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Red Wings News

Detroit Red Wings bracing for desperate Boston Bruins, who've lost three in a row | MLive.com
A win tonight for the Wings can have a tremendous impact on their season going forward. The Bruins will already have lost four games, with the Wings having won two. I know that the season is a long one, but starting the season off on the right note, while your biggest division rival struggles, is a good long-term sign.

Dylan Larkin: A Role Model For Michigan Kids - Octopus Thrower
Grew up in Michigan, then went to the University of Michigan, and will one day play for the Detroit Red Wings. Any sound Michigander's dream.

Duff: Franzen dialed in for Wings | Windsor Star

If the Wings want to be successful this season, Franzen has to score around 30 goals, or at least at a 30 goal pace.

Zetterberg distributes smoke detectors | Detroit Red Wings

Great stuff from the Captain.

Red Wings' fourth line off to good start as Mike Babcock wants team to be 'a pain to play against' | MLive.com

I was really impressed by Joakim Andersson's play against the Bruins, and Glendening was able to score a goal, which is always a plus. If this line, which also includes Drew Miller, can continue to develop some chemistry, we might have found ourselves a little depth gem!

NHL News

Undefeated Islanders score four in third period, top reeling Rangers | TSN
In our Bold Predictions post, I predicted that John Tavares would win the Hart Trophy. Through the Islanders' first three games of the season, Tavares has scored two goals and five assists. J.J., the way things are going, we may have a new champion this season.

VIDEO: Jamie Benn logs Gordie Howe hat trick, nets spectacular goal - CBSSports.com
Jamie Benn had quite the game yesterday against the Blue Jackets.

John Scott blows past Brooks Orpik, scores third career goal (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Speaking of fighters who do not contribute much hockey-wise.

Forsberg has stood out among rookies | ProHockeyTalk
Filip Forsberg, who the Predators traded Martin Erat for, has one goal and three assists through the first three games of Nashville's season.

The other Crosby: Taylor Crosby's path from Sid's kid sister to Northeastern University goaltender - SBNation.com
Even if Sidney taught her only a tenth of the stuff he knows, she must be pretty good. The next Amanda Kessel, maybe?

Sabres edge Hurricanes in marathon shootout | ProHockeyTalk
The shootout lasted eight-rounds before the Sabres won.

A prediction: 3-on-3 OT will all but kill shootout | The Hockey News
Which should be the ultimate goal, right?

Alex Ovechkin awkwardly seduced in new Russian music video (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
How many takes did they do of this? There is no way that he manages to never crack a smile.

Gretzky not joining NHL team anytime soon - Sportsnet.ca
Some people are naturals when it comes to the business side of sports. Steve Yzerman, Jiri Fischer, and Ken Holland are all examples of this. However, this is not the case for everybody. Gretzky was a phenomenal player, but, just because he was great on the ice, does not mean that he would be equally great off the ice.

Florida Panthers attendance woes are not a cause for celebration - SBNation.com
Really interesting article. The Panthers horrendous attendance hurts not only the organization, but the NHL as a whole. I agree that the franchise should be relocated, because it is clearly not working out in Florida. But, in the meantime, the Panthers have to try and figure out something that will fill at least portions of the arena. Seeing an arena with nearly every seat empty is simply an abomination.

The Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes | USA Today
Boston is somehow going to continue their terrible start and end up winning the draft lottery.

Sutter thinks Hall is arguably NHL’s top left winger | ProHockeyTalk
Mr. Sutter, we will have to agree to disagree. If we can classify Zetterberg as a left winger, I would want him (if we are not talking about age) over Hall ten times out of ten.

Let's Go Red Wings!