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Red Wings News

Red Wings starting goalie to be revealed Monday | The Detroit News
Today is the day when we will finally know whether Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek starts for us in Game 1. Personally, I want it to be whoever gives us the best chance to win, and I have a feeling that Mike Babcock will go with Mrazek.

Red Wings defenseman Marchenko in, Smith (maybe) out for playoffs | Detroit Free Press

Alexey Marchenko deserves his spot in the starting lineup and I am very pleased that Babcock decided to give him a chance during the playoffs.

Why the Red Wings will win the Stanley Cup - Detroit Red Wings
This is the type of optimistic article that I like to read.

Landon Ferraro scores first goal for Red Wings after taking some advice from linemate Luke Glendening | MLive.com

Who gave Landon Ferraro goal scoring advice? Luke Glendening.

NHL News

Leafs fire GM Nonis, interim coach Horachek | TSN
The Maple Leafs end a painful season by cutting ties with their GM and coach. A more painful yet necessary rebuild is forthcoming.

The schedule for the first round of the 2015 playoffs | ProHockeyTalk
The schedule for the first round of the playoffs is set, with the Wings and Lightning playing their first game at 7.30PM on Thursday in Tampa Bay.

Sabres fire Ted Nolan after last-place finish - Sportsnet.ca
No surprise here, although I have to say I like Nolan as a coach.

Jaromir Jagr inks one-year deal to return to Panthers | Puck Daddy
Jagr has signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million to stay in Florida. The Panthers have a decent chance at making the playoffs next season, and having Jagr, who is still a very good NHL player, helps their cause.

Providence downs Boston University for first national title in hockey - CBSSports.com
In some non-NHL news, the 2015 NCAA National hockey championship was won by Providence College on Saturday.

'Bloody Sunday' begins biggest off-season ever - Sportsnet.ca
Brendan Shanahan is completely rebuilding the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nearly all of their coaching and scouting staff has been fired, along with their GM. With the off-ice cleaning done, the on-ice cleaning can begin.

L.A. Kings locked coach out of locker room, per report - SBNation.com
The Kings are going to be a very interesting offseason story to follow.

Ranking Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015: Which first-round series is must-see? | Puck Daddy
The Red Wings vs the Lighting obviously! I am also looking forward to seeing which team ends up victorious between the Capitals and Islanders.

NHL Playoff Picks: Times are changing | TSN
I see the author happened to misspell the words "Red Wings" in the article. Red Wings in six.

NHL Expert Picks: 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs first-round selections - CBSSports.com
No typos here, but they gave the Wings the wrong logo. Again, Red Wings in six.

NHL standings 2015: Kings, Bruins out; Penguins, Senators in - SBNation.com
Here are your final NHL regular season standings for the 2014-2015 season. The Sabres finished last with 54 points, with the Coyotes (56 points) and Oilers (62 points) rounding out the bottom-three.

2015 NHL Draft Lottery schedule, odds released - Sportsnet.ca
The Kings have a 2% chance to win the lottery, which would be both hilarious and infuriating, because they could be such a phenomenal team with Connor McDavid.

Lombardi: Mike Richards buyout ‘a possibility’ | ProHockeyTalk
I do not know what the cap penalty would be for buying him out, but I would have to imagine that it would be fairly high.

Let's Go Red Wings!