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Red Wings-Wild game-day updates in progress: Helm, Bertuzzi are back, White says he got ‘lucky’

Updated 5x at 6:52 PM: The Red Wings and Wild face off tonight at 7:30 (on FSD Plus and 97.1 FM 1270 AM--also, this game will be on the NHL Network, so Center Ice and GameCenter Live users without the NHL Network, you're kinda screwed), and MLive's Ansar Khan is reporting that the Wings will get Darren Helm (back), Todd Bertuzzi (groin) and Jakub Kindl (groin) back from injuries, but Jonathan Ericsson (back), Jonas Gustavsson (groin), Jan Mursak (shoulder), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder) and Mikael Samuelsson (groin) remain sidelined. Here are the lines for tonight's game, per Khan:

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Will Kindl Hear The Wake-Up Call?

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

Kindl will be paired on the second power play unit with Brendan Smith.

For Kindl it may be his last chance to make this team has a regular.

“That’s another good thing about injures, other people get opportunities,” Babcock said. “If you grab hold of it you get to play a long, long time. Everybody comes in has nobody and then does something.

“You have to grab hold of it,” Babcock continued. “Kuba is getting to the point in his career, this is eight years now when you drafted him, you have to grab hold of it. If not you’re not part of it.”

more on the Wings from their morning skate...

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Knuble No Longer In Grand Rapids

He's headed to Philadelphia to take a physical tomorrow and if he passes, the Flyers will sign him.  The Flyers hope Knuble will help after Hartnell broke his foot.

I don't think Knuble had a chance with the Wings this season, but if he was a defenseman, that would have been another story.

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Wings Practice Update

 

added 1:05pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Quick update following Detroit Red Wings practice Thursday at Joe Louis Arena, in preparation for Friday's home game vs. Minnesota:

Coach Mike Babcock has split up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, in an effort to boost the sputtering offense (four goals in three games).

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Looking At The Wings From Columbus

from Michale Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Maybe, the team that parity forgot has finally been sucked into the cycle. The Red Wings have not had a top-10 draft pick since 1991. It has been five years since they won the Cup, four years since they made it to the Finals, three years since they made it past the second round. That fits into a picture that shows seven different teams winning the Cup in the past seven years since the salary cap was instituted in 2005.

Detroit fans have been spoiled, like few others, for 20 years. They might be getting some comeuppance this season, but their team should not be dismissed. The Red Wings remain one of the best-run organizations on the planet, and they still have Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. They can make the playoffs. Or, if they miss, surely they will win the draft lottery.

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Wings Lose Another Defenseman, White Out 2-3 Weeks

via Khan,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White had surgery this morning to repair a deep laceration in his leg and will be out for two-to-three weeks, general manager Ken Holland said.

Holland said Jakub Kindl (groin) is expected to return for Friday's game against Minnesota, so the club will not sign another defenseman or recall anybody from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

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Kari Lehtonen Stars In Dallas Win Over Detroit

Paul here for George who hopes to return by Thursay...

Lehtonen was brilliant tonight (40 saves), only giving up 1 goal to Damien Brunner with 4 seconds left in the game.

Jimmy Howard was very good, but the Stars made the most of their opportunities to defeat Detroit 2-1.

One stat stands-out to me, the Wings are 0-15 on the pp over their first three games (0-4 tonight).

They are getting chances but either  misfiring or being stoned like the were Lehtonen.

No need to panic yet, but if the Wings don't start putting the puck in the net on the power play, it could be a long short season.

Watch below the best save Jimmy Howard made all night, robbing Reilly Smith with the glove hand.

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The Tomas Holmstrom Press Conference

Holmstrom will be announcing his retirement from the NHL at 4:30pm ET.

As long as the stream holds up, you can watch it below...

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Name The Defenseman

via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press this morning that he is working on signing a veteran and hopes to be able to use the defenseman in tonight's home opener against the Dallas Stars.

Holland didn't want to name the player until the deal is finalized. The contract has to be cleared by the NHL, and the player has to get to Detroit.

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Red Wings unsure of length of Carlo Colaiacovo’s absence due to shoulder injury

The Red Wings' injury bug is catching,and it caught Carlo Colaiacovo in a big way on Monday, as noted by MLive's Ansar Khan:

Oft-injured defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo hurt his shoulder early in the third period of Monday's 4-3 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets ay Nationwide Arena and is out for an undetermined amount of time.

“Losing Colo isn't good news for us, but it's all part of the process,'' coach Mike Babcock said.

Asked if it appears Colaiacovo will be out for weeks, Babcock said, “Yeah, it doesn't look like it's any time soon.''

General manager Ken Holland said Colaiacovo will see a doctor in the morning to determine the extent of the injury.

The Wings may or may not have Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) back in the lineup on Tuesday against Dallas, but at this point, as Khan notes, Jakub Kindl (groin) won't be back until Friday. As such, Brian Lashoff will play against the Stars, and the Wings may have to sign someone like Nathan Paetsch to a 2-way contract.

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