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Red Wings News

Justin Abdelkader's anticipated return will prompt Red Wings to make lineup change, shuffle lines | MLive.com
Never have the Red Wings missed Abdelkader as much as they do right now. Having him back in the lineup could have an enormous impact on our play.

Griffins To Open Playoffs Against Marlies | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins begin their hunt for the Calder Cup by taking on the Toronto Marlies in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs. Game One is this Saturday at 3 PM in Grand Rapids.

Other than losing, Detroit Red Wings liked Game 2 vs. Tampa | Detroit Free Press
The pucks have not been bouncing our way, but that is bound to change.

Gave: Breaking up 'Kid Line' best for them, Red Wings | FOX Sports
Change is sometimes needed. For the Nyquist-Sheahan-Tatar line, that is probably the case.

NHL News

Habs top Sens in OT for 3-0 series lead | TSN
The Senators run to the playoffs was interesting while it lasted, but they have most likely met the end of their line.

Erik Karlsson destroyed Nathan Beaulieu with huge open-ice hit | The Hockey News
Beaulieu was Karlsson'd.

Oilers win NHL Draft lottery | TSN
I cannot believe that the Oilers won again. But hey, sending Connor McDavid to the Western Conference is fine with me.

Scott Darling 'rock solid' in first playoff win, Blackhawks take series lead 2-1 | Puck Daddy
While I by no means like the Predators, I do hope that they manage to win this series.

Sam Bennett excited at prospect of longtime teammate McDavid joining rival Oilers | ProHockeyTalk
I am not sure that McDavid shares Bennett's feelings.

Don Cherry is literally wearing ugly curtains - SBNation.com
Seriously though, where does Cherry get all of his suits?

John Tavares' quick overtime goal lifts Islanders over Capitals in Game 3 | Puck Daddy
I cannot pick a favorite between the Islanders and the Capitals. I like John Tavares, but the rest of his team is fairly lackluster.

Predators’ Mike Ribeiro punches Andrew Shaw on the bench | For The Win
Completely unnecessary move from Ribeiro.

Damien Cox's 2015 NHL Mock Draft - Sportsnet.ca
Damien Cox has the Wings picking Evgeny Svechnikov at #19. Too bad that we will not be picking until much later in the draft.

Cody Franson looks like someone disconnected his Xbox controller - SBNation.com
Did anyone check whether Franson had new batteries inserted before the game?

Let's Go Red Wings!