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Red Wings News

Detroit Red Wings' road marathon should be good for bonding | Detroit Free Press
The Wings are going to be on the road for a while. Anyone else hoping for a Ouellet-Babcock friendship to form?

After two frustrating years, Helm 'stronger, smarter' | The Detroit News
Darren Helm has really begun to prove this season why he is "the best third-line center in the NHL". And to think that just two seasons ago I was questioning whether or not he would ever return to play hockey again.

Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin flourishing at World Juniors; Axel Holmstrom's stock rising | MLive.com
This year's WJC has allowed us to have a real profound glimpse at some of our prospects. Larkin has impressed me far more than I expected him to.

NHL News

Troy Brouwer fires late game-winner in Capitals Winter Classic win | Puck Daddy
This year's Winter Classic far surpassed my expectations. The game itself was incredibly exciting, even though the penalty called on Toews at the end of the game was the wrong call. Everything else surrounding the game was well done, and the event was a success for the NHL.

Report: Oilers to return Draisaitl to junior | ProHockeyTalk
Interesting timing by the Oilers. Had they sent him down earlier he would have been able to play for Germany in the WJC.

The story of the 2015 Winter Classic in 27 incredible photos - SBNation.com
Some photos from yesterday's game.

Oilers’ Aulie suspended two games for hit on Stajan | ProHockeyTalk
Well deserved suspension for Aulie.

Top 10 seasons by NHLers in their 30s - Sportsnet.ca

Gretzky's play is still so impressive.

With team getting healthy, can the Blue Jackets make it to the playoffs? | The Hockey News
I doubt that the Blue Jackets would be able to win enough games to pull this off. But, they have been really hot recently, and are not too far out of a playoff spot. Anything is possible.

NHL power rankings: Devils going down in flames - SBNation.com

The Red Wings fell from 9th place to 12th in this week's power rankings.

Let's Go Red Wings!