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If salary dumps and high-cost trades are all that’s out there, the Wings should stand pat

Hey gang, sorry for the shitty timing booger-wise. Bacteria and viruses seem to love snuggling up with my nostrils during back-to-backs. I'm still battling a fever and chills but I will drag my ass to work tomorrow.

I've been out of the loop but feel that it's necessary to weigh in on a few topics:

1. First and foremost, here's hoping that Henrik Zetterberg does come back for Thursday's game, and that Quincey's ready to go, too. The Wings are embracing the grind against the Avs tonight--and I'm fine with Franzen wanting to be playmaker if he's going to rack up as many primary assists on goals as he has of late--but Brendan Smith rather desperately needs a game off to take a mental break, and given the giveaways committed by Jakub Kindl over the last couple of games, he could take a seat to rest and recharge on Thursday as well (Thursday would be an excellent time to give DeKeyser a game even if Quincey's out as Colaiacovo looks rock-solid tonight).

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Holland Looking For Top-End Talent At The Deadline

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

"If we can do a legitimate trade to acquire a player that we think is a legitimate top-six forward, or a legitimate top-four defenseman, then we're going to look."

more from Holland...

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Red Wings’ Health Report

from Chcuk Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

Quick update from the Wings’ morning Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

Forwards Henrik Zetterberg (groin) and Mikael Samuelsson (upper body) won’t play tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

“Like all groins, day-to-day for 10 of them,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “(Samuelsson) went and got looked at this morning so I’m assuming he’ll be ready to go here soon eventually.”

Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo returns to the lineup after injuring his shoulder in the second game of the season.

continue including a Bertuzzi update but nothing on Helm who did not skate this morning.

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On sniffles and the Red Wings’ conundrum that is Valtteri Filppula

I'm feeling absolutely miserable, and it seems to have little to nothing to do with the Wings' ugly 7-1 loss to Chicago, so I'm going to do something very rare: I'm going to direct you to Gregg Krupa's, "The sky is not falling, the Wings are just in flux" column, because I really do believe what Krupa suggests--that this team simply has suffered too many injuries and too much roster turnover to be particularly consistent or truly embrace that post-Lidstrom identity until April 27th at the earliest--I will remind you that the Wings play tonight against Colorado (7:30 PM EDT, FSD/NBCSN/97.1 FM), and will probably do so without the services of Henrik Zetterberg...

And before this polar bear crawls back under the covers to get warm, which is my surest, "George, you have a bad cold" sign, I'm going to throw something out that Paul sent to me: the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson believes that the Red Wings need to do something that goes against every, "We never 'sell' assets at the trade deadline, even if we are remotely playoff-bound" philosophy-believing bone in their management's bodies.

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Red Wings make an odd move to free space for Danny DeKeyser, send Brian Lashoff to GR

The Detroit Red Wings had to make room for Danny DeKeyser on their 23-man roster, but they did not do so by sending Gustav Nyquist down to Grand Rapids:

Lashoff will probably play in the Grifins' Tuesday night game in Houston before returning to Detroit on Wednesday, when the Wings no longer have to worry about the 23-man roster limit. And yes, this does mean that DeKeyser may play tomorrow vs. Colorado, though Carlo Colaicovo may play instead...

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Red Wings-Blackhawks quick take: yet another humiliating matinee game loss to Chicago

Update: UGH:


The Detroit Red Wings began their 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks finding out that Henrik Zetterberg had taken himself out of the game due to a groin injury, and by the time the game ended, the Mikael Samuelsson had succumbed to an "upper-body" injury (may be his last game for the Wings given how badly he's played in limited action--he's a cap-compliance buy-out lock).

With Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom in the house, the Red Wings played like they'd forgotten that those #9 jerseys they wore in warm-ups did not in fact give them super powers against a Blackhawks team that's owned them at the Joe...

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Joe Louis Arena serenades Gordie Howe

Via RedWingsFeed, this might have been the highlight of the day during the Wings' difficult loss to Chicago: the entire rink sang "Happy Birthday" to Gordie Howe:

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Rut roh: Red Wings scratch Zetterberg with groin injury

Not sure why this happened, but per the roster sheet and the Free Press's Helene St. James...


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Red Wings-Blackhawks game-day updates: Samuelsson, Franzen to play today

The Detroit Red Wings face off against the Chicago Blackhawks for a matinee game today (12:30 PM EDT, NBC/NHL Network Canada/97.1 FM), and the Blackhawks have made their lineup changes..

While the Red Wings are wishing Mr. Hockey a happy birthday:

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