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Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard returns to practice, status for Tuesday's game uncertain | MLive.com
If Howard is not ready, Mrazek will start again.

Weiss return brings hope for Wings' offensive jolt | Detroit News
A month ago, who would have been looking forward for Stephen Weiss to provide the Wings with an "offensive jolt"? Not me. Hopefully Weiss can help get the Wings back on track. We need to start winning again!

Detroit Red Wings still lacking answers for shootout struggles | MLive.com
Zetterberg described it the best: "It's almost comical right now".

NHL News

Lee Stempniak has mumps, 5 NHL players being tested | USA Today
The Devils and Penguins are testing more of their players for the disease.

Daly: Fehr’s lockout prediction ‘naive and uneducated’ | ProHockeyTalk
In all honestly, Fehr's probably right. And Daly's comments may just be the first of another lockout. But, do not worry. We have seven years before we have to actually worry about this.

Flames hope to avoid ninth straight loss against Kings | TSN
Bob Hartley just earned himself the "Smartest Coach of The Year" award. He may not be a good coach, but signing an extension when he did was a brilliant financial decision for him considering these recent results.

Remembering when the NHL canceled the 1919 Cup Final due to flu pandemic - CBSSports.com
I did not know that they did this. Interesting.

Here’s what Nationals Park will look like for the Winter Classic | ProHockeyTalk
It looks nice. And red is a good hockey color.

Inspired by Zepp, the top five players who have debuted after age 30 | The Hockey News
Former Red Wings' player and member of the Russian 5, Slava Fetisov, was included on the list.

The Atlantic Division race is going to be fascinating | ProHockeyTalk
It really is. The Wings have been too mediocre these last few games, but they are still in only a point out of first place in the division.

Anton Khudobin comically fails to go over boards to Carolina bench (GIF) | Puck Daddy
This is kind of like the national anthem singer who kept slipping on the ice.

No, President Obama will not attend the Winter Classic | Puck Daddy
As the article points out, this was the game for Obama to attend. He's probably a Wings' fan anyways.

NHL power rankings: Rangers, Sharks on the rise - SBNation.com

The Wings continue to slip in the rankings, but are still ranked at 9th place.

Let's Go Red Wings!