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Red Wings have exceeded expectations at the break, challenging for top spot in Eastern Conference | MLive.com
I felt that we would perform better this season than last, but I was unsure as to exactly how much better we would be. As things stand right now, we are only five points out of the President's Trophy, which is not bad if you ask me.

Sunshine trumps All-Star appeal for Detroit Red Wings | Detroit Free Press
The Wings were more than happy to take a break from hockey and head down south to warmer weather.

As Tomas Tatar knows, spots on Detroit Red Wings roster aren't given easily - ESPN
People may not always agree with the Red Wings' policy of "overripening" prospects, but that policy seems to have worked with Tatar.

NHL News

Legwand, Hatcher reach agreement to buy OHL Sarnia Sting | ProHockeyTalk
Legwand and Hatcher are buying the team from the Ciccarelli brothers, including former Red Wing Dino Ciccarelli.

Back on defence, Jets' Byfuglien emerges as All-Star | TSN
Byfuglien is one of those players who is always able to get the job done, regardless of what he position he plays.

Seattle Mayor meets with Bettman, is ‘very keen on bringing a NHL team here’ | ProHockeyTalk
And the NHL will be equally keen on expanding to Seattle, if there is an arena in place, along with a hefty expansion fee, of course.

LOOK: Miss Canada is all about hockey at the Miss Universe pageant - CBSSports.com
The only thing that would have made her more Canadian is if she was drinking a Tim Horton's coffee while doing all of this.

Ryan O' Reilly will be key to Avalanche success ... even if he's traded - SBNation.com
The pieces that the Avalanche receive in return for O'Rielly could turn them into a contender. Which is why it is so important for Colorado to actually move O'Rielly rather than to let him walk in free agency.

All-Stars Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Bobrovsky won't play | USA Today
Sidney Crosby has also withdrawn from the game.

NHL Power Rankings: Fall Out Boy Lyrics Edition - Sportsnet.ca
The Wings moved up one spot from 10th to 9th in this week's power rankings from Sportsnet.

Why it’s time to consider Patrick Kane one of the game’s elite | The Hockey News
Kane is a really good hockey player, but I still consider him to be borderline elite at best.

Preds’ rookie Filip Forsberg named to All-Star Game | ProHockeyTalk
People always mention how the Capitals lost their trade for Martin Erat, but let's praise the Predators for pulling off one of the best trades in recent memory.

The Ultimate NHL All-Star Game Quiz - Sportsnet.ca
I only scored 25% on the quiz. See if you can do any better.

Your definitive NHL All-Star Game skills competition event ranking | Puck Daddy
There is nothing better than goaltenders racing each other in the fastest skater competition.

Let's Go Red Wings!