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Red Wings to start Petr Mrazek on Wednesday, giving Jimmy Howard couple more days to recover | MLive.com
Howard has been out for a long time, so giving him a few more days to get back in shape makes a lot of sense, especially with Mrazek doing as well as he has been doing. But, this is not a goalie controversy. Jimmy is still our starter.

Ilitch Gives Update On Arena; Holland, Babcock Discuss Team’s Succes " CBS Detroit
Chris Illitch, Ken Holland, and Mike Babcock spoke at the Detroit Economic Club yesterday.

5 things to watch: Red Wings' Jimmy Howard nearing return; Alexey Marchenko gets extended look | MLive.com
Ouellet has officially been sent down to Grand Rapids, giving Marchenko a couple of games to prove his worth to the Wings. Also, Tomas Jurco has not scored in 22 games. That drought needs to come to an end.

Red Wings' Fans Lucky to Watch Unheralded Fetisov Find His Glory | The Detroit Sports Site
Nice take on one of the Wings' often unsung heroes from the two Cup wins in the late-90's. He is one of the greatest Russians to ever play the game.

NHL News

Alex Ovechkin finally gets his Honda, donates it to charity | Puck Daddy
Classy gesture from Ovechkin.

Power Rankings: Red Wings soar to top spot | The Hockey News
Yes, the Red Wings are ranked #1 in The Hockey News' latest power rankings.

Carey Price swats puck out of midair, makes incredible save - SBNation.com
Without Carey Price, the Canadiens would barely be a playoff team. He is their team.

How much is a flawed asset like Evander Kane worth? | ProHockeyTalk
Kane has the talent to be one of the best players in the league, something that should make him a very valuable asset. The Jets are looking to move him, and whichever team trades for him is going to find themselves with a bargain.

Clarkson's tenure in Toronto turning ugly - Sportsnet.ca
Buying him out leaves you with a hefty cap penalty for a couple of years. Trading him would be an option, if a team would be willing to trade for him. Clarkson's deal looked like a bust the moment he signed with the Leafs.

NHL trade deadline: 15 popular players | USA Today
I know that we have talked a lot about Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle, but another Coyote to keep an eye on is Zbynek Michalek. He is 32-years-old, and would not be a long-term member of the Red Wings. But, he would come at a much cheaper price than the two previously mentioned defenseman.

Evgeni Nabokov dealt to San Jose, expected to retire as a Shark | Puck Daddy
Nabokov spent the majority of his career with the Sharks.

McDavid says playing for the Leafs ‘would be an absolute dream come true’ | ProHockeyTalk
If the draft were to happen today, the Leafs would hold the 7th pick, which is not good enough to snag McDavid. Another month of constant losing may change that.

The 10 strangest injuries of the 2014-15 season | The Hockey News

You guessed it, the mumps are #1.

Are any current playoff teams in danger of missing the postseason? - CBSSports.com
In the East, the only non-playoff team with any realistic chance of making a push for a spot is the Panthers, but that will require them to go on a hot streak while either the Bruins, Capitals or Rangers completely collapse. Two things equally unlikely to happen. The West is pretty much the same, with the Kings, Stars, Avalanche, and Wild all needing a long-win streak and a collapse by either the Flames or the Jets.

Trade Talk: Interest building for Phaneuf? | TSN
The Nashville Predators have an interest in Cody Franson. He was drafted by the Predators and played two seasons there before being traded to the Leafs in 2011.

Will Maple Leafs trade Bernier at the deadline? - Sportsnet.ca
I still think that Bernier is a better long-term option than Reimer, and while I realize that neither of the two netminders are ideal, franchise goaltenders are hard to come by and the Leafs have to commit to one of these two.

Let's Go Red Wings!