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Of prospect-related note:
Also, from Kelowna Rockets commentator Regan Bartel:
[edit: We'll find out whether Turgeon made the Americans' preliminary WJC roster cut today at 3:30 PM /end edit]
Updated 7x at 12:37 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice just before 11 AM to practice ahead of tomorrow night's game against the Washington Capitals.
Red Wings lines at practice:
As did DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch this week:
Mr. Green goes to Washington
Mike Green returns to Washington on Tuesday. That's where he played for 10 seasons as one of the league's most prolific offensive defensemen. Green has shown flashes of his offensive ability since returning from a shoulder injury, with nine points (goal, eight assists) in 14 games.
The teams split two games at JLA last month – the Red Wings prevailed 1-0 on Nov. 10 behind Petr Mrazek's 38-save performance and the Capitals won 2-1 on Nov. 18 on Evgeny Kuznetsov's overtime goal.
Alex Ovechkin has registered 21 of his league-high 124 shots against the Red Wings. Braden Holtby leads the NHL in wins (16) and goals-against average (1.95).
Washington is 7-2-1 in its past 10 vs. Detroit and has won five of its past six home games against the Red Wings....
Can Jurco establish himself in lineup?
Long-term injuries to Drew Miller and Teemu Pulkkinen enabled Joakim Andersson and Tomas Jurco to get into the lineup on Saturday. Andersson likely will continue to play because he kills penalties, but what about Jurco?
Jurco, who's appeared in only six games, will have difficulty cracking the top nine. As long as he's on the fourth line, he'll need to alter his offensive mindset to a more grinding role. He'll need to skate, play physical and focus on not getting scored against.
If he can't adjust, the Red Wings might be inclined to play someone from Grand Rapids. They are expected to recall a forward this week so they have an extra in case of injury.
‘Roughly Translated’: Nicklas Lidstrom’s Swedish biography, ‘Captain Fantastic,’ comes out this week
Via RedWingsFeed, Expressen's Simon Norberg has penned a preview of Nicklas Lidstrom's biography, Lidstrom: Captain Fantastic, and unsurprisingly, the excerpt-and-interview focuses upon the most painful injury of Lidstrom's career, his lacerated testicle suffered during the Western Conference Final in 2009.
Of prospect-related note:
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 17:10 and won 60% of his faceoffs in SKA St. Petersburg's 2-1 OT win over Neftekhimik;
In the Swedish J20 SuperElit League, Joren Van Pottelberghe stopped 20 of 22 shots in Linkopings HC's 2-0 loss to Malmo;
And in the QMJHL, Evgeny Svechnikov finished at +1 and went 9-for-13 in the faceoff circle in the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles' 4-1 win over Blainville-Boisbriand;
The Red Wings have a brutal little stretch of games ahead of them this week.
The Wings will head to Washington to battle the 18-5-and-2 Capitals on Tuesday; then the Wings host the 19-6-and-3 Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, and then the Wings head back on the road to play the 13-10-and-3 Devils on Friday.
That's 3 games in 4 nights against a pair of division-leaders in Washington and Montreal, and then, in the Devils, a "Wild Card" rival that sits only 3 points behind the 15-8-and-4 Wings' 34 points (half of those points came during the last 10 games, in which the Wings can boast a 7-0-and-3 record).
The Wings told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that they plan on approaching their next tasks the same way Detroit took its 4-0-and-2 home stand--shift by shift:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings' depth must be good when they can form what they feel is a top-tier line without Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg or sensational rookie Dylan Larkin on it.
Coach Jeff Blashill called the line of Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan the club's X-factor.
"I challenged them to take it upon themselves to be a top-tier line in the league and they're becoming that," Blashill said. "I don't have to match lines too hard because they can play against anybody. Pav can play against anybody. Z can play against anybody. It makes us a real dangerous team. They need to continue to grow, though."
Blashill said the trio has been "driving their own line" since they were united Oct. 21 in Edmonton. Injuries to others prompted their separation shortly after, but they've been together the past several weeks.
In case you missed it, Justin Abdelkader was mic'd up last night.
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
It was the type of game the Red Wings might not have won earlier in the year, when they were struggling to score goals and their record was hovering around the .500 mark under a first-year coach.
But after beating Nashville, the Red Wings have earned at least one point in 10 straight games – the longest such streak in more than five years – and their confidence is soaring with one of the eight-best point percentage in the NHL.
"Winning breeds confidence and losing does the opposite," said Blashill, whose team improved to 15-8-4 and is second in the Atlantic Division. "I think we got a good leadership group that makes sure we stay level-headed and continue to try to get better. But winning certainly breeds confidence.
"I thought it was great character by our guys. I thought we did a good job of staying patient and just staying with it. I thought we just kept coming and coming and coming really the second half of the game."
From Grand Rapids' Fox 17's Clayton Cummins:
Christmas came early for a group of hockey players on Dec. 5. Players from the West Michigan Patriots gathered inside the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids to receive a special gift.
“New players this year got their jerseys and all of the team got jackets like the one I’m wearing from a donation by an anonymous donor” said Charlie Keider, the President and director of coaching with the West Michigan Hockey Association.
The West Michigan Special Hockey Association is a non-profit group of volunteers that gives players with disabilities a chance to get back onto the ice.
“There was a huge need for a team like this where kids were begging to be on the ice but couldn’t find a team” said Keider.
Not being part of a team was a heart breaking experience for Pierce Wysong, an 8th grader from Holland.
“We didn’t know I had Asperger’s yet. I was playing cross ice and I was a kinda crazy, and the coach didn’t like that so he kicked me off. That was before I came to this team” said Wysong.
The Patriots weren’t alone to celebrate Jersey Day today. Team members from the Grand Rapids Griffin’s came to help make today even more special.
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