Around the Rink – March 8th Edition

Getting a few days off is a rarity in the National Hockey League.

The Wings have a pair of three-day stretches without live action over the next two weeks, a luxury they won’t have until they hit the golf course at the end of the season.

Like you, we’re hoping that comes in June.

After playing 10 games in 17 nights, the Wings will finish the regular season with 10 of their last 16 at Joe Louis Arena. With San Jose and Chicago playing some of their best hockey of the season, positioning is at stake, as is home ice in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“Anybody who’s been around this team a while knows what winning is like,” Mike Babcock said after Tuesday’s practice. “We want to get that feel, that smell, that taste back, and have an opportunity to do it.”

According to Babcock, Jimmy Howard will get the start in net against Los Angeles, but an opportunity could arise for Chris Osgood with back-to-back games this weekend. There is also a set of back-to-back games against Washington and Columbus on March 16-17.

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News breaks down the upcoming free agent class, which includes Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Chris Osgood and others.
  • Also from the Detroit News, a tremendous story on one fan’s relationship with Todd Bertuzzi.
  • More on Bertuzzi, this time from The Production Line, which doesn’t understand the league-wide boo-fest.
  • Snipe Snipe Dangle Dangle has this picture from the Wings visit in Tampa. Lots of red!
  • And finally, we had a blast with Darren Helm at Clinton Valley Elementary School.

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