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Red Wings News

Abdelkader, Smith back for Wings' Game 3 | The Detroit News
Regardless of what you think of Brendan Smith's return to the lineup, having Justin Abdelkader back is a huge addition for the Red Wings.

5 keys for Red Wings in Game 3 include tighter defense, better power play, more discipline |
Do not take penalties and take advantage of situations when the Lightning take penalties. That is my advice.

City Council vote on zoning changes for new Red Wings arena expected Tuesday |
A vote regarding zoning changes for the Wings' new arena is expected to take place today.

NHL News

Rangers vs. Penguins 2015 final score: New York takes series lead with 2-1 victory -
New York is overall a stronger team than the Penguins, and I expect them to win this series. The Penguins may manage to grab another victory, but this series will finish in the Ranger's favor.

McLellan out after seven years with Sharks | TSN
I could see Todd McLellan going to Toronto, or the Penguins if Johnston is let go after this season.

Wayne Gretzky says Connor McDavid is ‘best player in last 30 years’ | Puck Daddy
Talk about placing a lot of pressure on McDavid. If he becomes anything less than a superstar people will view him as a bust.

Could Eichel opt to stay and play in NCAA? -
Just to add to Tim Murray's frustration, I hope that Jack Eichel plays another season with Boston University.

Report: Stoll arrested going through security area into Vegas pool | ProHockeyTalk
L.A. Kings' players and the law have not been a good complement this season.

Why Buffalo’s McDavid-less future is still brighter than Edmonton’s | The Hockey News
A Sabres' team with Jack Eichel is still a very good long-term team compared to the Oilers potentially great but always underwhelming squad.

No NHL Las Vegas team yet, but expansion process could start in June | Puck Daddy
An NHL team in Las Vegas within the next three years seems like a strong possibility. It is by no means my ideal venue for another team, but the city seems to be the inevitable location for the next NHL franchise.

Gotta See It: Selanne back on skates in Anaheim -

LOOK: Some Islanders fan took their seat after Game 3 -
A little early here. Wait a couple of days or weeks and then you can have at it.

Wilson expects Sharks to ‘bounce back very quickly,’ make playoffs | ProHockeyTalk
The Sharks still have a good enough core group of players that they should be able to compete for a playoff spot next season.

The streets of Winnipeg are practically deserted -
Time to get some roadwork done!

Let's Go Red Wings!