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Practice articles: Wings wary of powerhouse Capitals; on Larkin, Richards and Andersson

Updated 2x at 6:30 PM: After taking part in a short practice at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings hopped an early afternoon flight to Washington, where they'll face a potentially Karl Alzner and Marcus Johanssen-less Washington Capitals team on Tuesday (7:30 PM on NBCSN).

The 15-8-and-4 Wings will be looking up at the 18-5-and-2 Capitals, who are coming off a 3-2 loss to Winnipeg this past Saturday, but the Wings have earned points in 10 straight games (7-0-and-3), including Saturday's 5-4 OT win over Nashville.

Monday's practice included the Wings keeping the lines that Jeff Blashill placed together during the 2nd and 3rd periods of the Predators game, and the coach told the assembled media that he'll name his starter for Tuesday's game at the morning skate.

MLive's Brendan Savage kicks off our "article" coverage of Monday's practice with a video of Wings coach Jeff Blashill discussing the match-up with Washington and the current status of the Wings' "process" of evolving into an elite team:

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Prospect news: A strange recall as Jake Paterson goes to GR

In the prospect department, via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Griffins are announcing a very strange move given that both Grand Rapids and the Toledo Walleye, who are without starter Jeff Lerg, play on Wednesday:

The Detroit Red Wings have reassigned goaltender Jake Paterson from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Detroit’s second choice (80th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Paterson has appeared in 10 games with the Walleye during his first professional season. The Mississauga, Ontario, native posts a 5-3-1-1 record between the pipes for the division-leading Walleye to go along with 0.922 save percentage and a 2.48 goals against average.

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Prospect news: Holmstrom, Ehn named to Sweden’s preliminary WJC team + a Dominic Turgeon interview

Of prospect-related note:

Also, from Kelowna Rockets commentator Regan Bartel:

[edit: We'll find out whether Turgeon made the Americans' preliminary WJC roster cut today at 3:30 PM /end edit]

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Practice Tweets: Wings stick with Saturday night’s in-game lines

Updated 7x at 12:37 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice just before 11 AM to practice ahead of tomorrow night's game against the Washington Capitals.

MLive's Brendan Savage noted that the Red Wings' lines shifted to those that were employed during the latter stages of Saturday's 5-4 win over Nashville...

Red Wings lines at practice:




As did DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...

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The Detroit Red Wings This Week

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are five things to watch this week:

Mr. Green goes to Washington

Mike Green returns to Washington on Tuesday. That's where he played for 10 seasons as one of the league's most prolific offensive defensemen. Green has shown flashes of his offensive ability since returning from a shoulder injury, with nine points (goal, eight assists) in 14 games.

The teams split two games at JLA last month – the Red Wings prevailed 1-0 on Nov. 10 behind Petr Mrazek's 38-save performance and the Capitals won 2-1 on Nov. 18 on Evgeny Kuznetsov's overtime goal.

Alex Ovechkin has registered 21 of his league-high 124 shots against the Red Wings. Braden Holtby leads the NHL in wins (16) and goals-against average (1.95).

Washington is 7-2-1 in its past 10 vs. Detroit and has won five of its past six home games against the Red Wings....

Can Jurco establish himself in lineup?

Long-term injuries to Drew Miller and Teemu Pulkkinen enabled Joakim Andersson and Tomas Jurco to get into the lineup on Saturday. Andersson likely will continue to play because he kills penalties, but what about Jurco?

Jurco, who's appeared in only six games, will have difficulty cracking the top nine. As long as he's on the fourth line, he'll need to alter his offensive mindset to a more grinding role. He'll need to skate, play physical and focus on not getting scored against.

If he can't adjust, the Red Wings might be inclined to play someone from Grand Rapids. They are expected to recall a forward this week so they have an extra in case of injury.


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‘Roughly Translated’: Nicklas Lidstrom’s Swedish biography, ‘Captain Fantastic,’ comes out this week

Via RedWingsFeed, Expressen's Simon Norberg has penned a preview of Nicklas Lidstrom's biography, Lidstrom: Captain Fantastic, and unsurprisingly, the excerpt-and-interview focuses upon the most painful injury of Lidstrom's career, his lacerated testicle suffered during the Western Conference Final in 2009.

Here's a rough translation of the interview, overview and excerpt:

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Prospect news: Kadeikin earning major ice time

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 17:10 and won 60% of his faceoffs in SKA St. Petersburg's 2-1 OT win over Neftekhimik;

In the Swedish J20 SuperElit League, Joren Van Pottelberghe stopped 20 of 22 shots in Linkopings HC's 2-0 loss to Malmo;

And in the QMJHL, Evgeny Svechnikov finished at +1 and went 9-for-13 in the faceoff circle in the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles' 4-1 win over Blainville-Boisbriand;

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The overnight report: Wings running on all cylinders ahead of 3-in-4 stretch

The Red Wings have a brutal little stretch of games ahead of them this week.

The Wings will head to Washington to battle the 18-5-and-2 Capitals on Tuesday; then the Wings host the 19-6-and-3 Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, and then the Wings head back on the road to play the 13-10-and-3 Devils on Friday.

That's 3 games in 4 nights against a pair of division-leaders in Washington and Montreal, and then, in the Devils, a "Wild Card" rival that sits only 3 points behind the 15-8-and-4 Wings' 34 points (half of those points came during the last 10 games, in which the Wings can boast a 7-0-and-3 record).

The Wings told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that they plan on approaching their next tasks the same way Detroit took its  4-0-and-2 home stand--shift by shift:

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The TSN Line

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings' depth must be good when they can form what they feel is a top-tier line without Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg or sensational rookie Dylan Larkin on it.

Coach Jeff Blashill called the line of Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan the club's X-factor.

"I challenged them to take it upon themselves to be a top-tier line in the league and they're becoming that," Blashill said. "I don't have to match lines too hard because they can play against anybody. Pav can play against anybody. Z can play against anybody. It makes us a real dangerous team. They need to continue to grow, though."

Blashill said the trio has been "driving their own line" since they were united Oct. 21 in Edmonton. Injuries to others prompted their separation shortly after, but they've been together the past several weeks.


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Video- On The Ice With Justin Abdelkader

In case you missed it, Justin Abdelkader was mic'd up last night.


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