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Red Wings News

Canadiens 2, Red Wings 0: Jimmy Howard much sharper in second start, but Carey Price unbeatable | MLive.com
Well that did not go as planned. Only thing to do is focus on beating the Blackhawks and grabbing as many points as we can.

Red Wings' Johan Franzen not on radar to return anytime soon from latest concussion | MLive.com
Not good news on the Franzen front. He may be back in time for the playoffs, but he may very well sit out the rest of the season.

Rumblings: Would Detroit Red Wings pay price for Dion Phaneuf? - ESPN
At the right price, would I be interested in Phaneuf? Yes. But, I have a feeling that the Leafs over-value him and would command too big of a return for him. Plus, the fact that it would be an intradivision trade would drive the price up even more.

Gave: Next two weeks can make or break Wings' unique season | FOX Sports
The Wings are entering what may be the most important part of the regular season. We have a playoff spot essentially locked up, but our seeding in the playoffs is a very important thing to play for. Plus, ending the regular season on a high note can translate to postseason success, as the Kings have shown us in the past.

Detroit Red Wings' Jim Devellano: NHL dynasties are dead | Detroit Free Press
Parity and salary caps certainly do make the creation of dynasties more difficult. But, to say that they are extinct is a little harsh.

NHL News

Senators sign Methot to four-year, $19.6M extension | ProHockeyTalk
Another potential Red Wings' trade target is off the market.

Dmitry Kulikov suspended four games for clipping Tyler Seguin | Puck Daddy
A suspension was inevitable here. I was expecting north of five games, but four is certainly a well-deserved suspension. Not good news for the Panthers in their push for one of the wildcard spots in the Eastern Conference.

NHL trade deadline: Antoine Vermette leads 10 targets to watch - CBSSports.com
Chris Stewart is an intriguing target, but the price that the Sabres would command for him may be too high for my liking.

‘Miracle on Ice’ team will reunite for 35th anniversary | ProHockeyTalk
In terms of American sports, there is no greater moment than the Miracle on Ice. And there will probably never be a moment that surpasses it.

Trade Talk: Kessel in the Sunshine State? | TSN
Kessel to the Panthers? I doubt it. But, if Florida would acquire him, I think we would need to start taking them seriously. Huberdeau, Barkov, Ekblad, and Kessel? Not bad.

NHL power rankings: Nashville Predators take over top spot - SBNation.com
The Red Wings remain in third place in SBNation's latest power rankings. The Predators on the other hand leapfrogged the Wings and Blackhawks to grab first place.

Fears about canceled NHL season were never realized | For The Win
Yesterday marked the ten year anniversary of Gary Bettman canceling the 2004-2005 NHL season. Whether the lockout was worth it is a different question for a different day, but what is certain is that the NHL is a much more valuable and successful league now than it was before the lockout.

Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do | ProHockeyTalk
The Eastern Conference is pretty much set for the playoffs. Unless the Bruins or Capitals completely collapse, the Panthers and Flyers will have a difficult time making a push for a wildcard spot. The West may be set, but there are four teams (Kings, Wild, Stars, Avalanche) that are only a couple of points out of a wildcard spot.

Watch 7,670 pieces of underwear fly during ECHL team's 'Undie Sunday' event (Video) | Puck Daddy
Only in the ECHL...

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