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Wojo: Babcock might be on last run with Wings
This column is a little dramatic, but I sort of feel the same way. It's also likely a result of over-analyzing all of his words and actions this season. What do you think? Will Babs be in Detroit next year?

No one is predicting the Detroit Red Wings to beat the Lightning
You can count three of us in with them, including yours truly. We'd all like to be wrong, though.

Landon Ferraro in Red Wings' lineup for playoff opener after giving up hope of being recalled | MLive.com

Twitter seems torn over whether Ferraro deserves to be in the lineup. How about you?

Tradition maintained: How Henrik Zetterberg has thrived as Red Wings captain on, off the ice | MLive.com

This is a neat piece about, among other things, where Zetterberg draws the inspiration for his leadership style from, with quotes from several current and former players and coaches.

Her man: Henrik Zetterberg’s special bond with young Red Wings fan - Yahoo Sports
A lot of you probably read about Mollie Moquin, who died of bone cancer at the age of 14, some time over the past few years. Hank was her favorite player and this is a another great example of why we love him.

NHL News

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane to return for Game 1 vs. Predators - Chicago Tribune

Just in time for the playoffs, and Chicago is going to need him to perform if they are to contend for the Cup. Nobody is denying they are still loaded with talent, but this year's version of the team has a shot suppression deficiency that would be tough to overcome without Kane's help on the offensive end.

Landing an NHL team means a fortune to Strip arena’s name value | Las Vegas Review-Journal
Naming rights discussions are a little more complicated when the venue in question does not yet have a team from a major sports league to play in it.

NHL Draft lottery to be conducted Saturday, odds set - CBSSports.com
The fruits of their tanking will soon be revealed.

30 Thoughts: NHL Awards edition - Sportsnet.ca
A thorough look at the awards from Elliotte Friedman.

'NHL 15' simulation predicts Stanley Cup champ - Sportsnet.ca
Good news: Detroit upsets Tampa Bay in the first round! Bad news: Montreal quickly sends the Red Wings home in the second round. Worse news: It's a video game.