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For Monday, November 30, 2015

"Let me go! . . . I have to elbow Crosby in the head!"
"Let me go! . . . I have to elbow Crosby in the head!"
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Detroit Red Wings News

Oil Prices Continue to Fall: Wings Win 4-3 in OT - Winging It In Motown
Hey, you're in charge of how you feel this morning. You can be happy and read about Friday's win, sad and read about yesterday's loss, or conflicted and read both.

Red Wings Enduring Uneven Transition Under Blashill - TSS
"As . . . the sample of games under Blashill becomes larger, the picture will become clearer of whether this team can have fully successful transition under their new head coach." I'm pretty confident it will transition successfully.

Red Wings glad to see Niklas Kronwall back to 'Kronwalling' opponents after ban in playoffs | MLive.com
"Kronwalled" returned on Friday against the Edmonton Oilers, and even Niklas Kronwall's teammates love it when he does that.

Red Wings hope Tomas Jurco received boost of confidence after dominating during AHL stint | MLive.com
I would give Tomas Jurco another game, but he didn't exactly inspire a lot of confidence in his first game back.

50 Years Ago in Hockey: Howe Nets 600th In Losing Cause | The Hockey Writers
"Howe is the first NHL player to reach 600 regular-season goals in a career, and many feel it’s a record that will never be eclipsed." My, how 50 years can change your perspective.

Getting the lead no longer a problem for Red Wings but closing out games is big issue | MLive.com
Jeff Blashill: "First, early in the year we didn't have leads. Then you build to where you do have the leads. Now you got to make sure that you walk away with wins." Process.

Around the NHL

The curse of the Forum - Eyes On The Prize
This is a fun read.

Dragons beat unicorns. Every single time. - The Copper & Blue
View from the enemy. Check out Litter Box Cats for the Panthers' fans view on Sunday's game.

Dubinsky: "I'm Not Going To Change" | BlueJackets Xtra
I can see the Department of Player Safety is doing an adequate job of making sure one of the league's biggest superstars won't have to deal with the stickwork antics of belligerent buffoons who'd rather wield their hockey sticks like clubs. In case you haven't seen the exchange, click here.

NHL needs to do more to eliminate late hits, but doesn't seem to want to - CBSSports.com
The NHL has a problem with late hits — mistakenly known as "finishing your check" — but it doesn't seem to want to do anything about it.

Fighting down significantly in NHL compared to past years - Sportsnet.ca
Hitting will soon be too if the players keep reacting to clean hits like the Oilers did to Kronwall.

Boston Bruins agitator Zac Rinaldo part of NHL's growing wave - NHL - SI.com
" 'F---,' says former enforcer Paul Bissonnette. 'Rinaldo keeps getting contracts so why would he change?' " And here we have identified the source of the problem with the help of former NHL enforcer Paul Bissonnette.

Colaiacovo out of hospital, joining Sabres on flight to Detroit - BN Hockey
Former Red Wing Carlo Colaiacovo was out with . . . a dented trachea?!

Jujhar Khaira becomes just 3rd ever Punjabi player in NHL history | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I immediately asked myself, "Who are the other two?" and one of the answers is very surprising to me. Still a pretty cool milestone.

Boston college hockey tops NHL for Matt Grzelcyk and Jimmy Vesey - NHL - SI.com
I don't know what to make of Matt Grzelcyk's NHL prospects right now, but I would absolutely love to have Jimmy Vesey in a Detroit sweater if it could be done easily.

VIDEO: NHL ties single-day record for games decided in OT or shootout | theScore.com
"Parity."

Stamkos not in favor of proposed goal-scoring changes - Puck Drunk Love
Steven Stamkos is on the right side of history.

Oilers GM Chiarelli: 'I thought we'd be better at this point' | theScore.com
I thought I'd be retired in my mid-20s with a couple million set aside and able to watch hockey and sports 24/7. Maybe you should have started with a realistic goal.

The NHL should take advantage of Thanksgiving - Puck Drunk Love
Have it on Canadian Thanksgiving so that way it doesn't have to go into a fight with the NFL on American Thanksgiving where it will lose miserably.

Anze Kopitar slow to find offense in contract year | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Pretty much nothing has changed in Anze Kopitar's game, and it's not like he plays an overly physical brand of hockey that doesn't age well.

Dave Tippett earns 500th NHL coaching win | theScore.com
Tippett will be in the Hall of Fame as a coach some day, though he still has a long way to go to further furnish the résumé.