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Some teams never overcome losing a franchise player to retirement. The Detroit Red Wings are near this reality as Nicklas Lidstrom is on the wrong side of 40 and in the final year of his contract with the team. Fans are hoping that Lidstrom, a 7-time Norris Trophy Winner and 2002 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, will still give one more year to lead the Red Wings into the Winter Classic at the Big House in 2013. Regardless, the Red Wings need to retool for when Lidstrom hangs up the skates for good. Many defenseman have passed through the farm system for years. None have created quite the buzz like 23-year-old defenseman Brendan Smith.
Smith, a former Wisconsin Badger and Mimico, ON native, might be the most skilled defenseman to don a Winged Wheel since Lidstrom. His game was groomed by Coach Mike Eaves (father of current Wing Patrick) at the University of Wisconsin to better compliment the two-way nature of the NHL. Smith still amassed the points at UW ( 84 points in 95 games) and ...
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DETROIT -- With their abundance of injuries, life for the Detroit Red Wings has been careening down a miserable path.
They now find themselves in a battle to finish in the top spot of the NHLs Central Division.
Gone are the days when the Wings would cruise through their divisional rivals. Many of the Red Wings' critics always pointed to the weak Central as their playground...
Two days after the eighth anniversary of the “Bertuzzzi-Moore” incident, Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi spoke to Sportsnet’s Christine Simpson in a sit-down interview, mostly talking about his renaissance and “reinvention” as a defensively-responsible forward with the team he hopes to win a Stanley Cup with in the Detroit Red Wings:
Wings coach Mike Babcock adds some...
Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke to MLive’s Ansar Khan before flying to the hockey hotbed of Boca Raton, Florida to attend the NHL’s general managers’ meetings at the economically-priced The Breakers Resort (Don Cherry booked all the hotels in Saskatoon), and while the talk of reintroducing the red line, getting rid of the “trapezoid,” introducing “hybrid icing” and otherwise...
The Detroit Red Wings’ long list of sidelined players—Todd Bertuzzi, Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Ericsson, Jimmy Howard, Jakub Kindl and Nicklas Lidstrom—got a player longer in the form of the flu-addled Justin Abdelkader on Friday night, meaning that, if you count back-up Jordan Pearce, the traded-for Kyle Quincey and the then-injured Jakub Kindl, Detroit faced off against Los...
Dan Cleary had his knee drained for the fourth time yesterday.The dude has issues. I think someone recently noted how...not like himself Dan has been looking lately. It's because he's basically been playing on one leg. Where high profile guys like Lidstrom and Datsyuk are shelved due to injury - it's the depth guys that are asked to step up in the face of adversity...
The injury-depleted Detroit Red Wings have slipped to fourth place in the Western Conference thanks to dropping three of their past four games, and coming off a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, the Wings doubly re-set their body clocks—losing one hour when first returning from Nashville’s Central Time Zone, losing another thanks to “spring forward,”...
Darren Helm scored with 1:13 left in regulation, lifting the banged-up Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and assisted on Valtteri Filppula's tying goal with 4:02 left, less than 2 minutes after Dwight King put Los Angeles ahead 3-2.
Joey MacDonald made 21 saves for the Red Wings. Jonathan...
The Detroit Red Wings’ gritty 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings allowed the Wings to take a midnight flight to Nashville to battle the Predators this evening (8 PM EST, FSD/FS Tennessee/97.1 FM/Don’t forget we “spring forward” this weekend) at least having kept pace with the Blues (2 points ahead of Detroit) and Canucks (1 point ahead) in the Western Conference standings...
Throughout their years of prominence, the Detroit Red Wings have had two constants. One is defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who owns an NHL-record seven – seven! – Norris Trophies. The other is Tomas Holmstrom, who has set up shop in front of goaltenders his whole career.“He’s always there and he’s been doing that for years,” Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “His...
The Detroit Red Wings seemed to be far too content to try to use the same lurking-in-the-weeds game plan against the Nashville Predators which they successfully employed against the Kings on Friday, and in a four-point game against a team far superior to the floundering Kings, the Wings made a huge tactical error, and thanks to some terrible special teams play on Detroit’s part—giving...
Patric Hornqvist's first period goal on Saturday night was the first he had ever scored against the Detroit Red Wings. (Sarah Fuqua)
Prior to Saturday night’s game against Detroit, Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist had played in 248 NHL games and had scored 73 career goals. Of those 73 goals, 16 had come against Central Division opponents – 8 against Columbus and 4 each against...
Some great pictures from SlapShot Radio's intrepid photographer... time for today's Sunday Shots. Go to the SlapShot Radio website for all of the pics.
From Nashville vs Detroit March 10, 2012
Photos courtesy DLM/SlapShot Radio
Games with Detroit are always fun, especially when the Predators take two from the Red Wings on a sold out Smashville Saturday night. Nashville...
7:00 PM CT – Red Wings (44-21-3) @ Predators (39-21-7)Players to watch:DET- Henrik ZetterbergZetterberg racked up three points last night while playing banged up. He’s been consistent since the All-Star break.NSH- Patric HornqvistIn 17 career games against Detroit, Hornqvist has never scored a goal. He’s due.Starting goaltenders:DET- Joey MacDonald (2011-12 stats: 8-3-1,...
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It was a heart-breaking affair when Nashville last played the Detroit Red Wings. A shot by Pavel Datsyuk, after undressing Ryan Suter in the zone with five seconds left, continued the record-breaking home win streak for Detroit and sent Predators fans reeling.
The Red Wings remain at the top of their game despite numerous injuries to...
Many thanks to Paul for the <a href="http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/tmr/comments/practice_update_from_la/'>updates. Back from the doc, mom checked out okay, had a few freckles removed by the doc but continues to remain skin cancer free.
Anyway, from the Red Wings’ practice in Los Angeles, we’re finding out mediocre news on the injury front. MLive’sAnsar...