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Ken Kal talks with Jeff Blashill, Mike Green and Henrik Zettergerg.


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Pavel Datsyuk On His Possible Return To The Lineup On Friday

from Bill Roose of the Wings' website,

Pavel Datsyuk has been skating with his teammates since late October, and now it looks like he might actually rejoin the lineup as soon as Friday when the Red Wings host the San Jose Sharks.

“We’re hoping for Pav on Friday, but we’ll see,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I think it’s still one of those things you take day to day.”

When asked if he would be ready to return this Friday, Datsyuk playfully answered the reporter’s question with a question.

“Which one Friday? Friday the 27th?” the Red Wings’ Russian center asked....

“I’m looking like forward,” Datsyuk said. “Now I skate with team and I need maybe more practice, make sure it’s hundred, not hundred but it’s some of the percentage up, and I feel more confidence and at least I can keep up pace with the teammates, who took care of me and maybe somebody can pull piano.”

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Red Wings-Capitals game-day articles: Holtby vs. Mrazek; on Datsyuk’s return and injury updates

Updated 9x at 2:05 PM: The Red Wings received a mixed bag of news from the morning skate ahead of tonight's game against the Washington Capitals (7:30 PM on FSD/CSN DC+/TVA Sports/97.1 FM). Pavel Datsyuk is expected to return for Friday's game against San Jose, but Brendan Smith (illness) is out for tonight, and there's been no improvement in the cases of Landon Ferraro (knee) or Brad Richards (back).

The Washington Capitals didn't skate until later in the morning, and the Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan reported that they've got a "game-time decision" player...

AM skate lines:

Beagle is on ice, but not taking rushes. Not sure what's going on. Will update later.

Those lines = Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Oshie, Johansson-Backstrom-Burakovsky, Chimera-Galiev-Williams and Laich-?-Wilson


Holtby in net.

Petr Mrazek is starting for Detroit.

Trotz said Beagle is a game-time decision. Tweaked an old injury. If he's out, don't expect lines I tweeted from morning skate.

97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger also spoke with Alex Ovechkin...

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Red Wings-Capitals morning skate Tweets: Kindl in for Smith, Datsyuk back Friday & Green’s reunion

Updated 2x at 11:35 AM: The Red Wings hope to avoid history against the Washington Capitals this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/CSN Washington Plus/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and MLive's Ansar Khan reported from the morning skate...

Smith skating as Wings take ice for morning skate. Richards also practicing.


Power plays:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall, Green
Pulkkinen-Larkin-Tatar, Sheahan (net front), Kindl


Jurco looks to be scratched

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A few more articles about Fedorov and Lidstrom’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction

In the Hockey Hall of Fame department, via RedWingsFeed, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa spoke to Ted Lindsay and other luminaries about the Wings' inductees...

"It speaks well of the organization,” he said. “If you figure the Red Wings, where they ended up their seasons, they didn’t get a very good draft. So, their scouting system has to do a good job. That means good management at the top.”

Jim Devellano happened by, quite early on. Like Lindsay, he wore his Hockey Hall of Fame blazer, awarded to him for his considerable contributions to the game.

“Well, they were impactful,” he said of Lidstrom and Fedorov in a bit of understatement.

“In Nick’s case, 20 years, two decades, we lived off his back. Do we ever miss him, right now!

“Fedorov was a great player for 12 years. I’m sorry he left us so soon. We would have liked him to play for 20 years.

“But, it wasn’t our choice.”

As did DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

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Justin Abdelkader Needs To Find His Game

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Justin Abdelkader is mired in a lengthy scoring slump, so Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill wants him to go back to his roots.

"What makes Abby special is he is a big body who when he's at his best is on the forecheck, winning puck battles, skating hard on the track, allowing for good gaps, great net-front presence," Blashill said. "He came into the league as a hard-working guy, kind of a grinder, evolved into a grinder with real good skill, allowing him to play with good, skill players.

"He's got to make sure he keeps that working, grinding mentality as he moves forward in his career."

Abdelkader has gone 12 games without a goal, during which time he has just two assists. He had four goals and an assist in the first two games, earning him the weekly No. 1 star honors from the NHL.

Abdelkader admits he's frustrated.


