Quick Hits: Jurco Update; Caps Extend Orlov

Red Wings News

Jurco has one broken rib, could miss up to a month | Red Wings Front
Jurco is out for up to a month. At least he is out due to a rib injury, instead of a sore groin.

Teemu Pulkkinen has a strange locker room stall - SBNation.com
You know that your team is dealing with injuries when it runs out of open lockers.

Pulkkinen brings hard shot to Detroit - Detroit Red Wings - News
I wouldn't mind the Wings trying Pulkkinen at the point on the PP, just to see if his shot can create something.

Jonathan Ericsson: Rough Patch Or Regressing? - Octopus Thrower

It seems that the entire team has hit a rough patch recently. I wouldn't look into Ericsson's recent play too much.

Jimmy Howard Has Had Enough | Abel to Yzerman - Kukla's Korner

Hopefully Jimmy's mentality transfers over to the entire team.

NHL News

Caps re-sign defenceman Orlov for two years - Sportsnet.ca
Orlov signed a two-year, $4 million dollar extension with the Caps.

Isles fans planning protest for Saturday’s home game | ProHockeyTalk
It is hard to believe that the Islanders were once one of the NHL's powerhouse teams. In the end, everyone is to blame for the Islanders recent failures. The owner, GM, coach, players, everyone. Situations such as the Vanek one highlight Snow's mistakes, but he is not the only one at fault here.

USA defeats Canada in men's sled hockey semifinal in Sochi - CBSSports.com
Do we have the right to say that the U.S. is better than Canada at hockey now?

Burke: Tanking not a consideration for Flames | TSN
In other words, the Flames are not trying to pull a 76ers.

How NHL scoring rates change with age - SBNation.com
For forwards, it seems that points-per-minute peak at age 24. If this is true, have the Wings been developing their forward prospects incorrectly?

Petr Nedved has retired from hockey | ProHockeyTalk
Nedved played for the Czech Republic during the Sochi Olympics.

Zdeno Chara beheads goalie with slapshot in ‘banned’ commercial (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Hey, Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson are in this commercial.

Eastern Conference playoff race primer: A lot left to be decided - CBSSports.com
Taking a look at how the Eastern Conference may shake up.

Stars F Rich Peverley out of hospital, spending time with teammates 3 days after collapse - The Hockey News
While he is out for the rest of the season, it seems that Peverley's recovery is going according to plan.

Sizing up the NHL trade deadline acquisitions | For The Win

It has been a little over a week since the trade deadline, isn't it a bit too early to be drawing conclusions?

Ex-NHLer Kapanen calls it a career | ProHockeyTalk
Kapanen retires as the NHL's 10th highest Finnish scorer of all time.

Which NHL teams are the best and worst closers? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Red Wings have 12 losses over the past two seasons when they have been in the lead heading into the third period.

The luck of the shootout - SBNation.com
Is success in the shootout a product of luck or of skill?

Callahan: I wanted to stay in New York | ProHockeyTalk
Sure you did.

Kesler to miss rest of Canucks' road trip with knee injury | TSN
Kesler was injured after a hit by the Winnipeg Jets' Jim Slater.

Defending the Contract and Play of David Clarkson | The Hockey Writers
While you can defend Clarkson's play, it is hard to defend his contract. Regardless of how well he plays going forward, the Leafs are stuck with a monster contract for the foreseeable future.

Michelle Beadle is taking paralyzed hockey player Jack Jablonski to prom | For The Win

Michelle Beadle is the ESPN anchor who hosts Sportsnation.

Five rules changes not submitted at NHL GM meetings (but should have been) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I like this one the best: "If a goalie commits a penalty, they have to serve it".

Let's Go Red Wings!