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Gustav Nyquist Fined $2K For Diving/Embellisment

NEW YORK (Jan. 7, 2015) – Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

added 7:07pm, Watch the dive against Boston below...

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Late Recap Of Detroit’s Win Over Edmonton

Sorry for no post-game report last night.

George is still not feeling well and I was just beat and basically went to bed right after the game.

So let's start now...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings were in danger of losing a game, one they believe they had controlled pretty well Tuesday, against the worst team in the NHL.

Then Benoit Pouliot gave them a belated holiday gift.

Pouliot's four-minute spearing penalty in the waning minutes of the third period led to Pavel Datsyuk's power-play goal with 34 seconds to play. That snapped a tie, enabling the Red Wings to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 at Rexall Place.

Pouliot speared defenseman Jonathan Ericsson behind the Detroit net, behind the play, with 2:29 remaining.

"That wasn't very smart, so we can thank him for that one," Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey said. "That was very timely for us."


Extended highlights from awood40 are below.. added 10:33am, Mike Babcock post-game too

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Mike Babcock On Some Of Detroit’s Prospects At The WJC

from Ansar Khan on Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock liked what he saw from some of the organization's prospects at the World Junior Championship.

Center Dylan Larkin of Michigan tied for the tournament lead with five goals in five games and led Team USA with seven points.

"He looked like he's a real good honest two-way guy," Babcock said. "He was on the puck, transported the puck well. He was an important player for them, led them in scoring. They didn't play him on the power play so I assume he's not that kind of player even though he led them in scoring."


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New Lines For The Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings (20-10-9), with a daunting road-heavy schedule the next two months, need to take advantage of a prime opportunity to pick up two points against the worst team in the NHL. The Oilers are 9-22-9 but are coming off a 5-2 win Sunday over the much-improved New York Islanders.

Stephen Weiss was moved up from the fourth line and will play alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm.

"At the end of the day you got to get on the ice," Weiss said. "I haven't played a ton the last few games (less than 10 minutes in four of five games since returning from a shoulder injury), so it's tough to do much, really. In this league it's hard when you're playing 20 minutes to produce.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity tonight to play with Pavel and play some more minutes and hopefully have a good game and that can snowball."...

Here are tonight's anticipated lines and defense pairings for the Red Wings:

Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Justin Abdelkader

Stephen Weiss-Pavel Datsyuk-Darren Helm

Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Johan Franzen

Drew Miller-Luke Glendening-Tomas Jurco

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Xavier Ouellet And Teemu Pulkkinen Named To The AHL All-Star Team

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Hockey League announced on Tuesday that Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Xavier Ouellet and right wing Teemu Pulkkinen have been selected to play for the Western Conference AHL All-Star Team at the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, which will be held Jan. 25-26 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, N.Y.

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Video- Edmonton Oilers Coach Todd Nelson On Facing The Wings

Nelson says he is familar with some of the Wings...



added 3:02pm, Chris Wescott of the Oiler website looks at the tonight's game...

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Optional Skate For The Wings In Edmonton

via Ansar Khan tweet,

Optional skate today at Rexall Place. Zetterberg. Quincey and Kronwall not on  the ice. Babcock greeting people in stands.

I will update this post as needed.

added 2:27pm,


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You Knew It Was Coming

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Well, I think the reason the Leafs didn't fire Carlyle last summer was because they didn't feel a bona fide replacement was available, no offense to Bylsma. Whether that screams "Mike Babcock" or not, the Detroit Red Wings head coach's contract expiring after the season, you can decide for yourself. Babcock could still re-sign with the Wings, or might not, but either way it's clear he wants to push that gigantic decision to the offseason. Know this: The fact the Maple Leafs have a coaching opening just upped Babcock's next salary, regardless of where he ends up.

To me, the decision for the Leafs is simple: Do they go after DeBoer now or wait until after the season to go after Babcock if indeed he becomes available? That's how I would approach it. 

Scott Burnside of ESPN,

OK, let's talk Babcock and the rest of the season. If, as many believe, Horachek and Steve Spott man the helm for the balance of the season, what does that do to the Babcock rumors? Whether Babcock or Red Wings GM Ken Holland like it or not, if the Leafs don't hire a full-time coach in the coming days (I'd hire Dan Bylsma in a heartbeat, but that’s just me), that shadow is going to be cast across the Red Wings the rest of the season unless Holland and Babcock agree to an extension sooner than later. It sounds like you don't think this will change the Wings' plans for their coaching situation and that sets up one wild and wacky offseason in terms of who ends up behind the Leaf bench to start the 2015-16 season.

more on the Randy Carlye firing...

added 11:44am, from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

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Detroit’s Best Defensive Pair

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I think the best pair we have on the team right now is DeKeyser and Quincey, the steadiest pair each and every day, the two guys playing the best," coach Mike Babcock said. "I just think they're been really solid, the two of them. They seem to play well together."...

Quincey's play improved dramatically midway through last season. Following a mistake-prone first half in which he posted a minus-14 rating, he settled down after being paired with DeKeyser and put up a plus-9 rating the rest of the way.

"Q's a defender who really competes hard, good penalty killer, plays hard and is heavy, and is making simple plays," Babcock said. "Dan DeKeyser is a guy who's grown into his game, I think a real elite skater, elite hockey sense, moves the puck well. His puck skills haven't transferred into the offensive zone, yet he's on his way, making real good progress, real important player for us."


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Wings Skating In Vancouver

The Wings are skating at the Univ. of B.C. before flying off to Edmonton later today.

via Bill Roose tweet,

Everyone is here and accounted for at the #RedWings practice this morning at the University of BC.

Updates to this post during practice if need be.

added 3:47pm,


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