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Ken Holland On Teemu Pulkkinen

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

“I think the thing we like about Pulkkinen is he’s got a tremendous shot,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview Thursday. “He’s got a weapon. His shot is his weapon. He likes to use it and he seems like he knows how to get open.”

Pulkkinen equaled a Grand Rapids franchise record Wednesday with a goal to extend his goal scoring streak to eight consecutive games. The mark was set by Donald MacLean in the 2005-06 season.

“We felt he deserves to come up here,” Holland said. “Mike Babcock and I had been talking the last little while that if we had an opportunity along the way to see what he could do we would. He certainly deserves to be rewarded with an opportunity.”


added 6:59pm, Pleiness also talked with Holland regarding the Wings first half of the season...

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Here Comes Teemu Pulkkinen

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled winger Teemu Pulkkinen from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and placed Johan Franzen on injured reserve.

Pulkkinen, 23, sits atop the AHL leaderboard with 20 goals in 33 games and is second in the league with 39 points (20-19-39). The Vantaa, Finland, native is currently on an eight-game goal scoring streak for Grand Rapids, which ties the franchise record, and has tallied nine goals and 13 points in that span. Last season, Pulkkinen paced Grand Rapids with 59 points (31-28-59) in 71 games en route to becoming the Griffins all-time leader in goals scored by a rookie. Originally drafted by Detroit in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Pulkkinen made his NHL debut last season and suited up in three games with the Red Wings. Prior to turning pro, the 5-foot-10, 198-lb., winger played four seasons with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-Liiga, totaling 128 points (49-79-128) in 185 games.

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Teemu Pulkkinen May Be On His Way To Detroit Due To Injuries

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It appears Johan Franzen will miss more than just Wednesday's game due to an upper-body injury, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

Following the 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames, coach Mike Babcock said Franzen didn't feel good on the short flight in from Edmonton and didn't know if would go on injured reserve.

Tomas Jurco also missed the game due to lingering pain in his lower back.

With two regular forwards ailing -- both will be re-evaluated on Thursday -- this might be an opportunity for the Red Wings to promote sniper Teemu Pulkkinen from the Grand Rapids Griffins.


Detroit next plays on Saturday in Washington.

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Video- Just In Case You Missed The Wings/Flames Game

Or just want to review the game.  Here are the extended highlights from the 3-2 Detroit win.



added 8:13am, Sportsnet's highlight package of the game can be watched below...

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Super quick take, answering machine version: Red Wings [defeat] Flames

Hello, you've reached this blog because the Detroit Red Wings played a game, and they either won or lost (they won, defeating Calgary 3-2). The regular blogger is dealing with depression (it sucks), and Paul has a 6 AM wake-up call, so please discuss the game's result (not bad rallying from a 1-0 deficit, with Zetterberg and Abdelkader registering a goal and an assist apiece, not so good giving up a shorthanded 3-2 goal in the 3rd or going 27-and-36 on faceoffs, or having Petr Mrazek out-shot 30-22).

The Red Wings will be returning to Detroit for a short stop--where Tomas Jurco will get his ailing back looked at, and it sure sounds like Johan Franzen will have a baseline neurological test as he missed the game due to an "upper-body injury" involving his head--before resuming their 6-game road trip in Washington this Saturday. Weigh in as you wish:

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Video- Grand Rapids Griffins Go 1980’s Style On Friday

via griffvision YouTube channel,

Rock On To Fulton Avenue to see the Grand Rapids Griffins Take On the Charlotte Checkers for very special 80s themed College Night. Don't forget to sport your favorite 80s attire!


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Gustav Nyquist Fined $2K For Diving/Embellisment

NEW YORK (Jan. 7, 2015) – Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

added 7:07pm, Watch the dive against Boston below...

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Late Recap Of Detroit’s Win Over Edmonton

Sorry for no post-game report last night.

George is still not feeling well and I was just beat and basically went to bed right after the game.

So let's start now...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings were in danger of losing a game, one they believe they had controlled pretty well Tuesday, against the worst team in the NHL.

Then Benoit Pouliot gave them a belated holiday gift.

Pouliot's four-minute spearing penalty in the waning minutes of the third period led to Pavel Datsyuk's power-play goal with 34 seconds to play. That snapped a tie, enabling the Red Wings to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 at Rexall Place.

Pouliot speared defenseman Jonathan Ericsson behind the Detroit net, behind the play, with 2:29 remaining.

"That wasn't very smart, so we can thank him for that one," Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey said. "That was very timely for us."


Extended highlights from awood40 are below.. added 10:33am, Mike Babcock post-game too

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Mike Babcock On Some Of Detroit’s Prospects At The WJC

from Ansar Khan on Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock liked what he saw from some of the organization's prospects at the World Junior Championship.

Center Dylan Larkin of Michigan tied for the tournament lead with five goals in five games and led Team USA with seven points.

"He looked like he's a real good honest two-way guy," Babcock said. "He was on the puck, transported the puck well. He was an important player for them, led them in scoring. They didn't play him on the power play so I assume he's not that kind of player even though he led them in scoring."


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New Lines For The Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings (20-10-9), with a daunting road-heavy schedule the next two months, need to take advantage of a prime opportunity to pick up two points against the worst team in the NHL. The Oilers are 9-22-9 but are coming off a 5-2 win Sunday over the much-improved New York Islanders.

Stephen Weiss was moved up from the fourth line and will play alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm.

"At the end of the day you got to get on the ice," Weiss said. "I haven't played a ton the last few games (less than 10 minutes in four of five games since returning from a shoulder injury), so it's tough to do much, really. In this league it's hard when you're playing 20 minutes to produce.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity tonight to play with Pavel and play some more minutes and hopefully have a good game and that can snowball."...

Here are tonight's anticipated lines and defense pairings for the Red Wings:

Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Justin Abdelkader

Stephen Weiss-Pavel Datsyuk-Darren Helm

Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Johan Franzen

Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-Tomas Jurco

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