Found December 06, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
from E.J.Hradek of, • One of these seasons, Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom isn’t going to be a serious candidate for the Norris Trophy. Apparently, that won’t be this season. The graceful 41-year-old has been terrific in the first two months of the season. Entering Tuesday’s game against the Blues (7:30 p.m. ET, Versus, TSN2), Lidstrom ranks fourth in scoring among defensemen with 19 points and second among defenders with 6 goals. Averaging just a few ticks shy of 24 minutes per game, he has produced a solid plus-8 rating…. • Why am I not surprised that Toews leads all players with 20 road points? The Hawks’ quiet captain leads by example. And in the toughest situation, Toews seems to rise to the challenge. On the road (and in even-strength situations), he finds a way to get it done. At this point, I suspect he’ll be among the front-runners for the Hart Trophy. more

Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula’s status uncertain, but it appears he escaped serious injury’s Bill Roose offers at least decent news regarding Valtteri Filppula, who suffered a skate cut to the back of his left leg when he was accidentally slew-footed by Colorado Avalanche forward David Jones on Sunday: #RedWings practicing at Scottrade Center. Valtteri Filppula (cut leg) is not on the ice. Not known if he’ll play Tue. @DetroitRedWings #NHL Well...

Wings Will Play Tonight Without Filppula

George asked me to update with any news on Flippula while he was out for a few hours… from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula won’t play in tonight’s game at St. Louis (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net Detroit) due to the deep cut he sustained on his lower right shin Sunday in Colorado. Filppula skated today at Scottrade Center, but didn’t feel comfortable...

Red Wings-Avalanche wrap-up and more realignment talk

Sometimes teams do just enough to help their cause that they end up winning games they might otherwise lose, and sometimes they do the opposite, committing the precie amount of errors and inattentiveness to detail necessary to shoot themselves in both feet. On Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings played a plain old sloppy game, especially after losing Valtteri Filppula’s services in the...

Red Wings-Blues game-day updates: Fil out, Cleary promoted, realignment talk and shared respect

As a<a href='">Paul ever-so-kindly noted</a> while I was out, Valtteri Filppula will miss tonight’s game between the <a href=""...

Cut won't keep Filppula down

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Valtteri Filppula was counting his lucky stars Monday afternoon. With 4:24 left in the first period of Sunday’s 4-2 loss at the Pepsi Center, Filppula was accidentally cut by a skate blade of a Colorado player. The ...

Red Wings-Blues quick take: repetitive errors and the paper confidence tiger

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 3-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night because the Wings chose not to learn lessons from their 4-2 loss to Colorado on Sunday, at least until it was too late for anything other than a a final flourish: for the second game in a row, the Wings were out-worked, out-hustled and ground down by a team that paid just a little more attention...

Realignment plan Wings can live with

DETROIT -- Sooner or later they had to do something, and they finally did. In what many believe to be a bold move, the NHL Board of Governors on Monday approved a realignment plan that creates two seven team conferences and two eight team conferences that are geographically based and stress conference rivalries. Pending final approval from the NHL Players' Association, the...

GDT - Game #26:  Red Wings at Blues (7:30)

An important Central Division tilt tonight.  The Red Wings (16-8-1) are three points out of the Central lead, with three games in hand on CHI.  The Blues (14-9-3) trail DET by only two points. Both teams play a similar game.  Each are excellent at even strength (DET 3rd, STL 2nd), and are among the league leaders in GA/G.  While DET’s PP unit swills some whiskey now and again...

Avalanche ends Red Wings' seven-game winning streak

Ryan O'Reilly scores twice for Colorado, which wins its third game in a row, 4-2.Ryan O'Reilly scores twice for Colorado, which wins its third game in a row, 4-2.

Avs end Red Wings' win streak at 7 (AP)

Ryan O'Reilly had two goals, Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit 4-2 on Sunday night to end the Red Wings' winning streak at seven games. Paul Stastny and T.J. Galiardi also scored, and Gabriel Landeskog added two assists to help Colorado win its third straight.

Avalanche beat Red Wings 4-2

Ryan O'Reilly had two goals, Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit 4-2 on Sunday night to end the Red Wings' winning streak at seven games.

Time to shake blues from previous loss

The loss has lingered for three weeks since the Red Wings last played the Blues. The Wings got shown up in that Nov. 15 game, dropping a 2-1 decision as a result of being badly outplayed after the first period and failing to convert on six power plays. A few days later, the Wings began a seven-game winning streak, but that ended Sunday at Colorado after a similarly flat performance.
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