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Red Wings 3, Avalanche 0: Petr Mrazek records third career shutout as Detroit stays hot | MLive.com
Great victory!

Detroit in talks to host ’18 World Juniors | ProHockeyTalk
Yes! What a great way to introduce the world to the Wings' new arena. I am all for it!

Detroit Red Wings' Ken Holland: Trade only makes sense if it's a significant upgrade | MLive.com
Holland basically said that he is interested in just picking up depth or rental players. If he does make a trade, he wants it to be for a significant impact player.

Nightingale Signed To PTO, Nagle Released | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins have signed defenseman Jared Maxine Nightingale, and have released goaltender Pat Naglegetting them right back to where they started from.

St. James: Detroit Red Wings eye trade with window to win closing | Detroit Free Press
I would not say that our window to win is closing. In fact, I think that it is open for at least another decade and a half. Our window to win with Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Kronwall, on the other hand, is closing fast.

Gave: Babcock should be 'all in' before Wings commit to major trade | FOX Sports
Babcock has a lot of say when it comes to who Holland will or will not trade for. Holland manages the roster, but he is not going to trade for a player who Babcock does not like.

NHL News

Kane skipped game after incident with teammates - Sportsnet.ca
There has to be some important piece of information which we do not know here. He cannot have just skipped the game because of one incident.

Report: Preds begin extension talks with Fisher, Ribeiro | ProHockeyTalk
I know that none of you share my affection for the skill set that Mike Ribeiro has, but he has been really good this season for the Predators. He has scored ten goals and 43 points in 50 games for the Predators, putting him only two points behind the team leader in that category, Filip Forsberg.

Why Pekka Rinne is the most important player in Nashville | The Hockey News
Carter Hutton has been alright in the absence of Rinne, but there is a clear difference between the two goaltenders. While the rest of Nashville's team has been producing this season, it has always been Rinne who has carried the team.

Ducks set up well for playoff run | TSN
The Anaheim Ducks have been really good this season, but will their success translate in the playoffs? Probably. Out of any team in the Western Conference, the Ducks seem the most poised to make a run at the Cup this year.

More ’18 World Juniors suitors emerge as Coyotes plan bid | ProHockeyTalk
Arizona? Maybe some other time. 2018 is Detroit's WJC.

Six most overrated players in the NHL | For The Win
I do not view Steve Ott and Brooks Orpik as overrated players. Players have to be viewed as good players in order to be overrated, a criteria which the two aforementioned players fail to fulfill.

5 potential trade destinations for Cody Franson - Sportsnet.ca
The Red Wings are included in this list, as they should. But, I am not sure how keen the Leafs are at strengthening their division rival.

Reports: Jets taking calls on Kane | ProHockeyTalk
If the Jets are actually serious about trading Kane, his asking price has never been lower. If a team does trade for him, they are getting one of the most talented young players in the league.

Canadiens desperately need to add to their bottom-six at deadline | The Hockey News
The Canadiens' success this season has been reliant on Carey Price. If they want to be successful in the playoffs, they need their offense to produce more than it has.

NHL trade deadline candidate: Coyotes D Keith Yandle - CBSSports.com
Taking a look at the potential Wings' trade target.

With deep draft, 'it's a good year to be bad' in NHL | USA Today
This year's draft is overall pretty good. It has the top-end talent and a lot of good players who are up for grabs in the first round. But, out of any of our assets, our first-round draft pick is in my opinion the Wings' most movable asset if a trade opportunity emerges.

Read 10-year-old fan’s heartfelt hockey answer on school quiz | Puck Daddy
Lindy Ruff made a terrible mistake when he moved the North Stars from Minnesota to Dallas.

Let's Go Red Wings!