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Mad dash: On Weiss, Cleary, Kindl, Chelios’s thoughts and Griffins/prospect news

Several items of Red Wings-related note popped up while I ferried the mom to the family doc, and as they don't necessarily fit in the game-day entry, I'm dedicating a second entry to said articles/videos.

We start with DetroitRedWings.com's Ken Kal's Game-Day preview setting up tonight's game between the Wings and Panthers (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM):

Also regarding tonight's game:

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Gordie Howe likely to undergo second stem cell treatment

The Canadian Press has filed an early "sans-quotes" story about Gordie Howe, and it mostly treads upon information that we already know about, but the first line is important:

Gordie Howe is doing so well after stem cell treatment that his son would like the hockey legend to undergo the treatment again.

Gordie Howe suffered a pair of strokes late last year.

Marty Howe says his father did not have long to live when the family decided to take him to Mexico last month for stem cell treatment.

He adds that his father can now walk again and his speech is improving.

The CP will post a with-quotes story within the next 2 hours, and I'll update this entry accordingly.

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Red Wings-Panthers game-day articles: Panthers harbor Wild Card ambitions; Cleary returns (again)

The Red Wings will tangle with a team that's had a surprising amount of success in Detroit in the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and while the Panthers sit some 13 points behind Detroit (with 3 games in hand), the team sounds incredibly confident about defeating the Wings, per a FloridaPanthers.com video...

And NHL.com's Alain Poupart's game-day article, which notes that the Panthers are only 5 points behind the Wild Card-slotted Bruins:

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Wings Ready To Go

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"We should be fresh and ready to go," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the morning skate. "Obviously, in these games taking care of the puck is going to be key because we don't seem to be quite as smooth as you like but that's always a priority when you first come back. Keeping your shifts short and trying not to get caught in your own zone so you don't get worn out, especially early in the game."

The Red Wings have only one lineup change from their previous game, as Daniel Cleary is in for Teemu Pulkkinen, who was reassigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins following last Tuesday's 5-4 shootout victory over Minnesota. Pulkkinen played in Monday's AHL All-Star Game.

Tomas Jurco (lower back pain) skated again but isn't quite ready.

"I like putting Jurcs in but the trainers won't let him go," Babcock said. "I'm hoping he's ready to go Thursday, so Cleary will go in the lineup."

This will be Cleary's first game since Jan. 7 and just the second time he has played in the past 14 games.

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Detroit Red Wings Skating In Sunrise

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Based on the skate this morning at BB&T Center, looks like Cleary is in tonight. Jurco (back) still out. They're not calling up Pulkkinen.

Lines:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader
Tatar-Datsyuk-Helm
Glendening-Sheahan-Weiss
Miller-Andersson-Cleary

Defense:
Ericsson-Kronwall
Quincey-DeKeyser
Smith-Ouellet
Lashoff (scratch)-Kindl (IR, elbow)

Updates as needed..

added 11:49am, via Khan,

Power-play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg=Weiss, Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall

Datsyuk-Tatar-Sheahan, Jurco (net front), DeKeyser.

Jurco didn't take part in line rushes, so he might be in power play practice just holding the spot for Cleary, who's practicing on PK.

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Red Wings-Panthers morning skate Tweets: Luongo starts for FLA; waiting on Jurco

The Red Wings open the "stretch" against the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and the Panthers took to the ice first in Sunrise, as noted by the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Filakov:

Thornton still not ready.but close #flapanthers

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Petr Mrazek will be in net for Red Wings tonight with Howard injured #flapanthers

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No sign of Trocheck Guess he's staying in minors esp with Thornton close to return #flapanthers

Of text-related note:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Panthers set-up; Stadium Series talk; Fetisov, Lidstrom & Pulkkinen

The Red Wings begin their "second half" and/or "stretch run" campaign with a pair of games in the Sunshine State--tonight, the Wings battle the Florida Panthers (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM) and Thursday, the Wings take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Over the next 5 days, the Wings play a trio of games against teams the Wings have historically had particular difficulty defeating this week in the Panthers, Bolts and Saturday's opponent, the New York Islanders.

