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Addressing the thought process behind the act of self-destruction

The bottom line is this: 1 800 273-TALK or http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The rest is optional reading, and I stress optional, because I'm going to discuss some things that are very personal and you may or may not want to know about your local Wings blogger. This is the part of the "Robin Williams" essay I didn't want to write, but maybe it's time to write it.

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Wings’ Practice Today

Also via Khan, the PP remains the same and Franzen not skating.

added 12:37pm, via Khan,

Other lines: Nestrasil-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson. Weiss rotating in on Datsyuk line. Cleary likewise on Sheahan line.

added 1:11pm, Babcock told numerous beat writers, The Monster starts tomorrow.

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Questions For Khan

Q: Do you think the Wings will trade Dylan Larkin for Tyler Myers? I hope not. I like Myers' size and right shot but I hope they don't sacrifice the future for him.

A: My guess is they won't part with Larkin in their efforts to acquire Myers. They're committed to building through the draft. They relinquished a young center (Calle Jarnkrok) last season because they felt they needed a veteran center (David Legwand) to help them reach the playoffs.

They have a couple of other promising centers in the system in Tomas Nosek and Mattias Janmark, but Larkin, their top pick in 2014 (15th overall), by several accounts, has the potential to be much better. It's no surprise the Sabres are seeking him, after being told top prospect Anthony Mantha isn't going anywhere.

The Red Wings will have to relinquish something of value to land the young (24), 6-foot-8, puck-moving defenseman Myers. At 1-7, the Sabres are well on their way to reaching their goal of gaining the most lottery balls for the Connor McDavid draft in June, so they shouldn't be in any hurry to get rid of all their best players.

more questions for Ansar Khan of Mlive including one on Weiss...

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Wings Didn’t Quit

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Flat in the first period and facing an uphill climb all night, the Detroit Red Wings ratcheted up their desperation level in the final minutes of regulation and skated away with two points when it appeared they wouldn't get any.

Those who stayed witnessed a thrilling finish Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.

Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall scored in the final three minutes of the third period to erase a two-goal deficit before Justin Abdelkader delivered with 44 seconds to play in overtime as the Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.

"Pretty exciting, wasn't it?" Abdelkader said. "We just hung around there and I think we got better as the game went on and found a way. That was a huge two points. I think those games can kind of bring momentum for your team.

"Didn't start out like you wanted to but we finished really well, played hard, battled for pucks, battled for ice. They're a good team. It was just a good team effort there."

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Well If You Turned Off The TV

With the Wings losing 3-1 with under 3 minutes to go in the 3rd period, you may be surprised by the final score...

Wings 4 Penguins 3 in OT.

Zetterberg scored at the 17:21 mark with Howard pulled to make it 3-2.

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Who Is More Valuable To Their Team, Pavel Datsyuk Or Evgeni Malkin?

EJ Hradek and Steve Mears of the NHL Network debate the topic.

 

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Watching Mike Babcock

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

NHL coaches being hired are rarely in a position of power. They’re available because they’ve been fired and are looking for work. Or they’re available because they’re coaching outside the NHL. So when it comes time to attach a dollar amount to the job, it’s typically lopsided in favor of the person offering the job.

Mike Babcock is the exception.

His Detroit Red Wings have just one regulation loss in six games, and he’s again maximizing the talent he has on the roster. They return home tonight after a swing through Canada where fans in Toronto openly pined for Babcock. He was the focus of the media. His situation is being watched intensely by fans in Toronto, by fans in Detroit and even by fans in Pittsburgh who still wonder if he’ll be reunited with Team Canada star Sidney Crosby if things go sideways this season with the Penguins under new coach Mike Johnston.

About the only people watching the situation closer than fans that want him behind the bench of their teams are those already behind the bench of NHL teams. Babcock’s fellow coaches know this is a big negotiation as the Red Wings coach plays out the final year of his contract. His next deal could be a game-changer, and they’re following it every step of the way. 

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Wings’ Morning Skate

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Same lines: Abdelkader-Zetterberg-Datysuk, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Nestrasil-Helm-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson. Weiss. Cleary extras.

Same D pairs as last game: Kronwall-Ericsson, Quincey-DeKeyser, Smith-Kindl (Lashoff rotating in). Babcock said yesterday Howard starting.

Jurco working on first power play with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Helm, Kronwall. Nyquist on 2nd PP with Sheahan, Tatar, Nestrasil, DeKeyser.

Khan also noted Franzen only player not skating and Howard starts tonight.

added 1:05pm, from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

It's been an offensive struggle so far for some of the Red Wings' young forwards.

Expected to take another step in their development this season, players such as Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar are struggling to get on the scoresheet. Through six games, combined, the three have three points. Tatar has a goal. And Sheahan and Jurco have one assist each.

For the Red Wings to be successful over the long haul, the trio must do more.

"It's hard to pinpoint," Sheahan said of the lack of offense. "If you look at the last game in Montreal, we played pretty well. We had a bunch of shots and spent a lot of time in the offensive zone.

"You can't pinpoint what's gone wrong. It's just a matter now of getting to the net. We have good chemistry. It's early in the season and there's no reason to get worried about point production."

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Kerry Fraser On Datsyuk’s No Goal

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I have stated in previous columns that Carey Price is without question, the very best goalkeeper in the NHL at utilizing rule 69 to his advantage whenever an attacking player enters the blue paint. The snow from Abdelkader's stopping action was the first indicator for Price that his territory was about to become violated. Price immediately pushed forward with his left skate/pad toward the top of the right side crease where the Detroit forward was attacking. Abdelkader's forward momentum (stick and body) initiated contact with Price. The Habs' goalie reached and 'hugged' the leg of the crease violator that resulted in a positional 'turn' from the impending shot by Datsyuk.

Both of these actions and resulting contact between Abdelkader and Price violated the language of 69.3. When the puck slid past Price and into the net he was turned toward the referee with his hands raised; a clear indication to the referee that interference had been committed.

I would like to see the referees make this call on a consistent basis in the way that referee Kimmerly did. The onus is on the attacking player to stop short of the goal crease and not make contact with the goalkeeper; incidental or otherwise. In the case of Carey Price's crease, I would advise attacking players to stay well clear of his paint.

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The Detroit Red Wings Are Talking Instead Of Practicing

added 12:53pm, Mike Babcock talks about reasoning for the meeting today instead of practice.

Watch below...

Babcock also says Howard in goal tomorrow per numerous reports.

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