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Brendan Smith on the Christmas shopping buddy system

Via RedWingsFeed, Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith gave Fox Sports Detroit advice for Christmas and/or holiday shoppers, and Smith believes that the "buddy system" is the way to go and the way to avoid "scramble mode":

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Practice Tweets: Defensive pairs readjusted, Ericsson probably out Tuesday, and more stuff

Updated 2x at 1:45 PM: The Red Wings got back to work at Joe Louis Arena subsequent to their 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday, preparing for the pre-Christmas finale against New Jersey tomorrow evening (7:30 PM on FSD Plus/MSG/97.1 FM), per the Wings...

Monday grind. #LGRW http://vine.co/v/iKI7HXHhLga

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...

Finally, the #RedWings are filing on to the ice for their noon practice here at JLA. Apparently, Secret Santa took longer than anticipated.


Defensive pairs have kind of a new look at #RedWings practice: Kronwall-DeKeyser; Smith-Green; Kindl-Marchenko. Ericsson (injured)-Ouellet.

The Free Press's Helene St. James...

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Morning news: Praise for Zetterberg and an interview with Griffins coach Todd Nelson

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

MLive's Brendan Savage posted an article discussing Henrik Zetterberg's decision to play through a lower-body injury during Sunday's game against Calgary...

"That's Z to me," coach Jeff Blashill said after the Red Wings snapped a three-game skid by beating Calgary 4-2 at Joe Louis Arena. "His character is unbelievable. I asked him, 'Are you going to play for sure?' He said '100 percent, there's no doubt about it,' and that to me is what makes him special."

Zetterberg suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury in Friday's shootout loss to Vancouver and was still sore Saturday, when he left the Red Wings' practice early after power-play drills but before they worked on line rushes.

That left him questionable to play Sunday.

But Zetterberg was in the lineup against the Flames and responded by picking up one assist – he originally had another before a scoring change – while taking four shots, making two hits, blocking a shot, winning 10 of 15 faceoffs and finishing with a plus-2 rating. All in a day's work for the Red Wings leading scorer, who shrugged off the injury he suffered Friday.

"Something happened last game but I felt better this morning," was all Zetterberg would say when asked about his health

Savage continues, and this morning, WDFN's Art Regner spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson:

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Videos- Petr Mrazek Talks With Sportsnet And Extended Game Highlights

via Sportsnet,

Petr Mrazek chats with Roger Millions about the Red Wings beating the Flames and talks about the mix of veterans and youth in the Detroit locker room.



Below, watch extended game highlights...

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flames wrap-up

The Red Wings snapped a 3-game winless streak with a strong, efficient 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night, finally building a lead in the second period and finally building an effective cushion in the form of a 2-goal lead that was enough to withstand Calgary's furious late-third-period comeback attempts.

The Wings did surrender a crucial 3-2 goal late, but they didn't continue to buckle, and as a result, the Red Wings won their 800th game at Joe Louis Arena.

After the game, the Red Wings talked about playing the right way, the "necessary" way, and keeping composed from the goal on out; the Flames, who lost 2 straight after building their way back into playoff contention with a 7-game winning streak, talked about taking steps back, as the Calgary Herald's Scott Cruickshank noted:

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Prospect news: Walleye take out Indy

Of prospect-related note:

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye are now Marek Tvrdon-free, and Tvrdon was nearly a point-per-game player, but the Walleye had no trouble scoring against the Indy Fuel, receiving a goal and an assist from Dominic Zombo and goals from Alden Hirschfeld and Josh Shalla--as well as 33 saves from Jeff Lerg--as the Walleye defeated Indy 4-3. The Walleye's website posted a recap:

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Red Wings-Flames quick take: efficiency is a beautiful thing

The Detroit Red Wings did what was necessary to finally win in regulation on Sunday vs. the Calgary Flames:

Detroit rallied from a 1-0 deficit, Detroit pushed away from the Calgary Flames with a 3-goal second period, and while Detroit did give up a 3-2 goal late, Detroit kept the hammer down, eventually salting the game away with an empty-netter as the Red Wings defeated Calgary 4-2.

This game wasn't extraordinary per se, but for a Wings team that was winless in 3, facing a Flames team that had won 7 of 8 (and was peeved having dropped a game yesterday in St. Louis), the Red Wings overcame a slightly slow start by playing simple, efficient and determined hockey against a Flames team that is now as skilled as it is physical.

As a result, the Red Wings slowly but surely established themselves as the dominant team, and while their power play didn't deliver (again) and there were some hiccups (as usual), this was as efficient a game as the Wings have played in a month, and when you move the puck out of trouble in a hurry thanks to lots of defensive support, minimize your time in the neutral zone and sustain presence and puck control in the offensive zone, you're gonna win games.

The Wings' 800th win at the Joe is something of a blueprint for the Wings going forward, not only for Tuesday's pre-Christmas finale against New Jersey, but also thereafter, when the road schedule gets gnarly.

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SVT.se posts a half-hour profile of Pavel Datsyuk

Many thanks to Anders B. Jansson and Niklas Drake for heads-ups on this:

SVT.se's Marie Lehmann spoke with Pavel Datsyuk in his hometown of Yekaterinburg, Russia last summer (during his summer hockey school) as part of a biographical profile, and the Swedish website posted the half-hour video--which is mostly in English, and is incredibly revelatory--today on SVT.se. You should be able to watch this in the U.S. and Canada.

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Prospect news: Joe Hicketts officially named to Team Canada’s WJC team

Hockey Canada announced its roster for the World Junior Championships an hour ago, and this guy will be playing on Canada's blueline:

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Evening news: Wings-Flames game-day articles; on Nosek and Ouellet’s call-ups, Larkin & the 1st pair

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

The Red Wings posted a game-day preview video...

As did the Flames:

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