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Red Wings need to tighten up defensively with fast, stingy conference-leading Canadiens in town | MLive.com
Jimmy Howard was rusty against the Jets, but I am not worried about him going forward. After a couple of games he should be back in shape.

The Sunday Big Read: Mike Babcock, The Perfectionist - Sportsnet.ca
Really good piece on Mike Babcock.

Griffins Freeze Wolves' Winning Streak | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins beat the Chicago Wolves yesterday 5-1. Teemu Pulkkinen scored his 30th goal of the season for the Griffins.

Getting To Know: Jamie Pushor | The Hockey News
Pusher was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1992 draft by the Wings and was a part of our '97 Cup winning team.

Weiss mourns loss of former teammate - Detroit Red Wings
Weiss played with the late Steve Montador in Florida.

NHL News

Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador found dead in his Mississauga home | Puck Daddy
Montador was 35-years-old and played in over 500 NHL games for the Flames, Panthers, Ducks, Bruins, Sabres, and Blackhawks.

Predators trade for Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli | USA Today
A very good trade by the Predators, and not a bad one by the Leafs either. The Predators have been impressive all season, but I did not expect them to be a contender for the Cup. I am not sold on their offense yet, but any team with Pekka Rinne in net is a force to reckon with.

NHL rumors: Kings, Stars interested in Hurricanes D Andrej Sekera - CBSSports.com
Andrej Sekera should be available for a decent price and there are a lot of teams that will have an interest in him, including the Red Wings. He is not as good as Keith Yandle, and would probably be more of a rental rather than a long-term player, but he could still be a valuable acquisition for the playoffs.

Stars’ Ruff on Kulikov hit: ‘I want to see the league deal with it’ | ProHockeyTalk
Kulikov may be looking at a five-game suspension for clipping Tyler Seguin last Friday.

Patrick Kane dekes goaltender out of his skates, scores shootout goal - SBNation.com
Not bad, not bad at all.

Top 15 NHL trade deadline 2015 rental players - Sportsnet.ca
Antoine Vermette and Jaromir Jagr are both intriguing targets, although I do not expect the Wings to have any serious interest in either of them. Zbynek Michalek on the other hand is a target which I would not mind the Wings taking a look at.

Trade Talk: Will Methot stay or go? | TSN
The article mentions that the Wings could be interested in Colorado's Stefan Elliot. I would rather not trade for him.

How a post-war family squabble ruined the Rangers | The Hockey News
Interesting story about the Rangers during the second world war. It is hard to imagine now that nearly their entire roster left for the war.

Patrick Eaves struck in the head with slapshot from teammate - SBNation.com
Eaves is not a lucky man. Another concussion.

Let's Go Red Wings!