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GLENDALE AZ - OCTOBER 16: Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October16 2010 in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Exclusive Q&A with Mike Babcock: 'These guys are hungry' | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
Freakin' awesome interview. Best quotes "Mr. Ilitch looooves to win. I loooove that" and "Make the decision and go like hell." Make sure you read this.

Matchups: Red Wings have more potent forwards, Predators have edge on defense and special teams | MLive.com
Khan(!) breaks the series down position-by-poisiton. Get ready for a low-scoring lengthy war.

Michael Rosenberg: Red Wings need a healthy Darren Helm for playoff journey | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Thanks Captain Obvious. Wings need a healthy everyone for a playoff journey.

A Matchup Inside the Matchup: Alex Radulov vs. Nick Lidstrom - On the Forecheck
Chris at OtF looks at the likely matchup of Nicklas Lidstrom vs. Alexander Radulov. No surprise, but they think Rads has a good chance of winning this matchup. Boy it takes a special kind to underestimate Nick Lidstrom.

FRANCHISE FIRST | Official site of the Grand Rapids Griffins: News Releases
Holy crap...Doug Janik did something good and made history.

Around the NHL

Sterling Archer Reviews The LA Kings - Nucks Misconduct
Not every opposition preview deserves its own mentions, but for damn sure every one that uses Archer to do it does.

Oilers Win Draft Lottery, Columbus to Pick Second - The Cannon
Despite having the best chance to pick first in this year's draft, the Blue Jackets will fall to the 2nd pick after the Edmonton Oilers won the right to pick up yet another stunning offensive forward who'll no doubt have to struggle against his team having no defensemen who can get a pass to him.

2012 NHL Playoffs: Who Are Dallas Stars Fans Rooting For? - Defending Big D
If in a moment of weakness you catch yourself feeling sorry for the Stars or their fans, just look at the results of this vote of them and realize that a majority are rooting for the Blues in the playoffs and then you'll be right back up to the proper level of repulsion with them and their awful taste in... stuff.

2012 NHL Playoffs: Fear The Fin's Western Conference Playoff Predictions - Fear The Fin
There's a pretty in-depth look at the advanced stats behind how Nashville and Detroit fared this season.

Knee-on-knee hits in the NHL are up, starting in Pittsburgh - Broad Street Hockey
Aside from the blatant head shots and those frustratingly dirty slew-foots, these sneaky knee-on-knee hits are just about the dirtiest thing in hockey. Naturally, there's one team in the league who leads the way in doing it and you'd never guess who if it weren't mentioned in the title.

Let's Go Red Wings.

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