Quick Hits: Smith Injured, Nestrasil Waived, Ouellet Recalled

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Detroit Red Wings waive rookie Andrej Nestrasil to clear a roster spot for Stephen Weiss | MLive.com
This is the best move for the team. Nestrasil never lived up to the hype with which he won a spot on the team out of camp. I doubt that he is claimed, and if he is, it is not a major loss. As for Weiss returning, I just want the guy to get some playing time.

Mrazek is primed for his season debut - Detroit Red Wings
Jimmy Howard finally has a night off!

Red Wings' Brendan Smith out with hand infection; goaltender Petr Mrazek to start in Winnipeg | MLive.com
The Wings have recalled Xavier Ouellet to replace Smith, who has been placed on short-term IR and is out for at least seven days with his hand infection. The big question is where Jakub Kindl factors in here. He has been a healthy scratch for the past few games, and based off of his play, that scratch has been unwarranted. A trade may be in the works, but, there is no indication of that being the case.

Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader becoming a net-front force | The Detroit News
Abdelkader's play this season has been pleasantly surprising. He is developing into a type of player which I never expected him to become.

Red Wings forwards Tomas Jurco, Darren Helm get boost of confidence by scoring goals vs. Columbus | MLive.com
Sometimes, confidence is all that is needed to get a player back on track. Hopefully, Jurco and Helm will become more consistent contributors again.

NHL News

Pens’ Dupuis has blood clot in lung, out six months | ProHockeyTalk
Yet another Penguin has suffered a horrific non-hockey related health issue. Let's hope for the best for Dupuis. Regardless of where your allegiances lie, these types of health scares should never be wished upon anybody.

Connor McDavid’s Time: Hockey’s next great star readies for the NHL - SBNation.com
Oh the times they are a-changin'. Wherever McDavid ends up being drafted, he is going to make an immediate and profound impact. Whether he is better than Crosby or not is yet to be seen. But, regardless of how talented he is, and how good he may become, it is clear that McDavid is going to turn a current bottom-feeder into a Stanley Cup contender within the next few seasons.

Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon tackles pros and cons of a team in Las Vegas | The Hockey News
I am usually a big fan of Jimmy's, but, besides the joke about men without teeth trying to score, these jokes were not that funny.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are the worst kind of mess - CBSSports.com
And the rest of the NHL would like them to remain a mess.

NHL watching 3-on-3 OT in the AHL closely | ProHockeyTalk
I've said it before, and I will repeat: anything that can limit the use of the shootout is an upgrade over the current system. I am not calling for the end of the shootout, I doubt the NHL would want ties to return. But, being able to make it a much rarer occurrence that what it currently is should be a priority of the GM's and the NHL.

Ron Wilson calls Maple Leafs fans ‘despicable’, likens ACC to ‘morgue’ | Puck Daddy
Wow Ron, tell me how you really feel. I would not call all Leafs fans despicable. Sure, some may cross the line once or thrice, but overall their not that bad.

Bruins lose D McQuaid for four-to-six weeks with broken thumb | TSN
The article's title should read "six-to-eight weeks". The Bruins were already thin on defense, and McQuaid's injury only worsens their problem.

Ranking the NHL’s fan bases, from 1 to 30 | The Hockey News
The Red Wings' fan base was ranked as the 14th best in the NHL. I do not know what the "4" was doing beside the "1". Best fan base in the world? I think so.

Maple Leafs' patience tested after awful losses - Sportsnet.ca
Carlyle has become a bit of a Brady Hoke as of late. #KeepCarlyle

KHL fans arrested by arena police for tossing hats on ice after hat trick | Puck Daddy
*Cough* Toronto *Cough*

Sens’ Murray hopes to bring cancer awareness | ProHockeyTalk
Murray wants to turn something terrible into a potential lesson and warning for others.

Top 30 NHL Draft Prospects List - Sportsnet.ca
You'll never guess who the top-2 players are.

Watch Bob McKenzie’s sick burn on Mike Milbury’s GM career (Video) | Puck Daddy
Milbury's sarcastic laugh was the best part. Nice move by McKenzie!

Let's Go Red Wings!