Quick Hits: Canada Wins Gold, Slovakia Bronze At WJC

Red Wings News

5 things to watch: Which Red Wings will be named to the All-Star team? Will Xavier Ouellet stay? | MLive.com
Khan thinks that the Wings should move Lashoff when Kindl comes off IR. I am fine with that.

Quincey emerging as one of Detroit Red Wings' steadiest D-men | Detroit Free Press
Babcock thinks the best defensive pairing on the team right now is DeKeyser and Quincey.

Odds of Detroit Red Wings winning Stanley Cup continue to drop | MLive.com
The Red Wings' odds of winning the Cup are now 20-1.

Prospect Andreas Athanasiou faces challenges with broken jaw wired shut another three weeks | MLive.com
Athanasiou said that he has to carry wire cutters with him.

NHL News

Exhale: Canada holds off Russia, wins 2015 WJC gold | ProHockeyTalk
Congratulations Canada!

Report: Todd Bertuzzi’s campaigning for a PTO | ProHockeyTalk
I do not want him to play against us, or preferably not in the Eastern Conference in general, but I hope that Bertuzzi receives a chance from a team. I have always liked him and I think that he can still be a contributor, especially in the playoffs for an inexperienced team.

In Godla they trust: Slovakia shocks for bronze | The Hockey News
The Slovaks, with a lot of help from their goaltender Denis Godla, deserved to beat an underwhelming Swedish side.

Keith Ballard considers retirement after horrific hit vs. Islanders | Puck Daddy
Terrible. Ballard has not played since December 9th when he was hit by Matt Martin.

Estimating what the 14 non-playoff teams need record-wise to make the postseason | ProHockeyTalk
The Bruins are not a playoff team at the moment. What a lovely sight.

Hockey World Cup All-Star teams would be a bad idea | USA Today
I completely agree. I understand that the hockey World Cup would be to showcase the NHL's talent, but I am not a fan of the NHL only using its own players in the tournament. It eliminates hundreds of really talented players from the equation. Having "all-star" teams in the tournament would make this conundrum far more evident.

Patrick Kane had the best-selling NHL jersey of 2014 | Puck Daddy
Pavel Datsyuk had the 9th best-selling jersey of the year.

Vladimir Tarasenko is becoming one of the NHL's most exciting players - SBNation.com
Ever since he broke into the league, Tarasenko has proven to be a star. It will be interesting to see how he continues to develop.

Oshie, Ovechkin, Price named NHL's Players of the Week | TSN

Poll: Are the Preds legit Stanley Cup contenders? | ProHockeyTalk
I have been really optimistic about the Predators since this summer, but I think that a Cup may be a bit of a stretch at the moment. They are a really good hockey team right now, but when you consider some of the competition they will have to go up against in the playoffs, I do not think that they will make it past the Western Conference semifinals.

Let's Go Red Wings!