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Hot Nyquist

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

“I think confidence grows every game you’re up here,” Nyquist said. “Right now, obviously scoring a little bit, that gives me more confidence out there with the puck.”

This hot streak does not necessarily mean Nyquist will become another Datsyuk or Zetterberg, the sixth- and seventh-round draft picks who became cornerstones in Detroit. It does not necessarily mean he will become an elite goal-scorer, either. He has always been more of a playmaker than a sniper, and he’s bound to cool off.

But this does mean the Wings identified yet another smaller prospect with skill, hockey sense and character, then took him later in the draft and let him mature into a player. He was ready when they needed him – more than ready – and they think he can be a productive top-six NHL forward for years to come. He had 22 goals in 56 AHL games two seasons ago. He had 23 goals in 58 AHL games last season. He has 23 goals in 46 NHL games this season.

“It’s a good example for young players,” said Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill, the former Wings assistant GM who drafted Nyquist. “Everybody wants to get to the league real quick. But it’s a tough league, and you need your development time. He might have come up two years ago and struggled and got sent down, and before you know it, you’re back in the minors and nothing happens. He stuck with it.”

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Wings’ Morning Skate In Columbus

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Bertuzzi, who missed last game with flu, not skating in Columbus. Jurco, out with broken rib since March 11, is skating.

Callahan skating on line with Helm and Andersson.

Other lines: Franzen-Legwand-Alfredsson, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Miller-Glendening-Emmerton.

added 11:48am, again from Khan,

Power play: Franzen-Nyquist-Andersson (net front), Kronwall-Alfredsson (points); Tatar-Legwand-Sheahan (net front), DeKeyser-Kindl (points).

added 12:02pm, via Khan,

Babcock said Bertuzzi is playing tonight's he said the plan is to play Callahan, but didn't commit to it.

added 12:36pm, Bill Roose tweet,

Holland said the #RedWings have reassigned Emmerton to Grand Rapids. Means Bertuzzi and Callahan will be in lineup tonight.

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Hope From Datsyuk

added 8:31pm, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

Here are updates on a few of the players from Wings general manager Ken Holland:

Datsyuk: “Don’t know what’s next. I’ll talk to the trainers and doctors to see what’s next, but right now he’s still going through the time he needs to give it a chance to heal.”

Zetterberg: “I don’t know when he’ll be cleared to skate. I’m told at around eight weeks he’ll be cleared for physical contact. I do know before the end of the season he’ll be back skating, but I just don’t know when.”

Weiss: “He had a second opinion. The second opinion was similar to that of the Philadelphia doctor, Myers’ opinion. I think what’s going to happen is he’ll get a cortisone injection, hoping it relieves things. We don’t know if it’s inflammation or if it’s a different issue or if it’s scar tissue. He feels OK going 65, 70, 75 percent, but when he pushes all out he feels pain and when he gets pain he backs back off. He’s been told to push through. He’s pushed through. We’re going to give him another 72 hours and keep our fingers crossed that there’s some progress.”

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Red Wings’ call-up of Callahan yields Griffins moves…on defense?

File this under, "A little intriguing": the Red Wings may have swapped Landon Ferraro for Mitchell Callahan, but the Griffins' defense must have taken a hit this past weekend, because the Griffins both recalled Max Nicastro from the Toledo Walleye and they signed fellow defenseman Marc McNulty to an amateur try-out (McNulty's Prince George Cougars didn't make the WHL playoffs):

CALLAHAN RECALLED BY DETROIT, NICASTRO AND McNULTY JOIN GRIFFINS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled left wing Mitch Callahan from the Grand Rapids Griffins and reassigned defenseman Max Nicastro from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye to their AHL affiliate. In addition, the Griffins signed defenseman Marc McNulty to an amateur tryout.

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The Red Wings will likely ride the roller coaster as they attempt to sustain their playoff streak

The Red Wings probably won't win all of their games this week--the Wings face an incredibly important game in Columbus tomorrow, they host the Canadiens on Thursday, head to Toronto on Saturday and close out a four-games-in-six-nights stretch by hosting Tampa Bay on Sunday (and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose offers the details thereof in his "Look Ahead in Hockeytown")--but it would sure be nice if the Wings earned points in the vast majority of those games.

The Wings' Wild Card spot comes thanks to two games in hand on Toronto, but the pursuing Blue Jackets (2 points behind the Wings, even in games, and by the way, Tuesday's game is on NBCSN out of FSD range, and no, I don't believe anybody will send Blake Comeau into April, though I'd sure like to see it) and Devils (5 points behind with 1 more game played than the Wings' 71) have more regulation-or-OT wins than the Wings do, and the Capitals sit only one point behind the Wings (with one more game played), too, so the Wings don't exactly have a "magic number" yet.

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Red Wings make a roster swap, recall Callahan from Grand Rapids

The Red Wings sent Landon Ferraro back to Grand Rapids after a 4-game audition for next year's roster, and now they've called up another player who's not waiver-exempt next season:

As the Red Wings don't practice today, I have no idea whether this involves a "roster emergency" (Todd Bertuzzi may still be ill with "the flu") or whether it's one of the Wings' 4 discretionary post-trade deadline call-ups.

Update: Here are a Tweet and the Wings' press release:

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Gustav Nyquist Names First Star Of The Week In The NHL

More on the Stars of the Week here.

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With Bertuzzi likely to play Tuesday, Red Wings return Ferraro to Grand Rapids

Landon Ferraro looked like a player who's more than willing to earn a spot on the Red Wings' fourth line next September and work his way up from there, but with Darren Helm returning to the lineup and Todd Bertuzzi deemed healthy for Tuesday's game against Columbus (by the Wings' coach, after Detroit's 3-2 OT loss to Minnesota on Sunday), the Wings are no longer in "roster emergency" territory, so either Ferraro or Cory Emmerton had to head back to Grand Rapids. The Wings chose to send down a player the Griffins need to bolster their scoring:

Ferraro didn't register a point in 4 games played, but he displayed speed, grit, playmaking ability and a lunchpail mentality. He's out of waiver options next season, and it'll be interesting to see whether he's got more of a scoring upside, or whether, as Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood suggested, he may have to pull a Luke Glendening and embrace playing with an edge. Osgood suggested that Ferraro could be the next Dallas Drake.

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On Nyquist’s road to the NHL

So I wrote this on Twitter, and I think it's important to relate to you.

So I'm at the Wings' summer camp in 2010, and Nyquist is there. He's absolutely scrawny, not Jarnkrok or Daniel Larsson scrawny, but close. 5'10," 160 pounds.

Very seriously, this kid, who's been growing up in Sweden, and has a pronounced accent, says he's gonna play college hockey at Maine. Says the language issue won't be a problem.

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Red Wings-Wild quick take: Nyquist, Howard and Tatar can’t do it alone

Updated with videos and stuff at 11:25 PM: I don't even know. I don't even know how to put this one together.

The Red Wings, playing their 5th game in 8 nights, and getting ready for a stretch of 4 in 6, played incredibly mentally tired and sometimes downright lackadaisical hockey en route to blowing yet another 2-0 lead and yet another 3rd period lead to the Minnesota Wild, losing 4-3 in overtime...

But the point is essential in terms of the Wild Card standings, and while the Wings split their home-and-home series...Given that the team was out-shot 25-16, given that the Wings won all of 37% of their faceoffs, given that the Wild had 49 shot attempts to the Wings' 36...

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