … if I don’t yell,” said Renney, who estimated that it took about 12 stitches to close the wound. “Good luck for me, eh? No, I’m good. I’ll give it a good go here tonight. If I have to step back, I will.”

And Jimmy Howard about his broken finger

“It’s been seven days now, so the timing can go a little bit,” he said. “I’ve missed seven days worth of shots, so I’d like to get a couple of practices in before I come back. It all depends on how it feels. This whole thing, with it obviously being broken, is just going to be basically how the finger feels out there. We’ll work on (adjusting the equipment) but there’s no guarantee it’s going to work.”

Replacing Howard will be Joey MacDonald, who will get his second straight start in net for the Wings. Detroit has won 17 straight home games, but all of them came with Howard starting. In fact, Howard has started all 23 home games for Detroit and posted a sterling 20-2-1 mark. That, in itself, makes sitting out even tougher to swallow.

“It’s frustrating just because I want to be out there with the guys,” said Howard, who still leads the League with 32 wins and was on pace to break Martin Brodeur’s single-season NHL record of 48 victories prior to getting injured. “I enjoy being out there. I love the competition and the downfall is not being able to be out there.”

Howard said he’s not concerned about the interruption throwing him off-kilter for the remaining portion of the season, but he’s still working hard off the ice on conditioning drills to keep his legs strong for whenever he can return. Meanwhile, it’s just assessing how much pain the finger is causing him. The doctor told Howard that it’d be hard to do more damage by playing, so his ultimate return will be based on how confident he feels in his abilities while playing with a fractured bone in a finger on his blocker hand.

“It’s just all going to depend on pain threshold and what I can and cannot withstand out there,” Howard said. “Every single day the finger’s getting better. I’m just trying to keep on top of things here with doing skating drills and keep my legs under me, so when I’m able to come back hopefully I can pick up where I left off.”

In other Red Wings news, forward Danny Cleary will likely play despite lingering knee soreness that might need to be relieved with an injection at some point. Defenseman Brad Stuart is also healthy enough to play against the Oilers—who called up Magnus Paajarvi on Tuesday to replace injured star rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder).

Hedger believes that the Oilers will ice the following lineup:

Magnus Paajarvi - Shawn Horcoff - Ales Hemsky
Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smyth - Eric Belanger - Ryan Jones
Ben Eager - Anton Lander - Lennart Petrell

Ladislav Smid - Tom Gilbert
Ryan Whitney - Jeff Petry
Andy Sutton - Corey Potter

Nikolai Khabibulin
Devan Dubnyk

Hedger’s update includes this video in which Kevin Weekes discusses Howard’s injury:

On Edmonton’s side of the ice, here’s the Edmonton Journal’s Joanne Ireland’s game-day update:

“I’m good. I’m going to give it a good go tonight and if I have to step back, I will,” [Renney] said. “But it’s a good thing they had the Coke machine in the medical room in Toronto, or I would not have known who we played. I couldn’t have coached that night.”

Renney failed the baseline test twice. He did feel a little light-headed in the post-practice media scrum and conceded he’s gained an appreciation of what players go through when they’re concussed. It was during the pre-game session in Toronto on Monday that Renney was pelted with a puck. He isn’t about to start wearing a helmet on the ice.

He did get a text from Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who was left with three cracked ribs after he’d been bowled over during a practice the same day. “He said, ‘Tough day for coaches, I just snapped three ribs.’”Paajarvi draws inWith Ryan Nugent-Hopkins out for at least a week with a sprained left shoulder, Magnus Paajarvi will draw in and get some top-six minutes.

Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net. It will be his first game since Jan. 21.

The Wings have not lost a game on home ice since Nov. 3, running their stretch to 17 straight wins. It is the fourth-longest streak in NHL history. The 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers have the record (20).

The Oilers’ website posted a pre-game clip of comments from Nikolai Khabibulin, Magnus Paajarvi and Tom Renney…

As well as a game preview video and morning skate set-up from EdmontonOilers.com’s Ryan Dittrick:

“Usually [Detroit has] some skilled guys, but they also have some guys that can play a gritty game,” Khabibulin explained. It’s usually a game with a lot of shots (Devan Dubnyk was tested with 39 on Saturday) and guys going to the net hard, but also when guys like Datsyuk and Zetterberg step on the ice, there’s some skill involved and you’ve got to be ready.”

“It’s an exciting challenge to play against the Wings,” added Sam Gagner, who’s potted 12 points in his last three games. “They’ve been a great team in this league for a lot of years and it’s a team you want to emulate. When you play against them, it’s an extra level that you want to get to. Hopefully we can do it again tonight and come out with a win.”
“It will be awesome,” [Paajarvi] added about the challenge vs. Detroit. “They’re the most exciting team to play against. There are a lot of Swedes there, and that’s always a special thing for Swedes that play in this league. They’re a great team. They’re a really, really good transition team. They’re really strong with the puck and they’ve got really skilled players from the D to their forwards.”
“We need to play harder a little longer,” [Gagner] explained. “It’s the 60-minute cliche. There were parts in that game where we got outplayed, but ultimately we were able to come out with the win. If we can continue to work on being consistent throughout the whole game, it should help us a lot.”

