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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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It’s What The Wings Do

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

There are times when Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland wonders whether this is it, if the trend-line for his team has finally started pointing downward.

“I think about it,” he said, standing in an empty Bell Centre on Tuesday afternoon, “but I’m going to battle against it. I want to compete against it.”

Gravity pulls objects relentlessly earthward, except for the Wings.

For 23 straight seasons, the men from Michigan have participated in the post-season. They could have been forgiven for packing their tent last spring, diminished as they were by injury. But they didn’t need yours or anyone else’s sympathy – the Wings made the playoffs because it’s what they do.

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Wings Lose 2-1 In OT To Montreal

Strong game by the Wings but the power play needs fixing and one goal is not going to win many games.

The Zetterberg goal is below along with the waived off goal by Datsyuk.

Discuss....

Game Recap from Ansar Khan,

 Pavel Datsyuk's return to the lineup Tuesday dominated the headlines for the Detroit Red Wings.

But their team defense and goaltending continues to shine.

On Tuesday, it was good enough to earn them two points, but they had to settle for one after David Desharnais scored 56 seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory at Bell Centre.

Jimmy Howard was terrific, making 34 saves, but the Red Wings fell to 3-1-2. The Canadiens are 6-1-0.

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Babcock’s In Canada, You Know What That Means

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Babcock will talk to you about a lot of things: his team, his life’s credo, probably his favourite haunts in the McGill Ghetto, around the school where he played four seasons for the Redmen three decades ago.

But the 51-year-old would not be travelling down the contract road Tuesday noon, following his team’s morning skate at the Bell Centre a few hours before the Red Wings’ game against the Canadiens....

“Last year, every time the Wings were playing on the road, you were forced to answer questions regarding Canadian teams. Are you afraid that this year is going to be the same with your contract negotiations?”

“No.”

A few moments later, with a bit of a different approach:

“Mike, you’re a popular guy here, coming from McGill, obviously every time you come here, it’s an experience for fans and people that have known you. It took everybody by surprise here knowing that you’d go into the season without a contract. What can you tell hockey fans about the situation, your situation with the organization and…”

“I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you. See ya.”

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Video- Ken Kal Previews Wings/Canadiens

About half way through the video, hear from Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk and Mike Babcock.

 

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The Detroit Red Wings Get A Big Boost With The Return Of Pavel Datsyuk

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Pavel Datsyuk is returning to the Red Wings lineup.

Datsyuk will make his regular-season debut Tuesday night when the Red Wings play the Montreal Canadiens.

"It's a big boost for us," said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who'll skate on a line with Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader. "He's been skating pretty good in practice, it looks like he's ready to go.

"He's important player for us."

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added 1:18pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"I was kind of embarrassed the other day," Nestrasil said today at the Bell Centre, hours before the Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m., FSD). The game marks Datsyuk's season debut, coming four weeks after he suffered a separated shoulder during exhibition play.


"We played one-on-one after practice, and I didn't touch the puck in, like, five minutes," Nestrasil said. "He's a special guy. He's got some special skills; it's unbelievable."

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The Wings Morning Skate In Montreal

Pavel Datsyuk is taking his normal spot on the first line and..

 

Also reports state Cleary and Weis are not taking normal shifts.

 

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canadiens set-up; on Stevie Y; ‘Hockeytown’ a work in progress

The Detroit Red Wings kick off a busy week's worth of 3 games in 5 days tonight against the Montreal Canadiens (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/RDS/97.1 FM; the Wings are holding a 'viewing party' on Tuesday; the team will come home to host the Penguins during Hockey Fights Cancer night on Thursday, and play the Flyers in Philly on Saturday). Because both the Red Wings and their press corps had to skedaddle to Montreal, the main Wings storylines have already been noted:

Our friends in Montreal do possess a 5-and-1 record, and PK Subban delivered a command performance in the Habs' 3-2 win over Colorado on Saturday, scoring 2 key goals...

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Kudos to Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens for advocating for the mentally ill

This has absolutely nothing to do with the Red Wings, but it has everything to do with the human being I am and the cause I advocate for that hits closest to home.

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens is parterning with several Canadian mental health organizations in order to raise awareness of and funds for--as Scrivens says in the attached video--the 1 in 5 Canadians who are affected by mental illnesses in some way (and that figure holds true for Americans and the rest of the world; 1 in 5 people will suffer from a severe mental illness at some point in their lives).

The Oilers posted a press release regarding Scrivens' initiative...

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Evening news: Babcock stirring Red Wings’ Kid Line(s); PP needs work; Habs present challenge

The Red Wings practiced on Monday and flew to Montreal ahead of Tuesday's game against the Canadiens (7:30 PM on FSD/RDS/97.1 FM), and the Wings were able to return Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids as Jimmy Howard's good to go, and the Wings believe that Pavel Datsyuk is very close to returning to the lineup after missing nearly a month with a shoulder injury.

The Wings also placed Johan Franzen on 7-day IR due to a groin issue, so the team won't have to make a decision as to which player will be sent to Grand Rapids to clear space on the 23-man roster until Franzen's healthy.

Pavel Datsyuk told MLive's Ansar Khan that he might return tomorrow:

"We'll see; day to day," Datsyuk said. "Shooting for a long time is good. It's only the contact still. But I had last week. We see what happens tomorrow."

If he can't play Tuesday, is he confident he'll be back later in the week, Thursday or Saturday?

"I hope," Datsyuk said. "You never know but what I'm looking for."

Datsyuk's presence on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader meant a line shuffle, and as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan notes, Wings coach Mike Babcock hopes that placing Gustav Nyquist on the Sheahan-Tatar line will spark "Riley and the Slovak":

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