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The overnight report: On Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom’s Hall of Fame induction nights

Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom gave their Hockey Hall of Fame induction speeches on Monday night, and the media did a fine job of distilling 20 minutes' worth of comments into a fine bunch of articles.

We'll start our survey thereof with MLive's Brendan Savage, who took note of Fedorov and Lidstrom's comments...

"Since Day 1 I arrived in Detroit area Michigan, everywhere I went I received warm welcome," Fedorov said. "I play there 13 seasons, we won three Cups. I spent the best days of my life in this organization. I'd like to thank all the fans. They believed in us, they had patience with us, they support us. Those victory rallies will be my memory forever."

Fedorov also thanked the Ilitch family, his parents and his wife, who was unable to attend the ceremony because she is expecting the couple's first child.

He also made sure to thank Bryan Murray, his first coach with the Red Wings who is battling cancer, as well as Bowman, who coached the three Stanley Cup championship teams Fedorov played on in Detroit.

"Bryan is fighting for his life," Fedorov said. "My thoughts and prayers are with him. I also like to thank Scotty Bowman. He's not only the greatest hockey coach but he's a great human being, showed me a lot, taught me a lot. He made me understand and realize what life is all about on the ice and off the ice."

Savage continues, and he also spoke with Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Larry Murphy and Tomas Homstrom on the red carpet...

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Red Wings-Capitals set-up: history *might* be made on Sergei Fedorov night at the Joe

From one uphill battle to another. The 7-6-and-1 Red Wings face all they can handle in a 10-3-and-0 Washington Capitals team on Tuesday evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/CSN DC+/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), with the Wings hoping to rebound from Sunday's 4-1 loss to Dallas against another team that's attempting to sustain a sterling start.

On Monday, the Wings were happy to see Pavel Datsyuk practicing with the team, but Datsyuk isn't ready to return just yet, and Brendan Smith's ill, so tonight, the Red Wings may still look a little shorthanded while attempting to prevent "History from Being Made."

On Sergei Fedorov night at the Joe, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is tied with Fedorov for all-time goal-scoring among Russian players, and Ovechkin's 484th goal will pass Fedorov's mark (Ovechkin scored the shootout winner in the Capitals' 3-2 shootout win over Toronto on Saturday, but had a goal disallowed due to a coach's challenge).

As Ovechkin's former Capitals teammate, Fedorov told DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose that he's excited to see his record broken sooner than later:

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Here are Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction speeches

The NHL has posted clips of Sergei Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom's Hockey Hall of Fame induction speeches:

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Evgeny Svechnikov thanks parents for major assists in his hockey upbringing

The WHL, OHL and QMJHL are holding a series of 6 total games against a set of Russian prospects whose ranks will include Evgeny Svechnikov--for at least a couple of the games, anyway--and the WHL portion of the Subway Super Series schedule kicks off off tonight in Kelowna (10 PM EST on Sportsnet) and Kamloops, British Columbia tomorrow (also 10 PM EST start). Joe Hicketts, who's been much talked-about on this blog, will play in both WHL games, and will captain the team in Kamloops Tuesday evening (his hometown).

The Russian roster changes from game to game, so it's not certain whether Svechnikov will play against the WHL, but the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward is certainly one of Russia's better prospects.

Tonight, the Halifax Chronicle-Herald's Andrew Rankin tells us the story of Evgeny Svechnikov's upbringing, and it's a great story:

Evgeny Svechnikov never debated what he would do with the money he earned from his NHL entry-level deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

When the three-year contract was finalized in October, he sent his signing bonus straight to his parents, Elena and Igor Svechnikov, who live in Kazan, Russia.

“They need it more than me,” said the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles sophomore star. “I have a very good life, much better than theirs.”

It’s been well over a year now since the Red Wings’ 2015 first-round draft pick packed his bags and headed to North America to pursue his NHL dream. Truth is, the gregarious 19-year-old doesn’t miss home all that much, except for his parents and brother Andrei, also a highly touted hockey player.

Svechnikov’s parents never had it easy. But they saw promise in their boys from an early age and were determined to see that potential fulfilled. Svechnikov spent most of his boyhood playing hockey in Siberia. His father delivered cakes for a living while his mom was a billet mother of sorts, tending to three or four of Evgeny’s teammates year-round.


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