Found March 14, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
Putting mid-day chatter behind us, the Red Wings will tangle with the Anaheim Ducks tonight (10 PM EDT, FSD/FS West/97.1 FM), and while it should come as little surprise that the Red Wings’ website reports that the Wings engaged in an optional morning skate (so did the Ducks, who’s Curtis Zupke confirms will start Jonas Hiller, and Corey Perry and Luca Sbisa may or may not play), and our biggest lineup news comes from the Free Press’s Helene St. James, who reports the following... Bertuzzi says he’s playing tonight against Ducks ... MacDonald starting tonight, Howard back on Saturday as starter And MLive’s Ansar Khan explains why “Joey Mac” is starting tonight: Bertuzzi said he is playing tonight. ... MacDonald starting in goal tonight for Wings. The plan was to not play Howard back to back coming off groin injuryContinue reading "Red Wings-Ducks game-day updates: Bertuzzi in, MacDonald starting"

NHL pack, including Preds, catching up to Red Wings

A few hours before his team took the ice on Saturday against the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock made a telling statement. "Right now, their lineup probably is deeper than our lineup,'' he said. That's not supposed to happen to the Red Wings, who annually rank among NHL's highest in payroll and has represented the gold standard in...

Lidstrom still not ready to go after testing ankle

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Schultz weighs his options with Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. If conventional wisdom was in charge, Justin Schultz's plane would be on final approach to John Wayne Airport at this moment, his hockey bag and expectations for a lengthy NHL hockey career in tow. Patting each other on the back for selecting such a high-ceilinged NHL prospect with a 2008 second round pick under then-general manager Brian Burke, current GM Bob...

Battered Detroit Red Wings look to stay afloat in West

When a team loses a star player such as the Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk, winning games in a very competitive Western Conference gets that much tougher.  When that injury is compounded by a slew of others, winning becomes nearly impossible. Winning without the services of many key players is exactly the task that the Red Wings will face for at least the immediate future. While...

Red Wings-Ducks quick take: the low point of the season, right here, right now

In the words of Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, “I know this music.” And the music Mr. Zorg speaks of in The Fifth Element best represents the Red Wings’ 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, representing the Wings’ fifth loss in seven March games: It’s the sound of senseless, useless and ultimately futile combat in the film, and for the Red Wings, who have gone 3-8...

Celebrating Saku Koivu

                “During my cancer treatments, I never thought about what would happen with hockey. It was more important just to survive and beat the disease. Since then, I’m allowing myself to enjoy life and hockey more, even if the game has lost a ton of its meaning and importance in my life.“ - Saku Koivu, March 12th 2012 This isn’t going to be a post about the...

Red Wings-Kings set-up: a quietly crucial game

The Detroit Red Wings remain without the services of Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Nicklas Lidstrom, and probably Todd Bertuzzi, as they face off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight (10:30 PM EDT, FSD/Fox Sports West/97.1 FM—and if you’re in LA, the Wings are holding a meet-up at Los Angeles’s Coney Dog restaurant), and they’re heading into a stretch...

Red Wings-Kings quick take: as far the Wings can let themselves ‘go’

The Detroit Red Wings may be playing with Todd Bertuzzi, Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom and a pair of defensemen who are missed more than we might think in Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl, and their absences played no small part in Detroit’s 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night… But there are no excuses for the Red Wings having given up 4 shorthanded goals over...

Gameday Movie Poster & Open Post: Jimmy's Throne

Detroit needs a W tonight because it looks like Chicago isn't going to give us much help against the Blues.  And to get ready for this battle, Josh has put a little extra effort in to his poster for the game tonight.  Here's the man himself:Jimmy's the boss.  No matter what happens tonight, we still love him.  However, with that said, we need Jimmy to play strong...

2008 All Over Again?

Similarities exist between this season and the cup winning 2008 season and those similarities have most of us convinced that the Wings are still the team to beat this year. However, there are some key differences. We'll explore those, then I'll let you decide how much whiskey to add to your glass.Jump to start the exploration: Okay, so it's late in the season and Lidstrom...

Red Wings Recap: 3.14.2012

Red Wings got completely smoked tonight. A good first period wasn't enough, obviously. I can't think of anything good to say and if you saw this game, you understand why. If you didn't see the game, I'll let this clip from Team America be your official recap:[youtube]iKqGXeX9LhQ[/youtube] 

Anaheim Ducks Must Be Flawless the Rest of the Way

AP Photo By Steve Palumbo (@StevePalumboNHL) The Anaheim Ducks have put themselves in a rather unusual predicament by both winning and losing. Before I confuse you too much, please allow me to explain. The Ducks have a dozen games left to try to do the improbable and nearly downright impossible. On the heels of a three-game losing streak, the Ducks must now win out. That’s right...

Stars Shut Out Ducks 2-0; Perry Hurt

The Ducks were spectacular from the beginning of January until the end of February.  Once the trade deadline passed, they are having difficulties adding to the win column.  As a result, they keep sleeping in the standings and the clock (perhaps a bomb?) just keeps ticking louder and louder to the inevitable. The most recent loss, a 2-0 shutout by the Dallas Stars, really hurt. ...
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