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Quick Hits: Bring on the Blues

The Wings season opener appears to be set.

Dilip Vishwanat

Red Wings News

NHL approves deal; Red Wings could open Jan. 19 vs. Blues in St. Louis | Detroit Red Wings | Detroit Free Press |
Beating the Blues on opening night will be fun.

Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard sees rough start | The Detroit News |
A slow start for Jimmah is exactly what the Red Wings need in this lockout shortened season.

CRAZY EIGHTS | Official site of the Grand Rapids Griffins
It's good to see the Griffins win without Brendan Smith. It will be interesting to see if they can keep it up when/if they lost Gustav Nyquist, Brian Lashoff and, possibly, Tomas Tatar.

Around the NHL

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says ‘I’m sorry’ to NHL players, fans for lockout | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The sorry is nice and well-deserved, the condescending explanation about how necessary this bullshit all was can be rolled up in a fire extinguisher tube and shot right back up Gary's stupid ass for all I care.

Brian Burke Fired As GM, Kept On As Corporate Advisor - Pension Plan Puppets
I'm sure almost everybody knows that Burke was fired by now, but the comments here are great if you've got some time to peruse them.

Dominic Moore’s wife, Katie, passes away after battle with liver cancer | ProHockeyTalk
Story updated with a statement from Dominic.

Last Season's Final 48 Games Standings - Battle of California
A look at how NHL standings would look using each team's final 48 regular season games from last year.

NHL Predictions 2013: The Return of the SONA Index - Battle of California
Making NHL predictions based on the number of sex offenders living near team arenas.

Why should NHL players apologize for anything? - Arctic Ice Hockey
Good point.

Tyler Seguin spends lockout living in abject squalor, leaves slovenly Swiss legacy | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
He tried washing clothes in his dishwasher. Hahaha

Let's Go Red Wings.