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Red Wings 4, Oilers 2: Pavel Datsyuk’s power-play goal with 34 secondsleft in regulation snaps tie | MLive.com
It was not as easy of a win as expected, but the important thing is that we won. Two points is two points, and the Wings deserved them last night.

Red Wings’ Mike Babcock says Randy Carlyle firing doesn’t affect him; players not distracted about coach’s future | MLive.com
Until the season is over, all this is pure speculation. It will be a lovely day when Babcock re-signs with the Wings.

Dylan Larkin named to NHL.com’s all-tournament team at World Juniors – MiHockey
Congrats Dylan! A well deserved honor.

French-born Ouellet making good impression with Wings | FOX Sports
I really hope that Ouellet’s current stint with the Wings will develop into a permanent one.

NHL News

Randy Carlyle fired by Maple Leafs – SBNation.com
The inevitable has occurred. No one wanted Carlyle to leave. At least no non-Leafs’ fans. His questionable coaching has allowed the Leafs to maintain a tame play style, something that has been much appreciated by the rest of the NHL. If a competent coach takes over the Leafs, disastrous events may occur.

Rosters announced for AHL All-Star Classic | The American Hockey League
Xavier Ouellet and Teemu Pulkkinen were both selected to be a part of the game.

Zach Parise sits out game to be with ailing father | USA Today
Terrible news. Let’s hope for the best for J.P. Parise!

Still McDavid over Eichel for No. 1…and other World Junior leftovers | The Hockey News
It is going to take a lot for Eichel to bypass McDavid. A whole lot.

NHL Power Rankings: Winter Classic win could be springboard for Caps – CBSSports.com
The Wings continue to drop in CBS’ power rankings, and now sit in 12th place. Chicago is still first and the Oilers last.

Senators still considering giving Bertuzzi a shot – Sportsnet.ca
The Senators are trying to decide whether or not to offer Bertuzzi a PTO.

Ron Wilson says Leafs’ core is ‘uncoachable’; Kessel calls reporter ‘idiot’ after tense scrum | Puck Daddy
He said it, not me.

With five defensemen down, how is Winnipeg going to stay competitive? | The Hockey News
The Jets have been a pleasant surprise this season, as they currently hold one of two wildcard playoff spots in the Western Conference. Considering how mediocre the Jets have been since they relocated from Atlanta, it is a shame that they have been hit with this run of injuries now.

Lightning D Radko Gudas out four months after knee surgery – CBSSports.com
This means that Gudas will probably miss the rest of the regular season and maybe the first round of the playoffs.

Jacobs rips Bruins for ‘unacceptable’ season | ProHockeyTalk
The Bruins have been underwhelming this season. Part of the reason for that is that the team has been severely hampered by injuries, especially on their defense. But, injuries should not be an excuse for missing the playoffs. Just look at what the Wings were able to do during the last two seasons.

30 Thoughts: Who will coach Maple Leafs next? – Sportsnet.ca
Friedman thinks that Todd McLellan should be hired by the Leafs as their next head coach. He fulfills the “Red Wings’ Experience” category.

Let’s Go Red Wings!

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