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23 reasons why the Detroit Red Wings may not make the playoffs

For the 2013-14 season I offered up 22 tongue-in-cheek reasons why the Detroit Red Wings would fall short of making the playoffs and end the impressive consecutive playoff streak at 22 seasons. They admirably proved me wrong and kept the playoff tradition alive in Hockeytown. Well, I’m back. A new season means an extra reason, different expectations, and more playful predictions...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings prospect profile: Xavier Ouellet

After profiling two forwards, the third edition of the Red Wings prospect profile series will examine an up-and-coming defenseman: Xavier Ouellet. Defenseman – France – Age 20 6-foot, ~200 pounds – Shoots Left-handed Drafted 48th Overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft Strengths / Weaknesses + Hockey IQ, Effective Penalty Killer - Strength, Size, Experience Xavier Ouellet is making...
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: on Ouellet, and foreign-language news about Janmark, Mrazek and Jurco

I'm not necessarily thrilled with the start of, "Look through 40+ foreign-language news websites for news" season starting, but it's that time of year. The local news sources' stories are starting to blend's Bill Roose profiled Xavier Ouellet yesterday, Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji profiled Mattias Backman on Wednesday...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings defenseman Xavier Ouellet set for playoff debut in Game 5

Defenseman Xavier Ouellet will make his NHL playoff debut today for the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (3 p.m., NBC). Coach Mike Babcock said before the game that Ouellet will replace Jakub Kindl. Daniel Aldredsson is back in the lineup after missing two games due to lower-back pain. He replaces...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings prospect news: Wheaton, Tvrdon and Kelowna on ropes; Mantha, Val-d’Or lose ground

If Xavier Ouellet does not play for the Red Wings on Thursday--and MLive's Brendan Savage reports that the signs aren't necessarily positive regarding "X-Man's" playoff debut--he may get to Abbotsford, British Columbia in time to join his Grand Rapids Griffins teammates when they begin battling the Abbotsord Heat on Friday and Saturday. The Griffins may receive...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ouellet Recalled As The Wings Hit The Ice For Practice

via Ansar Khan tweet, Wings have called up defenseman Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids. he's in the ice for practice. Updates will come as needed. added 12:06pm, via Chuck Pleiness tweet, No Datsyuk. Kronwall. Alfredsson at practice. Zetterberg out there again. added 12:24pm, another Pleiness tweet, Zetterberg skating hard. Looks like he's very close...
Via Kukla's Korner
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

He’s up, he’s down, he’s Xavier Ouellet

The Red Wings won't play again until Saturday, and the Grand Rapids Griffins open a set of 3 games in 3 nights by hosting the Charlotte Checkers on Friday, so Xavier Ouellet's driving back up I-96 today: RED WINGS SEND OUELLET TO GRIFFINS … Defenseman has Played One Game with Detroit, Five with Grand Rapids as First-Year Pro … DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings...
Via Kukla's Korner
October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings defenseman Xavier Ouellet enjoys solid debut

Xavier Ouellet was impressive during the exhibition season. Monday he got a chance when it counts. With Jonathan Ericsson not playing — his wife had their first child — and Niklas Kronwall recovering from a concussion Ouellet was in the lineup as the Red Wings hosted the Sharks. “It’ll be a challenge to keep my emotions” said Ouellet a 2011 second-round pick who has...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings' prospect Xavier Ouellet: 'I'm a defenseman who the coaches can trust'

The first answer to the initial question Xavier Ouellet fielded Monday morning prior to his NHL debut should please Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. “I’m a defenseman who the coaches can trust’’ Ouellet said. That’s good because that isn’t always the case with young defensemen especially in their first game particularly against the top team in the NHL the San Jose...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Welcome to the NHL, Xavier Ouellet

Red Wings defenseman Xavier Ouellet will make his NHL debut tonight at Joe Louis Arena versus San Jose; the 20-year-old will replace d-man Jonathan Ericsson who’s reportedly dealing with a minor shoulder injury and more significantly whose wife went into labor last night. Detroit will also be without defenseman Niklas Kronwall (concussion) against the Sharks though he apparently...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 21, 2013  |  Discuss
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