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Red Wings News

Penguins beat Red Wings in preseason action - WXYZ.com
You cannot win them all.

Tomas Tatar Exits Game After Taking Flying Knee From Linesman | Next Impluse Sports
Why did the linesman jump? He jumped right into Tatar!

Holland: Mike Babcock extension unlikely before season | Detroit Free Press
He is not going to sign an extension until the end of the season. There is no need for him to sign one now. If he wants to stay, he knows that the Wings will satisfy his demands, and if he wants to leave, then he will leave.

Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith helps breast cancer survivors in memory of his grandmother - WXYZ.com
Great stuff by Brendan!

Zetterberg tror på spel för Alfredsson | Aftonbladet
Translation: "Zetterberg thinks that Alfredsson will play another season."

Joe Hicketts: The Next Brian Rafalski? - Octopus Thrower
It is way to early to determine if Hicketts can be a new Rafalski. Nonetheless, I would love to have a player like Rafalski on the Wings roster again.

Detroit voted the best sports city in America | Detroit Free Press
Yet we do not have an MLS team...yet.

NHL News

Pass or Fail: Stanley Cup Playoffs play-in game, like in MLB | Puck Daddy
To me, it's a clear "fail". Part of the difference between the NHL and MLB postseason's is that in the NHL, the majority of the teams actually make the playoffs. Adding two more to the mix, albeit for merely one game, will make the playoff's easier to reach. Despite this, the NHL may consider implementing it, purely because of the amount of money and publicity that the league could earn from the two play-in games.

2014-15 NHL Season Preview: Atlantic Division - CBSSports.com
The Wings are going to win the division, with the Canadiens and Lightning rounding out the top-three. The Bruins will finish fourth, enough to earn them a wild card spot, with the Leafs and Senators trailing shortly behind. The Panthers and Sabres finish 7th and 8th, respectively.

NHL refutes report, says no meeting planned with IOC on Olympic participation | ProHockeyTalk
If China ends up hosting the 2022 Olympic games, the NHL would be foolish to not go there. Chinese people love football, and introducing a new, and more fast-paced sport to the Chinese people may lead to ice hockey becoming increasingly popular there. For what its worth, this exact same narrative can be applied to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. The bottom line is that the NHL should send its players to the Olympics.

10 NHL rookies to watch this season | USA Today
Jonathan Drouin, who was included on this list, is my pick to win this year's Calder Trophy.

The Myth of Cost-Per-Point - Silver Seven
Very interesting article. Definitely worth a read.

Julien thinks diving crackdown is ‘step in the right direction’ | ProHockeyTalk
Reducing the amount of players who dive and the extent to which they dive will take a while to materialize. These changes do not happen over night, but, the NHL's new fine system is, as Julien says, a step in the right direction.

Fan’s guide to picking an NHL team: Metropolitan | Sportsnet.ca
There is really no team in the Metropolitan that I would recommend for anyone. Maybe the Rangers or the Devils, but, why pick them when there's this great team playing in Detroit?

Cullen: NHL breakthrough candidates | TSN
I am keeping my eye on Elias Lindholm, Nail Yakupov, and Alex Galchenyuk. All three of them are stars in the making.

KHL's Lokomotiv turns to Dave King again to salvage season | Puck Daddy
Last season, Dave King guided Lokomotiv to an incredible run to the KHL's Western Conference Finals. He has now been hired again by the team, and is hoping to replicate last season's success.

30 Thoughts: Making sense of the Tkachev mess | Sportsnet.ca
Friedman mentions a really good point about why the Wings should let Alfredsson take his time before making his decision about whether or not he wants to play another season.

Embrace hockey homerism - Eyes On The Prize
I couldn't have said it better myself. As long as you are respectful towards other hockey fans and their favorite teams, then there should be no problem with you exuding pride in your favorite team.

Let's Go Red Wings!