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Quick Hits: Are The Red Wings A Stanley Cup Contender This Season?

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Red Wings News

Red Wings 3, Blues 2 (OT): Pavel Datsyuk's goal wins it with 2.2 seconds left | MLive.com
Great way to end the road trip!

Notes: Weiss struggling to score; Smith improving | FOX Sports
At least Weiss is healthy and playing, otherwise I would be more worried about him. He should get going soon enough, everyone goes through scoring droughts once in a while.

Danny DeKeyser, Luke Glendening to make six appearances at local Meijer locations - MiHockey
DeKeyser and Glendening will be at some Metro Detroit Meijer stores throughout these next two months.

Red Wings' road trip finally winds down | The Detroit News
The Wings now have three straight home games before heading down to Florida to take on the Panthers on the 27th.

NHL News

AHL 3-on-3 overtime is still killing off shootout | Puck Daddy
I understand that the NHL does not want ties, and wants shootouts to exist as a last resort, but the amount of shootouts in the NHL is far too many. Hopefully the league adopts the AHL's system for next season.

Which teams are playing like Stanley Cup contenders in 2014-15? - CBSSports.com
Now this is an article that I like. It says that the Wings have the third best team for winning the Cup this season, behind only the Blackhawks and Penguins.

Updated: Preds lose Rinne (sprained knee) for 3-5 weeks | ProHockeyTalk
Just as everyone was lauding the Predators for how good they have been this season, this happens. They should be alright, but losing your best player will have a profound impact.

Nicklas Backstrom’s PED ordeal ends with settlement, sanity prevails | The Hockey News
Good. It would have been a shame for him not to receive his silver medal.

Report: Brodeur could join Blues front office | ProHockeyTalk
And not the Devils' front office? Hmm...

TSN Hockey's Top 30 NHL-affiliated prospects | TSN
Anthony Mantha was ranked 11th on the list while Dylan Larkin was ranked 15th. Not bad, not bad at all.

Goalies Jaroslav Halak, Marc-Andre Fleury added to All-Star Game - CBSSports.com
The two are replacing Jimmy Howard and Pekka Rinne.

How many NHLers does it take to name The Beatles? - Sportsnet.ca
Come on now...

Johnny Hockey ‘embarrassed’ by attention surrounding nickname trademark | ProHockeyTalk
I have no problem with him trademarking the nickname, but I just hope that he does not use it to market himself like Manziel did.

Ryan Johansen has been worth every cent for the Blue Jackets | The Hockey News
Johansen and the Blue Jackets were not exactly seeing eye-to-eye last summer. He is showing them why he is worth every penny they paid him.

Let's Go Red Wings!