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Niklas Kronwall out 2-4 weeks after knee surgery

Bad news from MLive's Ansar Khan:

Kronwall out 2-4 weeks. Had knee scoped

The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...

Knee scope for Niklas Kronwall, out 2-4 weeks per Jeff Blashill. #RedWings

As does DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

The #RedWings will be without Niklas Kronwall for 2-4 weeks after having his knee scoped earlier today.

Ditto for DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

#RedWings Kronwall had knee scoped, out 2-4 weeks. Used All-Star break as part of plan.

And the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

Kronwall out a month after knee surgery this morning

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Ryan White comments about his hit on Tomas Jurco

Philadelphia Flyers forward Ryan White wasn't suspended for his hit on Tomas Jurco on Sunday, and White made comments to the media on Tuesday morning, stating that the NHL didn't hold a hearing regarding his hit in Sunday's Red Wings-Flyers game.

Among White's comments about his "clean hit": "It wasn't a blindside hit, because he was cutting through the middle, and he should've had his head up..."

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Practice Tweets: Wings’ forward lines readjusted; Marchenko plays Wednesday

Updated 5x at 1:35 PM: Mrazek starts Wednesday;

The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena just after 12 PM, preparing for Wednesday's "NBCSN Rivalry Night" match-up against the streaking St. Louis Blues (who defeated Pittsburgh 5-2 last night, and have won 4 of their past 5 games), per Fox 2 Sports:

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

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Morning news: On prolific Pavel, Mrazek’s contract and community appearances

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage penned a story noting that Pavel Datsyuk's producing at a point-per-game pace of late:

"For us, he's always good, whether he's putting up points or not," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall. "If he's not, it's just because the goalies are standing on their head. But he's been playing out of his mind here as of late. Obviously lucky to be having him on our side."

As Kronwall said, Datsyuk has been playing perhaps his best hockey of the season in the past couple of weeks. He has 13 points in the past 11 games and has had a hand in all six Red Wings' goals during their last three outings.

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The toast of Larkin-town?

Via RedWingsFeed, WXYZ's Brad Galli attended the Toast of Hockeytown, and he duly noted that the most popular person in the rink couldn't, well, toast:

People kept asking the 19-year-old the same question.

"How did they let you in here when you're underage?" Larkin recited.

"I didn't have any drinks," he promised. "I'm gonna head home now and get some sleep."

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Prospect news: JvP returns to Linkopings’ crease; Turgeon, Pearson have 2-point nights

Of prospect-related note:

In the Swedish J20 league, Joren Van Pottelberghe stopped 22 of 23 shots as Linkopings HC defeated the Frolunda Indians 3-1;

In the WHL, Dominic Turgeon had a goal and an assist in the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 win over Vancouver. Turgeon was named the game's first star;

And in the USHL, Chase Pearson had a goal and an assist in the Youngstown Phantoms' 4-2 loss to Team USA.

Update: Hockey's Future also issued its annual team prospect rankings, and the Wings still fare pretty well:

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Early overnight report: The week ahead, Datsyuk’s contributions, Larkin on PK & Osgood, broadcaster

The Red Wings were charitably engaged on Monday night...

But they're going to kick off a stretch of 4 games played over the course of 6 nights on Wednesday against the Blues, heading to Buffalo on Friday, hosting the Ducks on Saturday and wrapping up the pre-All-Star-break slate in Brooklyn against the Islanders next Monday.

Before the Wings return to practicing tomorrow, the beat writers have penned a series of articles which we'll survey presently.

1. First, in his "5 Things to Watch" article, MLive's Ansar Khan discusses the Wings' offense or the lack thereof:

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Flyers’ White not suspended for hit on Red Wings’ Jurco

I had a feeling that this hit wouldn't yield supplemental discipline because Flyers forward Ryan White, history of suspensions included, did not hurt Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco, and because he received a 5-minute major and game misconduct...

And the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi confirms just that:

Flyers winger Ryan White escaped further punishment from the NHL on Monday and will likely be in the lineup Tuesday against visiting Toronto.

White was ejected and received a five-minute match penalty early in the Flyers' 2-1 shootout win Sunday in Detroit. He lowered his right shoulder into the head of the Red Wings' Tomas Jurco, who left the game but later returned.

Detroit failed to score on the long power play.

Stephane Quintal, the NHL's disciplinary chief, reviewed the incident Monday and determined there would be no supplemental discipline, a league spokesman said.

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What do you ‘like about our team?’

Red Wings fans have been very vocal of late as to what they believe the team is missing--secondary scoring, an impact trade, better cap management, renovated special teams play, etc.--but the Wings remain a "playoff team" today, sitting 3 points behind the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers, so:

What and who do you "like about our team?" What trends and which players impress you, what systems do you feel are working well, what aspects of the Wings' play do you feel are effective, and what healthy foundations do you believe that the Wings can lean upon as they attempt to improve their scoring, their special teams play, and as they look to improve the team as the trade deadline nears?

As fans, we tend to vocalize our dissent and disappointment most easily (see: "WTF is Jonathan Ericsson doing on the top pair?" as an example), so I'm challenging you to respond to this entry with positives that extend beyond the obvious, "Well, Petr Mrazek and Dylan Larkin have been playing spectacularly" line.

Give it a shot. Let's see if you can do it.

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‘Two Things’: Gettin’ points and praise for a ‘beloved’ GM

Updated 2x at 12:09 PM: Two Things:

1. While the Red Wings' inconsistencies may be frustrating, 97.1 the Ticket's Ken Kal duly noted that the Wings are still doing the most important thing they can possibly do when surrendering 1-goal leads--they're getting points in the vast majority of their games:

2. I'll know you'll grumble about this, and I'll grumble about it because the Wings still seem to need a net-front presence and another top-four defenseman, but Sportsnet's John Shannon penned a list of the "Top 25 Power Brokers" in hockey, and Wings GM Ken Holland made the list at #19:

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