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Red Wings News

Red Wings 3, Devils 1: Darren Helm scores twice as Detroit rebounds with strong defensive effort | MLive.com
What a great way to end the year. Let's hope that the Wings' current success carries over into 2015!

Xavier Ouellet, 21, getting used to life with the Wings | The Detroit News
I really wish that Ouellet's current stint with the Red Wings will become a permanent one. But, unless the Wings are willing to move either Kindl or Lashoff, that will probably not be the case.

What Detroit sports headlines do you want to see in 2015? | Detroit Free Press
A Red Wings' Stanley Cup victory, a Lions' Superbowl, a Tigers' World Series, and the Pistons winning some basketball games!

NHL News

Winter Classic preview: 5 Qs with Caps insider Chuck Gormley | ProHockeyTalk
It is 2015 and this season's Winter Classic is today. I do not know about you, but I am excited.

Capitals' Alzner to wear shades for Winter Classic - Sportsnet.ca
Sun glare may be a problem at today's Winter Classic. Karl Alzner said that he will wear sunglasses during the game if the sun is still a problem.

How to revitalize NHL's Winter Classic? Go where it's never gone before | Puck Daddy
Put a game in London or Stockholm!!!

Six-year deal for Bjugstad shows Panthers commitment to long-term success | The Hockey News
The Panthers have re-signed Nick Bjugstad to a six-year, $24.6 million deal. The team has actually been decent this season; they are only a couple of points out of the final wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Maybe the franchise is turning around after all?

United States vs. Canada 2015 final score: Max Domi leads Canadians to victory - SBNation.com
You can't win them all. At least Dylan Larkin scored two more goals. This guy might be giving Mantha a run for his money as the Wings' top prospect.

NHL board of governors approves IceArizona's sale of 51 per cent of Coyotes to Barroway | TSN
The Coyotes begin the new year with a new majority owner.

Blackhawks playing Winter Classic with heavy heart - Sportsnet.ca
The Blackhawks are going to be honoring their late equipment manager Cliff Reif during the game.

Nick Foligno inks 6-year, $33 million extension with Blue Jackets | Puck Daddy
Foligno is currently the Blue Jackets leading scorer with 32 points after 34 games played this season.

Posters make Joel Ward a Winter Classic star | For The Win

I like the poster. Grabs your attention.

Let's Go Red Wings!