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Quick take, Red Wings-Senators: Too close but two points, and a welcome two goals for Weiss

The Red Wings' 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators wasn't a textbook performance--unless you're reading the Wings,' "How to struggle in the first game back from a road trip" paperback. The Wings were damn strong and dominant at some points and downright lay-down-and-put-up-the-welcome-mat sloppy in front of Jimmy Howard at others, and the third-period let-down was painfully predictable to watch and equally terrifying, but Howard was up to the task, and on a night when Stephen Weiss rightfully stole the spotlight, the Wings at least got the two points and got to say they scared themselves while living to fight another day.

Yes, Kyle Quincey made some boneheaded plays (and took a dumb penalty), but he was mostly solid; Weiss showed the kind of scoring promise that the Red Wings hope he'll be able to deliver on a long, healthy basis;

Xavier Ouellet's been surprisingly shaky at times, but he's learning on the job, and his teammates aren't making it an easy job;

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Video- Game Day Preview With Ken Kal

via the Wings' YouTube channel,

Featuring - Ken Kal, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar, Stephen Weiss, Mike Babcock, and Justin Abdelkader with Pavel Datsyuk.

Nice jab from Datsyuk on Abdelkader too...


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Easy On Those Alfredsson Rumors

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg says everyone should tap the brakes over those unconfirmed reports.

“So far it’s just rumors,” he said. “I know he’s trying to get his back better, doing his rehab part, skating a little bit. I won’t say that its over until it’s over.”

Even though back pain limited him to 68 games last season – his only campaign in Detroit – Alfredsson led the team in scoring with 18 goals and 49 points.

Zetterberg remains in contact with Alfredsson, and believes the six-time All Star has something left in the tank.

“Absolutely, just the way he played last year, his presence here in the locker room and on the ice, on the power play,” Zetterberg said. “He’s one of the best players and one of the best leaders that we’ve had, and we all hope that he has one more run in him.”

read on for more including Mike Babcock on Pat Quinn and Pavel Datsyuk on Viktor Tikhonov...

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The USA Hockey Foundation May Purchase Compuware Arena

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo./PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena have an agreement in place, that subject to due diligence, could result in the Foundation acquiring the Plymouth, Michigan, facility by the first half of 2015.

“Both parties felt it best to make public that there is intention to move forward with a sale, however, there are many steps in the process left to complete and nothing is final at this point,” said Mike Vellucci, representing Compuware Arena on behalf of owner Peter Karmanos. “It’s important to note that the Compuware youth program would remain at Compuware Arena and be supported by Mr. Karmanos. Further, Mr. Karmanos will continue to own the Plymouth Whalers. While there are likely to be questions, out of respect for the on-going process and confidentiality involved, we’ll have no further comment.”

“Our intention is to relocate the National Team Development Program to the facility and also use it to host and showcase other USA Hockey programs and international events,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of The USA Hockey Foundation and USA Hockey, Inc. “In addition, keeping the current users of the building is important to both us and Pete Karmanos. There are a number of issues we’re still working through, and while I know people will have questions, we’ll have nothing further to say until a final resolution is reached.”

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Weiss And Kindl Return To The Lineup Tonight And Datsyuk Needs More Practice

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Stephen Weiss and Jakub Kindl return to the lineup tonight for the Detroit Red Wings against the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit), but Pavel Datsyuk still needs more time for his groin to heal.

This will be the fourth game in a row Datsyuk will miss. He has sat out six of the past eight games.

"I feel much better, but I think I need more full practices with team to make sure it feels good and it does not come back every second game," Datsyuk said.

Asked if he might return before the weekend, Datsyuk said. "Hard to say, but I just hoping to be back in the lineup to help team."

"It's hard for me because it's the first time with these symptoms. After two games, I think I'm fine and I come back and it just comes right back. Now I am more careful and want to be more ready, more energy, more exciting. But I'm happy to see you guys a lot."

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Wings Skating This Morning

via Chuck Pleiness tweets,

Stephen Weiss appears to be in tonight. Skating with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco

Cleary, Datsyuk and Lashoff appear out tonight against Ottawa.

