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Quick Hits: The Special Teams Edition

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In Red Wings Land

Special forces: Red Wings rise in power play, penalty kill | The Detroit News

The Detroit Red Wings ranked ninth on the power play (at 26.1 percent) and 10th on the penalty kill (82.1 percent) heading into Thursday’s games.

The Wings gladly will take that at the end of the season. And even now, just 15 games into a season that has been a massive roller-coaster ride, there are good feeling about the special teams.

This is a surprising stat considering just how bad the Red Wings’ special teams were last season. It’s nice to see that whatever adjustments the team made are paying off.

Around the League

Insider Trading: Trade talks heating up around Pens, Kings | TSN

No mention of the Wings, but I’d happily take a flyer on Jesse Puljujarvi if the Oilers are trying to dump him and Ken Holland could get him for cheap.