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Leafs, Wings & the 2013 Winter Classic: Big House, big crowd, big fun - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
Great write-up by Cotsonika. He's a former Wings beat writer and it's great to see the media just excited for this event as the fans are. It's really going to be a special week for Detroit.

When the NHL takes it outside, everyone wins | The Detroit News |
Everyone is a winner in this event. It's going to be awesome all the great press that the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan get for this. Literally for a week or so the spotlight of the hockey world is going to be pointed directly at us and there is no doubt that we'll put on the greatest show for everyone.

Low-key Red Wings not ideal for HBO's 24/7, but some will enjoy pre-Winter Classic experience |
Pavel Datsyuk said following him will be like watching a silent movie. He's got potential to be one of the stars if he's not too shy. I think Jimmy Howard will be a big character (but not in the ridiculous way that Ilya Bryzgalov was this past season). The Wings should re-sign Hudler just so we can see how many hookers he has.

Winter Classic: Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay recalls battles with Maple Leafs | Detroit Free Press |
A nice write-up about Terrible Ted and Mickey Redmond. Lindsay said he won't be playing next year in the alumni game due to his knees. Understandable. Let's hope he's part of the coaching staff. I'd love to see Mickey play.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : No Yzerman, no how for Red Wings-Leafs Winter Classic alumni game
No Steve Yzerman...for now. He reportedly has only skated once since his retirement. If it's a healthy issue with his knee and he doesn't play, I get that. But he has to show up. He can coach with Lindsay, Gordie Howe, and Scotty Bowman if need be. He has to be there. He IS the Red Wings.

Mike Babcock convinced Nicklas Lidstrom will return to Detroit Red Wings next year -
I'm starting to think he'll be back. Not just to play in the Winter Classic, but he really wants to play with Brendan Smith. Babcock hasn't been wrong yet.

Red Wings will be without Cleary, Howard this weekend | ProHockeyTalk
In case you missed it with all the Winter Classic news, but Danny Cleary is going to have his knee drained and will be out the next two games and possibly up to a week. He should get it done sooner rather than later so he can be 100% recovered for the stretch run to the playoffs.

Around the NHL

It’s over: Montreal’s Scott Gomez finally ends goalless streak (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
369 days later...he finally did it.

Scott Hartnell will take nothing less than a Gordie Howe hat trick and kills two birds with one stone | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
First time I've ever seen anyone celebrate a goal by fighting.

Gretzky likes what he sees with franchises he played for - - NHL Insider
The Great One speaks out on the direction of his former clubs. All of which -- except the Oilers -- would be in the playoffs if the season ended today.

KuklasKorner : KK Hockey : Garth Snow Has No Intention Of Moving Nabokov
Sorry to burst the bubble of those Wings fans who wanted to trade for the netminder.

Discussion: What's your dream line for the Winter Classic Alumni Game? If you could pick any five skaters plus a goalie to be on the ice all at once, who would you choose?

Let's Go Red Wings.