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In this 2013 season that has been condensed down to 48 games, each one has an added feeling of emphasis. Out to a 1-2 start and already laden with injuries, the Detroit Red Wings should be feeling uneasy. After falling to St. Louis on opening night by a whopping 6-0 margin, the Wings were able to regroup and beat Columbus 4-3 in shootout fashion. Tonight, finally playing at Joe Louis Arena for the first time of the season, the Red Wings were topped by Dallas 2-1.  It was Detroit’s first home-opening loss in four years. There are several reasons for the slow start, but the injuries have already begun to play a factor for Detroit.  An already shallow defensive unit has been further depleted by injuries to Jonathan Ericsson, Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian White. While Ericsson and White are considered day-to-day and may play in the Wings’ next contest on Friday, Colaiacovo suffered a serious shoulder injury in Columbus and was wearing a sling tonight.  He’s week-to-week at best. Now, the same defense that lost Brad Stuart on top of Hall-of-Famer Nick Lidstrom in the offseason has to call on defensemen that are slightly less-known.  Rookie Brian Lashoff and veteran Kent Huskins are the new faces on the Detroit backline, and both have filled in admirably. Fresh off a flight from Charlotte (where he was playing for the Charlotte Checkers), Huskins played 15 minutes for the Wings against Dallas.  Meanwhile, Lashoff put the Wings New Captain Henrik Zetterberg has tried to spark the offense, but not much has clicked yet on the board in Columbus with his first NHL goal. Lashoff and Huskins have been valuable for Detroit, but the fact remains that this team misses Lidstrom dearly.  The defensive lapses have led to easy goals, including three breakaway scores in the opener.  With lots of new faces and even more shuffling of the defensive pairs, the Red Wings are fighting an uphill battle that the shortened season gives them little time to fight.  The defense needs to be shored up quickly or Detroit will be in a world of trouble. The defense has been porous, but goaltender Jimmy Howard has been anything but.  Howard looks to be in midseason form already, especially in tonight’s game.  Howard saved 30 Stars shots, including several beauties and a diving glove save on Reilly Smith, Brendan’s younger brother. In addition to the poor defense, the power play has looked dismal, going 0-for-15 thus far.  It seems the power play unit is missing #96 wreaking havoc in front. There is simply no time for the Red Wings to wait around to get healthy.  The shortened season won’t allow it.  The Central Division won’t allow it.  With the Blackhawks, Blues and Predators all vying for playoff spots, the Central is by far the best division in the West.  And don’t sleep on Columbus; they looked the part of a hungry team against Detroit on Monday. Luckily, the Wings shouldn’t have to wait much longer to get at least a little healthier.  Along with Ericsson and White, winger Todd Bertuzzi and center Darren Helm have a shot at returning to the ice on Friday against Minnesota. Once Detroit gets a bit healthier and Head Coach Mike Babcock finds the right line combinations, things will start to look up.   Follow me on twitter @ScottPeceny Upcoming Schedule Friday vs. Minnesota: 7:30pm, NHLN, FSD+ Sunday @ Chicago: 7:00pm, FSD Tuesday vs. Dallas: 7:30pm, FSD+

Good news regarding Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi

Finally, some good news regarding the Red Wings' injuries, from the Free Press's Helene St. James (inline because Twitter is acting weird): Red Wings F Todd Bertuzzi does not have mononucleosis, could be back as soon as Friday. Original diagnosis was a false positive. Update: MLive's Ansar Khan confirms (inline again)... Wings' Bertuzzi expected to play...

Power play fails Wings in home opener

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings are so desperate for help defensively that they signed a player who was trying out for a minor-league team and then promptly put him in the lineup a few hours later for the home opener. Over the last couple years, the Wings have lost three of their four best defensemen, including captain Nicklas Lidstrom. Theyre also currently without currently without...

Wings Lose Another Defenseman, White Out 2-3 Weeks

#IanWhite out 2-3 weeks with deep laceration to knee. — Chuck Pleiness (@wingsfrontman) January 23, 2013 via Khan, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White had surgery this morning to repair a deep laceration in his leg and will be out for two-to-three weeks, general manager Ken Holland said. Holland said Jakub Kindl (groin) is expected to return for Friday's game...

The Tomas Holmstrom Press Conference

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Detroit Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall the Center of Attention in Lidstrom’s Absence

With the perfect human, Nicklas Lidstrom, finally hanging up his skates, it’s time for the Detroit Red Wings’s Niklas Kronwall to show they will not miss him. To be honest, I thought Lidstrom would come back for a farewell season, but that is not the case. No spotlight will be brighter than the one shining on Niklas Kronwall now as the Wings head into a shortened season. He...

As you might expect, the lockout will yield ‘short term pain and long-term gain’ for the Red Wings

Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea broke down both the costs and benefits of the third owners' lockout upon the Detroit Red Wings, and as you might expect, the organization took a financial hit during the lockout, but they also saved money over the short-term by not holding games...and will win out over the long haul thanks to taking in an increased percentage of hockey...

Red Wings recall Lashoff, release details about tomorrow night’s home opener

From the Red Wings' PR department: RED WINGS RECALL DEFENSEMAN BRIAN LASHOFFFROM GRAND RAPIDS OF THE AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE ... Rearguard Jakub Kindl Placed on Injured Reserve to Make Room on 23-Man Roster … Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today announced that defenseman Brian Lashoff has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey...

Red Wings sign veteran D Huskins

The Detroit Red Wings have signed 33-year-old defenseman Kent Huskins to a one-year contract. The team announced the move Tuesday before the club's home opener against the Dallas Stars. Detroit also recalled forward Gustav Nyquist from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and put right wing Todd Bertuzzi and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo on the injured reserve list. Bertuzzi...

Holmstrom to officially call it quits today

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom will officially announce his retirement today at 4:30 p.m. The press conference will precede the Red Wings' home opener at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m. vs. Dallas on FOX Sports Detroit). Holmstrom played 15 seasons for the Red Wings and helped them win four Stanley Cups. In 1,026 regular-season games, he had 243 goals and 287 assists...

2013 Season Game 3 Preview: Dallas Stars @ Detroit Red Wings

Dallas Stars (1-1-0, 2pts) @ Detroit Red Wings (1-1-0, 2 pts) 6:30 PM CT Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan Those Hated Red Wings Detroit enters this season as vulnerable as they’ve ever been in the past three decades. Nicklas Lidstrom retired during the offseason and took with him a lot of the usual Red Wing aura. The loss of Lidstrom and Brad Stuart on the...

Incredibly late Red Wings-Blues wrap-up, take 2

This is incredibly late, but I worked very hard to get it done and was stopped by a 12-hour power outage, so here's a very, very late Wings-Blues wrap-up: Jan Mursak had to bow out of the Detroit Red Wings' first game of the 2013 season early. He was hard by Blues captain David Backes at the Wings' bench, and the tip of his right shoulder ended up taking the brunt of...

Video blog: Wings need calming influence

It's not time to panic yet, but Somebody has to step up for the Red Wings, who look like a rag-tag group of players trying to find themselves.
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