February 10, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) celebrates his goal in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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Losing Nicklas Lidstrom Hurts, But Losing Pavel Datsyuk Will Be Even More Painful - The Feathered Wheel

The possibility of losing Datsyuk in two years makes keeping Filppula even more important.

Justin Abdelkader plays through pain, nets two goals in Red Wings’ win - Detroit Free Press

Abdelkader goes to the net and uses his body very well. He has stepped up and played well on the second line.

NHL general managers discuss making visors mandatory during annual meeting – Mlive

The NHL can approve it, but the NHLPA will not. It is a waste to talk about visors until the players want them to be mandatory.

Wings’ Brendan Smith learns to put defense before offense - The Detroit News

He is becoming smarter on offense and realizing he cannot do what he did in the AHL, but it is only a matter of time before he gets his offensive game on the NHL level.

Callahan ‘the type of player you win with’ - Red Wings Central

Callahan could very well be the Red Wings’ power forward of the future.

Red Wings’ Darren Helm not on trip, not due back soon; Patrick Eaves appears to be out for Friday - Mlive

Eaves and Helm cannot catch a break, but the goes news is Bertuzzi did take the trip out West.

NHL: Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall made clean check - The Detroit News

Like all of his other checks, this one was clean.

Between The Pipes: Jimmy Howard

Jimmy has been good this season, but hasn’t been given much help.

The Gustav Nyquist Riddle

It is all part of Babcock’s master plan to yo-yo him for AHL to the NHL or so he says.

 

The NHL, NHL ’94ed Pavel Datsyuks goal against the Nashville Predators. Take a look.

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