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A Look At Henrik Zetterberg

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

He has thought about the future. Talked about it, too, not long ago with Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, a fellow Swede. Together, Zetterberg and Kronwall have played 1,744 regular season games for Detroit, appeared in 246 more in the playoffs and hoisted the 2008 Stanley Cup. Born three months apart, both are now 36 years old, elder statesmen on the last-place team in the Eastern Conference. About what all this portends, Zetterberg is steadfastly honest.

“It’s getting end of the road here for us, and you’ve just got to enjoy it as much as you can,” he says. “And not be as down as you’ve probably been before when you haven’t played as good enough. Or, when the team’s not doing well, you’ve got to find the good things and the happy things and try to keep your head up.”

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About Detroit’s Playoff Chances

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

It’s an ugly position with just 26 games left, and Vanek recognizes that.

“We are in a tough spot,” he said after a good hour-long practice today at Joe Louis Arena. “We have to stop talking about going on a run and just taking it game-by-game here. We have to win a home game here and just build.

“Too many times we look bad and said, what could have been. We need good goaltending, and have to play better as a team.”

Vanek’s caution about not getting caught up in the mathematics of making the playoffs resonate.

“I told the guys before practice today that we have to have a singular focus on winning a hockey game,” coach Jeff Blashill said.  “That’s it. We are going to get better today and then try to winning a hockey game tomorrow. That is all we are thinking about. I will leave it to other people to worry about stretches.”

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Martin Frk’s Shot

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

How hard?

So hard that when Frk sets up for a one-timer on the power play, the screeners up front are instructed just to get out of the way.

But, really, "how hard" is a hard question to answer. No one knows for sure; the speed of his shot has never been clocked.

Just to add to folklore, Frk unleashed a shot in the third period in last Wednesday's game against Manitoba that dropped jaws. And it wasn't even a goal, but it may have dented the cross bar.

"That's about the hardest shot I've ever seen in my life," Nelson said. "It was ridiculous. The whole bench looked back at me like, 'Are you kidding me?'"

The right winger's weapon is dialed in right now with three goals the past three games. His 17 goals and 32 points in 41 games are fourth on the team, while his 11 power play goals are second in the league heading into Wednesday's 11 a.m. home game against Manitoba.

Frk's shot has often been compared with Teemu Pulkkinen's, another former Griffin now with the Iowa Wild. Whose is harder? Depends. Frk agrees with the notion that his is faster and Pulkkinen's more accurate.

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Today’s Practice At The Joe

via Ansar Khan tweets,

RedWings taking the ice for practice. Vanek is skating. Howard is not practicing.

RedWings, anticipating suspension tomorrow for Nyquist, so he's not on power play or top line in practice.

power play units:
Mantha-Nielsen-Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall-Zetterberg
&
Tatar-Larkin-Vanek (net front), Helm-Green

added 11:27am, Khan...

Athanasiou rotating in for Larkin on one power-play unit. 

added 11:33am, Khan again...

lines:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Mantha
Athanasiou-Nielsen-Vanek
Larkin-Helm-Abdelkader
Glendening-Sheahan-Ott
Nyquist, Jurco extras

defense pairs:
DeKeyser-Green
Smith-Ouellet
Kronwall-Jensen
Sproul extra

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Nyquist Waives In-Person Hearing Scheduled For Wednesday

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Ken Holland Plans To “Work The Phones”

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Certainly, we're in a way more difficult position today than we were a week ago," Holland said. "There's about a third of the season to go. Our players and coach, everybody is going to get ready and try to win a game on Wednesday against St. Louis. (8 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena, NBC Sports Network). I'm looking at the standings, but at the same time I'm talking to people and seeing what their needs are. 

"I'll work the phones and if something makes sense, we'll do it. But it's not just a matter of me determining I'm going to be a seller because there's got to be a buyer."

The Red Wings (22-24-10) are seven points out of the final wild-card playoff spot but would need to pass eight teams to reach it.

"We're either going to do nothing or we're going to be a seller," Holland said. "If you're a seller, you're only selling to about 10-12 teams. Half the teams might determine they're either going to stand pat or they're a seller as well."

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Video- NHL 100 Sergei Fedorov

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Audio/Video- Scotty Bowman On Mike Ilitch

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Legendary Red Wings head coach Scotty Bowman reminisces his great days working for the late Mike Ilitch, who he says was a wonderful man, and much more than just a great businessman.

 

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Gary Bettman On An All-Star Game In Detroit

from the Detroit News,

The NHL All-Star Game is coming back to Detroit. We just don’t know when.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, in an interview on the “Stoney and Jamie” show on 97.1 The Ticket on Monday morning, said the league probably will wait until all the construction around the new Little Caesars Arena and the surrounding “District Detroit” is completed.

“We’re gonna wait until everything is up and running,” Bettman said. “I defintely see league events in the future and we’ve had preliminary discussions. We haven’t nailed down a date, but we want to make sure that everything, that the vision around the building and all the construction, that has to be done and completed so that everybody we bring to Detroit for the celebration will see the full experience and the full vision that Mike and Marian Ilitch have had for Detroit.”

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The Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch:

Open for business

The Red Wings might end up moving just one or two players, with Thomas Vanek being at the top of the list. Vanek, an unrestricted free agent after the season, would draw much interest because of his offensively ability. He's bounced back after a disappointing two-year stint in Minnesota, tying for the team lead with 14 goals and collecting 36 points in just 43 games. He missed Sunday's game in Minnesota due to an ankle issue, which isn't considered serious.

The Red Wings should be able to acquire a second-round pick for him, and perhaps and an additional third- or fourth-rounder.

Brendan Smith is another player who could be dealt, since he's also unrestricted. Many teams seek defensive depth at the deadline and Smith could fetch a mid-round pick.

If the Red Wings opted to shop Mike Green and he agreed to waive his no-trade clause, he would also draw interest. He has one year remaining at $6 million.

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