The Wings' 63 points and 27-11-and-9 record are good for 2nd in the Atlantic Division (one behind Tampa; Detroit's also tied in points with the Islanders and sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference), tonight's game is of particular significance: the Panthers have 3 games in hand on Detroit's 47, but the Panthers also sit 13 points behind the Wings, and carving out a 15-point lead would at least give Detroit a nearly unassailable margin for error...Against the Panthers, anyway.

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Mr. Hockey continues to improve as ‘last public appearance’ draws near

Gordie Howe, his sons Mark, Marty and Murray, his daughter Kathy and the extended Howe family--Wayne Gretzky included--will be attending a combination dinner to raise funds for the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon and something of an impromptu family reunion on February 6th. The event was billed as Howe's final public appearance, but Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave reports that Dr. Murray Howe believes that his father's post-stem cell replacement progress may yield more public appearances.

In any case, Howe is more like himself than he's been in a significant period of time, and that's what matters:

The 86-year-old hockey legend is now stick-handling beanbag pucks around his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. He can throw and catch a football with either hand (like he could before a serious stroke on Oct. 26 robbed him of mobility along most of the right side of his body).

He can form short sentences, respond accurately to basic questions and tell "little three-minute stories," son Murray Howe said. Recently, Gordie pushed a shopping cart around the grocery store. And on another day, he and Murray walked about a half-mile at a local mall -- stopping several times for short breaks.

And best of all, Gordie Howe absolutely knows who he is as well as his role in the hockey universe. Ask him about "Mr. Hockey," Murray said, and Gordie points to himself.

So the Saskatoon appearance, once thought to be impossible because of his poor health, is definitely on. Howe will travel from Lubbock to Saskatoon in a private jet and sit among other VIPs for the 55th Annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner before a sold-out crowd.

Gave continues at extended length, and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff has more...

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Practice post: Jurco iffy for Tuesday tilt, Howard traveling w/ team; Panthers need 4-point game

Updated 2x at 7:47 PM: The Red WIngs took part in a less-than-revelatory afternoon practice in Taylor prior to flying to Miami to take on the Panthers (Tuesday @ 7:30 PM EST on FSD Plus) and Lightning (Thursday @ 7:30 PM EST on FSD).

Ahead of a trio of "trap games" (Saturday's home tilt against the Islanders included) and a very early 4 PM-scheduled flight for the Wings, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and the Free Press's George Sipple added some intriguing twists to the mix.

Sipple revealed that Jimmy Howard's going to travel with the Wings...

Jimmy Howard said he skated for 15 minutes today and will go on trip.

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Howard said he hasn't watched replay of injury.

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Sounds like Jimmy Howard is still a couple weeks away from playing.

And that Tomas Jurco may or may not supplant Daniel Cleary from the Pulkkinen-and-Franzen-less lineup:

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Practice Tweets: Wings get back to work minus Howard

Updated 2x at 2:38 PM: The Detroit Red Wings got back on the ice a little late, but they did return to work on Monday afternoon--ahead of a week of "trap games," starting with tomorrow night's tilt against the Kryptonite, I mean Florida Panthers (7:30 PM on FSD Plus)--and I'd gather that they're practicing in Taylor because the Joe was used for the auto show.

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that the Wings' goaltending situation remains the same for the present moment...

No sign of Wings goalie Jimmy Howard on the ice at Taylor SportsPlex. It's Mrazek, McCollum and Gustavsson.

Xavier Ouellet on the ice. That most likely means Kindl still isn't ready to play and Ouellet will be in the lineup Tuesday in Florida.

(I'm just glad that Ouellet's sore wrist has healed faster than Kindl's elbow)

Tomas Jurco on ice. In White.

White jersey = bottom-couple lines jerseys, red = top lines jerseys, black = defensemen, goalies, gray = no-contact.

And this, we've talked about:

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