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Henrik Zetterberg Will Skate With The Team Tomorrow

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

“I don’t know if he’ll be in a full practice, but he’ll be on the ice at the start of it, be on for a little bit then get off,” Holland said. “Then we’ll see how he is Wednesday.”

Zetterberg underwent successful surgery on Feb. 21 in New York to remove part of a disc which was rubbing against a nerve, which caused severe back pain.

“It’s eight weeks on Friday,” Holland said. “He skated on his own a little bit last week. It’s just the next step along the line or rehabilitation. The timeframe is we need another week before we can have any discussions where he’s at.

“It’s good news he’s going to skate with the team (Tuesday), but the bigger news is how does he feel on Wednesday,” Holland continued. “Then, if feels good enough to skate on Wednesday then the next bigger news will be how does he feel to skate on Thursday.”

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The Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli On The Detroit Red Wings

from Jeff Pini at Boston.com,

“Getting back a healthy Daytsuk; that makes them more dangerous,” Chiarelli said. “Who knows what will happen with Zetterberg, he’s lurking in the wings, and [Detroit GM] Kenny [Holland] and [Coach Mike Babcock] will probably pull him out at some point.

They’ve had a ton of injuries, and Tatar, Reilly [Smith’s] brother [Brendan], Nyquist, Sheahan, all these kids… They’ve all helped energize them and when you’ve got these kids that are fearless and don’t really know what the ramifications are they become dangerous as a group, and that’s what they are.”...

“I have great respect of that organization, great respect for Kenny Holland, Mike Babcock, [and] the Ilitch family.” Chiarelli said. “I’ve followed them for a lot of years… Kenny I got to know him a little better during the Olympics he’s very bright, he looks at things a lot of different ways, A lot of different angles, to get a solution, and you see that in their development, they like developing people in the minors, but they also find players elsewhere in trades and free agents, and that’s what we try to do.

“I have respect for Mike Babcock, he’s a sharp guy… I got to sit in on their coaches’ meetings in advance of the Olympics and during the Olympics, and he’s very, very bright. So I have a lot of respect for them, but now they’re competitors on the other side of the ice, so we’ve got to figure out a way to beat them.”

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Red Wings overnight report: Here comes the madness, here come the Bruins, and here come the Wings

I try to stay neutral regarding the whole Detroit sports radio tangle, but let's just say that Terry Foster made an inflammatory remark as he, the Oakland Press's Pat Caputo and Fox 2's Woody Woodriffe debated what the Red Wings need to do to defeat the Boston Bruins in the first round:

 


Please see what Ken Holland told the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson about Zetterberg.

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Matheson provides updates on Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson

I just posted the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's slate of Hockey World columns in KK Hockey, but I want to steal this very, very significant injury news for TMR:

The Detroit Red Wings are hoping to get Henrik Zetterberg from back surgery back by late in Round 1 of the playoffs or, more realistically, the start of Round 2 if they get that far. “He’ll be cleared for contact April 24 but what does that mean — Bumping into (wife) Emma in the kitchen?” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said jokingly. “Does it mean practice or games?” If it were regular-season, they could rough the captain up a bit in practice but teams hardly ever practise in the post-season. Could he step in and play a playoff game with no games since early in the Olympics? Defenceman Jonathan Ericsson should be ready the same time as Zetterberg. “He had cartilage detached in his finger,” Holland said of his second- or third-best D-man after Niklas Kronwall and Danny DeKeyser.

Also, from Matheson's "Short Shifts":

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Red Wings post a season-ending highlight clip—and it’s really good

With the Red Wings' 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in the books and the Wings slated to play the Boston Bruins on Friday (I believe FSD will air a playoff preview at some point, and FSD will air games in-market, but you will be stuck with NBCSN or TSN outside of Michigan or Massachusetts), the Red Wings and Dan Mannes assembled a helluva 4:40 season-in-review highlight clip which encompasses both goals, saves, hits and some superb player and coach comments:

For what it's worth, the NHL also offered a, "Why the Red Wings will win the Stanley Cup" proclamation, but they did the same thing for the Bruins and the 14 other teams that made the playoff cut:

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Red Wings-Blues wrap-up: Sproul, Mrazek impress as Wings go to the net, look toward playoffs

This isn't a usual recap for a reason, but I'd rather post most of the stories related to the Red Wings' 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues than wait until 2 AM because the Free Press, Detroit News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch won't post all of their post-game stories until that time.

With the Wings preparing to start their series against the Boston Bruins on Friday, something tells me that your mind might be moving toward that series instead of lingering upon the Wings' win, so I might as well haul a little rear and have this entry be relevant for five more minutes (though I will amend this wrap-up as necessary).

We may as well take a look at the Wild Card standings one last time. It's hard to believe that the Blue Jackets will end up with more wins and more regulation-or-OT wins than the Wings did, but at least the Wings can say that they ended up with the same number of points, and as such, lost via "tiebreakers." So "we" didn't finish lower than the Blue Jackets! Technically! Yay?

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Khan: Sproul and Ouellet won’t begin the playoffs with the Red Wings; they’re headed back to GR

MLive's Ansar Khan revealed the fates of Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellet in recapping the Wings' 3-0 win over St. Louis on Sunday:

Sproul become the ninth player to make his NHL debut for the Red Wings this season. He logged 18:25, recording three shots, two blocked shots and two hits – including a big one on Derek Roy against the boards.

“It’s not really my style of game, but when I can do it, it definitely fires me up a little bit,” Sproul said.

Sproul, the big right-handed shooter, logged 3:25 on the power play.

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Red Wings prospect news: Mantha advances, Athanasiou eliminated, Walleye’s season ends, Griffins win

The Red Wings' prospects had some good games and some bad games on Sunday, and one of the Wings' prospects was eliminated from playoff contention.

In playoff hockey, in the QMJHL, Anthony Mantha was held off the scoresheet, but his Val-d'Or Foreurs defeated Drummondville 3-2, winning their second-round series 4 games to 2 and advancing to the QMJHL semifinals.

The Foreurs will play the defending QMJHL champions, the Halifax Mooseheads, in one of the 2 QMJHL semifinals (they only have one conference's worth of teams), and while Mantha hasn't registered points in every game, he still has 10 goals and 5 assists for 15 points in 10 playoff games played.

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NHL Playoffs Schedule For Wings/Bruins

Below is the first round playoff schedule for the Detroit Red Wings against the Boston Bruins.

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The “Red Wing Way”

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at NHL.com,

Just because Detroit Red Wings players don't really talk about the franchise's streak of 22 straight playoff appearances doesn't mean they don't know all about it.

"Everybody in the league knows about it," defenceman Brendan Smith said. "You don't want to be that 23rd not to get it done."

When they were ravaged by injuries, including significant ones to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, that looked like a very real possibility. Instead, thanks to a combination of masterful coaching by Mike Babcock, breakout performances by young players like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar and what Smith called the "Red Wing Way," Detroit is the second wild card in the Eastern Conference and will open the playoffs Friday at the Boston Bruins.

"Obviously we've got great coaching, good goaltending and it's been different guys stepping up at different times," winger Daniel Alfredsson said. "Tatar and Nyquist has been two guys that's been relied heavily upon, and they've handled that unbelievable. It's fun to watch when you see young players take responsibility and do well with it."

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