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How many Ducks does it take to change a light bulb? " The Production Line - TP:60
TPL with a review of last night's game, a look at what to do with Brendan Smith, and, of course, making fun of the Ducks' forgetting to pay the electric bill at the rink.

Jimmy Howard, late penalty killing lift Red Wings past Ducks, 4-2 |
Khan(!) has the quotes after a big game from Stuart, Datsyuk, Howard & company.

Howard Saves the Day | November
Nightmare on Helm Street?  More like nightmare in the net for Red Wings' opponents.

Marvel at Jimmy Howard’s absurd glove save | ProHockeyTalk
File this one under "Zero margin of error"   (And also some linkage love for the #VoteJimmah campaign).

Video: Jimmy Howard’s diving save ends Bobby Ryan’s celebration - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Even more Jimmah love. 

Nicklas Lidstrom takes off his shirt for Swedish magazine cover | Detroit Free Press |
For the ladies.


Around the NHL

Same Story, Different Night: Ducks Fall 4-2 to Red Wings - Anaheim Calling
A view from the enemy after the Ducks' fourth straight loss.

He’s back: Sidney Crosby returns to Penguins’ lineup Monday - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.  Get ready to hear Crosby's name 1,000,000,000,000 times in the next 48 hours.

Bylsma talks Sidney Crosby’s ice time, getting hit in NHL return - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
So how much will Sid the Kid play?  We'll find out, but we know he won't kill penalties.

Tea with Ms. Conduct: Pink out of the Rink | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
In Boston (where I live and work), we call bandwagon fans "pink hats."

Have the Minnesota Wild arrived? No, they’ve returned - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Seriously...Dany Heatley and the Minnesota Wild are top team in the National Hockey League.  Excuse me while I go puke.

Flyers Revealing New Sweater 11/21 - Blog -
I hope they bring back the Cooperalls.


DISCUSSION:  Feed the Mule.  As Johan Franzen goes, so do the Red Wings.  When he doesn't register a point, the Red Wings are winless.  Franzen is currently on pace for a career high 43 goals and 86 points (current high is 34 goals and 59 points in 2008-09).  Can the Mule keep this up?  And even if the assists or points aren't there, at his near $4M cap hit, does he need to hit 40 goals to justify his salary and position on this club?  What do you think his final numbers are at the end of the regular season?