Going into tonight, building on the weekend’s edgy contest will pay dividends, too. The game was highlighted with eight non-obstruction penalties, with mitts draped across the ice in an emotionally-tilted Hockey Night in Canada appearance. Head Coach Tom Renney agrees that will be a necessary component heading into tonight, again on national TV.

“We all like edge,” he said. “It’s good, it keeps us all competitive and keeps you engaged. If you don’t expect it and promote it, then you probably shouldn’t be playing at this level. I think our start will be important,” Renney added. “We’ve got to make sure that we’re competitive right away. We need to alleviate the problems that we presented ourselves in Toronto by managing the puck better and not giving it away. I think special teams will be a key feature tonight, however many on each side that might be. We have to be a good penalty-killing team tonight and our power-play has to click.”

Shifting focus back to the Wings, the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness took note of the Wings’ injuries...

“Every single day my finger is getting better,” Howard said. “I’m lucky being young enough where the bone is going to (heal) faster. Hopefully by the end of the week I’m out there taking shots.”

Howard said it really all depends on his pain threshold. Howard will need to get a couple practices in before he can play, which will more than likely rule him out the rest of the week since the Wings’ won’t skate again till Friday morning prior to their game against Anaheim. Their next full practice won’t come till Saturday before playing Philadelphia on Sunday.

“I’d really love a couple of good practices before I get in there,” Howard said. “(Don’t want) the timing can go away.”

According to coach Mike Babcock, Pavel Datsyuk will continue to avoid taking faceoffs.

“He’s got a – I don’t even know – hand, wrist, forearm,” Babcock said. “He just doesn’t feel like he should take (faceoffs). He can take them at key times of the game if we need him. We’re just going to back him off for a bit and get him ready to go.”

After missing Monday’s game in Phoenix with the flu, Brad Stuart will return. He’ll replace Mike Commodore.

The Red Wings’ website also posted a game-day preview in which Ken Kal speaks with Joey MacDonald:

And TSN posted a clip of Renney’s comments.

Also: 97.1 The Ticket’s Jamie Samuelssen says Wings fans should stop panicking about Jimmy Howard:

I don’t get it. This reminds me a lot of the Shaun Hill/Drew Stanton debate last season when Matthew Stafford was out with a separated shoulder. Many fans agonized over who should back up Stafford in case he went down again. This ignored the obvious point that was proven this season for the Lions – if Stafford is hurt, the Lions are doomed. I’m not saying that the backup position is irrelevant. I’m just saying that it’s only relevant in terms of “Who will be taking snaps at the end of a 7-9 season?” I highly doubt that either Stanton or Hill would have thrown for 5000 yards this year. But who knows? Maybe I’m just being pessimistic.

But along those lines, Howard has been so good this season, that if he goes down, the Red Wings are in serious trouble. There is no insurance policy for this occurrence. If Ken Holland can improve the position behind Howard and has the money to do it under the cap (which he does), then he should do it. I’m not suggesting he simply stand pat. But what I am saying is that this is Jimmy Howard’s team and any thought of a Cup run with a backup goaltender is silly.

“Silly?” you sneer. “Do you not remember 2008 when a little known backup named Chris Osgood replaced Hasek in the first round and took the Wings all the way to the Cup?” Yes. I do remember that well. I also remember that Osgood had won two Cups already (one as a starter). I remember that Osgood started more games during the regular season that year than Hasek did. And I remember that Osgood was so good that he started for the Western Conference All-Star team. That’s one heck of a “back-up” goaltender. Osgood was so good that many people wondered aloud if he should have started the playoffs from the beginning instead of Hasek. A 2-2 tie with the Preds in round one quickly answered that question and the rest was history.

So let’s be clear about something in this debate. Chris Osgood isn’t walking through that door. Nabokov is clearly an upgrade over Conklin, particularly how Conklin is playing this season. But Nabokov’s career playoff record is sketchy (40-38, .913 save percentage). And his performance for the Russian team at the 2010 Winter Olympics was abysmal (4.16 GAA. Starter in the quarterfinals when Russia lost to Canada 7-3). If you have an elimination game, is this the guy you want between the pipes?

Is Nabokov a better option than Conklin? Yes. But we can all agree that the only (stress ONLY) option that has the Wings hoisting the Cup in June is a healthy Jimmy Howard. So worry about the backup goaltending situation if you must. But don’t worry too much. The far bigger worry is Howard’s health and maintaining it. It’s not irrelevant who backs him up. But it’s only relevant in terms of “Who will be in goal when the Wings get knocked out of the playoffs in the first or second round?”

Update #7: FSD’s John Keating reports that Jimmy Howard will make an appearance on FSD’s pre-game show, and ESPN’s Craig Custance spoke to Howard about his injury:

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who broke his index finger Feb. 2, visited a doctor Wednesday morning for an update. The conclusion is that his return to the lineup will depend greatly on how much pain he can tolerate. The chances of re-injuring the finger by playing are slim, Howard said.

Howard skated Wednesday but didn’t take any shots from teammates. He hopes that changes by the end of the week.

