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Hockeytown, No Limits

Mike Babcock wants Red Wings to tighten up defensively to bust slump | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
With either Ty Conklin or Jordan Pearce in net, the Red Wings are going to have to play some perfect defense tonight (which could be hard without The Perfect Human).

Brendan Smith is the key to the Red Wings playoff push and postseason success | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
Damn right he is.

Red Wings' Darren Helm aiming to return for start of playoffs | MLive.com
I'll believe it when I see it. The way injuries have gone this season I don't think Helmer comes back until late second round at best. Hope I'm wrong.

REMARKABLE RALLY | Official site of the Grand Rapids Griffins: News Releases
A comeback for the age for Tomas Tatar and the Griffins. The game may have kept their playoff hopes alive.

RED WINGS: Sheahan ready to begin pro career - macombdaily.com
Reenforcements are on their way to the Griffins. I have high expectations for Riley Sheahan. Definitely not Brendan Smith level expectations, but I expect him to play in the league on a nightly basis in 3-5 years.

Around the NHL

Oilers 6, Predators 3: Ales with the malice - On the Forecheck
Thanks Edmonton.

Video: Shane Doan’s elbow on Jamie Benn | ProHockeyTalk
Paging Brendan Shanahan. Surprised Shane didn't bust out the Doan Face after his dirty elbow to the head of Jamie Benn.

Watch Kari Lehtonen’s sprawling save of the year candidate (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Yes J.J., I'd still rather face Kari Lehtonen and the Dallas Stars than Pekka Rinne.

San Jose turns in back to back regulation losses, fall 5-2 to the Los Angeles Kings - Fear The Fin
The Sharks are the only playoff bubble team that didn't earn a point last night. Ha Ha.

Down Goes Brown: Nine lives: A look at the playoff bubble teams
Like to laugh? Read this.

Let's Go Red Wings.