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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 9:55 PM


Stars of the Game powered by Ram Trucks are...

1. Sean Bergenheim (2 Goals)

2. Henrik Zetterberg (1 Goal)

3. Pavel Datsyuk (2 Assists)


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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 9:40 PM

(Photo by Eliot Schechter/Getty Images)



Detroit got goals from Alfie, Zetterberg, Smith, and Nyquist to go along with a huge performance from Monster in net to lead them to a 4-3 win over Florida!

Thanks for tuning in to our Game Day Blog...tune in Monday when we head to Nashville!

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 6:00 PM


Jonathan Ericsson
Jonathan Ericsson
Johan Franzen
Johan Franzen
Darren Helm
Darren Helm
Ericsson
(Fractured Ribs)
 Franzen
(Head)
Helm
(Shoulder)
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
Mikael Samuelsson
Mikael Samuelsson
Stephen Weiss
Stephen Weiss
Howard
(Lower-Body Injury)
 Samuelsson
(Healthy Scratch)
Weiss
(Groin)

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 5:30 PM



Tomas Jurco
Tomas Jurco
Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk
Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi
Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader
Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg
Daniel Alfredsson
Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller
Drew Miller
Joakim Andersson
Joakim Andersson
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
Daniel Cleary
Daniel Cleary
Luke Glendening
Luke Glendening
Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist
Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall
Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith
 
Kyle Quincey
Kyle Quincey
Danny DeKeyser
Danny DeKeyser
 
Brian Lashoff
Brian Lashoff
Jakub Kindl
Jakub Kindl
 
Jonas Gustavsson
   

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 2:15 PM



(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


Pavel Datsyuk has been red hot all season, leading the team in goals with 14, but he's also been especially hot against the Florida Panthers. In 11 career games against the team, he has 6 goals and 9 assists, for a total of 15 points, with part of that total coming the last time the Wings met the Panthers and Pavel recorded a goal and an assist.

He's Detroit's 'Hot Wing' by Buffalo Wild Wings!

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 1:40 PM



Henrik Zetterberg
Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg will return to the Wings lineup tonight after missing several weeks with a back injury.

"I haven’t done much lately. It’s only one goal on this team and that’s playing in the middle June and raise that Cup. Whatever you do until that is … as long as you get into the postseason and we’re healthy and we play good – that’s our goal."
- Henrik Zetterberg

Henrik Zetterberg
Zetterberg

Justin Abdelkader
Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader will also return to the lineup after missing two weeks with a concussion.

"It’s already been two weeks, but I’m looking forward to getting back and I feel ready to go. Hopefully I can help the team."
- Justin Abdelkader

Justin Abdelkader
Abdelkader

Darren Helm
Helm
Darren Helm is doubtful due to a shoulder injury.

"I just want to play. It’s painful...I’m skating, I’m shooting, doing a lot of good things. There’s a couple things I don’t know if I can handle, the hard physical grind of an NHL game...but it’s close,
right around the corner, it’s coming."
- Darren Helm

Darren Helm
Helm

Johan Franzen
Franzen
Johan Franzen hasn't skated yet because of concussion-like symptoms.

"I still get dizzy and headaches. It’s motion triggered. I can get through workouts fine, but if I try and play keep away I can’t do that. If there’s too much going on I get dizzy, my vision gets blurry and stuff like that."
- Johan Franzen

Johan Franzen
Franzen

Jimmy Howard
Howard
Jimmy Howard hopes to return on Monday in Nashville.

Jonathan Ericsson is out and will go on IR with fractured ribs;
he's expected to miss 3-5 weeks.

Jonathan Ericsson
Ericsson

Jakub Kindl
Kindl
Jakub Kindl will be in for Jonathan Ericsson.

Jonas Gustavsson will be in goal.

Jonas Gustavsson
Gustavsson

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 12:00 PM

Get Started on Time - Both teams have been idle for 5 days, so it may take time to get the legs going. It's important to start early and finish strong.

Take Advantage of Special Teams Play - Florida is last in the NHL on the power play, and 29th on the penalty kill. Stay out of the box and make the most of your time with a man advantage.

Play a Full 60 - Work hard each shift and play a complete game as a unit.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 11:00 AM

(Photo by NHL Archive)




On December 28, 1929


Red Wings goalie Terry Sawchuk born on this day in Winnipeg, Manitoba.








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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 10:00 AM

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)


The Red Wings will be boosted by the return of their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, who will play for the first time since Dec. 1 due to a herniated disc in his back.

"Good and ready to play," Zetterberg said after practice Friday. "If nothing happens from now until 7 P.M. I will be in. It's kind of been the same for a week, I guess. The good thing is I've been doing more and more stuff and it hasn't gotten worse. It's time to play again.

"It's been tough. Sometimes it's been really good and sometimes it hasn't been that good. But that's how it is sometimes."

Zetterberg might not be the only injured Red Wings player that could come back Saturday, or soon after.

Forward Justin Abdelkader, who has missed the past five games with a concussion, could be an option, too. Forward Darren Helm, who last played Dec. 4 due to a shoulder injury, is also possible.

"Abdelkader's another guy too that I think might be available," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Friday. "We'll know more after the morning skate. … I hear there's a sighting of Darren Helm too. I don't know when these guys are coming or not coming. We'll know more after the morning skate."

Goalie Jimmy Howard, who will miss his eighth straight game Saturday with a sprained knee sustained Dec. 10, also skated Friday and is aiming to return Monday against the Nashville Predators.

Regardless of who's out there on the ice, the Wings will be looking to come back with a 'W' after Christmas break.

Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.

You can watch tonight's 7:00 PM matchup on Fox Sports Detroit, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on AM 1270.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.23.2013 / 10:45 PM






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