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Will Detroit Sink or Swim in Lockout Shortened Season?

With the NHL lockout over, NHL players that were playing overseas are flooding back to North America in anticipation of NHL training camp starting in a few days. That includes a few Detroit Red Wings players.

Henrik Zetterberg, Valterri Filppula, Pavel Datsyuk, Drew Miller, Jan Mursak, Damien Brunner, Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton were some of the Detroit players that played in Europe while the lockout was in progress, and almost all of them have returned to Detroit.

Datsyuk is staying in the KHL until he and his agent know when training camp is starting, and the status of Damien Brunner is unknown. He is currently playing for Zug in the Swiss league, but will likely end up in training camp in Detroit.

Handful of Updates

In what is going to be the longest offseason in Detroit Red Wings recent history since 2006, there are still things happening that will affect the team going forward. More on Patrick Eaves' condition, the World Championship, Jakub Kindl and Dan Cleary's knee,

Grading The Wings

It's the time of year where General Managers that are not in the playoffs assess their team's talent and see what needs to be done. Writers can do that too! The Checking Line - Red Wings Edition team of Kyle Busch, Rachel Bellono, Eric Huffman, A.K Bennett, Robert D'Aurelio and Justin Doddie gave every player on the Red Wings a grade and what they thought of their seasons

Change Wanted and Needed

I predicted that the Detroit Red Wings would go down in six games to the Nashville Predators. I didn't expect them to beat the Preds, but I did expect a great effort. Boy, was I wrong.

At a time where playoff hockey is the focus in Detroit, the Red Wings totally disappointed. Nashville steam rolled Detroit in five games and the Wings are already in golf mode. Being down 3-1 in the series, the Wings turned in their worst performance of the playoffs. Reading through some fan replies, it is obvious that some people have no idea who to place the blame on, but I can help them out in this instance.

Positive or Negative

The Star Wars trilogy is one of my favourite movie franchises of all time, and just like Han Solo says in A New Hope, "I have a bad feeling about this."

Sounds kind of like what I was thinking.

Typical Wings Loss at Home

That just happened. You've seen it before, just in different styles, but Game 3 in Detroit was a typical playoff home loss for the Red Wings. The Nashville Predators came into the building and took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win.

The fact of the matter is the Wings played another incomplete game. They were lackluster the first half and dynamite the second half. For those who are wondering what a 'typical Red Wings playoff home loss' is, here it is, step by step, and most Wings fans will concur with this.

Datsyuk Needs to Step Up

After closely watching both games of the Detroit Red Wings' open round series in Nashville against the Predators, one thing is certain; they need their superstar to show up the rest of the series. That's right, Pavel Datsyuk.

TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings

( 4 ) NASHVILLE PREDATORS vs. ( 5 ) DETROIT RED WINGS

The pundits are out and predicting doomsday for the Detroit Red Wings and a much better fortune for the up and coming Nashville Predators. Detroit has knocked off the Preds in the only two meetings in the playoffs between the two clubs, both in six games in 2004 and 2008. The Central Division foes split the season series at three games a piece. That sets the tone for what can most likely be the most exciting series of the first round.

There should be plenty of saves and a ton of skill when the Wings and Preds...

Wings Win Despite Inconsistent Effort

I thought this would be a recap that highlighted what the heck is wrong with the Detroit Red Wings. It still will be, but more importantly, they still control their own fate after a 3-2 shootout win in St. Louis tonight. Johan Franzen showed up for his last two shifts and scored twice and Todd Bertuzzi won it in the shootout. David Perron and Andy McDonald scored for the Blues.

The Wings now sit 4th in the West with 101 points, one up on Nashville. Noth teams have two games left.

The game was a chess match until the third period, where things got weird. Jimmy Howard and Brian Elliott were both spectacular in net, but in the third, both were solved twice.

Ryan Reaves...

Red Wings Link Checks: 20/03/12

What a brutal week for the Detroit Red Wings. They went 0-4-1, getting one point out of a possible ten and losing every game on their West coast road trip. The injuries are piling up and the Wings are in free fall to 5th place in the West. here's some of the stories that caught our attention and most are not happy ones.

FROM TCL

Rachel Bellono recaps last night's 5-3 loss to Washington

Darren Helm is out 4-6 weeks, reports A.K Bennett

Kyle Busch recaps the CCHA championship at the Joe Louis Arena, and insists injuries are not an excuse for the Red Wings

Havlat returns, and Eric Huffman explains his two goals in an OT loss to San Jose

Paul Kendal...