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The overnight report: Topic potpourri ahead of the trade deadline

We could discuss the fact that the Red Wings face a Nashville Predators team on Saturday (3 PM EST FSD/FS Tennessee/Sportsnet/97.1 FM; AP and NHL.com previews are available; neither team practiced on Friday) on  that happens to have not lost at home twice this season, ass such, the fact that the Predators (who are 8-2-and-1 over their past 11 games and lead the NHL in points) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Wild on Thursday might worry us as "our Wings" wrap up their 6-game road trip with a 3-1-and-1 record (thus far) thanks to Thursday's win over San Jose...

All ahead of an alumni game in which Mickey Redmond and some Wings alums will battle the recently-retired Tomas Vokoun and some Predators alums, or we could talk about the fact that the Tennessean's John Glennon reports that the Stanley Cup's visiting Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, or we could talk about the Wings-Predators match-up in light of the rivalry between the two teams, via the Tennessean's Mike Organ...

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Sharks’ Couture fined $5K for slew-footing Brendan Smith

Brendan Smith is listed as "Day to Day" by Red Wings GM Ken Holland (per the Free Press's Helene St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan) after this vicious slew-foot by San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture...

Smith somehow earned a penalty as well as a bump on the noggin for being slew-footed (he will probably play on Saturday), but today, the NHL's Department of Player Safety set things right:

Couture didn't get a major penalty or a suspension for a wrestling move--and there were lots of "wrestling moves" by both sides in what was a horrifically-refereed game last night--but this is better than nothing.

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If the Wings are interested in Dion Phaneuf after all, trade must make financial and personnel sense

I'm going to be as blunt as possible here as I'm catching up late (stupid medication adjustment issues thanks to my Abilify dosage being doubled; stuff works great, but the miligram change = blogging has been limited recently):

Many of you have been very passionately debating the concept of the Red Wings somehow adding Dion Phaneuf to the lineup after TSN's Darren Dreger brought up the concept for the third or fourth time over the past 24 hours.

Dreger's been hammering this particular topic for the past three weeks, and given that I'm not the only person who feels that TSN's lack of TV rights has resulted in a staggering overload of Leaf coverage...

From a pure "gut feeling" perspective (as many of you have pointed out, his "fancy stats" are not very good):

1. You know how I feel about the concept of adding a player who is not a long-term upgrade--that, barring a defenseman going back the other way, whoever comes to Detroit would simply be a roadblock for Alexey Marchenko and Xavier Ouellet's deserved full-time NHL promotions next season.

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St. James: Red Wings’ rally like no other team

The Red Wings are departing California to spend the day flying to Nashville, so the team's not practicing today, and tomorrow's 3 PM EST start = it's highly unlikely that the team will hold any sort of morning skate, so we shouldn't expect any news about Henrik Zetterberg for a couple of days...

But the Wings did discuss their 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks with the Free Press's Helene St. James in the light of the team's resiliency when "down but not out":

That improved the Wings to 8-11-2 when trailing after two periods, a league-best winning percentage of .381. Newcomer Teemu Pulkkinen already has picked up on what happens when it's late in a game and the score isn't in Detroit's favor. "Even when we are losing," he said after the Sharks game, "we keep playing like we are going to get a goal."

St. James continues, discussing Brendan Smith's status (probably OK), Kyle Quincey's status (not yet) and Henrik Zetterberg's status (not playing until next week) before concluding with the following:

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Teemu Pulkkinen Learning To Find The Open Ice

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Teemu Pulkkinen is learning what it takes to create space at this level, to maximize opportunities to unleash his tremendous shot.

Thursday's game, Pulkkinen's best in his brief NHL career, was a step in the right direction. The young sniper recorded a career-high six shots, scored a goal and came close to netting another in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

"He's a guy who's a real shooter," coach Mike Babcock said. "It's very clear in the National Hockey League that you've got less opportunity to shoot the puck. You've got to learn to shoot it off a bad pass, or a good pass or no pass. You've just got to find a way to create your own offense. He's a work in progress like all kids."


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Report- Detroit Has Interest In Dion Phaneuf

Darren Dreger on TSN Radio...

via Hope_Smoke tweets,

Dreger "I'm not predicting that Phaneuf gets dealt between now and Monday, but it's certainly possible"

Dreger "if there's a team that wants to make a hockey deal for Phaneuf, and I think Detroit might circle back."

Dreger "I know Detroit is a team that has interest in Phaneuf to put him in the right situation:...

Dreger "...2nd pairing guy & some $ comes back so he's not a $7 million dollar D"

Dreger "if he's [Phaneuf] a $5-5.5 cap hit that's palatable for Detroit & maybe other teams as well"

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Post-Game Reaction And Videos Too

frm Ansar Khan of Mlive,

They fought back hard to outplay the Sharks by a wide margin over the final 40 minutes and found a way to get the job done in the end for a 3-2 victory at SAP Center.

