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Despite taking Central Division crown from Red Wings, Blues realize they have a lot to prove | MLive.com
Even with the Central wrapped up, I doubt the Blues sit anyone for a game against the Red Wings. It's an up hill battle for the Wings in terms of getting the 4th seed and the Blues are going to just back down.

Eventful Red Wings practice: On planes, Blues, injuries and Pavel Datsyuk's high stick | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Craziness at practice.

Ericsson enjoying new pairing | Red Wings Front
Jonathan Ericsson was paired with Nicklas Lidstrom in practice even with the return of Ian White. Maybe it's just want he needs. I remember Andreas Lilja had a great run on the blue line before is concussion when he was paired with Lidstrom. Maybe it will work out for Ericsson too.

Helm Hoping to Be Back Soon | April - Nightmare on Helm Street
The sooner the better. I still don't think we see him until round two (if the Wings get that far).

Blueline depth gets shot in the arm | Red Wings Central
If one of Xavier Ouellett or Ryan Sproul make the Red Wings one day than the 2011 draft class is a great success.

Around the NHL

Ducks Gameday -- Our feedback is requested! - Battle of California
Battle of California is asked to review a graphic highlighting Stephen Hawking's badassery. Really.

Flyers vs. Penguins: Something about 'class' and 'character' and moral high ground - Broad Street Hockey
The "angelic" Penguins versus those devilish Flyers... yeah, that's bullshit and Broad Street Hockey isn't interested in that busted storyline.

Milbury apologizes for comments | ProHockeyTalk
If there's anything worse than Milbury firing off his mouth and saying dumb things, it's Milbury tucking his tail after doing so.

Sabres’ weird win might be a metaphor for their season | ProHockeyTalk
My god, Toronto is awful.

Grading the experts’ pre-season predictions | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
It's always fun looking back at predictions. Can't wait to see how badly I smoked J.J. and Graham at our Bold Predictions earlier this season.

Tuesday’s Three Stars: Another shutout for Smith; Roy, Ladd net overtime winners | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Yeah...I'm totally cool with not facing Mike Smith in the first round of the playoffs.

Let's Go Red Wings.