1. Czech Republic Has Eyes on Another Ice Hockey Medal

    With all the talk about the U.S., Canadian, and Russian squads, you might be surprised to find there are nine other teams in the 2010 Olympic men’s hockey tournament.   That’s just fine with the Czech Republic...

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  2. Super Bowl Halftime Shows: Who Are They Courting?

    The teams have been set for almost two weeks. We’ve had nothing but speculation and plenty of face time for guys like Merril Hodge and Mark Schlereth. We’ve also received a healthy dose of Peyton Manning vs...

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  3. Pavel Datsyuk Needs To Find His Game If Detroit Red Wings Hope To Make Playoffs

    Who is this person in the No. 13 winged wheel, and what has he done with Pavel Datsyuk? Datsyuk, once one of the most dynamic and feared forwards on an open sheet of ice, has become timid and rarely makes use of his famed dekes...

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  4. Is Bobby Lashley Ready for Strikeforce?

    For someone feasting on cupcakes for the last two years, Bobby Lashley is in fantastic shape. Feeding Wes Sims to Lashley on short notice seems a bit fishy, does it not? Didn’t Strikeforce ...

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  5. How the Pre-Olympic Schedule Is Crucial to the Red Wings' Playoff Hopes

    With 10 games left before the Olympic break, it’s time for the Detroit Red Wings to make a statement.   The Wings are currently tied for eighth place in points with Calgary. Nine of the Wings’ next 10 games are against playoff contenders...

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  6. Five Detroit Red Wings That Need To Go

    The NHL trade deadline is March 3, shortly after the Winter Olympics end. That leaves the Wings a little under two months to evaluate the team, pinpoint needs and identify which players they can acquire to fill those needs...

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  7. Detroit Red Wings Should Take Note From Los Angeles Kings

    They say old dogs can’t learn new tricks. If the Wings want to make the most of this season, they’re going to have to. For all intents and purposes, the Kings dominated Thursday night’s game...

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  8. Red Wings' Roster About To Become Crowded

    With new-found health, come roster decisions. Before the news of Tomas Holmstrom fracturing his foot Wednesday night, the Red Wings seemed to have weathered the injury storm...

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  9. Chris Osgood Not Happy with New Role on Detroit Red Wings

    It seems Chris Osgood has come down with bitter old man syndrome. Being displaced as starting goaltender by Jimmy Howard has definitely rubbed Ozzy the wrong way...

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  10. Swedish Team May Suffer Due to Red Wings' Injuries

    National pride or Stanley Cup glory? This question may haunt some of the Red Wings in the next couple months. The Red Wings will have nine potential Olympians, four of whom are currently injured, and all could be playing for the Swedish National Team.

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  11. Red Wings' Jimmy Howard Makes Statement vs. Blue Jackets

    If Monday night’s performance hasn’t put an end to the debate as to who the starting goaltender in Detroit needs to be, I don’t know what will...

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  12. Detroit's Goalie Carousel Can Finally Come to a Halt

    Finally, after using four different starting goalies in six years, the ride has come to a complete stop and everyone can get off. However, please forgive Chris Osgood if he starts believing those apocalyptic street preachers...

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  13. Red Wings Need To Change Styles, Not Coaches

    With comparisons to last season's Pittsburgh Penguins team abound, one can’t help but wonder: Would an up-tempo style benefit this Wings team? Some would contend that firing head coach Mike Babcock is necessary, but that isn’t going to happen

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  14. Wings' Free Agents: Two Hits, Two Misses

    In this final look at the new additions, I’ll be profiling the free agent signings the Wings made in the offseason to fill the gaps created by players signing elsewhere and lost to injury...

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  15. Red Wings' Youth Need To Step Up on Blueline and in the Crease

    The Red Wings are slowly getting healthier, but still need you players to assume a bigger role on the team. Today, I’ll take a look at the defensive players that the Wings are hoping can step in and step up...

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  16. Red Wings Hope Youth Can Provide a Spark

    With the rash of departures and injuries piling up, the Red Wings need their “kids” to step in and play bigger roles on the team. The team is hovering around the .500 mark, and inconsistent play is starting to frustrate the fanbase...

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  17. The 10 Best Trash Talkers of All Time

    With the Ultimate Finale airing tonight, I couldn't help but reflect on the season. It was better than I had anticipated, but with one expception: The trash talking between Rampage and Rashad ...

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  18. Struggling Red Wings Can Look To Unlikely Source for Inspiration

    Sitting near the bottom of the division is certainly not where the Red Wings expected to be at this point in the season. Now is not the time to panic, however. They can look to a familiar foe for proof of that...

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  19. RichRod on the Way Up, Charlie Weis on the Way Out

    Michigan hired Rich Rodriguez to help rebuild their storied football team, much in the same manner that Charlie Weis was expected to at Notre Dame. With both struggling, many are calling for the coaches’ jobs...

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  20. What Ails The Red Wings?

    One of the biggest surprises in the league thus far is the mediocre start of the Detroit Red Wings. Cheering on a team that has enjoyed so much success for so long, it’s understandable that fans might be a little spoiled...

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  21. Fleury's Uphill Road to Redemption

    Everyone loves a comeback story. It’s what this nation was built on. From the Revolutionary War, to the Miracle on Ice, to Britney Spears, we just can’t seem to get enough. So naturally, I got excited when rumor arose of a Theo Fleury comeback

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  22. Red Wings Not Concerned With Youth Movement

    With cap space at a premium and a slew of players exiting via free agency, it seemed like a perfect opportunity for young players like Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm to finally get a shot ...

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