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Holland on Datsyuk: ‘Is he 100 percent? Probably not’ | ProHockeyTalk
Neither was Yzerman during the '02 playoffs. Datsyuk will be fine.

Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: 'Our playoffs start after the Olympic break' |
Zetterberg has the right mentality about the Wings fight for the playoffs. Once the Olympics are over, it's time to win games.

Non-Olympian Red Wings happy to get a break | ProHockeyTalk

For the injured Wings', this is a time to rest up.

Sochi Olympics: Mike Babcock manages 'a benevolent dictatorship' as Canada coach | Detroit Free Press |
Can Babcock keep the dictatorship in check?

NHL News

U.S. GM David Poile to miss Olympics after getting hit in face with puck | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Poile had two surgeries on his face.

Winter Olympics Men's Hockey: Group-by-group preview -
Previewing the 3 groups in the Men's hockey tournament.

Backes on Miracle on Ice: ‘We’re still living on something that happened 34 years ago’ | ProHockeyTalk
With all due respect to Backes, the Miracle On Ice was more than just another hockey win, which can be achieved at this Olympics. It was a political, moral, and cultural victory for the U.S. over its bitter rival.

Five reasons Finland could totally medal in Sochi Olympics | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Two of those reasons recently got injured: Mikko Koivu and Valtteri Filppula.

Winter Olympics Hockey Expert Picks -
CBS Sports gives its predictions for the Olympics.

Blues still No. 1 in NHL Power Rankings | TSN
TSN has released their latest NHL power rankings.

Ryan Miller deserves to be No. 1 in USA net | USA Today
I think they misspelled Jimmy Howard.

Winter Olympics hockey 2014: Line combinations take shape during men's practice -
How's this for a fourth line: Marleau - Getzlaf- Perry.

Closing the generation gap: Selanne to play on Finland’s top line with Barkov, Granlund | ProHockeyTalk
Quite an age difference between Selanne and his linemates.

PHOTOS: The NHL has arrived in Sochi for the Winter Olympics -
The NHL has arrived in Sochi.

Can The Russian National Team Overcome Their Weak Defense? | The Hockey Writers
If the Russian's don't do well in the Olympics, it will be because their defense can't compete with the Canadian, Swedish, and American offenses.

Five reasons Canada could totally medal in Sochi Olympics | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

While I do hope that Canada doesn't medal, simply to see how Canadian's react, they are the 2nd best team in the tournament and have by far the best forward corps of all the nations competing.

Yzerman: Olympics good for our game -
I agree. And outside of insurance costs, I don't see why the NHL would disagree.

Let's Go Red Wings!

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