Quick Hits: Winter Classic, Here We Come

Get ready, Hockeytown. There's a party coming to Ann Arbor and we're all invited. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Hockeytown, No Limits

Exclusive: Univ. of Michigan, NHL in advanced discussions for 2013 Winter Classic | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I said on last week's podcast that I was 99.9% sure the Winter Classic would be coming to Michigan in 2013. Well, after reading this, I'm 99.9999999999999...% sure. Maple Leafs vs Red Wings at Michigan Stadium. You, me, and 110,000 other people. How awesome is this going to be?

Red Wings have given up 15 goals in four games | Red Wings Front
2012 has no been kind to the Wings defense. They made it a point this season to play better defense and keep puck out of the next (something they struggled with in the last few years). Time to get back to the solid defense. Jimmy could play a little better too.

Homer excites kids about healthy living - Detroit Red Wings - News
For sure.

NHL power rankings: Red Wings are top-5 team | MLive.com
Red Wings were rated between fourth and seventh in 10 sets of power rankings from various media outlets.

The 10 coaches with the most "beerability" in the NHL | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Where does Mike Babcock rank on the "beerability" scale?

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Red Wings off-day news: clean hockey is still effective hockey
Malik has an off-day wrap-up of anything you might have missed.

Aeros 3, Grffins 2 (SO)
Grand Rapids outplayed Houston for the majority of the game, but came up short thanks to two third period goals by the Aeros.

Around the NHL

NHL Midseason Awards: Henrik Lundqvist, Adam Henrique, Dave Bolland Among Winners - SBNation.com
Derek Zona writes up his midseason awards. No Wings winners.

NHL Coach Firings: Todd Richards Joins The Party, Ken Hitchcock Still Leads Replacements - SBNation.com
Two months since the first NHL coach firing of the season, Ken Hitchcock's St. Louis Blues remain the best performers, with the Los Angeles Kings under Darryl Sutter not far behind.

Brad Marchand Suspended: Peter Chiarelli, Bruins Try To Take Moral High Ground, Fail - SBNation.com
How rough has the Boston/Vancouver bitching gotten when there's a Philadelphia writer chiming in as the voice of reason?

Generating Offense from the Cycle - The Copper & Blue
Generating offense from the cycle is about attacking open areas of the ice, even ones away from the net.

Armchair GM: Kristen's Fire Sale Core Player Trades - Anaheim Calling
Apparently being a fan of one of the league's worst teams makes you think that Getzlaf for Toews is an even trade.

Matt Cooke For Lady Byng! (Really.) - PensBurgh
Because ruining the meaning of the trophy would mean so much to a guy who doesn't deserve special credit for acting a way he should have always acted.

Weekly Fenwick Power Rankings - Arctic Ice Hockey
STILL #1

Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf voted most overrated in the NHL; Brian Burke not amused - thestar.com
"Players dumb enough to participate in polls designed to crap on fellow NHLPA members are not very bright," said Leafs GM Brian Burke. "They can all go defecate in their chapeaus." - What a guy that Brian Burke is.

Discussion: Who is the most overrated Red Wing of all-time?

Let's Go Red Wings.

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