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Source: Comerica hockey events would accompany Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium | The Detroit News |
Thursday is the big announcement. Word will probably leak out some time today if the U of M Board of Regents approves the use of Michigan Stadium for the Winter Classic. The alumni game along with the Great Lake Invitational, an OHL game, and most likely a Griffins game will all be held at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. Get your popcorn ready.

Red Wings return for six straight at Joe Louis Arena, where they haven't lost since Nov. 3 | Detroit Free Press |
Home sweet home. Hopefully a return to the Joe means a return of the good Red Wings team, no the crappy road team. The home win streak is at 17 games and will be on the line tonight against the Oilers.

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : St. James: Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard might return ‘early,’ Cleary may have knee issues addressed
The Wings could lose Danny Cleary for a up to a week if he gets his knee drained. That's a storm this team can weather. Getting Jimmy Howard back sooner rather than later would be, in the words of Ilya Bryzgalov, Humangous.

Smith No. 1 with Jarnkrok charging hard | Red Wings Central
Matthew Wuest over at Red Wings Central as prospects update with his latest rankings. Of course, Brendan Smith is number one. As the article's title says though, The Iron Hook is charging up the rankings.

Around the NHL

Question Time For Mr. Quenneville: Hawks 2 - Avs 5 - Second City Hockey
Panic time in Chicago? The Blackhawks have lost 6-in-a-row and have fallen to 6th in the West.

Tribute to Owen Nolan: 10 moments that best celebrate his hockey legacy (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Owen Nolan finally retired. Puck Daddy has his ten best moments.

Sabres with the most trade value | Sabres Hockey Central
A look at some of the Sabres best trade assets. Maybe a future Red Wing on this list? If the Wings are going for depth and a bottom six forward who can play the PK, take faceoffs and has size...well...I'm still all-in on Paul Gaustad.

Islanders 1*, Flyers 0 (*SO): Evgeni Nabokov Provides the Salvation, $11M Man Nielsen Delivers the Judgment - Lighthouse Hockey
Remember that goalie Kenny Holland tried to sign but lost to the Islanders on waivers? That Nabokov guy? Yeah...he's given up six goals in his last six games. Not too shabby. Maybe Holland should give Garth Snow a call.

Let's Go Red Wings.