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In Red Wings Land

Red Wings will rely on multiple young defensemen to start season | MLive

To sum it up: Mike Green is out a month, Niklas Kronwall is out tomorrow and Jonathan Ericsson is “very questionable.” That means Dennis Cholowski, Libor Sulak and probably Filip Hronek will be in the lineup.

Detroit Red Wings predictions: Would playoff berth actually hurt them? | Freep

It would eliminate the opportunity for the Red Wings to add another potentially elite talent in the draft, but my answer to the above question is no. I think it would be very valuable for the current young players on the team to get the experience of a playoff push.

Five things the Red Wings need to make the playoffs | Detroit News

I wouldn't hold my breath on the third thing.

One last chance to say goodbye to Henrik Zetterberg.

Around the League

Bold predictions, teams most deserving of a Cup, players most likely to be traded and more | ESPN

Someone believes Gus Nyquist will be headed out of Hockeytown.