Pavel Datsyuk tied it with 6:28 remaining in regulation and Luke Glendening scored the game-winner with 1:15 to play.

The Red Wings (34-15-11, 79 points) outshot the Sharks 31-8 over the final two periods, after being outshot 14-4 in the first.

"They competed harder than we did in the first, won all the races and all the battles and (goaltender Jimmy Howard) was good," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Then I thought we took the game over basically in the second and third and (Sharks goalie Antti) Niemi was really, really good to keep them in the game, but we just kept coming and found a way to get it done.

"I thought (Teemu) Pulkkinen, (Joakim) Andersson and (Stephen) Weiss were really good for us. I thought (Darren) Helm was an absolute star, but we had lots of good players. It was great to see Glenny get rewarded with his eighth goal of the year. For a guy who does what he does, eight goals is good.

"Good win for our team and our guys competed hard and it sets us up for a game in Nashville. We get a travel day tomorrow and an early start, so Gus better be ready."


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Sharks: Wings stuck with it in spite of themselves

The San Jose Sharks have won so very regularly over the Detroit Red Wings over the past four years, especially at home, and the Wings have been able to dent Antti Niemi so very irregularly over the course of his career that the Wings-Sharks tilt had, "First back-to-back regulation losses" written all over it, and when the Wings surrendered both 1-0 and 2-1 goals, responding with all the urgency of paint drying, I could only shake my head and go, "Well, this is gonna be one of those games where the WIngs will only win if they win in spite of themselves."

Detroit kept firing single, unobstructed shots directly at Antti Niemi, sans screens, sans changes of position, sans rebounds, minus backhands, and they were never skating directly toward the Sharks' goalie, instead deferring to drop or lateral passes, and as a result, the incredibly desperate and incredibly physical Sharks seemed destined to extend their playoff hopes by continuing to hammer a shaky Jimmy Howard.

The game slowly but surely pivoted away from the Sharks thanks to dogged, determined work by the few Wings who were urgent and determined, like Teemu Pulkkinen and Pavel Datsyuk, and by sticking with it--and getting a little lucky--Detroit emerged with a surprising 3-2 win.

Update: FYI:

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Finally, the Detroit News reviews ‘Red Army’

On a day that news that Sergei Fedorov's $20 million lawsuit against a former financial advisor has been dismissed due to a statute-of-limitations technicality...

We've done a whole helluva lot of talking about the Gabe Polsky documentary Red Army over the last year. Polsky appeared on WDFN this morning because the film is premiering at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak--the only theatre in Michigan that will carry the film--on Friday.

The Slava Fetisov-centered documentary's been getting reviewed all over the damn place, but if I trust one person to tell me whether a movie is good or a movie is dreck, it's the Detroit News's Tom Long. Long gives the film a strong "B":

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It ain’t an asset-for-rental-throwing derby, at least not in Detroit

Sometimes I think the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson gets a little ahead of himself, and especially given that Mike Babcock's latest--get this--praise for the Wings' slow-but-steady approach to developing prospects came from this afternoon's "morning skate" scrums, I think that one of the NHL's greatest minds and best writers...Is getting a little ahead of himself here:

- I know NHL teams always say ‘we’re not moving that prospect for a rental,’ but let’s get serious here. The East is totally wide open this year with the Habs, the Detroit Red Wings, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals all thinking they can get to the Stanley Cup final in the here and now with a tweak, so yes, Jeff Petry is a valuable. Oilers asset. But is he first-round-pick-as-compensation valuable?

I don’t think so (a second for sure), but short of Montreal giving up Nathan Beaulieu or Detroit Xavier Ouellet or Pittsburgh Derick Pouliot or the Islanders Griffin Reinhart, are there other prospects in play here? I believe the Habs want Petry the most to play with Alexei Emelin on a shutdown pairing. Could they get Jared Tinordi from Montreal?

Ryan Sproul, an offensive defenceman who has buffed his defensive work up in Grand Rapids from Detroit, Scott Harrington from Pittsburgh, world junior member Madison Bowey from the Caps? Maybe. In the West, the Anaheim Ducks, who have been one-upped by the Los Angeles Kings for a D-man (Andrej Sekera) definitely won’t deal Canadian junior puck-mover Shea Theodore, but what about Josh Manson? The Chicago Blackhawks have Klas Dahlbeck and Stephen Jones ripening on their American Hockey League farm.

That's not how it works in Detroit. They don't toss assets at rentals willy-nilly, and Ken Holland's bluntly stated that unless the Red Wings find a way to legitimately upgrade their team over the long haul, they're not going to make a move.

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