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Red Wings' Jimmy Howard gets back on the ice, still hoping to return in a couple of weeks | MLive.com
Mrazek will remain as the Wings' starter for at least another week, but Howard is nearing a return.

Don't bet on Saskatoon event to be Gordie Howe's final public appearance | FOX Sports
On February 6th Gordie Howe is scheduled to make his "final public appearance ever". But, if his recovery continues to make as much progress as it has been doing, then the aforementioned statement may be far from the truth.

5 things to watch: Detroit Red Wings ride five-game winning streak into tough portion of schedule | MLive.com
As Khan points out, the Wings may be able to continue to delay solving the Kindl situation by placing Jurco on IR once Kindl is healthy again.

Rested, rusty Red Wings ready for return to ice | The Detroit News
A week-long break can do great things for a tired body. But, it can also slow down a focused and determined mind. How the Wings perform this week will be a big indicator as to how good the team actually is this season.

NHL News

Zac Rinaldo suspended eight games for Kris Letang head-shot | Puck Daddy
A more than deserved punishment for Rinaldo.

Bobrovsky out 4-6 weeks, Jackets recall goalie Forsberg | ProHockeyTalk
Any hopes that the Blue Jackets had of making a late wildcard push have been dealt and crippling and decisive blow by the injury to Bobrovsky.

Islanders F Okposo out 6-8 weeks with upper body injury | TSN
The Islanders currently lead the Metropolitan Division, so this injury does not damage their playoff hopes. However, Okposo has scored 44 points in 46 games for the Islanders so his absence will certainly be felt.

Avs without Erik Johnson for up to eight weeks | ProHockeyTalk
Similar to the Blue Jackets, the Avalanche's playoff hopes have been dealt a huge blow.

Sabres suspend Nikita Zadorov for not reporting to team after break - CBSSports.com
Zadorov must have been enjoying his All-Star break too much for him to want to return to the lowly Sabres.

Mike Richards put on waivers by LA, unlikely to be claimed | Puck Daddy
I was surprised when I heard about this yesterday, but the move does make a lot of sense from the Kings point-of-view. Richards is far from the player that he used to be, and he no longer warrants his massive contract. The five years that remain on his deal with a cap hit of $5.75 million will probably prevent any team from claiming him.

Hockey Wives coming to W Network | The Hockey News
Considering all of the reality shows on TV right now, it was only a matter of time before a show like this emerged.

‘Crippling and potentially historic’ blizzard threatens cancellations Tuesday | ProHockeyTalk
Much of the East Coast will be shut down during these next couple of days. Seems like Michigan will luckily be avoiding the blizzard.

The real, incredible reason Alex Ovechkin wanted to win a car at the NHL draft | For The Win
Ovechkin wanted to donate the car to the Washington Ice Dogs, a hockey organization for kids with special needs. He was eventually given a car by Honda.

Cuts to KHL salary cap could mean NHL’s "rival" league is a rival no longer | The Hockey News
The KHL is going through a rough patch at the moment, but to claim that it has lost its "rival" status is both incorrect and premature. Sure, if the KHL continues to weaken over the course of the next two years, then maybe this claim will be accurate. But for now, I would not count out the KHL yet.

The NHL's All-Star weekend is perfect the way it is - SBNation.com
It may not be the greatest show on earth, but the All-Star weekend and the festivities that take place during it are for the most part enjoyable. But, it will be nice to have the Wings back in action tonight.

Let's Go Red Wings!