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Quick Hits: We're On Pace For 88 Points

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  • Goods new, everyone.  Niklas Kronwall is okay and will play tonight. [MLive]
  • Kronwalll has also given Mikko Koivu a vote of confidence, saying that there should not have been a penalty on the hit.  He says that it was both of them moving in just the right way for the elbow to make contact and that it was not intentional. [MLive]
  • Speaking of those two, SB Nation examines whether or not Koivu interfered with Kronwall before the game winning goal. [SB Nation]
  • In other news, Babcock is going to really shuffle lines from the sounds of it.  It's looking like we will play with a top line of Hudler-Datsyuk-Cleary, as he splits up the Eurotwins.  That has been one of my ideal lines all season long and we have not seen enough of it, in my opinion. [Detroit Free Press]
  • There is a new episode of Fake Henrik Zetterberg up and today, Mr. Fakeberg discusses life with Fake Dikembe Mutombo (who has the longest name in history, by the way).  [Fake Henrik Zetterberg]
  • The Datsyukian Geek — which has the second best Wings blog name behind Nightmare on Helm Street — puts forth the frustrations everyone is feeling in not-so-eloquent terms. [The Datsyukian Geek]
  • NBC's latest wake up call is for Hank and they are absolutely right: we need him to be our best player and we need him to do it now. [NBC Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Let's just make this clear: last week, I jokingly suggested we should bring back Dominik Hasek and play him instead of Ty Conklin.  I was joking.  Completely.  I do not want Hasek to return again.  I was joking.  Do not come back, Dom.  I was joking. []
  • Icethetics, one of my favorite sites on the web, posted a new jersey concept yesterday.  This is exactly how the Jets jersey should have looked.  The designer took an outdated logo and jersey design, and modernized it respectfully and with attention to detail.  In my opinion, this would have been one of the best jerseys in the league. [Icethetics]
  • NBC is rallying for the Capitals to fire head coach Bruce Boudreau.  Wait... they're actually praising his changes.  That's odd.  I write that first statement out of habit at this point. [NBC Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Dan Carcillo isn't changing his play style despite the Shanabans.  Unfortunately for him, I get the feeling not doing so will lead to a Chris Simon-type blackballing by teams in the league. [ESPN]
  • The pilot of the plane carrying the Lokomotiv KHL team, as well as former Red Wings Brad McCrimmon, Ruslan Salei, and Stefan Liv, crashed in September due to a pilot error that was apparently encouraged by the airliner as a way to decrease takeoff times. [The Globe and Mail]

Discussion of the Day: What lines do you want to see Babcock play tonight in an attempt to jumpstart our play?