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Literally cutting out the middle man.
Literally cutting out the middle man.
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Detroit Red Wings fall 2-1 in overtime to Chicago Blackhawks in preseason game | MLive.com
MLive's Brendan Savage with a quick recap of last night's game.

Jonathan Toews scores OT game-winner, Chicago wins 2-1 - Second City Hockey
View from the enemy.

Mike Babcock liked play of Red Wings' young defensemen, look of power play in preseason opener | MLive.com
More talk about the game in Pittsburgh.

Around the NHL

World Cup of Hockey returning in 2016: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I wonder how an owner and GM are going to respond when their star player gets hurt playing in this tournament.

The Capitals New Winter Classic Jersey
I thought about not including this link because why would I want you to re-live your nightmares after you just woke up from them?

NHL Winter Classic all-access program envisioned by EPIX, Ross Greenburg - 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Blackhawks vs. Capitals
For all the hoopla over the loss of HBO and 24/7, I will be very ready to forgive that loss if EPIX can deliver on the free access they promise.

Devils' Tootoo Won't Have Hearing for Headshot - Scouting the Refs
New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo has avoided supplemental discipline for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers' defenseman Mike Kostka.

Video: Flyers’ Stortini isn’t shy about fighting | ProHockeyTalk
It took generations to build up the idea that fighting is an essential skill for a hockey team. One "summer of analytics" isn't going to weed out every NHL skill-less goon.

Lightning's Jonathan Drouin out 3-4 weeks with fractured thumb - CBSSports.com
That just opens the door for a Red Wings rookie to win the Calder.

Jackets extend agreement with AHL Springfield | ProHockeyTalk
Put that whole "minor league overhaul" on pause for a little bit.

I'm okay with being excited about meaningless games - Second City Hockey
Also from last night's opponent blog, something useful to remember as there are still a handful of preseason games before they start tallying points in the standings.

Rebuild mode: Critics batter EA Sports’ NHL 15 | ProHockeyTalk
"Rebuild mode": Is that going to be the next new feature for NHL 16?

LET'S GO RED WINGS