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Quick Hits: Red Wings Looking Good At Midway Point of Season

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Red Wings News

Red Wings place Johan Franzen on IR, recall forward Teemu Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids | MLive.com
It is a shame that Franzen is injured, but I am looking forward to see what Pulkkinen can do with the Wings.

Spirit Insider: Saginaw trades Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson to Kitchener Rangers | MLive.com

Red Wings' prospect Jake Paterson has been traded in the OHL from the Saginaw Spirit to the Kitchener Rangers.

Regner: Best guess is Babcock stays in Detroit | FOX Sports

I completely agree. Unless Babcock is keen on completely rebuilding the Maples Leafs, his best chance at guiding a "project" to glory is the current project that he is undertaking with the Wings.

At midway point, Detroit Red Wings 'going in the right direction' | Detroit Free Press
So far so good. This season has been going relatively well, and we are currently in a comfortable playoff position. Obviously, there is a lot of time left this season for things to take a turn for the best or for the worst. But, I like the position that this team currently finds itself in.

NHL News

J.P. Parise passes away at 73 | ProHockeyTalk
Terrible news. A great player and he will be missed.

Not mad, just disappointed: 10 players we expected more from this season | The Hockey News
Nail Yakupov has been underwhelming for the Oilers ever since he was drafted first overall in the 2012 draft. He is talented enough to be a star in the league, but I think that he needs a change of scenery for him to fulfill his potential.

Carrying three goalies not ‘troublesome’ for Blues | ProHockeyTalk
The Blues now have Marty Brodeur, Jake Allen, and Brian Elliot each vying for playing time.

Barely anyone showed up for Sabres-Hurricanes - Sportsnet.ca
Next season when these two teams are sporting Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel the attendance numbers may tell a different story.

Winter Classic success tied to revenue, spectacle, not just TV ratings | The Hockey News
The Winter Classic is a showcase event. And, if it represents the NHL in a positive light and generates enthusiasm about the league, then the event is a success.

NHL Preseason Predictions Check-in | Grantland
Sean McIndoe looks back at his preseason predictions.

Coyotes smack down ‘insider’ reporting Shane Doan trade request | Puck Daddy
HockeyInsiderr, what are you doing in Arizona?

From inauspicious start, Pekka Rinne makes MVP case | USA Today
The Nashville Predators have been a tremendous surprise this season. Part of the reason behind their improved play is a couple of solid offseason acquisitions, including their new head coach, Peter Laviolette. But, the key to the Predators success is having one of the best goaltenders in the league in Pekka Rinne.

Let's Go Red Wings!