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MSM All Over Wings Today

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The mainstreamers have been riding some Wing jock today. Stories all over the place on the "rejuvenated" Wings. I think I've found most of them, but here's a consolidation for you...starting with the most current item from NHL.com. John Kreiser/NHL.com

How remarkable is it for a team to allow so few shots on goal? Consider that Edmonton was the stingiest team in shots on goal per game last season with 25.5 shots against per game — the Wings were third at 26.6. In the three previous seasons, when there were far fewer power plays, shots on goal and goals, the league lows were St. Louis in 2001-02 (22.5), New Jersey in 2002-03 (23.6) and Dallas in 2003-04 (23.2).
The rest of the day's activity: Phil Coffey: Wings Success A Surprise Eric Duhatschek: Hasek And The Wings Adam Proteau: Give The Euro's Credit Fox's Robert Picarello: Hasek Getting Better With Age

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Sharks Call Up Goalie

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SAN JOSE — San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Thomas Greiss from Fresno, the Sharks ECHL affiliate. Greiss, 20, posted a 1-2-0 record in three starts with a 3.05 goals against average and .897 save percentage this season with Worcester, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. Assigned to Fresno on Nov. 13, he posted a 1-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average and a .964 save percentage in one start. The six-foot-one, 200-pound native of Fussen, Germany was selected by San Jose in the third round (94th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Anything cooking here or is there an injury with one of the goalies? added 11:49pm, from the San Jose Sharks,

Greiss was recalled for precautionary measures and practiced with the team Friday as Evgeni Nabokov had a limited workout and rested a sore hand. The soreness in Nabokov’s hand is not serious and he is listed as day-to-day.

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Hasek Proving Doubters Wrong

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Discussing his oh-so-smooth transition to his new/old team, Hasek said: "Put it this way. It is the best scenario that I could get. You don't like to think about bad things, you always want to remember and think about good things. Fortunately for me and the team, everything goes so far so good." Said Babcock: "Dom, he works so hard and he's so competitive and so professional that I knew he was bound to get his game to where he wanted it to be. I read the article after the Vancouver game, which talked about the end of his shutout streak. He didn't care about the shutout streak, but he couldn't stand the goal they got. That's what I like to hear because that means it's all about the next one."
read on...many NHL tidbits...

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Coffey, Duhatschek On The Wings

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Phil Coffey of NHL.com breaks down the surprises and disappointments of the young NHL season.

Yep, it sure seemed over for the Wings as the season started. I guess someone forgot to tell the Wings, who are hot, hot, hot and 12-4-1 in their first 17 games. The Wings have outscored the opposition 47-33 thus far and are 6-1-1 at home. Nick Lidstrom is already plus-18 and polishing up the Norris Trophy, and the Red Wings are doing quite nicely considering the fact neither Pavel Datsyuk (12 points in 17 games) and Henrik Zetterberg (eight points in 17 games) have gotten hot yet. As for Hasek, he of the tissue-paper groin, well, he has gone 9-3-1 with a 1.76 goals-against average.
And on the subject of Hasek, he and the Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek apparently had an epic chat. "Hat" has a huge story on Dom and the Wings, in general.
"I didn't want to go anywhere else. I was about to retire. When Ken Holland called me, I knew right away this was a great opportunity to play one more time with the Red Wings. I was excited from Day 1. I was excited to get into the locker room before training camp. I was glad I could still see the guys — like Nik [Lidstrom], like Cheli [Chris Chelios], like Drapes [Kris Draper]. Even though there are lots of new players, I knew I was going to face some of the guys I played with. I felt comfortable from Day 1."

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Hockey Blogger Part Of The Team

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J.J. of the Canucks Hockey Blog has taken on another job- bloggng at Canucks.com. Good luck J.J.!!!

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Bring On The Griffs; Holland Calls Up Three For Weekend

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Updated 1627 CST: Man, I thought I was all live, local and latebreaking on this one. Nope. On The Wings is drilling it. According to Helene St. James' Wing Blog, Kenny Holland has pillaged the Grand Rapids roster. Reacting to the non-availability of Tomas Holmstrom, Jason Williams, Nik Kronwall and Chris Osgood; three Griffs are in the air as we speak.

Williams (neck) remains on injured reserve. Holmstrom (groin) and Kronwall (groin) have been put on IR, backdated to November 10, which means they can come off Saturday. Chris Osgood (wrist) has been put on IR retroactive to the 12th. The latter three moves were made so the Wings would have roster room to call up goaltender Stefan Liv, plus forwards Evan McGrath and Darryl Bootland. At the time of the morning skate, none of the three were expected to make it to Calgary in time for the game, which isn’t a big deal because it’s not like the Wings are short on players – Dominik Hasek will start tonight and Joey MacDonald will back up, and there are still six healthy defensemen and 12 healthy forwards.
St. James points out that Bootland's call up may not be a coincidence...considering who the Wings face tomorrow night.

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Time To Credit The Euro’s

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Adam Proteau of The Hockey News and via ESPN is tired of the Cherry-esque Euro-bashing. And he's using the Wings to make his point.

Sure, Steve Yzerman was instrumental in Detroit's back-to-back Cup wins, but does he get either one without the contributions of Sergei Fedorov, Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov and Slava Kozlov?
Or without Vladimir Konstantinov, on the ice in '97 and off it in '98. And as far as Fedorov goes, I'll always contend he was jobbed out of the Conn Smythe in '97.

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Stats For The Weekend

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Courtesy of Grampa Pinhead, here's a look at how the Wings measure up with our Provincial rivals tonite and tomorrow, plus a glance at the league standings. +/- #1 DET - +25, +9 on the road and +17 home #3 CGY - +20, +7 at home and +8 on the road #19 EDM - -3, +9 at home and (-12) on the road PP% #17 EDM - 15.6%, 18/115 #27 CGY - 11.8%, 11/93 #30 DET - 9.8%, 9/82 PK% #3 EDM 89.9% #21 DET 81.2% #25 CGY 80.4% Short handed goals DET 4, CGY 4, EDM 1 Short handed goals AGAINST CGY 2, EDM 1, DET 1 AVG. GOALS FOR/GAME #15 EDM 2.90 #18 DET 2.76 #20 CGY 2.71 Standings 31 pts, BUF 18 Games 30 pts, ANA 19 Games 28 pts, SJS 20 Games 27 pts, ATL 20 Games 26 pts, TOR 20 Games 25 pts, DET 18 Games Also, check out Five Hole Fanatics for more analysis of tonite's game in Calgary.

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Olilers Need To Sign Smyth

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from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

Ryan Smyth of the Oilers is one of the toughest players in the league. he jams the opposition net as well as any player in the league. He is one of the best players in the league when it comes to controlling the puck along the boards, and he also knows the difference between pain and injury. Time for Oilers GM Kevin Lowe to try and get Smyth signed to a long-term deal before he becomes a UFA this coming summer. Smyth is what the Oilers are about.
much more from around the NHL...

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Bruins Finding Their Way

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from the Patriot Ledger,

Remain calm. Not, not you, Bruins fan in hiding, or waiting. The franchise invites you to get as excited as you wish about the team’s three-game winning streak - especially if that excitement leads to the purchase of a ticket. Only 12,665 were sold for last night. Those who should be sure to play the streak cool are the ones who have created it - the players. Dave Lewis is happy to provide the ice water. ‘‘It’s still early,’’ Boston’s head coach said after last night’s 2-1, overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. ‘‘A three-game streak is nothing. We’re just starting to feel our way.’’
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