Found November 08, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, ... Darren Helm skated in the second-line center spot at Friday’s practice, but Babcock said there is no chance he will play there during the game. Babcock also said he is not splitting up Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who have carried the team. That limits their options. “Our second line (isn’t) getting it done,’’ Babcock said. “Last night, let’s be honest, Pav and Z and (Todd Bertuzzi) won the game for us. We checked it right back (blowing a 3-2 lead late and losing 4-3 in overtime to Dallas). “We did tons of great things; I went through it meticulously today. That’s basically what I told the players; let’s keep getting better because we are getting better. But we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot. There were just a couple mistakes. The amount of zone time Pav and Z and those guys had alone, they could have had five (goals).’’ The problem is, aside from the top line and Daniel Alfredsson (13 points), nobody else is providing off

Yzerman: No real desire to skate again

DETROIT -- If you're hoping to see No. 19 on the ice one more time in a Detroit Red Wings sweater, you'll likely be disappointed. Meeting with the Detroit media before Saturdays Red Wings-Lightning game, former Wings great and current Tampa GM Steve Yzerman didn't sound at all committed to playing for the Wings alumni in their Winter Classic showdown against the Toronto...

Red Wings search for answers

DETROIT - While theyre trying to sort out their home ice deficiencies, the nagging injury bug continues to plague the Red Wings. After Fridays practice, the Wings placed forward Johan Franzen (upper body) on short term IR, revealed that center Stephen Weiss is day-to-day with a groin issue, called up center Luke Glendening and defenseman Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids and sent...

Addressing speculation regarding Johan Franzen’s ‘ailment’

I've been battling boogers for the last two days, so I apologize for taking a dirt nap, but it was very necessary (and many thanks to Paul for keeping TMR rolling along)...And while I've generally been out of the loop, I'm aware of the fact that both those with good intentions and those who simply don't know have speculated that Johan Franzen's absence from the...

Wings lose another in OT

DETROIT -- According to defenseman Nik Kronwall, the Detroit Red Wings' fifth straight home loss can be boiled down to a punchless power play during the second period Saturday. The Wings had six consecutive minutes of power-play time in the period, including 36 seconds of 5-on-3 play, but failed to register a goal and eventually fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in overtime...

Johan Franzen (‘not feeling good’), will miss tonights game

Johan Franzen, the Detroit winger hasn’t played since last Friday and he will not play tonight at home against the Dallas Stars. It is not clear when he’ll return to the Red Wings’ lineup. Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said  “I don’t know what the schedule is on Mule, I just know he’s not feeling good.” This per He apparently has an upper-body injury...

Red Wings to hold ‘Military Appreciation Night,’ collect items for care packages on Tuesday

From the Red Wings' PR department: Red Wings support troops this Tuesday Team hosts military members, holds care package Collection on Nov. 12 The Red Wings will host their sixth annual Military Appreciation Night presented by Applebee’s on Tuesday, Nov. 12, when the team takes on the Winnipeg Jets at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit and AM 1270). The first 7,500...

Detroit Red Wings Fall Again in OT, 4-3 to Dallas

Dallas Stars vs Detroit Red Wings Stars 4 Red Wings 3FINAL     The Detroit Red Wings put on a good effort, but only gain a point, as they’re taken down 4-3 in OT by the Dallas Stars. The first period in this matchup was a rather uneventful one. Both sides took to playing tight, responsible defense to choke out the few offensive...

GDT: Red Wings vs Stars

I think my eyes are bleeding...  Continue reading "[11/07/2013] GDT: Red Wings vs Stars"

Slightly belated Red Wings-Lightning game-day updates: Wings platooning offense vs. streaking Bolts

Updated 2x at 3:03 PM: As Paul noted, the Red Wings find themselves particularly shorthanded ahead of tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 PM, FSD/SUN/97.1 FM), with no Stephen Weiss (groin, out 7-10 days), no Johan Franzen (????) and having swapped out Xavier Ouellet and Adam Almquist ahead of tonight's battle with Valtteri Filppula's 11-4-and-0 Lightning...

GDT: Red Wings vs Lightning

Sorry for the late post... today has not been a good day. Continue reading "[11/09/2013] GDT: Red Wings vs Lightning"

Yzerman asked about Winter Classic Alumni Showdown personnel; Babcock drops a Filppula bomb

This is of course the one question those of you who've been wondering about Steve Yzerman's participation in the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown wanted to hear the answer to, and in typical Yzerman fashion, he gave 97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger a non-answer: Yzerman undecided about Alumni game, claims he hasn't thought about it and there is no timetable of...

Pavel Datsyuk Undresses Shawn Horcoff, Beats Kari Lehtonen After Dangling Through Stars Defense (Video)

Pavel Datsyuk is a highlight waiting to happen every time he steps on the ice. The Russian stickhandling extraordinaire was at it again Thursday night, victimizing Dallas Stars center Shawn Horcoff with a vicious deke midway through the third period. After receiving a pass from teammate Henrik Zetterberg at the point, Datsyuk bore down on Horcoff, who whiffed badly on an attempted...
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