Numerous media reports state Datsyuk is skating but it appears he will not play tonight.


added 10:45am, Pleiness tweet,

Weiss on second power play unit. Along with Kindl.

added 10:47am, Khan tweet,

First power play:
Zetterberg-Nyquist-Franzen, Abdelkader, Kronwall
Second unit:
Sheahan-Tatar-Weiss, Jurco, Kindl

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The Wings After 20 Games And Roster Decisions Ahead

from Helen St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Red Wings have reached the quarter pole of their season and have several positives to take into a hectic schedule in which they play every other day for the next two weeks.

They host the Ottawa Senators tonight with a 10-5-5 record, good for 25 points, the same amount as Stanley Cup favorite Chicago. All 10 victories have come in regulation or overtime (a positive come playoff time, as it's the first tiebreaker). A goal differential of plus-six is in the middle of the pack, close to that of defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles.

One of the brightest spots is Jimmy Howard, who has responded to off-season pressure from management to rebound from last year's subpar performance. After 16 games he has a 2.03 goals-against average that ranks seventh in the NHL and a .922 save percentage that ranks 11th.

The penalty kill — 4-for-4 in Saturday's 4-1 loss at Toronto — ranks first in the league at 90.1%. Much of the time, the skaters are so efficient the goaltender doesn't have to make a save.


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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What Do You Think Of The Play Of Xavier Ouellet?

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It's a small sample, two games last week, on top of the five games Xavier Ouellet played in the NHL last season.

But Ouellet, in this brief appearance, sure looks as if he's ready for the NHL.

Ouellet, 21, was called up from Grand Rapids when Brendan Smith (infected hand) was placed on the seven-day injured reserve list.

In two games, Ouellet looked every bit the prized prospect the Red Wings thought he was.

"He's a good hockey player," coach Mike Babcock said. "He plays like a veteran."

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Stephen Weiss Is Healthy And The Latest On Anthony Mantha

from Zach Kukkonen of Mlive,

"It's always nice to score, but it's just nice to play in the game and feel healthy," Weiss said. "Starting in training camp last year I was playing with one leg and pretty much no stomach, and it's a hard enough league to play at that level when you're healthy, let alone when struggling with injuries."

After scoring at least 49 points from 2008-12 -- and playing at least 76 games every season -Weiss only participated in 44 games the past three seasons due to a myriad of injuries. While his physical health appears to have returned to form, the mental half of his recovery was part of the process of his conditioning stint with the Griffins.

"Coming off a seven-hour travel day in Cleveland, it was a little worrisome, as I was worried that (the groin injury) would tense up," Weiss said. "I was a little tentative early tonight, but that stuff has got to get out of my mind. I just have to trust that everything's fine, and go play."

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Dana Wakiji of Fox Sports spent her Saturday night in Grand Rapids and filed a story on Anthony Mantha,

"He's obviously got really good size and he uses it well down low, protects the puck really well," Weiss said. "He's smart, he sees the ice well, he moves the puck well. He's a fun guy to play with. For a young guy, the sky's the limit for him. He's going to score a lot of goals in the NHL."

"Like anything for young players, it's the speed, adjusting to the speed of the game at both ends of the ice," Weiss said. "I think that'll be a big thing for him. Not saying he's not good defensively, but you can always get better defensively. That's so huge in the NHL is being able to play without the puck. He's got the offensive part down, there's no question about that.

"If he just continues to get better at the little things and defensively, he'll be a star."


added 4:38pm, Weiss recalled by the Wings.

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Wings Were Primed To Take Over The Game In The Third Period Last Night

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I thought our PK was good early and that gave us a chance," Babcock said. "They had some energy because we took three penalties for not moving our feet in the first.

"I thought our initial power plays were good but then we wouldn't shoot the puck at all on the power play, just pass it around on the outside. So we got to get back to attacking and a little more puck speed.

"I thought we were going to come out and dominate them in the third," Babcock said. "We should have, they were down to five D (Roman Polak was injured trying to hit Tatar just before his goal); all you had to do was attack their net and you would have been off to the races."


Below, looked who scored for the Hurricanes last night...

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