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Wings Will Depend On Their Youth

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

Five of Detroit’s 12 forwards – Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendenning, Landon Ferraro and Temmu Pulkkinen – all began the season with the Griffins.

Tomas Tatar played there most of last year and Cory Emmerton spent most of the season there after being waived by the Wings at the start of this season.

“Glendening played basically second-line center minutes (Tuesday) night,” Babcock said. “Sheahan plays a ton. Those opportunities aren’t available to you otherwise. Cory Emmerton is in the league, Pulkkinen’s in the league. Ferraro’s in the league. Those are all opportunities for the guys. Make good on your opportunity. You never know what can happen.

“Those guys are in the individual point of their career,” Babcock continued. “They’re trying to find a job and stay in the league, so be confident and play hard and make it good for yourself.”

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Wings’s Skate Before Playing Pittsburgh Tonight

Media reported both Andersson and Cleary skated before practice.

Gustavsson has one net, Howard the other with Mrazek standing along the boards.

via Khan tweets,

Franzen-Legwand-Alfredsson, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Miller-Glendening-Bertuzzi, Ferraro-Emmerton-Pulkkinen.

Helm skating but not taking part in line rushes.

On defense it's Kronwall-Smith, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Kindl. Almquist rotating in on third pair.

More will be posed as needed.

added 10:42am, via Khan,

No. 1 power play has Franzen, Nyquist and Bertuzzi (net front) with Kronwall and Alfredsson at points.

No. 2 power play has Legwand, Tatar and Sheahan (net front) with DeKeyser and Pulkkinen at the points.

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Brendan Smith Goes From 4th Line Forward To 1st Pair Defenseman

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have lost defenseman Jonathan Ericsson for at least the remainder of the regular season.

The club announced Wednesday that Ericsson will miss four-to-six weeks after undergoing successful surgery on his broken finger. It was needed to stabilize the fracture and repair a partially torn tendon....

Smith played forward for the first two periods in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Toronto before moving back to defense in the third, after Ericsson was injured.

“He’s just got to compete hard and make good decisions with the puck,” Babcock said. “Smitty’s got the competitive nature you need, he’s got the skating you need, the skill you need. His decision-making with the puck gets him in trouble at times and his decision-making being active, so those are things you grow with, you become a better player.

“Do more by doing less, make the simple play, don’t force things. Lots of shifts are 50-50, nothing happens.”

Babcock said he’ll keep the Danny DeKeyser-Kyle Quincey pairing intact.

The third pairing would be Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl.

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Ericsson Will Have Surgery Today On Finger

added 12:54pm, DeKeyser now the #2 dman...

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Wings Have An Optional Skate Today

If there is more news coming out of practice, I will add it to this post.

added 12:19pm, via Khan tweet,

Andersson (broken foot) and Cleary (knee) skated earlier. Andersson was on the ice for a while, Cleary briefly.

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As rink deal nears, it’s trading stories time: Wings to pay Detroit $12.2 mil to settle JLA issues

Some things never change. When Bill Bonds and Mort Crim were more than the inspiration for Anchorman, and when the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press were the only newspapers available for delivery in Garden City save the town's Observer, you could always tell when big political news was about to break.

Inevitably and invariably, WDIV, WJBK and WXYZ and their rario and print counterparts would start trading "scoop" stories regarding the next big thing, and the "scoops" surrounding the Red Wings' follow-on facility have followed that tried and true 80's formula--with a slight "internet age" twist.

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A pair of interesting ‘late night Red Wings listens’ from The Fan 590

I was about to call it a night when I stumbled upon some very intriguing interviews that The Fan 590 didn't post until after Sportsnet carried the Red Wings' 3-2 win over Toronto. Prior to the game, Wings GM Ken Holland made some intriguing comments about the "Kid Line" making some decisions for the team regarding the shape of the 2014-2015 Wings' roster, the peramaters of the David Legwand trade, and at least some inklings as to what's going to happen with the team's defense...

And Kris Draper made some similar statements regarding the injuries, the youngsters and what the Wings need to do to earn their way into the playoffs this spring:

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I wish this wasn’t true, but it is

From DETJustin on Twitter, this is the Red Wings' current injury situation, summarized:

This is also true:

See also: Gamesmanship and lies, sponsored by Eddie Olczyk (the refereeing since the Olympic break has been like the no-touch policy at Henry the VIII's on Middlebelt in Inkster):

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Red Wings-Maple Leafs quick take: Nyquist, Howard help Wings, who lost Ericsson to a broken finger

Updated 2x with video at 12:41 AM: The Detroit Red Wings beat themselves and the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans--who outnumbered Detroit's at Joe Louis Arena--despite losing Jonathan Ericsson, despite a power play that can only pass the puck laterally through the middle of the ice, and thanks to some wonderful goals by Gustav Nyquist, a beautiful dagger by Daniel Alfredsson and a FANTASTIC goaltending performance by Jimmy Howard, who stopped 31 of 33 and 10 of 12 in the 3rd period.

Yes, the Wings got the benefit of the doubt on what Nazem Kadri's kick-in goal, and yes, the refereeing confused both teams and both teams' fan bases, but...

A Wings team that both Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond argue must win 9 of their final 15 games earned win #1.

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An open letter to Red Wings fans, regarding tonight’s Leaf Contingent

Dear Red Wings Fans,

I understand that some of you have "loser fatigue," and have chosen to stay away from Wings games because the team is not doing so well.

I also realize that the combination of a) "premium game" tiered pricing and b) the Wings' insistence that fans who purchase single-game tickets in the lower bowl purchase TWO lower-bowl seats mean that this going to this game was prohibitively expensive for the average fan.

However, the fact that the Maple Leafs' fans out-numbered and out-voiced Detroit's partisans by a wide margin is unacceptable.

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