“Every single day the finger is getting better,” Howard said after the morning skate. “Ideally, I’d really love to have a couple (practices) where I get in there and have a couple good practices before I can get back out there. It’s been seven days now, the timing can go a little bit.”

Before the injury, Howard was enjoying a breakout season. He played in his first All-Star Game and, with a record of 32-11-1 with a .924 save percentage, has helped the Red Wings climb to the top of the league standings. Detroit has lost two straight since beating Vancouver—the game in which Howard suffered the broken finger—which doesn’t make sitting out any easier.

“It’s frustrating because I want to be out there with the guys,” he said. “I enjoy being out there, I love the competition.”

• If you’re interested, MLive’s Brendan Savage has posted his weekly Power Rankings round-up;

• And as I’m not feeling super, I’m going to tackle the Grand Rapids Griffins’ release regarding their “Purple Game” and their weekly press release later this evening.

One more update: More from Hedger:

Just turned in a story on Zetterberg’s struggle to score goals this season that’s got some strong comments from him included.
Quote from my chat with Zetterberg this: “I’m way past the frustration part or the thinking part. Now, I’ve just got to play.” #Redwings
Zetterberg: “[I can’t] look at the stats and think, ‘Oh, what if I do this or what if I do that? Maybe I will have a good year again.’”
Pointed out to Zetterberg that his line’s doing well, so he must be doing his job as C: “Yeah, but I should have more than nine goals.”
Zetterberg: “You can’t say anything but that. I should have more than that. You can’t just go and hide.” #Redwings

And we have charitable donut news:

The Special Vanilla Dip Donut with Red and White Sprinkles Available Soon at Detroit-area Restaurants

DETROIT—The Detroit Red Wings and Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop are pleased to announce the return of the “I Love the Red Wings” Donut, a specially-themed Vanilla Dip donut decorated with red and white sprinkles. The Red Wings Donut will be available in all Detroit-area Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop restaurants beginning February 10 through 14.

Proceeds from the sale of the special team donut will benefit The Detroit Red Wings Foundation. The Red Wings Foundation provides funds and resources to worthy causes that contribute to the growth of the sport of hockey.

Since the “I Love the Red Wings” Donut was launched in 2010, more than $22,000 has been raised for the Red Wings Foundation. This year local Tim Hortons owners have set a goal of raising another $20,000 from donut sales.

“We are thrilled to be able to help support our Detroit professional sports teams, including the Red Wings,” said Walter Bender Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop local owner. “The team’s support of the growth of hockey is a mission that would make our founder and namesake, Tim Horton, proud.”

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is the official coffee of the Red Wings and the official coffee served at Joe Louis Arena. The limited-time-only Red Wings Donut retails for $.85.

New in 2012, Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is a presenting sponsor for the Red Wing’s first ever outdoor practice on February 18 at Clark Park . Fans interested in winning tickets can enter online at: http://www.detroitredwings.com/timhortonsclarkpark


About Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop

Tim Hortons is one of the largest publicly-traded restaurant chains in North America based on market capitalization. Operating in the quick service segment of the restaurant industry, Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, espresso-based specialty coffees including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots, specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches, wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked goods, including our trademark donuts. As of October 2, 2011, Tim Hortons had 645 restaurants in the United States and 3,871 restaurants systemwide. For more information, visit http://www.timhortons.com


Detroit Red Wings Foundation Overview

The Detroit Red Wings Foundation is an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of our community by providing funds and resources to worthy causes that contribute to the growth of the sport of hockey.

About The Detroit Red Wings:

The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and 11-time Stanley Cup Champion, was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit http://www.DetroitRedWings.com


Via RWF, here’s Ken Kal on NHL Live as well:

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SYF's avatar

Jimmy needs a calcium-enriched protein drink.  Twenty-four hours a day.  Intravaneous feed.  Pronto.

Kronwall says he is happy to be home. Also said that fans have played a big role in the team’s JLA winning streak. ‘They have been amazing.’

Wait until we let you know just how lousy the PP and the PK’s been, Kronner.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 02/08/12 at 03:52 PM ET

Chet's avatar

this winter classic next year may be the thing that gets us another year of lidstrom. love it…

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/08/12 at 04:29 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Glad Stuart is playing tonight.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 02/08/12 at 05:03 PM ET


I don’t know about everybody else, but I’m counting down the games until Homer’s 1000th game.  (He’s got 2 to go)  Once he reaches that milestone hopefully Babcock will put Mursak back in the line-up on a consistent basis.  His speed and forechecking ability will be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Bobby from Southgate on 02/08/12 at 06:18 PM ET


I can’t understand why they are not playing mursak.he should be playing with pavs and johan “howards in trouble"franzen.bert and holmstrom can alternate in and out of the lineup so they can stay fresh.I really wish they would put kindl in and let him play,I know you need to try and win with your best lineup but the kid needs to play so he can get his confidence back. .you have to look to the future and with stuie and nicks future up in the air they need to let him grab the baton and run with it.he has the talent and size to play in the top 4 eventually but babs needs to show some faith in him.

Posted by ben from livonia, michigan on 02/08/12 at 08:33 PM ET

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