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A Few Changes To The Detroit Lineup Today

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“It’s Going To Be A Really Weird Day”

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

A year ago, they were all about the Detroit Red Wings.

Bill Peters was an assistant coach for the Wings on Mike Babcock's staff, working for a man and coach he has long admired.

Andrej Nestrasil was a forward in the Wings organization, playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League and looking to work his way up to the Wings....

Peters used his three years with the Wings as a springboard to his first NHL head coaching job, coming to Carolina in June to replace the fired Kirk Muller. Nestrasil did make the Wings roster this year, making his NHL debut and playing 13 games before being placed on waivers last month by Detroit and being claimed by the Canes.

"It's going to be a really weird day," Nestrasil said, smiling.

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Quick Ranger/Red Wings Recap

Wings win 3-2.

Right here boys, the story of the game.

09:13 DET Johan Franzen  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
10:26 DET Kyle Quincey  Hi stick - double minor  - 4 min against  Derick Brassard
12:37 DET Jonathan Ericsson  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Martin St. Louis


And the momentum takes them home and a nice stat to show the Wings do not give up...



Detroit goals are below and feel free to discuss the game in the comments.

Hopefully Geoge will be back on Sunday.

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Hard On Tatar

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

“Tats is a guy who had high-end skill and he’s determined to score,” Babcock continued. “We want our guys to be determined to score and determined not to get scored against.”

However Tatar is being treated, it’s working so far.

“He is really hard on me, but I think he means this in a good way,” Tatar said. “He’s just trying to help me out since I got here. I appreciate it, but sometimes it’s really hard. That’s just the way he coaches me. I guess he doesn’t know any other way to work with me, so I appreciate it.”

Heading into play Saturday, Tatar is third on the team in goals (10) and tied for third in points (17).

“He’s hard, demanding,” Tatar said. “He’s been a good coach and we’ve had success under him. It’s just the way he is and I respect that.”


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Red Wings Prepare To Face The Rangers

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is seeking his 500th NHL win (between Detroit and Anaheim he is 499-266-19-110).

"They have good depth," Babcock said. "They have a real nice back end and up front they have good skill and good speed, so they're a hard team for us. They're a fun team to play. It's an Original Six battle, so it'll be a lot of fun."

The Red Wings (15-6-5) are 5-2 in their past seven games. The Rangers (11-9-4) are 4-2 in their past six.

"They have some skilled players," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "You put them on the power play, they will hurt you."

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added 12:30pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"It's definitely been nice to be in the lineup every night and feel healthy," Helm said today. He will take 13 points in 26 games into tonight's contest at Joe Louis Arena against the New York Rangers (FSD+).

"The extra points on the scoresheet are an added bonus, but I'm just happy to be healthy and playing."

Helm hasn't played a full season since 2010-11, when he pumped a career high 32 points into 82 games. From 2011-12 season through last year, he played 111 of 212 games, waylaid by various injuries. He's altered his routine to counter any flare-ups.

"I'm making a concerted effort to make sure that nothing comes back," Helm said. "I want to make sure I'm doing my job. I'm happy with the way things are going."


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Wings Skate This Morning

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Everybody except Abdelkader (shoulder) taking part in morning skate.

Lines the same as last game:

Cleary (extra)

Power play units:

Nyquist-Zetterberg-Franzen, Jurco (net front) and Kronwall

Tatar-Datsyuk-Weiss, Sheahan (net front) and Kindl

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Ted Lindsay Still In Game Shape

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

It’s been half a century since he’s been under NHL contract, but Ted Lindsay still partakes in the training regimen of an athlete preparing for a season-long slog. Three days a week Lindsay hits the weights, sweating through sessions that last as long as three hours apiece. Seven days a week he starts his morning with about an hour’s worth of stretching at his Detroit-area home.

This is a man residing in a body that’s been battered by an 14-year playing career’s worth of cross-checks and spears and punches, all of which Lindsay, who retired as the league’s penalty-minutes leader, returned with a devilish pleasure.

Still, all these decades later, and through a recent heart surgery to replace a calcified aortic valve, he remains a force. Lindsay was once nicknamed Terrible Ted, he figures by a dastardly sports scribe in Toronto, where eons ago he was hated for, among many things, using his stick to punish a fan who dared take a swing at teammate Gordie Howe.


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Regner: Mike Babcock’s record might tip scales toward coach signing extension with Wings

The Red Wings do indeed play the Toronto Maple Leafs twice next week, as Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner notes...

But the Mike Babcock-to-Toronto rumor mill has been in overdrive since last April, and I'm not sure if things can get weirder than Bob McCown's, "What if Mike Ilitch dies and the Ilitches sell the Tigers and Red Wings and that's why Mike Babcock doesn't want to re-sign?" line.

Though that may be looking a gift "Bobcat" in the mouth.

Anyway, Regner reports that he has the inside track on Babcock's non-public-realm contract negotiations with the Wings, and he reports that the Wings' record and strong prospect pipeline may be steering the coach toward enduring a reload instead of abandoning a rebuild. However:

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Impressions/interviews from the Griffins’ 4-1 loss: Mantha, Pulkkinen, Blashill, Sproul & Miele

The Grand Rapids Griffins dropped a 4-1 decision to the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday night, as noted in the Shnarped-sponsored live blog, and the Griffins' loss was damn puzzling. The Griffins out-shot, out-chanced, out-skated and I'd argue out-played the Barons, but the Barons were more opportunistic and knew how to play an ugly, second-chance-mucking road game, and it worked to near perfection.

It was incredibly disappointing to watch the Griffins come "oh so close" so many times playing Red Wings-style hockey against a very un-Edmonton-Oiler-like AHL team, and the players were somewhat perplexed by dropping their second game in a row.

Thankfully for the Griffins, the team will head to Rockford, IL to play the IceHogs tomorrow, and they'll wrap up a 3-games-in-less-than-3-nights slate with a Sunday matinee in Milwaukee, so the players seemed to be turning the page as much as possible during their post-game comments.

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Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Oklahoma City Barons live blog

The Grand Rapids Griffins had an incredibly difficult start to the 2014-15 season, losing 9 of their first 12 games and not earning a home-ice win until their 6th home game--against Lake Erie on November 12th--and all of that was particularly shocking given that the Red Wings have been relatively healthy during that period of time, yielding Xavier Ouellet being called up and Petr Mrazek subbing for Jonas Gustavsson.

Grand Rapids has proceeded on a mostly upward trajectory since that win, however, and that's a very good thing for a team whose top line's worth of players (Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and Gustav Nyquist) and checking center (Luke Glendening) are all members of the Red Wings this season.

Since the Griffins' win against Lake Erie, Grand Rapids has won 6 of their 8 remaining November games, and while the Griffins began December with a 4-2 loss to Toronto, the Griffins head into tonight's game against Oklahoma City (7 PM EST start on WOOD Radio and the AHL Live); Grand Rapids will then play in Rockford on Saturday and Milwaukee on Sunday, so it's going to be a busy weekend for the team.

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