Quick Hits: Good Health and Good Fortune

The Mule is Back (Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE).

Hockeytown, No Limits

Health brings goals, wins for Red Wings | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
More healthy bodies are returning. This is nothing but good news for the Wings.

Nicklas Lidstrom: "I’m sure it’s disappointing not playing in the postseason." | Red Wings Front
Pretty damn awesome to play for as long as Nick has and to have the ability to say "I've never missed the playoffs."

Mike Babcock predicts Wings vs. Predators in playoffs | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
Yeah but who's going to have home ice, Mike?

Babcock offers pearls of wisdom in book
More info on Babcock's upcoming book. Rumor is that on the back of every page is a picture of Babcock staring at you forcing you to read more.

Red Wings Grant Wish Video - NHL VideoCenter - Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings are awesome. First class people in a first class organization.

Around the NHL

First Overall Pick- Decisions, Decisions - The Cannon
A look at some options for the Jackets if they get the first overall pick in the NHL Draft Lottery

When It Comes To Concussions The Oilers Might Want To Follow The Canucks Lead - The Copper & Blue
A look at how the Oilers and Canucks handle concussions.

Are Minnesota Wild Fans Xenophobic, or is it Something More Sinister? - Hockey Wilderness
Bryan Reynolds from HW takes issue with a fellow Wild blogger stereotyping his fan base as Euro-haters. Interesting read.

Ward, Hurricanes eliminate Leafs from playoff contention | TSN
I honestly had no idea this hadn't already mathematically happened. Let me just take a deep breath here and... AHAHAHAHAHAAA

Ilya Bryzgalov injury: Flyers goalie won't play vs. Leafs, listed as day-to-day with foot fracture - Broad Street Hockey
Breezy gone gimpy.

NHL: The NHLPA's Donald Fehr brings invaluable experience to the bargaining table - ESPN
Everything you need to know about the guy leading the NHLPA in the upcoming CBA negotiations. A good read for those who think what happened in baseball was a bad thing.

Boylen: Power plays, not goal scoring, down in NHL - The Hockey News
Rory Boylen tries to prove that goal-scoring isn't down with math that tells you we should expect 650 fewer goals to be scored this year than were scored in 2005-06. He goes on to call all of the obstruction that has crept back into the game a "happy medium". This may be the worst hockey article written by somebody not named Dater all season. What garbage.

City of Vancouver plans to divert Canuck fans to ‘community centres’ if team goes deep | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
"This time around, the fun police -- i.e., the regular police -- will be wisely cracking down on both factors. If the team goes deep in the postseason, there will be no municipality-sanctioned super-parties or livesites downtown, but rather, smaller 'neighbourhood-oriented events.' And outdoor drinking will be discouraged."

Sidney Crosby might get Shanahan’s attention for cross-check | ProHockeyTalk
If Crosby gets so much as a text message about this, I would be horribly surprised. This is pretty close to the same thing Derick Dorsett did on Monday to Justin Abdelkader. It's definitely worth two minutes, but supplemental discipline? Get real.

Let's Go Red Wings.

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