Quick Hits: Teemu Pulkkinen; Noah Hanifin; 2018 Winter Olympics

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Red Wings rookie Teemu Pulkkinen getting more comfortable with each NHL game | MLive.com
Scoring is the biggest confidence booster possible for a player. Hopefully Pulkkinen will go on a points-streak. We could use it right now.

Griffins Face Pair In Charlotte Before Returning Home Saturday | Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins have three games this week, including a home game against the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday.

Red Wings notes: Mike Babcock juggles when to step on gas and when to engage cruise control | MLive.com
There is still no clear indication that Darren Helm or Alexey Marchenko are ready to return to the lineup yet, although both may be able to play this weekend.

NHL News

Stars sign University of Maine standout Shore | ProHockeyTalk
Devin Shore scored 14 goals and 35 points in 39 games for the University of Maine this season.

Rangers player blatantly dives, draws penalty on astonished Islanders player - SBNation.com
At first I thought Jesper Fast slipped. Whether he did or if he intentionally dove is another question, but it is clear that Casey Cizikas did not bring him down.

Noah Hanifin is more than a consolation prize in the 2015 draft | Puck Daddy
Everyone knows that Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are going to most likely be stars in the NHL one day. Noah Hanifin may not be a household name yet as the aforementioned two are, but, out of the three prospects, he may actually have the greatest chance to succeed. Fewer expectations, but nearly as much talent. Someone is going to find themselves with a steal here.

Predators end six-game skid, regain NHL standings lead | ProHockeyTalk
Do you know what I would like? For the Montreal Canadiens to go on a six-game losing streak.

C'Mon, Ref: Russians officiating in the NHL | TSN
It was only a matter of time before a Russian referee made his way to the NHL. Hopefully others will cross the Atlantic to follow in Evgeny Romasko's footsteps.

2018 Olympic hockey format unveiled. Which countries will make it? | The Hockey News
If NHL players do come over to Korea, I have a feeling that Canada and Sweden will vie for the gold medal again. If the NHL decides to not sent its players to the Olympics, the tournament will be a lot more open. Sweden and Russia will not be as hurt as the Canadian and U.S. squads, but the latter two should still be able to ice good teams.

Devan Dubnyk set for 25th straight start, are Wild overworking him? - CBSSports.com
The Minnesota Wild's improbable run into a playoff spot has been largely the result of Devan Dubnyk's play. As long as he keeps winning, I see no reason as to why the team should give him a rest.

Rich Peverley trying to stay in the game | Puck Daddy
Peverley has not played hockey since he collapsed on the Dallas Stars bench a year ago. The chance that he returns to hockey as a player is slim, but he is already making the transition over to the role of coach and mentor. Sounds a lot like Jiri Fischer.

The 10 lowest scoring Art Ross Trophy winners since expansion | The Hockey News

Stan Mikita won the award in 1968 by scoring just 87 points.

The New York Islanders still have much to prove | For The Win
The Islanders have been bordering on being a playoff contender for the past couple of seasons and this year they have finally made the jump. Led by the still underrated John Tavares, the Islanders are one of the top teams in the league this season. But, whether they can translate this regular season success into success in the playoffs is a major question mark.

Power Rankings: Senators shocking new threat to Bruins' playoff hopes | CBSSports.com
The Red Wings remained at #8 in CBS Sport's latest power rankings. The St. Louis Blues took over the top spot, knocking the Predators off of their pedestal.

Let's Go Red Wings!